Legendary Paris Concert Venues

Where to Hear Live Music in Paris - From Rock to Opera

Paris's vibrant music scene means concerts, performances, and shows take place every night in multiple venues across the city.  

From large multi-purpose arenas and the city's magnicent churches and cathedrals to intimate concert halls and clubs, your ticket lets you experience the "real" Paris - places where Parisians go for culture and entertainment. 

Depending on the venue, you can see everything from classical concerts to rock festivals, American and British musicals to local jazz musicians, family-friendly kids favorities to rap, and lots more.

Our Paris Concert Venue Guide includes the city's 35 top concert venues and their specialties, address, nearest Metro station or other directions, links to schedules/tickets, and even recommended hotels if you want to stay nearby.

Need concert schedules and tickets for a particular month?  See our Paris Concerts page.

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Paris Discovery Tip:  Keep in mind that Paris is also home to thousands of smaller venues where you can drop in and hear live music for a small cover or even the price of a drink.  To find them, you could just walk through the streets and follow the sound of music - but it's probably easier/quicker to ask the concierge or reception staff in your hotel for recommendations nearby. 

Paris Concert Venue Guide from A to Z

AccorHotels Arena    B  1

Large indoor concert hall and sports arena.  Concerts by top international rock and pop stars (Elton John, U2, Lady Gaga, IAM) as well as various sporting events (basketball, ice hockey, tennis, wrestling, League of Legends).

Location:  8 Boulevard de Bercy, 12th arrondissement; located next to Parc de Bercy and Bercy Village (boutiques, bars, bistros)
Seating Capacity:  7,000 to 20,300, depending on the event
Nearest Metro:  Bercy
Schedules and Tickets:  Concerts - Sports 
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1 - hotel 2 - hotel 3

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Alhambra  MH  1

Built in 2008 (after restoration proved impossible) on the site of a famed Art Deco theater and named in honor of another famous music hall, Alhambra offers an eclectic lineup of concerts ranging from hip-hop to rock, plus plenty of electro, jazz, world music and more.  Located in the trendy Place de la République neighborhood.

Location:  21 rue Yves Toudic, 10th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  600-800 (standing and seated)
Nearest Metro:  République
Schedules and Tickets:   Concerts & Shows 
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


Le Bataclan   MH  2

Built in 1864 with a unique pagoda roof you can still see today and famous for its rock concerts since 1970, Le Bataclan continues to present an eclectic program of rock, rap, pop, comedy, improv, and experimental theater.  You'll also find lots of lively bars and cafes in the concert venue's lively Canal Saint-Martin neighborhood.

Location:  50 boulevard Voltaire, 11th arrondissement\
Seating Capacity:  1,500 (standing and seated)
Nearest Metro:  Oberkampf, Filles du Calvaire, Parmentier
Schedules and Tickets:   Concerts & Shows 
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


Casino de Paris  MH  3

Not a gambling house, despite the name, but an ornate Paris music hall dating back to the 1700s.  Shows include a mix of mostly French and Francophone musical groups (alt rock, indie, jazz, rap), comedians, and family-friendly kids favorites such Peppa Pig.

Location:  16 rue de Clichy, 9th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  2,300
Nearest Metro:  Trinité, Liège
Schedules and Tickets:   Concerts & Shows 
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


Châtelet - Paris Musical Theater   B  2

Currently closed for renovations - expected to reopen in 2019.

Grand and historic theater specializing in lavish musical theater productions - often American and British musicals and almost always in English, but occasionally ballet and other dance productions.  Head to the lobby during intermission to sip Champagne and enjoy spectacular views of the Seine River and Notre Dame.

Location:  1, Place du Châtelet, 1st arrondissement
Capacity:  2,010
Nearest Metro:  Châtelet
Schedules and Tickets:  Currently closed for renovations
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


La Cigale  MH  4

Although Pigalle concert hall La Cigale dates back to 1887, a makeover by Philippe Starck and a moveable stage updated it for today's concerts.  Memorable performers in recent years include the Allman Brothers Band, Radiohead, Adele, Eric Clapton, Coldplay, Iggy Pop, Jeff Beck, and Norah Jones.

