Insiders Guide to
Paris Culture

Where else but Paris would you find classical music in great historical venues. Beyond art, museums and monuments, Paris culture lives in opera, ballet, classical music concerts and theater.

You can be sure that every night there is a spectacular cultural event taking place in one of the capital's great venues.

By attending an event at the Bastille Opera House, the Salle Pleyel concert hall or Palais Garnier you'll be in the thick of the cultural activities.

Even more awe-inspiring is hearing a performance in one of the city's historic churches or cathedrals — such a La Madeleine, Notre Dame or La Sainte Chapelle.

You'll experience an Insiders Paris that few tourists discover. But make sure you reserve a seat, so we recommend that, before you leave home, you check the list of events, choose the ones you like, and order tickets in advance. And that's easy to do, using the links below.

This selection of the top venues offers the best of the city's culture. Step out of your comfort zone and attend an opera, ballet or classical music concert in the City of Arts & Culture.

Concerts at Historic Gothic Cathedrals

Concerts at Cathedrals

Paris churches and cathedrals are more than just historic landmarks, many of them are also venues for classical music concerts.

There is nothing quite like an evening of amazing music in one of these historic buildings. It's haunting and completely memorable. Further down on this page you'll find links to some specific churches and cathedrals, or read our complete guide

Concerts at La Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle

On the Ile de la Cité, this French Gothic masterpiece was built as Louis IX's personal cathedral. Following centuries of conflict and vicissitudes in 1862 it was named an Historic National Monument.

Today, you can visit Sainte-Chapelle (entrance is free with the Paris Pass), and, in the evening, attend concerts in this stunning landmark. Sainte-Chapelle is Paris Insiders readers' favorite concert venue.

Music at Notre Dame Cathedral

Music at Notre-Dame Cathedral

For nearly 800 years music has been an integral part of this world famous landmark. Attending a concert in the soaring Notre Dame Cathedral is a once-in-a lifetime experience.

The only way to guarantee your seats is to order online in advance, otherwise, they're on a first-come first-serve basis. The concerts range from an evening of Bach, an organ recital, a stunning rendition of Ave Maria, to medieval Christmas music.

Salle Pleyel

A Legendary Landmark in Paris Culture

Salle Pleyel

In 1927, the Pleyel piano company celebrated their 100th anniversary by constructing this huge concert hall.

The Pleyel company has fallen on hard times since then, closing up their last workshop in November 2013. But still today, Salle Pleyel is one of the most famous concert halls in the City of Culture and in the world. Attending an event there is pure acoustic joy.

Opera & Ballet

Opera & Ballet

Opera and ballet have been integral parts of Paris culture for hundreds of years, and there's been at least one opera house in Paris continuously since 1669.

Today there are two opera houses – the classically lovely Palais Garnier at Place de la Opera, where ballet and concerts are stage, and Opera de la Bastille, home to the Paris Opera company.

Discover how easy it is to buy tickets online for a performance at one of these grand palaces.

Music at Churches & Cathedrals

Classical Music at Paris Churches

Classical music concerts are performed at quite a few of the churches and cathedrals in Paris.

The way you are able to guarantee seats at the following Paris churches is by buying tickets online.

Paris Planning Quick Links

Seine River Cruises Seine River Cruises Link to Chateau De Versailles Tours Chateau de Versailles D-Day Tours Our Fave Day Trips What to wear in Paris What To Wear In Paris

Don't Miss a Single Paris Travel Tip –
Sign up for Le Petit Journal !

the newsletter of Paris Insiders Guide

line

Paris Culture