16 Best Must-See & Must-Do around Roland Garros

by: TennisMood June 01, 2017 814

16 Best Must-See & Must-Do around Roland Garros

Roland Garros Visitor Guide

Being one of the world’s 4 major tennis tournaments, the French Open, also known as Roland Garros, is a big deal in Paris. It is the international tennis tournament of France, which is much more than just tennis. On and around the courts, Roland Garros represents passion, art, culture, technology and much more. In addition to great tennis, traveling to the French Open offers another main attraction…Paris!

Stadium Location: Address2 avenue Gordon-Bennett, 75016 Paris

How to get to Roland Garros by metro?
Subway: Line 10 – Porte d’Auteuil

There are many ways to enjoy Roland Garros in Paris. And of course, the best and most beautiful place to see the French Open is inside the stadium complex. The Roland Garros tennis stadium is located just a 10 minute walk from metro station Porte d’Auteuil on line 10.You will be in the heart of the action and it’s your perfect chance not only to get close to the world’s biggest tennis stars such as Federer, Djokovic, Nadal or Murray, but also, with a bit of strategy, you will be able to get a few autographs! This is a must for the die-hard tennis fans!

Now what to do before or after you might ask! Well, we got you covered. Here is our list of the 15 must-see and must-do best to enjoy around Roland Garros.

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower(la Tour Eiffel), the symbol of Paris is a definite must-go! So unique, so iconic!

It was built in 1889 for the Universal Exhibition. It is 324m (1063 ft) tall, making it the tallest building in Paris which can be seen from just about anywhere in the city. The Eiffel Tower is definitely one of the most fascinating monuments in the world, attracting more than 7 million visitors per year.

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So, make sure you are in Paris between the 16th of May and the 5th of June and follow every match with the world famous tennis players live on a giant screen under the Eiffel Tower. This free event also includes a real clay surface tennis court, a Roland Garros souvenir boutique as well as shops of the official event sponsors.

Location: Address5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris
Subway: Line 6 – Bir HakeimLine 9 – Trocadero
RER: Line C – Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel

Hotel de Ville

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In front of the beautiful Hôtel de Ville (City Hall), a giant screen will be installed so that everyone can enjoy the tennis games. This is one of the best areas to watch the French Open on a sunny day, and to make it even cozier, bring bread, cheese and a bottle of rosé!

Location: Hôtel de Ville, Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris
Subway : Line 1/11 – Hôtel de Ville
When: each time there is a match

Champs Elysees

The Avenue des Champs-Elysees is probably one of the most famous avenues in the world and is not to be missed when coming to Paris. Many people even call it “the most beautiful avenue in the world” and head out to it for 3 mains reasons: shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. There is always something to see and do on the Champs-Elysees, no matter what the season is.

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The Champs-Elysees neighborhood offers some of the best shops, restaurants, architecture and entertainment in the French capital. The beauty and prestige of this Avenue make it a very interesting to visit.
Although the area doesn’t offer the charm and intimacy of other Parisian neighborhoods such as the Marais, Montmartre or the Latin Quarter, side street Avenue Montaigne is one of the most luxurious avenues in Paris.

There are many activities in the Champs-Elysees neighborhood. Aside from the Lido and Crazy Horse cabarets, you can also drive a Lamborghini or Ferrari (€89 for 20 minutes), a funny little yellow “canaricar” or the tiny “goselftour” vehicle.

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When it comes to culture and architecture, check out the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais. The Arc de Triumph and the Place de la Concorde are absolute must-dos. The Mansion of La Païva is an architectural gem, while the Drugstore Publicis and the Citroën building are modern curiosities.

Fun Fact: On Bastille Day, July 14th, a parade is held on the Champ-Elysees Avenue. It is also the historic finishing line of the Tour de France cycling race.

Location: Address50 avenue des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris
Subway : Line 1/2/6 – Charles de Gaulle Etoile
RER:Etoile

Musee du Quai Branly

Located a stone’s throw away from the Eiffel Tower and the contrast between the two buildings is fascinating.
The Musee du Quai Branly is specialized in primitive arts from all over the world: aboriginal masks, African sculptures, South American parade costumes…

The Musee du Quai Branly was designed by world famous architect Jean Nouvel. Displayed in a modern building, the lights and décors of this off the beaten path museum make it one of coziest in Paris.

