Paris by Night: The City of Lights after Sunset

Paris, often referred to as the City of Lights, captivates visitors with its enchanting ambiance, rich history, and iconic landmarks. While the city is a delight to explore during the day, it undergoes a magical transformation as night falls. We will delve into the allure of Paris by night, unveiling the captivating experiences, landmarks, and activities that await intrepid explorers.

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Why Paris is the City of Lights ?

We call Paris “the city of lights” because it was in Paris that the first public lighting was born under Louis XIV in 1665. Before the city was a real cutthroat full of brigands. With his minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert, they try by all means to stem the crime which is plaguing the city. They then appointed Gilbert Nicolas de la Reynie lieutenant general of the police in 1667. This ingenious leader decided to highlight the less frequented corners to prevent thugs from hiding in dark alleys.

Then, it was also in Paris that the first tests of electric lighting in public spaces took place in 1844. Forty years later, some 56,000 street lamps adorn Paris ! In 1881, it was in Paris that the first international electricity exhibition took place. An event supported by engineers and financiers which will be a huge success. In 1900, during the Universal Exhibition, it acquired the nickname “City of Lights”.

Paris by Night

Paris by Night offers everything: From bars with a terrasse, restaurants to clubs to dance the night away, to classical theaters and cabarets. The evenings are made of all types of music and DJ sets: techno music, electronic, soul, R’n’B, Jazz, classical music… Most of Parisian clubs have entrance fees, but the rate is always included one drink. From nightclubs to modern cabarets, there is something for everyone.

  • Visit the Eiffel Tower or the Montparnasse Tower
  • Enjoy cruises or a moonlit walk along the Seine
  • Night swim in an art deco pool La Piscine Pontoise
  • Enjoy Parisian nights from a rooftop bar
  • Picnic by the Seine river while dancing Tango
  • Experience nightlife via clubbing and dancing
  • Go to an opera, a ballet or a play in our national institutions
  • Playing bowling, ice skating, riding a bike, to rollerblade
  • Listen to a jazz music, blues, rock … concert in cozy bars
  • Spend one night in one of the most prestigious cabarets of Paris
  • Go to an exhibition many museums are nocturnal with often fewer people

Districts for Paris by Night

  • Saint Germain-Latin Quarter : Perfect for a relaxed night over a couple of drinks in cozy bars and restaurants
  • Montparnasse: It does not have a great reputation for its nightlife but it has great legendary brasseries
  • Le Marais : Favorite nightlife spots in Paris for locals and tourists and the home to LGBT+ scene
  • Opéra Les Grands Boulevards : Tons of cafes, pubs, restaurants and clubs in a very Parisian atmosphere
  • Châtelet Les Halles : Center of Paris particularly pleasant for an improvised stroll among bars and restaurants
  • The Cité de la Mode et du Design, former river warehouses transformed into an impressive complex
  • The Champs Elysées : For an exclusive night out and clubbing around Paris’ most famous very chic Avenue
  • Bastille : For a fun night, popular among students and tourists with a bit of bar-shopping spirit
  • Rue Mouffetard :  Paris’s oldest neighbourhoods with restaurants, shops, cafés, and a regular open market
  • Paris 13 : This district is our little Chinatown offering fabulous Asian food type from small to huge restaurants
  • Montmartre : It is a nice place for a night stroll and a great place to have a dinner-show in a cabaret
  • Pigalle : The Paris’ red-light district is more than just its sex shops and adult theaters with great bars and clubs
  • Ménilmontant Belleville : Untouched by tourists, explore this “cosmopolit-bobo-street” Parisian area

Exploring Paris at Night: The City Illuminated

As the sun sets, Paris transforms into a mesmerizing wonderland of lights and ambiance. Join a night private tour guide and witness the city’s most iconic landmarks illuminated in all their glory. Experience the magic of the Eiffel Tower sparkling against the night sky, stroll along the beautifully illuminated Champs-Élysées, and savor a romantic dinner in a charming Parisian restaurant. The city’s nocturnal charm will leave you with unforgettable memories.

  • The Eiffel Tower: A Shimmering Icon at Night

At the top of our list is the magnificent Eiffel Tower, an emblem of Paris. When the sun sets, the tower is adorned with sparkling lights that illuminate the city’s skyline. Visitors can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the top while marveling at the city’s beauty under the night sky.

  • The Champs-Élysées: An Illuminated Boulevard of Grandeur

The Champs-Élysées, one of the world’s most famous avenues, comes alive at night. Lined with beautifully illuminated trees and elegant storefronts, this iconic boulevard exudes a glamorous atmosphere. Take a leisurely stroll, indulge in high-end shopping, or savor a delightful dinner at one of the many upscale restaurants.

