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Paris Nightlife: Best Things to Do in Paris at Night [2020]

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05/06/20

Paris la Nuit /Nightlife in Paris

Let me tell you a secret: Paris is more beautiful than ever during the night, the kind of place where anything is possible. Paris is full of stunning architecture and monuments that truly shine when the sun goes down, that’s why Paris is called the City of Lights!

So enjoy the city during the day, but save some energy for Paris after-dark and experience Paris at night like you’ve never seen it before.

What to do at night in Paris? Where to go in Paris at night? Go on reading this Paris at Night quick guide with the best things to do in Paris at night so you can get the most out of your nights in Paris.

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Places to Visit in Paris at Night

If you are wondering where to go at night in Paris, this guide will help you. Even if the right bank has taken over where authentic Paris nightlife is concerned, there are places to enjoy Paris’ nocturnal atmosphere everywhere in the city.

Whether you prefer a quiet night out with friends, offbeat nocturnal scene or trendy bars + late-night clubs, a memorable evening out is guaranteed.

Here’s the list of neighborhoods with the best nightlife in Paris for a range of different types of Paris nights:

LE MARAIS (Paris 4):  this area is one of the favorite nightlife spots in Paris for locals and tourists. This part of Le Marais is also home to a thriving gay and lesbian scene, with rainbow flags everywhere.

SAINT GERMAIN & THE LATIN QUARTER (Paris 6): this area is perfect for those who wish to spend a relaxed night over a couple of drinks in cozy bars. Both neighborhoods offer a lot of restaurants, pubs, and bars. These are much cheaper in the Latin Quarter as it has been the students’ district for ages while prices are definitely higher in the trendy neighborhoods of Odéon or Saint Germain.

CHAMPS ELYSÉES (Paris 8): people looking for an exclusive night out in Paris will head to Champs Elysées. Around Paris’ most famous avenue there are some good choices for dancing and all-night partying, where everything is beautiful and chic. Prices are high in chic Paris.

BASTILLE (Paris 11): this lively and overcrowded neighborhood is dominated by the 20-somethings looking for a fun night out but it is also popular among tourists. This is the kind of place with something for everyone, starting with a bit of bar-hopping down rue de Lappe or rue Roquette to end up dancing any kind of music somewhere else.

MONTMARTRE & PIGALLE (Paris 18): the upper heights of Montmartre are a good place to go for a night stroll in the summer while cheeky Pigalle is Paris’ red-light district, with places like the Moulin Rouge, or late-night clubs but also with interesting places playing rock or hip-hop.

BELLEVILLE (Paris 20): this neighborhood, still relatively untouched by tourists, has several lively streets packed with affordable bars that attract mixed crowds. Come to Belleville for an authentic night experience in Paris.

Paris at Night

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Best Things to Do in Paris at Night [2020]

What to do, what to see in Paris at night? Below, some fun things to do in Paris at night, with something for every taste.

A Paris Night Cruise /Moonlit Stroll Along the Seine River

Seine River Night Stroll

If you are spending only one night in Paris, head to “Paris’ most beautiful avenue” for a moonlit walk along the Seine River’s banks. Depending on the season the Seine banks are more or less lively but it is always a beautiful night stroll.

On your way, you can see some of the main Paris tourist attractions, such as Notre Dame, or Les Invalides, this time beautifully illuminated. It is difficult not to be in love with Paris after a stroll like this one!

If you are too tired to walk, you can always enjoy a Seine River night cruise. The Seine river cruises come with or without dinner and they are a great way to spend a relaxed night, perhaps with a glass of champagne.

TIP: This Paris Illuminations River Cruise always has great reviews!

 

Parisian Cabarets

Cabaret Paradis Latin

photo courtesy: Le Paradis Latin ©

Looking for cool things to do in Paris at night? Then head to a Parisian Cabaret for a fun night out in Paris.

Today, cabarets in Paris are a fun and entertaining part of nightlife in Paris. Cabaret shows usually include crazy can-can girls (our favorite part) but also singing, dancing, and juggling.

