16 Romantic Things to Do in Paris
Paris is not only one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but also a place with endless opportunities for romance. Therefore, there is no wonder an impressive number of people declare their love for the first time, get engaged, get married or spend their honeymoon in Paris, the European capital known also as “the city of love”.
Whether you are interested in long romantic walks, relaxed dinners or you are more active travelers, Paris has something to offer you and your partner in crime. And here is a list of amazing things to do in the city of love, that will certainly satisfy your thirst for romance.
1. Start with a Delicious Coffee in a Charming Café
Paris is filled with intimate coffee shops where your daily dose of caffeine comes with a smile, and you can savor it while admiring the beautiful Parisian views. Of course, not all cafes have a delightful view but there are some you will immediately fall in love with.
For instance, one of many lovebirds’ favorite coffee shop is Café Marly. Located in the heart of Louvre, with a terrace that has an extremely romantic vibe, Café Marly gives you the chance to delight in your favorite drink while admiring the breathtaking views. Can you think of something better than sipping your daily dose of caffeine and indulging in freshly baked goodies while chatting with your loved one and looking at the charming Champs Élysées and the glass pyramids of the Louvre?
Address: 93 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 49 26 06 60
2. Enjoy the Most Amazing Cliché: Climb The Eiffel Tower with Your Favorite Person in the World
There is not a single person who doesn’t instantly think about the Eiffel Tower when planning the first trip to Paris. This is one of those touristic attractions that became a cliché for many travelers. However, climbing the tower is a must, not only because you should enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of the city, but there is also a top-floor Champagne Bar waiting for you with a tasty treat.
So, even if the Eiffel Tower is a cliché, it is also one of the most romantic spots in the world, and if you really want an enchanting experience, climb it after-dark when you can admire the beautifully lit city and when the tower sparkles every hour on the hour with 20,000 gold lights.
The only negative aspect of this activity is that there will probably be a big line at the tower. However, if you don’t want your romantic mood to be destroyed by a long wait, you can book your entrances in advance. Just make sure you purchase “Skip the Line” tickets.
Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 9:30AM–11PM; Friday & Saturday: 9:30AM–12AM
Phone: +33 892 70 12 39
3. Enjoy a Romantic Walk Along the Seine
Wandering around the beautiful Parisian boulevards and alleys is a bewildering thing to do even if you don’t usually enjoy walking. And walking along the Seine is a fantastic idea for lovebirds from all over the world not only because it gives you the chance to amaze your eyes with scenic views, but there are also many surprises waiting for you.
For instance, you can find old French poetry books, lovely souvenirs, and other interesting things if you just stop at the bookstalls that border the streets. And if you want to end your long walk with something extremely special, stop at the Pont des Arts, lock a padlock to the railing and throw the key in the river while admiring the captivating sunset.
4. Read Books and Luxuriate in Qualitative Wine at La Belle Hortense
For some people, books and coffee or tea make the perfect combination. However, since you are in Paris you and your sweetheart might want to combine a good book with a tasty glass of French wine. If this is the case, the best place for enjoying this mix is La Belle Hortense, a charming wine bar in Marais.
Grab your lover’s hand and enter this magic place, where good wine and interesting books are waiting for you in a romantic atmosphere created by a tasteful, interesting setting.
La Belle Hortense
Address: 31 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75004 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 48 04 71 60
5. Enjoy a Hand-in-Hand Walk in a Bohemian Quarter
Montmartre is one of those enchanting areas that can make even the most skeptical hearts melt. So, make sure you don’t miss getting lost on the charming little, cobbled streets, where important artists lived and found their creativity and motivation.
There is no better way to explore Paris than to follow the steps of fascinating people like Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso or Dali, is it? And if you want to rest for a while, do it after walking up the steps to the Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur. This is the highest point in the city and it offers unforgettable views.
Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur
Address: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 53 41 89 00
6. Get Closer to the Fascinating French Romantics
What is romance without literature, history, art, and architecture? Nothing, many may say. Do you agree? If your answer is yes, while you are visiting the city of love, you should definitely admire its famous romantics together with your sweetheart.
