Concerts … outside concert halls

Jazz, classic, rock, electro: the choice is yours!

Jazz, rock, French chanson, electro ... Paris offers all musical moods. As well as concert halls, the city is full of bars with live entertainment and unexpected places with a quality programme. To discover new artists and enjoy your favourite sounds in a different way, here's a selection of addresses for all kinds of music!

Where to listen to rock music

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La Mécanique Ondulatoire, l'International, le Pop In, le Point Ephémère, Le Gibus...

Rock and pop rock feature prominently on the Paris nightlife scene. Numerous places like the Point Ephémère, the Gibus and L’International put on live gigs several evenings per week. For Indie pop and folk music, Pop In is the place to go. And every Wednesday evening, the Balajo has a rock’n’roll night with sounds from the 40s and 50s.

Where to listen to jazz music

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Duc des Lombards, Caveau de la Huchette, Sunside...

Fans of blues, swing, ragtime and New Orleans jazz will love the capital’s many jazz hot spots. The top jazz players perform here as well as small groups for more informal discoveries. The Duc des Lombards was frequented by Henri Texier, Aldo Romano and Martial Solal. It hosts original musicians in a cosy atmosphere. Then on to Le Sunset and Le Sunside, two adjoining clubs with a programme of electric jazz at one and acoustic at the other. Fans of music played at cellar venues will know the legendary Caveau de la Huchette which plays traditional jazz and swing, or the Jazz Club Etoile that has hosted jazz headliners from Count Basie to Diana Krall and which is renowned in Paris for swing. The New Morning, known to regulars as ‘Niou’, is the largest capacity club in Europe and attracts a discerning crowd of jazz fans. For jazz, pop, soul and folk music, there is also the China.  And finally, for all musical genres.

Where to listen to electro music

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Glazart, NF-34, Monseigneur, 4 éléments, Communion…

The electro scene is becoming ever more popular in Paris and blossoming outside concert halls. The 4 éléments and Glazart play a broad programme of edgy and emerging musical trends! And to enjoy great sounds on the water, go along to NF-34 near to Port de la Rapée, on the top of the Docks – Cité de la mode et du design, which offers panoramic views and evenings with live entertainment.

Where to listen to classical music

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Eglise de la Madeleine, Opéra-Comique, Théâtre du Châtelet, Palais Garnier, Théâtre de l'Athénée Louis Jouvet...

Although the Philharmonie is the Parisian home of classical music, the capital has many other magical venues for classical music enthusiasts. The Sainte-Chapelle, the Madeleine Church and the Cathedral ofNotre-Dame de Paris all put on concerts and recitals. Some of the city’s bandstands programme concerts too. Classical music is also played in theatres. At the Théâtre du Châtelet, baroque flirts with operetta. Concerts at the Théâtre Athénée-Louis-Jouvet are held in a sumptuous Italian-style decor transporting the audience to Verona or Milan.

Where to listen to French chanson

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Trois Baudets, Lapin Agile, Théâtre Essaïon, Lapin Agile... 

French chanson takes many forms ranging from solo artists to neo-musette formations, ballads and protest songs, and can be heard in lots of places around Paris. At the Trois Baudets, a venue that encourages young French talent and promotes French chanson. Over at Vieux Belleville, chanson is decidedly retro with the live accordion and barrel organ playing of Riton la Manivelle, whilst at the Lapin Agile, the oldest cabaret in Paris, popular songs of Paris of yesteryear are always a great success!

Where to listen to choirs

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The sweet and harmonious sound of a choir is still and always will be a source of enjoyment. The new polyphonic generations are reinventing the genre, like the Cris de Paris who have daringly introduced vocalization and contemporary sounds into their concerts. Accentus, alias the Jeune Chœur de Paris, performs major works from the a cappella repertoire. They appear regularly at different venues in Paris. The vocal repertoire of the Jeunes Solistes explores the polyphonic works of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and baroque works, whilst also requesting new scores from composers worldwide. The Maîtrise de Radio-France is a choir renowned for its high quality and professionalism. More unusual is Mélo'Men, an amateur men’s choir of some fifty or so gay or gay friendly singers. To listen to masses or gospel concerts, check out the programme of Gospel Dream, a dynamically communicative mixed formation. 

World music in Paris

Groupe de musiciens, Fête de la Musique, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Théâtre de la Ville, Maison des Cultures du Monde, Cité Internationale Universitaire, Studio de l’Ermitage, Institut Suédois...

Paris is a little planet that you can circumnavigate for the price of a metro ticket. There are amazingly exotic musical experiences to be had at the corner of every street. In the different residences of the Cité Internationale Universitaire and at the Maison des Cultures du Monde, artists from all over the world perform and you can get to hear songs from Eastern Europe, Argentina and South Korea for a modest sum. The Studio de l’Ermitage welcomes music from around the world with a variety of weekly concerts: samba, K-pop, jazz … To hear Scandinavian groups playing, head to the Marais, near to the Institut Suédois or to the Champs-Elysées and the Maison du Danemark. And to continue your world music tour, take a look at what’s on at the Théâtre de la Ville, the Centre Mandapa and the Auditorium of the Institut du Monde Arabe.

Parisian cabarets

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Lido de Paris, Crazy Horse Paris, Le Moulin Rouge, Paradis Latin, Bel Canto ...

The musical world of the French cabaret and its cancan girls continues to bewitch the public. With its revue Paris Merveilles, launched in 2015, the Lido offers a show that gives prominence to French chanson, as does the Paradis Latin in its show Paradis à la Folie, led by a female artist expressing her love of Paris.

Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac

37 quai Jacques Chirac, Paris, 75007

Located on the banks of the Seine, near the Eiffel Tower, the Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac exhibits 3,500 works of art......

