20 Incredible Things to Do in Paris at Night (Worth Staying Awake For)

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Heading to Paris and looking for fun things to do at night? Luckily for you, the fun doesn’t stop in Paris when the sun goes down. In this Paris travel guide, you will explore tons of fun and unique things to do in Paris at night, along with travel tips throughout!

Furthermore, I have included additional helpful Paris articles that are designed to help you have the best time in one of my favorite French cities! If all of this sounds good to you, let’s get started!

Visiting Arc de Triomphe at night in Paris
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Best Things to Do in Paris at Night

1. Take a Ride Down the Seine and See the Eiffel Tower Light Up

Taking a cruise down the River Seine is a magical experience that you have to have while in Paris. In fact, this is always my top recommendation to anyone visiting Paris and one of my favorite things to do while there.

From catching glimpses of the Notre Dame Cathedral, passing by Musée d’Orsay, and witnessing the Eiffel Tower light up and sparkle, this activity will make you feel like you have stepped straight into a real-life fairytale!

There are 2 types of cruises you can book. The first one is with a pre-recorded audio. This is the most affordable way to do it. I’ve used Vedettes du Pont Neuf the past two times.

A personal guide will give you a more intimate experience, and if you have the extra money, I think it is worth it.

Read: 5 Days in Paris Itinerary

Sam Opp and mom on Seine River Cruise at night in Paris

2. Watch the Eiffel Tower Sparkle from Port Debilly

Watching the Eiffel Tower light up at night is a right of passage when visiting Paris. You’ve probably already seen various pictures and videos online of the Eiffel Tower sparkling at night, however, nothing beats seeing this happen in person.

With that in mind, there are certain locations around the city that will allow you to have the best views to witness this spectacular event happen—one of which being Port Debilly.

Port Debilly is a footbridge that runs over the River Seine. Walking down the stairs is a well-known photo spot.

The Eiffel Tower has light sensors that make the Eiffel Tower light up 10 minutes before dusk and until 11:45 PM every single night. 

However, to see the tower sparkle, you should head to Port Debilly at the beginning of the hour. The sparkling happens every hour within the above timeframe and lasts for five minutes.

Eiffel tower lit up at night - Paris travel tips

3. Enjoy A Cabaret Show

If you have never experienced a cabaret show before, there really couldn’t be a better place to do so than in Paris, and it is easily one of the best things to do at night!

A cabaret show consists of dancing, bright lights, feathers, rhinestones, and an evening filled with non-stop entertainment. Keep in mind, that these shows are adult-rated and usually have some nudity.

Even if you’re not a fan of theatre shows or productions, you’ll still have a great time at one of these shows.

Whichever location you are at, you’ll have the option of dinner and a show, or just drinks. You may even learn more about Paris’ history in these shows as they usually portray a different story based on Paris’ culture.

Arguably, the most popular cabaret show is Moulin Rouge and this needs to be booked months in advance. You can book tickets to see this show online.

My mom and I personally loved seeing Paris Paradis Latin Cabaret. It was an incredible show and a highlight of our trip. Just note if you don’t do dinner, your entrance to the show is later.

Some other popular cabaret shows include:

Whichever place you choose, just make sure to get your tickets in advance.

Admission: Approximately $85 – $120

Paradis cabaret show

4. Enjoy a Night at the Opera

The Opera de Paris or ‘Palais Garnier’ is the most popular opera house in Paris and an incredible activity to enjoy at night. Not only that, but it is an architectural masterpiece. It has so many mesmerizing intricate details that are only truly appreciated up close.

Inside the Opera house, you’ll find decorative gold in the hallways, a grand marble staircase, elaborate chandeliers, and many stages. After taking in all the beauty of the Opera House, head to your performance. You will find opera performances, various concerts, and ballet shows to choose from that should be booked in advance.

While opera and ballet may not be for everyone, there is something about the setting that makes the show enjoyable, even if you’re not an avid fan.

Make sure to grab yourself a pre-show drink at the ornate marble bar!

Address: Place de l’Opéra 75009 Paris

Palais Garnier Opera House ceiling in Paris
Ceiling in Palais Garnier Opera House

5. Experience the Louvre at Night

While visiting the Louvre is often thought of as an activity for the day, did you know that you can visit the most famous museum in the world at night?

The museum usually closes at 6:30 PM, but on Fridays, it closes at 9:45 PM, allowing you to tour the halls at night. You can also book a guided tour if you prefer a more educational experience.

