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Football Away Days: What To Do in Paris

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Sports Editor
Updated: 9 February 2017
Been drawn against Paris Saint-Germain and want to make a day of it? Here’s the very best in where to eat, drink and keep yourself entertained in Paris before the game starts.

Built on top of the Parisian ring road Périphérique, the Parc des Princes lies approximately 4 kilometres southwest of the Eiffel Tower, and is home to the capital’s giants PSG. The closest Metro stop is Porte de Saint-Cloud on line 9, which is a five minute walk from the stadium. Line 9 passes through the Parisian city centre (on the north bank of the river Seine), and connects with multiple other lines.

Paris is an easy city to get around so don’t be put off if something looks far on the map. You can get most places by foot, but for anything further, the Metro is your friend.

Something to eat

LA FERRANDAISE – This is a great little restaurant in the Latin Quarter, right on the doorstep of the Jardin du Luxembourg and a five-minute stroll from the Boulevard Saint-Germain, that specializes in traditional French cuisine, particularly of the Auvergne region. The chef uses only organic, seasonal and locally produced ingredients, and makes classic dishes. We recommend the Blanquette de veau (veal stew).

La Ferrandasie, 8 rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris, France +33 

Something to drink

THE MAZET – Reportedly one of the last places Jim Morrison was seen before he died, drinking bordeaux and eating croque monsieur. This English pub, located in the stunning and lively Latin Quarter, is a hot spot for English-speaking students living in Paris. The Mazet hosts live musicians regularly which is good, but more importantly it screens the biggest sport events of the season, which is even better. So, even if you don’t have a ticket there will still be a good atmosphere. Or you can head elsewhere for a crawl.

The Mazet, 61 Rue Saint-André des Arts, Paris, France +33

The Mazet | © Ivana Juchelkova

The Mazet | © Ivana Juchelkova

 Something to see

CLOS MONTMARTRE – Paris is often left out when it comes to French vineyards and their prestigious reputation. If you have some hours to spare before the match, or even the day after, you could head to the Clos Montmartre, the last functioning vineyard in the city, spanning over 1,600-square meters across a hill. It is open to visits upon reservation throughout the year, and is celebrated during the autumn wine harvest festival, the Fete des Vendanges, in early October. The four-day festival includes guided visits of the vineyard, tastings, music and fireworks.

Clos Montmartre, Rue des Saules, 75018 Paris,  +33 1 1 42 62 21 21 

Cuve d'empâtage | © Xavier GUINAND / BAPBAP

Cuve d’empâtage | © Xavier GUINAND / BAPBAP

Something to do

BAPBAP – While you can enjoy the vin rouge, above, there is a brilliant craft beer scene now in the French capital, with plenty of independent breweries popping up. You can get a brewery tour or just a drink at BAPBAP. Short for ‘brassée à Paris, bue à Paris’ (brewed in Paris, drank in Paris), this offers a series of three permanent beers: the Originale, a delicate Pale Ale; the Blanc-Bec, a powerful wheat beer; and the Vertigo, a bitter and hoppy IPA. It’s also a massive 8,600-square foot, seven-story building, so plenty of beer.

Or download the HopBuddy app to your phone and they will deliver delicious, fresh beers by bike in one hour to wherever you are! Now that is service. For other great independent breweries in Paris, head here.

BAPBAP, 79 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris, France, +33 1 77 17 52 97

Parc des Princes

24 Rue du Commandant Guilbaud, 75016 Paris Cedex 16

+33 1 47 43 71 71