From scarves and t-shirts printed with the American flag to the Chanel display windows sporting the stars and stripes integrated into their fashion mise en scène; from the Musée Quai Branly which has two concurrent exhibits - the American Indian and Tattoo You - to new nightspots popping up à la Americana, America is what’s hot here in Paris now.
Partying along the Seine — Photo courtesy of Rosa Bonheur sur Seine
Le Fantôme is a particularly cool spot. No surprise as it’s a concept venue from the crew behind the exclusive Le Baron. This newest is on rue de Paradis in the 10th arrondissement, meaning near République, which is where all the cool kids hang out.
Le Fantôme embodies what the French conceive of as Americana: tacos and hot dog finger foods, inventive cocktails, video games (for you, your kids or you and your kids) and, starting later in the night, there’s a disco downstairs.
Batofar and Wanderlust
Another option is to head down to the banks of the Seine. There have long been venues along the Seine such as the Batofar, a boat parked along the Seine that doubles as a bar and dance club. And then in 2012, the opening of Wanderlust - the expansive rooftop terrace bar-lounge - club on top of the Cité de la Mode et du Design was heralded as a new era for Seine-centric clubbing venues.
Rosa Bonheur sur Seine and Flow
But this summer has seen the trend expand even more. There are now several additional new venues that offer dancing, drinking and lounging by the Seine, perfect for long, hot summer nights: Rosa Bonheur sur Seine and Flow, its neighbor. You will find both of these bar-clubs between the Pont des Invalides and Pont Alexandre III, making them exceedingly central.
Flow, when seen from across the river, on the Rive Droite, dominates with their numerous outdoor seating chaise longues. They have literally taken over the banks of the Seine in this little patch, pitched their sun umbrellas and lounge chairs and hung out a sign that reads, "Beer and Cocktails this way." People have been flocking to Flow.
New Paris nightlife includes Rosa Bonheur sur Seine — Photo courtesy of Paige Donner
Rosa Bonheur sur Seine is just next to Flow. This guinguette is on a barge along the Seine. (If you’re wondering what a guinguette is, it’s the quaint French term that refers to a place where you eat, drink and dance.)
The first Rosa Bonheur opened several years ago at Buttes-Chaumont and instantly became a hit. It’s owned by a collective, a rag-tag group of artists and filmmakers. This newest outpost has instantly become a hit, too. The advantage here is that during the occasional summer shower, you have a roof over your head. And when the sun is shining, their outdoor seating is an option, too.
The Banks of the Seine
On summer days when the weather is spectacular in Paris, which can be all the way through September, you’ll also find just hordes of people hanging out along the banks of the Seine at sunset time. It doesn’t matter where and it matters little with whom, but all along the banks of the Seine - from Invalides all the way down to Jardin des Plantes - people have their legs kicked out dangling over the walls just above the river, more often than not with an open bottle of wine (or two) between them.
It’s a good reminder that, in the summer, why bother running around to find a hip venue when you have Paris at your feet?!