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7 places to eat and drink if you're in Paris-Saint Denis for the Sweden match

We’ve picked the best options close to Stade de France.

In town for Ireland v Sweden but feeling peckish. We've got you covered.
In town for Ireland v Sweden but feeling peckish. We've got you covered.

Remember that Niall Quinn header to Robbie Keane in 2002? Yup. Solid proof that collaborations work.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with LovinDublin to create a handy go-to guide for the Euros – helping you make the most of this month’s footballing feast.

In Saint Denis for the Euros? You lucky divil.

We’ll hide our jealousy for just a second to inform you of what delectable treats and dishes await you on your journey to greatness. Just a second though, so beware.

Saint Denis, and the surrounding areas, offer some pretty stellar menus, both food and drink orientated, to the humble football fan, and it’s pretty much your job when over there to test them all.

You’ve been told. Now all you have to do is choose…

1. La Fabrica

Source: La Fabrica

Looking for a quick, tasty meal to tide you over while you’re watching Ireland smash the Euros? Then this is the place for you.

La Fabrica is a cool hidden gem of a fast food spot, serving up some of the best Mexican you’ll find this side of…well, Mexico. Fresh, healthy and delicious – this place is the ideal spot to prepare you for a long day of winning.

And where is it?

2B Boulevard Anatole France, 93200 Saint-Denis, a scenic 13 minute stroll from the stadium. Find it on Google Maps here.

2. Hippopotamus Saint Denis

Source: Hippopotamus

A favourite with locals and tourists alike, Hippopotamus Saint Denis is a cut above the rest in every sense of the word. It’s said it can be hard to find good steak in the greater Paris region – even if the city itself is swimming with options – but this steakhouse laughs in the face of nay-sayers.

This decadent menu strikes all the right chords with football fans, boasting hearty meals and tasty dishes. And don’t think this place is just for carnivores… They have an impressive array of veggie dishes too.

And where is it?

4 Rue Desiré Lelay Saint-Denis, a 10 minute walk from the stadium. Find it on Google Maps here.

3. Chez Rochette


Situated right in the heart of the city, Chez Rochette is just a stone’s throw away from Stade de France and is renowned for its incredible food and impeccable service.

Good value, great flavours and considered the diamond in the crown that is Saint Denis – Chez Rochette has you covered for every meal while you’re over there.

And where is it?

20 Rue Gabriel Péri, 93200 Saint-Denis, just off the N1, an 11-minute meander from Stade de France. Find it on Google Maps here.

4. Oleo Pazzo Bistro

Source: Courtyard

Oleo Pazzo Bistro, open for breakfast, lunch and most importantly, dinner, offers the humble sports fan unbelievable Mediterranean cuisine for superbly reasonable prices. Their midi package including starter and main or main and dessert comes in at an impressive €19, considering the quality.

During sunny days, the verdant terrace Bistro Oleo Pazzo opens, allowing you to soak in the sun, allowing you to feel like you’re really on your holliers.

And where is it?

34 boulevard de la Libération Hôtel Courtyard by Marriot 93200 ST DENIS – a hop, skip, jump and two-minute Metro away from the stadium. Find it on Google Maps here.

5. La Bigoudène Café

Source: La Bigoudène Café

Who likes comfort food? We do, we do, we do-ooooo.

The creperie to end all creperies, La Bigoudène Café has all you need and more for when it comes to utter indulgence. Get stuck into these babies while you’re in the home of indulgence – you’ll never look back.

La Bigoudène also has a chop in which you can purchase items for the poor sods at home who had to work while you were living your best life. *hint, hint*

And where is it?

11 Allée des 6 Chapelles, 93200 Saint-Denis, right next to the Saint Denis Basilica. Find it on Google Maps here.

6. Le Club

Source: Stade De France

Located within the walls of Stade de France itself, Le Club is an elevated eatery that boasts exclusivity and whopper dishes. It’s the place to be for lunch, meaning you should probably book before you go to avoid disappointment. The secret to their success is a limited menu, cooked to perfection.

They whip up some killer coffee and decadent treats too, if you’re just looking to meet friends for a catch up before the game.

And where is it?

Avenue du President Wilson, 93210 Saint-Denis. Find it on Google Maps here.

7. Au Petit Breton


A short walk away from the basilica is Au Petit Breton, a quaint French café, off the beaten track, dedicated to unrivalled customer service and perfectly Parisienne dishes. Everything is hand-made (even the hand written menus) and their daily specials change everyday, reflecting the typical French restaurant choice of beef, chicken or seafood.

The food is good, the value is great and the set up is the perfect place to wind down and watch the world go by – and get psyched up for the Swedes.

And where is it?

18 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 93200 Saint-Denis, either a 15 minute walk or five minute taxi from the Stade. Find it on Google Maps here.

They say two heads are better than one…
That’s why we’ve teamed up with our pals at lifestyle website Lovin Dublin to create LovinThe42 – a place where football and culture meet, and a your go-to guide to eating, sleeping and breathing all this summer’s football action.

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