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5 Must Haves for a busy traveller

Bonjour folks! Even though it doesn’t seem like it, Christmas is just around the corner. After a tough year of stress, frustration, and fear, it’s finally time for some little sparkles in our lives. As an active expat, you might feel like you often run out of  inspiration or time to spoil your love ones (or yourself). But dear, pas de panique: Apéros Frenchies decided to give you a hand this year. So look no further, these are your top 5 Must haves for a busy traveller!
 

5 must haves for busy travellers

 

 

1 – Suitcase organiser

 

Although travelling for leisure has come to a bit of a standstill, essential Business travel is still taking place! This suitcase arranger is just the last piece an active traveller would need.  Straight from your suitcase to the wardrobe (and vice versa) this portable wardrobe takes away the stress of packing and unpacking and save you a lot of time!

Price: 24,95€

 

2 – Minipresso

What is worse than starting a day without a good coffee?  We know that while traveling we can easily not have good coffee at hand.. But not anymore! With this Minipresso, you can enjoy a delicious espresso whenever, wherever. Minipresso is an espresso machine that doesn’t need batteries. It was designed for people with an active lifestyle, but its quality design and user-friendliness make it a great machine for all caffeine lovers to get their coffee kick!

Price: 59,95€



3 –  Portable electric blender 

Whether you are a work out buff or you just love a fresh, healthy juice at work, you can make all kinds of smoothies with this magic portable blender! Vegetables, fresh fruits, spices: fill up the bottle with whatever you llike, turn it on and enjoy!

Price : 29,95€

 

4 – Foot Massager

 

After a hard day’s work, can you think of anything better than a good foot massage to unwind? Now, instead of having to bribe your loved ones, this foot massager can knead, roll, and even apply air pressure. There’s sure to be a few green-eyed monsters. Hop on the good foot and do the… good thing! 

Price: 129,95€

 5 – Bala Bangles Wearable Weight

Have you spent your time working from your home office, eating chocolate and heavy winter food,is this making you feel guilty? Add a constant but comfortable resistance to your workout with the one pound Bala Bangles wrist and ankle weights, helping to burn fat and build muscle. For yoga, running, aerobics, pilates, walking, traveling, home workouts, core training. You name it! Bala Bangles are made of the highest quality fitness materials and come in a range of colours! Allez, 3, 2, 1.. C’est parti!

Price 59,95€

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That’s it for our  5 must haves  but find out more ideas on the website L’Avant Gardiste !

Since we are on the topic of travel, perhaps you need to plan a trip somewhere in Europe? Either for business or to return home for Christmas? Why not check out our partner Trainline! Make sure to check out this platform and save time and money! 🙂

Perhaps, if you have not seen our website yet, feel to have a look at our latest articles and recommendations! 😉

 

 

Urban Loft Cologne, new concept for urban people

Tired of not traveling and can’t bare to spend one more weekend in your city? It’s time to explore the country, guys! Discover Cologne from a new perspective. Experience the city from an URBAN LOFT point of view, entailing art, food, drink, music, and most of all, fun!

Lobby _ Urban Loft
View on the city _ Urban Loft

 

A few weeks ago, we were traveling around Cologne. We were curious to discover this new design & young concept from Amaron group: Urban Loft Cologne. Co-working space by day,  hotel by night, it is located just few minutes away from the central station, which is perfect when you arrive by train it also offers all the facilities to visit the city.

With young friendly and really welcoming staff, we felt at home as soon as we arrived!

Art connoisseur? You would love their exhibitions from the bottom to the top! Every room is meticulously decorated with paintwork from local and international artists.

Rooftop lovers? Have a drink and relax on the terrace. Don’t take our word for it, experience it yourself.

Sports addict? Don’t worry, this place have a nice, furnished gym where you can work out at anytime and detox from the previous night out 😉

As we say “après l’effort le réconfort” make sure you enjoy the unconventional breakfast to kick off  a new adventurous day in Cologne.

NB: All the products served or offered at this hotel, are eco and made locally in Cologne!

Book your trip to Urban Loft Cologne  with Trainline and save time and money!

Urban loft Bedroom
Urban loft Bedroom
View on the city _ Urban Loft
View on the city _ Urban Loft
Urban loft Bathroom
Bathroom _ Urban Loft
Urban Loft Coworking

 

Cocktails lovers? Check out the Little Link, a speakeasy cocktail bar which appeals greatly to mixologist buffs.Delicious drinks, tranquille atmosphere & efficient bartenders!

