Post Overview: Paris at night
If I asked you to think of the best cities to explore at night, most folks’ minds would go to Las Vegas, Tokyo, or New York City. Having said that, Paris didn’t earn the nickname “The City of Light” just for kicks and giggles.
There’s an abundance of activities and fun things to do in Paris at night! Like most major, global cities the French capital hosts a slew of fun bars, events and activities open well-past sundown.
Whether you’re enjoying the city alone, with a partner or group of friends you won’t struggle finding things to do in Paris at night. I’ll be honest and admit that most activities involve food and beverage, but that’s not such a bad thing when you consider the French are culinary geniuses.
And having visited Paris multiple times in my 20’s and now into my 30’s I can admit to having stayed out past my bedtime on more than one occasion. In fact I’ve written this article in hopes you can find some fun things to do in Paris at night to add to your itinerary.
I’m a firm believer in exploring every city I visit at night because it grants you a different perspective. When using common sense and staying safe, exploring a city when it’s illuminated by its thousands of lights is romantic, inspiring and unforgettable.
So if you’re ready to talk about all the fun things to do at night in Paris let’s dive in!
Best Things to Do in Paris at Night
#1. Watch the Eiffel Tower Sparkle from Champs de Mars
Champs de Mars offers arguably the greatest views of the Eiffel Tower. That’s why one of the most enjoyable things to do in Paris at night is to watch the Iron Lady light up in her spectacular light show.
Located in the seventh arrondissement, the public green space is essentially a park. It sits at the foot of the tower offers uninterrupted views. Expect to find locals sprawled out on picnic blankets nursing a bottle of rose.
However once the sun sets the park doesn’t immediately empty. Folks will linger on the benches and on picnic blankets waiting to see one of the best things to do in Paris at night, see the tower to sparkle.
Champs de Mars is a spot where folks from all over the world come to take an iconic photo. And if you’re patient enough and visit after dusk, grabbing a photo in front of the glowing tower is easily one of the most memorable things to do in Paris at night.
Fun fact: taking photos of the Eiffel Tower’s lights is technically illegal. To find out why click here.
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#2. Enjoy a late night dinner
Something Americans may find surprising about European life is how late most folks have dinner. France is no exception and it’s not uncommon to see restaurants experience their peak dinner hour well past 9PM.
Therefore one of the best things to do in Paris at night is to go with the local crowd and enjoy a late dinner. Trust me, just loosen up your shoulders, let your hair down, and let the night dictate its own course.
If you’re with friends, even better. The dinners aren’t just late, they’re long! Conversation flows freely and if you uncork a bottle of wine there’s no telling how late you’ll go.
Allow yourself to flow with the tide and you’ll understand why something as simple as having dinner is one of the best things to do in Paris at night.
During my first visit to France I stayed in an apartment that was across the street from a restaurant and I caught myself getting frustrated at the noise around 10PM. However one day my husband and I visited said restaurant and before we knew it we were looking at our watches, shocked that it was nearly midnight.
As cliche as it sounds, time flies when you’re having fun and it doesn’t even have to be fancy. One of the best things to do in Paris at night is to visit a hole in the wall restaurant and have an unfussy yet memorable dinner.
#3. Stroll the Seine near Notre Dame
Hear me out, Paris has a ton of landmarks but few loom as large as the Cathedrale Notre Dame. One of my favorite things to do in Paris at night is to walk alongside the Seine River and enjoy the iconic cathedral looming over me.
Even better, if you’re comfortable being out past sundown you can park yourself somewhere near the church and wait for the lights to come.
There is something inspiring about seeing a global landmark when it’s dark. In a way it makes you feel like it’s just you and the landmark, alone enjoying Paris at night.
When you’ve got your fill, walk along the Seine River and see the City of Light in all its glory. It’s one of the best free things to do in Paris at night and introduces you to the city from a completely new point of view.