You can begin with the famous writer, Victor Hugo, who, inspired by the imposing Notre Dame, offered us the fascinating novel “Notre-Dame de Paris”. If you didn’t read it, you can buy it from a Parisian library, but only after exploring his house-museum Maison de Victor Hugo on place des Vosges as well as the imposing Cathedral that had been its stimulation.
If you are a fan of the Romantic French painter Delacroix, you can admire his work at the famous Louvre, as well as at Musée d’Orsay. In addition, for travelers who are interested in deepening their art knowledge, to Delacroix’s studio-home Musée National Eugène Delacroix is a must-visit.
Last, but not least, for a fascinating flashback to Romantic-era Paris, visit the well-known the Musée de la Vie Romantique. The mansion used to be the home of writer George Sand and painter Ary Scheffer. Wander around the charming museum, try to imagine how life used to be back then and let the “romantic breeze” enchant you.
Maison de Victor Hugo
Address: 6 Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris, France
Hours: 10AM–6PM (Except Monday: Closed)
Phone: +33 1 42 72 10 16
Notre-Dame de Paris
Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 42 34 56 10
Musée National Eugène Delacroix
Address: 6 Rue de Furstenberg, 75006 Paris, France
Hours: 9:30AM–5:30PM (Except Tuesday: Closed)
Phone: +33 1 44 41 86 50
Musée de la Vie Romantique
Address: 16 Rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris, France
Hours: 10AM–6PM ( Except Monday: Closed)
Phone: +33 1 55 31 95 67
7. Luxuriate in the Carefree Atmosphere of the Latin Quarter
Latin Quarter is one of the favorite areas for many locals and travelers who love wandering around its elegant gardens and savoring coffee at the busy old coffee shops where the atmosphere is hip and relaxed.
If you and your partner are book lovers, you should definitely stop at one of the many antique bookstores in this area. There is one that everybody falls in love with immediately. Shakespeare and Company is a lovely library that first opened in 1919 and it inspired famous writers like James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway.
And if you spend the whole day in this lively neighborhood, you can enjoy a romantic evening in a beautifully lit restaurant and then go to one of the many live jazz bars the Latin Quarter hides.
Shakespeare and Company
Address: 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 43 25 40 93
8. Indulge in Romance and Serenity when Sailing down the Seine
Whether you choose a river cruise or you prefer renting a boat with your loved one, sailing down the Seine will undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience. However, if you want to have the ultimate romantic day, you should go for the second option.
Just make sure you go all the way to the charming Jardin Shakespeare and admire the beautiful trees and flowers described in Shakespeare’s plays. There is definitely nothing more romantic than sailing and chatting about Shakespeare, is it?
9. Adventure Yourselves into Discovering Paris on a Scooter
Some find renting a moto dangerous, while others can’t wait for the next vacation when they can discover a new city on a delightful scooter. In order to have a complete Paris experience and enjoy the city like a local, zipping around the beautifully hidden alleys of the city is necessary.
And to continue with being romantic, just rent a ruby red Vespa. There are plenty of boutiques where you can rent an affordable scooter from, and one of the best is FreeScoot, a boutique located next to the Notre Dame. Don’t hesitate and go find your scooter!
Address: 63 Quai de la Tournelle, 75005 Paris, France
Hours: 9AM–1PM, 2–7PM ( except Sunday: Closed)
Phone: +33 1 44 07 06 72
10. Be Brave and Dance Seductively Under the Sky
If you love dancing and you want to do something different while in Paris, check out the mini amphitheaters along the Seine and join a tango dancing session.
Don’t be shy because you don’t need to be experienced since there will be both advanced dancer and people who have never danced before. So, grab your partner and get lost in this mesmerizing atmosphere created by the tango dancers.
And if timidity kicks in and you really don’t want to sensually move your body in the middle of the streets, you can just sit and admire the more courageous romantics while listening to beautiful music. This is definitely a unique experience you cannot miss!
11. Love, Romantic Walks and a Memorable Chocolate and Pastries Tour in Paris
French people are famous for their fascinating cuisine and for the amazing love they spread through the sweets they create. Who can resist the already famous macarons or the mouthwatering French crepes?
