With three high-level clubs in the city and close suburbs (Paris Basket, Nanterre and Levallois), basketball is without doubt a favourite Parisian sport. A passion that is reflected in the many courts with free access to all.
The most atypical : Duperré is the most popular basketball ground in the capital, a top spot in the north of Paris. Situated between two buildings, this oversized court is worth a look, even for non-basketballers. The bright colours and graphic lines attract sportsmen and women as well as to all kinds of photographers. A pleasure for players... and spectators.
The most atmospheric : Many keen basketball players travel across Paris to play against one another on the court at the Canal Saint-Martin. It is well-known for its non-standard dimensions, and games here are very physical with lots of trash talk. A unique atmosphere!
The most ‘street-like’ : No need to cross the pond to the US! Surrounded by fencing and in the shadow of an overhead section of the Line 6 metro, the Glacière basketball court (located under the metro station of the same name, in the 13th arrondissement) has the vibe of a New York City court.
The coolest : Parquet, plexiglas panels, etc.: Located just a few hundred metres from the Boulevard Périphérique, the Hoops Factory offers playing conditions worthy of the finest NBA halls. A high quality indoor complex where kids aged 6-15 can enrol for a beginners/improvers course during the school holidays.
The most iconic : with the Eiffel Tower in the background, the Bir-Hakeim court offers a wonderful setting for playing basketball in the capital. A veritable pilgrimage for players from all over the world, it is THE court on which to play against the best street basketball players in Paris.
The most bucolic : Amidst plane trees and sculptures, the court in the Luxembourg Gardens provides a dream setting for basketball fans. An excellent spot for combining shooting skills with playing three pointers, all right in front of the elegant Sénat building. And if you fancy a game of tennis, there are 6 courts here, open to the public.
The most student : A very good multi-sports field for football or 4 on 4 basketball. Teams made up of players who, most often, do not know each other, play small matches of 15 to 20 points here; the one who wins stays on the field.
The most prolific : what street basketball players like about the Porte de Charenton is the amount of space solely for them! The dimensions of these two grounds located side by side enable four games to be played at the same time (one on each half of the court). An option that attracts players of all generations.
The most central : in the heart of the Marais, a few minutes from the Seine riverbanks, is the Jardins de Saint-Paul sports ground. Bathed in light it is popular both with locals and tourists eager to practice their dribbles, etc. A perfect spot for a quick match in between sightseeing.
The most recent : the latest street basketball spot to appear in the capital is the Porte de Vanves court, entirely devoted to the sport of basketball. This fully-equipped court is easily recognizable by its bright blue rubber floor surface. It is the only Parisian basketball court open all hours and throughout the week.