25 Unforgettable Things To Do in Paris at Night (2024)

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Visiting the City of Light after dark and wondering what there is to do around here? Keep reading for all of the best things to do in Paris at night!

Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world, partly because of its grandeur and partly because there are so many fun things to do. From enjoying incredible (and sometimes cheap!) wine to just watching the world go by to seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkling at night, it’s not hard to stay busy in Paris.

While you might picture wandering the enormous halls of the Louvre or lounging in the Tuileries Garden when you think of Paris, don’t count the city out at night. This walkable European city is buzzing most nights during the summer, with locals and tourists alike flocking to its famous cafes and other public places after the workday has ended. 

I moved to Paris in early 2024 after visiting frequently over the years. In this post, I’ll cover all of the top things to do at night in Paris, from the classics to the more local-feeling activities. 

Black and white colored columns at the Palais-Royal in central Paris
Palais-Royal in Paris near sunset

25 Things To Do in Paris At Night

Paris is an exciting and lively city to visit both day and night, so you’re unlikely to run out of things to do. Whether you want to hit all of the classic “best of” spots in Paris or find your way to more hidden spots, this list has a little something for everyone. 

1. Watch the Eiffel Tower Sparkle from the Champ de Mars

On a warm summer evening, you simply must spend a few hours sitting in the Champ de Mars. After dark, the Eiffel Tower starts to sparkle for a few minutes at the top of the hour and it’s really worth seeing at least once while you’re in Paris. From the Champ de Mars, you’ll have a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower while enjoying the buzz of visitors drinking wine and relaxing on the lawn. 

Pay attention to your belongings and stay vigilant while in the Champ de Mars, especially after dark – this park is a hotspot for pickpockets and scams. Ignore anyone who approaches you, unless you want to buy beer/wine from the vendors walking around (they’re legit; it’s just overpriced beer and wine – you can buy your own nearby at a grocery store if you’d prefer). To be safe, always watch them open your drink or, even better, open it yourself.  

Note to travelers: Most of Champ de Mars is closed or blocked off due to the 2024 Olympic Games. The park should reopen by late 2024. 

A sunny summer view of the expansive Champ de Mars lawns and the Eiffel Tower
Champ de Mars is a great place to hang out after dark

2. Go Up the Eiffel Tower

A highlight for many visitors to Paris is going to the top of the Eiffel Tower, which offers an incredible view of the city. Most visitors agree that the best view of the city is from the second floor, which is also cheaper to access. If you’d like, you can instead travel all of the way to the top, either by elevator or taking the stairs. 

You’ll need to decide if you want to take the stairs or the elevator to the top. The elevator tickets are about €7 more per person than the stairs, and certainly much quicker. For those looking for a workout, there are 1,665 stairs between the bottom of the tower and the top (but only 674 to get to the second floor). 

Buy your Eiffel Tower tickets well in advance from the official site. These tickets are the cheapest available, and you can definitely just show yourself around without a tour guide. If the official site is sold out, you can also buy guided tours of the Eiffel Tower for an upcharge – they offer both second floor and top floor access, as well. 

Note to Stair Climbers: I wouldn’t plan to do many activities after climbing the stairs to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Your legs will probably be jelly by the time you’ve made it all of the way up and down! A little foot massage ball or even a mini massage gun will probably feel amazing when you get back to your hotel. (Yes, I sometimes bring a mini massage gun when I travel – it’s heavy but doesn’t take up much space!)

The Eiffel Tower lit up at night with a few people hanging out and walking on the Champ de Mars lawn. There's a fence in front of the camera.
The Eiffel Tower lit up at night

3. Watch the Sunset from Sacre-Coeur 

Sacre-Coeur Basilica in Montmartre is one of the most famous places to watch the sunset in Paris, largely because it offers a view from above Paris. You can sit on the stairs of the basilica or anywhere along the hillside on the way down and watch the sky turn vibrant pinks and oranges. 

I recommend bringing snacks, a blanket or sarong to sit on, and something to drink while you’re there. Just pick up some snacks and drinks at a grocery store on your way up. Otherwise, there are usually guys selling water, wine, and beer when you get to the top (albeit at a bit of a markup). 