Most of the cabarets also come with the dinner option or a glass of champagne so you are set for the whole night. From the Moulin Rouge or Lido to Paradis Latin, we tell you all about the best cabarets in the city in this Parisian Cabarets Quick Guide.

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The Louvre at Night

Louvre Museum At Night

One of the best places to go in Paris at night (or at least to pass by) is the Louvre Palace, lit up by the glowing glass pyramid dominating Cour Napoléon.

If you are spending a Wednesday or a Friday night in Paris you can visit the Louvre Museum until 9.45 pm, without crowds. Some information panels are difficult to read but the sculptures look incredibly beautiful when they are lit by the moon.

The Louvre Museum also proposes the first Saturday night of the month and for free, from 6 pm to 9.45 pm. Needless to day, these free Saturday nights at the Louvre Museum are a different experience!

TIP: Read how to get the most of the Louvre Museum in 2 hours or less

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The Eiffel Tower at Night

Shangri-La Paris Terrace

photo courtesy: Hotel Shangri-La Paris ©

With nearly 7 million visitors in 2018, the Eiffel Tower is the symbol of France and one of the world’s most popular attractions. Thanks to its monumental size, the Eiffel Tower can be seen from almost every corner of the city, usually outstanding amongst the quintessential rooftops of Paris.

The Eiffel Tower is one of the best things to see in Paris at night, especially when it lights up. It is just so romantic to see the sparkling Eiffel Tower, also not to mention it is more photogenic!

There are many ways to enjoy the Eiffel Tower at night, from a picnic in Champs de Mars to a night river cruise on the Seine River, or just admire it from the Trocadéro Square. The Eiffel Tower lights up hourly from sunset until 1 am or 2 am during summer. The illumination lasts around 5 mins each time, do not miss it!

The good news is that some of the best 5-star hotels in Paris, well known for their great facilities and amazing interiors, come also with the best views of Eiffel Tower. So if you are traveling to Paris for a few days and you can afford it, why not treating yourself with a hotel with Eiffel Tower view at night?

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A Night at the Opera (Garnier)

A night at the Opéra Garnier Paris, with the right program, is a great way to start a night out in Paris. We suggest arriving well in advance to admire its architecture and rich decoration.

Feeling thirsty during the interlude? Then head to the Grand Foyer, grab a glass of champagne and admire this stunning gallery, inspired in the Hall of Mirrors of Versailles Palace.

If opera or ballet is not your thing but you don’t want to miss one of the most beautiful attractions in Paris, we recommend the Mysteries of the Opera night tour. Learn about Palais Garnier’s history and its most famous guest, the phantom of the Opera, and visit his reserved balcony#5 (option available only during the night tours).

Click here to book your Mysteries of the Opera night tour

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Wine Tasting with a Professional Sommelier

Wine Tasting in Paris

Learn about the wine regions in France through an informative master wine class with wine tasting. An expert sommelier will lead you through a tasting of exceptional French wines, coming from different corners of the country, and selected to ensure a full and unique tasting experience.

Some of these tours come with a platter of cheese and charcuteries (cold cuts) to complete the wine tasting experience. If you know already that you will end up buying some bottles, don’t forget your wine tote bag!

TIP: This French wine tasting experience has always great reviews

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Paris Nights from a Rooftop Bar

Rooftop bars in Paris

Photo courtesy: Terrass Hotel Montmartre ©

When the weather in Paris is nice and the sun starts to set down, there are few better ways to enjoy the Paris nights than from above, cocktail in hand gazing across the lights and landmarks that define the city. Check out our list of favorite rooftop bars in Paris, with something for every type.

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Paris Night Tour with Champagne on a Vintage Car

Vintage Drive - Romantic Things to do in Paris

Drive through the city’s illuminated streets and avenues in style on a classic Vintage Citroën 2CV and get the most out of Paris by night.

Enjoy a bottle of Champagne while admiring Paris at night attractions beautifully lit up such as Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur in the neighborhood of Montmartre.

This Paris night tour includes a fun and informative driver /guide so you just need to sit in the back, relax and enjoy Paris (and the champagne).

