It's Valentine's Day, and with romance in the air, there is no better place to go on a romantic getaway than to Paris, the City of Light.
Although some couples flock to Paris with Disneyland Paris tickets, many will be looking to immerse themselves in traditional Parisian culture by exploring its old-fashioned boulevards and sampling the city’s most sumptuous wines and cheeses.
We spoke to a range of bloggers who have visited Paris on a romantic getaway to find out some of the most romantic things they recommend doing while visiting this dreamy city with your sweetheart.
Climb to the top of The Eiffel Tower
Of course, we couldn’t leave the most romantic structure in the world off the list! Built in 1887, the Eiffel Tower has seen many proposals, first kisses and other declarations of love and is a must-visit when in Paris. Blogger Hayley from Strangeness And Charm told us her favourite time of day to venture to the top.
“Go up the Eiffel Tower just before sunset. The last time I went, we checked what time the sun was setting and booked our tickets for half an hour before then. This meant that we got to go up the Eiffel Tower in the daylight and see Paris properly in the light. Once you are up the top, there is no rush to get down, so we stayed and watched the sun set over Paris which was so beautiful.
“Visiting at this time of day meant that we got to see Paris in the daylight, during sunset and then in the dark. It really was a magical experience. When we got back down, the Eiffel Tower was lit up and sparkling which was also pretty spectacular.”
As well as climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower, blogger Alicia from Life of Reilly recommends sharing a kiss underneath its stunning iron lattices (preferably during a New Year’s Eve firework display!).
“As an American, Paris was always pictured as the ultimate romantic rendezvous. I’d been to Paris before with my best friend and enjoyed it but when I met my future husband, I dreamt about a magical kiss with him under the Eiffel Tower. We went for New Years and watched the fireworks burst over our heads and had the most romantic kiss of my life!”
If you fancy something really unique, you can also take in the views of this grand monument from the Seine River on a romantic dinner cruise while marvelling at the illuminations in all their glory.
Picnic on the Champ du Mars
Once you’ve taken in the breath-taking views from the top of the Eiffel Tower, Anisa from Two Traveling Texans recommends enjoying a romantic picnic on the large grassy area next to it, the Champ du Mars.
“Visiting the Eiffel Tower is on everyone’s Paris bucket list, but if you want an even more romantic experience how about picnicking next to it and watching it sparkle? Every evening, the Eiffel Tower puts on a sparkling light show for 5 minutes every hour on the hour once the sun sets. Before you head there, stop by a local shop and pick up some bread, cheese, and wine. Then find a quiet spot in the grassy area around the Eiffel Tower and enjoy each other’s company while you wait for the light show.”
Alicia also recommends having a romantic picnic because it is the perfect budget-friendly date, however she says it’s also worth trying some traditional French delicacies.
“Be daring and try some authentic French cuisine together. Experiencing new things like frog legs or snails for the first time together can bring you closer, and if nothing else you’ll have a good laugh about it!”
Marvel at works of art at the Musee D’Orsay
“From Renoir’s glorious dancing couple to Manet’s Olympia, strolling through the Musee D’Orsay is a sight for sore eyes. You can feast your eyes on the most beautifully painted (and even slightly erotic!) pieces. Didn’t someone once say romance is about opening the senses? Well, give this museum a go and educate your partner - you’ll be glad you did!”
Explore Château de Versailles and its riches
If you’re looking to explore Paris’ rich and luxurious history with your other half, a visit to Château de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) is also a must, says Violet.
“I wanted to visit Paris after being absolutely fascinated by the art and architecture. It was every bit as beautiful as I'd hoped, with art deco features scattered across the city. Every corner in Paris is like something out of a painting, perfectly poised, fresh and wonderful.
“If you’re looking for more cultural romance, well the gardens at the Palace of Versailles have your name on them. Once home to Marie Antoinette, this is a spot to awaken your deepest, richest desires. Walking around the grounds, you can picture the era of masked balls, glorious gowns and hidden areas in the gardens for sneaking a kiss with your loved one.”
Find other viewpoints to admire the Parisian skyline
"There's lots that make Paris a romantic city, the cuisine and architecture being a huge part of that. However, the views are what really makes it for me,” says Amar, blogger at Gap Year Escape. “Of course, there's the more obvious viewpoints such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Sacre Coeur but there are others worth a look.Mont-Valérien has sweeping views across the city for example, as does the top of the Belleville hill. Also go for a drink at the rooftop bar Le Perchoir. You won't be disappointed!"
Another top attraction for viewing the Parisian skyline is the Montparnasse Tower, where you can observe the unique outline of the city in 360° paradise. Standing at 656 feet high, the observation tower is the highest viewpoint facing the Eiffel Tower! Need we say more?
Spend a night at the Opera
Explore Paris’ luxurious side by booking a grand evening at the opera with your loved one, says blogger Cory from You Could Travel. "When visiting Paris with your partner, we recommend booking a night at the Opera House. By buying the tickets in advance, you can get pretty good deals and you will also get to see the stunning interior of the world-renowned Palais Garnier without having to pay extra for a day tour.”
People watch outside a cafe
Sometimes, the most romantic thing to do is nothing at all. Grab a coffee or a glass of wine and sit back and watch the world go by, says Alicia.
“In every movie about Paris a couple sit outside a cafe and let the day go by while they people watch. We had a whole day where we cafe hopped and did just that. Listening to my fella order our drinks in broken French made me completely swoon too!”
Picnic at Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
As well as enjoying a picnic next to the Eiffel Tower on the Champs du Mars, blogger Stefania from Every Steph recommends another location that is sure to give you butterflies.
“Sure, you can go up the Eiffel Tower or go for a walk in Montmartre hand-in-hand, but one of my favourite romantic things to do in Paris with your other half is going for a picnic at Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. This park is located in the 19th arrondissement and has everything from waterfalls, a suspension bridge and a lake, and it’s the perfect place for a romantic walk. Bring a baguette, some brie, and a bottle of wine, and voilà! You have the perfect date.”
Watch a vintage movie at La Filmotheque
If exploring old, vintage Paris is your idea of romance, Stefania definitely recommends getting cosy watching an old film at La Filmotheque with your other half.
“Another off-the-beaten path, romantic place to bring your lover is La Filmotheque du Quartier Latin, a vintage cinema in the Latin Quarter where you can really feel the nostalgic, romantic spirit of Paris.
“Here you can watch old movies from Fellini, Allen and more in cosy, small screening rooms. After the movie screening, head to one of the many bars in the neighbourhood for a glass of wine and maybe some bread and cheese.”
If you’re looking for more things to do in Paris while on your romantic getaway, make sure you check out all of our Paris attractions and tours.
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