The entire area where the Louvre is located during the evening is magical. Inside the museum, you will find magnificent hallways and galleries filled with some of the world’s most famous artwork, including the Mona Lisa and the code of Hammurabi(my fav)! This is also a great rainy day activity in Paris.

You can access the Lourve by using the Metro (lines 1, 7, 14).

Late Night Opening Hours: Friday 9 am – 9:45 pm

Admission: €17 if purchased online

Address: Several Entrances

Mona Lisa at the Louvre

6. Sunset at Sacré-Cœur Basilica

If you’re looking for free things to do in Paris at night, then why not arrange to watch the sunset? 

There are many locations to experience the sun setting in Paris, but my favorite is just outside the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. This is a Roman Catholic church that is surrounded by the beautiful Square Louise Michel.

There are plenty of bakeries and cafes in Paris where you can purchase some sweet treats and even drinks before heading to the Sacre-Coeur Basilica.

Additionally, you can admire the incredible architecture of the church and the obstructed views of Paris’ evening sky since the church is open until 10:30 PM each night. I couldn’t think of a better affordable date night activity!

Address: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, France

Visit inside Sacre Coeur at night in Paris

7. Enjoy a Dinner Cruise in Paris at Night

Is there anything more romantic than enjoying a dinner cruise in Paris? It is one of the most romantic cities in the world, after all.

The cruises range in length and what is offered while on the cruise. You’ll find cruises that offer a delicious three-course meal, cruises that have live music, and cruises that pass by the Eiffel Tower just as it begins to sparkle for the night.

No matter which cruise you pick, you’ll see the most amazing views of Paris during the evening. Just remember to book your cruise ahead of time, as the spaces get filled pretty quickly!

Admission price: From $64 to $180.

8. Visiting the Top of the Eiffel Tower at Night

While the top of the Eiffel Tower is mostly visited during the day, for incredible lit-up views of Paris, you should consider going to the top of the tower at night instead.

During the evening, the Eiffel Tower has an entirely different ambiance that is much more romantic and cozy. You can also indulge in a delicious meal at the top of the Eiffel Tower if you’d like!

When climbing the Eiffel Tower, you’ll get to see locations around Paris that look completely different. The Sacré-Cœur Basilica, the Notre Dame, and the Montparnasse Tower all become illuminated during the evening, making it one of the most unique and coolest things to do at night in Paris.

The best way to get tickets is to purchase them well in advance on the Eiffel Tower’s official website. However, if they are fully booked, your next best bet is with a tour operator.

Opening times: (for the nighttime experience): 5 PM to 11:45 PM

Dinner at the Eiffel Tower admission price: $74 – $134

Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Av. Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France

Eiffel tower lit up at night is a must see with 5 days in Paris

9. Explore the Catacombs of Paris at Night

For a slightly spookier yet very educational experience, you can explore the catacombs of Paris at night.

If you haven’t heard of the Catacombs before, you should know that this is an underground labyrinth that was opened to the public in 1809. The labyrinth is home to the remains of several million Parisians!

The passageway is 1,500 meters long, and if you book a tour, you can also have a guide come along with you who will explain so much more about this unique catacomb. As you may have already noticed, it is a common theme to get your tickets ahead of time, and the Catacombs are no different!

The catacombs are easily accessed by the train, metro, and bus.

Admission: $24 -$30

Opening Hours: Tuesday through Sunday: 9:45 AM – 8:30 PM

Address: 1, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy (place Denfert-Rochereau) 75014 Paris

visiting the Catacombs at night in Paris
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10. Enjoy the Views from the Top of Tour Montparnasse

If you want to experience views of Paris in a totally different way (and you’re also not afraid of heights), then you should consider heading to the top of Tour Montparnasse at night. 

Tour Montparnasse is a skyscraper located in the 15th arrondissement of Paris with an incredible observation deck. At the top of this tower, you will be 200 meters above the ground and have a 360-degree panoramic view of almost the entirety of Paris. From the observation deck, you’ll be able to spot notable landmarks all lit up, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, the Eiffel Tower, and so much more.

Depending on what time you visit, you may even get to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle from here. Additionally, you can indulge in a glass of champagne at the 56th floor bar while you take in the views.

Paris Travel Tip: Visiting this observation deck is best during the spring or summer to ensure that the views that you see are not too foggy.

Metro: 4,6,12,13

Opening Hours: Open until 11:30 PM on weekends and 10:30 PM on weekdays. Hours sometimes change with the season.

