VISITING PARIS WITH FRIENDS

When you go away in a group, finding things to do to suit everyone is not always an easy task. However, our suggestions should provide you with a solid basis for your weekend away with mates.

  • Author

    OUI.sncf

  • Updated on

    29/07/2016

  • Destination

    Paris

PÉTANQUE ON THE BANKS OF THE SEINE

Our tour starts near the Bassin de la Villette, in the 19th district. Take a walk ? Why not, but no. Watch rowers train on the water? No, no. Admire the barges? Sure, but there's something better to do: play a game of pétanque by the water.

Because, as everyone knows, apart from a nice place to be when the weather is good, the banks of the Seine are also the favourite destination for 'boules' players. After all, it's the perfect location: the bank is partially covered in sand at this spot. Certain bars, including the Bar de l'Ourcq, will even lend you a pétanque set. As far as the rules are concerned, don't worry - there's sure to be a player around who will happily explain them to you.

Information:

Quai de la Loire & Quai de Seine
Paris 19th

Getting there:

Metro 'Stalingrad' line 2, 5, 7

PRE-DINNER DRINKS AT CHEZ JANOU

In honour of the Provençal origins of pétanque, head for Chez Janou for an aperitif and/or meal in the southern style. This bistro, decorated with posters from Marcel Pagnol films, serves dishes with a taste of Provence: rosemary, 'pistou', sage...

But the highlight must be the selection of 80 different types of pastis. With orange, seaweed, vervaine... The selection is as impressive as it is exotic. When you've finished your meal, you're in the right place to explore the historic Marais district, the Place des Vosges, Centre Pompidou or the Rue des Francs Bourgeois.

Information:

Chez Janou
2, rue Roger Verlomme, Paris 3rd
Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 72 28 41
http://www.chezjanou.com/

Getting there:

Metro 'Chemin Vert' line 8, Metro 'Bréquet-Sabin' line 5

GET THE SHIVERS IN THE CATACOMBS

From the Marais, cross the Seine and head for the left bank for an afternoon in the shadows. Descend into the belly of Paris and its Catacombs. The remains of millions of Parisians were transferred from the various cemeteries of the city to these former quarries between the 18th and 19th century.

Renovated and reopened several years ago, the Catacombs offer an almost theatrical maze where the skeletons are part of the decoration. Waiting times can be long at weekends, but this strangely poetical trip is well worth it.

Information:

1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris 14th
Duration of visit: approx. 45 mins
http://www.catacombes.paris.fr/

Getting there:

Metro 'Denfert-Rochereau' line 4 & 6, RER line B

RELAX WITH DINNER AT CHEZ GLADINES

After the Catacombs, an ice cream on the benches of the Jardin du Luxembourg will give you a well-deserved break. Weather permitting, stroll from statue to statue as far as the main lake and admire the sailing boats launched by young and old alike.

By this stage, you should have worked up an appetite to tackle the copious salads or cold meat platters on offer at Chez Gladines, a bistro specialising in dishes from the Basque country near the Place d'Italie. Go early or pre-book because the prices and friendly atmosphere make this a great venue.

Information:

Chez Gladines
30, rue des Cinq diamants, Paris 13th
http://gladines.com/fr

 

Getting there:

Metro 'Corvisart' line 6

ENJOY AN EVENING CONCERT

In the evening, cross the bridge over the Seine for a musical evening between the 11th and 20th district. This area is home to various concert halls or café-concerts: the Nouveau Casino (11th), the International (11th) and the Bellevilloise (20th) to name but three.

Furnished with odds and ends and offering a fine view over the rooftops, the Bellevilloise is the venue for a café-restaurant, exhibition centre and concert hall. World music, soul, electro, indie rock... The choice is varied.

More a concert venue and club, the Nouveau Casino and its industrial-style interior is geared more towards the rock, electro and urban music fan.

Finally, with its free concert/DJ evenings, the International will suit all those who appreciate a café-concert atmosphere where you can discover the Next Best Thing.

Information:

La Bellevilloise
19-21, rue Boyer
Tel: +33 (0)1 46 36 07 07
http://www.labellevilloise.com/

Getting there:
Metro 'Gambetta' line 3

 

Le Nouveau Casino
109, rue Oberkampf
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 57 57 40
http://www.nouveaucasino.net

Getting there:
Metro 'Parmentier' line 3 or 'Ménilmontant' line 2

 

The International
5/7 rue Moret
Tel : +33 (0)1 42 02 02 05
http://www.linternational.fr/

Getting there:
Metro 'Parmentier' line 3 or 'Ménilmontant' line 2

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