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Ten spots to watch the World Cup in and around Paris

© Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt, AFP | French fans celebrate during at the Noisy-le-Grand fan zone outside of Paris on June 21, 2018

Text by Rachel HOLMAN

Latest update : 2018-07-11

Looking for somewhere in Paris to watch the World Cup? Here’s a list of 10 venues where you can get your game on, from official fan zones to your local neighbourhood sports bar.

Official venues

Noisy-le-Grand fan zone

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At the request of the Paris police, the city has declined to host any fan zones until now (see below). But fortunately for die-hard football fans, there is one in the nearby suburb of Noisy-Le-Grand. A half-hour train ride to the east of the French capital, the fan zone in Noisy-Le-Grand has a capacity of 3,000 people and is located in front of the local town hall. World Cup matches are projected onto a massive 20-square-metre screen there. The town is also host to a number of family-friendly activities, including a foosball tournament and a penalty shoot-out competition.

The Noisy-le-Grand fan zone is located at Place de la Libération, 93160, Noisy-le-Grand. The closest train station is Noisy-le-Grand – Mont d’Est (RER A). Open June 12 until July 15.

Champs de Mars

At the start of the World Cup, Paris city officials swore that they would not host any events during the competition, even if France made it to the finals. But it seems they’ve changed their mind. In honour of Les Bleus’ semi-final against Belgium on July 10th, the match was broadcast live in front of the Hôtel de Ville. Now, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has confirmed that a giant screen will be set up on the Champs de Mars near the Eiffel Tower for the final on Sunday July 15th. Warning: Security will be VERY tight.

The Champs de Mars is located at 2 Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur, 75007, Paris. The closest metro station is Ecole Militaire (line 8). Open daily.

Locals

Le French Flair

Traditionally, the French Flair is a rugby bar. But it has also been known to open its doors to football fans on occasion, such as during the World Cup. It’s as authentic as it comes: dark, a little dingy and crowded. It’s also cheap: €4 a pint – hard to beat in Paris.

Le French Flair is located at 75 Bis Boulevard de Clichy, 75009 Paris. The closest métro stations are Place de Clichy (lines 2 and 13) and Blanche (line 2). Open daily.

Brussels Beer Project

In the event that you’re a Belgium supporter, welcome to the Brussels Beer Project. With a selection of 20 beers on tap, what more could you ask for while watching the World Cup?

Brussels Beer Project is located at 1, rue de Bruxelles, 75009, Paris.The closest métro station is Blanche (line 2). Open daily.

Cannibale Café

The Cannibale Café is a favourite hangout in Paris’s 11th arrondissement. The restaurant, which is broken up into two dining areas separated by a bar, will show the month-long tournament by projecting it onto a wall in each room. It also offers a special World Cup menu: a burger and fries for 10 euros at the bar.

Cannibale Café is located at 93 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011, Paris. The closest metro station is Courrones (line 2). Open daily.

The Bombardier

A classic English pub, The Bombardier will broadcast World Cup matches on one large screen and three smaller ones throughout the venue, making it easy to keep up with the action. With a selection of British beers on tap and traditional dishes (fish and chips, bangers and mash), it’s the perfect place to channel Old Blighty while watching England.

The Bombardier is located at 2 place du Panthéon, 75005, Paris. The closest métro stations are Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) and Jussieu (lines 7 and 10). Open daily.

Au Petit Paris

One of the few Croatian spots in town, Au Petit Paris is a sit-down restaurant, complete with white table cloths. But the venue will also be showing the semi-finals of the World Cup on a giant screen. Tip: Just be sure to reserve in advance or show up early. They’re expecting a crowd.

Au Petit Paris is located at 32, rue Rennequin, 75017, Paris. The closest metro station is Wagram (line 3). Open Monday through Saturday.

Outdoors

Le Jardin Suspendu

Le Jardin Suspendu, which opened the same night as the World Cup, boasts the largest rooftop garden in Paris with 3,500 square-metres of green space. Matches will be streamed on a giant screen, where football fans can follow the tournament in the open air while snacking from the food court or enjoying a tipple from the champagne bar. The venue also plans on screening matches outside of opening hours (see below) if the French national team advances to the next round. Added bonus: there’s a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower.

Le Jardin Suspendu is located across from 40 rue d’Oradour sur Glaine, 75015, Paris. The closest metro station is Porte de Versailles (Line 12, Trams 2 and 3). Open to the public Thursday through Sunday. Check website for specific hours.

La Bellevilloise

The World Cup is just one more reason to visit La Bellevilloise’s already packed café terrace. The cultural centre will be showing the most anticipated matches of the tournament on a massive screen outside. Tip: Arrive early, space is limited.

La Bellevilloise is located at 19-21 Rue Boyer, 75020, Paris. The closest métro is Ménilmontant (line 2). Open Wednesday through Sunday.

La Felicità

It’s new, it’s sprawling and it’s super trendy. If you’re looking for a hip World Cup experience, complete with designer cocktails and (organic) oven-fired pizzas, head to La Felicità. The 4,500 square-metre venue – which includes an enormous terrace and a beer garden – will broadcast the month-long tournament on three giant screens.

La Felicità is located at 5 Parvis Alan Turing, 75013, Paris. The closest metro stations are Bibliothèque François Mitterand (line 14 and RER C) and Chevaleret (line 6). Open daily.

Do you have a favourite place to watch the World Cup in Paris? Let us know in the comment section below.

Date created : 2018-06-15

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