If you’re visiting Paris during the summer months, keep in mind that the sun sets very late here. Most of the summer, the sunset is around 9:30 or 10 pm, so don’t wait until the sun goes down to eat dinner. This area isn’t the safest late at night, so I recommend clearing out after the sunset. 

Crowds of tourists sit in front of the enormous Sacre-Coeur Basilica in Paris watching the sunset
People watch the sunset on the steps of Sacré-Coeur

4. Walk Along the Seine

Undeniably, one of my favorite things to do in Paris at night – especially on a warm summer night – is just stroll along the Seine. For large stretches, there are walkways on either side of the river and even a few bars and patios. You can walk, sit and relax, or have a drink while watching the river cruises sail by (and wave to them, if you feel so inclined). 

The best place to be is on the lower level, right next to the river. I particularly like walking on the north side of the river, but both sides are nice. You can get down to the lower level from the various access points – just look for roads or stairways leading down from the main sidewalk. 

Although I would consider the Seine mostly safe, including for solo female travelers, I wouldn’t hang out in the lower portion of the walkway after about 10 pm unless you’re with a group. It can get a little rowdy and it’s just safer at street level. 

A few boats are docked along the Seine. A few couples walk down the lower walkway
People walk along the Seine River in the evening

5. Have a Fancy Dinner

France is known for its iconic gastronomy and has cultivated a reputation for excellence in fine dining. So, it almost goes without saying that you’ll want to try to have at least one nice meal while you’re in Paris. If you have room in your budget for Michelin-starred eateries in Paris, you’ll have a number to choose from – but you can also have a great meal at a fraction of the price.

My favorite bistro for a nice dinner in Paris is Le Florimond, a cozy little restaurant in the 7th arrondissement that’s not terribly far from the Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars. The menu features vegetable-forward takes on French classics, and the menu recently added a select few vegetarian options. 

Wherever you decide to go for your nice French dinner, I recommend that you make a reservation, because restaurants tend to fill up. 

White asparagus sits on top of hummus, topped with a few greens and a crispy honeycomb topping.
White asparagus starter at Le Florimond

6. Settle Into a Cozy Wine Bar

Paris is home to a number of delightful little wine bars, which typically serve small plates along with their curated selection of wines. These spots are usually more upscale than traditional bars, but with smaller plates and a more relaxed feel than a traditional French restaurant. 

My favorite wine bar is Augustin Marchand d’Vins, a cozy spot in the 6th arrondissement. This little spot only has a few tables, so you won’t feel like part of the crowd while you’re there. The owner has a selection of incredible wines and is very good at giving personalized recommendations, so don’t be afraid to describe the wines you normally like. 

Though the menu is on the small side, I’ve especially liked the cheeses and small salads that I’ve had at Augustin Marchand d’Vins. 

A ball of burrata topped with sauce and a ring of truffle mushroom slices.
Burrata with truffles at Augustin Marchand d’Vins

7. Sip Wine on a Terrace

Whether you’re visiting Paris for a weekend or a full week, you simply must enjoy a drink on a local terrace. You’ll notice immediately that the chairs are all facing out towards the street, which makes them perfect for people watching. For most places, it’s perfectly acceptable to sit just for a drink, though food is typically available as well. 

Truthfully, any restaurant with a terrace will do. However, I especially like the terraces in the Latin Quarter or along the Canal Saint-Martin. I usually order a glass of cheap red or white wine, but it’s always a good idea to ask for the menu and specifically order the wine you want so that you’re not surprised by the price. 

Wines are usually listed by their region on Parisian menus. I’m not a wine connoisseur, especially by French standards, but I usually go for the Bordeauxs or the Granaches (just in case you’re completely lost!). 

A few people sip wine on a terrace in Paris. The sun is still up, but it's setting.
Grab a glass of wine on a terrace

8. See the City from a Rooftop Bar

On a warm summer night, there’s really nothing quite like sitting on top of a rooftop bar and looking out on the city as you sip a cocktail or a glass of wine. You can choose a rooftop bar based on the vibe, the view (Eiffel Tower or Sacré Coeur?), or its great cocktails. 

There are rooftop bars throughout the city, but a few great ones are Le Perchoir in the 11th (vibe + Sacré Coeur views), Ilvolo Bar Rooftop (Eiffel Tower view), and Le Grand Balcon (great cocktails, Eiffel Tower View). 

