Paris in the summer is glorious. Le soleil, rosé, people-watching – I can’t think of a better way to wind down in the city than on a terrace, basking in the sunshine. There are a million and one stellar articles on the best terraces in Paris – but this is not one of them. While I do plan on making my way through these various lists, this post is just about a phenomenal few hours at the Westin Paris’s terrace. It’s a winter wonderland en hiver, and a sun worshipper’s best secret for a hot parigot day.
Having friends in Paris for the day is the perfect encouragement to try something new. Tatyana was in town and had a break after lunch, so we met up for a coffee. She had the brilliant idea of choosing the Westin Paris, and it honestly couldn’t have been a better day for it. We thoroughly enjoyed feeling the warm sun on our skin, with a champagne cocktail (her) and a fantastic cafe gourmand (standard me) in hand. Though the hotel is just off of rue de Rivoli, the courtyard is quiet, calm, and relaxing. You almost don’t feel like you’re in Paris anymore because the hustle and bustle of the city has completely disappeared once you walk through the Westin’s doors. Luckily, the Hausmannian architecture of the hotel is there to remind you that you are indeed in the City of Light.
I’m all about the little things – a smile, a brightly painted window, or a little chocolate. That’s why I must tell you about the Westin’s chips. Most places that offer cocktails will serve complimentary peanuts or bar mixes; the Westin serves chips. Not just any chips, but the best chips I have ever had. I’m a bit of a chip (or crisps, if you’re from the UK) connoisseur, and I have to say that I’ve never tried better chips than at the Westin. The server even brought us a second and third helping of them, which is slightly embarrassing but mostly amazing.
Tatyana and I had such a lovely afternoon at the Westin; I will be sure to be back with more friends soon. Thank you also to the brilliant staff that day that was ever-so-attentive; the extra chips and your kindness won’t soon be forgotten.
The Westin Paris – Vendôme
3, rue Castiglione