There is no city in the world that exudes romance like Paris. From the many well-maintained parks to picnic from, charming and romantic restaurants, breathtaking sights to the love-filled atmosphere, there are a number of romantic places in Paris to take your loved one to. Whether you’re just taking a romantic weekend break, celebrating your honeymoon, an engagement or just you want to spend Valentine’s day with your lover in the city of love, you’ll be spoilt by choice of the many romantic things to do in Paris.
The city of love offers so much to do that it can be hard to decide on what to do and what not to do with your loved one! So in this post, I will be focusing on only the most romantic things to do in Paris and not the most popular tourist sites in the city. However, if you want to check them out, here is the list of the best places to visit in Paris and if your romantic break is also your first time to visit Paris, check out this complete guide for the first time visitors to Paris.
So without further ado, let’s look at the most romantic things to do in Paris for couples that will make you fall in love with your partner all over again as you appreciate the world’s capital of Romance.
Romantic things to do in Paris for couples
1. Take a sunset cruise along the seine river
There is nothing more magical in Paris like taking a cruise along the seine especially during the golden hour as you not only take in the cool breeze of the river but also admire some of Paris’ major tourist sites with a backdrop of a magnificent sunset.
And as the sun fully dips in, the true meaning of the city of light will come to life as you watch the glistening lights from the famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame cathedral and Musée d’Orsay while holding your bae’s hand and telling each other how magical the views are from the open-air roof boat.
While you feast your eyes with the best views of Paris, feast your mouths on some of the best French cuisines by dining on a 3 or 4-course dinner meal served on board and toast to your love with France’s best champagne to crown your romantic night on the Seine.
Pro tip* There are a number of companies that offer this cruise but I recommend going for this particular Seine dinner cruise that comes with champagne and dinner for an ultimate experience! But if for some reason you prefer concentrating on each other and the breathtaking views from the cruise without dinner, this seine cruise tour will be great for you.
2. Go for a romantic dinner at the Eiffel tower’s restaurant – Le Jules Verne restaurant
Photo credit @ Le Jules Verne restaurant
Even though there are 2 restaurants at the Eiffel tower, Le 58 Tour Eiffel (located on the 1st floor) and Le Jules Verne (located on the second), Le Jules Verne restaurant is the most sophisticated and classy one to enjoy an outstanding romantic gourmet experience with your loved one.
Atop the Eiffel tower, Les Jules Verne restaurant not only offers exquisite traditional French cuisines ranging from 5 to 6-course meals but also offers indubitably the best views of the city. From spectacular views, world-class dishes to an inviting and romantic ambiance, dining at the Le Jules Verne restaurant is one of the romantic things to do in Paris.
On top of that, a meal at Le Jules Verne restaurant comes with an advantage of skipping the long lines at the Eiffel tower – and another big plus is that you don’t need to purchase a separate Eiffel tower entry ticket when you make a reservation at this superlative restaurant. So to skip those long lines and dine at one of Paris’ best restaurants with your partner, make a reservation from the official website or call +33(0)1 83 77 34 34.
If you can’t dine at Le Jules Verne restaurant since it comes with a huge price tag, you can opt for Le 58 Tour Eiffel on the first floor of the tower – it also provides a vibrant and chic ambiance, a view of the city which is still great for a romantic dinner.
However, if you’ve already explored the Eiffel tower and want to indulge in something different, check out some of the restaurants in Montmarte. Most of them provide the perfect atmosphere for a romantic date in Paris. A few you can check out include; La Boîte aux Lettres and l’Anvers du Décor.
3. Lock away your love at the love bridge
As the tradition has been for lovers in the past years, it still continues to grow and has famously become one of the things for couples to do in Paris.
Although the Pont des Arts Bridge was the most common one to lock love padlocks over the years, that changed a few years ago when the weight of the locks became just too much to handle for this historic bridge causing some structural damage. As a result, the rails of the Pont des Arts were replaced with panels to hinder lovers from adding more locks.
However, this does not mean that the lovers’ tradition of locking away their love as a sign of commitment to each other died aswell. As time goes on, more bridges in Paris have now turned into “love bridges” with more lovers adding their padlocks there. So as you stroll through Paris, try to spot out bridges that have locks on them and add yours to fulfill this Parisian love tradition.
4. Watch the twinkling lights of the Eiffel tower
When night falls, Paris brightens up and to add to its own beauty, the Eiffel tower glistens up at every hour throughout the night. Get blown away by the shimmering lights from Paris’ icon as you hold hands with your loved one.
You can make it as a stopover sight as you explore Paris’ cute streets or climb up to the top of the Arc de Triumph for absolute satisfaction as you take in the views of the entire city at the same time.
Pro tip* To gaze at the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower from Arc de Triumph, buy this skip the line entry ticket to the rooftop but if you want to watch them from the streets, you just need to spot out the perfect place where you and your lover will appreciate its full beauty from.
