10 Unique Romantic Things to do in Paris

Romantic things to do in Paris - Visit the Louvre Museum at night

Why romantic things to do in Paris ? No other city in the world exudes romance like Paris. On every corner and around every bend, there are elegant candle-lit restaurants, enchanting secret gardens, sophisticated parks, and couples linked arm-in-arm strolling around the cobbled streets of the City of Love.

Paris does not shy away from romance. In this article, we explore landmarks in Paris that make this entire city a haven for enamored couples. We explore the most romantic places in Paris for couples in 2020.

These places are the perfect setting for love stories that only Paris can tell. Here are our favorite iconic and secret romantic places in Paris that give the city its status as the romance capital of the world.

GET LOST IN THE BACKSTREETS OF MONTMARTRE

Romantic couple dancing in the streets of Montmartre

Backstreets of the montmartre neighbourhood in Paris

Montmartre is a charming neighborhood that happens to be one of the most photographed and visited neighborhoods frequented by tourists. Stroll along this district to discover quaint cafes, charming bistros, and picturesque squares that are straight out of a vintage Parisian film.

This romantic distinct features the Sacré-Coeur, the impressive Church of the Sacred Heart. This Roman-style domed church is found at the top of the hill, the sweeping views of the city makes the climb to the top well worth the effort. Sneak a kiss at the  “I Love You” mural located in the Square des Abbesses in Montmartre. This wall has written “I Love You” phrase wrote in more than 300 languages.

Other highlights in this area include the famed La Maison Rose Restaurant, a tourist favorite thanks to its pink exterior. After La Maison, continue strolling along Rue de l’Abreuvoir after snapping your shots of La Maison Rose for more photo ops in one of the most romantic districts in Paris.

Visit the Musée de Montmartre to learn Paris’s bohemian past. We also recommend visiting the museum’s private garden for a brief escape to nature from the crowds.

STROLL AROUND THE STUNNING PARKS TO DISCOVER THE “TEMPLE OF LOVE”

No visit to Paris is complete without visiting the Temple de l’Amour. Found in one of Paris’ largest parks, the Temple of Love is tucked away in the Bois de Vincennes, an incredible park that is less frequented by tourists. Take a romantic boat ride to the island is to see the temple. It is said that if you kiss your partner here it deepens your love. Afterwards, have a picnic at the Piece d’Eau des Suisses, a garden than is just a few minutes walk from the temple. 

If you want to people watch, explore the Parc des Buttes Chaumont which is more popular among tourists. The Temple de la Sibylle, the park’s most famous monument overlooks the lake and provides great views. There are numerous parks throughout Paris that are great escape and temporary getaways away from the city.

PICNIC AT THE LUXEMBOURG PALACE AND GARDENS

Near the Latin Quarter, you’ll find the Luxembourg Gardens and Palace. It is easily one of the most beautiful parks in the world. These French style gardens are dotted with over 100 ornate statutes.

Highlights of this park include tree-lined promenades, extraordinary public amenities, including grotto style fountains, ponds, lush flower beds, a puppet show, and many open-air cafés. Find a spot on the green grass and set up a romantic picnic for you and your partner, complete with wine and cheese.

HAVE YOUR OWN PRIVATE PHOTOSHOOT ALONG THE WINDING STREETS

Romantic things to do in Paris - a Paris photo shoot

Paris is packed full of breathtaking photo opportunities and you’ll find plenty just strolling along the winding boulevards in the city. Consider hiring a professional photographer that will capture your visit to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Here are a few of our favorite streets in Paris that ooze character. Rue des Martyrs is a hip area with a myriad of gourmet restaurants, boutiques, cafés, and specialty cheese shops. 

Passage de l’Ancre is a small street that is packed with nostalgia and charm. It’s full of history and is like stepping into the countryside. Here’s you’ll find lots of shops to browse, LIke Pep’s a quaint Umbrella Repair Shop. This small street is packed full of greenery, colorful flowers, and vines abound. 

Another street worth mentioning is the colorful Rue de Cremieux. Sneak a kiss in the winding little alleyways in one the world’s most photogenic cities.

