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Nightlife in Paris
Let us 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 it is called the City of Lights!
So enjoy the city during the day, but save some energy for Paris after-dark and experience Paris like you’ve never seen it before. What to do in Paris at night? Here’s our list of best things to do in Paris at night to get the most out of the City of Lights.
A Moonlit Stroll Along the Seine River
If you are spending only a night in Paris, head to “Paris Most Beautiful Avenue” and walk under the moon along the Seine River’s banks.
On your way, you will see some of the main Paris tourist attractions, from Notre Dame Paris to Les Invalides, this time beautifully illuminated. It is difficult not to be in love with Paris after a night stroll like this one!
If you are too tired to walk, you can always enjoy a Seine River night cruise. A Paris night cruise comes with or without dinner and it is a great way to get a glimpse of the best nightlife in Paris.
Louvre At Night
One of the most spectacular places to visit in Paris at night is the Louvre Palace and Museum, with its glowing glass pyramid dominating Cour Napoléon.
Visiting the Louvre Museum at night is also a good idea because it tends to be less crowded than during the day. Also, Louvre artwork, especially the sculptures, look incredibly beautiful under the moonlight.
The Louvre Museum is open at night on Wednesday and Friday until 9.45 pm. You can visit the Louvre Museum for free on the first Saturday night of the month, from 6 pm to 9.45 pm.
Looking for cool things to do in Paris tonight? Then head to a Parisian Cabaret!
Some people still think that Parisian Cabarets are old-stylish but cabarets in Paris are a fun and entertaining part of Paris nightlife.
Cabaret shows usually include crazy can-can girls (our favorite part) but also singing, dancing, singing, and juggling. Most of the cabarets also come with the dinner option or a glass of champagne so you are set for a fun night out in Paris. From Moulin Rouge or Lido to Paradis Latin Cabaret, we tell you about the best cabarets in Paris in our Paris Cabarets Guide.
The Eiffel Tower at Night
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 places to visit 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 an Eiffel Tower photo shot at 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 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?
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 his most famous guest, the phantom of the Opera and visit his reserved balcony#5 (option available only during the night tours).
When the weather in Paris is nice and the sun starts to set down, there are few better ways to enjoy the nightlife in Paris 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 to enjoy the Paris nights.
A Night Dip in an Art Déco Pool
Want to finish your busy day in Paris with some laps? Head to the 5th Arrondissement of Paris, to the Art Déco-style Piscine Pontoise. Built during the ’30s, the unattractive external facade 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.
Address: 19, rue de Pontoise 75005 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 Montmartre neighborhood.
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).
Enjoy Traditional French Cuisine in a Brasserie or Bistro
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 many trendy 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.
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 wines, coming from different corners of the country, and selected to ensure a full and unique tasting experience. Usually, these tours come with a platter of cheese and charcuteries to complete the wine tasting experience.
If you know already that you won’t resist the temptation to buy some French vintages, don’t forget your wine tote bag.
Paris at night is a great experience for professional photographers or just photography aficionados. A guided Photography in Paris 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 at night and how to get the most out of them 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.
Clubbing and Dancing in Paris
For some, clubbing 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 our favorite ones in Paris by Arrondissement:
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.
New! Last but Not Least: Paris Night Pass
This new Paris tourist pass offers the most complete solution to discovering Paris by night.
This money saver pass includes a Parisian Cabaret, a ride on the famous Hop-on, Hop-off night bus and a Seine River night cruise with Bateaux Parisiens.
There are 3 kinds of Paris Night Pass, with different prices and options: Paris Night Pass Silver, Paris Night Pass Gold and Paris Night Pass Platinium. Want to know more about this great Paris Travel Pass? Read more about this great pass on our Paris Night Pass Review.
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