Click here to book your night tour on a vintage car

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Enjoy Traditional French Cuisine in a Brasserie or Bistro

Paris Bistro

Dining out is one of the best things to do in Paris in the evening, especially if you opt for local food. French cuisine sounds fancy but in the end, it’s all about quality – fresh produce and creating a harmonious dish that elevates the quality of the main ingredient. That said, you don’t need to go to a Michelin starred restaurant to enjoy good local meals and you can eat most of the best French recipes in a nice brasserie or bistro.

What to choose, a Brasserie, or a Bistro? Both places serve typical French cuisine. A bistro is usually a pretty casual neighborhood restaurant, with a limited offer and specific opening hours for lunch and dinner while a brasserie serves throughout the day until late at night, and have a larger menu.

Traditionally a bistro was a low key place but nowadays you can find great Parisian bistros with excellent culinary proposals. Go to dinner not in search of gastronomic revelation, but rather in the hope of being well-fed in the best French traditions of culinary simplicity.

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Night Photography in Paris 

Paris Nightlife Photography

Paris at night is a great experience for professional photographers or just photography aficionados. A guided photography night tour with a professional photographer is always a good idea, especially if you want to improve your photography skills.

Apart from their invaluable photo tips, local photographers know the best Paris photo spots so you can end your day with really cool shots. Remember to bring your own travel tripod, especially if you want to “play” with long exposures.

Click here to book your night photography tour in Paris


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Clubbing and Dancing in Paris

Clubbing in Paris

For some, clubbing and dancing will be the best way to spend a Friday night in Paris or a Saturday night in Paris. When it gets dark, the City of Lights has some legit clubs and bars for dancing and partying with all kinds of music. Here’s the list of locals’ favorites in Paris:

Les Bains: this place was Paris’ answer to NYC’s Studio 54 and welcomed everyone with a name on its dancefloor and in its (adjacent) swimming pool. 7 Rue du Bourg-l’Abbé in Paris 3

L’Heritage: it promises a unique clubbing experience at once sophisticated and classy. 37 Avenue de Friedland in Paris 8

Le Baron: an exclusive club hosts both some of the city’s best DJs as well as featuring live music acts. 6 Avenue Marceau in Paris 8

Le Bus Palladium: located in the heart of Pigalle, this is the favorite place for rock lovers. 6 Rue Pierre Fontaine in Paris 9

La Java: this is a historic place dedicated to alternative, underground, and emerging new music talent. 105 Rue du Faubourg du Temple in Paris 10.

Wanderlust: its 1,600 square-meter terrace is the perfect place for hanging out and dancing in Paris in the summer. 32 Quai d’Austerlitz in Paris 13

La Machine du Moulin Rouge: the former boiler room of the iconic cabaret has been transformed into, an underground dance floor. 90 Boulevard de Clichy in Paris 18.

La Bellevilloise: for a trendy indie clubbing experience in one of the coolest arrondissements of Paris. 19-21 Rue Boyer in Paris 20.

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A Night Dip in an Art Déco Pool

Belle Époque Pool in Paris

photo courtesy of  @guide-piscine

What to do in Paris at night after a busy or stressful day? Head to the 5th Arrondissement of Paris, to the Art Déco-style Piscine Pontoise for some night laps.

Built during the ’30s, the unattractive external facade at 19, rue de Pontoise hides a listed building with a vintage touch, individual changing cabins, a huge glass ceiling, and mosaic frescoes.

The pool is open until midnight from Monday to Friday and it’s difficult to find a more attractive setting for a late-night swim.

 

In Paris, things to do at night abound and we hope that this list of best things to do at night in Paris gives you some ideas for your coming nights in Paris.

 

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  • Stephanie
    06/05/2018 at 1:45 pm

    Your blog is just darling! I have done two Europe trips and shockingly never managed to fit Paris in (I think i’ve always heard mixed review- of either the best city in the world or those who haven’t taken to it). You really show the city from so many angles i definitely need to make the time to visit sooner rather than later.
    Stephanie

  • Lauren
    06/05/2018 at 2:15 am

    Great post! So lovely to see such nice nighttime photos!