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Things to Do in Paris at Night – A Local’s Guide to Paris Nightlife [2022]


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01/27/22

Nightlife in Paris

Let me tell you a secret: there really is no city more magical after dark than Paris! Exploring Paris at night is part of the fun of visiting the French capital. Paris is the perfect city for a night stroll, when its stunning architecture and monuments truly shine – That’s why Paris is called the City of Light!

If you are traveling to Paris, you should consider a night or more out and about, taking in the bustling atmosphere of some Paris neighborhoods. So enjoy the city during the day, but save some energy for your nights to experience the Paris nightlife.

What to do in Paris at night? Where to go out in Paris? Go on reading this quick guide with the best things to do in Paris at night.

Pont Royal - Paris

Things to Do at Night in Paris – Overview

If you are in a hurry, here’s a summary of what to do at night in Paris:

  • Take a Paris Night Cruise along the Seine River
  • Music, CanCan Dance & Bubbles in a Cabaret
  • See the Louvre at Night
  • Spot the Illuminated Eiffel Tower
  • A Night at the Opera (Garnier)
  • Enjoy an Apéritif
  • An Eerie Concert at Sainte Chapelle at Night
  • Go for Drinks at a Rooftop Bar
  • Enjoy a Paris by Night Sigtseeing Tour
  • Learn How to Become a Parisian in One Hour
  • Head to Montmartre for Sunset
  • Dwelve into the Mysteries of the City of Light
  • Clubbing and Dancing in Paris
  • A Night Dip in an Art Déco Pool
  • Eat in Montmartre

Where to Go Out in Paris

Paris Streets at Night

If you are wondering where to go in Paris at night, this guide will help you. Even if the Seine’s 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 in Paris, an offbeat Paris night scene, or trendy bars & late-night clubs, a memorable evening out is guaranteed.

Here’s the list of best places to visit in Paris by night, with something for everyone:

>LE MARAIS (Paris 4):  this area is one of the locals’ favorite spots for a night in Paris. This part of Le Marais is also (but not only) home to a thriving gay and lesbian scene, with rainbow flags everywhere.

>SAINT GERMAIN & THE LATIN QUARTER (Paris 5 and 6): this area is perfect for those who wish to spend a relaxed night in Paris 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 Odéon or Saint Germain’s trendy neighborhoods.

>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. Expect higher prices in this part of the city.

>BASTILLE (Paris 11): this lively and overcrowded neighborhood is dominated by the 20-somethings looking for a fun night in Paris, but it is also a popular spot of nightlife in Paris for 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 music somewhere else.

>MONTMARTRE & PIGALLE (Paris 18): the upper heights of Montmartre are a good place to go for an evening or night stroll in the summer, especially during the hot summer nights in Paris. At the same time, 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 to experience authentic nightlife in Paris.

Paris at Night

What to Do in Paris at Night [2022]

Curious to know about nightlife in Paris? Here’s a list of fun things to do in Paris at night, a mix of locals’ favorite spots, and nightlife in Paris for tourists:

1. Take a Paris Night Cruise along the Seine River

Seine River at Night

If you spend only one night in Paris, head to ‘Paris’ most beautiful avenue’ for an evening cruise along the Seine River. Depending on the season, the Seine banks are more or less lively, but it is always a beautiful experience.

During this Paris night cruise, 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 view like that!

The evening Seine river cruises come with or without dinner, and they are a great way to spend a relaxed soirée, perhaps with a glass of champagne.

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

2. Music, CanCan Dance & Bubbles in a Cabaret

Moulin Rouge - Paris

Looking for cheeky, fun things to do in Paris at night? Then head to one of the Parisian Cabarets.

Today, Cabarets in Paris are a fun and entertaining part of the nightlife in Paris for tourists but also locals enjoy going to a cabaret from time to time. Cabaret shows usually include the crazy French cancan (our favorite part) but also singing, dancing, and juggling.

The Moulin Rouge is the most iconic cabaret in Paris but there are many more! 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 Le Lido to the Paradis Latin, there’s something for everyone.

3. See the Louvre at Night

Louvre Museum At Night

The Louvre has canceled the night sessions until further notice

One of the best places to visit in Paris at night (or at least to pass by) is the Louvre Palace, lit up by the glowing Glass Pyramid which dominates the 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. Inside the Louvre, the sculptures look incredibly beautiful when they are lit by the moon.

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

4. Spot the Illuminated Eiffel Tower

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, it is possible to see the Eiffel Tower from almost every corner of the city, usually outstanding amongst Paris’s quintessential rooftops.

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, not to mention it is more photogenic! Click here for the best views of the Eiffel Tower, day and night.

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. 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 the Eiffel Tower. So if you are traveling to Paris for a few days and you can afford it, why not treat yourself to a hotel with Eiffel Tower views so you can also enjoy it also from your room?

5. A Night at the Opera (Garnier)

A night at the Opéra Garnier, 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 before the show.

Feeling thirsty during the interlude? Then head to the Grand Foyer, grab a glass of champagne and admire this stunning gallery. It has a design inspired by 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, then take 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).

6. Enjoy an Apéritif

French Apéritif with Eiffel Tower Views

It wouldn’t be a night in Paris without starting things off with an apéritif. An apéritif in France is typically recognized as a pre-dinner drink, a moment to relax over a couple of drinks and a few snacks. The French apéritif is a moment of sharing – with family or friends -, and preparing your palate for the meal to follow.