Most of the curiosities on display here come from remote villages found in the middle of lush tropical forests and wild areas. Therefore, the display, sounds, and the lights are perfectly thought to recreate the birthplace of these objects.

The collection of the Musee du Quai Branly lists approximately 300 000 primitive art objects, but only 3 500 of those are exposed. Because most of these items are very fragile, they are often replaced, those having been exposed returning to the dark storage rooms of the museum.

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The museum also welcomes the restaurant Les Ombres (access via the garden only, above 60€/person), on the top floor with a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower. A perfect choice for a romantic gastronomic dinner.
On the ground floor is the Café Branly, overlooking the garden and perfect for a light snack or a drink.

You just have to give it a visit!

Location: Address 37 quai Branly, 75007, Paris
Subway : 9 – Iena Line 9 – Alma Marceau Line 8 – Ecole Militaire Line 6- Bir Hakeim
RER: C – Tour Eiffel
When: You can visit the museum anytime on weekdays or at 7 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (closes at 9pm) for an optimal visit.

Bustronome

What if you could enjoy the most beautiful city in the world from the panoramic windows of a double decker bus AND savor the finest French cuisine through a gastronomic 4-6 course tasting menu? Bustronome is a totally new, innovative concept and the chefs invite you on board for a truly exciting gourmet jaunt around Paris.

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Sip on a glass of chilled white wine to start your evening off as you cruise past Paris’ most iconic monuments, beautiful squares, and tree-lined avenues.A starter of gravelax salmon and horseradish sauce overlooking the Seine, a tender fillet of beef main course driving up the Champs Elysée and a selection of French cheeses coasting around Saint Germain. An unrivaled marriage between French culture and cuisine.

And learn about every secret in the City of Light and soak up the true Parisian ambiance with eclectic French tunes playing softly in the background and your own audio commentary to accompany the tour.
A truly overwhelming experience on the senses.

The bus goes at a very slow pace, which makes for a relaxing and enjoyable trip and also avoids upsetting those with travel sickness. A few short pauses are made at principal monuments.

More of that, the itinerary is indicated by a map found on each table. Thanks to an electronic pen, all you need to do is pick a point on the map in order to hear audio commentary that will give you some info on the monuments.

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Route: The main monuments on Bustronome’s route are the Eiffel Tower, Invalides, Place de la Concorde, Madeleine, Opéra Garnier, the Louvre, Hôtel de Ville, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Musée d’Orsay, the Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe.
The duration of the trip is 2hr15 at lunchtime and 2hr30 at dinnertime.

Location: Address 2 Avenue Kléber, 75016, Paris
Subway : Line 1/2/6 – Charles de Gaulle Etoile
RER: A – Etoile

Pantheon

The Pantheon, set at the top of a small hill, is a massive yet beautiful monument dominating Paris’ Latin Quarter district. While the ground floor is stunning by its grandeur and interesting decoration, the crypt of it serves as the final resting place for the Great men and Women of the Nation, those who have made some of the most important contributions to France, including authors Victor Hugo and Emile Zola, scientists Pierre & Marie Curie and philosophers Voltaire and Diderot.

Pantheon

The Pantheon is the perfect spot to discover daring architecture, fine artworks and get up close and personal with some very famous historical figures away from the crowds. The Pantheon mixes different architectural trends: Gothic, Classic, Byzantine, and Greek.
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Warning: The Pantheon has just started undergoing renovation that will end in 2022, so some areas might be under construction during your visit.

Location: Address Place du Panthéon, 75005, Paris
Subway : Line 10 – Maubert – Mutualité
RER: Line B – Luxembourg

Musee Rodin

Whether you just fancy taking in a bit of culture or you’re a true art lover, the Musee Rodin is a fantastic experience. It is dedicated to one of the most famous French sculptors of all time, Auguste Rodin(1840-1917). He was a pioneer in his field, going against the academic trends of his time. Visitors stand awe-struck before the talent of this man that revolutionized sculpture and inspired the greats. He had an incredible talent for transforming his sculptures into virtually living flesh and blood.

