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Entertainment Must-Sees in Paris

Paris is a hub for entertainment. The nightlife in Paris is indisputably world-class thanks to all the excitement happening in the city. If you are coming to Paris and would like to make sure you get the full experience, here are a few ideas for Paris performance that you can check out.

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Cabaret

Paris is famous for Cabaret. In the 1880s, Paris’ first cabaret, Le Chat Noir, was a place for artists-dancers, musicians, writers, and poets-to come together and share their creative works. A few years later, the opening of the iconic Moulin Rouge ultimately changed the nature of the cabaret turning it into the cabaret into a show for large crowds where they could see dance, theatre, music and circus acts while being astounded by beautiful lights and costumes. Even today, the cabaret does not fail to entertain. Montmartre has a variety of performances each with unique identities for whatever kind of experience you may be looking for.

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Fashion Show

While this idea might be slightly harder to accomplish, going to a fashion show in Paris is the ultimate dream. If there is any way for you to get a ticket, you can not say no. Some of the bigger fashion shows are pretty much impossible to attend, but maybe if you are lucky you will be able to weasel your way into a smaller, yet just as amazing, show.

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Opera

Seeing an opera in one of Paris’ famous opera houses is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Some of the most talented performers and composers of all time have filled these spaces with beautiful, heart-wrenching performances. The ornate decorations and luxurious architectural design are reason enough to attend a performance at one of these beautiful opera houses. If Opera doesn’t interest you, there are many other concerts, ballets, and recitals that you may be able to attend. However, I would say you have to at least try to attend one opera in your lifetime. What a better place to do it than in Paris?

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Comedy Show

Surprisingly, there are quite a few comedians interspersed throughout Parisian nightlife. These shows are especially great for tourists coming to Paris. Many comedians speak English and explain (make fun of) the French language. These shows are a great way to better understand the French language in a funny and entertaining way.

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Garden Shows

On a much smaller scale, the music and lights that create the basis of the garden shows can be a beautiful performance to behold. Namely at the palaces, such as Versailles, you can witness the natural beauty of the gardens at night while they are being illuminated and complimented by an entertaining lights and music performance. View the gardens and the palace during the day and stay at night to witness this masterful presentation.

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Movies

Going to see a movie on vacation doesn’t exactly scream “best idea ever,” but there are many options for you to immerse yourself further into French and Parisian culture by doing so. Many smaller theaters in the area have special events where you can see  popular French films with English subtitles. There are sometimes even discussions before or after the movie where you may have the chance to meet someone new to learn more about each other’s cultures. This could be a great learning experience and a fun way to learn more about the culture of Paris.

Markets in Paris

Markets in Paris

A great way to gain a deeper understanding of Parisian culture is to take part in traditional activities, such as going to one of the many markets across the city. With a little bit of searching, it is possible to find just about anything you might be looking for. Food and flea markets are located throughout the city on all days of the week. This is definitely something you need to do during your vacation. Here are a few potential markets to hit during your time in Paris.

Market in Paris

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Food Markets

Marché Maubert

Marché Maubert is a small market located in the Latin Quarter. If you are looking for a traditional experience, Marché Maubart is not considered a very touristy market and you will be able to find all kinds of fresh produce here. This market is easy to get to, and only a 10-minute walk to the Notre Dame. Grab a carton of delicious strawberries in the summer and go for a nice picnic on the Seine, you won’t be disappointed!

 

Marché Mouffetard

If you are dying to see the streets of Paris that Hemingway beautifully described in his many novels and short stories, you must wander down the cobblestone streets of the Marché Mouffetard. Also located in the Latin Quarter, Hemingway describe the “wonderful, narrow crowded market street” of Marché Mouffetard in A Moveable Feast. This market holds many stalls that sell tasty organic and fair-trade goods that will send your taste buds soaring.

 

Marché Président-Wilson

Marché Président-Wilson is an open-air market that runs the length of Avenue Président-Wilson. Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, this market is great for discovering all kinds of tasty things. You will be able to find foods from all kinds of nationalities, so you might want to take a couple of laps to make sure you didn’t miss any hidden treasures. Don’t miss a thing and see the sunrise from the Trocadéro then head to the market to be there right when it opens at 7 am.

Market in Paris

A sunny day at one of our city’s many markets.

Flea Markets

Les Puces de Saint-Ouen

Les Puces de Saint-Ouen is one of the largest flea markets in Paris. Les Puces, for short, is in northern Paris and easy to get to on the Metro. This is a great place to go for your idyllic Paris antique market. Marché Vernaison is a fantastic market to begin with. The entrance is on Rue des Rosiers and leads to alleyways filled with little boutiques. For the next few hours, dig and search through the 15 separate markets that make up the Puces. You are bound to find your diamond in the rough among all the specialty antique items.