#4. Explore Montmartre
Montmartre is one of Paris’ most vibrant, artistic and full-of-life neighborhoods. Having said that, it’ll take all of about five-minutes of weaving through swarming crowds before you’re sympathizing with sardines.
One of the best ways to appreciate something is at your own pace and you can’t really do that when the neighborhood is swarming with locals and tourists.
Therefore, one of my favorite things to do in Paris at night is to stay long after the crowds dissipate Montmartre and walk the winding streets, accompanied only by my amazement. It’s both peaceful and inspirational, and you can actually hear yourself think instead of just navigating crowds.
Montmartre is beautiful not only because of its vendors and restaurants but thanks to its architecture and greenery. You can either put in headphones or listen to the echo of your footsteps, because in that moment it’s just you and the neighborhood.
So if you’re looking for the best things to do in Paris at night, perusing the streets of Montmartre after the crowds are gone should be high on your list.
#5. Watch a Cabaret at Moulin Rouge
I had heard the name “Moulin Rouge” for years before actually learning what it is. For those in a similar boat, Le Moulin Rouge translates to “The Red Mill” and it’s the home of the most famous cabarets in the world. Visiting is one of the best things to do in Paris at night — thanks to both the entertainment and the venue’s history.
(If at all helpful Cabarets are best described as halfway between a concert and a musical.)
The cabaret opened in 1889, the same year that Paris hosted the World’s Fair. Tourists from around the world flocked to the French capital and many stopped by Moulin Rouge, growing its fame and in a lot of ways, its notoriety (because the dancing was of the provocative nature).
As time would tell Moulin Rouge was a bona fide homerun, and more than 130 years later in the present it’s one of Paris’ most recognizable landmarks. You’ll find its facade decorating postcards, totes and even shirts!
And as such visiting Moulin Rouge is one of the best things to do in Paris but more-so at night. You can book tickets for dinner and a show online, seven days a week.
Each person will receive half a bottle of champagne (hello!) and be starstruck by the world-class dancing on stage. It’s one of the most fun date-nights I’ve had in a while and one of my favorite things to do in Paris at night.
#6. Dance the night away at a nightclub
I can’t be the only one who grew up watching American television shows that would depict Europeans as fist-pumping, techno-loving machines. That’s why one of the first things I did in Paris at night was make a bee-line towards the nearest nightclub.
I couldn’t keep up. The young Parisians made me realize I’m well past my prime, and I also noticed my moves didn’t seem impress anyone (but that’s a different conversation). I still managed to have a blast though!
I was shocked at the amount of American music the club played, and folks even sang along. Not to mention the long-lines at the bar and having to yell to talk to the person next to you were on par with American standards.
So if you’re looking for one of the most memorable (depending on how much you drink) things to do in Paris at night, dancing the night away at a nightclub should be on your docket.
Having only been to a handful of clubs in Paris I’m not inclined to comment on which are “the best.” My suggestion is to look up clubs close to your hotel so you don’t have to make a daring trek back home when you’re done.
#7. Climb the Arc de Triomphe
Seeing the city from above is not only one of the most romantic things to do in Paris at night, but an item worthy of being on a bucket list! Is it touristy? Absolutely! But very well worth it.
In order to get to the top of Arc de Triomphe, you’ll need to climb a steep set of stairs (284 steps… you learn a lot about a person during this time). The stairs lead to a rooftop terrace, where you get some of the most breathtaking views of the city.
I know it may seem like a lot of work, but it’s manageable and the views are rewarding. It’s one of the most memorable things to do in Paris at night.
However since this is among the most popular things to do in Paris at night, tickets sell fast. Plan ahead and book tickets here (current cost is 13€ per person). There’s also a little museum at the top that’s worth perusing for a while, it’s very interesting.
Word to the wise: It’s best to know the history of this important landmark before visiting Paris. It makes you an informed and respectful tourist, who doesn’t love that?
Why is the Arc de Triomphe important?
Inaugurated in 1836, the Arc de Triomphe honors soldiers that died fighting for France’s freedom during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. Observe the walls on the arc and you’ll see the names of generals and notable French victories during those times.
