Parisian Living

Summer in Paris: Top Spots to Tan in the City

by Lory Martinez
A woman looks at the crowds sitting around the pond at the Tuileries Gardens, one of HiP Paris Blog's best places to tan in Paris in summer.

For those of us spending summer in Paris, finding a nice spot to tan worry-free can be a struggle. But no fear, we’ve gathered our top picks for tanning spots across the city, whether you prefer in a park, on a reclining chair, or at the beach.

A young red-haired woman lying down on the grass, wearing sunglasses and tanning in a park in Paris.Top photo: Jardin du Luxembourg – Bernard Laguerre. Above: Tyler Nix

Le Petit Bain

Parked on the quai near Bibliotheque François Mitterand, Le Petit Bain is a boat that serves as an event space at night and cantine/bar during the day. Open from noon to midnight, you can grab a chair and a drink while floating over the Seine.

Le Petit Bain – 7 Port de la Gare, 75013 Paris

HiP Paris Blog tells you the best places to tan in Paris like at Le Petit Bain bar on the banks of the River Seine.Le Petit Bain

Il Cottage

Often referred to as the “only rooftop on the first floor” by its owners, this terrasse space has a bar and restaurant and a section dedicated to sunbathing. You can tan and enjoy one of their famous #yopizzas afterwards.

Il Cottage – 1 Boulevard Lannes, 75016 Paris

One of the best places to tan in Paris is Il Cottage with its timber tables and rattan chairs in the 16th district (left). Il Cottage also has plenty of deck chairs for topping up your tan in Paris this summer.Il Cottage

Bois de Vincennes

Grab a vélib and bike down the Seine towards the Bois de Vincennes. On the border of the 12th arrondissement, this park has a forest, a château, a zoo, and plenty of long stretches of grass where you can lay out to your heart’s content.

Bois de Vincennes – Route de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris

Top up your tan in Paris at the Bois de Vincennes (Vincennes woods) on the border of the 12th arrondissement.Bois de Vincennes – Guilhem Vellut

Grande Halle de la Villette

Paris’ Halle de la Villette is an event space and park in the 19th arrondissement. The park is perfect for tanning during the day, and if you stick around after sunset, it turns into an outdoor cinema.

Grande Halle de la Villette – 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris

HiP Paris Blog's go-to tanning spot in Paris is the Villette Park, which also does open-air movie screenings in summer and they event provide deck chairs and blankets.Parc de la Villette – Florence Levillain

Jardin du Luxembourg

This just may be the best place in central Paris to tan and people watch at once. Grab a chair near the fountain and bronze peacefully all afternoon.

Jardin du Luxembourg, 75006 Paris

One of the best places to tan in Paris in summer is the Jardin de Luxembourg for its stretch of lawns (left) and tucked-away corners in the shade of swaying trees (right).Jardin du Luxembourg – kimdokhac / elBidule

Bonus

If you happen to have a car, you can drive 40km out of the city to the Base de Loisirs de Jablines for a day at a lake beach. The center is family friendly and entry is just 7€ per person.

Base de Loisirs de Jablines, 77450 Jablines

Head just 40km out of Paris for top tanning spot, the Base de Loisirs de Jablines, a lake with lots of of watersports clubs.Base de Loisirs de Jablines – Nadine Blanchard

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Written by Lory Martinez for HiP Paris. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, Tuscany, Umbria or Liguria? Check out Haven In.

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Lory Martinez

Lory Martinez is a Paris-based freelance writer and podcast producer. Her work has been featured on NPR, UN Radio, and Great Big Story. She also hosts the podcast Serial Culture, in which she explores the multicultural identities of Parisians. View Lory Martinez's Website

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