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The open air cafés by bike
Published on 17/06/2016

The open air cafés by bike

What about going out on the waterfront?

Without a doubt, the place to go to party, dance, have a drink, eat a snack or simply enjoy the sunset, open-air cafés open their doors to you during the summer days !

We have chosen some of them along the bike routes for you, and there is something for all tastes :-)

La Sardine in Orléans - "Festive" on La Loire à Vélo

On the quays of Châtelet, this café offers a musical programme during the entire summer season.  It also organizes dance initiations every Sunday, lively dances on Friday evenings, folk balls, and a seamen’s ball… At La Sardine, we know to party!

  • The pontoon of the Quai du Châtelet in Orléans
  • 15 June to 25 September 2016
  • Wednesday to Friday: from 5pm to midnight - Saturday: from 3pm to midnight - Sunday: from 3pm to 10pm
  • Find out more

La Petite Venise in Chartres – "the relaxed one" on Saint-Jacques à Vélo and La Véloscénie

It’s the second season for this open air café which offers a south facing terrace where people can enjoy tea at 4pm or savour an after-work grill. A place for discussions, this café offers everyone the possibility to express themselves and share their art or talents on an open stage, enthusiasts take note! For the most active amongst you, pedalos and canoes are available to rent. At La Petite Venise in Chartres, we love keeping it simple!

  • Boulevard de la Courtille in Chartres
  • From April to the end of October 2016
  • Open on Friday (2pm to 1am), Saturday (11am to 1am) and Sunday (11am to 7pm)
  • Find out more

La Corne des Pâtures in Baule (near Beaugency) - "100% eco-friendly" on La Loire à Vélo

Solar energy, recycled furniture, local and organic catering… The La Baule open-air café is a haven of peace in the middle of nature. It offers a royal breakfast with gourmet delights and artistic and cultural entertainment every day: open-air cinema, concerts, exhibitions, live performances (theatre, clowns, dancing, puppet shows, story-telling)… At La Corne des Pâtures, we don’t do things by halves!

  • Loire riverbanks, in Baule
  • 3 June to 10 September 2016
  • Every day, from 9am to midnight.
  • Find out more

Les Iles de Trôo – "the traditional rainbow one" on La Vallée du Loir à Vélo

Situated right next to the troglodytic village Trôo, this rustic café, in a pleasant setting, offers an entertainment programme which includes events ranging from the traditions of the old open air cafés (Tea dances every Sunday, dances etc.) to more original evenings (transformist shows, “cheppendales” evening…). In Trôo, we spread the spirit of open air cafés!

  • Opposite Trôo train station, follow the path to the banks of the Loir
  • 23 April to 9 October 2016
  • Restaurant open every day from 12am to 2.30pm and from 7pm to 10pm
  • Find out more

Tours sur Loire in the Touraine capital - "Multifaced" on La Loire à Vélo

 For its 10th anniversary, Tours sur Loire is bringing together more activities and entertainment than ever at the foot of the Pont Wilson. Multidisciplinary spectacles, concerts, “dance” aperitifs, participative cooking workshops, ‘gabare’ (traditional Loire river boat) trips, cinema, body awareness sessions, a piano open to the public… This year, the key focus of the programme is young people and families!

  • At the foot of the Pont Wilson, in Tours
  • 13 May to 25 September 2016
  • Every day of the week, from 11am to midnight
  • Find out more

Guinguette de Belle-Isle in Châteauroux – "Guinguette culture" on L'Indre à Vélo

A real institution of Châteauroux, “2 wheels” from the town centre, this open air café offers a breath-taking view over the lake and the Parc de Belle-Isle. Relaxation, a change of scenery, leisure activities and festivities, here you’ll find above all the “guinguette culture”! Tea dances on Sunday afternoon, the election of Miss Guinguette, Belote competitions, themed evenings, karaoke… Belle-Isle, an iconic place with the guinguette spirit!

  • Parc de Belle-Isle in Châteauroux
  • From May to October
  • Restaurant open every day from 12am to 2pm and 7pm to 9.30pm
  • Find out more

Guinguette de Rochecorbon (near Tours) – "Entertainment for Everyone" on La Loire à Vélo

Rochecorbon has something for everyone. Dance enthusiasts of course, who can boogie around every evening of the week to waltz, tango, rock and country rhythms… For the sporty, boules, badminton and beach-volley are on offer at no cost. Children aren’t left out, as the leisure park including mini-golf won’t fail to please! At Rochecorbon, we always have fun!

  • Loire quays, in Rochecorbon (5 mins from Tours)
  • 1st May to the end of September
  • Every day from 11am to 1am
  • Find out more

So, are you convinced that the open air cafés are the place to be this summer?

It’s up to you to discover them now…

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