Paris Nightlife Offers Something Exciting for Everyone

Whether opera or jazz is more your style, Paris has some of the best opera houses and most legendary jazz cellars in the world. The French, with their good taste, have been devotees of jazz, this American original, as soon as it was invented.

Paris is a city as sophisticated as they come. And her nightlife is no exception. Choices are an embarrassment of riches and will have you teetering between a cocktail cruise along the River Seine with the twinkling Eiffel Tower as your backdrop, or a cabaret where a bevy of beauties whoop it up while they do the French can-can kicking their stockinged legs high up in the air.

Concerts featuring international stars, musicals straight from Broadway (sung in French!), nighttime art exhibitions and gallery showings…all yours for the asking. Then there’s always the cocktail bars and dance clubs that draw a bustling crowd ready to share the good company of friends and beautiful strangers. For those who love French cinema, summertime offers outdoor public screenings around the city in addition to the hundreds of arthouse and multiplex venues with the newest Hollywood releases and even museums and the Cinémathèque française that regularly screen classics and retrospectives. 


1er Arrondissement
Le Baiser Salé

On the jazz-thick Rue des Lombards, Le Baiser Sal� ("Salted Kiss") is convincingly moody. New bands dominate, but veterans sometimes grandstand – and it's famous for promoting unusual and trans-ethnic styles. The ambiance is warm and...  Read More

12ème Arrondissement

A cinema and a museum, a conference venue and exhibition space, the cinémathèque francaise at Bercy is Paris's testament to its ongoing infatuation with film. It offers retrospectives, contemporary screenings and film series. The space is...  Read More

9th Arrondissement - Grands Boul
How To Become Parisian In One Hour
Photo courtesy of Olivier Giraud copyright

The French have a favorite phrase and that is : Ca n'est pas possible! That translates to, That's impossible, it's just not done! It's rare that you find a native French person, especially a Parisian, who has psychologically been able to...  Read More

18th Arrondissement - Montmartre
Moulin Rouge
Photo courtesy of Copyright Moulin Rouge

With its famous windmill that acts as beacon to all nightlife revelers looking for a good time out in Paris, it might altogether be too easy to assume that this legendary Cabaret has become a tourist trap. That assumption couldn't be farther...  Read More

9ème Arrondissement
Monseigneur Paris Club
Photo courtesy of Monseigneur 2 © Remy Golinelli

House, hip-hop, disco and techno are what you hear in this former Russian cabaret from the 1930s. The location, between the Gare St. Lazare and Pigalle, doesn't stop the crowds from coming in in droves. So if you're one of the youthful crowd...  Read More

This is Europe's largest movie theater and its location right on Grands Boulevards means it's walking distance from the major department stores and one of Paris's best shopping districts. With 2,650 seats it was purportedly modelled after...  Read More

9th Arrondissement - Grands Boul
Folies Bergere
Photo courtesy of 10BEST photo by Paige Donner copyright 2014

Ever heard of a beautiful African-American who riled up audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with her banana-skirt performance on a Parisian stage ? Yes, I am absolutely referring to Josephine Baker and this is where she made that...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement
Lido de Paris
Photo courtesy of ©PICS-Grégory Lido1 for 10BEST

This, they claim, is where the dinner show was invented. Enjoying a recent full renovation, the Lido de Paris is once again one of the star attractions to be found on the Champs-Elys�es. Here is where over 190,000 dinner-and-a-show guests...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement
Theatre des Champs-Elysees
Photo courtesy of Théatre de Champs-Elyesées Wiki Commons

One of Paris's most striking Art Deco interiors, this venue will make you love opera sung in Italian even if you're not an opera-loving kind. However, it does host all kinds of musical performances, from jazz to world music to dance and chamber...  Read More

Salle Pleyel
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The fine acoustics in this concert hall are perfect for showing off their resident l'Orchestre de Paris and l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France as well as l'Orchestre National d'Ile-de-France. On a recent concert evening showcasing...  Read More


Meet Paige Donner

Paige is a transplanted Parisian. She first arrived as a young bride in the early 90s to live in Paris, having uprooted herself from her native California.

Paige has two APPs:...  More About Paige

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