Be aware that rooftop bars can get quite popular in Paris, so it’s best to make a reservation, get there early, and/or be prepared to wait. I also recommend that you check the prices online before you go so that you know what to expect – some places can be exorbitant while others are reasonable. 

9. Hit Up a Jazz Bar

You might not immediately think of jazz when you think of Paris, but the first French jazz group dates back to 1934. Jazz music is celebrated in bars and through festivals in Paris like the Paris Jazz Festival at Parc Floral de Paris, the Jazz à la Villette in the Parc de la Villette, and the Saint Germain des Prés Jazz Festival which takes place throughout the city. 

If you’re not ready to hunt down a jazz festival or just want to check out some live music for the evening, definitely consider settling into a jazz bar. For a list of upcoming jazz events in Paris, check out Paris Jazz Club. This non-profit promotes jazz venues throughout the city and has a large section titled, “Today’s Concerts” so that you can find some live music tonight. 

Note: Many jazz clubs in Paris have cash cover charges, so be sure to bring some euros and get there early. Some performances require tickets, so check the bar’s events page on their website before you go. Of course, some events are also free!

Four performers play jazz in a quiet bar in Paris.
Sunday night jazz at L’Injuste in Pigalle

10. Go to the Movies

I have become a pretty big fan of seeing movies when I travel because, 1) it’s an activity where you sit in a comfortable chair and don’t talk, 2) movie theaters are climate controlled, and 3) it’s a way to both be entertained and give your brain a break. So, if you’re on a longer trip and feel like you just need to recharge for a little bit, I highly suggest going to a movie. 

It can be challenging to find movies in English in France because there are limits on how many foreign films can be played in the country. My favorite movie theater is Le Grand Action, a cool independent cinema in the 5th arrondissement. They play some English language films, typically with subtitles in French. You can check the schedule here

During the summer, you can also check out a free outdoor screening at La Villette (note: not available summer 2024 due to the Olympic Games). 

A white screen and red plush chairs at Le Grand Action, a cinema in Paris that often plays movies in English
Le Grand Action in Paris

11. Take an Evening River Cruise

Seine River Cruises are one of the most popular activities in Paris, and they typically run from the morning until about 10 pm in the spring and summer. From the water, you’ll be able to cruise past iconic Parisian landmarks like the d’Orsay Museum, the Louvre, and Notre Dame. It’s a great way to orient yourself within the city, especially if you’ve just arrived.  

I booked a standard Seine River Cruise with Bateaux Parisians and thoroughly enjoyed it. Note that you buy a ticket for a specific date, but you can use it anytime before close. So, you can take an evening cruise by booking a standard ticket and arriving around 8pm in the summer (7pm in winter/fall) to catch one of the final boats for the evening. 

Alternatively, you can book a dinner cruise, which typically includes multiple courses, wine, and champagne to start. The dinner cruise lasts about 2.5 hours, unlike the standard cruises which are only one hour, so that you have time to savor your meal and take in the sights. Vegetarian options are available, but only on request.

A gorgeous sunset is visible behind the traditional buildings in Paris. There's a a boat full of people cruising along in the water below.
A sunset river cruise

12. Go to a Cabaret 

Moulin Rouge is the most famous cabaret in Paris (and possibly the world!), and it’s a must on many travelers’ itineraries. You can choose between a standard entry ticket and a dinner show, with the latter being about $100 more per person. The evening is sure to be unforgettable, with an unbelievable number of handmade costumes. 

A half bottle of champagne is included in standard entry tickets. If you’re able to select your seats, try not to be in the very front row because you’ll have to look up for the whole show. 

For something a little more local feeling, you can skip Moulin Rouge and instead see a show at Crazy Horse or another smaller cabaret. I had two friends who went to Crazy Horse and absolutely loved it, though they struggled to explain what, exactly, it was. They raved about it for the rest of their trip and said it was a highlight of their time in Paris. Champagne was included with their standard entry tickets, as well. 

Be ready to participate in the show, especially at Crazy Horse. The more engaged the audience is, the better the experience will be overall!

People crowd around in front of Moulin Rouge in Paris. The trademark windmill is visible from the street.
Moulin Rouge

13. Cool Off with a Gelato

Italy may (rightfully) be the country that you associate with gelato, but Paris has a few good spots, too. There are some artisan gelaterias in Paris, but I usually just pay a visit to Amorino, a large chain with locations around the city. My favorite flavors are the sorbets, like mango and raspberry, because they’re bright and tart. 

