Do you prefer a refreshing drink on an outdoor terrace facing Sacré Coeur, or a seat on a cozy rooftop patio with views of the sunset and the Eiffel Tower? At Coeur Sacré, the choice is yours!
With beautiful views over the roofs of Montmartre, the new rooftop at Coeur Sacré is the perfect new venue to enjoy your next summer Apéro. The sunny summer weather allowed all of us to catch clear views all the way to the Eiffel Tower as the sun set. It was wonderful to see everyone dressed in their Apéro best enjoying refreshing cocktails on both the rooftop patio and wrap around terrace.
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A special thank you is in order for the amazing team at Coeur Sacré for welcoming all 100+ members of the Apéros Frenchies community on Thursday July 29! We hope you all enjoyed photography from the incredible Andy Sama, and of course Le Carre de Lumiere with their Photo Booth.
Not to be confused with the “Basilica of the Sacred Heart” aka Sacré Coeur, the Coeur Sacré opened in May 2021 as a Concept store – Coffee Shop – Rooftop space. With the sunny summer weather, we enjoyed views clear to the Eiffel Tower as the sun set from the upstairs Rooftop Montmartre.
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After sunset, the party got started with the help of DJ chiefP as the whole room turned into a dance floor. If you missed us last time, no worries! Did you miss out on last weeks event? Apéros Frenchies will be at the Coeur Sacré on August 12 and August 19 to end the summer rooftop season off right. Reserve your tickets now, or if you are a member, keep on eye on your inbox for your exclusive invitation.
Paris is famous for many things: its delicious gastronomy, its beautiful architecture, and of course its terraces! Le Grande Bleu bar and restaurant takes advantage of all of these things and more from its cozy spot on the banks of the Bassin D’Arsenal.
What better place to hold our long awaited first event back in Paris after the closures.
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With it’s sunny rooftop area, indoor bar w/dj, and lively ground floor Biergarten, there was plenty of space to reconnect with all new and returning members. We were also more than happy to welcome back our longterm collaborator La Carre De Lumiere! Quite a few of you took advantage of their awesome photo booth to print out some memories.
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Don’t worry if you missed out on this event, you can catch us at Le Grande Bleu again on 4 August 2021. Make sure to reserve your ticket now! Until then stay up to date on everything Aperos Frenchies on Facebook and Instagram. We have some *very* exciting things planned with the reopening of bars and restaurants globally, and we are looking forward to welcoming our entire international community back soon.
Welcome back everyone! It’s been a long break, but we are happy to see you all healthy, happy, and back enjoying our Apéros Frenchies events in some of the best venues your cities have to offer. With the reopening of restaurants and bars comes some exciting news from the team.
Thanks to your feedback and enthusiasm we are launching in Barcelona, Madrid, Lyon, Copenhagen, and Brussels. With bars and restaurants reopening around the world, we are excited to hit the ground running, and we can not wait to welcome you to new chic venues in these new cities.
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New Cities on the Horizon
We are especially happy to welcome back our community in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, or Munich. Some of you may have already seen that our Paris events are already up and running, but now we need your help. Do you know a great venue in your city you’d love for us to bring the Aperos Frenchies experience to? Send us a message, our DMs are open, or you can use this handy form right here.
New Event Concepts Are on The Way!
Along with the traditional Aperos Frenchies events you know and love, we are planning new exclusive experiences, masterclasses, and giveaways for all the members of our incredible community. You will not want to miss these! Be sure to sign up now and become a member of the community. All it takes is a few clicks!
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The our friends and colleagues in the hospitality industry have endured a rough period, and we are committed to making sure to provide the safest experiences for both the staff and our community. If you would like to be a part of our next steps, our applications are still open! What better way to hit the ground running and help out the hospitality industry than by becoming an Apéros Frenchies ambassador?
Who hasn’t thought of leaving everything behind for a week, a month.. or even forever? 🙂We know the lack of social interaction and working from our living room has affected all of us. Let us brighten your day, and come along to the Canary island of Fuerteventura! We found the best places to stay, and selected our favorite restaurants so you have no excuses. It’s time to take a breath and get to know this paradise!
