Planning a Paris hen do (or bachelorette if you’re from the US!) can be difficult. The French are not particularly receptive to the idea, and you certainly won’t find any bottomless brunches on the menu! Nevertheless, it’s possible to have an unforgettable hen weekend in the city of love, with just a little insider knowledge. Here, you’ll find the ultimate Paris hen do itinerary as well as some top tips for planning the party of a lifetime.
This is the exact itinerary we used for my friend’s Paris hen weekend, so I can personally guarantee it’s a good time! Everyone who came on the trip said it was one of the best hen parties ever, combining partying with sightseeing and of course, some much-needed downtime!
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We’ll go over the itinerary in brief, and then deep dive into the best Paris hen do activities, where to stay, and how to get around the city. I’ve also included approximate costs per person and links to recommended activities to help with the party planning.
Whether you’re planning your own hen weekend and need a helping hand, or you’re organising a surprise trip on behalf of your bestie, this comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about hosting a hen do in Paris.
Paris Hen Do Itinerary in Brief
Here is the quick outline for the ideal Paris hen do itinerary. You can find more details and approximate costs for each activity and venue further on in this guide! I’ve also added some alternative suggestions for activities and places to eat and drink, so you can easily adjust this itinerary according to your preferences!
- Take the Eurostar or fly to Paris
- Drop bags off at the accommodation
- Lunch at Pink Mamma
- Pink limo tour of Paris
- Dinner, drinks, and dancing at Victoria Paris
- Morning at leisure
- Lunch and cocktails at Alcazar
- Art/perfume/macaron class or wine-tasting workshop
- Pizzas, drinks, and games at your accommodation
- Crazy Horse Burlesque Show
- Optional late-night dancing at Le Speakeasy
- Brunch and debrief at Sunday in Soho
- Sightseeing river cruise
- Climb the Eiffel Tower
- Collect bags from accommodation
- Fly or take the Eurostar home!
Paris Hen Do Activities
Some of the best Paris hen do activities include:
- Pink Limousine Tour of the City
- Art Aperitif Class
- Burlesque Show
- Private Karaoke Booth Session
- Wine Tasting
- Perfume Creation Workshop
- Sightseeing Boat tour
- Macaron Making Class
- Eiffel Tower
Of course, it’s unlikely you’ll get to tick off all those activities in one hen weekend, so choose three or four that you think your group will enjoy the most. If your group is a mix of people of different ages with different lifestyles, be sure to take everyone’s preferences into consideration.
You’ll also want to make sure spending doesn’t get out of control by limiting activities to one or two per day. Book them in advance and then ask everyone who is attending to send a lump sum for all their activities before you leave. Be sure to get an idea of overall costs before you book anything, because things can quickly add up!
Below you will find an approximate cost for each activity, although bear in mind prices may vary at peak times. Prices may also depend on the number of people in your group, and whether you choose to add on any drinks or food packages.
You can also find links to book the activities directly or enquire on the exact pricing for your event!
This was, without a doubt, my favourite activity of the whole hen weekend! There were 12 of us, so we got two limos and they came and picked us up from the restaurant where we were having lunch. Cruising around Paris in a limo with the windows down, sipping sparkling wine is what Paris hen party dreams are made of! You can hook your phone up to the speakers to blast your favourite playlist, and you’ll stop off at the Eiffel Tower for iconic group pics with the girls.
Below is the link to the company we booked with – although the website is all in French they do respond in English via email!
One of the more unique Paris hen do activities! Classes take place every day at 9am, 1pm and 6pm, at a lovely workshop within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower. It combines a painting workshop with wine and champagne tasting, and you can choose from a range of painting styles. At the end, you can take your creation home with you.
A burlesque show is an absolute MUST for a hen do in Paris. We went to the Crazy Horse Show which is basically a cheaper equivalent to the Moulin Rouge, and loved it. The dancers are incredibly talented, the nudity is surprisingly tasteful and the overall show is guaranteed to be something you’ll never forget. It lasts for a few hours and you can get packages that come with free drinks and/or dinner.
