When the sun finally deigns to shine brightly in the city, Parisiens collectively burst out of their French doors and hit the cafe terraces. While the usual suspects on famous avenues, traffic-ringed corners and shady rues continue to pull in punters, it’s a bunch of pop-up bars and cafes on the riverfront way down in the unglam 13th arrondissement that are really buzzing. The Batofar, the floating benchmark for electro and techno which has been moored here for ages, has long thrown its deckchairs overboard onto the cobbled banks of the Seine when the days and nights warm up. Now it’s got company. Lots of company. Since the opening of Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design on the quai d’Austerlitz in 2012, the area has slowly morphed from plain Jane into place to be. Come the weekend, the array of steamer chairs, lounges, benches, stools, low tables and deck chairs belonging to the summer-only cabana cafes are crammed with sunseekers ordering up pizzas, burgers, tapas, salads, cocktails and beers in plastic glasses. Just like the beach–without the sand or surf. If you do fancy a dip, there’s always the Piscine Josephine Baker, a glass-walled 25m pool on a barge moored permanently close by. A retractable glass roof opens to the sky in summer months and there’s a sun deck with Seine vista. No cocktails or cool soundtrack, though, and queues are the norm. Come for the chilled-out ‘less Paris more Berlin’ river cafe vibe, the Art Ludique Musée in the Cité complex, with its current Super Heros expo of drawings, paintings, graphics and sculptures from the big animation houses, the open air cinema screenings, or Saturday yoga sessions on the Wanderlust terrace.