Location:  120, boulevard de Rochechouart, 18th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  954 with everyone seated; 1,389 with everyone standing
Nearest Metro:  Pigalle
Schedules and Tickets:  Concerts OK
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


Domaine National de St Cloud (Rock en Seine)   B  3

This lovely large park with huge formal gardens and scenic views on the western edge of Paris hosts the huge 3-day outdoor Rock en Seine musical festival each August.  The park easily accommodates 5 or more stages, as well as overnight camping and optional breakfast or those with 3-day tickets.

Location: Avenue de la Grille d’Honneur, St Cloud
Concert capacity:  40,000 per day during Rock en Seine
Nearest Metro:  Boulogne Pont de St-Cloud (Line 10); alternately, take the Tram (Line T2) tothe Parc de St-Cloud stop, and walk 5 minutes to the festival entrance; performances stop in plenty of time before the last metros and trams
Schedules and Tickets:  Rock en Seine website 
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


Folies Bergère   CAB 1

Since opening in 1869, Folies Bergère has been a caberet musical hall or "theater of the people" featuring singers, dancing, and extravagant costumes.  Famous past performers include Josephine Baker, Elton John, Benny Hill, Charlie Chaplin, and Frank Sinatra.  Today, this is where you can see top musical productions.

Location:  32 rue Richer, 9th arrondissement
Nearest Metro:  Cadet, Grands Boulevards
Schedules and Tickets:  Shows    OK
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


Maison de la Radio  C&O  1

Maison de la Radio is the concert broadcast venue for Paris public radio station Radio France.  Its unique arena design places the audience in a series of balconies encircling and looking down upon the stage so that wherever you sit, you're never more than 55 feet (17 meters) from the performers.  Several groups perform a mostly classical repertoire here, with some programming specifically for children and families.

Location:  116 avenue du Président-Kennedy, 16th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  1,461
Nearest Metro:  La Muette or RER C/Gare d'Avenue du President Kennedy
Schedules and Tickets:  Concerts
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


The Lido  CAB 2

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Location:  28 Boulevard des Capucines, 9th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  1,996
Nearest Metro:  Madeleine-Tronchet or Opera
Schedules and Tickets:  Concerts  OK
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


Moulin Rouge    CAB 3

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Location:  28 Boulevard des Capucines, 9th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  1,996
Nearest Metro:  Madeleine-Tronchet or Opera
Schedules and Tickets:  Concerts  OK
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


L'Olympia  MH  5

This 19th century music hall's famous past performers include Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones.  Jeff Buckley recorded his "Live at L'Olympia" album there.  It continues to be a favorite venue for international and French performers.  If you're a rock, indie, or jazz fan, you'll want to check the schedule!

Location:  28 Boulevard des Capucines, 9th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  1,996
Nearest Metro:  Madeleine-Tronchet or Opera
Schedules and Tickets:  Concerts  OK
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


Opéra Bastille  C&O  2

The magnificent Bastille Opera House, built in 1989, exemplifies modern architecture at its best and boasts superb acoustics and unobstructed sightlines.  Home to the National Opera of Paris, this venue stages operas and ballets non-stop except for a break during part of July and August.  Most performances sell out early, so plan accordingly.

Location:  Place de la Bastille, 12th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  2,703 in the Main Auditorium; 450 in the Amphitheatre; 237 in the Studio
Nearest Metro:  Bastille
Schedules and Tickets:  Concerts  OK
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


Opéra Comique    C&O 3

Popular operas on the light-hearted end of the spectrum such as The Magic Flute, Carmen, and La Bohème are among the 7-8 full productions staged here each year, along with other concerts, recitals, and presentations.  Thanks to a recent renovation, Opéra Comique's lushly baroque interior is now more spectacular than ever.

