Paris running guide

There are two different running routes to choose from when staying at either Le Meurice or Hôtel Plaza Athénée, depending on how long a run you want to do.

1.2-mile route (2km) or optional 2.2-mile route (3.5km)

Running through the heart of this beautiful city, the Seine is one of the most picturesque rivers in the world, with stunning iconic monuments peppered along its banks. Jogging routes don’t get much more scenic than this, especially as the area surrounding the Pont de Sully and Pont d’Iena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

To enjoy a traffic-free jog, run along the riverbanks on Sundays, when the banks are closed to traffic. The pedestrianised area between Quai Branly, on the south bank of the river, and Quai Anatole France stretches for roughly 2km/1.2 miles. Start at either end of the route and run there and back to complete the circuit. Quai Branly leads you to the foot of the Eiffel Tower, giving you a great view!

The traffic-free area on the opposite side of the river stretches even further, from the Tuileries underpass through to Pont Charles-de-Gaulle – it’s roughly 3.5km/2.2 miles, so if you want to push yourself a little bit further along the riverside, this is the perfect option. The route treats you to more incredible landmarks, including the gothic masterpiece of Notre-Dame de Paris.

1.2-mile route (2km)

Parisian sights don’t come much more iconic and striking than the Eiffel Tower. Located just next to the Champ de Mars, this landmark offers the perfect starting point for a jog that will take you through green spaces in the middle of this bustling city.

One trip around the park would cover approximately 2km/1.2 miles, but if you’re looking for something a little bit longer, after you’ve made your way through the park, run under the Tower and turn right – this brings you to Quai Branly, which leads you along the Seine (as covered in the first route).

Running tips

The first thing to think about is what you are going to wear while running. Paris can be hot in the summer but does get chilly during the winter months. Bring comfortable clothing that you are happy to run in and make sure you have some well-fitting trainers.
Eating a balanced and nutritious meal before doing exercise is important to give you energy, but try to eat any food two hours before starting your run to let your stomach settle.
Make sure you take this guide with you or have a GPS on your phone – it’s easy to get lost in a city you aren’t familiar with. Check you know your route before setting off to ensure you have a fun and enjoyable run.
After you get back to the hotel, ensure that you cool down properly. Your muscles are more flexible after being used, so take some time to stretch out. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds to prevent your body from becoming stiff.

French running etiquette

Run against traffic and stay on the left side of the road.
Stay in single file or at a maximum of two abreast in a group.
Give other runners a heads-up if you are going to overtake them so they aren’t taken by surprise.
Take your rubbish home with you if you can’t find a bin on your route.

Fitness centre

If you visit Paris during a spell of bad weather, your fitness routine doesn’t have to be interrupted. A great alternative to these routes is to make the most of Hôtel Plaza Athénée’s fitness centre. With a customised service and personal trainer on hand, you can make sure that your workout is tailored to your individual needs.