As you leave the Arc de Triomphe, you’ll notice a moving tribute to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.
#8. Catch a romantic Parisian sunset
Cotton candy skies over the City of Love? This is the stuff romantic comedies and fairy tales live for! One of the best experiences in Paris at night is watching the sun dip below the horizon and set the sky ablaze.
There are so many alluring places to enjoy a sunset too. You can go high, seeing the city take on shades of orange and pink from above at places like The Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe.
Or you can go low, sitting along the promenade of the Seine River as the street-lights come on. Regardless of the place, taking the time to enjoy the sunset is one of the best things to do in Paris at night.
It’s also prime photo-taking weather. If you’re with someone you love you can set up a tripod or ask someone to take a photo of you. Later you can upload it onto your Instagram with the hashtag #nofilterneeded.
Some of the best spots to enjoy the views of Paris at night include the Pont Alexandre III, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the dome of the Pantheon.
#9. Finish the night at a rooftop bar
Like most major cities, the French capital boasts an arsenal of amazing rooftop bars. Strong drinks taste even better with a birds eye view and few things to do in Paris at night are as magical as this.
Unfortunately you’ll have to plan (way) in advance if you want to add this to your docket of things to do in Paris at night. Rooftop bars are a hot commodity in Paris (especially if they offer views of the Eiffel Tower) and reservations can be hard to get your hands on.
With that said some here are some of the best rooftop bars in Paris where you can enjoy the night:
- Terrass’ Hotel Rooftop Bar: Overlooking Paris from the dazzling neighborhood of Montmartre you not only get sprawling views of the city but the Sacre-Coeur is only a stone’s throw away. The restaurant is charming and ideal for a date-night where you’re really trying to impress.
- The Peninsula Hotel: Embarrassing but true – I looked up this rooftop bar after an episode of the TV show Modern Family when the cast goes to Paris. The restaurant is beautiful and sandwiched between the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.
- Laho Rooftop: Unlike other rooftop bars that feel sophisticated and classy, Laho Rooftop feels relaxed and easygoing. Drinks will still cost you a premium but this is a great joint with a fun, summery vibe.
- Galeries Lafayette Haussmann: This might be the easiest of the rooftop bars to get into for views of Paris at night. It’s atop the Galeries Lafayette department store and boasts a seasonal rooftop bar offering small bites and drinks. The only con is that it closes around 8PM, which is before sunset in the summer.
As you can tell there are plenty of rooftop bars where you can enjoy views of Paris at night. The last thing I’ll say is a word of caution, bring a credit card because none of these joints will be cheap!
#10. People Watch on Rue Montorgueil
There are plenty of charming streets in Paris but few come alive at night the way Rue Montorgueil does. The street is lined with cafes that always seem to be packed with locals drinking wine and meeting with friends.
Whenever my husband and I finish work in a particularly good mood or just want to have a fun night on the town Rue Montorgueil always comes to mind. It’s centrally located in Paris’ 1st arrondissement, full of things to do and is one of the prettiest places in Paris at night.
Manhattn’s Burgers is open until 11PM and is our go-to restaurant thanks to their array of luscious and juicy burgers. For drinks we love Le Petit Creme which is open until 2AM and makes mouthwatering cocktails.
These are just my suggestions though, Rue Montorgueil is a foodie’s dream come true and has dozens of options to help you enjoy Paris at night. The streets stay busy into the night and I’ve never felt uncomfortable walking past sundown.
#11. Visit the Catacombs
Now this next item won’t be up everyone’s alley, but there’s no way I could gloss over it. Paris has catacombs housing the remains of more than six-million people, and they’re open to the public.
Managed by the Musée de Paris, this isn’t some sneaky or morbid suggestion. It’s a well organized excursion meant to highlight the French capital’s history and its people. It reminds me of the crypts I saw at a church in Rome, Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins, meant to remind us that our time on earth isn’t infinite.