An apéritif is an ideal way to round up your day and ease into the evening. Of course, you can drink French wine, but there is also champagne and other famous French drinks perfect for an apéritif.

7. An Eerie Concert at Sainte Chapelle at Night

Sainte Chapelle at Night

Located on the Île de la Cité, in the heart of Medieval Paris, the Sainte-Chapelle is a gem of Gothic architecture, world-famous for its stained glass windows.

After the day crowds, the Sainte Chapelle hosts over 100 night performances each year. The concerts feature favorite works of the classical music repertoire, performed by excellent soloists and ensembles.

A classical concert at La Sainte Chapelle is simply unforgettable! We recommend that you arrive 45 minutes before the performance begins so you have time to visit this unique landmark in Paris and admire the stained glass windows.

8. Go for Drinks at a Rooftop Bar

Rooftop bars in Paris
Photo courtesy: Terrass Hotel Montmartre ©

When the weather in Paris is good, 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.

Paris has no shortage of rooftop bars, trendy spots to enjoy a drink, and eventually some cheese and cold cuts. Check out our list of favorite rooftop bars in Paris, with something for everyone. The problem is always figuring out which one to choose!

9. Enjoy a Paris by Night Sightseeing Tour

Things to do in Paris at Night

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 glass of champagne while admiring the Paris attractions beautifully lit up, such as Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Sacré Coeur in the neighborhood of Montmartre. This Paris Night Tour on a Vintage Citroën 2CV includes a fun and informative driver /guide, so you just need to sit in the back, relax and enjoy Paris (and the champagne).

Are you in need of some exercise after that delicious fondue? Discover top Paris landmarks by night during this special small-group Paris by Night Bike Tour. See where the City of Lights got its name as you cruise between illuminated monuments with your guide.

Looking for something more comfortable? See the City of Light after dark on a City Bus Night Tour. Navigate through Paris’ landmarks and monuments illuminated while listening to recorded commentary (several languages) on each location’s history.

10. Learn How to Become Parisian in One Hour

How to Become a Parisian Comedy Show Paris

Learn how to think and act like a Parisian at this hilarious 1-hour show (in English) ‘How to Become a Parisian’ at Thêatre des Nouveautés in Paris 9. Laugh along with others from across the globe as you explore cultural differences, the Parisian way of life, and more – Click here to buy your ticket to this fun comedy-show

If you are looking for fun and entertaining things to do in Paris at night, a comedy show won’t disappoint. See Paris’s only one-woman comedy show 100% in English by Julie Collas. In ‘Oh My God, She is Parisian!,’ you will learn everything you need to know about how Parisians live from a real Parisian woman – Click here to buy your tickets for this one-woman show

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11. Head to Montmartre for Sunset

Stairs of Montmartre - Paris

If you are looking for a sunset spot, head to Montmartre to admire the fabulous views of Paris from its heights.

The plaza in front of Sacré-Coeur is one of the most famous spots to see a sunset in Paris, offering a stunning view of the city. However, it can be challenging to truly enjoy it because of the crowds.

We recommend taking a few steps away from the masses in front of Sacré-Coeur, to the southwest. We like Rue Norvins & Rue Jean-Baptiste Clément, a good spot to catch a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower (non visible from the Sacré-Coeur). The typical Parisian buildings and lamppost add to this vantage point’s allure.

12. Dwelve into the Mysteries of the City of Light

This Night Walking Tour of Paris’ Ghosts, Mysteries, and Legends by a masterful storyteller explores the dark side of Parisian history. Challenge your romantic illusions of Paris on a terrifying tour of the city’s most sinister spots.

This 2-hour walking tour starts from the iconic Pont Neuf and covers sinister chapters like the burning of the last Knight Templars at the stake, the St. Bartholomew’s massacre in 1572, the French Revolution, the Paris Commune, and the Nazi rule – Click here to book the Ghosts, Mysteries and Legends Night Walking Tour of Paris

13. Clubbing and Dancing in Paris

Clubbing in Paris

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

>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. Address: 7 Rue du Bourg-l’Abbé, Paris 3

>L’Heritage: this place promises a unique clubbing experience at once sophisticated and classy. Address: 37 Avenue de Friedland, Paris 8

>Le Baron: an exclusive club that hosts both some of the city’s best DJs and featuring live music acts. Address: 6 Avenue Marceau, Paris 8

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

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

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

>La Machine du Moulin Rouge: The iconic cabaret’s former boiler room has been transformed into an underground dance floor. Address: 90 Boulevard de Clichy, Paris 18.

>La Bellevilloise: this club is perfect for a trendy indie clubbing experience in one of Paris’s coolest arrondissements. Address: 19-21 Rue Boyer, Paris 20.

14. 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 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 isn’t easy to find a more attractive setting for a late-night swim.

15. Eat in Montmartre

Dining out is one of the best ways to start your nights in Paris, especially if you opt for local food. If you are not sure where to go, you should consider Montmartre. This picturesque neighborhood attracts locals and visitors who want to enjoy delicious Paris food alongside its pretty squares and cobbled alleyways.

Here, you will find plenty of bars and traditional restaurants, but also easy-going bites and terrace seating – Click here for the best restaurants in Montmartre.

So there you have it, the list of best things to do at night in Paris so you can enjoy the Paris nightlife like locals do. Have you tried any of our favorites?

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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!