Top 7 Things to Do in Paris at Night

Paris takes pride in being known as “The City of Light,” for its centre of education and ideas during Enlightenment. It was also one of the earliest cities to implement street lighting. Being recognized for such an attribute, tourists, trip planners, and guests are highly encouraged to admire the sights among the beautiful night glow. The same attractions can have a much different appearance and display radiance when seen during the night.


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Since the night schedule for visitors are not as filled as the mornings, guests can really view the beautiful night glow of Paris from the comfort of their accommodations . Let us look at some of the best places that would bring out the city’s nickname “La Ville-Lumiere.”


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Top Seven Places to be in Paris at Night

  • The Eiffel Tower
  • Seine River Cruise
  • Montmartre Walk featuring Sacre-Coeur Basilica
  • Notre-Dame
  • Champs-Elysees
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Louvre
  • The Eiffel Tower

Spend a Night at The Eiffel Tower

Spend a night to take a twilight ride up the Eiffel Tower as it crowns the night sky and experience the Trocadero scene. This is a perfect opportunity to see an elevated view of the entire City of Light. Trocadero is a plaza across the Eiffel Tower with good restaurants. The tower takes on a new dimension after sunset. Not only does it emphasize the city of light but The Eiffel restaurant consists of soft lights, and beautiful modern interior design to have the perfect dinner.


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An Evening Seine River Cruise

Pick a nice dry evening for the Seine River glass boat Cruise. This cruise will pass under the famous bridges of Paris. You will also be able to see Concorde, Vendome Squares, Opera and the Champs-Elysees all lit up and truly justifying the City of Light. Not only does this cruise show you the illumination but it also takes you close up and underneath to the architectures of bridges and buildings.

Evening Seine River Cruise

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Take the Moonlit Montmartre Walk featuring Sacre-Coeur Basilica

For those interested in art or history, the Montmartre Walk highlights just that. It explores the artistic history of Paris. You will have the opportunity to live the stories you hear as you travel the bohemian cobblestone streets. The religious building Sacre-Coeur basilica sits on the peak of Montmartre. Hence, here again you can get a beautiful, elevated view of Paris and can also climb the dome of basilica. You can choose to either walk up to the Sacre-Coeur or can opt to take the tram.


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Notre Dame at Night

The Notre-Dame de Paris is a sight for night. The illumination really brings out the lovely stained glass and the unique architecture of one of the largest cathedral buildings worldwide. You can enjoy a relaxing evening by attending their night shows on Thursdays and Saturdays at 9 pm. These opera shows have sound and images projected on a 100 square meter transparent screen.


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Champs-Elysees by Twilight

The Champs-Elysees is a lovely place for dinner, movies and shopping while enjoying the illumination. The 20 km long and 70 m wide avenue is also known as the “The Avenue des Champs-Elysees (The most beautiful avenue in the world).”

Champs-Elysees at night

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This location also has one of the most expensive restaurants, Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee. This flashy dining room breams with 10,000 crystals and can also be used for business meetings. Having the cooking of talented young chef Christophe Saintagne, this restaurant uses delicate ingredients and many different flavors. Options range from highly deluxe to ordinary. Menu items include amuse-bouche, truffle and caviar fest, or even simple lamb spiced with quince or lamb with artichokes.

A Night at the Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe symbolizes the victories of Napoleon I’s Grande Armee. The tomb on the Unknown Soldier is lit every evening. This is another historic display with great night lights in the greatest avenues.

Arc de Triomphe at Night

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An Evening Experience at the Louvre

Finally, the view of Louvre Museum is simply breathtaking at night while it is light from top to bottom. The museum has night openings till 9:45 pm. Crown jewels, Mona Lisa, Michelangelo’s Slaves and a lot more historic displays can be viewed under the mysterious night light in quieter more relaxing corridors. The Louvre also has night tours available.

Louvre at Night

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The Night Time Illumination Bus Tour

In case you do not have several nights to visit these places, you can also take the Illumination bus tour to experience the magic of monuments. The tour has recorded commentary in various languages (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese and Mandarin) and comes with personal earphones. These buses do have open tops that give a panorama view. The sights include The Cendome Square, the Comedie Francaise, the Louvre Museum, Pont neuf bridge, Saint-Germain-des-Pres quarter, Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, Chatelet Square, Conciergerir on the Cite island, Paris City Hall, the Concorde Square, the Petit et Grand Palais, Champes-Elysees avenue, the Arc of Triumph, the Eiffel Tower, the Invalides, the Madeleine Church, and finally ends with the Opera house.

Hence, one can really be convinced as to why Paris is referred to as the City of Light after experiencing the magic of these attractions at night. Enjoy the city to its fullest by visiting these top seven places.

About the Author: Shahini Sirikantharajah is a contributing author for LaCure Villas.

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