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A touch of open-air cafes

If the sun’s out and you’re looking for somewhere different in town or surrounded by nature to have a drink, enjoy a good meal, attend a concert or dance... Come and sample one of the many open-air cafes in the Loire Valley!

In Cholet, the open-air cafe called La Pergola is an ideal spot for having a drink on the banks of the Moine surrounded by greenery. The park is very pleasant for strolling in and children will enjoy playing in the play area.
 
In Cantenay-épinard, the Cabane du Chat qui Pêche is an idyllic open-air cafe for lovers of nature and quality food. Situated on the banks of the Mayenne with direct access to the river, the cafe also offers river trips in electric boats and canoes. The chef has concocted a menu of revisted local dishes inspired by local and seasonal produce.
 
In Rochefort-sur-Loire, the open-air cafe called Guinguette Gogane Port also holds music events at the weekend. Enjoy a magnificent view of the Louet and direct access to the beach over a drink between friends and delicious traditional or exotic dishes.
 
In Saint Saturnin sur Loire, the Chez Jojo open-air cafe welcomes its guests on the banks of the Loire. Win over your taste buds as you sample regional “home-made” specialities and admire the view of the Loire. Every weekend, a ball is organised in the venue led by an accordionist!
 
In Mazé Milon, La PaYoTTe invites you to the tropics! With cocktails, aged rum, flavoured rum, tapas platters, grilled food and snacks, you will soon feel like you’re at the beach. Come and enjoy the welcoming, quirky atmosphere and music events with a unique view of the Authion on spring and summer evenings.
 
At the Guinguette de Chinon, enjoy a stunning view of the royal fortress. This open-air cafe on the banks of the Vienne is the ideal place for chilling and having a drink. You can also have lunch or dinner here. Events and concerts are held throughout the season, and children are catered for with their own specially dedicated area!
 
At the Soupette de Mémère in Savonnières, settle comfortably into a deckchair in the shade of the large trees on the banks of the Cher and admire the magnificent sight of the sunset over the river at the end of the day. Sample the quirky atmosphere of this open-air cafe with its varied programme of events. You can even cycle to La Soupette de Mémère, which is situated on La Loire à Vélo just 3 km from the Château of Villandry.
 
Situated at the foot of Pont Wilson in Tours-sur-Loire, this open-air cafe is ideal for having a drink and relaxing. Music, dancing and an open-air cinema provide plenty of evening entertainment. On the opposite bank of the Loire, in July and August, Tours-sur-Plage offers spaces for relaxing as well as multiple leisure activities. It’s time for a bit of lazing around!
 
In Port-Avertin, the summer open-air cafe is back on the banks of the Cher to the delight of both young and old. With river trips, games for all ages, dancing and a variety of music concerts including jazz, rock and world music, an atmosphere of entertainment and conviviality reigns on the banks of the Cher!
 
La Corne des Pâtures, in Baule, blends into its surroundings and strives to protect nature and the environment. Situated on the banks of the Loire in a bucolic setting, this attractive open-air cafe offers a harmonious blend of art, culture and a sense of environmental responsibility. The season is punctuated by a series of events including a local market, open-air cinema, theatre, games, children’s shows and, of course, concerts and dancing beneath fairy lights!
 
In Orléans, La Sardine awaits you on the quays of the Loire with all the ingredients you need for having a good time, including long wooden tables, benches, a stage and dance floor. Sit down for a drink at the end of the day, share a platter of food, attend a concert in the evening and, of course, have a dance and a good time!
 
Also in Orléans, the Boui-Boui is one of a new generation of open-air cafes on the banks of the Loire! With its deckchairs, library and board games, relaxation and conviviality reign during concerts and themed evenings. The open-air cafe also adds oysters and brunches to its menu at the weekend. For something a little out of the ordinary, don’t miss a trip on the Loire in a canoe or traditional boat. There’s plenty of opportunity for savouring every aspect of the local delights!
 
Other open-air cafes to discover in the Loire Valley
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