 

 

 

 

 

Unconventional Diner – Les Bains Confidentiels

Known as one of the hottest spots in town, Les Bains Paris just re-opened on September 17th with an unprecedented concept “Les Bains Confidentiels”:  becoming the confidential meeting point of partygoers in the City of Lights. Discover this place from a whole new perspective!

 

Parisian Night Owl? This place is probably no secret for you anymore, but due to the pandemic, Les Bains has been closed since March 2020. Known for its traditional baths or for the select club where famous DJs became residents, this place is the HQ for all those cravings an evening in town with good vibes, artisan cocktails in trendy venues..  We have some good news for our night owls, they just re opened their restaurant, Roxo, a few weeks ago with an unconventional diner format.

Birthday diner? Private event? Romantic evening? Les Bains & La Riposte Agency are rolling out the red carpet for their guests. Offering you a plethora of diner / cocktail options, all of which are original and intimate.

From the dining room, you can enjoy live music while savoring a delicious diner; word on the street is that they even booked some emerging artists from the French Pop scene.

 

But that’s not all, you can also spend your evening dining or savoring cocktails in some unique areas that have been unveiled especially for the occasion. Whether it’s in the iconic club, where so many stars have taken to the dance floor… in the legendary swimming pool…or in the hotel’s penthouse suite your evening will take an unprecedented twist.

For those who prefer a more intimate atmosphere, then, pick the Chinese Secret Salon. With a private chef cooking before your eyes, get ready to be blown away by French excellence. Oh la la.

Look no further for the unique diner experience you’ve been craving in Paris, France, we’ve got your back with this exclusive opportunity for unconventional diner!

Info & reservation here

From Thursday to Saturday 08:30 PM – 02:00AM.

Salon ChinoisLes Bains Les Bains - Luxury suiteLes Bains - Suite's Terrace

Menu Les Bains:  Starters – Main Course – Dessert  59€/ PP

Menu Grand Bains: Amuse-bouche – Starters – Main Course – Dessert – Delicacies 79€/ PP

Suite privatisation (on request)

 

Our top spots for summer in Paris

Apéros Frenchies events are up and running in Paris, and we are very excited, to say the least! There’s still a few months of summer sunshine to go, so have a look at where we’ve been partying, and we hope to see you there next time. Whether you prefer courtyards, terraces, or even boat parties.. we’ve selected only the best for you. So here it is, our top summer spots in Paris!

Off En Seine

86 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris, France

We wouldn’t do summer without a boat party and we are glad to have Off en Seine on our list! The infinity pool and immense views over the river Seine gave this year’s boat party a special edge. Moored at the foot of Austerlitz station, Off en Seine is Paris’ first hotel and bar that is located directly on the water.
There was a DJ Set, awesome people, and special cocktails by Citadelle and Sense of Spirits, served just for you. What a great place to party!

Check out  the pictures on Instagram!

We will be back at Off en Seine soon! Stay tuned!

If you prefer to go solo, and enjoy a quiet atmosphere,   the restaurant offers some tapas & really good cocktails every day from 5:00 pm! 

 

 

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Flow le Roof

4 Port des Invalides, 75007 Paris, France

Who doesn’t love a rooftop party whilst the sun sets over Paris? This trendy location is the perfect place for our Apéros Frenchies’ events. Tell a friend to tell a friend, it’s going to be amazing, and we are looking forward to seeing you there next time!

Thought about trying a new cocktail? We’ve got your back, just check out this post: Our top refreshing cocktails for summer!

If you cannot make it for our Afterwork, have a look while it is still sunny and warm! Flow le Roof is open everyday from Monday to Friday (5:00pm – 02:00am) and Friday- Sunday (03:00pm- 02:00am). And Le Quai is open everyday (09:00am to 02:00 am). 

 

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Kube Hotel

1 Passage Ruelle, 75018 Paris

Fancy a city escape to the jungle? Just a few steps away from Canal St Martin, this 4 star hotel offers an enjoyable evening with new and old friends, whilst surrounded by nature’s greenery. If you weren’t able to join us, you can always stop by as it’s one of our top locations in Paris, and have a drink (or two?)

