Romantic Things to Do in Paris

Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world. The lights, the wine, the charming cafés – it’s easy to see why. Whisk your chérie away on a trip to Paris and add some romance to your adventure with one of these romantic things to do in Paris.

1. People Watch at a Café

One of the best parts of visiting Paris is finding a charming café, grabbing a table outside and sharing a bottle of wine as you observe Parisian life passing you by. Head to Rue Montorgueil in the 1st and 2nd arrondissement of Paris. Lined with restaurants, cafés, bakeries and cheese shops, there are plenty of spots to choose from!

2. Discover A Medieval Island

The Île de la Citéi is one of the two remaining islands in Paris on the Seine and home to the city’s medieval center. The island provides a perfect backdrop for a stroll through the city with your sweetheart.

3. Cruise the Seine

There’s something about the gentle rocking of a boat along a river that sooths the spirit and adds a bit of magic to a romantic evening. Climb aboard one of Paris’ Bateaux Mouches for a dinner cruise and take in the city from the Seine.

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4. Stroll Through a Rose Garden

Spend a sunny afternoon at Jardin du Luxembourg — an English garden in the 6th arrondissement, where pathways wind through rose gardens and fruit orchards to greenhouses and sculptures and fountains. Then relax in the sunshine in front of the magnificent Luxembourg Palace.

5. Snuggle Up on the Champs-de-Mars

The Champs-de-Mars is the green space at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Visit for a picnic lunch (complete with fromage and baguette) or bring a blanket and snuggle up with your love at nighttime to see the Eiffel Tower shimmer.

6. Take a Night Tour

Speaking of lights — Paris is, after all, “The City of Light.” And the sparkle of the city is one of those things that makes it oh, so romantic. Find a nighttime tour and snuggle into a back-row seat to take in the luminous city together.

7. Wander Around Montmartre

Cobblestones and cafés set the scene for a romantic stroll through the charming hilltop neighbourhood of Montmartre. Take in sweeping views of the city, stop for a glass of wine at a cute café or take in a show at the Moulin Rouge.

8. Taste Champagne and Oysters

Pop a bottle of bubbly and toast to your beloved as you enjoy some fresh shellfish at one of Paris’ bar à huîtres (oyster bars).

9. Enjoy Some Chocolate and a Book

Prefer a sweeter aphrodisiac? Take your paramour to Saint-Germain-des-Près and browse through the posh shops and eateries and sidewalk booksellers. Grab a vintage copy of your favorite love story (though it will be in French) as a souvenir and pop into a chocolate shop or bakery to fill up on something sweet with your sweet. Or sign up for a chocolate and pastry tour and let your guide lead the way.

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10. Take a Cooking Class

If your partner loves to cook, arrange a cooking class to brush up on your French cuisine . Keep it sweet with a Macaron cooking class—an iconic Parisian treat.

11. Dine in the Eiffel Tower

Give your love a truly iconic Parisian experience and book a table at Le Jules Verne on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, overlooking the glitz of the city.

12. Tour Paris in a Vintage Car

Transport yourselves into a Bond movie on a tour of the city in a vintage car. Hold the door for your partner, as they climb into a 1960s Peugeot or Mercedes. Exchange a smooch in the back seat as your driver takes you back to the Paris of yesteryear.

13. Explore a Royal Palace

Imagine you’re king and queen for the day, as you wander through your palace on a day trip to Château Fontainebleu or Versailles.

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About the Author
JoAnn Bell, Senior Vice President of Program Development, develops and manages more than 5,500 learning adventures in 150 countries and 50 states. JoAnn’s extensive travel industry experience informs her expert insight on everything from where to find the world’s most charming streets to must-see hidden gems across the globe.

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