The best part about Amorino is that they create a small rose of ice cream on top of your cone, so it’s adorable and photo-ready. You could argue that this is a tourist trap, but I love it anyway (though I don’t go too often!). 

For something a little different, grab a popsicle from La Paleteria i​​n Le Marais (not far at all from L’as du Falafel, if you were meaning to try it anyway). This little Brazilian spot has intensely flavorful fruit popsicles in a large variety of flavors. 

A gelato cone with vanilla, rasberry, mango, and passion fruit made into a rose.
Gelato from Amorino

14. Check Out a Speakeasy

If you’ve never been to one, speakeasies are bars with nods to the secretive prohibition era in the US, when alcohol was made illegal from 1920 to 1933. Speakeasies are generally upscale bars with classic cocktails and retro-feeling interiors. Most will have hidden entrances, which could include false doors, secret passageways, or sometimes even a password/codeword. 

My favorite speakeasy in Paris has to be Rehab, a very cool little spot in the heart of the city. The door to Rehab is visible from the sidewalk but also hidden; you’ll enter through a mirror door located inside a Mexican restaurant. Once you open the door, you’ll descend the spiral staircase into a cozy (and slightly macabre) bar with a menu of handcrafted cocktails. 

A couple chats in a cool speakeasy in Paris. There are two bartenders in the background near the spiral staircase.
Rehab, a speakeasy in Paris

15. Try a Local Brewery

I’m from Colorado, where we have a huge number of breweries, so you’d better believe I’ve been to a few breweries in Paris to check them out. Two of my favorites are the Danish Mikkeller and Belgian BBP Pigalle, both located in the 9th arrondissement. Both were introduced to me by a friend who loves trying beers all throughout Europe and who lived in Paris for many years. 

Mikkeller is a small but cool bar that’s set up for chatting with friends or going on a date, with most of its seating upstairs. I’m not a stout person, but I’ve heard that they have a number of great ones. Personally, I enjoy the crisper lagers, pale ales, and hazy IPAs. 

BBP Pigalle has great beers and very tasty pub food, so I’d definitely recommend going when you’re feeling snacky. If you enjoy the beers at BBP, you can buy some to take home from the area up front. 

A glass of light beer from Mikkeller in their trademark cup with a cartoon drawing of a man and a woman on it
A glass of beer from Mikkeller

16. Sit by the Canal Saint-Martin

One of the hippest parts of Paris is Canal Saint-Martin, a canal that runs through the 10th arrondissement. There are sidewalks along the canal where you can walk, sit, and sometimes catch live music or wave to the passing boats. On a warm evening in Paris, it’s really nice to grab a bottle of wine and some snacks and just enjoy them by the canal. 

The vibe is a little more laid back at Canal Saint-Martin than along the Seine, without the large ships passing in the night and people on their daily runs or bike rides. If you’d prefer to sit on a terrace, you’ll be spoiled for choice along the canal. Several bars offer great views of the canal, along with normally priced beer, wine, and cocktails. 

One of my favorite things to do at Canal Saint-Martin is grab a burger and fries from Dumbo, then some beer from a local grocery store, and have a chill dinner by the canal. Don’t worry, though – if you’re not in the mood for burgers, there’s lot of great restaurants within a short walk. 

People sit along the Canal Saint-Martin. The water has a green tint.
Canal Saint-Martin

17. Nibble Curated Bites on a Food Tour

Part of my travel style is to try as much of the local food as possible, especially in places known for their gastronomy. I typically just DIY a “food tour” where I stop frequently for small bites as I travel. Local treats like croissants, cheesy gougères, French wine, macarons, and cheeses would all make my list of “must try” foods in Paris. 

If you’d rather not DIY your food tour and instead prefer to leave it to the professionals, there are (as you might expect) some really fabulous offerings in Paris. One of the top rated evening food tours is from the No Diet Club and takes you through the beautiful Montmartre neighborhood. 

Note: the No Diet Club tour is probably not a good choice for those with dietary restrictions. Instead, opt for a daytime food and wine tour with Devour Tours in Le Marais, which can accommodate dietary restrictions. 

