A day spent in the French capital is only topped by an enchanted evening. Originally named the “city of light” for the gas lamps lining the streets, Paris still claims this title as the city becomes illuminated each night. These are Elite Traveler‘s picks of the best things to do at night in Paris.
Opéra de Paris
A trip to the opera is memorable in any city, but particularly so in Paris, which offers not one but two opera houses comprising Opéra de Paris: Opéra Bastille and Palais Garnier. Opéra Bastille is a triumph of modern architecture designed by Carlos Ott with incredible attention to acoustics and space. Modern works of music and dance are especially striking in its bold minimalist auditorium. Palais Garnier, commissioned by Napoleon III, is its opposite – marble, gilded moldings and glittering chandeliers dominate the soaring vaults of this impressive building. Watch a classic ballet or opera in its horse-shoe shaped auditorium, and don’t forget to look up at the famous Marc Chagall ceiling fresco.
Restored to its former Art Deco glory after years of idle uncertainty, the Salle Pleyel is one of the leading music venues in Paris. Combining minimalist elegance with high-performance acoustics and newly refurbished seating, this airy, soaring auditorium has hosted classical, jazz and world music all year round, with a new focus on modern artists. Past performers include Bryn Terfel, Youssou Ndour, and Anne- Sophie Mutter, as well as the Pleyel’s house orchestras and a huge range of guest orchestras from around the world. The venue now can accommodate to thousand people seated with an additional five hundred due to the removable pit.