Related post: Tips for visiting the Eiffel tower
5. Visit the “I love you” wall
Located in the Jehan Rictus garden square in Montmartre, this love wall that is 40 square meters (430 sq ft) and features 311 “I love you” in 250 different languages is one of the most romantic places in Paris. Indeed Paris wouldn’t be called the city of love without a wall that screams it from the top of the cliff.
Be one of the many couples that visit this Paris hidden gem to take photos with the love wall in the background and try to learn other ways you can say “I love you” to your partner.
While at the wall of love, you could even try to create your own game with your partner – for example; whoever pronounces the most correct “I love you” phrases of the different languages wins something. The voice feature of Google translate will help you decide on who got the pronunciation well or at least tried.
6. Picnic at the banks of Seine river or at one of the many beautiful Paris Parks
There is no doubt Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe that is also perfect for picnics. Picnicking is one of the common romantic activities in Paris that both locals and tourists enjoy as a way of spending some quiet time with their loved ones.
Even though there is a number of romantic spots in Paris to picnic, there is nothing that beats the banks of river Seine. From taking in the views of the famous landmarks and buildings, enjoying the cool breeze from the seine to saying sweet nothings to each other as you feast on your picnic delicacies. No wonder picnicking at the seine banks is arguably the most romantic thing to do in Paris.
However, it is not only the Seine banks that provide the perfect romantic picnic spot, Jardin des Tuileries parc which is strategically located next to the Louvre museum is another beautiful spot to picnic from.
Other beautiful parks in Paris to take your loved one for a picnic include; the Luxembourg gardens whose manicured lawns and statues offer a perfect atmosphere, Champs de Mars which is just right at the base of the architectural wonder of the Eiffel tower to get an up-close feel of the tower and watch its shimmering lights closely at dusk, or Jardin des Plante which is the main botanical garden in France to enjoy the beautiful flowers and plants.
So while in Paris with your loved one, grab a picnic basket, drop in a number of French baguettes, various fruits, French cheese, water, snacks and head over to any of the picnic spots mentioned above. Alternatively, if you don’t want to make your own picnic, there are a number of cafes in Paris that sell already-made picnic baskets – you just need to make an order and your picnic basket will be ready when you need it.
7. Watch a romantic play/movie or a cabaret show
If you’re looking for fun and romantic things to do in Paris for couples, then attending a show/ movie or a play at the theatre is one of them. And no, not every movie or play will be romantic – so before you decide on which show or movie to watch, find out what it is all about exactly.
Some of the biggest theatres in Paris that always have interesting shows include; Folies Bergère, Opéra Garnier, and Théâtre des Variétés.
Alternatively, you can spend your evening watching a fun-filled cabaret show with your loved one. Consisting of dancers dressed in perfectly designed costumes, drag shows, burlesque shows, striptease, one-man shows or just a solo pianist, a Cabaret show has become an increasingly popular romantic thing to do in Paris at night for both couples and singles alike.
The shows normally offer creative musical and theatrical productions that consist of singing, dancing and just having a great time while you enjoy some french wines plus dinner as you laugh the evening away with your lover. The most popular place to watch a cabaret show is at Moulin Rouge Paris but other places like Le Lido Paris and Le Paradis Latin Cabaret are equally interesting.
8. Go on a French pastry tour
Paris and France, in general, are famous for having some of the most delicious pastries in the world and the locals pride themselves in it.
So if you’re a couple with a sweet tooth, then a pastry tour in Paris will indulge you in some of the famous and delicious French pastries. From mouth-watering chocolates that come in all shapes and tastes, Pain au chocolat, croissant, Eclaire, gland, Pistachio Chocolate Escargot, French Brioche à Tête, the delicious French Macarons, to the Choux Cream – there are a number of French pastries that will leave you yearning for more.
You can do a pastry tour on your own – but this means researching some of the best bakeries in Paris and what they are most famous for and creating your own “couple’s itinerary” as you tick the delicacies off the list one by one. But if you don’t feel like doing all the research on your own, you can easily book this pastry tour that will guide you to the best pastry shops in the city as you embark on a French gastronomy tour.
But for the DIY couples, some of the pastry shops you can start with are; Du Pain et des Idées to taste their Pistachio Chocolate, La Pâtisserie des Rêves for their mouth-watering Paris-Brest, Popelini for the must-have Choux Cream, and Pierre Hermé for French Macarons and Ispahan Croissant – something you should not miss while in Paris.
However, the pastry shops you choose to go to entirely depend on the delicacies you want to taste.
9. Rent a boat and cruise along the lakes in Bois de Boulogne parc
Commonly known as the left “lung of Paris”, Bois de Boulogne is a large tranquil park that has a number of lakes, a waterfall, beautiful botanical gardens, a Hippodrome horse racing track, and 2 Michelin-starred restaurants perfect for couples that just want to embrace nature and serenity at its best as they spend a romantic afternoon together.
