City Center Nightlife, Paris (Self Guided)

A haven for the arts in Europe, with its influence felt worldwide, Paris boasts a steady stream of visitors to its fine city. After dark, guests to the City of Light can enjoy a multitude of great nightlife establishments that is sure to appeal to anyone looking for a hot night on the town. Whether its live DJs spinning intense electronic beats or a live acoustic jazz band you’re looking for Paris has it all. Take this City Center Nightlife Tour and explore the heart of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th arrondissements at night.
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City Center Nightlife Map

Guide Name: City Center Nightlife
Guide Location: France » Paris (See other walking tours in Paris)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Author: Xena
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Kong

1) Kong

A quirky yet sophisticated Paris nightspot, Kong is a manga-inspired cocktail lounge and restaurant. Mixing old world designs, like the Louis XVI barstools and tufted sofas, and modern Japanese graffiti art, distinctive design elements include a variety of Hello Kitty items sprinkled throughout the space, eye-catching art prints on the walls, and video screens playing anime. The top level features a unique glass dome design that allows for a panoramic view of the surrounding area, including the Seine, Pont Neuf, and other great examples of historic Parisian architecture. Entertainment is innovatively implemented by a special system that allows guests to vote on the musical style that will be played for the evening.

Operation Hours: Daily: 11 am — 3 pm; 5 pm - late
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VIP Room

2) VIP Room

As the name suggests, the VIP Room caters to an elite crowd of party goers that typically includes celebrities who are in Paris and want to let loose for the evening. Located across from the Louvre, this trendy bar attracts some of the trendiest jetsetters in the city for a night of dancing to hot top 40, R and B, and other great dance favorites. A rotating stage with go-go dancers adds an extravagant element to the evening’s entertainment. The VIP Room has a strict door policy and guests are encouraged to dress up in order to gain entry. Booking a reservation with the restaurant located upstairs is a good way to ensure a spot downstairs later on when the party heats up on the dance floor.

Operation Hours: Thursday – Saturday: 12 am – 7 am
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Les Chandelles

3) Les Chandelles

A naughty little secret where guests can really let their inhibitions go, Les Chandelles, or Candles, is a sultry swinger’s club with a highly exclusive door policy. Potential guests to this bar are encouraged to dress smart in order to get past the door men, but once inside guests are treated to a sexy, hip vibe with retro furnishings and candles scattered throughout the low lit space. Its restaurant serves great French food, including a full menu of caviar. Native lounge music emanates from the club portion of Les Chandelles, where some guests can be found showing off their moves, though the real action takes place in the cozy lounging area with bed-like furniture to relax on and get to someone over champagne or a cocktail. Several events are held regularly throughout the week, check the website for more details.

Operation Hours: opening time: 11 pm
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Silencio Club

4) Silencio Club

An ultra-stylish nightclub designed by notable cult filmmaker David Lynch, Silencio Club is located in the Grands Boulevards district of Paris. This semi-private club is named after the club in Lynch’s surreal film noir Mulholland Drive, was designed by the filmmaker himself after the fictional club as well. Early evenings are reserved for members only, where creative people can discuss topics related to their craft, but after midnight Silencio Club opens to the public where guests can lounge in the retro mid-century décor with expertly-crafted original cocktails. This unique club features a screening room for viewing independent films, a moody dance floor that heats up late nights, and an indoor smoking forest also designed by Lynch.

Operation Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 6 pm – 6 am
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Rex

5) Rex

The absolute place to go for the hottest electronic beats and a party that goes on until dawn, Le Rex is located on Grands Boulevards in Paris. This high energy nightclub has one of the city’s best sound and lighting systems, for a real concert feel to the live DJ sets. Entertainment includes a heavy and funky blend of hip hop, house, and techno. The dance floor and stage area are flanked by two full service bars and a few tables are arranged for guests to relax in between sets. A popular club attracting some of France’s best DJs, Le Rex can get quite crowded though its VIP service is a good way to ensure a place to sit as well as some great bottle service.

