France entertainment

Top Choice Live Music in Lyon

Le Sucre

Down in the Confluence neighbourhood, Lyon's most innovative club hosts DJs, live shows and eclectic arts events on its super-cool roof terrace atop a 1930s sugar factory, La Sucrière.
Top Choice Theatre in Nantes

Le Lieu Unique

Within the one-time LU biscuit factory (crowned by an iconic angel-sculpted, domed tower, which you can ascend for €2), this industrial-chic lieu unique (unique place) is a cutting-edge venue for dance, theatre, art…
Top Choice Concert Venue in Paris

La Seine Musicale

A landmark addition to Paris' cultural offerings, La Seine Musicale opened on the Seine island of Île Seguin in 2017. Constructed of steel and glass, the egg-shaped auditorium has a capacity of 1150, while the large…
Top Choice Equestrian Show in Saumur

Cadre Noir

The Cadre Noir equestrian display team puts on two types of astonishingly graceful show: Matinales, hour-long training demonstrations with commentary; and – this is what it's most famous for – ballet-like Galas that…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Marseille

La Friche La Belle de Mai

This 45,000-sq-metre former tobacco factory is now a vibrant arts centre with a theatre, cinema, bar, bookshop, artists’ workshops, multimedia displays, skateboard ramps, electro- and world-music parties and much mo…
Top Choice Concert Venue in Montmartre & Northern Paris

Philharmonie de Paris

Major complex the Cité de la Musique – Philharmonie de Paris hosts an eclectic range of concerts, from classical to North African and Japanese, in the Philharmonie building's Grande Salle Pierre Boulez, with an audi…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Montparnasse & Southern Paris


The capital's first piece of 'interactive architecture', this cultural cafe and concert venue was unveiled in 2018. Contemporary works of pixel art prance across 12 giant screens covering the façade, creating a dazz…
Top Choice Cinema in Marseille

Videodrome 2

Fewer video shops would have gone the way of the dodo if they’d followed the lead of Videodrome 2: simultaneously a DVD rental shop, bar-bistro and tiny arthouse movie theatre, it's a treat for gregarious cinephiles…
Top Choice Jazz in Latin Quarter

Café Universel

Café Universel hosts a brilliant array of live concerts with everything from bebop and Latin sounds to vocal jazz sessions. Plenty of freedom is given to young producers and artists, and its convivial, relaxed atmos…
Cinema in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé

This striking cinema has a small exhibition devoted to the history of cinema screens silent B&W movies accompanied by a live pianist. The Pathé Foundation is hidden in a former theatre and cinema dating to 1869,…