 

Les Puces de Vanves

Here, you will be able to find affordable antiques and treasures of all kinds. As the second largest flea market in Paris, Puces de Vanves will shock you with its wide variety of trinkets. And if you don’t like the price, don’t be afraid to bargain with the merchants. If you and the merchant can agree on a price, you both win.

 

Les Puces de Montreuil

Les Puces de Montreuil is the most exciting flea market in Paris, as it is very hit or miss. While you might not always be lucky here, occasionally you will find an extraordinary antique or vintage piece. There are many different new and used objects here, but it may require a little bit more digging than in the markets previously mentioned. If you are looking for higher-end antiques, les Puces de Montreuil may not be the best place to look.

 

While these are just a few ideas for your next trip to Paris, ParisByM has many knowledgeable employees that would be happy to help you find the perfect market for what you are looking for. Contact us, so we can help you find the treasure of your dreams.

 

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The Best Things to do in Paris at Night

When someone says “Paris,” you probably imagine visiting le Musée d’Orsay and drinking coffee on outdoor terraces. However, Paris also has a vibrant, exciting nightlife culture. Here are our favorite things to do in Paris at night.

The Best Things to do in Paris at Night

Go dancing

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Here are two of my favorite places to go if you want to let loose and dance off your third croissant of the day. Le Cavern, located in the 6th arrondissement, is a great, relaxed dance club and bar for those in their 20s and early 30s. I recommend trying the wines and beers, rather than the liquors. You should expect live French or American music or an electronic DJ. The best part? Locals actually go here.

Supersonic, located in the 12th arrondissement, offers free live gigs in a two-floor loft space. Alcohol is relatively cheap and they offer some quick tapas and fast-food bites. Come here to dance, drink, and hangout in a cool, rock environment.

See a cabaret show

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Founded in 1889, the Moulin Rouge is a symbol of the Parisian Belle Epoque. After dinner in Montmartre, walk over to le Boulevard de Clichy to enjoy a dazzling, exciting, cabaret. A couple of other shows to check out are Crazy Horse and Lido. Don’t forget to reserve your tickets in advance!

Go to a wine bar

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O Chateau

You can’t visit Paris without trying French wine, and a wine bar is the perfect place to explore all the flavors France’s vines have to offer. This is one of the best things to do in Paris at night, without being touristic or breaking the bank.

I recommend trying Vivant, a traditional style winery headed by a Japanese chef. Not only do they have amazing wine, but they serve unique fusion-style dishes that combine Japanese precision with French indulgence. If you’re looking for a livelier scene, I recommend Le Porte-Pot, located in the 5th arrondissement. On Thursdays, you can enjoy a jazz concert while you sip your new favorite wine.

If you’re looking for a top wine bar experience, you should definitely visit O Chateau. It has been named the best wine bar in Paris and is the only Parisian wine bar to win the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. They even offer oenology (wine studies) in both French and English!

Take a Seine River cruise

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Seine River boat cruises typically last one hour, unless you select a cruise that includes dinner. For an affordable way to see some of Paris’ most beautiful sites lit up at night, check out the cruises offered by Vedettes du Pont Neuf. After you purchase your tickets online, they are valid for one year. This is incredibly convenient, as you can enjoy the cruise on any day of your trip!

Sip cocktails at a speakeasy

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If you’re looking to sip your cocktails 1920s Prohibition-style, look no further than Paris’ “speakeasies”. They are mysterious and hidden, yet glamorous and exciting. If you’re a fan of smoky mezcal alcohol, be sure to find your way to the hidden bar behind the kitchen of Hotel 1K’s Peruvian restaurant, La Mezcaleria. If you’re hoping to really work for your speakeasy experience, try Le Lavomatic, located in le République. The ground floor of the building is a fully-functional Laundertte. After walking up a spiral staircase, you enter into a cool interior where you can relax on a pop art style sofa with your Drunk in Love cocktail. Don’t miss out on Paris’ speakeasies, which are truly one of the best things to do in Paris at night.

See a ballet or contemporary dance show

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As a former dancer, I always jump at the opportunity to see Paris’ world class dancers perform. Trained to perfection and gifted with a gorgeous performance space, the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet should not be missed! If you’re looking to see something a little less classical, check out this local website for a great list of current contemporary dance shows.

 

I hope that this post about the best things to do in Paris at night has made you even more excited for your time in the city of lights. Don’t forget to have that extra afternoon coffee to fight your jet lag and enjoy Paris’ night scene. If you want help planning the trip of a lifetime to France, contact us here at ParisByM. We would love to get to know you and construct your dream trip!