Location:  1 Place Boieldieu, 2nd arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  1,200 in Salle Favart
Nearest Metro:  Station Richelieu-Drouot or Quatre-Septembre
Schedules and Tickets:  Concerts  OK
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


Palais des Congrès  B 4

A multi-purpose complex near Bois du Bologne with a convention center and shopping mall as well as a concert venue, Palais des Congrès presents popular musicals, ballet, magicians, comedians, and internationally acclaimed performers in a variety of genres.  Look for everything from The Illusionists to Swan Lake to Ahmad Jamal to Dirty Dancing.

Location:  2 Place de la Porte Maillot, 17th arrondissement
Seating Capacity: 
3,723
Nearest Metro:  Porte Maillot and Neuilly
Schedules and Tickets:  Performances  OK
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


Palais des Sports (Dôme de Paris)  B 5

This multi-purpose arena covered by a distinctive aluminum dome hosts a variety of concerts, sports, and performances including the Harlem Globetrotters, musical extravaganzas, ballet, circus acts, and musicians.

Location:  34 Boulevard Victor, 15th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  
4,500
Nearest Metro:  Porte de Versailles
Schedules and Tickets:  Performances  OK
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


Palais Garnier (Paris Opera House)   C&O  4

The Paris Opera House's sumptuous interior filled with velvet, crystal chandeliers, marble, gold, and mirrors makes it one of the most stunning places in Paris, matched only by its spectacular productions of opera, ballet, plays, and concerts.  Tickets are pricy, worth every Euro, and sell out quickly.  Attending a performance here is an experience you won't want to miss!

Location:  8, rue du Scribe, 8th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  1,979
Nearest Metro:  Opéra
Schedules and Tickets:  Concerts OK
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


Philharmonie de Paris (Philharmonie 1)   C&O  5

The Philharmonie's spectacular design by Jean Nouvel looks like a sparkling crystal etched with the shapes of 340,000 birds on the outside.  Inside, it feels like an intimate cocoon where, despite the large seating capacity, no one is more than 100 feet from the conductor.  Programs include an eclectic mix of mostly symphonic (but occasionally jazz and world) music and dance by top orchestras, musicians, and performers.  You can feel comfortable getting the cheapest tickets here because acoustics and sightlines are perfect from all seats.

Location:  221 avenue Jean Jaurès in Parc de la Villette, 21st arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  2,400, but up to 3,650 for some performances
Metro or Tram (T3):  Porte de Pantin 
Free Shuttle:  Throughout the concert season, free shuttle service back to Paris is available at the end of each concert in Philharmonie 1 or 2 - just show your concert ticket.  Route 1 stops at Gare du Nord, Republique, Hotel de Ville, Luxembourg, and Denfort-Rochereau.  Route 2 stops at Gare du Nord, Saint Lazare, Charles de Gaulle-Etoile, and Porte de Champerret
Schedules and Tickets:  Concerts  OK
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3
Looking for "Philharmonie 1?"  See Cité de la Musique above


Salle Cortot   C&O  6

Located in the Paris School of Music (Ecole Normale de Musique do Paris), this French Historical Landmark concert hall's excellent acoustics are praised by performers and audiences alike, and you'll also appreciate the comfortable tiered seating for the Baroque and Classical concerts.

Location:  78 rue Cardinet, 17th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  400
Nearest Metro:   Malesherbes
Schedules and Tickets:  Concerts  OK
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


Salle Gaveau   C&O  7

A long-time favorite music hall of prestigious international musicians, Salle Gaveau focuses on piano, voice, and chamber music concerts.  It was built in the early 1900s, and a total refurbishing completed in 2001 retained the superb acoustics and beautiful gold and pale gray interior while adding comfortable seating.

Location:  45, rue La Boétie, 8th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  1,020
Nearest Metro:  Miromesnil
Schedules and Tickets:  Concerts  OK
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


Stade de France, Saint-Denis   B 6

Stade de France is the country's national stadium and one of the largest in Europe.  It's where you'll see the very largest concerts by international stars.  It's also the site of the French national football (soccer) and rugby teams' international competitions, and a likely venue for 2024 Olympics games.  The stadium's retractable roof is designed to protect all spectators without covering the playing field.