You won’t regret having your own private Paris photoshoot, specially designed with you and your partner in mind to capture your romance in the City of Lights.

A local photographer will capture your time in the city and make your trip unforgettable and will know all the iconic photo spots and hidden gems that the city has to offer. 

WATCH THE SUNSET AT THE PONT ALEXANDRE III

The Pont Alexandre III is hands down one of the most extravagant and architecturally stunning bridges in the city. This ornate bridge is a favorite among tourists and often serves a photography background due to its perspectives of the Eiffel Tower. It’s lavishly decorated with gold, bronze and copper statues of angels, winged horses, and baroque candelabras and lamps. This bridge is the perfect place to stroll the Seine River, arm in arm with your loved one.

SNEAK A KISS AT THE SULTRY “MAISON SOUQUET”

For something more scandalous and risqué, visit the Maison Souquet to ignite some passion. This award-winning boutique hotel used to house one of Paris’s famous maisons closes and is drenched with over the top opulence. The hotel is lavishly decorated with sensual portraits, lush red velvet, crushed gold leaf, and Art Nouveau decor that was designed to stimulate the senses. Head to the bar for a night out to discover the sumptuous ambiance for yourself.

DISCOVER THE SOPHISTICATED PLACE DAUPHINE

Escape the crowds at one of Paris’s least visited and underrated squares for some much needed alone time after your tour of the city. This quiet refuge is the perfect place to get some private alone time. Place Dauphine is hidden away between elegant houses that surround the small square. It’s especially beautiful in the spring when the trees are in full bloom. There is something romantic about feeling like you and your partner are completely alone is such a massive metropolis. 

TAKE A SPIN ON A VINTAGE CAROUSEL

Take-a-spin-on-a-vintage-carousel

Found on the grounds of the Hôtel de Ville is one of Paris’ most whimsical and enchanting carousels. Visit at night to ride the Art Nouveau carousel, lit up in all her glory. This vintage double-decked amusement park ride is handmade, covered with mirrors, wooden animals and ornate flowers. Both the carousel and the renaissance style Hôtel de Ville are romantic backgrounds for an evening out.

RELAX IN THE GARDENS OF A FORMER ROYAL PALACE

Romantic-things-to-do-in-Paris-Relax-in-the-Palais-Royal-gardens

In the heart of Paris, lies the Jardin du Palais Royal. The tranquil park is an oasis of calm for when you and your partner need a respite from the crowds and need a place to unwind.

This underrated park is a favorite among locals due to its beauty and regality. The walkways are lined with meticulously kept trees, and the gardens feature beautiful rose gardens, elegant fountains, and modern sculptures and art installations. 

For an added touch of romance, sit in one of the green chairs found in the gardens created by artist Michel Goulet.

By connecting your headphones in these Poem Chairs, you and your partner can listen to contemporary poems for a shared intimate moment.

Near the Jardin du Palais Royal is the world-renowned Louvre Museum, a beauty in its own right. Consider visiting the courtyard at night to view the Glass Pyramid lit up for spectacular views, with fewer people visiting than during the day.

VISIT THE EIFFEL TOWER AT DAYBREAK

And of course, a trip to the City of Love would not be complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower. 

There are plenty of streets and views around the Iron Lady that provide great views of the tower.

Rue de l’Université offers a view of typical Parisian street life in the foreground, with the Eiffel Tower majestically in the background.

Trocadero is a photographers favorite, especially in the early morning during sunrise. This large open square has beautiful patterns of tiles on the ground to frame your picture.

Another popular spot is found at the end of a cul-de-sac on Avenue de Camoëns. This spot offers a great view of the Eiffel Tower, framed with trees and surrounded by the architecture of the neighborhood.

A FEW MORE ROMANTIC THINGS TO DO IN PARIS

If you are wondering what romantic things to do in Paris, when you are traveling to Paris for the first time

… then you are in the right place. We will list a few cool & interesting things to do in Paris for couples and some restaurant recommendations where locals go.

