Let’s face it. Paris doesn’t really need any more enviable food options to lure us there (that cheese! that wine!!!). And yet somehow, the city is about to get more magical. Because the City of Lights is now the city of sparkling water fountains!
Just to clarify: We mean drinking fountains that dispense carbonated water, not fountains that are decked out in glitter, though that would be festive too. In 2010, the French capital installed 10 of these delightful fontaine pétillantes as they’re locally called, but now the initiative is about to get a lot bigger. A new city proposal hopes to have at least one bubbly fountain in each of Paris’ 20 arrondissements. so you’ll never have to settle for blasé tap water again. The first of the new fountains will be installed in December with more on the way throughout 2018. Let’s hope this trend catches on elsewhere.
Given the almighty La Croix uprising stateside, this major hydration update shouldn’t be all that surprising, especially given the European preference for carbonated water, where Perrier reigns supreme. The French consume an average of 40 gallons of bottled water annually, and much of that is of the sparkling variety. That’s a lot of bubbles! In fact these new fountains are part of an environmental conservation initiative to help lessen the amount of plastic and waste generated from that consumption. They’re also connected to the local water supply and are chilled and carbonated at a crisp 44 degrees Fahrenheit, so you never have to worry about flat, warm water on the go.
So the next time you picnic below the Eiffel Tower, be sure to wash the brie, crepes, and baguettes down with some crisp, sparkling water. Now if only they could figure out a way to incorporate fruity flavors for the ultimate bougie experience. Pamplemousse, anyone?
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