Dave and I have spent a lot of time in Paris and we love it. I first went there when I was 15 and fell in love with the city during my year’s student exchange. There really is no other place like it.
It might be a cliché to call Paris The City of Love, but spend just a little time walking its streets and you’ll realise just how it got its name.
This featured post looks at the most romantic places in the city for which to spend your time.
Romantic places in Paris
There is no city in the world that spells romance like Paris, with its stunning architecture, delectable cuisine, and quaint, winding streets where you can lose yourself in time.
Whether you’re trying to add a dash of intimacy while taking in the city’s major sights, or looking to avoid the crowds altogether, there are plenty of opportunities to create a trip that you and your partner will not soon forget.
Here are just a handful of things to see and do in what is sure to be your first of many city breaks to Paris.
1. Musée de l’Orangerie
Less crowded than its more famous cousin, the Louvre, the Orangerie is a museum that is built to be intimate and not overwhelm its visitors.
With beautiful viewing rooms featuring Claude Monet’s masterworks, the Nymphéas (Water Lilies), which Monet himself stipulated be displayed in the twin oval rooms, you will feel a real affinity to the pieces and the place, as if they were designed just for you.
The museum also features work by Walter-Guillaume and Modigliani, and is in general a sensual feast of impressionism.
Located in the Quais de Montebello and Saint-Michel, the Boquinistes is the perfect opportunity for a couple to explore the beautiful antiquarian book-markets lining the banks of the Seine.
This tradition of second hand bookselling dates back to the 17th century, and you shouldn’t be surprised to discover some wonderful books, journals, stamps, and trading cards that have been around almost as long.
More than three kilometres in length and declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, if there is a story to best describe a couple’s love it is sure to be found amongst the Boquinistes’ shelves.
While it may have the face of a tourist trap, with its peddlers, buskers, and souvenir windmill magnets, the neon strip of Montmartre is also home to narrow windy streets that lead to sites like maple-tree spotted Montmartre Cemetery.
Here you’ll find the resting places of great thinkers such as Edgar Degas and Gustave Moreau, and an old cable car that will carry you up the butte to the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, which stands in monumental penance for the French defeat in the Franco-Prussian War of 1871.
4. Paris at night
Paris is known as the City of Light, and one of the best and most romantic ways to experience it is by exploring after sundown. For a bit of an extravagant evening, head to the Pompidou’s rooftop restaurant, Georges, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city, along with a bottle of champagne, and a plate saumon fume or some famous Parisian pastries.
There is no shortage of sights and activities to share in the French capital, but no matter what street you walk down during your romantic Parisian escape, you’re bound to end up in each other’s arms.