Fancy an aperitif in Paris? Smartphone app will see one - or cheese, or condoms - delivered by bike

App for Android and iOS devices means you never have to traipse round to find that elusive table on the cafe terrace

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.

You can find Appero on the Apple App Store or Google Play, or place an order through the company's website.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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