Whether it be in time for Valentine’s Day or you are seeking a spontaneous trip away with a partner, Paris is always a good idea! It’s fair to say that the French capital is undeniably one of the most romantic cities in the world. Whether it be the incredibly rich food, the eloquent French language or the affectionate Parisiennes, it is clear that this sparkling city exudes romance. The Eiffel Tower, The Seine and Montmartre are classic spots of idyllic locations to discover with a special someone.
On tepid evenings, couples waltz up the steps of the Sacré Coeur to watch the sun and clasp their love locks on the chains on the steps. Lovers' conversations are accompanied by buskers strumming renditions of ‘La Vie en Rose’ who wear worn wool berets. Perhaps you are reticent to demonstrate your romantic side or you’re a natural romantic; either way, you are guaranteed to fall in love with Paris.
Seine Dinner Boat
Perhaps one of the most romantic things to do in Paris is to take an evening river boat ride on the Seine. The boat sets off at the base of the Eiffel Tower, sparkling as you set sail on your evening. During your journey, you will pass a variety of famous sites whilst being served delicately crafted dishes. There is often a live signer onboard who lulls various romantic ballads to accompany your meal. Book tickets here to avoid queuing and to ensure the most romantic evening.
Officine Universelle Buly
Officine Universelle Buly is the oldest perfumery in Paris and has an elaborate history. The Parfumerie began in 1803 as a cosmetic shop, creating solutions with water, honey and vinegar to cure ailments. Soon, it became the place where French aristocracy and wealthy travellers alike came to purchase their bespoke perfumes. Officine Universelle Buly focuses on creating unique and natural scented perfumes, free from harmful chemicals. There seems like no better place to pick up your new perfume and monogrammed accessories than this antique and historical parfumerie.
Picnic at Jardin du Luxembourg
The Jardin du Luxembourg neighbours the Latin Quarter and various ornate buildings such as the Panthéon. On your journey to the gardens gates, pop by the local boulangerie and pick a few croissants or filled baguettes to enjoy in the scenic gardens. The sprawling jardin is filled with trees, flowers and immaculately cut lawns. There are various statues and fountains where model sailboats float atop in the height of summer. Pull up a chair (they’re free!) and watch the boats meander, whilst you tuck into your fresh french pastries. Once your hunger has been satiated, wander around the gardens, hand in hand with your lover, taking in the palace’s beautiful facade.
The Eiffel Tower is one of the more generic locations for couples to gather in Paris. However, you can make your visit more intimate by attending one of the bars and restaurants in the tower itself. Here, you can escape the crowds by enjoying a glass of champagne with someone special with the finest views over Paris. It does not matter whether you visit day or night, the views from the tower will not disappoint. Book your tickets in advance here to avoid queuing and potentially ruining your special moment!
Where to Stay
Budget- Hotel Neptune Place d’Italie
Located away from the hustle and bustle of central Paris. This ideal location is great for a romantic evening and is only a short walk away from Jardin du Luxembourg.
Mid range - Eiffel Kennedy
Located in the prestigious 16th arrondissement is the minimal Eiffel Kennedy hotel. This beautiful calm hotel lies just a 20-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower
Luxury - Vice Versa
A boutique hotel located in the 15th arrondissement. The elaborate hotel interior is inspired by the seven deadly sins. You will find bedrooms decoded in Parisian boudoir form and sensual interiors- the perfect location for a romantic break!
Crepes at Ile Saint-Louis
Tucked behind Notre-Dame, away from the hustle and bustle, lies this quaint island of Saint-Louis. Here you will feel most like a Parisian, as few tourists know about this hidden gem. The island itself has various bistros and shops and is warmly lit by antique street lamps and glowing fairy lights. However, it is the famous creperie ‘La Crêpe en L’isle’ that is the main character on this petite island.
After wandering around the cobblestone streets where locals roam, treat yourself to a nutella crêpe at this little spot. The waiter welcomes you with questions about your visit as he heats up his crepe pan. Once your delight is ready, walk to the banks of the seine, crepe in hand, ready to devour your well-deserved treat as you stroll!
After banning love locks on the famous Pont des Arts, people have taken to the steps of the Sacré Coeur to demonstrate their adoration for each other. Montmartre is arguably one of the most romantic locations in Paris; the periphery views over the whole of the city, the buskers who frequently perform outside the church and the painter's quarter just behind the Sacré Coeur all create an incredibly romantic atmosphere.
