From 7 June to 7 July 2019, France will be the host country for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. It’s the perfect excuse to make that trip to Paris, where several of the tournament’s matches will be taking place until 28 June amid a party atmosphere!
Watch the World Cup in Paris
A number of the tournament’s matches are slated to take place at the Parc des Princes stadium: the opening match between France and South Korea on 7 June, Argentina v Japan on 10 June, South Africa v China on 13 June, USA v Chile on 16 June and Scotland v Argentina on 19 June. The stadium will also host a Round of 16 match on 24 June and a quarter-final on 28 June.
To purchase tickets, go to the official FIFA website.
How to get to Parc des Princes:
Metro (Line 9: get off at Exelmans or Porte de Saint-Cloud)
Tram (Line 3a: get off at Pont du Garigliano)
Bus (Lines 22, 52, 62, 72, 1891 289 and PC1)
Experience the event to the fullest in the heart of Paris at the FIFA Fan Experience Village inside the Jardin Nelson Mandela in the Les Halles district. Open from 2pm to 11.30pm on match days, the fan zone will show live coverage of the matches on large screens to an estimated 10,000 fans. It will also have a leisure area and pitches on which to play five-a-side matches, plus writing and e-sport gaming workshops and hip-hop shows in partnership with the on-site cultural venue La Place.
Ideas for outings in between matches
The football world cup is a great opportunity to visit – or re-visit – Paris’s landmark monuments and attend major festive and cultural events. So whether you’re in Paris as a couple, with friends or with the family, mark your calendars!
Between matches, why not take the opportunity to visit the capital’s top museums and browse the collections at the Louvre, the Musée de l’Orangerie, the Musée d’Orsay, the Pompidou Centre, the Grand Palais, etc.
Until 17 June, the Fondation Vuitton is showcasing the British art patron Samuel Courtauld’s collection, which includes works by some of the masters of Impressionism. The Musée du Quai Branly is placing the spotlight on an entire continent with the Océanie exhibition, while the Grand Palais pays tribute to the Moon with Lune, an exhibition on the heavenly body that has fascinated humans since the beginning of time. Sports fans can stay in football mode at the Foot et Monde Arabe exhibition at the Institut du Monde Arabe, showing how sport has shaped history and vice versa in this part of the world.
> More info about exhibitions in Paris
Festivities and festivals
All kinds of festivities will be taking place in Paris in June. The gardens of the Château de Versailles are at their best with the enchanting musical fountain show, the Grandes Eaux Musicales. For movie fans, there’s the 8th edition of the wonderful Champs-Elysées Film Festival for one entire week from 18 to 25 June, with screenings, previews, glamorous evening events and masterclasses.
On 21 June, the streets of the city come alive to welcome summer and celebrate music, with stages set up in the capital’s major squares for people to enjoy free concerts by big-name musicians as well as amateurs, and bars hosting musicians and singers. From 21 to 23 June, the Solidaysfestival showing solidarity through music – one of the biggest such events in Paris, and one of the city’s best-known festivals – will be held at the Longchamp racecourse. This year’s line-up of performers includes Die Antwoord, Macklemore, Lomepal, Parcels, Suprême NTM, Angèle and Kiddy Smile.
> More info about festivals in Paris
Family days out
Paris has any number of places for children of all ages. The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie sparks curious minds with entertaining and immersive science-related installations. The Musée Grévin gives children an opportunity to admire lifelike wax figures of their favourite celebrities. The Jardin d’Acclimatation’s 40 attractions will enchant and thrill kids, as will the Flyviewflight simulator, while the Paris Zoo and the Aquarium Tropical offer an opportunity to marvel at animals and marine life. Parents and children alike will have lots to see and enjoy at many Paris venues.
The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie is focusing on sport with Corps et sport, an exhibition inviting audience participation which helps visitors to understand why sport is so important in today’s world, from both the social and scientific standpoints. The Jardin des Tuileries will put on its traditional funfair from 21 June. More than 60 attractions will be set up in this magnificent Parisian garden. There will be dodgem cars, an Ice Palace, trampolines and of course plenty of candyfloss.
The major cultural events taking place during this period include some family-friendly temporary exhibitions. Toutankhamun: The Treasure of the Pharaoh at the Grande Halle de la Villette takes visitors on a journey into ancient Egypt. Océan, une plongée insolite provides fascinating insights into the lives of deep-sea creatures, while Van Gogh, La nuit étoilée plunges the visitor into the art of the famous Dutch painter.