With 2 big lakes in the park, the perfect way to spend a romantic afternoon in Paris is by renting a private boat and cruise away with your loved one as you take in all the nature and the serenity that Boulogne parc offers. You can choose to hire a boat plus its sailor to take you around or be more adventurous by just hiring a boat and row it yourselves.
After cruising on the beautiful lakes, you can also stroll through the botanical gardens and admire the thousand of well-maintained flowers and plants plus the ponds of the parc – and later head over to the waterfall to feel the splashes of water.
10. Take a romantic walk along the banks of Seine river
Let’s be honest, walking down many pretty streets of Paris with your bae right by your side is already romantic but talking a leisurely stroll along the Seine river with your partner hand in hand is utterly one of the most romantic things to do in Paris.
With the cool breeze blowing your hair away as you point to some of the incredible architecture of Paris or even people gazing at people that might be cruising the Seine, you’re bound to get those exciting feels of love that can only be felt by the 2 of you.
Pro tip* To even make it more magical, take the stroll at the golden hour to watch the sunset over the Seine. The reflection of the sun from the river is absolutely beautiful. And as it gets darker, you’ll be able to enjoy the magical bright lights that come from the nearby popular landmarks.
11. Spend a day at the spa with your lover
There is nothing as romantic as taking a romantic massage with your partner just next to you as you relax your rather ached body from all the sightseeing around Paris.
To even accentuate your massage, you can opt for an “absolute darkness massage” – a massage that is done in pure darkness – something new for you to try out with your loved one. This spa will be able to guide to absolute darkness as you relax your muscles during the massage.
12. Visit the Musée de la Vie Romantique (Museum of Romantics)
Standing at the foot of Montmartre in a mansion, with 2 studios, a greenhouse, a courtyard, and a lush garden was once home to the romantic painter Ary Scheffer which was later transformed into a museum of Romantic Life.
The museum recreates the era of Romanticism – an artistic, literary, musical, and intellectual movement of the mid-1800s which has captured the hearts of today’s lovers who want to experience the “romantic life” of those days.
For art-loving couples, browsing through the romantic works in the museum of romantics will take you down memory lane as you explore some of the beautiful Romantic-era sculptures, canvases, and learn more about romance in the old days in Paris – and try to see how it relates to current day romance.
13. Schedule a couple’s photoshoot around the major photo spots in Paris
Traveling is all about keeping memories and what better way to keep the memories of your romantic break in Paris than taking a romantic photoshoot around all the major romantic photo spots in Paris. I mean who wouldn’t want to have a photo of kissing their partner with the Eiffel tower behind them or even just kissing your partner’s forehead with the background of the Louvre Pyramid.
A couple’s photoshoot is also a fun way of seeing those particular sights and get creative with your partner as you strike romantic poses together – or even goofy ones!
You can take your own photos if you own a tripod and a camera and you know how to trigger the camera with a remote and not just concentrating on selfies. However, if you want professional romantic photos that will look like they’re out of a romantic or a valentine’s day magazine, then hire a professional photographer in Paris.
There are a number of photographers in Paris that choosing one can be hard – this photoshoot tour is highly recommended by other couples, so you can check it out to see if it suits your particular couple needs.
14. Take a ride on the big wheel at Tuilerie
Are you a young couple, a couple that is just young at heart, or you just want to rekindle your youthfulness, then take a ride on the big wheel in Paris at the entrance of Tuilerie parc.
A ride on the big wheel might not come to mind immediately when you think of romantic things to do in Paris but when coupled with a glass of champagne as you enjoy the city’s views of the Eiffel Tower, the Seine River, Champs-Élysées, and other major Paris attractions, you’ll realize that it’s actually one of’ the romantic activities in Paris.
The most romantic time to go for the ride is at night to watch the Eiffel tower sparkle – it is indeed a magical moment that deserves to be shared with your better half.
15. Spend a night at a romantic “mood” hotel
To crown your romantic getaway in Paris, why not spend a night at a romantic “mood” hotel! There are a lot of romantic hotels in Paris especially those with a view of the Eiffel tower.
But I have to warn you, most of these hotels come with a huge price tag but I guess a little bit of splurge on your partner won’t hurt as you wind up your romantic city break in Paris.
Some of the hotels you can book to get the perfect romantic treat in Paris include;
- Le Royal Monceau Raffles – It has an onsite art gallery perfect for art lovers and will definitely make you feel like royalty. Get the best deal to this hotel from booking.com
- La Réserve Paris – This hotel will make you feel like you rented your own apartment with a feel of romance in the air. You can also book your romantic stay at La Réserve Paris from here.
- Le Bristol – To have the perfect view of the Eiffel tower by just making a small step out the balcony, Le Bristol awaits you to bring out all the feelings of love you’ve never felt. You can book your stay in advance to not miss out on this amazing hotel.
If you’re a couple looking for romantic places to visit in Paris or just romantic things to do in the city of love, I hope this post inspired you and showed you a number of possibilities on what’s doable with your loved one.
Have you been to Paris with your partner? Share with me in the comment section some of the romantic things you were able to do.
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