Best Way to Celebrate New 2018 Year in Paris
New Year is an event that most people around the globe have in common. With a few exceptions (with Chinese New Year among those), most nations and nationalities, regardless of their cultural and religious differences, celebrate “our” New Year. Hence, this occasion is an opportunity for all of us to remind ourselves that we aren’t that different, in fact. And, celebrating New Year in the French capital, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, is truly something special. In this article, you can find some great ideas about how to welcome the New Year of 2018 in Paris.
Muelvo Special New Year
Does the combination of the New Year and rhythms of the tropics seem appealing to you? If so, the Muelvo Special New Year is where you should go. The sounds of samba, hip hop, salsa and other Brazilian and African rhythms promise an entertaining New Year’s celebration. Some performers you will see on the stage are Grandpamini, Gygy and MC C-Imperatriz. Need something more? No problem, Muelvo prepares some appropriate surprises you will like for sure.
The Muelvo Special New Year takes place at the 64 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 11th arrondissement address. The nearest metro station is Parmentier (line 3) while Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9) and Menilmontant (line 2) are somewhat farther.
Gracias Colombia! Latino & Tropical New Year in Paris
Similar, yet completely different, celebration awaits you at Le Hasard Ludique. With salsa, Afro Caribbean and electropical beats, you get a 3-course dinner for timely reservations. Stars of the show are Buenavibra DJ, the Segura & Su Combo Afro-Pacifico and Tito del Monte among other performers. So, if you close your eyes, you might start asking yourself whether you are in Paris or on some tropical beach.
The address of Le Hasard Ludique is:
128 avenue de Saint Ouen, the 18th arrondissement.
The nearest metro station (line 13) is Saint-Ouen Gate.
The Cruise FMR
For a recreation of New Year’s Eve on board a ship, come to Le Point Ephemere, at the Canal Saint-Martin. You will have many options to entertain yourself during the night. Have fun in the casino or on the dance floor. Listen to karaoke, let DJs get you on your feet or do something else. Have we mentioned surprises? Oh no, what spoilers we are. Anyhow, good time awaits you, whether you expect it or not.
The address of this “cruise ship” is:
200 Quai de Valmy, the 10th arrondissement.
The nearest metro station is Jaures (lines 2, 5 and 7B). Louis Blanc (line 7) is a bit farther.
Bateaux-Mouches Club’s New Year
For something more exclusive, head to the Restaurant Le Club, on the Right Bank of the Seine. In addition to views of the River Seine and the Eiffel Tower, you will enjoy a 1:15-hour cruise along the river. As a bonus, city lights Paris is famous for will accompany you on your way to new 2018 year. A festive dinner and clubbing with DJs (midnight-3am) complement the romantic experience.
The address of the Restaurant Le Club is Port de la Conference, the 8th arrondissement. The nearest metro stations are Champs-Elysees Clemenceau (lines 1 and 13) and Invalides (lines 8 and 13). The price of this upscale New Year experience is €290.
Gourmet Cruise Eve Night
For a more affordable New Year Eve’s cruise (9pm-10:30pm, €59 full price), jump on board the Boat Canauxrama, at the Ile de la Cite. The 1:30-hour cruise takes you around the city core and beyond, revealing magnificent sites along the way. Among other attractions, you will cruise by the Louvre, Alexandre III Bridge, Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame. A 3-course meal awaits you on board in a pine basket, accompanied with a glass of Champagne or soft drink.
Board the cruise boat at the 19 Quai de l’Horloge, 1st arrondissement address.
The nearest metro station is Pont Neuf (metro line 7).
The Chatelet station (lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14) is somewhat farther.
Gypsy New Year’s Eve
The Gypsy New Year’s Eve is a multi-fold treat – for eyes, ears and belly. Colorful gypsy outfit will whirl around during dancing performances while gypsy music will get you on the feet before you know it. Besides “tzigane” performers, Spanish flamenco and oriental dancers are also attending. Treat yourself with tasty meals, such as mutton chops and stuffed cabbage to recover your strength for the dance floor. Wines and various other drinks are available, too.
Find the Romanesque circus tent in Square Parodi (Boulevard de l’Amiral Briux, 16th arrondissement).
The full price of the Gypsy New Year’s Eve is €150.
The nearest metro station is Porte Maillot (line 1).
New Year’s Eve Party between Singles
Albeit especially popular with couples, Paris offers great opportunities for singles, too. And the Auberge du Moulin Vert organizes an appropriate event for them. Besides meeting other people, you will enjoy dancing, a gastronomic meal and an appealing ambiance.
The address of the Auberge du Moulin Vert is:
34 bis rue des Plantes, 14th arrondissement, near Montparnasse. The price is €164.
New Year walks in Paris
If you came to idea that having a good time for New Year’s Eve in Paris is possible only if you pay, sorry about that. Most magical moments, however, are reserved for experiences on the city streets and boulevards, and in parks and squares. Hence, take one of the following routes to indulge yourself with great and free experience:
Route 1: Pont Alexandre III – Esplanade des Invalides – Avenue de la Motte-Picquet – Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel – Trocadero – Avenue de New York – Pont de l’Alma – Avenue George V – Champs-Elysees (around 5 kilometers/3.1 miles).
Photos of the Pont Alexandre III and the Eiffel Tower in the background are among the best you can take in Paris. Then, proceed along Esplanade des Invalides and admire the famous Les Invalides complex glittering in the night. On Champ de Mars, you will find many people willing to make new friends and spend great time with them in the New Year’s Eve.
The silhouette of shining Eiffel Tower will follow as you advance to Trocadero and Pont de l’Alma afterward. Use the opportunity to take additional magnificent photos of the main symbol of Paris. Time the arrival at Champs-Elysees before 11:30pm, when the spectacular light show projected on the Arc de Triomphe takes place.
Route 2: Notre Dame – Hotel de Ville – Rue de Rivoli – Louvre – Jardin des Tuileries – Rue de Castiglione – Place Vendome – Rue de Castiglione – Jardin des Tuileries – Place de la Concorde – Champs-Elysees (around 5 kilometers/3.1 miles).
The Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most splendid landmarks in Paris around Christmas and New Year’s Eve. When you make sure of that, cross Pont de l’Arcole and lay eyes on the magnificent Hotel de Ville (City Hall). Proceed along commercial Rue de Rivoli and spend some time in the Louvre’s courtyard, encircled by the museum’s majestic wings. Continue by the “little Triumphal Arch” and enter the Tuileries Garden. Proceed in the direction of the big Ferris Wheel.
Before you reach it, however, turn right into Rue de Castiglione and visit Place Vendome. The square is always beautiful, on this occasion the most. Now, you are free to go to Place de la Concorde at enjoy spectacular Christmas lights of Champs-Elysees. Find a good spot to watch the light show that starts at 11:30pm, with the Arc de Triomphe as its centerpiece.