You may be used to going on holiday via the train station, but this summer in Paris there’s a twist. Arrive at Gare de l’Est, and instead of hopping aboard a train, take a trip up to the roof. There, you’ll find yourself at a beach party complete with parasols, exotic plants and jacking electro beats. The Perchoir de l’Est is the latest pop-up opening from the team that brought you the Perchoirs in the Marais and Ménilmontant, and as such you can expect lengthy queues.
The wait is worth it though, as the views are breathtaking and the drinks impressive. We start with a sparky, inventive Tequila Viadeta (€6), which pairs a shot of tequila with another of viadeta (an intense blend of pineapple, mint, peppers and coriander). If you’re after a more classic cocktail, you wouldn’t go wrong in ordering the Old Fashioned (bourbon, sugar, bitters, orange peel, €13). It’s a safe choice, but very well executed here. If you’re feeling a bit peckish, then charcuterie platters and pizzas are also available, and later on the dance area hosts thumping electro and pop DJ sets.
TRANSLATION: FLORA HUDSON