A Monday in early August. Practically the whole of Paris has gone to the coast to escape the humid heat. More fool them because now we can get prime seats in the most popular terrace bars!


I’m the sort of person that needs to go home and relax occasionally but not very much. I prefer to be out and about. So on a Monday after work, I suggested to my flatmates that we go and do something I had always wanted to try in Paris, which was to have a posh drink on the terrace of the Mini Palais. This is a restaurant attached to the Grand Palais, an imposing art gallery just off the Champs Elysees.


We sat on the lovely wicker chairs amongst the Greek-style columns in the warmth of the evening and had a nice, quiet and sophisticated cocktail. It was just one this time, mainly because of the price tag. I had a Wineberry because I couldn’t decide between wine and cocktail and this combination of the two was the perfect solution. What more could you ask for?


If you want to go to eat at a high-end restaurant, of course, come here for food. Otherwise, come for a drink and appreciate the luxury of it all. Afterwards, we looked out onto the Seine at the Eiffel Tower and thought, it’s flipping great living amongst all this. It really is.


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