Elegant couple walking along the Seine river under the Louis Philippe bridge

TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO PARIS FOR THE FIRST TIME

There are a few things that you should know when visiting Paris for the first time:

  • The official language is French, but more and more people speak English fluently. 
  • The official currency is the Euro. To convert to your local currency, use XE.
  • Avoid the 18, 19 and 20th arrondissements. To be close to the Eiffel Tower, search accommodation in the 16th. Find a hotel through Booking
  • Getting around. The public transportation is well organized. Download the RATP app to move around the city easily. From the airport, a typical UBER ride costs Euro 45 and taxi should be similar (make sure to confirm with the driver first). For a private driver with a small car or a van, we warmly recommend Cyril and his company MUEVETE.
  • Useful Tips. Tap water is free, as well as the bread at restaurants. You can get an all in one Paris pass to enter different Paris attractions and places to visit in the city. You are not obliged to tip in Paris, but most people do it. We recommend 5-10%.

Must Eat Food In Paris

We are convinced that love goes through the stomach so eating is surely part of the romantic things to do in Paris.

If you have decided to not eat your breakfast in the hotel, it’s probably a great idea. You can run to the bakery on the corner and buy fresh baguettes and croissants or you can go out and start your first day in Paris with a proper Parisian breakfast.

BREAKFAST

Chocolate croissants and cappuccino at Carette

CARETTE PARIS

Café Carette was created in 1927 and we recommend the almond croissants, the hot chocolate and the macarons. The macarons are probably the creamiest – “moelleux” in French – in Paris. 

There are 3 addresses in Paris: Place de Trocadéro, Place de Vosges and Place du Tertre.

LUNCH & DINNER

LE RELAIS GASCON

Le Relais Gascon is probably best known for their giant salads. These come with potato chips having garlic flavor and are simply delicious. We recommend going here for a lunch, after visiting the Montmartre and Sacre-Coeur area. The restaurant is around the corner from the Square Rictus where you find the famous “I Love You Wall“.

TRIBECA

Second on our list is Tribeca. Our favorite place for their “Camembert roti aux truffes”. It’s melted cheese with truffle sauce and salad. You can eat it with fresh traditional baguette and a proper red wine.

Tribeca Paris is very close to our favorite ice cream shop Amorino. If you go there, try the chocolate flavor called Inimitable.

CAFÉ LOUIS-PHILIPPE

If you have time to try Café Louis-Philippe, we recommend the oysters and the cherry sauce duck filet. They also have the very French escargotswith pesto filling. A delight !

The restaurant is very close to the Ile Saint Louis and Le Marais area. So you can explore those places easily.

BONUS: 4 more Romantic Things To Do In Paris

Romantic things to do in Paris - Romantic walk in the Tuileries Gardens
  • 1. Take a stroll in one of the beautiful parks that Paris has to offer. There are many beautiful gardens in the city. Just to mention some of them: Luxembourg gardens, Parc Monceau, Jardin des Plantes and our favorite for any season the Jardins des Tuileries
  • 2. Have a romantic picnic on the Seine river. Ingredients: fresh baguette, cheese, jampbon and a bottle of wine or champagne. Favorite spots: the tip of the Ile de la Cité also called Square du Vert Galant, or close to the pont de la Tournelle. Here, the view over the Notre Dame cathedral is simply breathtaking.
  • 3. Go on a diner cruiseBateaux Parisiens has the highest ratings online. What can be more romantic than having a delicious meal while cruising by the most iconic landmarks in Paris. It is probably our favorite romantic things to do in Paris.
  • 4. Explore the city in two, with a vintage French Citroen car. Our friends from City Wheels have the most charismatic drivers who entertain you throughout the journey. They will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off wherever you wish. 
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Souvenir Shopping in Paris

Finding the right souvenirs to bring back from your Paris trip can take a lot of your visiting time. This is why, buying souvenirs online is the best way, especially if you are looking for unique gifts from Paris.

Unique gifts from Paris - Paris Gift Box

I hope the tips about these unique romantic things to do in Paris, were useful. If you think that something interesting should make the list, let us know in the comments below. 

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