There are lights illuminating the space so try not to get any sinister ideas. However I will admit it’s still one of the spookiest places to be in Paris at night. Luckily it’s only open until 8:30PM, so you won’t be walking home at midnight (knees buckling) when you’re done.
But before you lace up your shoes to climb down into the catacombs there’s a few details you should know. First, there are 131 steps to go down and 112 steps to climb up and no elevator, so only visit if your health allows.
Second, the average temperature is 57° so dress accordingly. Whether you’re visiting Paris at night, during the day, in the summer or in the winter the catacombs stay consistently cool so remember to bring a sweater. You should also know it can get pretty humid down there.
Third, you need to purchase tickets before heading down into the catacombs. Don’t waste one of your nights in Paris heading to the catacombs only to be turned away because they’re sold out!
Address: 1 Av. du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris
#12. Take a night cruise
If having a picnic along the banks of the Seine is one of the most romantic things to do in Paris at night, where does cruising the Seine fit on the scale? Why don’t you really wow your partner with a calming boat ride down the dreamy river.
I suggest booking tickets with Seine River Cruises, since they offer a plethora of options. You can book a one-hour boat tour, a dinner cruise or even a night cruise. Choosing to go the route of a cruise takes a lot of the hard work out of planning a date night.
Plus a cruise down the Seine is one of the most memorable things to do in Paris at night and it doesn’t have to break the bank. Some tours start as low as €15!
#13. Snap a photo in front of the iconic Louvre’s pyramids
Coming to Paris and not visiting the Louvre is simply unacceptable.
Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a “museum person”, the magnificent, architectural structure of this beauty is not to be dismissed. In fact, one of the best free things to do in Paris at night doesn’t even involve admission. Taking a picture in front of the instantly recognizable pyramids should be a must-do for everyone.
Originally built as a fortress before being repurposed as a royal palace, the building officially became a museum in 1793. That’s right, when America was still a teenager (17 years old), the Louvre was established.
Since 1793, the building has been used many times over. Most notably by the Nazi’s during WWII when they need a space to store stolen art. The building alone is steeped in rich history and getting to experience it is worth visiting Paris for alone.
If time and budget isn’t an issue for you I strongly encourage (and practically beg) you to go inside. The experience is definitely worth the €17 admission fee. However, if you’re on a limited vacation budget one of the best free things to do in Paris at night is to swing by for a picture with its iconic pyramids.
#14. Go on a pub crawl
One of my favorite things to do when I visit somewhere new is meet the locals. With that said, there are few better ways to do that than over drinks. That’s why one of the best things to do in Paris at night is to sign up for a pub crawl, ingesting some liquid courage and meeting new people.
I opted to try my first pub crawl in 2019, and I haven’t looked back since.
Pub (or bar) crawls are organized by local organizations that know the best bars in the city. You meet the rest of your group at the starting pub and then leap-frog from bar to bar together. Along the way you get to enjoy discounted drinks as you sample the city’s bar scene.
A pub crawl is one of the most fun things to do in Paris at night, especially when you’re with friends. But if you’re traveling alone you don’t need to worry. Since the entire group participating in the crawl migrates to the bars at the same time you’ll have a solid base of potential drinking-buddies at your disposal.
My suggestion is to scroll through TripAdvisor and find a crawl that’s both near your hotel (so you don’t have to navigate your way home with a buzz) and with good reviews. You’ll also have the choice of party-like crawls, casual crawls or crawls targeted towards craft-drink enthusiasts.
#15. Night concert at Sainte Chapelle
The Saint-Chapelle is a masterpiece of Gothic-style architecture that should be included on everyone’s Paris itinerary. It can be found within the Palais de la Cité, which was the home of French Kings for nearly a millennia.
But if you look the chapel up on Google you’ll see it closes at 5PM in the winter and 7PM in the summer. So you’re probably wondering what it’s doing on a list of the best things to do in Paris at night. Allow me to explain.
