5 years ago - Ludovic M.
Expert night owl, do you dream to discover Paris when tourists are asleep and the streets deserted? The darkness that shadows buildings and gives them a mystical look fascinates you? Then follow our best monuments and unusual places that open their doors at nightfall...
Overlooking Montmartre, the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur is the second most visited Catholic building in France, after Notre-Dame of Paris. Continuously open from 6 am to 10.30 pm, its white domes and interior frescoes are magnified at dusk by lights. By visiting the basilica at night, you will enjoy an exceptional panoramic view of the capital asleep but yet sparkling. For the catholic among you, the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur is also accessible throughout the night via the prayer relay that goes on. Housed at the Home reception of the Basilica, the faithful follow one another to pray throughout the night.
To discover the Louvre's masterpieces from a different angle, take advantage of the night openings on Wednesday and Friday evening: unprecedented guided tours are organized, to browse the collections under optimal conditions.
If the riverboat cruise is one of the classics to any visit to the capital, cruising Paris at night offers another look at the city, with its bridges and illuminated monuments. Paris then takes on the aspect of an immense décor of cinema.
Dark alleys, lugubrious squares and cutthroat passages, discover another face of Paris during a nocturnal tour organized by “Paris à pas contés”: the Paris of crimes. This original and frightening guided tour will allow you to admire the neighborhoods of the Louvre, Châtelet and the Ile de la Cité under the firmament, to discover forgotten sordid facts.
For lovers of French gastronomy, the market of Rungis is paradise. It is the only market in the world to present such a wide range of fresh produce: fish, meat, dairy products and cheeses, fruits and vegetables and cut flowers, which are all transported by trucks every day on some 230 hectares of market area. In Rungis, each year, food alone accounts for 1,500,000 tons, and 32 million flower boots are cut. And this very special and professional world now opens its doors to the general public for visits that start at 5 a.m: you will visit the pavilions of meat, dairy products, fruits and vegetables and cut flowers, to top it off you will finish your immersion with an invigorating brunch. A unique experience!
The Cité universitaire of Paris is one of those unknown places that deserve to be seen. It is the whole world that has been invited to the capital, thanks to these university residences that welcome students from the different corners of the world. Sweden, Japan, Argentina, India... the pavilions come together in a joyful blend of architecture. Some houses have been built or furnished by illustrious architects, such as Le Corbusier or Jean Prouvé. The Cité organizes guided tours, day and night. Thanks to the darkness of the night, projections made on the facades of some houses invite you to discover the history of renowned artists, former residents or not, whose work still nourishes the humanist spirit of the place. Meeting with Senghor, Salgado, Cortázar and the Japanese painter Foujita.