Bonne Année! Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Paris
If you find yourself in the City of Light on New Year’s Eve, brush up on your French and learn how to say Bonne année! as soon as the clock strikes midnight. There is never a shortage of activities and parties in Paris and New Year's Eve is no exception. Here are our top picks to celebrate in true Parisian style.
Dinner at 58 Tour Eiffel
The French have their own version of media noche, called le réveillon and what better place to enjoy this New Year feast that on top of the Eiffel Tower, with the best view of fireworks as the clock strikes midnight. This French restaurant headed by Chef Alain Soulard will offer a special tasting menu with a glass of Champagne and a live orchestra for its New Year’s Eve clients.
Cruise on the Bateaux Parisien
Celebrate New Year’s Eve while taking in all the iconic sights of Paris aboard the Bateaux Parisien. This beautiful glass canopy boat will take you from the Eiffel Tower to the Notre Dame cathedral and all the way to the Grand Palais, while serving a 6-course menu and, of course, a few glasses of Champagne. Live musical entertainment on-board will also give revelers more reason to party until dawn.
Fireworks at the Champs-Élysées
Make your way to the Arc de Triomphe, the official site for Paris’ New Year’s Eve countdown. People start gathering around Champs-Élysées at 9PM to get a front row seat and witness one of the best light shows in the world. Bring your own bottle and get ready to shout Bonne année!
Party at Les Bains
Known as the Studio 54 of Paris, Les Bains is the club where the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Kate Moss were known to party until dawn. This year, the iconic club promises “a New Year’s Eve Party you will have no recollection of attending” with overflowing drinks and a roster of international DJs to keep you dancing until 2018. Oh, and did I mention that Les Bains is known for its in-club swimming pool? Bring a swimsuit.
Cabaret at the Moulin Rouge
New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse to experience the excess of the Moulin Rouge. Get into the party mood with plenty of dancing, kicking and over-the-top costumes while enjoying a gourmet dining experience, which includes caviar, lobster and Champagne.