The church hosts an annual concert series of classical music that generally operates through the summer. With shows running all the way until September, this is one of the best things to do at night in Paris.
Concerts vary week to week so odds are you’ll be able to find one to work with your schedule, but the vast majority take place at 8PM. Dates and tickets are available here, but they won’t last long!
#16. Dine under the stars with views of the Eiffel Tower sparkling
Traveling to Paris and you have something big to celebrate? One of the most romantic things to do in Paris at night is to clink glasses at a restaurant with views of the Eiffel Tower.
Now there are too many restaurants with views of the Eiffel Tower to name, but a few stand out. You want them to have great food, great service and be worth the premium price tag most share.
Here is a short round-up of some of the best restaurants with views:
- Francette | Francette is a waterfront cruise ship that functions as a three-story restaurant. Each story offers a different experience but if you’re after a restaurant with great views of the Eiffel Tower, I suggest floor 0 or +1 (the penthouse aka the terrace). The restaurant is located on the water directly in front of the Iron Lady. | RESERVATIONS | Address: 1 Port de Suffren, 75007 Paris
- Les Ombres | Les Ombres is a spot where elegance and class meet on a rooftop terrace. Offering different variations of three to six-course meals, you can expect to pay a pretty penny if you choose to dine here. If at all helpful, you can expect to pay roughly €60 – €160 a person. | RESERVATIONS | Address: 27 Quai Jacques Chirac, 75007 Paris
- Girafe | Girafe is a seafood restaurant located inside the Cite de l’architecture et du Patrimoine, a museum dedicated to French architecture. The restaurant itself is a masterclass in hospitality and aesthetics, because it’s as beautiful as the food is delicious. | NO ONLINE RESERVATIONS — Call or show up a few days early to get a reservation for that week. | Address: 1 Pl. du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75016 Paris
Making reservations at a restaurant in advance is always encouraged since this is one of the most popular things to do in Paris at night. If all else fails, it’s always worth a shot to show up in person and see if there is a table available for walk-ins.
#17. Explore the charming streets of Paris at night
There is a certain beauty that exists within a city when the lights go down and Paris is no exception.
The city comes to life as the moon glitters on the Seine, restaurant lights sparkle, and streetlamps shine. Going out just before dark and taking in the nightlife is one of the most romantic things to do in Paris at night.
Now this should go without saying, but use your best judgment when strolling the streets of Paris at night. Personally, as a woman I’ve never felt unsafe, however, I always go out with my husband which plays a huge factor.
Regardless, my best piece of advice is to stick to popular areas. Typically where there are crowds there is nightlife and those spots tend to be safe.
Another tip I’ve gathered over the years is to try to blend in and not stick out as a tourist. Meaning don’t draw unnecessary attention to yourself by being loud. Tourists tend to make for easy targets.
My intention is not to spook you, in fact I encourage you to explore Paris at night! The City of Love turns into the City of Charm when the sun sets. Wandering the streets is one of the best free romantic things to do in Paris at night!
#18. Visit movie + tv show spots
Like most major cities, Paris has had its time to shine on the big-screen. Countless movies have filmed in Paris, romanticizing the city and inspiring folks from all around the globe to visit. With that said, one of the best things to do in Paris at night is to visit the site of iconic scenes from your favorite films.
But where to start? What movies in have filmed in Paris at night and what scenes can you recreate? Here’s a few suggestions, but by no means are they your only options.
- The DaVinci Code was the highest-grossing film of 2006 and has famous scenes of Tom Hanks in the Louvre. Although you can’t go into the Paris museum at night for a close-up of the Mona Lisa like he did, you can visit the iconic courtyard and pyramids where the movie also filmed.
- For fans of the hit HBO show Sex and the City, the Pont des Arts Bridge crossing the Seine River (near The Louvre) is where Carrie and Mr. Big have their happily ever during the series finale.
