Paris nightlife has been
famous for centuries for its quality,
variety and audacity, from its splendid Palais
Garnier to Montmartre's
folksy cabaret Au Lapin Agile,
from the spectacular Bal
au Moulin Rouge to the steamy sex
clubs of Pigalle.
What particularly surprises us, however,
is the fun you can have
for free after the
sun goes down.
Buy a copy of Pariscope,
a weekly arts-and-entertainment guide of
hundred pages for sale at newsstands, for
the full gamut of performances, openings,
recitals, and other evening entertainments.
Note that Pariscope comes in separate French
and English editions.
also on sale at newsstands, is a monthly
arts-and-entertainment magazine written mostly
in English and aimed primarily at the large
English-speaking expatriot community in Paris.
Discount—normally half-price—tickets are sold
at a kiosk just outside the Gare
Montparnasse (Métro: Montparnasse-Bienvenüe). Go on the
day of the performance to see what's available.
Street entertainers on the bridges, picnics
and singalongs on Pont des Arts, free concerts
sponsored by the city government, and the
Eiffel Tower floodlit and sparkling with
strobes every hour on the hour. Wow! More...
Take in all of Paris by night from one of the
numerous high vantage points. The Eiffel
Tower is most famous, of course, but there
are others with advantages. More...
Paris offers wonderful theater, mostly
in French, but also a surprising number
in English. Performances
to be fewer during the summer, however,
particularly in August. More...
Everyone knows the grand Palais
Garnier as the Paris
(Place de l'Opéra;
Opéra), but in fact opera is performed
in the Opéra
de la Bastille as well. More...
Garnier is now Paris's prime venue
for ballet. More...
Over a dozen Parisian churches regularly
schedule free or inexpensive organ
recitals and concerts, and
Paris has a vibrant jazz scene.
Look through current listings in Pariscope and
Pariscope (see above) has listings
of all the big concerts, and keep in mind that
the Paris city government sponsors
music festivals and performances on many nights throughout
the year, from jazz combos and gospel choirs
in small parks to grand opera in front of national
Paris has every sort of nightclub, bar, tavern
and cabaret. Here are some tips to get your
notice the broad river cruise boats on the
Seine as soon as you arrive in Paris. At
least one night, you should be on one. More...