Dilemma. It’s a sunny Friday afternoon in Paris, it’s l’heure de l’apéro, you fancy a drink of something suitably chilled en plein air, but the café terraces are all jam-packed. Well, fret no more – we’ve found a smartphone app, snappily called Appero, that will see a bottle of rosé, pastis, or other goodies such as cheese or snacks, ferried by bike to wherever you are in the French capital.
Besides individual drinks, cheese or snacks, you can also order boxes that group together a number of items for that perfect Parisian early evening experience - €10, for example gets you a half bottle of pastis, a bottle of water, ice cubes, a crusy baguette, tapenade and a bag of artisan crisps; not bad value, we reckon, given what the same might cost outside a café in a prime location.
And should you’re evening be going unexpectedly well, you can even order condoms.
One neat feature if ordering using the Android or iOS app is that you can upload a picture showing your surroundings plus yourself or the group you are with – so no awkward standing around wondering whether that guy on the bike over there is your deliveryman, with the app’s location feature and the snap, he’ll find you.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.