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Paris Travel Guide

Paris Nightlife

It's sometimes said that Paris is more beautiful at night because when its dark all the buildings, monuments and streets are illuminated. You'll see why Paris is called the City of Light. One of the principal attractions at night are the very famous shows at the Moulin Rouge, located in the Montmartre area of Paris. It was built in 1885 and was turned into a dance hall around 1900. Now there are dance revues that sell out regularly.

There is no competition with regard to music variety when it comes to Paris. Immigrants brought their traditional music with them from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. Of course there is also the traditional French music, the "chanson" in particular. All of them can be enjoyed in restaurants and brasseries at night.

If you like Casinos there is the Casino d’Enghien les Bains, situated at 3 Avenue de Ceinture, Enghien-Les-Bains (tel: (01) 3934 1300, website: To get there, you take the A15 from Paris and you'll be there in about twenty minutes. As in any other country, visitors must be over 18.

There are plenty of bars around Paris where you can choose from and enjoy a beer or a cocktail or something to eat if you want to. They are open almost all day, so if you want to have some breakfast, you can do it here too. If you are looking for restaurants, there is a short list in our Eating section.

Opera as well as ballet, classic or modern, can be seen in the two main Opera houses in Paris: Opéra Garnier and modern Opera Bastille. There are many concerts in Paris and the main orchestras are the Orchestre de Paris and the Orchestre National.

Today, the most famous clubs in Paris are Le Queen, L'Etoile and Le Cab, which are highly select. Electronic music oriented clubs such as the Batofar (a boat converted into a club), Le Rex and The Pulp are quite popular and the world's best DJs play there.

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