Situation in Fuerteventura:
It’s important to note that although The Canary Islands are part of Spain, each island can set their own rules regarding with COVID-19. To gain entry to the island visitors need a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old. The Airport is around 30 minutes driving from the main city of Corralejo. Car rentals are the cheapest option, as a simple cab ride can cost visitors 60€ just to reach the main city! Happily, once you’ve taken the precautions and verified the rules, you can enjoy the open restaurants and bars.
We recommend you to stay in Corralejo which is the main city of the Island and where there is all the nightlife. Be aware however that that are still some limitations: bars are only open until midnight and seatings are limited to a maximum of 10 per table.
When you’re not enjoying the nightlife or grabbing a meal there are plenty of other activities to enjoy on the island. Many of the coworking spaces and gym facilities are also open, just in case you need a quiet space to catch up on emails or get a quick session in.
Where to stay in Corralejo:
Are you a Digital nomad? Looking to escape on Romantic get away? Organizing a trip between friends?
No doubt, this island has something to please even the pickiest of travellers.
Why not enjoy a quick stay at the beautiful Avanti hotel? This Boutique hotel has only 15 rooms, so don’t wait too long to book! It’s location in the city center and just steps away from the beach is th perfect setting to enjoy a peaceful and romantic time! (check out our dedicated article here) Don’t forget to book a table at their Rompeola restaurant to enjoy some delicious seafood!
Price around 140€/night. Thanks to a partnership with them you can enjoy 20€OFF/ night + a bottle of prosecco. You just need to book directly on their website with our code FRENCHIES21.
– Atlantis Garden Beach, perfect if you are a couple or alone, their appartements are clean, really well located by the beach and close to supermarket. (+ Pool & Tennis court).Price 50-60€/night
– Bristol Sunset lounge, modern and well equipped apartments. Perfect to meet other digital nomads as they also offer a Coworking package and long stay offers. Price from 70€/night
Feeling like renting a villa with your friends?
Corralejo is full of beautiful, spacious villas all well located and prices reasonable to a variety of budgets. We specifically recommend:
– Villa Casa Royal by Vacanzy Collection. a large villa for a group of people (Up to 10 pers), with pool, BQQ and well located
The city center offers a large choice of tapas restaurants with live music so get ready to dance away your stressful time back home! 😉
– Tapas Oscar is a must try! Not only is it the biggest tapas bar in the city, its well known for its large variety of tapas and good vibes! The waiters are really nice and professional despite the rush.
– Rompeolas, the Avanti’s hotel restaurant. Located directly in front of the beach, you will love their fresh seafood and the mediteranean atmosphere.
-Tanta Luna, a cocktail bar – tapas restaurant. Our favorite one. If you want to have a unique culinary experience don’t look further, we can’t tell you more or we would ruin the surprise!
– La arroceria, even though it’s not located directly in the center of the city, this family restaurant deserves a special shout out. They specialize in paella for all the paella lovers and it’s simply delicious!
Ready for a drink? Head over to La Ezquina or the Kaktus Bar for some good cocktails and chilled vibes . You won’t want to miss the Kiwi Bar for a taste of the night life and to mingle with other friendly partiers.
Good to know: Be aware that you‘ll need to book in advance before going to the restaurants!
What to see in Fuerteventura:
> North island:
– Corralejo has the best beaches on Fuerteventura, with fine, white sand and turquoise waters
– Corralejo Natural Park (Corralejo) is one of the essential places to visit in Fuerteventura. Be sure to stop by around sunset to grab some seriously impressive photos.
– Calderón Hondo volcano. It will take you about an hour to complete the moderately difficult route.
– El Cotillo, The most popular beach in Cotillo is La Concha beach, which stands out for its fine white sand horseshoe shape. With limited the waves, its the perfect seabed for snorkeling.
