Episode 4 – a sporty weekend in Paris
Spring has arrived and, with all those bank holidays in May, we’ll have some spare time to take some weekend excursions and mini breaks. There’s no better way to delve into European cultural heritage than with a beautiful city break. It’s easy to forget about your fitness routine on holiday but, as an Urban Sports Club member, you don’t need to worry. Now you can check in to sports with 5,000 partners in four European countries in addition to Germany – including Italy, France, Portugal and Spain. To get the most out of your trip, look for cheap flights or trains to plan your USC City Trip and discover the beauty of Europe.
In our USC City Trips series we offer you a city guide so you have the lowdown on which cool sports you can try and where to get the best (healthy) food. And, of course, all the best sights to see and unmissable hotspots.
So far we’ve got you covered in Rome, Lisbon and Madrid. Next up we have the perfect city to visit during spring time: Paris! Right now the city is blossoming. Parisians sit and soak up the sun in the numerous cafes along the beautiful boulevards, enjoying their delicious croissants and fresh coffees. Paris has tons to offer so we’ve unearthed the best tips and secret spots to make sure you get to experience the city in all its beauty…
The Cluster Sports Club provides a full throttle workout. Here you’ll experience 45 minute classes of High Intensity Interval Training, using bodyweight, kettlebells, balls or ropes. It’s a challenging workout but a good way to work up an appetite!
103 rue du temple, 75003 Paris
Here you’ll find everything your veggie heart desires:
The Wild & The Moon is at your service for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The dishes on offer are made from organic, regional produce and range from freshly squeezed juices to colourful bowls. After a strenuous workout this is the perfect place to refuel and set you up for the rest of your day.
Visit one of the oldest squares in Paris:
On your way to the Place des Vosges you can pick up the latest fashion on a shopping trip in the streets of Le Marais. Then relax in the Place des Vosges. This small park is one of the five royal squares of the city and enchants everyone who visits.
Heal your aching muscles:
Cool down with cryotherapy treatment at Pôle Cryo, the perfect place to heal your sore muscles. You will be exposed to temperatures of -170°C for three minutes which may seem uncomfortable but you’ll soothe your aching muscles so you can walk around the French capital with ease.
Marcelle is a delicious breakfast and brunch spot with dishes that are made from seasonal and fresh organic ingredients served in a bright and quiet atmosphere. Best of all, it’s right in the centre of Paris.
Marcelle, 22 Rue Montmartre, 75001 Paris
Visit the landmarks of Paris:
After your refreshment at Pôle Cryo and your delicious stopover at Marcelle, you can make your way to Le Louvre and the Jardin des Tuileries. Here you can admire the Mona Lisa or stroll through the park in the sun. Not far away is the Pont des Arts which crosses the Seine and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From here you have a great view over the Ile Saint Louis.
La Marelle CrossFit® is located in a wellness center and is the ideal spot for your CrossFit training. Varied, high-intensity movements are combined with weight lifting, gymnastics and cardio exercises to create a complex workout that improves your physical fitness. Unmissable!
68 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010 Paris
Food prepared with love:
At Sol Semilla you can expect vegan, gluten-free organic dishes with fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, muesli and herbs. They love their superfoods which means every dish is jam-packed with bright colours, gorgeous smells and tons of nutrients.
Re-trace the French Revolution:
En route to the landmark Place de la République you will see the Monument de la République. This was built in honour of the 90th anniversary of the French Revolution and served as a meeting place for demonstrations. Amongst other performers you’ll often catch salsa dancers here.
Time to relax:
Studio Osteo Yoga – Somasana offer a range of courses, all of which have a therapeutic foundation. Try Osteo Yoga, a method developed collectively by yoga teachers and osteopaths that focusses on strengthening your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. If this isn’t for you, you can also check in for Aerial Yoga or Warrior Cycling.
Refuel in style:
Otium is a vegetarian restaurant that serves healthy and delicious bowls. Here you’ll find a selection of cakes, tapas, and daily specials. The organic ingredients and freshly squeezed juices will definitely replenish your energy after your workout.
Don’t forget cabaret:
Climb the Montmartre hill and discover the district around the Moulin Rouge. From here you can admire Paris and explore the small streets and alleys around the Sacré Coeur.
How about a round of boxing?
The Apollo Sporting Club is a boxing, fitness and wellness club with a welcoming atmosphere. Here the courses take place in small groups so you can train at your own pace. Try out English Boxing, Circuit Training, Cardio Boxing or Lady Boxing.
8 rue Edouard Lockroy, 75011 Paris
Don’t miss these delicious sandwiches:
At PaperBoyParis you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to sandwiches. Here you’ll find delicious options for breakfast and brunch, such as Eggs Benedict and sweet potato side dishes.
A perfect walk:
The Canal Saint Martin in the east of Paris is a must-see in the late afternoon. From here you can explore the small bars, cafés and concept stores and start your evening in style.
We hope our sporty, culinary and cultural tips will give you a glimpse into the lifestyle of Parisians and ignite your curiosity to go and see the city for yourself.
Do you have any interesting tips? We’d love to hear them. Send us your suggestions in the comments below!