Musee Rodin

In addition to the beautiful museum, the Musee Rodin’s garden is a wonderful place. The garden stretches over three hectares and includes a rose garden, an ornamental garden and a hidden relaxation area where a lot of his most famous sculptures are exposed.
Musee Rodin

A great place to visit after or before heading to Roland Garros.

Location: Address79 rue de Varenne, 75007, Paris
Subway : Line 13 – VarenneLine 8/13 – Invalides
RER: Line C – Invalides

Citroën 2CV

Citroën 2CV is a Paris sightseeing tour.

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The old Citroën 2CV, (“Two Horses”), still has some good years ahead of it. This car from 1948, with its very recognizable design, incarnates the authentic Paris. And what better than a visit of Paris in a Citroën 2CV to rediscover this ambiance of old Paris. The creators of these tours offer a series of excursions that will enchant you, whether you’re with friends, with a loved one, or with your family. From a 30mn excursion to a nocturnal 3 hour long trip, there’s a ride for everyone! The options are numerous but there is only one outcome: entire satisfaction.

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Location: Address Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris

The Louvre

The Louvre is a world’s most famous museum. It has to be one of the must-sees on a trip to Paris, even if only to marvel at its grand architecture and palatial setting. But more importantly, it is also home to one of the biggest collections of art in the world, including some of the world’s most famous artworks such as the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace. These are essential viewings for any first-timer in Paris.

The Louvre

The iconic Louvre museum is the biggest museum in the world. The sheer size of the building can be overwhelming, but in half a day it is possible to explore and see many of the masterpieces. Originally built as a royal palace, the Louvre is now the most visited museum in the world.
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A trip around the Louvre is guaranteed to work up an appetite and there are 15 cafes/restaurants for you to choose from, varying from table service to take-away snacks. The tickets are valid for the whole day so if you find half a day is not enough, it is possible to return after a bite to eat or a break strolling in the gardens for some fresh air – although bear in mind you will have to go through security again to re-enter.
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Information: if you are under 26 and a citizen of an EU country you can get into the Louvre for free (this applies to a bunch of other museums in Paris too and is due to the French government’s cultural subsidization). If this applies, you do not need a ticket and can go straight to the entrance counters, with a form of ID that shows your nationality (driving license, passport etc).

Location: Address 99 rue de Rivoli, 75001, Paris
Subway : Line 1 – Palais Royal Musée du Louvre

Opera Garnier

The Opera Garnier is certainly one of the most beautiful buildings in Paris, both for its eclectic architecture and amazing interior decoration.

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The fact that its Grand Foyer is a copy of the world famous Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles only emphasizes this statement. Whether it is to enjoy a world-class opera or ballet performance at night or simply to contemplate the sheer beauty of this monument, a visit to the Opera Garnier is truly something you won’t regret.

The visiting entrance to the Opera Garnier is on the western side of the building, through the Emperor’s Pavillion, used by Napoleon III and his imperial court at the time it opened. Up until the early 1970’s, the Opera Garnier was the biggest opera house in the world.

Opera Garnier

To learn more about the building, its decoration and history, there are paying guided visits on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30am and 2:30pm in English.

The horseshoe shaped auditorium is 20m high and 31m long (66ft + 102ft). The original ceiling was painted by Jules-Eugène Lenepveu, but in 1964 it was covered by the work of modern painter Marc Chagall. Above the auditorium hangs a huge 8 ton (17,636lbs) crystal chandelier.The chandelier fell to the ground in 1896, sadly killing a woman (an opera loving concierge) and wounding dozens.

Up until the early 1970’s, the Opera Garnier was the biggest opera house in the world.

