Summer in Paris can be a real bitch. But it can also be a beach (albeit not a real one), thanks to the concerted efforts of a few riverside venues. Every year, the Batofar installs a 'pop-up beach' (a hipster extravagance if ever we heard one) along its stretch of the quay; the 300-square-metre expanse of sand makes for a hipper, more chilled alternative to the overcrowded Paris Plage. And thanks to a canny redesign by architect Sophie Nicolas, this year the plage boasts a smarter design and more facilities than ever – we're talking bamboo terraces, designer armchairs and a new range of deckchairs. Resident DJs play mood-setting tunes from 4pm to 10pm, while an outdoor bar serves up tapas, sangria and the usual cocktail suspects. And once your skin has turned a darker shade of prune, recover by getting down to some cutting-edge music next door.
The beach is open 5pm–1am on weekdays and noon–1am on weekends until the end of September.
Where to drink…
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