  • Montmartre: A Bohemian Paradise under the Moonlight

Montmartre, known for its artistic heritage, offers a unique charm after dark. Explore the narrow cobbled streets, vibrant cafés, and quaint art studios. The famed Sacré-Cœur Basilica stands atop the hill, offering a mesmerizing view of the city lights below.

  • The Seine River: A Romantic Night Cruise

A nighttime cruise along the Seine River is an enchanting experience. Glide beneath beautifully illuminated bridges and witness the shimmering reflections of Paris’ landmarks on the water. It’s the perfect setting for a romantic evening with a loved one.

  • The Louvre: Artistic Splendor after Sunset

The Louvre Museum, home to world-renowned masterpieces, takes on a different aura at night. As the sun sets, the glass pyramid in the courtyard is dramatically lit, casting a mesmerizing glow. Explore the museum’s vast collection under a more tranquil atmosphere, marveling at the art in a unique setting. Late night every Friday, until 9:45 p.m.

  • Le Marais: Vibrant Nightlife in the Historic Quarter

Le Marais, a historic neighborhood with narrow streets and lively squares, transforms into a vibrant hub of nightlife after dark. Discover trendy bars, fashionable clubs, and cozy cafés that cater to a diverse crowd. Experience the lively atmosphere and indulge in Parisian nightlife at its best.

  • The Moulin Rouge: A Legendary Cabaret Experience

No visit to Paris by night is complete without experiencing the world-famous Moulin Rouge. This iconic cabaret offers dazzling performances, glamorous costumes, and captivating dance routines. Be enthralled by the allure and energy of the can-can dancers as you immerse yourself in a night of theatrical entertainment.

  • The Latin Quarter: A Nighttime Stroll through Intellectual Heritage

The Latin Quarter, known for its bohemian spirit and intellectual legacy, offers a captivating atmosphere after sunset. Wander through the charming streets, adorned with bookshops, cafés, and jazz bars. Immerse yourself in the neighborhood’s rich history and artistic vibe.

  • Jazz Clubs: An Evening of Musical Bliss

Paris has a vibrant jazz scene, with numerous clubs where you can enjoy live performances by talented musicians. Lose yourself in the soulful melodies and lively rhythms of this iconic genre. From intimate venues to renowned jazz clubs, Paris offers a memorable night of musical bliss.

  • Parisian Cuisine: Indulging in Late-Night Foodie Delights

Paris is renowned for its gastronomic pleasures, and the city’s culinary scene thrives even after dark. From cozy bistros to gourmet restaurants, indulge in a late-night culinary adventure. Sample French delicacies, savor aromatic wines, and treat your taste buds to the flavors of Paris.

  • Night Photography: Capturing the Essence of Paris by Night

Paris is a photographer’s dream, and capturing its essence at night adds an extra layer of magic. Grab your camera and tripod to immortalize the city’s illuminated landmarks, charming streets, and romantic ambiance. Unleash your creativity and create stunning visual memories of your Parisian adventure. Other option, opt for a Paris by night photoshoot.

Custom-Made Paris by Night Tour

Paris, the City of Lights, reveals a different side once darkness falls. PARIS BY EMY offers you private tour guide for Paris by night. Parisian nightlife is thrilling and very varied. From the illuminated monuments to the vibrant nightlife, Paris offers an extraordinary nocturnal adventure.

We also offer according to your aspirations hotels recommendations according to your criteria, airport hotel transferrestaurants recommendations and more such as our Custom Paris Tour Package. Embrace the enchantment, immerse yourself in the atmosphere, and let the magic of the City of Lights captivate your senses.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Is it safe to explore Paris at night?

Paris is generally safe at night, but it’s advisable to take common precautions and stay in well-lit areas. Trust your instincts and be mindful of your surroundings.

Can I visit the Eiffel Tower at night?

Yes, the Eiffel Tower is open until late at night, allowing visitors to enjoy the mesmerizing views of Paris illuminated after sunset.

Are the Louvre Museum and other attractions open at night?

The Louvre Museum is not open at night, but there are special events and exhibitions that take place after hours. Other attractions may have different opening hours, so it’s recommended to check in advance.

What is the best way to explore the nightlife in Paris?

Exploring on foot is a great way to experience Paris by night. Each neighborhood has its own unique atmosphere, so venture out and discover the vibrant nightlife at your own pace.

Are there any restrictions for photography at night in Paris?

Generally, there are no restrictions on photography at night in public areas. However, some museums or private venues may have their own policies, so it’s best to check before taking photographs.


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