La Plage


“The summer transforms Paris. The cityscape dons greenery and the riverside thoroughfares become car-free resorts. The Paris Plages (Paris Beaches) operation kicks off on or around 20 July and lasts four weeks.

A Seine-side holiday. That, in a nutshell, is what Paris Plages is all about – complete with sandy beaches, deckchairs, ubiquitous ice cream sellers, and concerts for French and foreign guests. Holidaymakers at the Bassin de la Villette (Paris 19) can also borrow books free of charge, play beach volley, take an aquagym class in a mini pool, or kayak around the lake – or, of course just chill and enjoy. The Seine’s banks become pedestrian and the beaches are spread across three spots (Louvre/Pont de Sully, Port de la Gare and Bassin de la Villette).”


Here in New Plymouth, we now have our own Paris Plage.  A cafe, serving coffee, cafe food during the day and pizzas, wine, cinema and music at night – right on the cusp of the ocean.  Quaint seating, games – sunset with friends, a coffee after a walk on the walkway, a spot to chill after a run.

Created by the lovely folks from my favorite cafe in town, Petit Paris it will be my hotspot for this summer, spilling into autumn…rolling into winter.  I love the idea of people creating a beautiful space from their heart – an experience from their passion.  C’est magnifique!