The Al Fresco Life After Lockdown

With the official countdown over for the reopening of restaurants and cafés in Paris for outdoor dining, we share with you some of the best al fresco rendezvous spots in the City of Light for celebratory drinks.

Nestled in the heart of the Cité de l'Architecture and overlooking the Eiffel Tower, Girafe not only serves fresh seafood platters but also one of the best views of the city. Order French champagne and the lobster for a real celebratory meal to mark the easing of restrictions and the end of months of ordering in.

For a traditional brasserie meal the Brasserie Belanger will be waiting with open arms and with authentic French fare. The outdoor dining area not only serves as a great people-watching arena but also as a sweet spot to enjoy steak and frites, croque-monsieur and deviled eggs with a glass of chilled wine al fresco.

Perched on top of the city on the rooftop of the Printemps department store, Perruche lets you order contemporary Mediterranean dishes with a side of panoramic views of Paris. Start with hommus and pita bread before enjoying zucchini pasta tossed in pesto as you play spot the famous landmarks including Palais Garnier, Paris's famous opera house, and the Sacré Coeur.

Surrounded by lush palm trees, settle into Cali Sisters for a California-inspired brunch with granola with coconut milk yoghurt, pancakes, and multigrain waffles. The restaurant offers a cool relaxed vibe and also serves fresh juices, coffee, and if you like your brunch with a kick you can order one of their signature cocktails.

Facing the Madeleine church, Le Grand Café Fauchon is your rendezvous for a fancy French high tea. Macarons, finger sandwiches and delicious pastries make up the delicious afternoon treat served with juice, the house's signature tea or perhaps something bubblier!

In the bustling Marais neighbourhood, Eataly will serve you the dolce vita with three different outdoor dining areas including the Bar Torino. The traditional Italian aperitivo bar serves a great spritz and pizza alla para, making your evening out of lockdown a Roman holiday.

For an outdoor barbecue from up high reserve your table at Mama Shelter. The hotel's branch in the east of Paris serves up a great barbecue with a chilled atmosphere and served best with a pitcher of one of the house's signature cocktails.

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