Location: Address8 rue Scribe, 75009, Paris
Subway : Line 3 / 7 / 8 – Opéra

Arc de Triomphe

Built by Napoleon as a symbol of his triumphant Great Army, the Arc de Triomphe is one of the most iconic monuments in Paris. Its attraction lies not only in its architecture and sculptures, but also in its memorial purposes (dedicated to fallen soldiers of all wars), and perfect view on the Champs Elysées and Historical Axis on a sunny day. It is located on top of a hill marking the start of the famous Champs-Elysées Avenue.

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Do NOT try to walk across the roundabout to access the Arc de Triomphe! Use the underground walkway at the top of the Champs-Elysées or Grande Armée Avenues. The ticket booth is in that walkway. No ticket is necessary to walk around and under the Arc de Triomphe in order to admire the sculptures and massive monument itself. But entering it and visiting the top requires tickets though.

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The Arc de Triomphe stands at the center of a perfect alignment of iconic buildings called the Historical Axis: the Champs-Elysées, the Place de la Concorde, the Jardin des Tuileries, and the Louvre. You will also see the modern Grande Arche de la Défense, dominating the business district to the west.
Inside the Arc de Triomphe, you will find animated multimedia that gives insight into the Arc’s construction and history and an up-close look at its less accessible sculptures and frescos.

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“You will return home through arches of triumph.” Those were the words of Napoleon to his troops following their victory at Austerlitz in 1805. To honor the brave soldiers of Napoleon’s Great Army, construction of the Arc de Triomphe began in 1806. Napoleon never saw it finished though, as construction ended only 30 years later… long after his death.

Location: AddressPlace Charles de Gaulle, 75008, Paris
Subway : Line 1 / 2 / 6 – Charles de Gaulle Etoile

Helipass

Helipass is a sightseeing tour by helicopter. It is a unique opportunity to discover Paris and its surroundings from a bird’s eye view! In a six-person helicopter at 300m (984 ft) high, this flight takes you south-west of Paris to the edge of the Versailles Palace. You’ll be sure to remember this adventure for years to come.

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This flight lasts for an hour and a half and includes: 5 minutes of briefing, 25 minutes in flight and a one hour stopover in an airfield near the Palace of Versailles.

Flying over Paris and the Palace of Versailles is illegal and therefore not part of the trip.
Helipass offers additional sightseeing helicopter tours leaving from the heliport at Belleville going towards the Châteaux of the Loire Valley.

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What to expect:
1. Short briefing and safety instructions at the Helipass depot
2. Seat allocation depending on weight of passenger
3. The flight out to Versailles lasts 15 minutes, with views of the Seine, la Défense, the Bois de Boulogne, and the Palace of Versailles.
4. The stopover at Saint Cyr airfield lasts 1 hour and is an excellent moment to ask your questions to the pilot.
5. The flight back to Paris lasts 10 minutes and offers stunning views of Paris (Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Saint Sulpice etc..)

Location: Address61 Rue Henry Farman, 75015 Paris
Subway : Line 8 – Balard
Rotations: Helipass flight rotations depend on weather and visibility. With good weather in high season, there are up to 7 departures on saturday, sunday and holidays.

Petit Palais

Visiting the Petit Palais, Paris’ fine arts museum, is to visit world class art in a building designed to have the splendor of a royal palace. Gaze at Greek and Roman antiquities, works of Rembrandt and Monet, and then relax with a coffee in the museum’s majestic courtyard garden.

Petit Palais

The Petit Palais (Small Palace) is the City of Paris’ fine arts museum and the permanant collection is free.The Petit Palais is perfect for a 1.5 hour visit.

There are many paintings and sculptures by Grand Masters displayed in the Petit Palais. But art is not the only thing to discover in the Petit Palais. Its elegant architecture is also an equal part of its draw. At the very end of the 19th century, architect Charles Girault designed a building that would only use natural light, with large windows and transparent domes. Girault also wanted his building to have the splendor of an official palace. He designed it to glorify the city of Paris and celebrate the benefits of art.
The inner courtyard and garden of the Petit Palais is a peaceful haven, excellent to relax in after visiting the museum.