In order to properly experience Paris, you cannot leave the city without joining romantic chocolates and/or pastries tour. Wander around the streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, let the best chocolate shops and patisseries in the city amaze your eyes and the most delicious chocolates and macarons surprise your taste buds. In addition, you will learn all about the history of Parisian pastries and the way chocolate is made from the well-informed local guide.
You can catch a glimpse of the tours available on www.getyourguide.com and choose the one you find suitable for your desires.
12. Cuddle and Watch a Great Movie in a Parisian Cinema
If you and your partner enjoy watching movies together, you shouldn’t miss the chance to go to a classing Parisian cinema and watch an old French movie. Cinephiles from all over the world fall in love with Paris thanks to its fantastic movie theatres so, you should definitely have this experience.
Travelers who plan to visit Paris during the summer months, should check out the open-air screenings at the Parc de la Villette and enjoy cuddling under the stars while watching a good movie together.
Parc de la Villette
Address: 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 40 03 75 75
13. Celebrate Your Love with a Glass of Champagne at Ô Chateau
Ô Chateau is an intimate hidden gem all Parisians love. Even though it is located in a quite expensive area, this intriguing bar has affordable prices.
You can indulge in a delicious Champagne cocktail, or enjoy a Champagne tasting as well as a multitude of delicious gourmet appetizers. This is a perfect place for having a drink before your romantic Parisian dinner.
Address: 68 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris, France
Hours: 4PM–12AM (except Sunday: Closed)
Phone: +33 1 44 73 97 80
14. Have a Mesmerizing Evening in Paris: Dinner and Jazz
Since Paris is the capital of romance but also the Mecca for foodies, combining the two will make your evening perfect. Whether you and your loved one prefer eating in a cozy Parisian bistro or you want to offer yourself the ultimate dining experience in a Michelin-starred restaurant, your hearts, together with your stomach will end up being completely content because Paris can easily satisfy all kinds of people.
The impressive number of restaurants might be overwhelming and deciding where to dine can seem impossible. However, using applications like Trip Advisor can be really helpful in order to find what you need. For instance, if you want to have dinner in a moderately priced restaurant, you can choose L’Affineur’ Affine and, before making a reservation, you have the chance to go online, read a few reviews and make sure it is the best choice for you.
After dinner, you can continue having a great time in a lavish jazz bar. A great option is Le Caveau des Oubliettes, the oldest jazz club in Paris that has a charming 12th-century underground wine cellar filled with music lovers from all over the world. Can you think of anything better than delicious food, good music, and an amazing company? However, if you really want to have fun in this famous jazz club, you have to wait until its grand reopening, at the end of 2017.
Address: 51 Rue Notre Dame de Lorette, 75009 Paris, France
Hours: Monday: 10:30PM–14:30AM; Wednesday to Saturday: 10:30PM–21:00AM
Phone: +33 9 66 94 22 15
Le Caveau des Oubliettes
Hours: Grand reopening at the end of 2017
Address: 52 Rue Galande, 75005 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 46 34 23 09
15. Explore Paris Under the Moon Light
Not only is it free of charge, but an evening walk on the mysterious streets of Paris is extremely romantic, or, as they say in French, “très romantic”. This is why there are so many romantic comedies in the city of love. One of them is called “Midnight in Paris” and the main character goes for a walk that takes him back in time where he meets famous Parisian artists.
So, take your loved one out for a walk under the moonlight, and maybe both of you end up traveling back in time and meeting your favorite personalities. This cannot happen in real life but, at least you will have a great conversation about this subject.
16. Enjoy a Romantic Night of Music or Theatre
Paris is famous for hosting a multitude of shows and amazing performing arts. Therefore, you cannot visit the city of romance and not see at least one show. Whether you understand French or you are far from being able to decrypt the language of love, Paris has always something interesting to offer you. You just have to search and properly plan everything.
If you want a recommendation, go for a cabaret evening at the famous Moulin Rouge, especially if this is your first time in Paris or your first French show.
Address: 82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 53 09 82 82
These are the 16 Romantic things you can do when visiting the beautiful city of love. However, Paris is big and it offers its locals and visitors many other interesting activities and things to see but in order to do them all, you might need to relocate to France. Until that moment, these are more than enough to enhance your romantic escape in the fascinating French capital.