- And if you enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada there is a scene in the 2006 blockbuster where Andy and Christian stroll Paris at night at Rue de Boucherie. This spot is even more charming in person because the Notre Dame Cathedral in the background refuses to be ignored. It looms beautifully behind the tree-lined sidewalk and Seine River.
Like I said, this list just scratches the surface of movies filmed in Paris at night. With thousands of movies being released globally, odds are you’ve watched a Parisian movie I have yet to see.
Tour The Centre Pompidou
The Pompidou Center is one of the most popular museums in Paris, as well as being one of its most unique. From the second you arrive the thought of “what exactly am I looking at” is recurring in your head like a scratched CD.
The building looks like a factory thanks to a slew of pipes and metalwork. However it isn’t until you notice the futuristic-looking escalator running up the side that you realize it’s not actually a construction zone.
And you should see the inside, it’s home to the National Museum of Modern Art. On Thursdays visiting is one of the best things to do in Paris at night, since the museum is open until 11PM!
But the museum isn’t the only thing taking up all of the Centre Pompidou’s 8-million square feet. There’s also a performing-arts theater, two screening rooms, and a library. The full run-down of offerings and events are listed on the Centre Pompidou’s official website.
Visiting the library is also one of the best things to do at night in Paris, it’s open until 10PM, daily! Finding a good book at times can be better than drinking brews at a pub. There is no judgment here on how you want to spend your evening.
#20. Enjoy a theatrical performance
France has six national theatres and one of the best things to do in Paris at night is to swing by for a show at the best of them: The Odeon Theatre de l’Europe.
At The Odeon you’ll get to choose from an array of world-class plays. As you’d expect, the plays are performed and curated by some of the brightest minds in the world of theater.
Whether you want a timeless experience and choose to enjoy the work of Shakespeare or would prefer something more contemporary you’ll find it all under one roof when visiting Saint Germain Paris.
And as the oldest theatre in Paris you’ll get to admire the beauty of architecture that’s been washed away by the modern world.
The foyer greets you with columns, marble tiles and statues that ooze an air of sophistication, representative of the glamour of Paris at night. Speaking from first hand experience it’s near impossible not to play aristocrat for the evening.
A visit to the Odeon Theatre becomes an even better thing to in Paris at night when the weather starts getting cold. You’ll have a reprieve from the elements and still get to enjoy the best the neighborhood has to offer.
If you’re nervous about not being able to understand the play (because you don’t speak French) there’s no need to worry. The Odeon Theatre has plays in English and French plays with English subtitles.
Just be sure to read the description before purchasing your tickets online! This way you can enjoy one of the best things to do in Paris at night without any confusion.
Address: Pl. de l’Odéon, 75006 Paris
#21. Go Ice Skating
You might be shocked to learn ice skating is one of the best things to do in Paris at night. But after partaking you’ll understand why. There are two rinks I recommend, each with their own merits.
For starters we have the Olympic Ice Rink of Boulogne Billancourt. It’s open year round and indoors, so you don’t have to worry about frigid winter temperatures stopping you from a memorable night in Paris. The biggest drawback is that it’s about an hour outside of the city center and it doesn’t have that full Parisian magic.
The second is the Accor Arena Ice Rink, which is considerably closer to central Paris but will still require a metro ride. It’s indoors but has two seasons. The high season runs from September through March and the slow season from April to August. The biggest difference in the seasons is just the price, which can be viewed here.
Both rinks are great places to be in Paris at night and are open until midnight. The late availability means could celebrate a birthday, have a date or just practice your moves well past sundown.
#22. Visit the Opera
The Opera National de Paris is a 350+ year old institution that performs some of the best stage-productions anywhere in the world.
And with multiple theaters spread across the French capital putting on a number of performances on any given night, you have plenty of options to choose from. Whether it’s ballet, opera or a concert, be prepared to be wowed.
Seeing a show is one of the best things to do in Paris at night, not only because of the world-class entertainment but because of the pageantry of it all. You get to dress up in your Sunday best, drink fancy champagne and have a ball.
