3 Parisian venues to take you back in time

From Notre-Dame to the Louvre, Île Saint-Louis to the Latin Quarter, the history of Paris is omnipresent wherever you go, on every street corner.

But how about an alternative way to discover the capital’s past? Treat yourself to an evening off the beaten track and immerse yourself in the Paris of yesteryear, from the 17th to the 19th century, with a unique, 100% immersive show!

ReminiSens

Relive some of the most enthralling episodes from the Royal Court in the heart of Versailles, including “Scandals at the Court of the Sun King“, “Louis XV and his Dangerous Liaisons” and “Le Nôtre & the Secrets of the Gardens“.

ReminiSens is located just a stone’s throw from the Château de Versailles. With its innovative theatre-dining concept, it invites spectators on a gastronomic and theatrical journey back in time.

Throughout your dinner, you’ll enjoy scenes from life at the Court, with actors playing out Royal scandals and shenanigans from starter to dessert.

The whole evening is minutely scripted to immerse you in the in the fascinating world of the Sun King’s court, with a mise-en-scène including candelabra, porcelain dishes, silverware and costumed waiters.

The menu is, of course, a taste of yesteryear. Inspired by the ancient recipes of 17th-century chefs La Varenne, François Massialot and Pierre de Lune, the meal revolves around 3 themed menus that vary with the seasons: “Retour de Chasse” (hunting menu), “Retour de Pêche” (fishing menu) and “Du côté du Potager” (vegetable menu).

If you don’t speak French, no need to worry: the scenes are also performed in English.

ReminiSens is a unique experience, where you’ll discover some of the wildest anecdotes about the people who made the history of France.

Currently playing at RéminiSens:

Scandales à la cour du Roi Soleil (“Scandals at the Court of the Sun King”), 26 February to 8 March

Théâtre du Ranelagh

The Théâtre du Ranelagh is a place steeped in history. In almost 125 years, it has undergone multiple transformations, serving as a music hall, a cinema and then a theatre.

The venue was created in 1894 under the patronage of Louis Mors, a wealthy car manufacturer who was passionate about music. He organised for his collection of early musical instruments to be displayed in the former Château de Boulainvilliers, and the Parisian bourgeoisie flocked to attend private concerts in the majestic Flemish Renaissance-style hall, with its intricately carved oak panelling and bronze statues.

Left abandoned after the death of its owner, Le Ranelagh was transformed into an arthouse cinema, honouring some of France’s greatest directors and actors including Gérard Philippe, Marcel Carné and Jean Renoir.

Today, the venue has once again turned a page to refocus on theatre – and take advantage of the exceptional acoustics.

The Théâtre du Ranelagh is a playhouse in the classic French style, the perfect setting to discover or rediscover great classics such as “L’Avare” and “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme” by Molière, “Cyrano de Bergerac” by Edmond Rostand or “Le Cid” by Corneille. This season, there’s a focus on English literature with the programme including Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Oscar Wilde’s “Portrait of Dorian Gray”.

Classified as a historical monument since 1977, the Théâtre du Ranelagh has become a must-visit venue for theatre-lovers everywhere.

Currently playing at the Théâtre du Ranelagh:

Cyrano de Bergerac, 25 February

L’Avare, 2 March

Bel Canto

Bel Canto offers up “opera dinners” in the heart of historic Paris. Classical music lovers are in for a treat, with a programme including Verdi, Rossini, Mozart and Puccini. Get ready to enjoy an original menu of gourmet dishes and operatic arias!

Beside your table, you’ll have a quartet of opera singers performing some the greatest arias in opera history. Expect the likes of Carmen, The Magic Flute, La Bohème and La Traviata. And the setting is a scene worthy of a theatre, with the entire place decked out with opera posters, grand pianos and flamboyant costumes from the Paris National Opera.

By the end of the evening, you’ll want just one thing: to come back for more. And you should – because every evening at Bel Canto is unique: the songs are not programmed but chosen over the course of the evening by the singers.

Les Dîners Lyriques at Bel Canto, 27 February to 10 March

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