Seven unforgettable Night-Time experiences in Paris and its region

A night at the museum, cycling tour by dark and the biggest fresh market in the world

Paris Bike Tour | © droits réservés

Whether in a forest or at the museum, aboard a bus or in a Citroën 2CV – wherever you are on a star-filled night, the City of Light is certain to set your senses aflame.

Cycling through the night

On Friday nights, keen cyclists should point their bikes towards the Place de l’Hôtel de Ville. From here, at 10 pm, visitors can join a free two-hour Paris Rando Vélo tour. Unguided, but following a pre-planned circuit, it allows travellers to enjoy the charms of the capital at night at a slower pace, with a new itinerary every week. For a guided version, Paris Bike Tour offers three-hour tours of the capital’s most iconic sites, from the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower, dazzlingly lit up at night.

Night at the museum

A European temple to contemporary art, the Palais de Tokyo favours late-night openings. Every day, except Tuesdays, guests can explore its unique exhibition spaces until midnight, admiring the fascinating works on show at their leisure. Before or after, stop by the museum restaurants – Les Grands Verres and Monsieur Bleu – which provide elegant spaces for an excellent dinner or cocktails.

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Gourmet itinerary

Comfortably ensconced on a luxurious Bustronome double-decker bus, delight clients eyes and taste buds as you sample the best of French cuisine while passing the capital’s most spectacular monuments.

This unusual and romantic tour encompasses the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the l’Opéra Garnier, the Eiffel Tower, and Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Night screenings

Movie lovers, rediscover the big screen under the stars. In summer, clients can pack up their picnic hamper and rug and make for the lawns of the Parc de la Villette.

Here, the Cinéma en Plein Air Festival offers outdoor screenings of movie classics and each year takes a different theme. To enjoy a film even more comfortably, deckchairs are available for hire.

Palais de Tokyo © Florent Michel 11h45, April 2012

Stars and cars

Aboard that most iconic of French cars, the Citroën 2CV, prepare for an archetypal French jaunt around the star-lit streets of Paris with tour agency 4 Roues sous 1 Parapluie. Take your pick from a romantic drive, a tour round Montmartre, a dinner outing or a Champagne review at one of the Parisian cabarets and the night is yours!

Call of the forest

From September to October, the forests of Rambouillet and Fontainebleau, set, respectively, to the west and east of Paris, resound with strange cries: the bellow of the stags as they call to the hinds.

At sunset, the Espace Rambouillet and Fontainebleau Tourisme provide tours around these exceptional natural sites, accompanied by guides or rangers. Immersed in the silence of the forest, prick up your ears and prepare for a magical, eerie experience.

The belly of Paris

Set just south of Paris, Rungis, the biggest fresh produce market in the world, is usually only open to professionals. But now, thanks to Cultival tour agency, it also opens to the public, allowing a fascinating insight into the beating heart of French gastronomy.

Starting at dawn, over approximately 90 minutes visitors can discover the market’s outstanding fruit and vegetable pavilions, dairy stands and organic produce, as well as meeting its flamboyant vendors.

The convivial tour ends around a large table with a breakfast spread of the market’s most sumptuous fare.

Learn more at visitparisregion.com/en. To find out more about France, go to au.france.fr

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