Chinese New Year in Paris

Where to celebrate Chinese New Year in Paris, January 28-February 15 2017
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By Time Out editors |
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When? January 28 2017 (with events running until February 15)
What? The annual Chinese New Year celebrations and parades.
Where? All over Paris, including the Quartier Chinois and the Marais

2017’s Year of the Rooster celebrations – a zodiac sign known for trustworthy and responible attitude – promises to be just as spectacular as ever. Parades, spectacles and swathes of bright colours are guaranteed for 2017’s Chinese New Year celebrations in Paris, which this year falls on January 28. Take a browse through our events guide below for the full lowdown.

And of course, Chinese New Year wouldn't be the same without the very best of Paris’s Chinatown and Chinese cooking – not forgetting the Vietnamese, whose Têt Nguyên Dán falls on the same day.

Where to celebrate Chinese New Year 2017

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Things to do, Walks and tours

In the Quartier Chinois (Chinatown)

In the Quartier Chinois, the centre of the celebrations, there is a traditional procession, as well as a series of events from January 25-February 11. Sinophiles can look forward to Chinese opera, concerts, workshops and a day dedicated to Fête des Lanternes. Without forgetting, of course, the famous new year parade which takes places on February 5 and starts on avenue d'Ivry at 1pm, before passing through place d'Italie and boulevard Masséna. Expect lots of colour – it’s definitely one of the most beautiful the city has to offer.

Key dates:

January 25: Inauguration ceremony of the Chinese New Year festivities, beginning near the 13th arrondissement’s Mairie

February 5: Chinese New Year procession, leaving from avenue d’Ivry at 1pm

February 11: Fête des lanterns day at the Mairie’s Salle des fêtes

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Nouvel an chinois 2015 à Paris / CC - Tangi Bertin

In the Marais

Although there are fewer Chinese expats in the 3rd arrondissement, the Marais is pulling out all the stops for 2017’s new year celebrations. The area will be paraded in red and gold with a huge procession of floats and traditional costumes on January 28. Plus there’s an origami workshop at the bibliothèque Marguerite Audoux on January 25 (over 7s only), a classical piano concert and a festival celebrating the country’s art and culture at the Carreau du Temple (4-5 February). You are positively spoiled for choice!


Key Dates

> Saturday January 28: Chinese New Year parade with floats and traditional costume, leaving from place de l'Hôtel de ville at 2pm

> Saturday 4-Sunday 5 February: A festival of Chinese art and culture at the Carreau du Temple from 11am-7pm

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Bars and pubs

An evening on board La Dame de Canton

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If you’re a fan of Asian culture but prefer things a little less traditional, spend an alternative Chinese New Year on a 15th century Chinese ship moored on the banks of the Seine. The Dame du Canton (also in the 13th arrondissement) is hosting a lantern-themed evening on Saturday January 28 from 8pm to 5am. Expect full immersion into all things pirate, duels, puzzles, music, releasing lanterns into the night sky and of course, food and drink to keep you going until the early hours. Fancy dress is encouraged – jump aboard for some of the best nocturnal antics this Chinese New Year!

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At Le Food Market

Have your chopsticks at the ready on Thursday February 2 because Le Food Market are teaming up with La Taverne de Zhao to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Expect an evening of French-Chinese goodies on the stretch between Couronnes and Menilmontant metro stations, with specialities from all corners of the country; think Jian Bing, crispy pancakes filled with fermented soybean paste, spicy Sichuan lamb skewers and traditional spicy broth fondue. All dishes are made fresh, with not a single one over the €10 mark. Stalls open at 6pm so get there early for the pick of the bunch.

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Perfect Paris restaurants for Chinese New Year

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