Kube

Keep an eye on our events page, and we’ll see you next time!

The Best Rooftop Bars in Munich this Summer

Urban flair, tasty cocktails, panoramic views over the Alps. Munich’s rooftop bars provide the perfect location for your summer nights out. We’ve put together the best rooftop locations for your summer in Munich!

 

The Terrace

The Terrace is located at the top of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. This bar has a great atmosphere and is one of Munich’s best-kept secrets for asian inspired al fresco dining and sipping on cocktails. Guests are accompanied by a stunning view of Munich, including the twin domes of the Munich Cathedral and the  sunset over the Alpine horizon. Does it get much better? 

Goldene Bar

The Goldene Bar creates unique cocktails that are made just for you. Of course, you can order from the standard menu, but why not tell them your favourite (and worst) flavours, and be pleasantly surprised with what the talented bartenders rustle up!

Located behind the Haus der Kunst, and the Englischer Garten, the terrace and stays sunny until late, and the beautiful sunset will go down nicely with your new favourite cocktail. 

Oh, and if you need another good reason to come, this  place is a meeting spot of  the Eisbach-surfers …need we more? 😉

Flushing Medows

Flushing Medows is one of the best hidden rooftops in Munich. The vintage interior of this cosy rooftop bar invites you to relax and chill out with friends while being served the finest creation of cocktails. It’s a great place to enjoy the view over the city in the evenings!

Café im Vorholzer forum

The café Vorhoelzer is located at the top of the the architecture faculty of the Technische Universität München, and offers a view over the Pinacoteca museums. The entry is quite tricky to find, but hey, it’s a somewhat secret location for students! Perhaps you’ll make new friends whilst finding your there. Oh, and if you get hungry, feel free to order something to eat too!

Kulturdachgarten

This summer-pop-up bar is located on the roof of the Alpina Parking House, not far from the main train station. Kulturdachgarten is a great example of green city projects: The entire bar, seats and decoration are made from recycled materials.

If you’re hungry after a long day of work, taste the Indian vegetarian meals – they’re delicious. 

M’Uniqo

You might have seen our post brunching at the M’uniqo, but did you know it also has a rooftop bar?

Date night? M’Uniqo’s 360° view of  Munich could be the perfect location for you!

Louis Grill Room

Our Top Refreshing Cocktails for Summer!

We often mention cocktails and we’ve tasted a few ourselves! So we’ve put together some tips on the top cocktails for you to taste this summer.

 

Drink responsibly. You must be of legal drinking and buying age to read this article.

 


1 – Citadelle Gin

Do we still need to introduce you to this French Gin Brand from Maison Ferrand?

Simply garnish with a fresh lemon peel and voilà, you’re set. The size and shape of the peel, straight or twisted, large or small, does not matter as long as it’s fresh. Just mix Citadelle and a high quality tonic water, and you’ll have crafted the perfect drink in no time.

Once served, it emanates herbaceous notes of juniper and anise. Then, the spicy cinnamon side softens the nose, bringing a very gourmand dimension to the gin.



2 – Sense of Spirits – Cognac

Firstly, we introduced you to this new brand, during lockdown, showing you some DIY cocktails at home. See post: The Perfect Cognac Cocktail for Apéro – Sense of Spirits. Secondly, our Parisian community had the chance to finally test the cocktails during two of our events, and the brand itself has been very well received!

Sweet from the grape but keeping the intensity from the Cognac, those ready-to-sip cocktails sparkle up your summer evenings! Sense of Spirits create inspiring and timeless lifestyle drinks and strive themselves to introduce new ways to let people enjoy cognac differently!

Check out their website and get 15€ off with our promo code APEROSFRENCHIES for any order up to 75€.

Find more about our recipes here or on IGTV.


3 – Lillet Tonic 

Lillet is an aperitif wine, made from Bordeaux grapes along with macerated fruit liqueurs, which gives it a pleasantly fruity, but not overly sweet, character.

You had the chance to discover this brand during many of our events in Europe, and during the lockdown too. Let’s stick to fresh long drinks that are easy to do at home. No need to be a professional, it’s easy as 1, 2, 3 and your guests’ reactions will be priceless.

Pour 5cl of Lillet Blanc into a glass full of ice cubes. Add 10cl of tonic water and a slice of cucumber. Decorate with one strawberry and a mint leaf. Et voilà!

