France’s capital is home to some thrilling football matches this summer, so make the most of your trip to Paris with our handy guide.
As the capital of France, Paris will play host to some incredible football matches this summer. Expect to see action from the likes of Turkey, Croatia, Romania, Switzerland, Portugal, Austria and Germany, to name just a few. Whether you’re travelling with a group or with family, Paris has a huge mix of sights, from galleries to gardens and theme parks. Home to the iconic Disneyland Paris, you might want to extend your trip and spend some time in this incredible resort.
The Champ de Mars at the base of the Eiffel Tower will host the official fanzone in Paris © Image by Flickr user Hugh Millward
This summer, Paris will boast two football fanzones, with the main event taking place at the Champ de Mars. A beautiful stretch of park at the base of the Eiffel Tour, the Champ de Mars is big enough to hold 120,000 football fans, with plenty of giant screens so that everyone can see the matches taking place. The iconic park will also feature a stage, so you’re sure to catch some entertainment while you’re there.
What to do
If you've come all the way to Paris for the football, you may as well make the most of the city's culture at the Louvre, found smack-bang in the middle of Paris. It's an amazing institution holding some of the world's finest artistic works, the most famous of which includes Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Over the years, the historic palace has been extended with wings such as the steel and glass pyramid and the “Richelieu Wing”. With so many parts to the museum, you'll need to decide what you want to see beforehand, while art enthusiasts can easily spend a whole day exploring!
Even if you’re not big on art, Paris’ Louvre is worth a visit. © zoetnet
The Latin Quarter
Buzzing with live music, history and a great nightlife, Paris' Latin Quarter is famous for inspiring writers and artists over the years for its bohemian atmosphere. It was once the hub of student life in Paris (with Latin being the language most frequently spoken here back in 1257). Even though it's been gentrified over the years, it's still a great place to visit bars, bookshops, cafés and live music clubs. Its main street is Boulevard St-Michel, where you'll find shops and restaurants, while you can grab a post-football beer at a café down Place de la Sorbonne.
The Latin Quarter by night is a lively hub of activity. © gadgetdude
Where to eat
A legend in the Paris food scene, Bouillon Chartier has been serving customers great French food for over 100 years. One reason for its success is the quality of its food and the surprisingly reasonable prices. With so many restaurants in Paris to choose from, for traditional French cuisine this one is a must. Tables are laid in a huge listed building, while dishes include classics such as foie gras and escargot, accompanied by delicious herring, beef tartare and grilled lamb, amongst others. Prepare yourself for rich food and a good choice of French wine – the perfect end to a day of football.
Le Coq Rico
For more of a bistro, Le Coq Rico is an interesting restaurant focused on all things chicken. Located on the Montmartre butte, as soon as you walk into the restaurant you're welcomed by the smell of roasted chicken, which is enough to get any appetite going! Two or more people can feast on whole chicken with chips, macaroni cheese or seasonal vegetables, while starters include fried chicken wings with spiced cromesquis (a type of croquette).
Rediscover chicken at Le Coq Rico in Paris. © Mon Œil
Where to drink
Monsieur le Zinc
Monsieur le Zinc is a fun little bar serving beer and wine on tap, in a contemporary basement space. Customers load a card with the amount of their choice with one of the bartenders, before using the taps (creatively made using old gas pumps) to serve themselves a range of wines and beers. It's a twist on a self-serve bar, giving the customer an independent experience.
Harry's New York Bar
Historically Paris is known for being the favourite haunt of various celebrities, including footballers, artists and notable figures, with many of them frequenting Harry's New York Bar. Once the bar of choice of Ernest Hemingway, Rita Hayworth and Coco Chanel, Harry's has been serving delicious cocktails in its tasteful wood-panelled room since 1911. Check out the bar schedule for live piano and jazz performances.
Be part of history at Harry’s New York Bar. © Frédéric de Villamil
Where to stay
Courtyard Paris Boulogne
A 20-minute walk from the Parc des Princes stadium, which will host five football games throughout the tournament, the Courtyard Paris Boulogne is a spacious and clean hotel, with a distinctly European feel. There's a breakfast buffet and dinner options if you're looking to stay in, and the staff are friendly and welcoming with good spoken English.
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