For those who enjoy a more personalized experience, you might consider a private food tour of Le Marais in the evening. Because it’s a private tour, you’ll have the option to modify the stops to accommodate your group’s preferences and dietary restrictions. Come hungry, because this private tour includes a guide, four alcoholic or soft drinks, a sweet crepe, and dishes at four different restaurants in Le Marais. 

Nutella-filled madeleines at Le Comptoir de Madeleine. These little shell-shaped pastries are popular in Paris.
I’d definitely include a stop at Le Comptoir de Madeleine on my self-guided food tour of Montmartre

18. Hang out near the Arc de Triomphe

Although it’s not my personal favorite spot in Paris at night, the area around the Arc de Triomphe is always busy well into the evening. And, as a traveler, I sometimes just want to be where the action is, and one area that’s consistently busy is the Av. des Champs-Élysées near the Arc de Triomphe. 

If you’d like to a great view of the Eiffel Tower, instead of a view from the tower, consider instead going to the rooftop of the Arc de Triomphe. From the rooftop, you’ll have a great view of the Eiffel Tower – if visiting after dark, try to time your visit so that you’re on the observation deck at the top of the hour. This way, you’ll be able to see the Eiffel Tower start to sparkle! 

My advice: either eat before you get to the Arc de Triomphe or afterwards in another neighborhood. The restaurant options along the Champs-Élysées are sparse and expensive (and probably pretty bad). Remember: you’ll almost never find good food within several blocks of the major landmarks (and the Arc de Triomphe is definitely a major landmark). 

If you must eat somewhere nearby, I’d opt for Vapiano. It’s not anything special, but at least you’ll know what you’re getting and the quality should be decent. Or, even better, here’s a list of my favorite (vegetarian-friendly) restaurants in Paris!

Crowds of people gather and line up at the base of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The weather is hot, so people are gathered in the shade.
The Arc de Triomphe

19. See a Live Performance

Paris is known far and wide for its incredible theater, opera, and ballet. One of the top places to see a performance is at the Palais Garnier, a 19th century opera house that was built at the request of Emperor Napoleon III. The building is incredible and worth a stop when you’re just walking around in Paris, but it’s even better if you can go for a performance. 

Live performances tend to sell out very quickly in Paris, so I suggest that you buy tickets well in advance of your travel dates. Look for tickets and upcoming events here

Be sure to dress appropriately if seeing a performance in Paris. Shorts, t-shirts, tennis shoes, athletic wear and jeans are probably too casual for any performance. If you need a quick outfit, stop at H&M or Mango for a more appropriate ensemble. Your outfit needn’t be expensive or extravagant, just be sure to look pulled together. 

The gold and copper Palais Garnier from the center of the street a few blocks away. A woman rides a moped just in front of the camera.
The Palais Garnier

20. Hit Up a Nightclub

Truthfully, nightclubs in Paris are not really my scene, but don’t worry – they’re definitely here! TikToker Amanda Rollins also lives in Paris and shared her favorites in a video, including some footage from various clubs she’s visited over the past year or so. Check out her video for an overview of the vibes, tips about bouncers, and info about an afterparty in Paris. 

La Machine du Moulin Rouge is Amanda’s top pick – it’s set just below the Moulin Rouge, as the name suggests. She notes that it’s a smaller club and can get very busy, so try to go on a night with a lesser known DJ so that you can move around. Buy tickets ahead of time. 

In July 2023, Time Out released a list of the top clubs in Paris. It includes La Station – Gare des mines, an outdoor music venue in the 18th arrondissement that is part of Paris’ underground scene. Events include electronic music, techno, and other alternative music – you can find upcoming events here

Another popular venue in Paris is Rex Club in the second arrondissement. Above Rex Club, you’ll find the historic Rex Cinema, which first opened its doors in 1932. The nightclub, Rex Club, opened later in the 1980s and was an early stomping ground for both Laurent Garnier and Daft Punk. Check out the upcoming shows at Rex Club and buy tickets here

Women raise their hands in the air as confetti falls at a nightclub in Paris
Paris is home to many nightclubs

21. Have a Drink on a Boat Bar

I must admit, having drinks at “the boat bar” was one of the most memorable things I did during my first few visits to Paris. I’ve since refined my taste in drinks and lost some of my ability to tolerate cigarette smoke, but still there’s something that’s undeniably fun about Parisian boat bars. 