Preparing a wedding or a private event? Lillet is our personal recommendation. Their univers fit perfectly with the dreamy and magical atmosphere of such an occasion. Don’t hesitate to contact us for  any requests.

 

 

Ricard Plantes fraiches

 4 – Ricard

Going to the south of France this summer? If so, add “taste the pastison” to your to-do list , one of the most refreshing drinks for hot summer days. The name pastis originally comes from the Provençal  and means ‘mix’. It now refers to the French aniseed-flavored liqueur with an alcoholic strength of 40% or 45%, for a pastis from Marseille.

How to drink a Ricard? Pour 2,5cl  of Ricard into a glass. Add cold water to dilute it. The water will instantly and magically transform your pastis from a clear amber color to a milky greenish-yellow.

Sip slowly on a sunny terrace at the end of the afternoon. Although, if you are not a big fan of the classical pastis, check out their new edition Ricard Plantes fraiches, made with anise exclusively from fresh plants grown on the Valensole plateau in Haute-Provence (France).

We hope we helped you planning your summer Apéros! Don’t forget to feature @aperos_frenchies on your Instagram stories or posts, we can’t wait to share them! Santé!

Take a Breather – Gerbermüle Hotel & Restaurant, Frankfurt

 

The Gerbermüle is part of the city’s heritage and is probably one of the most atypic hotels in Frankfurt.  Just by the main river,  it is surrounded with a large,  beautiful and very traditional German Beer Garden. However, from the outside, you might never guess the fully refurbished and creatively designed interior. Take a breather – discover the Gerbermühle hotel & restaurant.

 

 

 

RESTAURANT & DRINK

If  you are looking for  a nice/ quiet place to  enjoy the sunset on the skyline,  we’ve  probably found THE spot for a drink, or for  diner.  The chestnut trees and the Main river make you forget about your stressful routine or the urban noises. Take a breather with friends, or colleagues and  just enjoy  the moment. The restaurant offer a large choice of tasteful and simple food, wines and if you need it,  great recommendations from the staff.

 

Skyline view, Gerbermühle
beer Garden, Gerbermühle

 

HOTEL

If your  planing to stay  few days, for a get away or a business trip in Frankfurt we totally recommend this hotel. Although located outside the city center, you can however access there within 10-15mn by car from the Central station.

Select materials, a modern interior and luxuriously appointed bathrooms offer a stylish comfort. 

Forget about earplugs, you won’t need it. At the Gerbermühle, the only neighbors you might have  are some little ones living in the chestnuts of the garden!

The kindness and simplicity of the the staff, the quality of the service, and the confort of the stay make you feel like staying forever!

 

 

BAR

Maybe not the first place you will think about regarding a birthday bash or corporate events, but most probably one of the best in town.

Send us an email for any request, we will be happy to  help you organise it!

 

Don’t forget to check out our reco in our different cities, and follow us on our social media Facebook & Instagram 

 

 

 

 

July 2020 – Spots You Cannot Miss in Paris this Month!

Apéros Frenchies events are up and running in Paris, and we are very excited, to say the least! There’s still a few months of summer sunshine, so check out our range of upcoming locations. Whether you prefer courtyards, terraces, or even boat parties, we can’t wait to join you for a drink! Remember to book your free tickets in advance! 

Upcoming Apéros Frenchies Events

Off En Seine

22nd July 2020, 06:30 PM – 02:00AM
86 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris, France

We wouldn’t do summer without a boat party! Off en Seine gives this year’s boat party a special edge with its infinity pool and immense views over the river Seine. Moored at the foot of the Austerlitz station, OFF is the first hotel and bar on the water in Paris! 

You know we love helping you discover new, beautiful locations! We are definitely glad to have Off en Seine on the list. A DJ Set, awesome people, and special cocktails from  Citadelle  and Sense of Spirits are waiting for you at this amazing venue. 

So, is there any excuse to miss this one?  

 

Off en Seine

 

Off en Seine

Flow le Roof

29th July 2020, 06.30PM– 02:00AM
4 Port des Invalides, 75007 Paris, France

Who doesn’t love a rooftop party whilst the sun sets over Paris? This trendy location is the perfect place for the last of the Apéros Frenchies’ July events. Tell a friend to tell a friend, it’s going to be amazing, and we are looking forward to seeing you all there!