Pop into one of the tourist shops at the base or top of the Sacré Coeur (and why not a bottle of champagne whilst you’re there) and ascend the heavenly steps. Once you reach the top, relax and enjoy the view as you find an empty spot to chain your love lock on the barricades.
For a romantic evening rendezvous, book the famous Moulin Rouge located in Paris’ former red light district. The Moulin Rouge has been providing entertainment for locals and tourists alike for over a hundred years. It is the birthplace of the can-can dance and classic burlesque, however, modern numbers and costumes continue to keep audiences amused.
On entry, you will be welcomed with a bottle of Champagne, and you relax for your evening of pageantry. Book a table in advance to ensure that your evening goes smoothly and that your champagne is eagerly awaiting you.
Life Drawing Montmartre
Montmartre is famously known as the artist quarter for the inspiring painters and sketchers who wander around looking for their next muse. After climbing the steps of Montmartre and attaching your lock on the famous gates, why not immerse yourself in the artist's atmosphere by taking part in a life drawing class. There are a variety of tutored and untutored workshops where you can establish or harness your creativity.
Wall of Love
Upon visiting the city of love, it seems obvious to equally visit the Wall of Love. This tiled wall, created by artist Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito has “I Love You” written on it in over 400 languages. The aim of the wall was to bring people together in an era of hate and violence. As if Montmartre could get any more romantic! Pass by when also visiting Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur to complete your romantic trip!
Where to Stay
Budget - Caulaincourt Monmartre
Quietly tucked behind the Sacre Coeur, book this reasonably priced hotel to save money for your activities!
Mid range - Simon's Boutique
This is a sleek hotel with terrace views of the every so romantic Montmartre.
Luxury - Hotel Le Chat Noir
Splurge on your hotel getaway with this incredibly cool hotel. The smooth black interiors, trendy balconies and views over Paris are just some reasons to stay here!
Eugene Delacroix Museum and Gardens
The Eugene Delacroix Museum is situated in the 6th arrondissement and is one of the lesser-known museums in Paris. The building itself is the former home of Eugene Delacroix, a french painter who is most famously known for his painting ‘Liberty Leading the People’.
In fact, this work was said to inspire Victor Hugo’s novel ‘Les Miserables’. Although the museum is incredibly interesting, it is the gardens that are the most romantic location. The garden is full of blooming flowers and fruit trees that provide visitors with a retreat from the busy Parisian streets. Book tickets here for day pass access to Musée Delacroix and various museums without queuing.
Vintage car tour
Despite the metro being a perfectly viable option for travel, why not take in your surroundings with a more alternative method of travel; a vintage car. Embrace your inner Hollywood Film star as you navigate through the cobbled streets, wind in your hair, pointing out various famous sites as you whizz past. Book here to ensure the smoothest and classiest journey of your vie!
Catch a show at the Opera
The famous Palais Garnier is the home to various Opera and Ballet performances in France’s capital. The beautifully gold-gilded building is the ideal location for a classy evening soirée and is the perfect excuse to dress up. Head to the theatre bar before the performance to feel the buzz of the upcoming performances. Then, sink into your red velvet seat and enjoy a memorable performance! If you want to visit the building during the day, before the performance, you can book tickets here to enter straight in without fuss.
Saint Chapelle Classical Concert
The church of Saint Chapelle is simply exquisite. The elaborate stained glass windows, which reach miraculous lengths, paint various biblical scenes in regal pinks, purples and blues. Recently, the church has introduced private concerts, where people can buy tickets to watch classical musicians perform. Not only is Saint Chapelle beautiful at night, but so too will it be immensely romantic in the evening.
Louvre by Night
What better way to visit the Louvre than after a few aperitifs and after an evening stroll! Every Wednesday and Friday the Louvre remains open until 21:45, allowing visitors to admire the art after dark. Most tourists organise strict morning visits to the Louvre, draining any enjoyment or spontaneity from their expedition. Stop by the former palace in the evening.
The swathes of visitors will have retired for the evening, whilst clue-up locals will only just be leaving their apartments for a new adventure. Indulge yourself by having a few drinks in the 1st arrondissement at the swanky Bar 228, then cruise over to the Louvre for an evening tour you will never forget.Why not continue with your busy plans during the day and escape for a visit in the evening. Book tickets in advance here to ensure a smooth visit!
Where to Stay
Budget - Hotel Rivoli
Located just 400m away from Centre Pompidou in the heart of Paris. The perfect location for a short romantic getaway
Mid-range - Hotel de Roubaix
A quirky hotel situated in the 3rd arrondissement just a short walk away from the Louvre!
