Paris is widely considered as one of the world’s most romantic cities. Its narrow streets, gorgeous views and classic bistros all beckon romance and make it the perfect destination for a couples’ getaway. Enjoy a romantic trip to Paris with your sweetheart by visiting these top romantic spots in the city.
Hidden within buildings a stone’s throw from the Louvre is this magical garden. Originally designed as the private gardens of the 17th-century residence of Prime Minister Cardinal Richelieu, it became royal property on the death of Richelieu’s successor, Cardinal Marazin. Shortly before the Revolution the gardens were boxed in by the long rows of buildings and the location became Paris’s entertainment hub. Today a tranquil ambiance reigns, thanks to the rows of linden and chestnut trees, double seats made for lovers and café terraces. Before leaving, take some fun selfies with your chéri/e on the striped Buren Columns found on the south end of the park.
One of the prettiest passageways of Paris is tucked away on a side street between Chatelet and the Louvre. Built in 1826, it was the first place in the city to have gas lighting. These light fixtures still exist as well as its elegant black and white marble paving. The arcade is lined with attractive boutiques, antique shops and art galleries, including the atelier of superstar shoe designer Christian Louboutin and the cosmetics shop of Terry De Gunzburg’s boutique, By Terry. The west end is also flanked by the picturesque Café de l’Epoque, a great spot to enjoy a drink or lunch.
Parc Rives de Seine
The Seine River is one of the most romantic places to stroll in Paris. Formerly an expressway next to the river, the Parc Rives de Seine, extending from the Quai de l’Arsenal to the Louvre, features some of the most magical views, especially starting from the Pont du Change. Walking west from here you can see many of Paris’s top monuments, including the Conciergerie, the Pont Neuf bridge, the Pont des Arts, the Musée d’Orsay… and the Eiffel Tower! Bring picnic supplies, or come at night with a bottle of bubbly when it’s even more romantic!
Place des Vosges
Unique in Paris, this refined brick square was created in the early 1600s and was Europe’s first planned public square. A perfect square, it’s encircled by 36 townhouses and a series of arcades which house art galleries, chic shops and the museum and former home of Victor Hugo. There are also several restaurants including the classic café Au Bourgougnon du Marais, the chic tea salon Carette and the 3-Michelin-starred L’Ambroisie. By day you can picnic on the grass or cuddle on one of its shady benches and in the evening you take in its magic strolling hand-in-hand under its arcades.
One of the most romantic places in all of Paris is the tiny jewel box “squarette” on rue Furstemberg. Nestled in the heart of Saint-Germain, the street was commissioned by Cardinal Guillaume-Egon de Fürstenberg, to create a direct access to his residence at the Saint-Germain-des-Près Abbey, found at the end of the street. The enchanting little square has large Paulownia trees and lamp posts in the centre, whimsical shops (including a florist!) and the studio house-museum of Romantic era painter Eugène Délacroix, a visit to which completes the romance of your stroll!
Coulée Verte René-Dumont
The original “High Line,” the Coulée Verte René-Dumont (also known as the Promenade Plantée) travels along an abandoned elevated railway and is ideal for romantic stroll. It starts east of the Opera Bastille and extends until the Bois de Vincennes. Refurbished in the early 1990s, the walkway offers a unique perspective for viewing the city from its heights but also since it crossing through some buildings. It features pergolas of crawling rose, seasonal flowers, soaring bamboo groves and romantic nooks with benches. Before coming you could pick up some picnic supplies to enjoy on one of these private sitting areas or in the Reuilly-Paul Pernin Garden, a small park with a lawn which the walkway crosses.
This gorgeous house-museum was created by a couple whose own love story revolved around their mutual love of art. Owned by banker Edouard André and noted portraitist Nelie Jacquemart, the extravagant 19th-century mansion was one of the most renowned homes of their era.They dedicated their lives to filling it with one of the world’s most important private art collections, with works by Botticelli, Rembrandt, Tiepolo, Fragonard and Canaletto, to name a few. Their opulent home and collection is now open to the public and is also home to wonderful temporary exhibits as well as a classy café facing the home’s beautiful courtyard, where you can finish your outing with teatime or apéritif.
Sometimes overshadowed by the more famous Tuileries or Luxembourg Gardens, this smaller park in the 8th district is more intimate and has a number of romantic attractions. A pleasure garden dating to before the Revolution, in the mid-19th century, it became the backdrop of the elegant Monceau neighborhood, popular with industrialists and bankers, including the including the Jacquemart Andrés’s, whose residence is nearby, and the Nissim de Camondo home, now a museum bordering the park. Couples can meander through the winding paths of the bucolic green space, passing faux Roman ruins, statues, beds of colorful flowers, benches and an old-fashioned carousel.
Rue de l’Abreuvoir
Montmartre has some stunning views of Paris, but its most romantic view might be of “la Butte” itself, admired from this curvaceous street. Start your visit of it from the small Place Dalida, crowned with a statue of this legendary singer who lived in the vicinity. From this vantage point, you have the picture perfect perspective up rue de l’Abreuvoir towards Sacré-Coeur. It’s incredibly alluring at night, when you can savour a lovers’ moment on its bench. During the day, take a slow amble up the street, the top end of which has beautiful vine-ladened houses including the Instagram darling, la Maison Rose café.
Pont Alexandre III
The romantic venue in Paris that has the most wow factor is certainly this glitzy bridge. Built for 1900 World’s Fair and named in honor of the Russian Tsar, the bridge spans the Seine between the Petit and Grand Palais and Les Invalides. The corners of the opulent bridge are protected by four gilded statues of Fames (the Roman Goddess of Starvation) restraining Pegasus. Water nymphs, cattails, frolicking fish and other symbolism decorate the length of the balustrade. Come at night when its Belle Epoque lamp posts are lit, reflecting down to the Seine below and with the twinkling Eiffel Tower in the distance!
Enjoy your romantic trip to Paris!