Despite the fact that the Seine and the canals in Paris are (99% of the time) look-but-don’t-touch, even a little bit of sunshine leads to a mass encampment anywhere located by the water. Now you can get even closer by renting a boat on the canal de l’Ourcq and chill out with friends/family/significant other/Tinder date…
Don’t waste time trying to find a patch of cobblestones by the canal when it’s hot. It’s like real-estate in Paris: hard to find, cramped and you can’t be sure what your neighbours will be like. Instead, take up to eleven guests, wine rations, and rent an electric boat on the canal.
At 40 euro for an hour, it becomes pretty reasonable if you’re with a group. You don’t even need a permit, and there are 40 kilometres of waterways to explore.
Open 7 days a week, from 10am – 9pm.
Bassin de la Villette
37 quai de la Seine
Stalingrad or Jaures