Discover Paris at Night
by, 04-12-2007 at 10:02 AM (58251 Views)
Every one has a place in Paris, even those who are not fond of daylight. For the night owls, Paris offers many ways to experience the city by moonlight. From the art lovers to the clubbers, Paris keeps everyone happy in its endless supply of various activities and venues from museums to theater to clubs. So sleep in and get ready to say "bonsoir".
Take a cruise along the Seine in a Bateau Mouche, and be showered with the lights shimmering all around you from other boats along the river. And remember, for the hopeless romantics, they say when you pass under the Pont Marie Bridge, you should close your eyes, make a wish and kiss the person next to you, so make sure you grab a seat either to someone you love or the cutest person around.....
Located on the Champs Elysees, La Brasserie in the Publicis Drugstore building is perfect for people watching at night. Try to get seated by the window and watch the world pass by in the forms of tourists and Parisians sashaying down the avenue. A perfect way to check out what people are wearing, or to try to figure out how drivers manoeuvre around the Arc de Triomphe unscathed.
For contemporary art lovers, Le Palais de Tokyo (13 Ave President Wilson)is open from midday to midnight from Tuesday to Sunday. If you are not a morning person but appreciate the arts, these hours should suite you perfectly, though there is no guaranteeing a shorter queue!
Those who fell in love with the movie, Le Moulin Rouge (82 Blvd Chlichy) is a must-see. The famous cabaret is an extravagant show with the dances in their colorful costumes dancing the Cancan. Situated in Pigalle, an area that is notoriously known as a touristy red-light district, you will find yourself surrounded with topless and nude show venues and the Museum of Eroticism. If you walk up along to Abbesses you will find yourself heading towards Montmartre and the gorgeous white domes of the Sacre Coeur where you can sit in one of the many cafes around Place du Tertre watching the artists gathered in the square painting and feeling miles away from the boulevard you left just below.
For a night of bar hoping there are a number of areas that are able to fulfil your wish. Rue Mouffetard, one of the oldest streets in Paris, once running to the south of Place d'Italy, offers a selection of bars, restaurants, cafes and karaoke bars in a cosy and lively atmosphere along its cobblestone path. Another famous area around the 5th and 6th arrondissements is the Quartier Latin.Housing various universities, you will also find the home of bistros within this maze of small streets. Just walking through the quartier is enough to liven any mood as you walk past the many Greek restaurants with their owners smashing plates at the door.
And for the dancer in you looking for a club to dance the night away in a super trendy bar to hang out at, Dobbie's (2 Rue Robert Estienne) is the place to be. Either reserve a table for dinner and stay till the music starts pumping or just rock up and stand by the bar, as the place doesn't really have a dance floor. Though small, it packs quite the crowd and the bouncers at the door when you ring the bell aren't the friendliest or most forgiving, so calling in advance either way is advisable.
Searching for the perfect late night snack after a big night out, head to Pizza Pino on the Champs Elysees or head to Le Tambour on Rue Montmartre, both serving till the early morning for those who have had a fun but rough night...
Message Edited by lhbrown on 04-12-200701:27 PM