Paris Calling: 9 Insider Tips from the EURO 2016 Capital
Exquisite food, impeccable style, breathtaking architecture, their je ne sais quoi lifestyle; there are plenty of good excuses to visit Paris. Another great reason is football. If you’re among the two million fans heading to UEFA EURO matches between June 10th and July 10th, or just visiting to absorb the persistent charm and culture of the French capital, having a few insider tips can make your trip even more enjoyable.
Run Paris Playlist
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If the weather is on your side, rent a bike at one of the 1,800 Vélib’ stations in the city. For mastering the public transport system, download CityMapper on your phone and start exploring.
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adidas Brand Center
Creators and sports fans will discover the latest adidas styles on the iconic Champs-Élysées. The newly upgraded Brand Center houses signature sports and lifestyle apparel, accessories, and footwear complete with an interactive Shoebase and a concept café.
22 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 8th arrondissement
Coffee enthusiasts are in for a treat in this tiny two-tiered café near Canal Saint-Martin. With passion for their craft, talented baristas create your favorite cup of java from a rotating selection of premium beans. Sweet and savory snacks are also available.
10 rue de la Grange aux Belles, 10th arrondissement
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
The public park in northeastern Paris boasts five kilometers of scenic trails. Once you reach the top of the cliff with Temple de la Sibylle, take a moment to absorb the panoramic views over the city. Afterwards, grab a bite in Rosa Bonheur, a hidden gem inside the park.
1 Rue Botzaris, 19th arrondissement
The glass-walled swimming pool built on a giant barge is your chance to swim right on the Seine. After hitting the on-site gym, the 25-meter pool with four lanes is perfect for a quick dip, followed by a visit to the Jacuzzi and sauna. In summer, the sundeck offers great views over the river.
21 quai François Mauriac, 13th arrondissement
This fresh canteen with exposed walls and mismatched décor serves Korean and Chinese-inspired cuisine. Mixed dishes go well with homemade drinks like a refreshing jasmine infusion or a kiwi smoothie with mint and lemon. If you’re in a hurry, you can order to go.
59 bis rue de Lancry, 10th arrondissement
Le Comptoir Général
Hidden in an alley near Canal Saint-Martin, this offbeat bar set in an old barn attracts a varied crowd from boho-chic types to families. The self-titled ‘Temple of Exotism’ celebrates all tropical cultures through music, art, and affordable cocktails and food. A true playground of creativity.
80 Quai de Jemmapes, 10th arrondissement
Champs de Mars & Le Five
For a casual kickaround of football with friends, head over to Champs de Mars, a landmark greenspace with Eiffel Tower as a backdrop. If you’re looking for a proper match, book an indoor court at Le Five Football Club at Porte de la Chapelle.
Champs de Mars: 2 Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur, 7th arrondissement
Le Five: 32 Rue Moussorgski, 18th arrondissement
The narrow cobbled streets and winding medieval lanes of Le Marais are alive with bars, restaurants, boutiques, and galleries all squeezed into one small area. With an open attitude to all visitors, Le Marais is the LGBT district of Paris.
3rd and 4th arrondissements
Place de la République is the central point of this busy neighborhood that draws in the local Bobos, short for bourgeois-bohème. Try and get a spot by the statue or in one of the nearby cafés. Explore further, and you’ll end up in one of the shabby-chic bars on Rue Oberkampf.
Between the 3rd, 10th, and 11th arrondissements
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