Roses, Moulin Rouge show, dinner cruise on the Seine, Champagne toast with the Eiffel Tower sparkling in the background… zzzzzz. Oh, sorry, did I nod off? It’s just hard to get excited about the same old predictable “romantic” tour of Paris. Maybe it’s nice if you’re still in the “lust at first sight” phase with Paris (in which case, I hope your partner feels the same or he’ll start feeling like a third wheel!), but if you’ve been there and done that, or find all of that too tacky to even consider, then you need some new options to sex up the evening.
1. In the Mood for a Good Striptease
Le Cabaret Burlesque show is now playing at La Nouvelle Seine, a péniche moored along the river, and it’s a fine alternative to the Vegas-style cabarets. Every Friday and Saturday night Valentina del Pearls’ retro-style pinup burlesque troupe performs their bawdy mix of audacious strip-tease entertainment for a young crowd of locals in an intimate setting, right at the foot of Notre Dame… you can confess on Sunday.
Address: La Nouvelle Seine, 3 Quai de Montebello, 75005 Paris Tickets: €21.
2. Shake Loose in a Costume
If you’ve always wanted to dress up like your favorite historic heroine and dance the night away with your troubadour in a 14th-century cave, check out the regular evenings at the Taverne Médiévale at the Caves St-Sabin in the northeast end of Paris. Costume rentals on site to join in on the fun.
Address: Caves St-Sabin, 50 rue Saint Sabin, 75011 Paris
3. Cerebral Stimulation
If your lover is more of a bookish type, don’t miss the final days of the exhibition Hugo Eros: Entre Pudeur et Excès (Hugo Eros: between Modesty and Excess) at the Maison Victor Hugo (Place des Vosges). Statues, photos and other artworks by Rodin, Corot, Courbet, Ingres and Delacroix evoke how the author swung back and forth between both extremes in his novels, from the chaste Cosette in Les Miserables to the sinful passions unleashed in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Through February 21st, tickets €5-€7 (audio guides in English for €5).
Address: Maison Victor Hugo, 6 Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris
4. Classy Coupling
For classy couples looking for a night out on the town, Club Rayé in the heart of Paris is the ideal nightspot for dinner, cocktails and live piano entertainment in an elegant retro-style lounge setting. Check out their regular schedule of live performers on the baby grand, or the more intimate events down in the lower-level Kafka Bar. Closed Sundays.
Address: Club Rayé, 26 rue Dussoubs, 75002 Paris
5. Play Night in a Themed Hotel
Some hotels are more fun than practical, but the size of the closets is not so important if you have the right playmate! To play out your wildest fantasies, book one of the themed suites at the Hotel Seven. Will you be the Bond Girl or 007‘s nemesis in the Secret Agent Suite? Or a showgirl with all the right moves on the dance pole in the Cabaret Suite?
Address: Hotel Seven, 20 rue Berthollet, 75005 Paris
6. Love Circus for Swinging Couples
Book your tickets now for the much-awaited return of Love Circus at the Folies Bergère, an exuberant comedy cabaret combining musical theatre, naughty burlesque, and circus acrobatics that will have you dancing in the aisles of the historic Folies Bergère. From April 24 through May 29, tickets €29 to €85. Yes, you’ll have to wait, but anticipation is an aphrodisiac, non?
Address: Folies Bergère, 32 Rue Richer, 75009 Paris