Milder springtime temperatures and the hot summer weather make us feel like staying out and turn our office or school routine into torture. What to do then? Well, why not finish your day in a beautiful garden, with a good drink? Here are our 5 Europe-wide suggestions for a wonderful al fresco aperitif. Have you visited any of these places?
Mandarin Oriental Paris. (251 Rue Saint Honoré)
Newly opened Mandarin Oriental features one of the most beautiful gardens in central Paris. The bar will be open everyday from 7 AM to 2AM for the entire summer period, and will also feature a restaurant, Camélia, whose French-style fine-dining menu has an Asian twist. How could you resist all this?
Hotel de Russie. (Via del Babuino, 9 Roma)
You know Rome and its unmistakable magic, right? Imagine just that, and then add to your picture one of the most illustrious hotels in town, and its beautiful garden — perfect for a sweet, romantic summer evening in pleasant company. A scenic stairway will frame this beautiful scenery for your dinner, and the Stravinskij bar will treat you to health drinks and prestigious tea blends.
Cafe d’Estiu. (Plaça Sant Iu 5, Bercelona)
A special, quirky place and most certainly a city insider tip. Picture a courtyard in a gothic palace: this is exactly where this incredible garden is. Very popular with the tourists visiting the museum housed in this fine building, Cafe d’Estiu recently became a meeting point for young people getting together for drinks in a quiet setting, away from the urban bustle, especially in hot summer weather. The house specialty here is obviously cerveza!
The Ivy Chelsea Garden. (197 King’s Rd, London)
This is without a doubt one of the most famous places in London for an al fresco drink. Don’t forget, this place is not just for after dinner: you can also have brunch, lunch and dinner here, and a gluten-free menu is available. Being able to enjoy good weather is a quite unique occasion in London, so if you have the chance to spend a sunny day here… It will make for amazing memories!
Hotel Diana Majestic. (Viale Piave, 42, Milan)
Located right in the heart of the Italian fashion capital, this hotel is one of Milan’s most famous, and its garden is often packed with both young people and the office crowd going for a well-deserved moment of relaxation, under Diana Majestic’s lush plants, near its beautiful pond. The bar offers a real apéritif, in Milan’s best tradition, accompanied by signature cocktails.