Paris at night is something to experience, whether you’re in Paris for two days or two weeks there is always something to do after the sun starts setting. Paris is the City of Lights and it cannot be denied how beautiful it is at night and we agree. While the Eiffel Tower is a sight to behold, and we will share how to do it just right, there are so many ways to see this amazing city. We have put together a list of the top 16 things to do in Paris at night, the ways to save money or time for your unique night out experience.
From nighttime shopping to sipping champagne to exploring catacombs, we have you covered with the Paris at night activities. For a truly remarkable experience and to enjoy the nightlife in Paris like no others read our list of the top 16 unique experiences and things to do in Paris at night.
16 Unique Things To Do In Paris At Night
Shop the Covered Passages in Paris At Night
Admit it, we had you at shop as an experience for Paris at night. We know, we love it too! Hands down this is the best way to shop in Paris, check out our post about The Top 10 covered passages in Paris. At night these shops take on a magical experience for shopping after dusk.
There are about two dozen passages that were first built as a destination for shopping in the 19th century and they do not disappoint for your Paris at night excursions. These are all pedestrian so you can leisurely walk and browse the little shops and wander down historical paths that will leave you in wonder. They are all also covered in glass, which adds a magical aspect that can only be experienced at night.
Watch The Sunset In Paris
What can we say? This had to be on the list! There are many places to see sunset in Paris and it’s a great way to start the evening for the night in Paris. While there are many great places to see this amazing we want to share the top three for the best experience!
On top of the Arc de Triomphe is one of our favorite spots to see the sunset. There is a cost to access the top, so make sure you plan ahead for that expense. Once you do, you will not be disappointed. After you arrive and you get your tickets, climb to the top, look towards the Eiffel Tower and you will be treated to a sunset behind the tower, making for a truly magical show and an amazing treat for Paris at night. Check out our post on the 10 Best Locations to See a Paris Sunset for more ideas.
If you’re looking to see the modern side of Paris, we recommend the Montparnasse Tower. This tower located in the south of Paris is an amazing way to not only see the sunset but also take in some amazing futuristic architecture.
This birds eye view gives you a stunning vista of Paris at night, including the Eiffel Tower from afar, with amazing opportunities for photography and an experience for a couple or a family to enjoy. There is a cost to tour this facility so make sure you plan ahead and know the cost to explore this majestic 59 story wonder.
Sip Champagne From The Top Of The Eiffel Tower
You now know where to see a view of the Eiffel Tower for your Paris at night sunsets, now we want to tell you about the opportunity to see Paris from the top of the tower. You will need to make reservations at the bar but it is well worth it. Plan ahead and make your reservations because the city of lights from the top of the biggest light in the city is an amazing site to see. Be dazzled as you sip champagne and look over the city from this historical landmark.
Visit the Louvre At Night
This is a new way to experience the museum and have a unique experience in Paris at night. There are less crowds which makes this one of the most pleasurable ways to see the museum. The museum has different hours of operations depending on the day, so make sure you check that first. Plan on going to the Louvre on a night that they close later, peruse the museum floor and finish the night by the walking around the magnificent glass pyramid at the top.
Take A Seine River Cruise
If you’re looking for a break from walking and climbing the architecture, book yourself an evening cruise on the Seine River. For this night in Paris you can choose from short cruises that take you down the canals or you can choose a cruise that offers dinner for a more leisurely experience. Pick your preference but make sure to pick one of them. Seeing Paris at night from the Seine is an unimaginable experience. The lights dazzle on the water and peace of the river relaxes the total cruise and closes your evening with a bang.
Watch The Eiffel Tower Sparkle
Yes! The Eiffel Tower debuts on our list again for your night in Paris! You’ve seen it at sunset, you’ve seen it in your aerial view from the Montparnasse, you’ve drank champagne in it, and now you will watch the lights sparkle in the night. There are a quite a few places to see this architectural wonder. We personally recommend the Tracadero which is across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. Visit and tour the opulent Palais de Tracadero and stick around to see the dazzling light show of the Eiffel Tower, guaranteed to leave you in awe.
Seen An Opera
When you think of travel and operas, Paris may not be on your list, but it should be! This amazing experience is the way to truly be a part of the unique nightlife in Paris. The Opera de Paris is a once in a lifetime must. Purchase tickets and visit the Palais de Garnier and see not only an amazing performance, but a truly magnificent building.