This isn’t something we did on our Paris hen weekend, but I’m sure it would be a hilarious night out and a much cheaper alternative to seeing a burlesque show. You can find karaoke bars all over the city. There is a chain called BAM Karaoke Box which has locations throughout Paris, so you can choose the one that works best for your party. The private booths can host groups of up to 30, with an adjoining cocktail bar for some Dutch courage!
A wine tasting has got to be one of the classiest Paris hen do activities. We didn’t get time to squeeze this in, but it would have been a great activity for a late afternoon/evening before dinner. France is world-renowned for its wine and champagne production, so I class this as a cultural activity too – it’s not all about the booze! You can often combine a wine tasting with cheese, chocolate even a full-blown lunch, so it’s perfect if your bride is a foodie.
This is a great Paris hen do activity to sub in if your group doesn’t want to do loads of drinking. Make like Coco Chanel with a perfume workshop, where you can create your very own eau de toilette to take home! This way each hen gets a unique scent that can serve as a souvenir from the most unforgettable hen weekend in Paris.
Unusually, hen weekends are packed with partying, games, and activities, but you don’t want to miss the sights too – especially if it’s your first time in Paris! A boat tour along the Seine is a great way to tick off a lot of the sights in a short space of time. You can take the public boat like we did, or hire a private boat for a more exclusive experience! You’ll pass by all the iconic Parisian sights, with some commentary for a little history of the city.
Another great idea for Paris hen do activities if you want to take it easy on the drinking. This macaron workshop takes place at the iconic department store, Galeries Lafayette, and you’ll learn the art of macaron-making while creating and adding the filling yourself. It includes four macarons and lasts for about an hour and a half. The perfect way to learn about these irresistible french cookies!
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but if any of your hens haven’t visited Paris before, they may want to tick off some of the big sights like climbing the Eiffel Tower! I recommended getting tickets for the elevator in advance so you don’t have to wait in a long queue for tickets as well. The price quoted above is to go to the top, using the elevator the whole way. You can cut the cost and queues of this experience by opting to walk half the way up, or only visiting the second floor. You can also buy tickets which include a glass of champagne at the top!
Best Places to Eat and Drink for a Hen Party in Paris
Here are some of the most fun, lively and girly places to eat and drink on your Paris hen do. Be sure to book well in advance as all are very popular venues and won’t be able to accommodate larger groups at short notice!
This cute Italian bistro has gained an Instagrammable reputation in recent years, so be sure to book ahead! It has a beautiful gallery staircase and a stylish pink exterior for photo ops!
This is the perfect place for your Paris hen party to get a real taste of French cuisine. From snails to gigantic steaks and province rose, they have it all here. Plus, the cocktails are incredible!
For napkin-waving, champagne-sparklers, dancing on the tables debauchery, you can’t get much better than Victoria. We even had a booth with incredible views of the Arc de Triomphe. The evening starts with civilised fare and a low-key atmosphere, while later, talented singers and DJs transform the place into an unforgettable party destination.
A cool and quirky club for late-night Gatsby-style partying. Be sure to book a table ahead of time and dress to impress!
The perfect brunch spot to help the hens recover from the night before. This place had huge queues when we went so be sure to reserve your table ahead of time.
A fun late-night Tiki bar with fruity rum cocktails and an electric atmosphere. Perfect for a party if you don’t want to pay the high club entrance fees.
A stylish club in a historic building, popular during Paris fashion week. A more relaxed door policy than many Paris clubs, so works as a more last-minute choice.
Where to Stay for a Hen Do in Paris
We stayed at Hotel Moderniste and it worked really well in terms of price and room configurations. There were rooms of 2,3, and 4 so people could choose who they wanted to room with, and nobody was left in a double bed with someone they didn’t know. It also meant the rooms were big enough that we could all come together in one room for drinks and games before going out.
