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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