The Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris 2024; what to do, where to go, things to do
The Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris is one of the world’s biggest and most popular marathons and the 2024 edition promises to be no different! Set in one of Europe and the world’s most revered cities, the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris is a bucket list entry for any marathon runner.
The route for the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris 2024 is a great way to see the sights of Paris as you run. Starting on the famous Champs Elysées, the route takes in some of the most iconic landmarks of the city, showcasing their beauty as you run. However, if you want to truly soak in the atmosphere and vibe of Paris, these are the best things to see and do in the French capital…
Soak in the sights of Saint-Germain-des-Pres
Located on the left bank of the River Seine in the centre of the city, Saint-Germain-des-Pres represents everything there is to love about Paris. Whether it’s attractions, fine cuisine or a beautiful place to have a glass of wine, this small but plentiful district has so much to offer…
For arts, culture and history lovers there is the Eugene Delacroix Museum, an art museum, an art museum that is dedicated to the works or renowned painter Eugene Delacroix, with entry free on the first Sunday of every month. If you love architecture, the incredible Church of Saint-Germain-des-Pres is a spectacular hit.
Although the area isn’t the largest district in Paris, it is still a great destination to dine out, drink coffee or have a relaxing drink. La Societe is the most popular option, offering French classics with a modern twist in a cosy atmosphere. If you are after more traditional French cuisine, Les Deux Magots has been established since 1885 and is well known for having hosted Ernest Hemingway amongst many others down the years.
Canal Saint Martin
The Canal Saint Martin is one of the main banks of water running through Paris and provides picturesque views and plenty of attractions on both banks of the river. An area thriving for independent businesses, Canal Saint Martin is the perfect place to relax and unwind and experience the authentic Parisian lifestyle.
Formerly an industrial heartland, the area is now home to a number of art galleries and shops showcasing the most creative areas of Paris. Visitors can appreciate the area on foot, or from the beautiful Hotel Du Nord – an incredible bistro made famous in local and international culture, providing the very best in French cuisine. If you just fancy a coffee, the trendy Cafe Mellotron offers great coffee and the opportunity to watch an actual radio station at work, located within the coffee shop.
If you want to truly appreciate the canal from a central perspective, a number of barge tours operate along the water allowing you to take in the area. Tours traditionally take a couple of hours and allow you to appreciate the district’s architecture, vibe and aesthetic and learn about the rich history of the area.
Be in the heart of the action at the Champs Elysees
When you think of Paris, one of the first locations you think of is the glorious Champs Elysees. Not only a hub of beautiful architecture crowned by the Arc de Triomphe, the area also represents the centre of Paris and the centrepiece of one of the most culturally significant cities in the world.
If you’re looking to take advantage of Paris’ famous fashion scene or grab yourself a memento of your time in the French capital, the Champs Elysees is the perfect place to do that. Home to world-renowned brands, as well as some of Paris’ best independents the avenue is a busy and vibrant area that encapsulates the quintessential experience of the Paris tourist experience.
With great shopping locations, comes great places to eat and drink. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, the Champs Elysees offers some of Paris and France’s finest cuisine in perfect settings. Popular bistros that truly represent the height of French food culture include Flora Danica, a French and Danish crossover or Fouquet’s, a classic French brasserie. If you want a wide selection, the food court at Galeries Lafayette Champs Elysées is also a must-visit.
Our top three tips for your trips to Paris
Utilise the Paris transport network. Paris’ transport network covers a large density of areas across the city and wider region, allowing you to travel conveniently to destinations. The city can get congested on the road network, meaning the transport network is the easiest way to access most areas at busy times.
Pack well. Paris is notorious for having changeable weather, with glorious sunshine one minute and rain showers the next. Make sure you’re covered for all eventualities!