Watch the world go by from a terrace

In fine weather, Parisian terraces (External link) are some of the most popular places in the capital. And they’re not tourist traps – being French is all about café culture, armed with the essentials of pavement, espresso, croissant, newspaper and perhaps a Gauloise.

Some of Paris’ most famous cafés have been immortalised on artists’ canvases and are still buzzing today: Les Deux Magots (External link), Café de Flore (External link), Le Select. But the city’s greatest landmarks also have terraces. The Palais Garnier’s L'Opéra Restaurant (External link) boasts one of the largest, with lush green plants and music at weekends – although for really exotic greenery make for Le Jardin du Petit Palais (External link) before 7pm. If you need a pitstop while trawling the Champs-Élysées, Café Fouquet’s (External link) has stunning views of the avenue and serves all day – and the beginning of June sees the luxurious Shangri-La Hôtel Paris (External link) reopen its summer terrace, La 8 Iéna, which includes some surprising Chinese additions to its drinks menu.

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