Admission: Ranges from €19 to €30 Euros. Children discounted.

Address: 33 avenue du Maine 75015 Paris

One of the best things to do in Paris at night Tour Montparnasse views
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11. Take the Big Bus Night Tour

I am not the only person that thinks Paris is even better at night! Because so many tourists want to explore the city at night, Paris has a very popular ‘Big Bus Night Tour.’

These tours are some of the most popular bus tours in Paris. However, the popularity is very well deserved as these tours take you around the city’s best locations.

This bus tour takes you on a scenic two-hour ride around Paris at night, where you can just sit back and relax those tired feet. Some of the stops include the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, and the Notre Dame. Additionally, this tour also includes a 1-hour guide tour of the Eiffel Tower, so a win-win in my book!

One thing to note is that although Paris is fairly safe, during the evening, you should always make sure to be with someone else when visiting busy areas. Check tours here!

Read: Paris Travel Tips To Know For Your First Trip

View down the Paris Seine River at Sunset
View down the Paris Seine River

12. Party the Night Away in Paris

If you love a good vibrant nightlife scene, you’ll be glad to know that Paris has some of the best places to party. From jazz to rock, all music tastes will be satisfied here.

Some of the best places to party in Paris include:

  • Badaboum – For electro-music
  • Le Petit Journal Saint-Michel  – To experience jazz music
  • Le Bataclan – To rock until the early hours of the morning
  • Petit Bain – For great views and great music
  • La Bellevilloise – A small venue with hip-hop music
  • There are many clubs scattered throughout Paris, you’ll probably find there are many right by your hotel, too!

Always double-check the dress code and be aware of your surroundings!

13. Enjoy Musee d’Orsay at Night

There is just something about visiting museums during the evening that makes them much more exciting than when you visit during the day; you know what I mean? It’s like you’re doing something you’re not supposed to, lol.

Musee d’Orsay is another famous art museum in France that is home to hundreds of art collections, including many paintings you may recognize by Van Gogh. In fact, I may have even enjoyed visiting Musee d’Orsay even more than the Louvre.

While the museum is only usually open until 6:30 PM, if you visit on a Thursday, you’ll be able to enjoy the museum up until 9:45 PM.

You can explore the museum at your leisure, or you can use their audio guides, which give you an insight into the exhibitions throughout the museum.

Metro Line: 12, Solférino Station

Opening hours: Last admission is at 9 PM, although I would recommend getting there by 8 PM

Admission: €14 to €16 depending if you book your ticket online or not

Address: Esplanade Valéry Giscard d’Estaing 75007 Paris

Musee dOrsay famous Clock. Visit this museum with 5 days in Paris.

14. Enjoy Drinks at a Speakeasy

If you’re looking for a chill night with good food, good drinks, and a fun atmosphere, then you should head to one of the speakeasies in Paris.

If you’ve never visited a speakeasy before, you should know that these are different from your average pub or bar. 

Speakeasies are holes in the wall, hidden spots where, once upon a time, you would’ve had to have a secret password to gain entry!

Nowadays, speakeasies are secret bars that are usually decorated in a cool design and are a great area to spend your evenings.

Some of Paris’ best speakeasies include:

  • Le Syndicat
  • The Lavomatic
  • Candelaria
  • Little Red Door

They also usually have really fun photo opportunities inside!

15. Catch the Sunset at the top of Galeries Lafayette Rooftop Terrace

Another location that is great for catching a glimpse of the sunset is at the top of the Galeries Lafayette Rooftop Terrace.

The Galeries Lafayette is a huge department store in Paris that has pretty much everything you could ever dream of. You could quite literally shop until you drop here, and the architecture and design of this building are quite incredible!

While you could spend the evening browsing the stores, there is a location within the Galeries Lafayette that is magnificent during the evening. Therefore, head to the Lafayette terrace, which is also completely free to visit and one of the best things to do in Paris at any time of the day. This rooftop terrace offers incredible views of Paris, especially as the sun is going down at night!

Paris Travel Tip: I recommend taking the escalators all the way to the top, instead of taking the stairs.

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10 AM to 8.30 PM; Sundays and public holidays from 11 AM to 8 PM

Address: 40, Boulevard Haussmann 75009 

Lafayette Galleries Rooftop
Lafayette Galleries Rooftop

16. Climb Arc de Triomphe at Night

Arc de Triomphe is on just about every Paris bucket list, but did you know this is one of the best attractions to also enjoy in Paris at night? The Arc de Triomphe honors those who fought in the French Revolution and today is well recognized as a beloved piece of Paris’ history. For any John Wick fans, it was even featured in the latest movie at night.

