Review written by Sophie Couard, on May 23, 2016.
Le Touquet-Paris-Plage is a very popular seaside resort on the Côte d'Opale, south of Boulogne-sur-Mer and at the mouth of the Canche. It is located in the department of Pas-de-Calais, and welcomes up to 250,000 visitors during the summer season. It is often called Arcachon du Nord, Jardin de la Manche, Pearl of the Opal Coast or Station of the four seasons, as it has a large forest, an impressive architectural heritage in Anglo-Norman style and about twenty buildings that are classified as historical monuments.
There is also a casino located in this town. Barrière Casino in Touquet is close to the sea and the beaches, and opened its doors in 1903. Today, it is one of the resort's main attractions, and you can find out more in the rest of this review.
Playing in a trendy atmosphere
The casino is located inside a charming building and you can play the games every day of the week. You can enter the casino is you are at least 18 years old, not prohibited from gambling and able to present a valid identification document.
The slot machines
The Barrière Casino in Touquet has the largest selection of slot machines in the entire Côte d'Opal and you can play the games Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 2 am, Friday from 10 am to 3 am and Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 10 am to 4 am. There are 150 devices with bets starting from 1 cent. You can play the following types of games:
- games where you can win a progressive jackpot,
- traditional slot machines with mechanical reels,
- modern video slot machines with digital screens,
- video poker in many different versions,
- an electronic English roulette.
The table games
The table games are available Sunday to Thursday from 8 pm to 2 am, Friday from 8 pm to 3 am and Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 8 pm to 4 am. You can enjoy the cosy atmosphere of the traditional games at 6 tables with the following games:
- English roulette,
Dining, drinking and entertainment between the games
Playing the greatest casino classics in a nice atmosphere is a great thing, but it is not everything you need for a good evening. To make your evening unforgettable, the complex also offers additional services that allow you to take a relaxing break from the games, and you can visit the casino restaurant and bar. However, it is not possible to stay at the casino overnight.
The Brasserie La Forêt is located in the centre of the Jardins de l'Hermitage, and it is open every Saturday evening and Sunday for lunch. It offers an atmosphere that changes over the four seasons. It is radiant in the spring, shady in summer, colourful in autumn and bathed by enchanting Christmas lights in winter. You can choose from the following dishes, for example:
- warm goat cheese salad, smoked salmon or foie gras as starters,
- andouillette, tartare or exotic cod as main courses,
- chocolate fondant, tart or gourmet coffee as desserts.
The Café Barrière is open every day from 11.30 am and you can enjoy the friendly atmosphere in the heart of the slot machines room. It is a great place for sports fans, as you can watch broadcasts of the biggest live games. You can also eat there at any time and you have a choice between different set menus:
- starter + main course or main course + dessert for €19,
- starter + main course + dessert for €27,
- children's menu for €11.
The complex also has a theatre, and you can enjoy different types of shows, such as concerts, theatre plays or comedy shows. In short, the program is varied and can please a large audience.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to stay at the establishment, but the town has many hotels. Some of them close to the casino are:
- the Hôtel Restaurant Holiday Inn **** starting from €145 per night,
- the Best Western Grand Hôtel **** starting from €156 per night,
- the Hôtel Westminster & Spa **** starting from €166 per night,
- the Hôtel Novotel Thalasso **** starting from €184 per night.
In short, the Barrière Casino in Touquet has a classy atmosphere, a unique design and an interesting game selection. It should make most of the players happy and is worth a visit if you are in the area.
By car : Motorway A16.
By train : SNCF train station of Le Touquet.
By plane : Airport of Le Touquet – Côte d'Opale.
Slot machines : Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 2 am, Friday from 10 am to 3 am and Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 10 am to 4 am.
Table games : Sunday to Thursday from 8 pm to 2 am, Friday from 8 pm to 3 am and Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 8 pm to 4 am.