Petit Palais

It would be a pity not to visit the Petit Palais if you are in the area. Its unique collection of paintings, sculptures and objects gathered in a beautifully designed building, a palace no less, make it the perfect place for those who want to see world class art in one easy stop.

Location: Address Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008, Paris
Subway : Line 1/13 – Champs-Elysées Clémenceau

Musee Guimet

The biggest collection of asian art in Europe.
The Musee Guimet is an off the beaten track museum, perfect for a 2 hour getaway from European art and culture. It will take you to the far corners of Asia, with its vast collection of objects and ancient art from the regions between Japan and Pakistan.

Musee Guimet

The Musee Guimet is located in the heart of the posh 16th arrondissement, and is dedicated to Asian Arts.
It boasts the biggest permanent collection of Asian arts in France. Its collection is almost exclusively archeological objects and ancient arts, therefore excluding contemporary Asian art (visible during temporary exhibitions) and ethnological objects (displayed in the Musée du Quai Branly).

The most impressive part of Musee Guimet’s collection comes from the ancient Khmer civilization (Cambodia), including some parts of the famous Angkor Wat temples – ground floor.
The Riboud collection exposed in the Musee Guimet is a one and only chance to take a close look at unique Indian textiles, usually not on display in museums because of their fragility.

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Also there is a very curious architectural highlight: the library.
The shape, colors and ambiance of the library are all very different from the rest of the Musee Guimet.

The Musée Guimet opened in 1888. It is the perfect area to gaze at some impressive and beautiful works of art, in a quiet and cozy place, far away from the crowds that characterize other museums in Paris.
Not to be missed if you are interested in Asian Arts.

Location: Address6 Place d’Iéna, 75116 Paris
Subway : Line 9 – IénaLine 6 – Boissière

Jardin des Tuileries

The Jardins des Tuileries (Tuileries Gardens) is the biggest park inside Paris. Itis also home to 2 great museums. So get ready to be overwhelmed by its fascinating history and beauty.

Jardin des Tuileries

The Jardins des Tuileries is set between two iconic places in Paris: the Louvre and the Avenue des Champs Elysees, right beside the banks of the river Seine.
Originally the royal gardens of the Tuileries Palace, it is now a popular public park both locals and tourists love for 2 main reasons: the view on the Historical Axis – the alignment of the Louvre, the Obélisque, and the Arc de Triomphe – and the 2 museums that are located inside the gardens.

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It is the same French Garden for already 350 years. Queen of France Catherine de Médicis ordered the construction of the Tuileries Palace in 1564, along with its garden. 100 years later, displeased with its Italian look, King Louis XIV asked landscape architect André Lenôtre to rework the Tuileries gardens into a French style garden. Since then, the gardens have not changed, with a central lane, 2 ponds, and 2 lateral terraces

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From tile factory fields to royal gardens, from fencing arena during the 1900 Olympic Games to kitchen garden during World War II, the Jardin des Tuileries has always been part of Parisian history.
Because of its location, as well as its beauty and rich history, it is a must-do park in Paris

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Location: Address113 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Subway : Line 1 – Palais Royal Musée du Louvre / Tuileries / ConcordeLine 8 – ConcordeLine 12 – Concorde

Seine River Cruise

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Seine River Cruise is a perfect way to explore Paris.
This floating tour begins at the foot of the Eiffel tower and will be an hour full of the best views of Paris’ many historic monuments.

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Tours are accompanied by audio-guide commentary available in 13 languages, and tickets can be used on any date at the time of your choice. All-glass boats with open air observation decks for exceptional views. Also, this cruise has a unique content for children to make it easier for them to discover Paris and its monuments

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No matter how well you know Paris, this relaxing cruise will show you a whole new side as you follow the Seine through the heart of the city.

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Location: AddressPort de la Bourdonnais, 75007 Paris
Subway : Line 6 – Bir HakeimLine 8 – Ecole MilitaireLine 9 – Iéna / Alma Marceau

To help you navigate the beautiful Paris – here is a little map. If you want to find Roland Garros on map of Paris – look on the left side of the map)

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So, just make sure you are in Paris between late May and early June and fully enjoy Roland Garros in Paris, France.

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