With many high level clubs including three professional clubs in the city and its close suburbs (Paris Basket, Nanterre and Levallois) Paris is undoubtedly a land of basketball. A passion that is also reflected in the presence of numerous sites open to all.
1. Duperré Basketball Court
The most popular basketball court in the capital, the Duperré basketball court is a must in the north of Paris. Nestled between two buildings, this ground with non-standard dimensions deserves a stopover, including for those who do not try their hand at basketball. Its bright colors and graphic lines seduce both athletes and photographers of all kinds. A pleasure for the game… and for the eyes.
2. Jemmapes Basketball Court
Many amateurs cross the capital to compete on the playground of the Canal Saint-Martin. Famous for its non-regulatory dimensions, here the games are very physical and players are use to trashtalk. A unique atmosphere!
3. Stalingrad Basketball Court
No need to cross the pond to the US! Surrounded by fencing and in the shadow of an overhead section of the Line 2 metro, the Stalingrad basketball court (located under the metro station of the same name, in the 10th arrondissement) has the vibe of a New York City court.
4. The One Ball
Wood floor, plexiglas backboard, musculation space, physiotherapy space,… The One Ball is the most complete open gym available in Paris. Located on the RER A, the gym is easy to access and offers the best conditions ever to play basketball. A lot of events happened in this indoor complex like “The Basketball Africa League Combine” with the presence of Dwyane Wade!
5. Hoops Factory
Parquet, plexiglas backboard, etc. Located just a few hundred meters from the Boulevard Périphérique, the Hoops Factory offers playing conditions worthy of the finest NBA halls. A high quality indoor complex where pros and amateurs meet. The most famous streetball tournament worldwide “The Quai 54” holds its qualifying matches there.
6. Bir-Hakeim Basketball Court
With a view on the Eiffel Tower, the Bir-Hakeim court offers a wonderful setting for playing basketball in the capital. A veritable pilgrimage for players from all over the world, it is THE court on which to play against the best street basketball players in Paris.
7. Jardin du Luxembourg Basketball Court
Amidst plane trees and sculptures, the court in the Luxembourg Gardens provides a dream setting for basketball fans. An excellent spot for combining shooting skills with playing three pointers, all right in front of the elegant Sénat building. And if you fancy a game of tennis, there are 6 courts here, open to the public.
8. Carpentier Basketball Court
A very good basketball court with 3 full courts. Teams made up of players who, most often, do not know each other, play small matches of 15 to 20 points here; the one who wins stays on the field.
9. Porte de Charenton Basketball Court
What street basketball players like about the Porte de Charenton is the amount of space solely for them! The dimensions of these two grounds located side by side enable four games to be played at the same time (one on each half of the court). An option that attracts players of all generations.
10. Jardins de Saint-Paul Basketball Court
In the heart of the Marais, a few minutes from the Seine riverbanks, is the Jardins de Saint-Paul basketball court. Bathed in light it is popular both with locals and tourists eager to practice their dribbles, etc. A perfect spot for a quick match in between sightseeing.
11. Porte de Vanves Basketball Court (Bonus)
The latest street basketball spot to appear in the capital is the Porte de Vanves court, entirely devoted to the sport of basketball. This fully-equipped court is easily recognizable by its bright blue rubber floor surface. It is the only Parisian basketball court open all hours and throughout the week.