Riverbanks at Bibliothèque
Metro Quai de la Gare
You wouldn’t think of the riverbank as a place to avoid tourists, but down by the National Library, or Bibliothèque, you’ll find mostly locals. In warmer months, bars and cafés open up along the Quai Francois-Mauriac, serving up pizza, charcuterie plates, and drinks, which attract mixed crowds well into the evening. Some of the boats even double as bars or clubs, like the famed Batofar. Take your friends down here for an evening that will feel more French than a beret full of frog legs and escargots.