When people think about visiting Paris they usually think about going to museums, art exhibits and shopping. But they don’t imagine that Paris is one of the European cities with the most amazing nightlife. According to the World Tourism Organization, Paris receives 45 million tourists each year, 60% of whom are between the ages of 18 and 25. Between the amount of young tourists this city receives and the variety of nightclubs and bars you can find, Paris turns in to a very fun place after dark. I was one of those who chose to visit Paris and quickly discovered how amazing Paris by night can be.
When visiting Paris don’t be surprised if you encounter a new and different culture. French people are very different from Americans. They drink wine with every meal, close their stores and restaurants for naptime and eat cheese for dessert. The same goes for French nightlife, going out in Paris is very different from going out in America. Parisians love techno music and dress up to go out. This can be very fun, but after a while you can grow tired of such a different lifestyle. With the amount of young international people you find in Paris you don’t have to limit yourself to French nightlife. There is a wide variety of bars and restaurants oriented towards foreigners, including Americans! If you are an American tourist in Paris and find yourself in need of a little piece of home, these are the places that you should check out.
American oriented restaurants:
Bound: If you are looking for beautiful people and tiny portions of food, you have come to the right place. Located in the very glamorous rue George V, is this posh decorated restaurant. In here you will find a great variety of people from all over the world, and hear almost every language you can imagine except for French. The cuisine is French- Asian fusion, meaning the menu consists of anything from steak tartar to sushi. If you plan on going there I recommend you dress up a notch- no shorts or flip flops- since they can turn you down for being underdressed. This place is so American oriented that even the menus are in English! By the end of the night you won’t know if you’re in Paris or in New York. Bound: 49 avenue George V 75008 / 0153678460
Kong: After appearing in an episode of Sex and the City, this restaurant has become a Parisian landmark that no American can miss. Located on the 5th floor of the Kenzo building, it’s an excellent place to dine with a view of The Seine River. Its elegant Philippe Starck decor gives this place a modern elegance that surprisingly matches the classic Parisian view. The food is also Asian-French fusion but the portions are larger than in Bound. Prices range from 30 to 40 Euros per person and the dress code is business-casual. Kong restaurant: 1 rue du Pont Neuf 75001/ 0140390900.
The Pershing Hall: If models and celebrities are your thing then this is the place for you. It is located in the indoor patio of a hotel that goes by the same name. This celebrity hot spot is where both tourists and locals come to get a bit of stars in their eyes. Prices range from 50 to 70 Euros per person so if you don’t feel like spending the fortune it costs to dine here; the bar is also a very popular spot to visit. The food is your traditional French cuisine. In this menu you will find a variety of seafood and French dishes such as escargots (snails) but the portions are so small you need a magnifying glass to find your meal. The attire is casual, meaning you will not get turned down if you go in jeans but most people wear outfits you would see in a fashion show to go there. The Pershing Hall: 49 rue Pierre Charron 75008/ 0158365800
American oriented bars:
The Frog and the Princess: When you walk in to the Frog and the Princess you’ll immediately feel like you have been transported to your local American college bar where they sell draft beer and lots of college style shots such as Jaeger bombs. The music is the same that you would hear if you turned on an American radio station, some nights they even play football and basketball games on the TV’s. Located in the very hip neighborhood of Saint Germain, it’s a great bar to chill out with some friends and have a few drinks. There is no dress code and prices range from 1 Euro for a shot to 4 Euros for a drink. The Frog and the Princess: 9 rue Princesse 75006/ 0140517738
Latin Corner: This bar is not recommended for people who are disturbed by male waiters walking around in their underwear or lamps that have bras hanging from them. But if this doesn’t bother you, then Latin Corner is a great bar to have some drinks while listening to Latin music. Located on the famous rue de la Huchette, this bar is a Parisian must-see. It’s crazy décor and sexy waiters have made it one of Paris’s most famous spots. It’s oriented mostly towards girls, but guys too, can enjoy themselves at this bar. There is no dress code and prices are 12 Euros for a drink. Latin corner: 27 rue de la Huchette 75005.
Dogstar: If you are the kind of person that enjoys smoking Hookah while watching your favorite sports, then this is the place for you. It’s decorated like an American sports bar with booths and sports posters. The people who come here are mainly Americans wishing to watch basketball games or other sports. The attire is jeans and the prices are about 6 Euros for a beer. If drinking is not your thing they also have great hamburgers here! Dogstar: 122 rue de la Boetie 75008 / 0142251060
American oriented nightclubs
Queen club: Located on the famous Avenue de Champs-Elysees “Queen” is the oldest most famous nightclub in Paris. As its name suggests, this club is oriented mainly towards gay people, yet it has a strong appeal towards Americans. You’ll actually find more straight Americans in this nightclub than Parisian homosexuals. Its resident DJ’s include: Ofer Nissim, Paul Van Dyk and none other than David Guetta. The attire is jeans except for Wednesdays, which is ladies night and people dress up more. Queen Club: 102 Avenue des Champs-Elysées 75008 / 0153890890
VIP Room Theatre: This movie theatre turned nightclub is one of the hottest and trendiest spots in all of Paris. This club is filled American celebrities and A-listers. It’s a good place to run into celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan or Akon. Since Parisians see this place as snobbish and flashy they avoid it at all costs. The music is a variety of hip-hop, dance and techno which is a nice change from the electronic music they play in all the other French clubs. The attire is semi formal meaning girls go in dresses and heels and guys are not allowed to enter in jeans. The prices are as high as they come, about 20 Euros for a single drink. VIP room theatre: 188 rue de Rivoli 75001/ 0142325002
Le Cab: It’s considered on of Paris’s most fashionable club. Its hip-hop music and Carousel du Louvre location make it a very attractive spot for American tourists. It might be considered a less fancy version of VIP room but this doesn’t mean the parties that go on in here aren’t every bit as great. The crowd is mainly international, the attire is fashionable and chic and the prices are 25 Euros as a cover charge and 10 Euros a drink. This is my personal favorite nightclub in all of Paris. Le cab: 2 place du Palais Royale 75001/ 0158625625
The morning after:
After a long night of partying you might wake up hungry. If you wake up craving an all American breakfast consisting of pancakes, eggs Benedict or waffles, Coffee Parisien is the place to go. Located right across the Frog and the Princess, this restaurant serves nothing but American food. Although the name says otherwise this is as close as one can get to an all American diner. Coffee Parisien: 4 rue Princesse 75005/ 0143541818.