As long as the weather is good, tango enthusiasts (advanced and never-before-danced) gather at the mini amphitheatres along the Seine in the 5th arrondissement, to dance seductively until twilight.
If you don’t want to join in, sitting with a bottle of wine on the steps, watching these dancers is still absolutely mesmerizing and incredibly atmospheric.
A little old man sits on the edge of the river with his radio playing Argentinian accordion music and guarding the dancers’ belongings.
Spectators watch quietly, listening to the dragging of tango feet on the stone banks.
Beautiful Parisian women often turn up alone here in paisley summer dresses, waiting to be asked to dance by strangers.
It’s people watching with a very sexy twist– the perfect date spot in Paris.
Wednesday- Sunday from 8.30pm. There are also free tango classes with Ray and Eric from 7pm. Square Tino Rossi, Quai St. Bernard, in the 5th Arrondissement (Métro stop Jussieu or Gare Austerlitz). On the same riverbank, there are also stages for salsa dancing and 1950s jiving. More information here.