Few days ago I have discovered yet another nice place to hang out on lazy summer afternoon.
It’s just right next to Cité international des Arts building (Metro Pont Marie, line 7, Paris) , institution giving shelter to all artist of this world and proposing great music spectacles, exposition etc. The building itself is not too inspiring, however if you continue walking you will find charming rue des Barres. And the magic begins.
It’s a little square between typical Parisian buildings in the marais district and Saint Gervais church. Perfectly situated next to la Seine but hidden from traffic and noise. You will find there nice restaurants where you can have nice meal between friends. I recommend restaurant L'Ebouillanté ( click here for more info) with it’s delicious crepes, salads and white wine. The tables are placed outside on the square so you can enjoy the weather and the view.
What I loved about this place is a feeling of calm and relax. Everyone is friendly, smiley (that is rather rare in Paris I dare to say) and a little artsy. We were seated next to the artist that was drawing some sketches, two Spanish beauties and an older couple that came to Paris to celebrate their 40 wedding anniversary. Cliché? Maybe, but a great one. All this combined with warm light of late afternoon sun and the smell of roses from the church garden made us feel completed and happy.
Perfect late afternoon