Marin d’Eau Douce is all about electric boats for your non-licensed pleasure on the Canal de l’Ourq.
Paris, when it sizzles, is a question of real estate. When il fait beau, and 2.5 million people live within a stretch of 100 square kilometres, you will not be the first person to think that a picnic in the Buttes Chaumont is a good idea.
The new luxury (for the people) is to rent an electric boat from Marine d’Eau Douce. You don’t need a permit. You don’t need to queue for drinks at Rosa Bonheur. And you won’t have anyone come and place their blanket dangerously close to your melting comté.
To boot, you can pack as much Rosé as you can carry and shade your picnic haul with a large canopy (known as a bimini to those who speak sailing).
Boats for seven people will set you back €200 for 6 hours, which can take you as far as Parc Foristiere de Sevran. Or you can simply do circles in the Basin de la Villette, showing off the fact that you are on a boat.
Best of all, you can check availability & book instantly online, adding things like tables, picnic baskets, champagne, rosé and even Pétanque. We recommend Le Scoop for seven people.
Impress fellow hipsters: manage to get a 6-hour weekend booking for a seven-seater. These boats sell out way in advance on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer.
Marin d’Eau Douce, Bassin de la Villette
37 quai de la Seine 75019
T. +33 (0)1 42 09 54 10
Metro: Laumiere, Riquet
Open 7 Days, 10am – 10pm