This historical opera house was built in 1861 and seats just under 2000 attendees. Considered a national French treasure, this opera house is worth the visit for not only the beautiful performances, but also the Napoleon designs in gold and marble. The performances and this opera house will leave you breathless.
Wander Rue Cler Market
Known as the most famous market place in Paris, it would be a shame not to see it at night in Paris. While this little market place is a great way to see outdoor shops and artisans, it is a magical place to have a small outdoor dinner or cup of coffee. We recommend grapping your coffee and having a seat then wanted the street and look at all the street marketplace has to offer. From cafes to local farmers market, this street is not one to miss for your Paris at night planning.
Enjoy A Cozy Meal
When looking for the next thing to do in Paris at night, consider a lighter meal after your dinner. Paris is renowned for its rich and decadent food. Paris is known to the world as the birthplace of traditional and artful cooking and you need to experience it!
One of our favorite places is II Grigio Paris. Here you can enjoy amazing Italian cooking with the amazing French environment. This restaurant has a cozy and intimate atmosphere, coupled with delicious food that makes this the place to be. Reservations are recommended, so if this is on your list to try, and it needs to be, make sure you make your reservations immediately.
Take An Authentic Cooking Class
As we mentioned earlier, the French are known for the foundations of all traditional cooking. Why not take a cooking class and learn some of their tricks of the trade for your night in Paris? With many classes available to choose and from many neighborhoods all over Paris, there is sure to be one near your accomodations. Why not learn to cook a roux or chiffonade lettuce and then sit to enjoy your deliciously prepared meal.
We recommend a Hands On Small Group Cooking Class with Chef Noemie. The class is three and a half hours long, affordable and includes your food. We also recommend Chef Noemi for a two and a half hour class on the art of the favorite French dessert, macaron making.
Take In The View From A Rooftop Bar
If you’re looking for something more local inspired in Paris at night, we highly recommend a rooftop bar. Experience the nightlife in Paris while sipping drinks and looking over local neighborhoods. Enjoy the historical city and sip your wine while being a part of the night outside.
We like Printemps Rooftop Bar and Terrace, here your views are 360 and right in the heart of the city. Locals enjoy this little spot where you can get something to eat and have a drink and you should too!
See A Cabaret Show In Paris At Night
Paris at night experiences are not complete without a visit to a cabaret show. While the Moulin Rouge is the most notable, it can get crowded and overwhelming as such a destination. Don’t let that deter you from exploring other cabarets. There are many that are just as magnificent and worth the experience.
We recommend the Lido Cabaret and Champagne. Watch the talented and thoroughly entertaining women perform while sipping on your champagne. The show is two hours and worth the nominal price paid. See our skip the line link below to help make your experience more pleasant less of a headache with crowds.
Get Your Shop On Along the Champs-Elysees
This is a must stop while you are in Paris at night. This street runs just over a mile long and is situated between Place de la Concorde and Place Charles de Gaulle. Known for cafes, theaters, and luxury shops, this is a definite must at night. With the trees lit up you have a straight view to the Arc de Triumph. After you view your sunset at the Arc de Triumph, head to these shops and enjoy a café latte while looking at the Arc.
Go On A Nighttime Segway Tour Of Paris
If you are up for a little adventure for your night in Paris, look to a fun Segway tour. For an affordable and unique way to see the neighborhoods and streets of Paris, this is the way to do. Explore Parisian history while gliding along the paths on your Segway. These exhilarating tours will dazzle you and inspire you to explore more cities in such a fun and unique way. These tours are seasonal, so make sure you plan ahead for your specific visit to the City of Lights.
Explore The Musee D’Orsay At Night
If you have toured the Musee d’Orsay during the day, it is a must to do it in Paris at night. The Musee stays open later some nights of the week, be sure to check which ones fit in your schedule. They are well worth the visit and the crowds are considerably smaller. Experiencing this magical place with a more leisurely pace, you will not be disappointed. Make sure to purchase your tickets in advance to guarantee your admittance.
Descend Into The Paris Catacombs
Another option for the nighttime adventurer is to explore the catacombs in Paris at night. In the 18th century, due to a public health crisis associated with cemetaries, burials were moved underground. Tour this vast burial sites and learn about the history of the catacombs. This evening excursion is perfect for the person who likes to mix their history with a side of macabre.
And that wraps up our list of 16 unique things to do in Paris at night. From sightseeing and sunsets to creepy catacomb tours we have everyone covered for something to do in Paris at night. We hope you try one or all of them. If you do please share and let us k