– Our favorite the is Playa Esquinzo, well known from the surfers! bring some beers, some aperitif and enjoy a breathtaking sunset!
> South Island:
It’s really easy to reach the south with a car within 2 hours from Corralejo. However, to really enjoy it we recommend you stay for a few days!
– The innside by melia, is our number 1 recommendation without hesitation. Directly located on the Jandia Natural Park and Sotavento beach, it’s the perfect place for both Wind sport lovers, but also for the one who needs to just relax and disconnect!
The hotel offers a breathtaking view on both the lagoon and the Natural park. And you can enjoy the view directly from their infinity pool and with one Piña colada (Obviously 😉 )
– With white, fine sand, no facilities, and no crowds, Sotavento beach ( Cossta calma) is ideal for those who want some privacy. It is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful beaches in the south of Fuerteventura.
– The René Egli kitesurf center(located just steps from the Innside by Melia hotel) offers classes but also all the equipment required to rent! No need to bring from home or Corralejo they’ve got your back!
– Cofete beach : A must-see, the most beautiful beach of the island!! It is difficult to get there and the locals recommend you drive a 4WD to make it there comfortably. Make sure you have a car that cans handle the journey or risk literally getting stuck in paradise! 😉
You made it to Fuerteventura. It’s now time to reconnect with the peaceful life. Forget about your stressful life back home, take a deep breath and welcome to paradise!
The AVANTI LIFESTYLE HOTEL, In Fuerteventura was one of the first on the island. Originally named the Hotel Corralejo, after a total renovation the hotel was renamed to fully emory its new Mediterranean style in 2013. This boutique hotel is one of the most unique on the island with its white and blue architecture and design, you’ll be able to enjoy the tranquillity from the moment you step inside. With spectacular ocean views, and an incredible terrace, you’ll be able to enjoy the views on both the port and the Isla Lobos. Its location next to the sea allows guests to soak up the sun and enjoy an ocean breeze from both their rooms and the rooftop!
ENJOY 20€/Off per night + a Prossecco bottle with our promocode FRENCHIES21
Are you looking for a cosy place to enjoy your get away in Fuerteventura? We’ve probably found THE spot.
Intimate and nicely decorated, the Avanti Hotel is the perfect place to relax and enjoy in total calm. From their professional and friendly staff, to the quality bedrooms and rooftop spa, they have all the ingredients to offer you the best stay. Also, here is another good news, you won’t be woken up by a baby crying next door, as the hotel is only for Adults! 😉
Check out the Rompeolas restaurant
Moreover, you won’t have to go far for a delicious meal as their in house restaurant Rompeolas is just steps away and it’s also one of our recommendations that you have to try. The menu features delicious grilled octopus, white prawns, black rice, and many more sumptuous dishes you can enjoy from a seafront terrace!
Make your own cocktails!
Although there are plenty of bars in the city where you can enjoy some drinks after a nice dinner (you can check out our favorite ones here), if you feel like having a nice fresh cocktail in your room they have a spectacular offer. For instance, have you ever dreamt of being your own bartender? You’ll find a shaker, premium alcohol brands, and all the ingredients required to enjoy a fresh drink from the comfort of your room.
In conclusion, are you already looking forward to discovering this cool spot? We have good news for you! With our promo code FRENCHIES21, you can save 20€/Off per night + a Prossecco bottle to welcome you the best way! ( booking has to be done on their website!)
Have fun at Avanti Lifestyle hotel Fuerteventura!
Ps: Don’t forget to let us know about your stay or to mention us on Instagram@aperos_frenchies !
Reading, working out, and cooking… a lot of us have discovered some new skills during this lockdown. Even if your days are similar, your Apéro beverage doesn’t have to be! It’s time to try new evening saveurs and allow your mind to escape to warmer days, with this Gin Basil Smash tutorial ..
If you’re an unofficial card-carrying member of the Apéros Frenchies crew, we can safely assume you do not need a refresher on the definition of L’Apéro.
