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It’s Terrace Time in Paris
Venus Major

When the springtime sun comes out in Paris, Happy Hours get a lot happier! That’s the

time when tourists and Parisians alike flock to the multitude of outdoor terraces that are

available in this fair city. Apartments du Louvre has plenty of places to recommend. The

complete list would be too long and leave no room for personal adventure. Here’s a shortlist of

a few nearby places that are easy walks from either our St. Honoré or Marais locations. There’s

great food, drink and views waiting for you around every corner. (Oh, and don’t forget to

people watch. Chairs on French terraces face outwards, towards the street. They are the

perfect place to sit and watch the Parisian world go by.)

A Restaurant Named Paradise

Look for the hanging silk flowers on rue St. Martin and you’ll find “Le Paradis”, a

brasserie that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. It has a homey atmosphere,

and its menu offers something for everyone. You and your family can relax here after, or

before, visiting the neighboring, impressivc Gothic style church, Eglise Sainte-Merri. The church hosts free acoustic concerts every Sunday afternoon at 4:00 PM, making it easy for you to get some culture, music, food and drink all in one same outing. Like I said, something for everyone. Please note that “Le Paradis” does not accept reservations so just show up.

Le Paradis

76 Rue Saint-Martin, 75004 Paris

Down by the River

Take a walk to the Seine from Apartments du Louvre to discover a wonderful, popular

riverside terrace/restaurant called “Maison Maison”. We love it so much we mentioned it in a previous blog. The establishment offers only homemade dishes with products that are locally grown and sold at reasonable prices. An extra bonus is the incredible view of Pont-Neuf on the Seine (and the absence of cars!). Picture Postcard Perfect.

It’s open from Wednesday through Sunday, 12 noon–11:00 PM. Get there early for the best

Maison Maison

63 voie Georges Pompidou, take the stairs down in front of 16 Quai du Louvre, 75001 Paris

Continue walking on the quai towards Hotel de Ville, and you’ll see the classy houseboat

(“peniche” in French) known as “Les Maquereaux”. It is near the Louis-Philippe bridge facing

the picturesque Ile St. Louis. The brasserie has expanded its terrace – it is now sprawled over

250 square meters of the quay. “Les Maquereaux” offers a tempting, sea-inspired menu with

oysters and fish from Normandy and Brittany. The French wines, champagnes and creative

cocktails are worth the visit.

Les Maquereaux

Quai de l'Hôtel de ville, 75004 Paris

If you would like to combine jazz, gorgeous scenery, excellent food and cocktails,

Apartments du Louvre highly recommends visiting the “Peniche Marcounet”, which is just right nextdoor from “Les Maquereaux”. It has a well-

deserved reputation for serving flavorful wines and cocktails…along with a jazz musical program that will give your evening just the right French accent!

Péniche Marcounet

Port des Célestins, Quai de l'Hôtel de ville, 75004 Paris

Floating Aperitif

How about a floating happy hour? The Vedettes du Pont Neuf can make that happen.

The floating bar will take an hour to ride along the Seine (leaving at 7:15 PM) while you enjoy

the fabulous sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Trocadero, the Orsay Museum, etc. A glass of

champagne or wine is offered in the package. There is a terrace on the upper deck where you

can bask in the Parisian sunlight while taking in the sights. A perfect ending to the day or a

perfect beginning to the night – you decide. Croisière apéritif Happy Hour Seine Paris | Vedettes du Pont Neuf Paris

Vedettes du Pont neuf

1 Square du Vert Galant, 75001 Paris

Whether your favorite Parisian terrace is floating or not, Apartments du Louvre hopes that you

find something to your liking during your stay here. Café culture is an integral part of France -- there are almost 4000 outdoor terraces to visit in Paris – enjoy!


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