7 ideas for celebrating a birthday in Paris

November 30, 2021

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Are you in Paris to celebrate a loved-one’s birthday? Then now’s your chance to surprise them with an amazing day out! Here are some ideas to help you organise a birthday bonanza to remember. With this bespoke itinerary, treat them to an original gift that can be enjoyed whatever the time of year

1- Learn to cook

Looking for an original birthday idea? How about an afternoon cooking up a storm? Look no further than a cookery class at the cookery school of renowned chef Alain Ducasse, in the 16th arrondissement. “All about bread”, “Traditional cooking”, “Pastry for beginners”, “All about caramel” and more! The school offers plenty of different classes, so you can choose the perfect present for your foodie friend.

Classes start from €90.

2- An introduction to pottery in Paris.

How about trying something a little different on this birthday trip to the city? Ceramics brand Dodo Toucan hosts pottery workshops for adults in its workshop-cum-store in the 19th arrondissement. This is a great birthday gift idea for those with a creative streak, whether they’re new to the field or already a dab hand!

Lessons start from €40.

3- An afternoon at the karaoke

Who’s never wondered what it would feel like to step into the shoes of their favourite singer? Well, why not arrange a karaoke evening and find out? With several venues across Paris, BAM Karaoké Box offers private room hire with access to the cocktail bar. A fun-filled birthday celebration awaits!

Room for 6 people from €77.

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4- Experience the Moulin Rouge’s dinner-show package with friends

After you and your friends have strolled around Montmartre, get in the party mood with a cocktail at the Le Toit rooftop bar, accessed from the Bar à Bulles. Surrounded by the twinkling lights dotted around the roof garden, soak up this special moment surrounded by friends as the evening prepares to turn magical.

And as grown up as you may be, the Revue show Féerie at the Moulin Rouge will whisk you straight back to your childhoods. This is an evening like no other, filled with wonder, fun and Parisian partying at the spectacular dinner-show. Whether it’s on the stage or on your plates, everything has been designed to propel you into the effervescence of the Parisian night. And for the cherry on top – don’t forget to order the birthday cake 48hrs in advance!

Dinner-show starting from €205 for 1 person.

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5- Challenge your friends to an escape game

The underground train has broken down in the middle of the tracks and is about to be crashed into! This is the theme of The Game’s “Le Metro” escape room located in Paris’ 5th arrondissement. You and your friends have one hour to solve the clues, save the day and escape from the room. This is the kind of treasure hunt you’ll want to snap some souvenir photos of. A perfect activity for making this birthday weekend in Paris truly unique!

Prices start from €99 for a team of 3 people.

6- Book a dance class for adults

For an unconventional adult’s birthday celebration, book a group dance class! Salsa, flamenco, hip-hop, modern jazz, samba – there’s something for all musical tastes and experience levels at the Centre de Danse du Marais dance centre. A jubilant way to celebrate a loved one’s birthday! Belly laughs guaranteed!

€20 for a 1hr class.

7- Unwind with a spa session

Why not spend a birthday afternoon in the city relaxing at the spa? La Maison Alaena in the 10th arrondissement offers facial and body treatments, massages, steam baths – everything you need to help you truly unwind. Choose your own combination of treatments for a personalised, amazing birthday celebration.

Massages start at €75 for 30 minutes.

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With these outing and activity ideas, you’ve got everything you need to organise a fantastic birthday extravaganza. Spoil your loved ones with these special treats.

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