Paris is famous in the entire world for being a place conducive to true romance. For a lovers’ stroll or for those who want to discover little knowns Parisian places, we have compiled a list of 10 Romantic places in Paris to discover as lovers, 4 activities to do and 7 exquisite hotels for a memorable stay.
Why Paris is the romantic capital of the world?
Which city in the world can compare to the romance of Paris?
Just look around you! See these tree-lined avenues, manicured parks and gardens, idyllic banks of the River Seine, aristocratic mansions, Gothic churches, charming and secret little corners, chic boutiques, upscale art galleries…?
Paris is an amazingly romantic place for enjoying each other’s company arm-in-arm. No wonder Paris has always inspired love!
Romantic Things to do in Paris
Before I reveal our favourite romantic places in Paris, let me give you a few romantic things you can do when visiting Paris… and obviously you don’t have to be there for Valentine’s Day to make them happen!
Here are a few ideas:
Visit the Opera Garnier, Paris’ opulent opera and ballet house
The setting for the Phantom of the Opera is perhaps the most beautiful opera house in the world. It’s also a historic place that you can visit: see the main auditorium with the famous Chagall ceiling and the seven-ton chandelier that hangs from its centre, uncover hidden nooks and crannies, and admire the sweeping Grand Staircase.
A romantic Gourmand Dinner Cruise on the Seine
Embark for an impossibly elegant way to experience Paris! Spend 2.5 hours cruising along the Seine and wonder at the City of Light by night. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of Champagne or wine before starting a four-course meal unforgettable dinner.
Enjoy a stunning climbing experience at the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower should not have any secrets for you after this essential cultural experience! You will join a friendly local guide (with no more than 20 people) and clamber up the wrought-iron structure, and hear the story of how the tower was once reviled as an eyesore on the city’s skyline! When you’ll look down from the airy heights, you’ll be spoiled with a fantastic view of the city’s landmarks.
Hop on a Private Tour of Paris in a Citroën 2CV with Driver!
One of the most memorable ways to explore Paris in style! Get in an old-school Citroën 2CV (an economy car introduced in 1948) and listen to local history as you’re driven past famous landmarks. The 2CV tour will take you through the best sights in Paris and treat you to passionate descriptions and anecdotes.
10 Romantic Places in Paris
Now, let’s turn to our Top 10 Romantic Places in Paris, starting with:
1. Pont des Arts
Complete your visit by exploring the courtyards of the Louvre and a walk to Pont Neuf and Square du Vert Galant.
2. Passy and Avenue de Camoëns
Little known, the dead-end street in the ancient neighbourhood of Passy has a majestic view of the Eiffel Tower towering on the rooftops of Paris.
Complete your visit by exploring the neighbourhood of Passy: the adjacent place de Costa Rica (look up for the spire of the Eiffel Tower!) and the shopping precinct of rue de Passy.
3. Luxembourg Garden
The historic Luxembourg garden is an oasis of greenery on the Left Bank of Paris, not far from the busy district of Saint-Germain-des-Près. To the north of the park, the French Senate occupies the magnificent Luxembourg Palace. The formal layout of the park includes a Grand Bassin and the beautiful Medici’ fountain.
4. Quai d’Orléans and Ile Saint-Louis
Bordering the River Seine from Pont Saint-Louis to Pont de la Tournelle, Quai d’Orléans is situated on the Île Saint-Louis. Even in the middle of Winter the street is ‘magnifique’ with splendid views of the chevet of Notre-Dame (unfortunately under restoration following the great fire of April 2019). Don’t forget to look for the spire of the Eiffel Tower in the distance from Pont de la Tournelle.
Complete your visit with a stroll on Quai de Bourbon, Place Louis Aragon and Pont Saint-Louis.
5. Place des Vosges and the Marais
The delightful Place des Vosges is arguably one of the most beautiful squares of Paris. It is therefore the oldest along with Place Dauphine on the Ile de la Cité. Constructed in the early 17th century, it is surrounded by symmetrical arcaded houses that alternate stone and brick. A green park occupies its centre.
Complete your visit with a stroll in the Marais. This historic district of Paris includes many aristocratic mansions dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries.
6. Rue de l’Abreuvoir in Montmartre
Rue de l’Abreuvoir is situated on the hill of Montmartre. The most picturesque view is from the square of Place Dalida, at the end of the street. Do not miss strolling along the Allée des Brouillards to reach another charming little square: Place Casadessus.
7. Parc Monceau
One of Paris’ most beautiful public parks from the 18th century. With its English garden style, Parc Monceau features many statues and follies (scaled-down architectural features) such as a pyramid and columns.
Complete your visit with four museums in the neighbourhood: Musée nissan de Camondo, Musée Gernuschi, Musée Henner and Musée Jacquemart-André.
8. Place Saint-Georges and the Museum of Romantic Life
The charming little square is bordered by elegant hôtels particuliers built in the 19th century and ornate with a retro Paris métro sign.
Nearby is the exquisite Museum of Romantic Life set in a haven of greenery.
9. Rue de Furstemberg in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Within a stone’s throw of Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the exquisite rue de Furstemberg opens onto a shady little square reminiscent of those romantic movies based in Paris.
10. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
With the Sibylle Temple overlooking the vast public park from the top of a cliff, the Buttes-Chaumont has kept since its opening in 1867 the romantic charm of the Second Empire. The park includes a grotto with an artificial waterfall set in old gypsum and limestone quarry as well as several cafés, two Guignol theatres and two Waffle stands.
Complete your visit by exploring the picturesque little streets of Quartier d’Amérique on each side of rue de la Mouzaïa.
Seven of the most romantic hotels in Paris
Some ideas for where to stay in Paris’ most romantic hotels. The decoration of these hotels is sumptuous and displays Antique velvet furniture, rococo reliefs, Belle Epoque looks, and artwork propped up against the walls… Some even offer glorious views of the Eiffel Tower or the river Seine.
Shangri-La, 10 avenue d’Iéna, 16th arrondissement
Le Meurice, 228 rue de Rivoli, 1st arrondissement
Le Royal Monceau Raffles, 37 avenue Hoche, 8th arrondissement
Saint James Paris, 5 place du chancelier Adenauer, 16th arrondissement
Plaza Athénée, 25 avenue Montaigne, 8th arrondissement
La Réserve Paris, 42 avenue Gabriel, 8th arrondissement
Four Seasons Hotel George V, 31 avenue George V, 8th arrondissement
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