Oh, beautiful Paris! The city of love and romance is as charming as ever, but when you have your special someone with you, the city seems to light up even more. If you are looking to spend a romantic getaway with your significant other, we have just the guide with the top 10 romantic things to do in Paris. With this in mind, you are sure to treat your partner and yourself with an experience you will never forget.
1. A Woody Allen Classic
Relive the 1996 indie classic film Everyone Says I Love You by Woody Allen which was filmed under the River Seine in Paris. Share a sweet kiss with your special someone under the Pont Marie bridge after a short waltz and imagine you've been taken right out of the movie screen. You can even have a picnic by the river at sunset while sipping on a glass of champagne. Or why not try out the restaurant on a boat? You can indulge in gourmet meals while riding down the River Seine and gaze out to see the beautiful sites of Paris, if you manage to peel your eyes off of each other, that is!
2. Retro V-Day
A trip to Paris would not be complete without a visit to the original Moulin Rouge cabaret. Introduced to the world in 1889, it served as the hub of Belle Epoque Paris, where dancers and performances could come together to create spectacular avant-garde shows people had not seen before. Be aware though, that you should book your tickets in advance if you want to guarantee yourself a night to remember - tickets sell out fast at this ultra popular show.
3. Focus on You
Have your special someone take you shopping along Rue Saint Honoré located in the 1st arrondisement in Paris, you can find everything you could ever want at your fingertips. If you feel like you need more options, head over to Galeries Lafayette, where you will find every possible brand under the sun. After you've had your fair share of shopping, sip on a a cup of tea with delicate French pastries at Café de la Paix situated right next to the opera where the view is nothing but spectacular.
4. History and Music Lovers
If you've ever dreamed of being in Paris with classical music playing around you, this is your chance to turn the dream into reality. Listen to Mozart and other classical musicians serenade you at La Sainte-Chapelle which holds regular concerts throughout the year. Try to focus on the music if you can, the interior of the chapel is so beautifully ornate with stained glass you might get lost in its beauty.
5. For the Intellectuals
Calling all bookworms and intellectuals! Head over to the iconic and tourist hub of Shakespeare and Company where you will find possibly every English language book under the sun. This quaint book store is located just in front of Notre-Dame and has its own cafe. It is the perfect place to share a book while sipping on a coffee. They even have delicious fruit tarts and largely organic and vegetarian food options that are sure to complete your afternoon.
Psst! If you're a fan of the film Before Sunset, this is the iconic bookstore from the opening scenes!
6. Secret Liaisons
Jazz music is not only great for a quick dance, but perfect to groove along to with your special someone. Enjoy a romantic evening in the corner of the jazz club, Le Bilboquet. This jazz bar became the cornerstone of the music scene in Paris after the WWII that, at first, celebrated Django Reinhardt, and afterwards the Golden Gate Quartet, Bridgewater, and many more. Swing to the beat at this funky, free-spirited jazz club with your partner and stay on well into the night to enjoy the live music concerts. After a night of music, treat each other to a delicious morning with the most Instagrammable breakfasts, that aren't just yummy, but picture perfect too!
7. Art Lovers
If you know Paris, then you know the Louvre. Other than the Eiffel Tower, the glass pyramid building of this art museum is one of the most iconic landmarks in Paris. The museum is home to so many precious and sought out art pieces and archaeological gems that one has to see it to believe it. Head over with your partner to catch a glimpse of the iconic Mona Lisa painting which has been a member of the Louvre Paris collection since 1797. This is the most written and talked about painting in the world, with various mysterious theories surrounding its origins and meaning. After you've had a look around this grand gallery, grab a coffee or tea at Café Marly with picture perfect views over the Louvre pyramid.
Psst! If you're planning a trip to Disneyland Paris, check out our checklist before you go.
8. Candlelit Dinner
What could be more romantic than a cozy townhouse restaurant with snug tables and a candle lit in the centre? All you have to look at is your partner, and occasionally your plate of food, and enjoy a romantic evening in good ol' Paris. Le Coupe-Chou is the perfect romantic restaurant, literally the stuff out of movies, where you can have dinner in a vine clad 17th century townhouse. This restaurant first opened its doors in 1962 as a luxurious retreat for famous actors and artists to enjoy decadent French cuisine after plays or performances. Today you can still enjoy traditional French cuisine with your partner and you might just hear a violin playing in the background. Very French, isn't it?
9. Always a Good Idea
Macarons are cliche French desserts that call for a romantic afternoon. Sip on a glass of bubbly coupled with your loved one and macarons from the world renowned Pierre Hermé brand. You can take your champagne and sweet treats to Tuileries Gardens, close to the iconic Champs-Élysées, where you can picnic out under the trees for the perfect relaxing afternoon. You can walk to the gardens with ease from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Champs Elysées, which is right in the heart of Paris' Golden Triangle.
10. Sparkling Eiffel
If you want a view over the most romantic spot in Paris, the Eiffel Tower, then you can walk up to the top of Sacré-Cœur. Although it can turn out to be quite a climb up to the church, the view at the end is definitely worth every step. You can watch the Eiffel Tower glimmer and sparkle at dusk and share a sweet moment with your partner. If you think the Eiffel Tower is the only monument that shines in the city, you're sure to be surprised. Check out all the other shining gems of the City of Lights like you've never seen before!
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