If you need a remember of what is an Apéro, it’s time to check out our dedicated article : But Wait! What even is an ‘Apéro’…?, we explain everything about it!Now let’s come back to our lockdown routine, where we all miss our local bars, our favorite cocktails but most of all those incredible moments we shared with our friends, colleagues or family while siping a good fresh drink…
Feeling nostalgic now? Here we go! But hey, that wasn’t the point, we just want keep it positive. If this lockdown showed us how to improve our cooking, DIY skills or even work out skills, we can also most probably start to learn some bartending skills isn’t it?
This is why, after asking you on Instagram, which cocktail do you miss the most, we selected for you a special one to do at home with only few ingredients : The Gin Basil Smash!
This has got to be one of my favorite cocktails and it’s all thanks to Jörg Meyer who owns Le Lion in Hamburg. Jörg created this masterpiece back in 2008 after being inspired by the Whisky Smash. The Gin Basil Smash is basically an alternative take on the gin mojito that swaps the mint for muddled basil, but it’s definitely in a league of its own.
The expat blues are probably at the epicenter of peoples worries when moving abroad. However, at least in our opinion, this is still seen as a taboo that nobody really wants to bring up. As usual, Apéros Frenchies has your back! today, I decided to share some top tips with you guys based on my experience regarding this incredible but also not easy journey of being an expat. Hopefully these tips to handles those expat blues will help you to get through this difficult time!
We often move to a new country by ourselves and most often for a job opportunity. We say goodbye to our family, our friends and we jump into a new adventure not knowing exactly how long it will last. But keep in mind that this is an exciting feeling and that’s the reason why we are doing it after all, embrace the adventure and keep in mind that expat blues is part of the journey!
1 – Open your heart to a new relationship
Have you ever noticed that people are usually more open minded in your new adopted country than back home? The expat syndrome is contagious!
When we live abroad, we usually leave everyone behind and start a new life. We don’t have our family, our best mates or ex classmates to hang out with anymore. It’s hard to socialise and make real connections. So, if you don’t take this opportunity to open your heart to unknown people, you can possibly end up by yourself at home feeling this expat blues. (And this is probably not what you are looking for! 😉
Why not go for some drinks with your colleagues afterwork and take this opportunity to build relationships. You can break the ice by asking some simple questions such as if they already lived abroad or moved to another city. It helps to break the ice and maybe you will find some common points to chat about. The main thing is that you put yourself out there and make an effort, trust me, you won’t regret it! Who knows, maybe you will meet your best mate or long-time partner in the process 🙂
2 – Try to socialise as much as possible
Yes, I know, it’s easy to say and especially during this lockdown time where we’d rather be tucked up and cosy at home.. but don’t be lazy, take this chance and remember that we always meet people for a reason! Why not ask this easy-going friend to go for a walk / run or to grab a coffee outside and tell him/her to bring a friend or two?
Never underestimate this spontaneous catch up, because sometimes that is how you make the best – unexpected – connections! By the way, we often say in French “Les amis de mes amis sont mes amis” (My friends’ friends are my friends). Get it?
3 – Use social networks
I have seen many times in the different countries/cities I have livedin, people posting in expat groups asking to meet new friends. It takes courage to do it, but I am pretty sure that most of them met some cool people to hang out with or good friends, you have nothing to lose!
Don’t be ashamed to ask, there is absolutely no shame in this! we all went through it and most people would appreciate it because they are probably feeling the same way but are too afraid to take the initiative!
Even though I personally don’t use Facebook that much anymore it is a great network to share these kind of experiences and to join expat groups in your new city (or just our Apéros Frenchies’ page 😉 )
4 – Exercise the language part of your brain!