Location:  Saint-Denis suburb, slightly more than one mile north of the edge of Paris; easy to reach by Metro and RER
Seating Capacity:  81,338
Nearest Metro:  Saint-Denis - Porte de Paris; 5-minute walk from the station; other options include RER B/La Plaine Stade de France station/10 minute walk to stadium, and RER D/Stade de France Saint-Denis station/15 minute walk to stadium
Schedules and Tickets:  Stade de France events  OK
Recommended nearby Hotels:   Novotel Suites Paris Stade de France (located next to the stadium)


Théâtre de la Ville   MH 6

Currently closed for renovations - expected to reopen in 2019.

International theater, contemporary dance, and occasional world music concerts.  Located across from Châtelet Theatre.

Location:  2, Place du Châtelet, 1st arrondissement
Capacity:  1,000
Nearest Metro:  Châtelet
Schedules and Tickets:  Currently closed for renovations
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


Théâtre des Champs-Élysées  C&O    8

In keeping with its Golden Triangle location surrounded by haute couture showrooms on Avenue Montaigne, this theater's Art Nouveau style and splendid modern interior made it the perfect setting for the 1913 world premier of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring which caused - literally - a riot among the scandalized audience.  Today, it stages about three opera productions each year, as well as a number of classical orchestral, chamber, and occasional pop concerts, plus a few dance presentations.  Tickets can be expensive here.  Some seats have obstructed views, so think twice before choosing the cheapest (5-10€) tickets.

Location:  15, Avenue Montaigne, 8th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  2,000
Nearest Metro:  Alma Marceau, Franklin D Roosevelt
Schedules and Tickets:  Concerts  OK
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


Théâtre Grévin (Paris Wax Museum)   MH 7

This intimate rococo-style theater with comfortable red velvet seats built in 1900 nestles in the middle of Musée Grevin (Paris Wax Museum), and even has a few wax figures of its own.  The theater's intimate size makes it perfect for the chamber, piano, and voice performances that you can experience here.

Location:  10, boulevard Montmartre, 9th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  210
Nearest Metro:  Grands Boulevards 
Schedules and Tickets:  Concerts  OK
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


Le Trabendo - Parc de la Villette  MH 8

Musical concert venue in Parc de la Villette (look for the bright red building) where you can hear French and international popular and up-and-coming musicians playing in a variety of genres - indie, rock, grunge, blues, rap, jazz, and more.

Location:  Parc de la Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 19th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  700
Nearest Metro:  Porte de Pantin or Parc de la Villette
Schedules and Tickets:  Concerts OK
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


Le Trianon  MH9

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Location:  80 Boulevard de Rochechouart, 18th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  1,087
Nearest Metro:  xxx
Schedules and Tickets:  Concerts -  OK 
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


Versailles Palace  C&O 9

In addition to being one of France's most famous attractions, Versailles Palace provides the perfect setting for classical music performances, opera, and ballet throughout the year.  Performances take place in a variety of settings:  the Royal Opera, the Hall of Mirrors, the Grand Trianon, the Royal Chapel, and even the historic gardens.

Location:  XXX
Seating Capacity:  xxx
Nearest Metro:  xxx
Schedules and Tickets:   Opera, Concerts, & Ballet  
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


Zénith de Paris  B 7

Concert hall at Parc de la Villette with performances by top international and French rock and pop stars such as Lady Gaga, Petit Biscuit, Twenty One Pilots, Pentatonix, and Nicki Minaj - in addition to perennial favorite, Disney on Ice.

Location: Parc de la Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 19th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  6,293
Nearest Metro:  Porte de Pantin or Parc de la Villette
Schedules and Tickets:  Concerts
Recommended nearby Hotels:   hotel 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3


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