Paris mesmerizes with its history, monuments, museums and gardens. Even at night, the capital remains extremely active and holds many surprises.
What’s the best way to discover the most remarkable elements of the City of Light if not to for a walk at night? To help out, we’ll present you with five essential itineraries you can follow to discover Paris by night.
From the Champs Élysées to the Pont d’Alma
The Champs Élysées is a major thoroughfare and is the best place to begin your walk. You can stroll down the most beautiful street in the world between palaces and boutiques, and you’ll no doubt enjoy taking a little coffee break at one of the sidewalk cafes while you observe the beautiful city lights and the cars rolling by.
From there, you can go to the Eiffel Tower, a monument which still captivates and is adorned in its most beautiful assets at night. It lights up the entire area! Finish your walk by the Pont de l’Alma and its famous Zouave statue which stands guard.
It’s entirely possible see Paris at night and receive discounts or free entrance to some of the capital’s museums, restaurants and shops. To do this, make sure to check the Night Tour schedules offered by Open Tour.
From the Pont Neuf to the Butte Montmartre
The Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Paris (dating from the 17th century). Whether alone or accompanied, you can cross the bridge and admire its beautiful architecture by the light of the moon. You can then go to the Odéon. This monument is full of history and is always lively, even at night. From its front, you can watch people filing past, the cafés and cinemas still being open. While strolling on the Ile de la Cité, pass by the construction site of the famous Notre-Dame-de-Paris Cathedral, which overlooks the island. At night, this Gothic architectural masterpiece is all lit up.
Finish your route by going up to the Butte Montmartre district, where you can admire the Sacré-Cœur, stroll down the narrow streets, discover the Square de la Turlure (Marcel-Bleustein-Blanchette) and the various shops and artists’ studios there.
From Boulevard Haussmann near the Opéra to the Marais district
Haussmann-Opéra is the name of a very lively area in Paris. It’s home to some of the biggest names in shopping, such as the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. You can stroll through the streets, do some shopping or simply admire the perfectly illuminated windows. Pedestrians love strolling through this district.
You can finish your evening walk in the Marais district, which never lacks ambiance. It’s a very trendy district in heart of the capital!
A cruise on the Seine
Indeed, with a cruise you can see so much of Paris and admire its most beautiful wonders. Cruising down the Seine in total tranquility, the reflection of the moon on the water and the lights of the city all around you. Go past the Eiffel Tower, Quai Branly, Ile de la Cité, Quai d’Orsay, etc.
If you go by boat, you’ll see the Pont de Sully and the Pont Neuf. A real feast for the eyes! With Open Tour, you’ll have the option of taking a Bateau Mouche cruise with our pass. This allows you to visit Paris via the Seine.
From the Ile Saint-Louis to the Champs Élysées
Do you feel like having some ice cream before starting your little visit? Then you must begin with Ile Saint-Louis, which is just upstream from Ile de la Cité. Make a short stop at the famous Maison Berthillon to enjoy your ice cream. Ile Saint-Louis is a haven of tranquility in the heart of old Paris.
North of the Seine, continue towards the Louvre, whose illuminated glass and metal pyramids are unparalleled. Then pass by Place de la Concorde and its two enchanting fountains. Finish your visit at the Champs Élysées, and treat yourself to a well-deserved coffee at one of its many sidewalk cafes.
Be enchanted by the lights of Paris by Night from the upper deck of our buses!
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