And it’s one of the best things to do in Paris at night for a date night. As fancy as it feels, you can still find tickets online for under €20 and still have cash leftover for dinner!
#23. Take a ride at Foire du Trône
Seasonal Dates: March 31st – May 29th, 2023
If Disney Paris is out of the picture but you still want to experience the thrill of an amusement park, might I suggest Foire du Trône. After a small haitus (thanks covid!) the French fair is back and better than ever.
With over 300 attractions and 80 rides it’s no wonder why Foire du Trône has made our list of best things to do in Paris at night. This is a great spring activity in Paris for the family and will keep your heart racing throughout.
The park is open until 11 PM Sunday through Thursday. It also stays open as late at 1 AM Friday and Saturday.
Foire du Trône is an opportunity for you to let your hair down and unleash your inner child. The best part? You can get there by metro. The 8 line gets you there, you just hop off at the Créteil – Pointe du Lac stop.
The loud, vibrant park will have you reminiscing in no time and the nostalgia hits hard since this fair offers all the classics. Take a spin on the Ferris wheel, throw your hands up on the roller-coaster and feel your stomach drop aboard all the twisting rides. This is one of the best things to do in Paris at night if you’re visiting in the spring.
Address: Pelouse de Reuilly, 75012 Paris
#24. Or at the Jardin d’Acclimatation
The Foire du Trône isn’t the only amusement park worth visiting for a memorable night in Paris.
One of the best things to do in Paris at night for thrill-seekers is to set your sights on Jardin d’Acclimatation. The year-round amusement park is a smaller, more local, less expensive version of Disney (at least that’s what we tell the kids).
Tickets will run you anywhere from 27-50€ (depending on when you visit). And the park even offers a 7€ ticket for those who just need entry and don’t plan on utilizing the attractions — ha! take that Disney.
To put into perspective just how conveniently located the park is, it’s a 15 minute metro ride from Arc de Triomphe. Or if you want a more scenic route it’s a short 30 minute walk. There’s no reason to miss out on one of the best things to do in Paris at night thanks to the central location.
Address: Bois de Boulogne, Rte de la Prte Dauphine à la Prte des Sablons, 75116
#25. Go Stargazing at the Sorbonne University Astronomy Tower
Sorbonne University is one of the oldest universities in Europe, dating all the way back to 1257! The schools campus provides us with one of the best things to do in Paris at night.
And no – I don’t mean go to a frat party. Instead you should make an effort to see the solar system at the Sorbonne University Astronomy Tower. It has telescopes powerful enough to surpass the light-pollution of a major city, showing you the intricacies of the stars.
Talk about one of the most memorable things to do in Paris at night! The tours of the tower are hosted by the Astronomical Society of France. Who, needless to say, are extremely knowledgeable and help you point out the moon and the stars.
Tours are limited to groups of five and are only available two days a week. You’ll have to book tickets online ahead of time. But that’s a small price to pay for one of the best things to do in Paris at night.
Astronomy Tower of the Sorbonne
Paris at Night (Post Summary)
- Watch the Eiffel Tower Sparkle
- Enjoy a late night dinner
- Stroll the Seine
- Explore Montmartre
- Watch a Cabaret
- Dance the night away at a nightclub
- Climb the Arc de Triomphe
- Catch an romantic Parisian sunset
- Finish the night at a rooftop bar
- People Watch on Rue Montorgueil
- Visit the Catacombs
- Take a night cruise
- Snap a photo in front of the iconic Louvre’s pyramids
- Go on a pub crawl
- Night concert at Sainte Chapelle
- Dine under the stars with views of the Eiffel Tower sparkling
- Explore the charming streets of Paris at night
- Visit movie + tv show spots
- Tour The Centre Pompidou
- Enjoy a theatrical performance
- Go Ice Skating
- Visit the Opera
- Take a ride at Foire du Trône
- Or at the Jardin d’Acclimatation
- Go Stargazing
Map of the best things to do at night in Paris
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