Musée de l'Orangerie

Jardin des Tuileries, côté Seine, Paris, 75001

In impressively-sized rooms, the Musée de la l'Orangerie houses a series of large Water Lilies paintings which are masterpieces......

Institut du monde arabe

1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, Paris, 75005

A cultural bridge between France and the Arab world The Arab World Institute was founded in 1987 by France and the states of the......

Paradis Latin

Cabaret / Show
28 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, Paris, 75005

Located in the heart of the the Left Bank, a few steps from Notre Dame and the Pantheon, the Paradis Latin is the oldest Cabaret......

Au Lapin Agile

Cabaret / Show
22 rue des Saules, Paris, 75018

The show at the Lapin Agile « Songs, Music, Poetry » is composed of several singers of various kinds : old french songs, Edith......

Bel Canto

Cabaret / Show
72 quai de l’Hôtel de Ville, Paris, 75004

Come and dine on stage at the Bel Canto Restaurant. Every evening, the Bel Canto restaurants combine Opera and fine dining with......

Moulin Rouge

Cabaret / Show
82 boulevard de Clichy, Paris, 75018

The most famous cabaret in the world! The Moulin Rouge was immortalized by Toulouse-Lautrec and was the cradle of the music hall......

Lido de Paris

Cabaret / Show
116 bis avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 75008

Experience an extraordinary evening at the Lido de Paris, a legendary cabaret situated on the most beautiful avenue in the world,......

Crazy Horse Paris

Cabaret / Show
12 avenue George V, Paris, 75008

Enjoy an exceptional moment of beauty and sensuality in this legendary Parisian nightspot. Located just a few steps from the......

Le Duc des Lombards

Concert hall
42 rue des Lombards, Paris, 75001

Bobby FEW is the American pianist who, at the beginning of the 80s, played at the Duc des Lombards which at the time was a small......

Chaillot - Théâtre national de la Danse

Concert hall
1 place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, Paris, 75116

Chaillot – Théâtre National de la Dansei s the story of a venue that is an exceptional jewel of art deco converted into a......

Athénée théâtre Louis-Jouvet

Concert hall
Square de l'Opéra Louis-Jouvet - 7 rue Boudreau, Paris, 75009

Renowned for its beauty and the exceptional quality of its acoustics, the Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet is a Parisian......

Théâtre national de l’Opéra Comique

Concert hall
1 place Boieldieu, Paris, 75002

300 years of history! All of that tucked away on a little square away from the noise of the Boulevard des Italiens on a site......

Jazz Club Étoile

Disco and club
Hôtel Le Méridien Étoile - 81 boulevard Gouvion Saint-Cyr, Paris, 75017

One of the most mythical jazz scenes in Paris since 1975. Live concerts : connection between all types of jazz, from blues to......

Théâtre du Châtelet

Concert hall
1 place du Châtelet, Paris, 75001

It is to the architect Gabriel Davioud (Saint-Michel fountain, Monceau Park gates ...) that we owe the Théâtre du Châtelet, just......

Le Point Ephémère

Concert hall
200 quai Valmy, Paris, 75010

Located on the Canal St Martin, the Point Ephémère is a large cultural centre allowing artists to develop their art projects.......

La mécanique ondulatoire

Concert hall
8 passage Thiéré, Paris, 75011

Rock, jazz and electro music play all night in this trendy bar decroated in an industrial style. A celebratory atmosphere......

Le Pop In

105 rue Amelot, Paris, 75011

Le Pop In is primarily a rock bar. With a variety of beers, live concerts, and a lively atmosphere, the venue welcomes fans of......


Concert hall
5-7 rue Moret, Paris, 75011

With free entry, cheap drinks, and an eclectic music policy, the International has all the required elements to be named one of......


Concert hall
2 bis rue des Taillandiers, Paris, 75011

Badaboum is located in the lively Bastille district. This 3-in-1 venue has a concert room where up-and-coming and well-known......


Disco and club
18 rue du Faubourg du Temple, Paris, 75011

Le Gibus un club gay à Paris, situé 11e arrondissement, à deux pas de la place de la République. Il s’agit d’un club où tous les......

Le Petit Journal Saint-Michel

Concert hall
71 boulevard Saint-Michel, Paris, 75005

Located in the Latin Quarter near the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Petit Journal Saint-Michel plunges visitors into 1950s......

Le Baiser Salé

Disco and club
58 rue des Lombards, Paris, 75001

The Rue des Lombards was created for jazz fans. Located between Sunside / Sunset and Duc des Lombards, the Baiser Salé has an......

Caveau de la Huchette

Concert hall
5 rue de la Huchette, Paris, 75005

The story of Paris and jazz is a long one - a love story. Miles Davis, Duke Ellington ... Paris has never stopped attracting the......

New Morning

Concert hall
7-9 rue des Petites Écuries, Paris, 75010

Since 1981, New Morning, a jazz and world music club known for its specialized programme, has been offering music acts which are......

Théâtre de la Ville - Châtelet

Concert hall
2 place du Châtelet, Paris, 75004

The history of the Théâtre de la Ville, situated in the centre of Paris, is a turbulent one. Inaugurated in 1860, burnt down in......

Le Zèbre de Belleville

Concert hall
63 boulevard de Belleville, Paris, 75011

The Zèbre de Belleville is a former local cinema that has been transformed into an auditorium for concerts, circuses, etc. In the......

La Nouvelle Eve

Cabaret / Show
25 rue Pierre Fontaine, Paris, 75009

La Nouvelle Eve is situated at the foot of the Butte Montmartre, close to the Moulin Rouge. It has a fabulous 'roaring twenties'......