What’s worse than living in a country where we don’t speak the language? Living in our bubble doesn’t help much either when trying to integrate! Although some languages can be more attractive than others, you really have to force yourself to learn. Believe me, I’ve been living in Germany long enough without speaking German to understand the struggle. 😉 It took me almost 3 years to start pushing myself to learn. I personally used an online platform : Babbel and I would recommend it to everyone. It’s easy, playful, and best of all, at your fingertips, online! It really helped me to warm to German and broke down lots of barriers to the language! ;’)
5 – Organise small events at home
Due to the pandemic, the restrictions are different depending on the country you live in. However, if we cannot meet in restaurants or bars, generally you are still allowed to invite friends over (check the restrictions regarding your country).
I realized that despite this lack of social life/ crazy nights, we’ve been forced to focus on what’s real and it is important. Yes, Friday night fever is cool but what about a nice diner and good wine at home with great people? You can have some good chats, and even learn new things about your friends, such as musical ability!
For instance, it might be a nice idea to prepare a special dish from your country so that your friends can also try something new, this is the core of expat life and experience! Friends are always happy to discover new cultures! Also, don’t hesitate to check out our article Apéro at Home – Plan the Perfect Apéro! If, you are running out of time, we definitely advise you to have a look at this website! HelloFresh delivers great recipes and fresh ingredients to your home each week!
Don’t worry, if cooking is not one of your best skills, you can still order food from your local restaurant using the handy app and keep it easy!
Anyway, use this opportunity to ask friends about their feelings and how they handle their expat blues. You’d be surprised when you ask this question that you won’t be the only one who has mixed feelings! 😉
6 – Zoom Apéro from Apéros Frenchies
You probably know about us because you’ve been to our networking events, right? Or maybe someone told you to come! I will soon talk soon about the reasons that drove me to build Apéros Frenchies and organise those events. However, unfortunately, we cannot organise events right now but some of you asked us about some digital Apéros to connect all of you guys!
We have already done it a few times and we had a lot of fun! Let us know it is something you would like to do again!
BONUS Treat yourself! (One of my personal favourites)
Who said we couldn’t buy happiness? It’s true that happiness does not comprise of an online order, but it can contribute! (Raise your hand if you agree!)
By the way, maybe you already checked it out before, but we have also written an article about our favourite products to buy especially tailored to a busy expat lifestyle!
Also, if like me, you crave delicious French chocolate, I can give you a tip, you can definitely buy a bit of happiness here! (That’s my personal secret but don’t shout it too loud!)
That’s it for today guys! I hope I helped you a bit regarding your expat journey with these top tips to handle these expat blues. Please, don’t hesitate to comment on our Facebook post if you have other ideas to share or would like to find out more and don’t forget to follow our Instagram page too!
Remember: You mum always told you “don’t talk to strangers!” ? BREAK THE RULES!
Un Bon vivant, is someone who knows how to enjoy good food, good wine and is devoted to sensual enjoyment. Truth be told, as I’m sure many of you already know), this completely defines the Apéros Frenchies team! After seeing this new original French brand Le Chocolat des Français in a few exclusive Parisian shops, it really aroused our curiosity and we decided to taste it ourselves and see what all the fuss was about!
You can probably imagine the excitement when the doorbell rang and we discovered this beautiful & extravagant product from Le Chocolat de Français! How quickly did we taste it? Let’s keep that secret for now but believe us.. we couldn’t resist for too long! Firstly, each product is wrapped in a bold coloured packaging designed and signed by different artists. Playing around with France’s pop culture imagery, each illustrator brings a unique touch to this brands’ assortment!
Secondly, tender milk, dark & salt, milk with salted caramel, crispy milk and dark with cocoa nibs, no doubt that we found at least one taste to please our papilles! Verdict : we recommend le chocolat de français 100%!
Established in 2014 by three friends, Le Chocolat des français manufactures in France Gourmet chocolates using natural-only ingredients; perpetuating the French tradition for chocolate craftsmanship. 100% pure cocoa butter, without any palm oil or conservatives, its recipes received many awards for their quality.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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! 😉
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!
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!
Cocktails lovers? Check out the Little Link, a speakeasy cocktail bar which appeals greatly to mixologist buffs.Delicious drinks, tranquille atmosphere & efficient bartenders!