Longchamp Racetrack in the Bois de Boulogne
We present to your attention a new, this time Parisian, issue of the blog of our author Daria Ganzya, the most actively moving around cities and countries .
More recently, Dasha visited a cult meeting place for all Parisian horse racing enthusiasts and will now tell you what the beautiful word “Longchamp” really means.
What do you think when you hear the name “Longchamp”? For example, I’m thinking about a fashion brand that has been producing stylish handbags for 70 years in a row, without losing ground. But actually this is not quite the right association. That is completely wrong from the point of view of a person interested in horse racing.
Longchamp is a racetrack in the Bois de Boulogne, which for more than 160 years has remained the mostfamous Parisian place to watch races. In the last century, it was considered especially chic to come here on the Senen boat from the center of Paris (by the way, not for long – about an hour – and very stylish!). And Eduard Manet and Edgar Degas perfectly conveyed the atmosphere from the scene – look at the paintings “Horse Racing in Lonsham” or “Racing Horses in Lonsham!” From the moment of its founding, the most expensive horse races on the grass track are held at the racetrack – Prize Arc de Triomphe (Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe). I specifically made a reservation about the grassy path. There are also races on synthetic and primer coatings – and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe has two competitors for the prize: Pegasus World Cup in America and Dubai World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
In 2015, the Longchamp racetrack was closed for repairs, a new building was built for immodest 140
million euros, and lo! – opened to the public at the end of April this year.
And starting from May 17, there are afterwork parties every Thursday. From 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the racetrack it will not be boring! You can watch the races, you can sit in the ParisLongchamp Brasserie with an instagram interior, an attractive menu and a view of the area where the horses are taken out before and after the race.
You can still explore the floors and views from the new building and understand how exactly those 140 million euros were used. Of the interesting features of the structure: there are no columns on all floors, so nothing will interfere with viewing the race.
The general view of the structure, according to the architect, was created similar in outline to a fast-running horse with its head stretched forward (though you can only see these shapes if your imagination is very well developed).
On the top floor is the Le Panorama restaurant of the famous chef and TV presenter Jean Imbert with panoramic views of the hippodrome, the Bois de Boulogne, the Eiffel Tower and Paris La Défense business district. And if you are lucky – there will even be a free table (which is rare, so if you are determined to get there, it is better to book in advance).
And on the site to the left of the entrance to the territory an incendiary DJ plays and tables are arranged
for a picnic.
Food and drinks can be bought right there in Le Petit Pre shops or brought with you (not in glass
bottled) if you don’t like the lineup.
And if you are curious and still do not know anything about the betting system on races – be sure to look into a one-story building behind a picnic lawn. There are organized mini courses on how to bet. There you can try yourself in the role of a jockey, riding a racehorse simulator (it sounds a bit strange, but in reality it is a lot of fun).
Thursday runs will be held until July 12, so if you are in Paris in the coming weeks, don’t miss!
And practical information:
Entrance ticket for horse racing on Thursday at parislongchamp.com/en/jeuxdi-by-parislongchamp, costs only 5 euros, and with the code CMOIKINVITE – generally free)
From Friday to Sunday, the hippodrome is also open, but there are no horse races. You can find the work schedule here parislongchamp.com/fr/lepetitpre
You can get to the racetrack:
– On free Hippodrome buses from Porte d’Auteuil and Porte Maillot
– By city bus 244 to the Les Moulins Camping stop and 241 to the Hippodrome de Longchamp stop