Venture out after the sun goes down and you will be dazzled by this photogenic and bustling city. In this blog, we talk to bloggers who told us what they love about Paris at night.
Marvel at the iconic Eiffel Tower illuminations
This grand monument is one of the most well-known landmarks in the world and nothing compares to the stunning view it provides of the city that surrounds it. While this is undoubtedly a sight to behold, the Eiffel Tower illuminations is truly a spectacular you can’t afford to miss.
Every evening, the Eiffel Tower sparkles for five minutes every hour on the hour, while the beacon shines brightly over Paris.
Rhonda from Travel Yes Please told us why she enjoys watching the tower’s 20,000 lights twinkle: “The iconic landmark is beautiful any time of day, but there's something incredibly romantic about watching its lights dance after dark.”
We also asked Rhonda why she thinks Paris is such an amazing place to visit: “It offers so many historic attractions. Whether it be visiting a museum, attending an opera, wandering through gardens, or admiring the outstanding architecture, there are so many ways to experience the culture and history of Paris.”
Enjoy an early evening picnic on the grass outside the Sacré-Coeur
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, otherwise known as the Sacré-Coeur, is a Roman Catholic church which sits at the summit of the Butte Montmartre which is the highest point in the city.
Take a cosy blanket and enjoy an early evening picnic on the grassy knoll in front of the historic structure. Vicki from Make Time To See The World says it’s the perfect vantage point to look out at the city: “My favourite place to be is sat on the grass outside the Sacré-Coeur, I get to enjoy the street performers, watch as the sunset sets the sky on fire and as the lights of Paris are turned on. The pièce de résistance, and one of my favourite moments of all time is when the lights of the Eiffel Tower sparkle.”
Vicki went on to explain why she loves the city: “There is just something magical about Paris; the culture, the architecture, the cafes, the cathedrals and the people.”
The basilica is open to the public every day from 6 am to 10.30pm and the dome, which is accessed from the left-hand side of the basilica, is open from 8.30am to 8 pm from May to September and 9 am to 5 pm from October to April.
So, whether you want to marvel at the views of Paris after sunset, or if you simply just want to relax in front of the building, the Sacré-Coeur is another place to visit on your Paris after dark itinerary.
Book a night-time Parisian tour
If you prefer a structured itinerary then consider booking a guided tour around the city. Take to two wheels to explore the quaint streets with a knowledgeable tour guide to discover all that Paris has to offer.
A guide to Paris by night bike tour and cruise is a great way to get to see France’s magnificent capital. Start off on a bike and follow your tour guide who will lead you around some of the city’s notable buildings, including the illuminated Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower and the Latin Quarter.
After pedalling your way through the city, you will embark on a one-hour boat trip which will take you through the city so you can soak up the amazing views of many more landmarks, including the Musee D’Orsay and the Hotel De Ville.
Sit back and take in all the city has to offer with a glass, or two, of complimentary wine while you gently cruise along.
Watch the Moulin Rouge cabaret and have a drink at a rooftop bar
Visiting the Moulin Rouge to watch the glitzy cabaret is another after dark Parisian spectacular to enjoy. Known as the birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance, the modern Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction which offers music and dance entertainment to visitors.
Jennie, who writes at Life Styled by Jennie, told us why she recommends visiting the Moulin Rouge: “Tickets are quite pricey but so worth it. The cabaret shows they put on are amazing and the atmosphere is incredible. Be prepared for French singing, dancing and sparkly, extravagant clothes.”
As well as being wowed by the cabaret, Jennie also suggests visiting a rooftop bar calledBar À Bulles. The bar can be found on the roof terrace of the Machine du Moulin Rouge and boasts a peaceful garden where a luscious paradise awaits.
Jennie explained how she wraps up her perfect night out in Paris: “The quirky rooftop Bar À Bulles serves delicious cocktails and has the best view of the Moulin Rouge. You will have to be prepared to queue to get in, but it is worth it.”
She went on to tell us why Paris is such a fantastic place to visit: “It has so many areas to explore, there is something for everyone. Despite being a big and busy city, it never feels stressful.”
Take a moonlight stroll along the Seine River
The River Seine flows right through the heart of Paris and a leisurely moonlit stroll is a great way to take in the city’s sights and sounds.
More than 30 bridges span the Seine and the oldest is the Pont Neuf, which has been the focus of many works of art over the years including a painting by Claude Monet.
Pull on your coat as another day sets in Paris and wander along the pathways which line the river stopping off at a bar to enjoy some French wine.
If you would rather put your feet up then consider taking a cruise along the River Seine which allows you to take in some of the Paris illuminations.
Paris is beautiful during the evening and an hour cruise gives you plenty of time to admire some of the city’s most famous landmarks.
Indulge in some French cuisine
From local delicacies such as frog’s legs and snails pan-fried in garlic butter to tasty traditional French onion soup and coq au vin, you are sure to find a tasty dish to satisfy your taste buds.
From Michelin star restaurants to cosy brasseries, you will be spoiled for choice with the number of places to enjoy some supper in the city.
If you want to experience some fine dining then look no further than Epicure – Le Bristol Paris. The restaurant, which has three Michelin stars, serves up cuisine such as langoustines cooked with lemon and thyme, pan-fried turbot with smoked bacon and line caught whiting from Saint Gilles Croix De Vie. If you have room for a dessert you can choose from strawberries with basil sorbet and vanilla foam, cocoa nibs with caramelised sea salt and smoked milk foam or frosted Limoncello.
Not only is the delectable food presented like works of art on a plate, but you are guaranteed to dine is pure opulence thanks to the grand decor and exquisite table settings.
You can also experience a memorable night out in Paris by enjoying dinner at 58 Tour Eiffel. Indulge in some chic classical cuisine at the restaurant, which can be found on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower. It boasts the most spectacular views across the city for you to admire over dinner and is the perfect way to end a magical evening.
Watch the Disneyland illuminations
Thousands of people flock to Paris each year to enjoy the magic and wonder of Disneyland. However, the celebrations really commence after dark when the park is illuminated by colourful fireworks and lively parades.
Images of Disney characters are projected via lights on to the castle itself while fireworks are lit to create a night-time spectacular. Save yourself time and have a stress-free start to your holiday by getting your Disney Paris tickets in advance.
No matter what you decide to do in Paris after dark, you are sure to be amazed by its splendour.
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