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Swimming: Piscine Joséphine Baker 75013

piscine-josephine-bakerA floating oasis on the Seine River, not far from Bercy.

When the temperature rises the roof contracts to make it one of the few open air pools in Paris, but the key attraction is the rooftop terrace covered in fake grass, brimming with sun lounges and ample sunshine.

Those unfamiliar with Parisian swimming pools need to know a few things. Men have to wear speedos. Girls have to wear swimming caps. You pay to attend the pool for either 2 or 3 hours, and they will charge you should you overstay your welcome.

But if you can get there early enough to nab a space upstairs to sunbathe, and can handle the occasional loudly-behaved French child, it is a cheap and relaxing way to spend an afternoon. And perhaps the closest thing you will find to a beach inside of Paris.

Impress fellow hipsters: avoid heatwaves and weekends, or get to the pool early. Despite these being the two most likely times one would want to swim, the sheer volume of people that descend on the pool often equates to wait times in the hours.

Port de la Gare, Quai François Mauriac, 75013
T. +33 1 56 61 96 50
W. carilis.fr/piscine-josephine-baker

Metro Quai de la Gare
Open Monday – Sunday, Hours change depending on season


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