Paris is a capital of many nicknames. One of them is the “City of Light”. To fully understand why, you need to visit the capital during the nighttime. Paris is definitely a city with an animated nightlife as well as a safe one. On your own, as a couple or with your family, Paris by night will delight you. Great boulevards full of lights, enlightened monuments of the capital, night activities of the Parisians… Everything will enchant you and you will see Paris with a new eye! Discovering these places would take you 1 to 2 nights and the safest and quickest way to do so would be by the metro!
As a local, I truly enjoy going to Montmartre just right before the sun sets. In my opinion, it is the best place to see Paris entirely, from higher. Montmartre is very often blessed with incredible sunsets over the whole capital. The light will reflect on the Basilica of the Sacré Coeur, giving to this ivory like building an incredible red colour. When the sun has set, you can make down your way through the streets around “La Butte” which will look like small villages’ streets when the night falls.
A night in Paris without going to the Champs Elysées, the world’s most famous and beautiful avenue wouldn’t be a proper night out. On this great avenue, you can admire one of Paris’ most famous landmark, the Arc de Triomphe. At the same time, you can discover what night shopping is in Paris as the shops on this avenue stay open until very late. It’s all about the show and some of them look like exhibition centers!
One of my favourite things to do at nighttime in Paris is strolling along the Seine’s banks. This is the perfect opportunity to see what locals do after their work, when they relax and live the true Parisian life. At the same time, when walking along the Seine, you can appreciate some famous monuments like Notre Dame, the Orsay Museum, some famous Parisian Bridges like the Alexander III bridge, the Eiffel Tower etc.
Certainly, the most famous cathedral in Paris and one of its most beautiful landmarks. Located in the middle of the “île de la Cité”, you can admire it from the Seine’s banks or from its forecourt. This is also the perfect sport to get a true Parisian picture.
Make sure you take the time to admire the gargoyles, made famous by Victor Hugo’s novel, "Notre Dame de Paris", and the stained-glass windows.
When going there, check in advance if there are any shows happening because sometimes, they project lights on the cathedral while telling stories (Dame de Coeur’s show happening in October for instance).
Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
Le Louvre is the most famous museum in Paris and the world. First, you have to admire the buildings and the famous glass pyramid.
Then, checkout the timetable of the museum as it has some nighttime visits. Having collection ranging from Ancient Egypt, the Great Rome and famous Dutch painters, this museum could keep you entertain for hours. In addition, it’s one of the best times to visit the museum as it would be less crowded.
Bonus tip, if you’re European and under 25, the museum if free for you!
Address: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
If there’s one landmark you need to see at nighttime, it’s definitely the Eiffel Tower. As high as 324, it’s hard to miss it from the Parisian skyline. You can visit it until quarter to one. But no need to go on it to admire it and the show she offers.
I would advise to watch it from a distance and make sure you’re there on the clock. During the nighttime, the tower is lit up. When a full hour comes in, the Tower will sparkle. You can admire this for at least five minutes. The last one is at 1AM so make sure you take the perfect shot of the shining lady!
Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France