The staff were also really nice and allowed us to drink our own champagne in the hotel sitting area when we arrived on Friday. They even bought ice buckets for us! They also let us check into some of the rooms early so we could lay out some fun decorations for when the bride arrived.
Other Places to Stay on a Paris Hen Do:
- JOE&JOE Paris Nation: A hostel-cum-hotel with a range of dormitories and private rooms, perfect if your budget is a little tighter.
- Hôtel Keppler: Beautiful hotel very close to the Arc de Triomphe with multi-room apartments and suites, some with landmark views. Ideal if you have a larger budget!
- Helzear Champs Elysées: A chic aparthotel, in an excellent location. Ideal if you plan to do some cooking or want a little more space and privacy.
Getting to Paris for a Hen Weekend
If the majority of your hen party is coming from London or nearby, the Eurostar is the way to go! In my opinion, it’s a much more comfortable and fun way to travel, especially in a big group. The Eurostar takes you straight into the centre of Paris (Gare du Nord), so it’s easy to get to your hotel and get started on the hen-do activities. Plus, you can bring more luggage than you would on a plane, which is handy for bringing all of the essential Paris hen do accessories (see below!).
If your hen party is coming from multiple locations or destinations outside the UK, flying is likely to be the best option. You will fly into Charles de Gaulle International Airport, where you can get on the RER B train into the centre of Paris. You can also take the bus which is a cheaper (but far slower) option, or hire a private transfer for your group.
Getting Around Paris with a Hen Party
We found Uber and local taxis were the easiest and fastest option for getting around Paris in a big group. We were on quite a tight schedule, and didn’t want to lose anyone along the way, so we set up a Splitwise to split the cost of all the taxis at the end of the trip.
The other, cheaper option would be to take the Metro. This may require a bit more forward planning as you will need to map out your routes in advance so everyone knows where they are going. I also suggest you buy Paris travel passes for everyone in advance, as buying tickets for each individual journey could be chaos with a large group.
The travel pass costs €14.90pp per day for unlimited travel throughout Paris, including metro, bus and overground trains to the airport. For three days worth of unlimited travel, the cost is €33.10pp. You can purchase travel tickets in advance here, or buy them from the station on the day you arrive.
A Checklist of Paris Hen Do Accessories
Here are a few Paris hen do accessories I recommend to make the photos extra special and give everyone a little memento of the weekend!
- A white beret for the bride
- Pink or black berets for the hens
- White heart sunglasses for the bride
- Pink/black heart sunglasses for the hens
- Hen party goodie bags
- Hen party hangover kits
- Decor for Bride’s room
- Hen party games
- Straws or shot glasses
- Macarons or chocolates
Top Tip: You can buy the large box of macarons linked above and use clear cellophane and ribbon to create little gift packs with one or two macarons in each! Alternatively, buy pre-wrapped chocolates to make things easier.
Paris Hen Do: Top Tips and Final Thoughts
We found when planning this hen do in Paris that many restaurants and venues are not particularly welcoming to the idea of a hen party. However, the restaurants mentioned on this list were fine with us booking as a group and had no problem with us in person! We just didn’t mention we were a hen party when booking.
Here are a few top tips for planning a smooth hen do in Paris:
- Don’t let restaurants know it is a hen do as they may refuse the booking.
- Be sure to book everything well in advance, especially if you are a large group.
- Print off an itinerary for everyone and pop it in the goodie bags. If anyone wants to skip an activity for any reason, they can always meet you at the next stop!
- Use Splitwise to keep track of restaurant, taxi, and drink costs.
- Tell everyone to pack comfy shoes as you will be walking a lot.
- The evenings can be quite dressy and many clubs and bars have a dress code policy so bear that in mind when packing too!
I hope this post has given you a few good Paris hen do ideas, whether you’re planning for your own party or on behalf of the bride!
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Planning your own Paris hen do? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!