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Day 8 at Roland-Garros

 

 

Tennis isn’t the only attraction at Roland-Garros. Some people go for the sport, others go for the food, atmosphere and off court entertainment. When it comes time to eat, many tend to agree that Roland-Garros is home to the best on-site food offering among all the grand slams. 

 

There’s no escaping the fare, especially the sweet treats, the aromas of which hit you as you enter the stadium. Nothing beats the scent of freshly made ‘gaufre’ with a thick layer of chocolate topping. It’s not just crepes and gaufres. You can enjoy a croque monsieur in a lush terrace next to Suzanne-Lenglen Court, or opt for a charcuterie plate at Center Court.

Fancy something more substantial? Then there are several venues like a self-service sit-down restaurant. Or if you want to go all out, plan one of the coveted haute-cuisine dining experiences. Be warned these are usually fully booked in advance by corporate clients so you’ll need to plan ahead.

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It’s more than just food however. There are plenty of options when it comes to an aperitif in between matches. On a hot summer’s day, nothing beats a chilled glass of bubbly. You’ll have no problem finding one with Moet & Chandon having a strong presence throughout the venue. When in Paris and all that…!

If you’re looking to brush up on your tennis history, the grounds of Roland Garros are peppered with clever displays of French and European tennis history in the form of contemporary art, cartoons, photography, and sculpture.

If you're feeling energetic, you can pick up a racket and head for one of the practice serving ranges where you can put your serve to the test. 

Wondering around the stadium you’re also quite likely to bump into interesting characters from a bygone age. Actors decked out in full period clothing from the early 19th century (the time of Roland Garros himself), bring you back in time offering a glimpse into what life must have been like in the early days of the tournament. 

 

Darren Kennedy 

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