13 terraces that smell like the holidays

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Have a drink on the terrace in Poitiers ©Agence Zébrelle - Tom Lambert

To enjoy the summer as it should be, find a selection of 13 relaxing places to have a drink with friends or family, in the four corners of the department of Vienne.
Spotlight on our favorite convivial places, where the weather is good listen to music, relax, have a drink, eat… In short, have fun with family or friends!

The Modern Comfort

In the Pont-Neuf district, in Poitiers, Modern Comfort, a former industrial wasteland, has been converted into an alternative music scene, with concert halls, an exhibition space, but also rehearsal studios, a fanzinotheque, a record store and a restaurant. In the wooded garden, embellished with works of art, the terrace is an invitation to idleness and decompression!

The Guinguette Pictave of Ilot Tison

On the banks of the Clain, in Poitiers, the Ilot Tison park offers a parenthesis of greenery and freshness in the middle of town. In place of the old sawmill, the place transformed into a hall with a translucent roof is regularly transformed into a stage for shows. Two steps away, the Guinguette Pictave welcomes strollers for a drink with their feet in the sand, a musical quiz, a game of cornhole, a darts tournament or a meal to choose from among the wide range of dishes offered by the food trucks.

Islet of Tison on the banks of the Clain©Thomas JELINEK- Agence Zebrelle

The Hyphen

At the bottom of the Montbernage district in Poitiers, the restaurant The Hyphen nestles on the banks of the Clain. In this bucolic setting, with modern decoration, two brothers present a cuisine that meets their two worlds: vegetarian and traditional. The terrace which directly overlooks the river is a real corner of tranquility in the heart of the city.

At the Cafe Canteen

On the Gençay market square, a stone's throw from the market halls, events are bustling in at Cafe Canteen, a retro café known to regulars: open stages, workshops, shows, exhibitions, storytelling aperitifs, game evenings... not forgetting the concerts on Thursday and Saturday evenings. Eight partners brought this former Café du Commerce to life to make it a place of meetings and conviviality, where art, culture and cuisine come together with products from short circuits.

Republic Corner

In a large shed, Republic area in Poitiers, Republic Corner, with a very “industrial” spirit, invites you to relax, seated around the large tables in the light of the garlands or on the terrace under the parasols. To snack, six street food stalls display a variety of dishes. As for drinks, a giant dispenser offers ten beers to sip or cocktails at the bar. And every evening the atmosphere is different: salsa lessons, broadcasts of matches, karaoke, concerts, blind tests, DJ sets… as well as a games room for children!


This summer, from July 4 to August 29, eight concerts will take place in the heart of the villages of Grand Châtellerault : Archigny, Vicq-sur-Gartempe, Leigné-les-Bois, Monthoiron, Availles-en-Châtellerault, Sérigny, Châtellerault and Coussay-les-Bois. On Thursday evenings, everyone can come and enjoy jazz, swing, rock'n roll, retro rock or soul, eat or drink on the spot, while dancing.

The Alcove

30 years ago, the colony of Saint-Hilaire was admirably transformed to become the Domaine de Roiffe. Today, these immense tufa stone buildings and the greenery that surrounds them house a tourist complex with hotel, golf course, spa, micro-winnery et the Alcove restaurant. On its large terrace overlooking the park, creative dishes made from local products are to be enjoyed without moderation!

Terrace of the Alcove in Roiffé©Thomas JELINEK – Agence Zebrelle

The Dungeon of Bacchus

In one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France, the terrace of the restaurant Le Donjon de Bacchus is a call for a snack break! Just in front of the fortress of Angles-sur-l'Anglin feasting on an ice cream or a cocktail is a must when visiting the village.

The Golf Table

For a drink or a meal, the terrace of the Restaurant La Table du Golf offers a superb panoramic view of the golf course and Lake Saint-Cyr below. At sunset, the spectacle is splendid.

The Cerasus

As an extension of the abbey of Saint-Savin, the Abbot's dwelling, magnificently renovated, now houses a gourmet restaurant, the Cérasus. Trained in prestigious kitchens, adept at short circuits, the chef concocts inventive and refined dishes. In fine weather, the terrace overlooking the Gartempe is the ideal setting for a dinner for two.

Ponteil Marina

If you like to be lulled by the lapping of the water and the melodious song of the birds, the terrace of the Floating Village and its restaurant Ponteil Marina is for you! In Pressac, this relaxing setting with a breathtaking view of the cabins is an ode to relaxation. For a drink or a meal, or even a night if the adventure of sleeping on the water tempts you.

La Voulzie

In Lathus-Saint-Rémy, not far from the Roc d'Enfer, the dining room La Voulzie with its large bay windows provides light and panoramic view of the Gartempe. The terrace directly overlooks the bed of the river, a calm and relaxing place to taste small brasserie type dishes.

The time of a summer

At the heart of the City of Writing in Montmorillon, overlooking the Place du Vieux Marché, the small restaurant-tea room The time of a summer is the essential address for a gourmet break. Drinks, homemade dishes and sweets can be enjoyed on the terrace and are perfectly accompanied by a book from the shelves of the culinary bookstore Le Festin de Babette. The crispy and crunchy waffles are to die for.

The time of a summer©Le Temps d’un Eté

So, which place will you prefer? Be sure to check out our activity ideas in the Vienne as well as our suggestions accommodation around Poitiers.


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La Vienne can also be visited at night

La Vienne is a lively department, even at night! Whether you are looking for sports or cultural activities to do with family or friends, the options are numerous. Different places are opening their doors…

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Path of Tison ©ACAP – Sandrine DUVIGNAC
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