5 steps to the perfect NYE in Paris


Want to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Paris like the locals?

Well look no further – we’ve got you covered this reveillon du nouvel an, with five simple steps for the best NYE in Paris yet.

1. Find a good vantage point & bring Champagne

An says… “Go to the Champs de Mars for the count-down and take a bottle of Champagne with you!”

NYE Steps 1

Emily says… “Bundle up and stand on the Pont des Arts with a (hidden) thermos of vin chaud and a (hidden) bottle of Champagne. Bring some snacks and wait for the lightning show at the Eiffel Tower, just down the river!”

2. Don’t forget to map out your evening

La Coupole - ultimate guide to NYE in Paris - My French Life

Jacqueline says… “For dinner I would recommend a Brasserie, La Coupole in Montparnasse for example (pictured left) – but someone from out of town needs to know that New Year’s Eve dinners start late (9-10 pm).

Then I would walk to Saint-Germain-des-Près, and from there I would take a taxi to be on the Champs Elysées for midnight. It is the place to be to feel joyful and speak to strangers, hear the horns, catch a sight of the Eiffel Tower.”

3. Find a great atmosphere that won’t break the bank

NY 21/11/12Coco says… “It depends on what you are looking for. There are so many things to do in Paris but it can be extremely expensive and reservations fill up quick.

The clubs on the Champs Elysees usually have a dinner included but the price of the tickets can be well over 100€.

However, if you don’t want to go to a club, everyone still flocks to the Champs Elysées with their champagne flutes and papillottes. Plus, you have a view of the Eiffel Tower, which goes up in lights at midnight. Montmartre is also a popular area with awesome views of the city and a bit more laid-back than the party-central Champs Elysees.”

4. Don’t go to Paris!

Abby says… “A friend asked me a few weeks ago for suggestions for a New Year’s in Paris and I said “Don’t come!”

NYE Steps 2

Paris is not the most exciting city for New Years. Crowds gather for midnight on the Champs-Elysées and on the Champs de Mars by the Eiffel Tower, but the crowds can get quite rowdy.

Furthermore, seeing the Eiffel Tower light up at midnight is a bit anti-climactic when you see that happens every night, every hour on the hour! There are no fireworks and no particular New Year’s traditions in France as there are in some countries…

But if you are looking for a quieter New Year’s, maybe a dinner with friends or at a nicer restaurant, come to Paris and you will still feel the leftover Christmas spirit in the air.”

NYE Steps 3

Adèle says… “My favourite place to celebrate New Year would be the mountains, in the Alps for example. In France, we associate Christmas time with cold and snow. So if you’re going for a week or so, go skiing during the day, have a good ‘dîner savoyard‘ like raclette or fondue, with lots of wine of course, and then celebrate midnight with Champagne in the snow, having snowball fights with friends!”

5. Do as the Parisians do…

NYE Steps 4

Adèle says… “I’ll suggest a good festive dinner in a French Restaurant, watch the fireworks, gather on the Champs Elysées and then continue the party in a nightclub somewhere! It’s the most typical thing to do in Paris for New Year’s Eve.”

Do have any tips for the perfect Parisian New Year’s Eve? We’d love to hear them! Tell us in a comment below, or tweet us: @MaVieFrançaise, #MyFrenchNYE

Image credits:
1. Background image: Ready for NYE, by EssG on Flickr
2. Moet, by play4smee on Flickr
3. La Coupole, by Samantha Decker on Flickr
4. Picture 1234, by hkpuipui99 on Flickr
5. NYE 2011 #4, by Adrien on Flickr
6. NYE VAL THORENS, by D Eaglesham on Flickr
8. Fireworks, by Ed.ward on Flickr
By Published On: Dec 28, 20121 Comment

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One Comment

  1. Christina Guzman Jan 28, 2015 at 10:50 AM - Reply

    I would definitely leave the fireworks straight away for the metro or have hired a taxi to take you to where you want to go next because you will not get a train for hours if you leave even 30 minutes after the new year or find a taxi! And believe me, when it’s that cold, you don’t want to be wandering around for hours on end trying to get to your next destination or hotel.

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