To visit at night, all you need to do is buy your tickets, climb a spiral staircase, and indulge in some of the best views of Paris. It is worth mentioning that there are 284 stairs to climb, so you’ll want to make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes.

Metro Lines: 1, 2, 6, and RER A will take you here.

Admission Price: €13 per adult

Opening hours: April – September: 10 AM – 11 PM; October – March: 10 AM – 10:30 PM (last entry is 45 minutes before closing).

Address: Pl. Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France

Visiting Arc de Triomphe at night in Paris
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17. Sip Wine on a Rooftop

With such picturesque views, Paris has no shortage of rooftop bars to choose from. A great place to sip on some divine French wine in Paris is at ROOF Paris. This stunning glass domed bar is open all year and has views of Notre-Dame and the Eiffel Tower.

For more of a nighttime experience, you can head to SkyBar Paris, which is 115 meters over the city and has a sleek futuristic setting. At this bar, you can indulge in Asian-inspired dishes and creative cocktails.

Paris also has several popular seasonal rooftop bars to enjoy in the Spring/Summer. If you’re visiting Paris during these times, consider also checking out Sequoia rooftop bar, Terrass” Rooftop Bar, and Laho Rooftop Bar.

18. Go for Late Night Crepes and Ice Cream

Midnight snack, anyone? Paris is well known for its delicious street food, and their crepes are one of my favorite treats in Paris!

You’ll be able to find several ice cream stores open during the evening, however, La Crème de Paris is a popular café that is open to the early hours of the morning.

Here, you’ll find classic sugar crepes, Nutella crepes, and even homemade salted butter crepes. Will you be up all night with a sugar rush? Maybe…but it’ll be worth it!

Another popular chain around Paris is Amorino. They are famous your making your ice cream in the shape of a flower with different petals. I always get it when I see them in another city, just because it reminds me of Paris!

Paris Ice Cream at night

19. Explore Passage des Panoramas at Night

One of the more unique things to do in Paris at night is to visit Passage des Panoramas. It is the oldest covered passageway in Paris, and is still considered a gem of the city! You’ll find this passage located in the second arrondissement in Paris and is very significant in Paris’ history. 

By visiting, you’ll feel as though you are transported back in time to a completely different era of Paris. The passageway has boutique shops and various eateries. This area is particularly beautiful during the evening as it is all lit up and quiet.

Opening Hours: 6 am to 12 AM

Address: 11 Boulevard Montmartre – 75002 Paris

Passage des Panoramas in Paris
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20. See The Christmas Lights in Paris (Seasonal)

One of the most magical times to enjoy Paris at night is during Christmas time, so I had to include it in this guide of things to do in Paris at night! Because, truth be told, there is a good chance you’re either visiting Paris during the summer or for the Christmas holiday!

Throughout the city, you will find beautiful Christmas decorations that will be all lit up at night. Some of the most popular decorations include down Champs Elysées, Place Vendôme, and Dior.

Paris Nighttime Travel Tips

Now that you have some of the best things to do in Paris at night, here are some additional tips to keep in mind for your visit!

  • While Paris is known to be a relatively safe city, it is always important to practice precautions, especially at night!
  • Don’t share where you are in real time on your social media accounts if it is public.
  • Women, I would advise you to not walk alone at night unless you are familiar with the area and where you are.
  • Share your location with a family member.
  • Consider taking a cab or Uber late at night.
  • Take into account the Metro does NOT run all night. The last trains are usually before 2 AM.

Things to Do in Paris at Night Wrap-up

This concludes some of the best things to do in Paris at night! I hope you have the best time exploring the city of light when the sun goes down!

Find more travel information in my France travel guide.

Have any questions about these Paris evening activities or feel like I am missing a good one? Let me know in the comments below!

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Samantha Oppenheimer

Samantha Oppenheimer (Sam Opp) quit her corporate marketing job in 2018 to travel the world and become a travel writer, blogger and content creator. She loves experiencing authentic travel experiences, photography, and nature. Sam shares helpful travel itineraries, travel tips, budget tips, and travel advice from her personal experiences. You can also find Sam's words featured in large publications including Mirror, Thrillist, and Well + Good.

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