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The birthday tepees are free to rent for birthdays.

The birthday tepees are free to rent for birthdays.

The hottest spot in Paris this summer isn’t a trendy lifestyle boutique, a designer water bar or even an invite-only, opens at 2am underground nightclub. It’s at Berges de Seine, a pedestrian promenade and play area that happily snakes along the banks of the Seine between the Musée D’Orsay and Pont de Neuf.

Seurat's famous pointillism work 'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,' captures a scene from a Parisian park in the 1880s.

Seurat’s famous pointillism work ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,’ captures the Parisian park scene in the 1880s.

Opened last spring, this summer the promenade has come into full bloom. Kids are celebrating in the tepees, families are lounging in giant hammocks above the sway of the native plants recently reintroduced into the river banks and kids of all ages are playing games all along the 1.4 mile car-free zone.

The wide pedestrian avenue allows for lots of types of recreation.

The wide pedestrian avenue allows for lots of types of recreation.

Opened as part of an initiative to cut back on the ever-increasing auto traffic and bring back a bit more of a relaxez-vous vibe to the riverbanks, the Berges has been a smashing success with city residents and tourists alike. Traffic is still up—but now it’s on two feet, not four wheels. Read the recent NYT write up here. Book your teepee here.

The swinging scene at Berges de Seine.

The swinging scene at Berges de Seine.

Ground-level game spaces and artworks run all along the promenade.

Ground-level game spaces and artworks run all along the promenade.

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