I’m pretty sure that the boat bar I visited on my early visits to Paris has closed, but there are plenty of others in the city. The El Alamein Sarl near Bercy has a cool vibe with lots of potted plants and live music. 

For a party boat in a central area, the Rosa Bonheur sur Seine is docked in front of Invalides along the Seine. I’ve never been inside, but it almost always looks busy when I’ve walked by. 

Note that the above boat bars are docked, but you can also join a river cruise with champagne tasting if you’d prefer to sightsee while you sip bubbles. 

People lined up to get into a boat bar in Paris. You can see that the bar is packed if you look closely.
The Rosa Bonheur sur Seine

22. Cycle Around

One of my favorite things to do in Paris is just hop on a Velib bicycle and cycle around the city. There’s a certain freedom in being able to see the entire city as you go from place to place – something that’s just not possible when you travel on the Metro. Velib bikes are the cheapest option in the city, with lots of stations to park and find new bikes. You can hire a Velib for about €5 per day.

As a bonus, there are cycle lanes all over the city – including my favorites that run along the Seine. Google Maps’ cycle routes will tell you what percentage of each route contains cycle routes, so it’s easy to use to navigate. I am always careful to wear a helmet (you can grab a relatively cheap one at Decathlon) and sturdy shoes. 

Or, if you’d rather have someone show you around the city, consider a guided sunset and night e-bike tour

The view of the handlebars of my Velib bike as I bike towards the Louvre Museum. A man on a bike is just in front of me.
Velib bikes

23. Sip Affordable Cocktails at a Local Spot

My favorite little cocktail spot in Paris is Dindon Dandy, located not terribly far from Canal Saint-Martin and Gare de l’Est. The cocktails at Dindon Dandy won’t impress your mixologist friends, but they’re affordable (especially during happy hour) and the place has a cool vibe. The drinks taste like they’re made with fresh juice – not bad for the price tag. 

For a cheap but fun night out, grab burgers at Dumbo Petites-Écuries in the 10th arrondissement, then walk around the block to Dindon Dandy for cocktails. Alternatively, you could try one of the other little bars in the area, many of which have outdoor patios. 

A few empty glasses on a table and counter at Dindon Dandy, a little cocktail bar in Paris.
Dindon Dandy

24. Go to a Comedy Show

A comedy show might not be the first thing you think of when you picture Paris, but there’s nothing like humor to help you feel a little more connected to a place. Fortunately, there are comedy sketches and performances in Paris that are completely in English, so you can go even if you don’t speak a word of French. 

There’s a one woman comedy show titled, “Oh my God she’s Parisian” that you can visit in the trendy Le Marais neighborhood in Paris. In the show, the lively comedian talks about her daily life in Paris and is known to engage the crowd throughout the performance. 

For other comedy shows in English, check out Comedy in Paris. They list out the upcoming comedy shows in Paris, along with detailed descriptions for most events and a link to book tickets. The Comedy in Paris site includes venues from around the city, so double check the address when booking. 

25. Plan a Photoshoot

One of the best travel tips I’ve ever heard was from Nomadic Matt who once advised, “Take photos of people,” in an Instagram story. His point was that the landscape photos will eventually look dated, but photos with the people you meet along the way will always feel special. 

In 10 or 20 years, you won’t really care about the photos you took of the city streets or the pigeons. You will, however, be grateful for a photo of your best friend, mom, or just a guy you met at a bar and hit it off with. Even photos of yourself just looking happy can be priceless. 

The Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Arc de Triomphe are all great backdrops for photos (though, of course, there are many more!). If you’d like some professional shots, consider booking an hour long photo shoot with a photographer in Paris. You can find other photographers with great reviews in the Airbnb Experiences section for Paris. 

If you decide to hire a professional, definitely shop around and read reviews so you find a great photographer who will help you feel comfortable. 

The sun sets and illuminates the Tuileries Garden in Paris on a warm summer day. A fountain is visible in the distance, along with a few people enjoying the water.
The Tuileries Garden

Where to Stay in Paris 

One of the great things about Paris is that there’s no central square or one single street with all of the monuments. Instead, the places you will want to visit are spread out around the city – meaning that there are lots of great areas (not just one). 

