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Lunch and dinner cruises on the Seine used to be a cheesy kind of affair — and not of the chic fromage variety. The river’s restaurants catered for the tourist crowd, or for what they thought tourists wanted — without realising that many visitors craved a more special onboard experience, something that matched the beauty of the view.

Le Calife Paris dinner cruise

Fortunately for those who want a floating feast for all the senses, there are several super-stylish ways to experience the Seine …

Le Calife

Living up to the grandeur that lines the river’s banks, Le Calife (pictured above, also) — which docks at the foot of the Institut de France just by the Pont des Arts — is an historical monument itself.

Le Calife dinner cruise

After a loving eighteen-year restoration of a 1939 barge, La Calife is like something from a wanderluster’s exotic dream, all gleaming wood and glowing lanterns and eccentric, historic touches: a music room decorated with vintage floorboards from a former Parisian mansion and antique French stained glass, old Italian portholes, a 300-year-old Buddha …

Le Calife Paris
ph: Le Calife

Choose a two-hour lunch or dinner cruise; meals are priced from 87€ per head (alcohol is extras), and there’s a 45€ kids menu. Click here for more information.

Ducasse sur Seine

Esteemed chef Alain Ducasses’s entry into Paris’s river restaurant industry has, unsurprisingly, raised the bar.

Ducasse sur Seine
ph: Ducasse Sur Seine

Situated impressively across from the Eiffel Tower, this glossy glasshouse of a boat offers a numbers of multi-star meal experiences — click here for options — starting from 95€ for lunch, 150€ for dinner, per person. All cruises are two hours in length.

Ducasse sur Seine
ph: Ducasse Sur Seine

Le Bateau Français

Le Bateau Français is an ultra-chic, 1930s-inspired, architect-designed boat:

Private Seine cruise
ph: Le Bateau Français

It can accommodate up to eleven guests, which helps to justify the splurge: a two-and-a-half-hour experience (with two hours of cruising) costs 890€, and comes complete with stylish apéro platters, champagne and rosé.

Private Seine cruise
ph: Le Bateau Français

Or, you can customise the menu, and even route, which usually departs and ends at Port de l’Arsenal. For more information, click here.

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