In a recent survey, Paris ranked 5th in the Top Ten Spots to spend New Year’s Eve. Certainly, at no time of year, do Paris lights shine as brightly as they do during the winter holiday season when indoor festivities amply compensate for shorter days and gray skies.
In France, the New Year’s Eve celebration is referred to as The Saint Sylvester Reveillon. Unlike Christmas day, which is normally limited to close family members, New Year’s Eve is the time to gather with good friends and acquaintances for music, food and laughter and plenty of libations.
If you’re planning to be in Paris for New Year’s Eve, you might want to consider some of the places that Parisians go out for New Year’s Eve rather than the more well-known restaurants/clubs (which will also be priced accordingly).
One of my favorite New Year’s Eve parties was spent at a Montmartre cafe/bar called the ‘Caf’ Conc’ which no longer exists – but there are still plenty of restaurant/ night clubs from which to choose with a little help from our friends at Restoaparis.
Here are some of Restoaparis’s suggestions (translated into English) for those of you who are non-French speaking – and if you do speak French, be sure to check out the rest of their restaurant review site which has scoured Paris from top to bottom to find every imaginable tasty eatery.
Casa del Fox
41, rue de la Colisee
Located just two steps away from the Champs Elysees, this is a dinner/show restaurant offering a 150 Euros set menu for New Year’s Eve. Dinner show includes magic, singing waitstaff, DJ until dawn – and champagne – of course!
Reservations: 01 45 62 35 75
Sous-Rire (menu at 55 Euros, or menu gastronomique 85 Euros)
Dedicated to amusement and laughter, the sous-rire welcomes you in a baroque ambiance, full of warmth of conviviality. Christian offers a generous and original menu, inspired each season by his passion for cooking.
Address : 22, rue Saint Martin 75004 – Réservation : 01-40-27-85-28
Au Métro (menu at 58€)
Ambiance et Terroir !
A charming brasserie just at the Metro: Pernety exit. An excellent price/quality rapport. There’ll be plenty of music and giant video screens for New Year’s Eve.
Address : Au Métro 66, rue Raymond Losserand 14ème – Réservation : 01-40-44-50-65
Les Colocks (menu at75€)
The most gorgeous apartment/restaurant in the 15th arrondissement! A New Year’s Eve dinner/soiree animated by Franck Papillon, himself!
Address : 131, rue Cherche Midi 15ème – Réservation : 01-47-34-43-58
La Ferme des Mathurins ou Chez Cécile (menu at 85€)
Gastronomic New Year’s Eve, just two steps from the Madeleine!
The chef gives full rein to his imagination in order to take you on a gastronomic voyage. A tasteful and refined New Year’s Eve experience.
Address : 17, rue Vignon 8ème – Réservation : 01-42-66-46-39
Carré des Vosges (menu at 90€) Leave behind 2008 with a flourish.
Creative, savoury, original menus that change with the seasons and the whims of the chef, Marc Ouvray. Michelin has awarded him a ‘fourchette’ or ‘one fork’.
Address : 15, rue Saint Gilles 3ème – Réservation : 01-42-71-22-21
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La Rose de France (menu at 92€)
Close to Pont Neuf, the Rose de France offers a great view on Place Dauphine, lost somewhere in time. For that New Year’s Eve with that certain someone.
Address : 24, place Dauphine 75001 Paris – Réservation : 01-43-54-10-12
Cafe Aventura (menu at 110€)
Charme et ambiance caliente i.e hot, hot hot!
Address : 21, rue Saint Lazare 9ème – Réservation : 01-40-16-82-74
Le Bamboche (menu at 130€)
Elegant and chic, astonishing gastronomy and impeccable service.
Address : 15 rue de Babylone 7ème – Réservation : 01 45 49 14 40
Tout le Monde en Parle (menu at 150€)
At the foot of the Montparnasse tower, you’ll have a fine view of Avenue de Rennes (but don’t expect to see the Eiffel Tower from here!) For that you’d have to go to the top of Montparnasse tower. Dine and celebrate until dawn!
Address : 4, rue du Départ 15ème – Réservation : 01-45-62-35-75
Classic Paris New Year’s Eve
If you want the classic Paris, New Year’s Eve experience -head to the Champs Elysees or the Trocadero esplanade for an excellent vantage point of the Eiffel Tower when it bursts into a rainbow of color. You don’t necessarily have to pay the hefty price for a meal on the Champs but when the clock strikes midnight, there’s certain to be plenty of revelers zooming up and down the Champs Elysees.
Bring in the New Year Cruising on the Seine River
Les Bateaux Parisiens offers a New Year’s Eve dinner cruise with a set menu plus onboard entertainment. If you’ve never taken a boat ride on the Seine, this is the ideal occasion. One of the best parts of this cruise is the excellent view of the Eiffel Tower.
If you book early, you may still be able to get tickets for this year’s New Year’s Eve ballet at the Bastille Opera House.
The New Year’s Eve performance has been selected in this way according to the Opera de Paris’s official site:
“To mark the passage of the EU Presidency from France to the Czech Republic, the Paris Opera proposes a special programme to celebrate the New Year at the Bastille Opera. This exceptional evening will open with the actors dance of the 3rd act from The Bartered Bride by Bedrich Smetana, the great composer of Czech modernity. The Paris Opera Orchestra will then perform Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune and Ravel’s La Valse. The Paris Opera Ballet will continue the celebrations with performances of Nuages by Czech choreographer Jiri Kylian, and Maurice Béjart’s L’Oiseau de Feu and Boléro in tribute to the recently disappeared choreographer. An original and festive evening around great Czech and French artists to celebrate a truly European New Year.”
Evening dress is recommended.
Note: If you can’t get tickets online, be sure to ask the concierge at your hotel about getting tickets. A good concierge can work miracles.
Tuesday December 30th 2008 – 7:30 PM from 30 € to 80 €
Wednesday December 31st 2008 – 7 PM from 116 € to 138 €
Gay Paris New Years Eve Parties/Clubbing (2008)
New Year’s Eve 2008 starting at 11 pm with Arno Cost, Norman Doray, Mat-G
24 rue de l’Arrivée 75015
Le Scarron ‘tropical’ with DJ RAFA from Rio de Janeiro.
Starting at midnight: Caipirinha à tout va ! Free entrance 10 Euro minimum for consommation. Conso 10 euros – Bottles start at 100 Euros
Open from 11 pm to 6 am
Tel : +33 (0)6 80 02 27 59
3, Rue Geoffroy l’angevin
New Year’s Eve Party at Gibus
18 rue du fbg du temple
€45 (includes one drink and one glass of champagne)
10pm till late
On New Year’s Eve, the disco balls at Paris’ Gibus vibrate to the tunes of DJ Kiss, DJ Skeez 101 and DJ Battle.
+33 (0) 1 47 00 78 88
And a last bit of good news for Metro Users on December 31st:
Worried about trying to catch a Metro after midnight? Not a problem. The Metro stays open all night, exceptionally for December 31st, so you don’t have to leave the party early.