When choosing a hotel in Paris, I recommend trying to stay within a 20 minute walk of the Seine (unless you’re in Montmartre) and also within about 20 minutes of a monument, park, or other main attraction. 

These are my top picks for places to stay in Paris at different price ranges. Note that the “budget pick” is a hostel and some of the rooms are shared, while the “luxury” pick is an artsy hotel in the trendy Montmartre area. 

📍 Budget Pick: The People – Bercy is a hostel a bit outside of central Paris (expect to spend some time on the Metro), but the space is clean, has air conditioning, and there’s a rooftop terrace. 
📍 Mid Range Pick: The Hotel Joyce-Astotel is an adorable little boutique hotel in Paris with lots of amenities, especially for a budget-conscious spot in the city. 
📍 Luxury Pick: The Hotel des Arts is an artsy boutique hotel in Montmartre where it feels like they’ve thought of every little thing. A quiet, beautifully decorated oasis in the city. 

A small bed and desk at the Hotel Joyce-Astotel. The room is small but very thoughtfully decorated.
A room at the Hotel Joyce-Astotel

FAQs: Things To Do in Paris at Night

Visiting Paris and still have questions about what to do at night? Here are the answers to some of the top queries from other travelers. 

What to do in Paris at night?

Paris is the type of city that is busy and bustling late into the evening, especially during the summer. You can hang out in a bar or restaurant, see a show, watch live music, or just walk around for a taste of Paris nightlife. Pigalle, the Latin Quarter, and Le Marais are all busy areas of Paris at night, perfect for a night on the town. 

What area of Paris has nightlife?

Pigalle is the hub of Paris nightlife, with everything from the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret to small, chic bars and breweries. It’s often compared to the Red Light District in Amsterdam, but it’s less rough around the edges (and it’s gotten much better in recent years). The Latin Quarter also tends to be quite busy at night, mostly due to its popular bars and restaurants. 

Where is it busy at night in Paris?

Many neighborhoods in Paris are busy at night, including the Latin Quarter, Le Marais, and Pigalle. Champ de Mars, the park behind the Eiffel Tower, also tends to be busy at night when the weather is warm because it’s a great place to enjoy a picnic while the tower sparkles. If you’re in Paris and looking for a hopping part of the city to wander around and see what you get into, Pigalle is your best bet. 

Is it OK to walk in Paris at night?

Most parts of Paris are perfectly safe to walk at night, provided you are aware of your surroundings and avoid desolate areas. As a woman, I wouldn’t walk alone after about 10 or 11 pm in most parts of Paris, but you should be OK if you’re in a group or only going a short distance. Avoid the lower area next to the Seine and the area right around the Eiffel Tower after about 11pm because they start to get seedy. 

Can I wear jeans in Paris?

Yes, you can wear jeans in Paris; jeans are very popular throughout the city. Most Parisians wear jeans in a way that is thoughtful and stylish, pairing them with cute tops and sneakers. Jeans are appropriate for most tourist activities in Paris, but should be avoided for any upscale venues like fine dining restaurants and plays/ballets/operas. 

Is it safe to go to Paris right now?

Yes, Paris is generally a safe city to visit, so you should feel comfortable visiting. Still, there are some precautions that you will want to take, regardless of when you visit. Do not approach protests in progress, beware of pickpockets and scams, and stay vigilant when in public. You should also take care to avoid isolated areas late at night, opting to take a Bolt or an Uber if you feel uncomfortable and want to get back to your hotel. 

The Eiffel Tower and a docked boat are visible from either side of the Seine River. The photo is taken just after sunset, but the clouds are still illuminated.
A winter sunset in Paris

Conclusion: Things To Do in Paris at Night

As idyllic as Paris can be during the day, it’s definitely not the sort of place where you’ll want to spend the evenings watching TV in your hotel. There are tons of things to do at night in Paris, from free activities like walking along the Seine to glitzy cabaret shows like Moulin Rouge. 

Truthfully, the best nights I’ve spent in Paris were just hanging out with friends at local bars, hopping from one place to the next by Metro or Velib bicycle. I didn’t have a grand plan for where we’d go next or what we’d do – and that’s my favorite pace for Paris. 

Whatever you get into on your night in Paris, I hope you have a great time!