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Every summer there’s two concurrent phenomena in Paris. Locals scoot and Paris Plages opens. For those Parisians who must stay in the capital during the heatwave, the banks of the river Seine offer a cooling and fun break from the scorching canicule.

Along the banks of the river the beach atmosphere is recreated with deck chairs, umbrellas, sand, and there’s a pool, and huge water misters to cool off. If you’re feeling sociable, you can join a game of volleyball or pétanque, but it’s also a great place to read a good book (or a bad one) and go with the flow. It’s in the evening that the concept really comes into its own as the lights go on, friends gather for l’apéro or a picnic, and there’s music and dancing in the streets.
Paris Plages

Open from July 20 to August 18

Every day from 9am to midnight

2 locations: Voies sur Berges Georges Pompidou and Bassin de la Villette

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