A night out at the Gaîté, just a short walk from your hotel in Montparnasse
The Rue de la Gaîté certainly lives up to its name! The top spots for an entertaining weekend in Paris are here.
The Rue de la Gaîté is buzzing with life and entertainment for an unforgettable night out in Paris, combining theatre, cinema, restaurants, bars and more… You have undoubtedly already heard of some of the places that make this street so famous: the Bobino Music Hall, the Montparnasse Theatre and the Comédie Italienne. La Villa Modigliani, your three-star hotel in Paris, is practically next door; simply cross the Edgar Quinet Boulevard and you’re there!
Here is a little bit of history before you head off for some fun during your weekend in Paris. In the nineteenth century, said street was located on the other side of a wall – the mur des Fermiers généraux (Farmers- General Wall) – which was built to ensure the payment of taxes on goods entering Paris. To avoid having to pay the taxes, the bars and guingettes (open-air cafés or restaurant with a dance floor) set up shop in this pretty street instead. The Rue de la Gaîté (the word has been spelled ‘gaieté’ since 1932) was therefore home to a vast array of restaurants and dance halls.
Your hotel in Montparnasse is as close as you can get to the theatres
Nowadays, the Rue de la Gaîté is home to six theatres:
- The Gaîté-Montparnasse Theatre, classed as a historical monument since 1984;
- The Montparnasse Theatre, built in 1886, and the Petit Montparnasse Theatre;
- Bobino for musical performances;
- The Comédie Italienne, France’s only Italian theatre;
- The Rive Gauche Theatre, a former cabaret.
These venues offer a range of performances to suit every taste, age and pocket – all in a single street! If you are looking for a three-star hotel in Paris, it would be a pity not to take this opportunity…
A festive and convivial weekend in Paris
And after the magic of the stage, head to one of the many establishments in the street for a drink or dinner. Sit with your companions on one of the terraces or in one of the typical brasseries and share your impressions of the show. A convivial night out, under the sign of the Gaîté, of course!
And when your batteries eventually run down during your weekend in Paris, and you simply want to head back to your hotel, room service is available until 10 pm at La Villa Modigliani.