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There is no city in the world that is more enchanting after dark than Paris! Exploring Paris at night is a highlight of any trip to France’s capital. Paris is ideal for a night stroll, when the city’s spectacular architecture and monuments fully sparkle — it’s no surprise that it’s known as the City of Light!
If you’re visiting Paris, spend a night or two getting out and about, soaking in the lively ambiance of some of the city’s neighborhoods. So, while you should enjoy the city during the day, reserve some energy for the evening in Paris.
What is there to do in Paris at night? What are the best places to go out in Paris? Continue reading my guide for 10 things to do in Paris at night.
1. Take a Paris Night Cruise along the Seine River
If you only have one night in Paris, take an evening sail along the Seine River on ‘Paris’ most picturesque avenue.’ The Seine banks are more or less bustling depending on the season, but it is always a magnificent experience. During this Paris night cruise, you will be able to see some of the city’s most popular tourist sites, including Notre Dame and Les Invalides, which will be brilliantly lighted. It’s hard not to fall in love with Paris after seeing this! Evening Seine river excursions are available with or without meals, and they’re a terrific way to unwind with a glass of champagne.
2. Music, CanCan Dance & Bubbles in a Cabaret
Looking for something sassy and fun to do in Paris at night? Then make your way to one of Paris’ Cabarets. Cabarets in Paris are now a pleasant and enjoyable aspect of the city’s nightlife for visitors, but locals also love going to a cabaret now and again. Cabaret presentations frequently feature singing, dancing, and juggling, as well as the insane French cancan. The most famous cabaret in Paris is the Moulin Rouge, but there are plenty others! Most cabarets also include dinner or a drink of champagne, so you’re covered for the entire evening. There’s something for everyone, from the Moulin Rouge to Le Lido to the Paradis Latin.
3. See the Louvre at Night
The Louvre Palace, illuminated up by the dazzling Glass Pyramid that dominates the Cour Napoléon, is one of the nicest spots to visit in Paris at night. If you visit Paris on a Wednesday or Friday night, you may enter the Louvre Museum until 9.45 p.m. and avoid the masses. When the moonlight shines on the statues within the Louvre, they are jaw dropping.
4. The Illuminated Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is the hallmark of France and one of the world’s most famous sights, with approximately 7 million visits in 2018. The Eiffel Tower can be seen from virtually every area of the city due to its massive size, and it is generally prominent among Paris’s iconic roofs. The Eiffel Tower, especially when lit up, is one of the most beautiful sights to view in Paris at night. It’s just so lovely to see the Eiffel Tower shining, and it’s much more picturesque! From a picnic on the Champs de Mars to a night river boat on the Seine, there are several ways to see the Eiffel Tower at night. During the summer, the Eiffel Tower is illuminated hourly from sunset to 1 or 2 a.m. Each lighting lasts around 5 minutes, so don’t miss it!
5. Go for Drinks at a Rooftop Bar
When the weather in Paris is nice and the sun begins to set, there are few better ways to enjoy the city’s nightlife than from above, with a cocktail in hand and a view of the city’s lights and monuments. Rooftop bars, trendy venues to grab a drink, and finally some cheese and cold cuts abound in Paris. There’s something for everyone on the great rooftop bars in Paris. The challenge is always deciding which one to pick!
6. Clubbing and Dancing in Paris
For others, the ideal way to spend a Friday or Saturday night in Paris will be partying and dancing. When the night falls, the City of Light offers some legitimate clubs and pubs where you can dance and party to various types of music. The following is a list of local 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
7. Stroll along the Seine
If you’ve ever seen a film set in Paris, chances are you’ve seen at least a few scenes of someone strolling down the Seine at night. It’s a very magical experience, notably on a sunny evening. I recommend beginning around Il de la Cite, where there will be lots of other people (not too packed, but not completely abandoned), taking in the visits of Notre Dame, and then maybe continuing all the way down to the Louvre, crossing the Pont Neuf along the way.
8. Hit a Movie at a Classic Parisian Theater
There are numerous vintage cinema theatres in Paris that date back to the early twentieth century, each with magnificent interiors and sumptuous decor–and several of them are still in operation! As an added plus, many of the theatres show great films in their original language, so even if you don’t know French, you may experience a little touch of old Hollywood glitz while in Paris.
9. Admire City Views from the Arc de Triomphe
The best views of the Paris skyline are from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. When you throw in the shimmering brightness of the Eiffel Tower visible in the distance, the views of the city of the Arc de Triomphe are undeniably worth include on your list of things to do in Paris at night.
10. Magical Beautiful Sunsets in Paris
Paris, recognized as one of the most exclusive capitals, may be visited at any time of day. The City of Light will always shine brightly, whether it is day or night. The sunset above the capital, on the other hand, is a sight not to be missed. You will have a number of options for the greatest settings to see spectacular sunsets from, many of which are unmissable but frequently in unusual locations.
- Seine’s Docks
- The Montparnasse Tower
- Printemps’ Rooftop
- Trocadéro’s Esplanade
- Bridge Alexandre III
Paris is a beautiful city with a lot of character and traditions. In France things are different — people drive less, smoke more, air-kiss and just enjoy food. There’s a long list of cultural discrepancies, so do your work ahead of time to prevent faux pas. A person who goes here finds an alternate atmosphere, diet, and living style than he is accustomed with. Distant from all the hectic routine in an open and welcoming society a person feels more peaceful. It is perhaps the most relaxing and picturesque place.
However, whatever is your reason for going to Paris. It is a place worth seeing. So, take a break and go for a trip in this mesmerizing, amazing, historically and culturally rich place.