Sunset View from Flow Paris at Apéros Frenchies Event 2019
Apéros Frenchies Flow Paris

Past Apéros Frenchies Events

 

Else Bar & Restaurant

15th July 2020, 06:30 PM– 02:00AM
49 Rue Berger, 75001 Paris

It’s been a tough few months of staying indoors, but we can finally go out, and what better place to start than at Else. Not only is there a piano bar in the basement and a beautiful outdoor garden area, but the Israeli platters and delicious cocktails made this a great place to meet with friends for the first time in a while!

 

Else Bar & Restaurant

 

 

 

Kube Hotel

24th June 2020 &  8th July 2020

It was great to see all 150 of you at our courtyard event of this beautiful hotel in the heart of Paris 18th.

Tired of the urban routine? This 4 stars hotel offers you a quiet time off in a beautiful green atmosphere, just few step away from Canal St Martin. If you missed it don’t hesitate to have to stop by, and a drink ! 

Kube

Flow le Roof


1th July 2020

We loved seeing how much you enjoyed our first summer event at Flow Le Roof.

We were glad to collaborate with Sense of Spirits, to serve you original fresh cocktails and keep you fresh!

We also noticed the fun time  with our photobooth! Have you download your pictures on the website? It’s not too late ! Don’t hesitate to share those memories on Instagram and tag us : @aperos_frenchies. Feel free to have a look to the full album on our Facebook page! 

 For those who missed it, we’ll be back on 29th July.

Flow
Flow Le Roof  Valentina Claret ©

 

Flow Le Roof  Valentina Claret ©


See you there!

 

Paris From a Whole New Perspective: a Summer Exhibition by Jeanne Varaldi

What is happening in Paris? Her digital paintings also aroused your curiosity? Let us introduce you to this young french artist: Jeanne Varaldi!

 

Parisian abstract painter, she explores the manufacture of gesture, and the fauvist color palette. Similar to sundials, her canvases play with the sunshine and luminosity of their environment . Find our more about her universe through her summer exhibition and discover Paris from a really different perspective! 

Jeanne gradually projects her work onto urban space: through her digital paintings, she reinvents the roads, sidewalks and walls of her neighborhood. Check out the Place de la République, rue du Faubourg du temple and many other parisian streets..

Her compositions blur the landmarks of the city to give another reading, playful and colorful. She also targets areas under construction, urban spaces whose uses are not clearly defined, doors and interfaces. Her research invites us to imagine other uses and behaviors in connection with an evolving environment.  

Also, if you are in Paris this summer, don’t miss her exhibition and the chance to meet her ! You will discover her splendid digital paintings  from the 2nd of July until the end of August,  at “Le Pavillon des Canaux”. (19e) 

You can find more information regarding the exhibition here.

But above all,  have a drink and say Hi at her launching cocktail this week!

 

Thursday, July 2nd  from 7:00 pm

Le pavillon des Canaux

39 quai de Loire,

75019 Paris, France

 

Jeanne Varaldi, French visual artist- Digital painting 2020

 

Follow her work on Instagram

Find our more on her Website : https://jeannevaraldi.com/

St. Germain Spritz – the Perfect Cocktail for Summer

The St. Germain Spritz  has become a crowd favorite at Apéros Frenchies event, and was featured as the welcome drink of choice at several of our events!
The Liqueur is crafted from elderflower blossoms harvested in late spring, making it the ideal summer drink. You all know by now however that while summer may be our favorite season, we’re hosting International Afterwork events year-round. Luckily, there’s a St. Germain cocktail for any occasion. Next time you’re at one of our events feel free to try a St. Germain Spritz! Or if you’re one of our lucky  Frenchies, maybe its time you brought along a bottle of this authentic French liqueur to your next Apéro and put your twist on the welcome drink?  Here a recipe to make your own St Germain Spritz; the perfect cocktail for summer!
 4cl  St~Germain liqueur
 6cl  Dry Sparkling Wine

 6cl  Sparkling Water

Combine all of the ingredients over ice in your favorite glass. Stir gently. Garnish with a lemon twist!

Enjoy your St Germain Spritz! Santé

Any other recipes? Check out ou  DIY Cocktails with Sense of Spirits Cognac,
or a refreshing long drink of  Lillet Tonic  and if you need some inspirations of  “accompagnements”, we’ve got your back!

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Liqueur St Germain