> More info about visiting Paris with children
There’s no better way to explore Paris than to stroll around the city on a sunny day. Art lovers will have plenty to satisfy them with all the works of street art dotted around the French capital, especially in the 13th arrondissement, the eastern Paris districts of Oberkampf, Belleville and Ménilmontant, along the Canal de l’Ourcq, and south of the city in the town of Vitry-sur-Seine.
If you want to get away from car traffic and noise, make your way to pedestrian-only areas like Les Halles, Montmartre, the Marais and Rue Mouffetard.
Walking around Paris
For a pleasant stroll along the river, head to the Parc Rives de Seine along the banks of Paris’s emblematic river, where you’ll also find picnic areas, playgrounds and boules courts. The quays of the Canal Saint-Martin and the Bassin de la Villette are also popular spots with Parisians out for a stroll.
Many riverboat companies offer sightseeing and dinner cruises along the Seine, with great views of the capital’s beautiful monuments. They include Bateaux-Mouches, Bateaux Parisiens, Vedettes du Pont Neuf, Vedettes de Paris and Paris Cityvision.
Every Paris district has its own special character, and no district is quite the same as any other. Walking around the capital’s districts is the best way to soak up their atmosphere.
> Explore walking routes in Paris
Getting around Paris on a bicycle has never been easier, with an ever-increasing number of cycle paths and car-free districts. Cycling is a very pleasant way to explore the city.
> Explore cycle routes in Paris
Unusual ways to see Paris
Besides the iconic Paris sights, the city has many little-known heritage sites and unusual activities.
A behind-the-scenes tour at a Paris monument is a good way to satisfy your curiosity about the secrets it conceals. At the Palais Garnier, you’ll see treasures hidden from the average visitor. At the Stade de France, you’ll follow in the footsteps of great players. At Rungis, you can take a tour of the world’s biggest fresh produce market. ExploreParis organizes walks with unusual themes and offbeat guided tours for small groups.
> More info about behind-the-scenes Paris
If you’re looking for thrills and chills, the Manoir de Paris is a challenge you must attempt. This haunted house experience is both immersive and interactive, and you’ll find it hard to hold your nerve. Flyview is a realistic flight simulator that gives you the heady experience of flying over Paris monuments. A visit to the catacombs – one of the world’s largest bone repositories – is not for the faint-hearted. And for an adrenaline rush, head to one of the amusement parks: Jardin d’Acclimatation, Disneyland Paris, Parc Astérix, etc.
Practical information to plan your Paris stay
PPL: the perfect pass for Paris sightseeing
Paris Passlib’, the official City of Paris pass, is a smart way to make the most of your Paris stay. It enables you to get into the main museums and monuments in the Paris region (usually with skip-the-line tickets), such as the Musée Rodin, the Musée d’Orsay, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Château de Versailles and the Saint-Denis Basilica. There are different passes, each valid for a set number of days, so you can choose one according to the duration of your stay. A pass providing unlimited travel on public transport may also be included.
> More info about Paris Passlib’
Staying on in Paris
Once the World Cup is over, why not extend your stay to make the most of summertime in Paris? On 29 June, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Pride parade makes its way through the streets of the capital, with thousands of people, 50-odd floats and great music creating a party atmosphere. Every summer, the Parc Rives de Seine and the Bassin de la Villette are transformed into city beaches complete with deckchairs, water sports, swimming, refreshment stands, ice cream sellers and children’s playgrounds – a very pleasant way to spend a hot summer’s day!
Early summer also marks the start of festival season: Fnac Live (3-5 July), The Peacock Society (5-6 July), Electroland (5-7 July), l’Eté du Canal (6 July to 25 August), Lollapalooza (20-21 July), the Open Air Cinema Festival (Cinéma en plein air) at La Villette (22 July to 23 August), Rock en Seine (23-25 August), etc. From 4 to 7 July, there is the Japan Expo, Europe’s benchmark event focusing on Japanese culture, drawing 200,000 visitors.
And don’t miss the Bastille Day celebrations on 14 July: a military parade on the Champs-Elysées, a French air force flypast, a big concert on the Champs de Mars, a fireworks display and the annual firemen’s ball.
> More info about what to do in Paris in July and August
Find your accommodation
Whether you’re looking for a quiet hotel, a trendy youth hostel, a luxury hotel or a budget campsite, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the perfect place for your Paris stay.
> More info about where to stay in Paris