This summer, take a break in the open-air cafes on the banks of the Loire river!

Classic French open-air cafes or “guinguettes” abound on the banks of the Loire and its tributaries. Guinguette de Rochecorbon, Guinguette de Tours or Guinguette de Blois and more... You’ll find a festive, gourmet atmosphere, perfect for unwinding and enjoying summer!  


Guinguette de Rochecorbon  


This open-air cafe is one of the most popular. And that’s because Guinguette de Rochecorbon is one of the biggest in France, only a few minutes away from Tours! The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner, and snacks, and there’s musical events, evening concerts, boules, badminton and games for kids. You’ll find people of all ages mixed together, with the Loire River flowing peacefully in the background.  

Everything you need to know to enjoy the Guinguette de Rochecorbon  
 
 

Tours-sur-Loire: Guinguette de Tours  


Head to the base of Wilson Bridge and there you’ll find the Guinguette de Tours. This open-air cafe is a lovely place to spend time on sunny days, on the banks of the Loire. The evenings have a joyful atmosphere, with a variety of events and concerts planned. Whether you’re heading to the restaurant or the bar, there’s plenty of good reasons to relax and have a nice time with friends or family there.   

Everything you need to know to enjoy the Guinguette de Tours-sur-Loire  
 

Guinguette du Lac d’Hommes  


Time to leave the banks of the Loire and head to Hommes Lake and its summer open-air cafe. This waterside spot is always popular, season after season.  It was started by a group of friends known as “Les Farmers”, keen to create a relaxing place to have a drink, listen to music and enjoy the lake and its water sports in the fresh air. Mission accomplished!   

Everything you need to know to enjoy the Guinguette du Lac d’Hommes  
 
 

“Une pause en Loire” Guinguette de Blois at Creusille Port  


Let’s head back to the banks of the Loire, in Blois. On the river’s left bank, at Cresille Port, “Une pause en Loire” Guinguette de Blois offers an incredible view of the city and Jacques Gabriel Bridge. It’s the perfect spot to have a drink, read, enjoy a concert or simply watch the river and its traditional boats go by.   

Everything you need to know to enjoy the “Une pause en Loire” Guinguette de Blois at Creusille Port   
 

Guinguette des Iles de Troo: the waterside open-air cafe  


Just like the open-air cafes on the Marne River, this spot has no shortage of charm: tables covered in red and white tablecloths, fairy lights, dance floor, and more... On the banks of the Loir, Guinguette des Iles de Troo truly deserves its nickname as the waterside open-air cafe! There, people dance, sing and have a great time, to the sound of brass bands and accordions!   

Everything you need to know to enjoy the Guinguette des Iles de Troo: the waterside open-air cafe  
 
 

Guinguette de Mennetou-sur-Cher  


Let’s set the scene - this joyful open-air cafe awaits you between the Cher River and Berry Canal, in a countryside setting. Delicious food and share plates, wine to toast with, shows and concerts every Friday night to dance and have fun, a boules court, and games for kids:  Guinguette de Mennetou-sur-Cher is fun for the whole family!  

Everything you need to know to enjoy the Guinguette de Mennetou-sur-Cher   
 

Guinguette La Corne des Pâtures in Baule  


In Baule, near Beaugency, Guinguette La Corne des Pâtures blends right in with the surrounding nature and Loire River. Here is where art, culture and eco-responsibility meet. In the events calendar, there’s something on every day: concerts, open-air cinema, farmers’ markets, games, shows for kids and more, all for your entertainment!  

Everything you need to know to enjoy the Guinguette La Corne des Pâtures  
 
 

Le Ponton, one of the open-air cafes on the banks of the Loire in Orléans  


In Orléans on the banks of the Loire, the “Le Ponton” open-air cafe, also known as “La Sardine”, is resuming its summer residence on Quai du Châtelet. This summer open-air cafe is all about local, organic, short-circuit products and a calendar of diverse cultural events. Don’t miss it! 

Everything you need to know to enjoy the “Le Ponton” open-air cafe in Orléans  
 

Guinguette La Paillote in Orléans   


Still on the banks of the Loire, but the south one this time, Guinguette La Paillote offers a lovely arts programme, starting as soon as summer arrives. It’s a true open-air cultural venue, where you can relax and catch performances of street art, circus, music and more, all while sipping your drink and enjoying the beautiful backdrop of the Loire!  

Everything you need to know to enjoy the Guinguette La Paillote in Orléans 
 

 
Guinguette de Chinon on the banks of the Vienne, Guinguette Chez Oscar et Suzette on the banks of the Loire in Amboise, Guinguette Le Boui-Boui on Quai du Fort Alleaume in Orléans, Guinguette de Montbazon in the beautiful Indre valley… As you might have noticed, open-air cafes abound on the banks of the Loire!  Head there to find people dancing, singing, enjoying a drink and simply having a nice time!  

 

Find out more about all the open-air cafes on the banks of the Loire and beyond!