Paris At Night – 7 Great Ideas For A Night On The Town

For a night on the town in the City of Lights we want you to have a full Paris experience, not just sit in your hotel at night after eating in some random restaurant. Of course we also want you to be able to relax and enjoy, not have to fret about planning, ratings, and reservations. That's why we like these evenings out, everything is taken care of, all you have to do is show up.

Actually, you don't even have to do that for the activities that have your private driver pick you up at your Paris address. We don't know about you, but we appreciate that kind of special service when we're going out in Paris.

Evening Louvre Tour + Wine Tasting

Louvre Art Museum Tours

This is a great evening out in Paris. You start with a tour of the Louvre that skips the long lineups. For the next 2½-hours you learn all about the most important works of art in this über-famous museum. It's easy to appreciate the artworks when you have an expert guide explaining its history and meaning. But you might find viewing all those masterpieces makes you develop a thirst!

We love this limited-size tour that kicks off by skipping the lines at the Louvre, where your guide then takes you on fascinating a 2½-hour tour of the über-famous museum. You learn to appreciate the artwork so much more when you have an expert showing it to you.

Then, saturated with art, your guide walks you over to a nearby wine bar, the most popular one in Paris, for a wine tasting conducted by an expert sommelier, complete with charcuterie and cheeses. Is it any wonder we love Paris?

Night on the River Seine

Night on the River Seine

If anything, the Seine is even more romantic at night, and a nighttime cruise shows off the city like nothing else can. Even better, in our opinion, is a nighttime dinner cruise along the famous river, where a team of chefs serve up a classic multi-course meal as you view the lights of the city. We've selected the six best and most romantic dinner cruises.

Dinner & Show at Lido de Paris

Dinner & Show at Lido de Paris

On the famed Champs-Elysées you'll find the nightclub with the best address in the city, Lido de Paris. It also mounts what is probably the most glamorous show — Paris Merveilles. You can't help but get caught up in this world of decadent dancers, sparkling sequins, extraordinary sets, magical lighting, and captivating music.

The most fun way to take in the show is to start by having dinner at the Lido. Multi-course meals prepared by French chefs will delight your palate while the cabaret delights your eyes and ears. We like the package called Soirée Champs Elysées that features a 3-course dinner starting at 7 PM followed by the show at 9 PM.


The Grand Crus Evening Wine Tasting

Grand Crus of Burgundy

The Grand Crus — the top wines from the Burgundy region of France (Bourgogne) — are among the most famous, the most sought-after and the most expensive wines in the world.

Now, in this unique wine tasting experience, we mere mortals have a chance to experience this as well on an affordable tasting of these famous wines. The two-hour tasting session of six Grand Crus takes place in a central Paris wine cellar with expert English commentary. It starts at 5:30 PM and we think it's the perfect beginning to a night out in Paris. We suggest you book at table at nearby Michelin-starred restaurant La Dame de Pic for 8:30 PM to complete the evening.

Friday evenings only. Be sure to choose the Grand Cru Wine Tasting from the left side of the booking calendar.

The Eiffel Tower by Night

Dinner on the Eiffel Tower

The panoramic view of Paris as seen from the Eiffel Tower is even better at night. We love seeing the lights of the City of Light from atop its most famous monument. Of course, being famous, the Eiffel Tower is also very popular. And that means loooong lines at any time of year.

What's great about this nighttime visit is that you skip the long line-ups. You meet up with your guide at the base of the tower and go directly to the VIP gate to get into the elevator ahead of the crowds. The experienced guide also fills you in on the little-known facts and interesting history of the Eiffel Tower. Honestly, this is the only way to visit the Eiffel Tower.

Private Montmartre + Dinner + Lapin Agile Cabaret

Lapin Agile Cabaret

We also like this activity that picks you up at your hotel to take you on a private tour of the city's most bohemian and interesting neighborhood, Montmartre. You'll learn about the history and culture of this former village on the hill, including stories of the artists and writers who worked here — Picasso, Matisse, Van Gogh.

After your hour-and-an-half tour, your guide escorts you to a local restaurant, where a table has been reserved just for you. But the evening isn't over yet.

You top off your night with the cabaret show at the legendary Au Lapin Agile cabaret, a favorite haunt of the artists you just learned about and the only traditional cabaret still operating in Paris. You have the chance to see the current show that includes old French chansons, songs by Edith Piaf, Parisian drinking songs, and much more, in an ambiance typical of the Paris of the early years of the 20th century.

VIP Seating at Paradis Latin Show & Dinner

Paradis Latin

Paradis Latin is often called the oldest cabaret in Paris because it is still staged in the theater built by Gustave Eiffel in 1889, the same year he completed the Eiffel Tower. The building is impressive and evocative of another era, and the new show, Paradis d'Amour, is equally wonderful.

This is the best way to see the show — with dinner, champagne, and exclusive VIP seating. When you arrive at Paradis Latin you are immediately ushered past the lines to your seats in the celebrity circle. We love being treated special, and we think you will,too.

Did we mention that the unlimited champagne?

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