Paris is basking in 39C right now. Keep a cool head with our top three outdoor things to do in the French capital today, taken from our Summer 2015 guide.
SIGHTS – Jardins Albert Kahn
Banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn believed in an understanding between different peoples and it is echoed in the assortment of gardens that flow into each other here. Japanese gardens with wooden bridges, a tea pavilion, pebble pyramids and pools of carp, a French formal garden, English rolling lawns, blue woods and a misty-coloured Vosges forest make it unlike any other Paris park.
+33 1 55 19 28 00
10-14 rue du Port, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
EAT – Laurent
Chef Alain Pégouret brings a colourful southern French touch to the cuisine at this Michelin-starred restaurant. Although the Napoleon III dining room is nice enough, it’s the summer gardens on the lower reaches of the Champs-Elysées that stand out. The staff are used to politicians and magnates, thanks to it being round the corner from the Elysées palace and Ministry of the Interior, so the service is impeccable.
Favourite table: outdoors near the fountain.
+33 1 42 25 00 39
41 avenue Gabriel, 75008 Paris
DRINK – Le Terrass en Haut
After reigning over Montmartre since 1911, the Terrass Hotel closed for the first time ever last winter for a total renovation. The 92 rooms and seventh-floor rooftop bar and restaurant reopened in mid-June. They pay homage to the artists who used to stay here and provide a breathtaking bird’s eye view over the city, with three new lifts to take you up there.
Favourite drink: at the time of writing the drinks menu was yet to be revealed.
+33 1 46 06 72 85
12-14 rue Joseph-le-Maistre, 75018