Operation Hours: Monday - Wednesday, Sunday: closed; Thursday: 11.30 pm — 7 am; Friday - Saturday: 11.55 pm — 7 am
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Andy Wahloo

6) Andy Wahloo

A snazzy little hangout inspired by retro Moroccan design, Andy Wahloo is a good complement to its nearby trendy restaurants, and a great place to meet up with friends before a hot night of clubbing. Andy Wahloo’s interior includes mustard yellow walls, cushions on the floor for relaxing and enjoying Moroccan fare and well-crafted cocktails, as well as household items scattered throughout the space adding a kitsch vibe to this hip bar. A lovely courtyard lined with trees accommodates guests who smoke. Evenings heat up when live DJs spin a great mix of rock, pop, indie, world music, and an assortment of eclectic electronic beats.

Operation Hours: Tuesday — Saturday: 7 pm — 1.45 am
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La Perle

7) La Perle

A happening little spot in the Marais district of Paris, La Perle appears at first glance to be a non-descript dive bar. Inside, fashionistas, models, and a trendy crowd of artists and hipsters gather for an evening of tempting appetizers, including a variety of cheeses and other light French fare, and reasonably-priced drinks, including a decent wine list. Cafe seating facing the street is a popular place to hang out in the early evening, and the inside décor of the bar is decidedly understated and hip. DJs usually entertain the crowd later on in the evening with a good mix of danceable electro-pop for guests to get down to.

Operation Hours: Monday — Friday: 6 pm — 2 am; Saturday — Sunday: 8 pm — 2 am
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3W Kafe

8) 3W Kafe

3W Kafe is the best known lesbian bar in this part of Paris. Here, you can either sip a drink or come to dance on weekends, as there is a great dancefloor downstairs with good DJ's mixing excellent music. Note men are also admitted and every month theme evenings are organized for them. The club is open Tuesday to Sunday from 5PM until dawn.

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To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Paris, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

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Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

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We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Paris typically costs from around US$20 up to US$200 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Paris from the open top of the bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get off at any of the stops along the two interconnecting routes (your ticket is valid for both).

- Alternatively, you can cruise along the river Seine on a similar hop-on hop-off sightseeing boat viewing Paris's top attractions from a different angle, able to get on and off as often as you want at any of the eight stops along the Seine riverbanks. The ticket is valid for one day (24 hrs) and may be upgraded to two days (48 hrs).

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts about 3 hours and allows you to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way around Paris on a bike tour. In the course of 4 hours you will visit the city's most spectacular sights stopping at each of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the city from an informative group leader.

- Take a walk around Paris with a knowledgeable guide for an alternative view of the French capital. Over the course of this 2-hour walking tour you will get insights and hear stories about every major classic sight of this fascinating city. A complete overview of Paris from the ground up!

- Come see the best of the French capital in just one day in a combo of a Seine river cruise and historical walk of Paris. You may start either with the Eiffel Tower or the Notre-Dame Cathedral making your way around the iconic sights of the city: the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Grand Palais, Alexandre III bridge, Invalides, Concorde Square, Orsay Museum, etc.

- Missing out on the French food, whilst in Paris, would be worse than a crime – it would be a mistake! If you don't want to make such a mistake, consider a private 3-hour food tour of Paris complete with a set of 10 unforgettable tastings the memories of which will last you a lifetime. Just make sure to bring along your appetite to make the most of the savory treats awaiting!

- Live a chocoholic’s dream right at the heart of Paris! Follow your sweet tooth sense on this 2-hour guided “chocolate walk” in central Paris visiting some of the best chocolate boutiques of the French capital, learning about peculiar chapters in the history of the city and the place delectable chocolate played in it. Adding to the excitement is a round of free tastings.

Day Trips


If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Paris, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Versailles, Fontainebleau, Champagne region, Loire valley, Normandy, or a combo of Honfleur and Giverny. For as little as US$90+ to US$200+ per person you will get a chance to discover highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, see the favorite residence of the French royalty, world-famous vineyards, charming castles, and historic battlefields of World War II. For any of these tours you may be picked up either straight from your hotel or any other place in Paris, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned minivan or train (whenever applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.