Romantic Paris

Paris Attractions for Couples and Honeymooners

Eiffel Tower
••• Romance at the Eiffel Tower. Getty Images/Nadia Draoui

Romantic Paris is one of the best cities in the world for lovers and couples. 

Go up!

The first port of call must be the Eiffel Tower, one of the most popular places for a marriage proposal. The views are wonderful; and you can add to the charm with a glass of Champagne in the top-floor Champagne Bar. Of course you might be surrounded by like-minded couples; the Eiffel Tower is the 3rd most visited site in France.

Forget the others on an after-dark visit with its hourly light show that illuminates the iconic site.

For more wonderful views, try the smaller Arc de Triomphe which gives you views down the Champs-Elysées where you might take your loved one shopping.

Go up to the top of Notre-Dame for another stunning view. If you want to earn extra points, take binoculars with you to look at the stained glass windows.

Go out!

The Sun King, Louis XIV was one of the most extravagant kings of France, and had 11 mistresses throughout his reign. Take a trip out to his sumptuous palace of Versailles to see where he seduced his beautiful lovers. After wandering through the over-the-top gold-decorated rooms, do a bit of retail therapy at the Cours des Senteurs (the Courtyard of the Senses) where you can buy wonderful perfumes from Guerlain, scented candles at Diptyque for a romantic evening and, if you're feeling really extravagant, gloves such as those worn by Nicole Kidman when she played Princess Grace in the film Grace of Monaco.

Take a picnic with you and sit in the extensive gardens nibbling baguettes with charcuterie and cheese and drinking wine.

Get back on the train and to on to Chartres. The city is unbelievably romantic, with winding cobbled streets and one of the most famous, and stunning, Gothic cathedrals in Europe.

Back in Paris, a trip to Montmartre is a must. The views from the white domes of the Sacred Heart basilica are spectacular. From here, walk to the place des Abbesses where you’ll find a wall with Je t’aime in 250 languages. The I Love You Wall is one of the surprises in this romantic city.

Live like royalty in Romantic Paris!

Want to live it up like a king and queen yourselves? Reserve a stay at the world-renowned (and appropriately-high-priced) George V. Even if it's out of your price range, pop into the hotel lounge to soak in the atmosphere without emptying your joint savings account.

For a smaller boutique hotel, try the Hotel du Petit Moulin. Two 17th-century houses in the Marais have been given the Christian Lacroix touch at this tucked-away gem which is also remarkably good value.

Bond with nature, and each other!

Paris is filled with beautiful gardens, and all make an unbelievably romantic setting. Luxembourg Gardens, in particular, is a great spot for couples, and is adjacent to the breathtaking Luxembourg Castle.

In the Bois de Boulogne, the Jardin Shakespeare is full of plants and flowers mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays. If you’re here in the summer, you must book for an open-air theatre performance.

Take to the River!

It may be a bit of a cliché, but sailing down the Seine on a Bateaux Parisiens or Bateaux Mouches river cruise is one of the must-do Parisian pleasures. Do it at night on a dinner cruise and the city takes on an extra magical quality.

Do some very French kissing in Romantic Paris!

You've seen the scene in almost every romance set in Paris: a couple embraces for a deep kiss on a bridge overlooking the Seine River. There’s a reason filmmakers use this image. It's wonderfully romantic, so take your sweetheart to the nearest bridge, walk to the center and give her the kiss of a lifetime.

Wine and dine in Romantic Paris!

There are few better places for a top romantic meal than in Paris, accompanied by a delectable bottle of wine. If you're really pushing the boat out, go to the Tour d'Argent, one of the most famous Paris restaurants, with views and prices to match.

 Or just walk down the street where your hotel is and find a small, intimate bistro serving traditional dishes. 

Wander along the Champs Elysees until a sidewalk cafe captures your attention.

Walk arm in arm!

Venture to the Ile Saint Louis (near Notre Dame) for a great neighborhood for walking. The tiny island within the Seine has cute boutique shops, nice restaurants and nightclubs filled with locals. Be sure to try Berthillon, a delicious ice cream that can only be found in this small neighborhood.

Jazz it up!

This is one of the best cities in the world to listen to jazz, whether it's at a smoky hole-in-the-wall or a popular club. Hit any jazz club, snuggle, sip wine and listen to the sounds of Gay Paris!

If you're here in the summer, make your way to Saumois-sur-Seine for the Django Reinhardt annual jazz festival

Edited by Mary Anne Evans