Luxury - Hotel Opera Maintenon
If you are looking for luxury, stay at Hotel Opera Maintenon. This clean and sleek hotel is centrally located, making it the perfect resting place after a long day of exploring.
Versaille gardens cycling
The Palace of Versailles, the former home to Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI, is one of the most decadent sites in Paris. The Palace is situated just outside the city in the town of Versailles and the estate spans an area of 2,000 acres. The Hall of Mirrors is just one of the indulgent sites in this beautiful estate; however, it is the surrounding palace gardens that provide the most romantic backdrop. Tourists are able to hire bikes at the palace and cycle around the beautifully coiffed gardens, appreciating the well-manicured lawns as they pass through. Book tickets in advance here to ensure availability on your anticipated palace cycle!
A stroll in Le Père Lachaise
Le Père Lachaise is the resting place for many famous writers, painters and singers such as Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison. Why not venture into Belleville, and wander around this beautiful place to take in the architectural delights that lie within. Dozens of tombs and mausoleums are adorned with stained glass and gargoyles and marble. The architectural delights of this location will stun you as you stroll around, paying your respects.
Stop by the former palace in the evening. The swathes of visitors will have retired for the evening, whilst clue-up locals will only just be leaving their apartments for a new adventure. Indulge yourself by having a few drinks in the 1st arrondissement at the swanky Bar 228, then cruise over to the Louvre for an evening tour you will never forget.
Ritz Club and Spa
The Ritz Club and Spa, located just off Place de Vendome, is the perfect place to revive yourself after a fast-paced weekend in Paris. The spa offers various treatments, ranging from massages, facials and even beauty treatments. Indulge in the delights of the Ritz Spa by booking a couples massages which you can share with your partner.
It seems fitting when visiting the most romantic city in the world to indulge in some romantic activities. Atelier VM, located in Bon Marché, is an Italian jewellery company that focuses on creating simplistic and minimal jewellery. However, it is there soldered bracelets called ‘L’Essenziale’ that are particularly special. These simple gold chains are soldered onto you and your lovers wrists, binding you both together. There is no better place in the world to purchase a new accessory than the fashion capital of Europe!
Macaron Making Class
Learn how to craft the perfect french pastry by attending Galarie Lafayette’s Macaron making class. Hidden on the third floor of the famous store, you will be taught how to prepare and perfect this famously difficult delight. You’ll even be able to leave with your creations! Book tickets here to plan your visit in advance. What better way to do a date night than by making these perfect French pastries together? Or, make them for the one you want to gift it to!
Hot chocolate at Angelina’s
Angelina, the famous tea room located on Rue Rivoli, was once the meeting ground for the likes of Coco Chanel. The beautifully decorated establishment has recently become viral for the indulgent hot chocolate that they serve and it’s a simple must for some self-care or as a romantic date spot in Paris. The chocolat chaud is thick and viscous and served in a beautiful silver pot with a chalice of whipped cream on the side. Indulge yourself in Angelia’s delights.
Le Perchoir, meaning ‘the perch’ in English, is a rooftop bar located in Le Marais. Despite resting atop the BHV department store, it is truly the coolest summer bar to frequent. The panoramic views of Paris and the sunset are simply divine, and you could even touch the Hotel De Ville that neighbours the establishment. The bar is inspired by the coastal town of Marseille, which translates into cool blue interiors and beach bar aesthetics. Order a fruity cocktail and soak in these unforgettably idyllic vistas.
Canal Saint Martin
Canal Saint Martin has become a trendy hotspot for edgy Parisian locals to eat, drink and simply relax. The quiet banks of the canal are the perfect place for a stroll with your lover. The river is decorated with quaint bridges that arc over the still water. On your walk down the canal, take a pit stop in Belleville to get a Bahn Mi from the famous Vietnamese lunch spot, Saigon Sandwich. This deli makes filled sandwiches with fresh vegetables and deliciously marinated meat. You won’t be disappointed in this renovated baguette.
Where to Stay
Budget - D’Win
For the most central location, stay at D’Win in the Le Marais to get the most out of your time in Paris.
Mid range - Garden Saint Martin
A colourfully decorated hotel with a central location just off from Canal Saint Martin. The perfect base for your travels!
Luxury - Bastille Paris
Splurge on your stay at Bastille Paris, located where Canal Saint Martin meets the Seine. The contemporary and clean interiors ensure you a pleasant stay for your romantic weekend