Aperitif

Chances are that if you happen to be staying with French friends in France around 6pm, you will be greeted with the institutional "apéritif". If not, just walk past any French café around that time, and observe the locals "at work".

Taking place in the late afternoon just before dinner, after a day at work or a busy weekend, l'apéro is a bridge between the afternoon and the evening. A bit like playing pétanque on a hot summer day while enjoying a glass of Pastis, "l'apéro", as it is commonly known with locals, is a French institution. It's the perfect moment to unwind, gossip and put the world back to its place. It is a casual way to invite new acquaintance around without making a big fuss, the way a dinner party would be. It's also a brilliant excuse to have a drink or two paired with a salted snack while cooking the evening meal or waiting for it to simmer on the stove. L'apéritif, if you ask us, is simply one of France's best inventions (although Italian equals us with their version of the aperitivo).

"Santé" to that!

 
 

L'APERITIF: THE BASICS

All you need is a drink, a snack and someone to share this moment with (although the occasional apéro-solo is far from 

 

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