While there are many spectacularly beautiful places in this world, Paris still holds true as one of the most romantic cities in the world. Renowned for its leisurely strolls down charming squares, gorgeous architecture, and gastronomically astounding meals, Paris is and always will be a good idea. I may even go as far as saying that there is no place more romantic than the city of lights. Keep reading through this complete honeymoon in Paris guide which contains a few of our favorite snippets of the best and most romantic things to do in this fantastic city.
Sit back, relax, grab a glass of wine, put on your favorite jazz soundtrack and follow us as we inspire you on how to make the most out of your honeymoon to the most romantic cities in the world.
What to Do in Paris
Paris is a feast for the senses. If it’s your first time in Paris, you will have to hit up a few of the famous and iconic spots. While it’s very easy to just wander around and marvel at every historical building and charming cobblestone road, we recommend mapping out a route to make sure you get to see and do everything that you want. A few must-sees for first timers are:
- The Louvre (home to the Mona Lisa)
- Musee D’Orsay
- Notre Dame Cathedral
- L’Arc de Triomphe
- Sacre Coeur
- Palais Garnier (the Paris Opera House)
- Eiffel Tower
Of course, don’t miss out on romantic strolls along the Seine River, walking through Concorde Square or marveling at the chaotically beautiful Champs Elysees at night.
For Art/Museum Lovers
If you and your other half love everything to do with art and culture, you’ve come to the right place. However, apart from large Museums like The Lourve, Paris is home to loads of other equally beautiful museums. Musee de l’Orangerie is home to some of the best works of Monet while the Musée d’Orsay is great for impressionist art. For those who prefer modern artworks, The Centre Pompidou and Palais de Tokyo are worth checking out.
For Film/Movie Lovers
For movie lovers, set aside one day where you follow the footsteps of a few of your favorite Parisian movies. Stroll through the same streets and museums in Midnight in Paris. Pay a visit to Café des Deux Moulins where Amelie worked as a waitress depicting the off the beaten path area of Montmartre Hill. Have a glass of wine at Brasserie Julien where Édith Piaf in La Vie en Rose would hang out in. We recreated Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris during one of our weekend getaways and had a splendid time! For film buffs, a visit to Musée de la Cinémathèque is also an interesting way to spend your afternoon.
For Those Who Enjoy Shopping
For couples who enjoy shopping, Paris is one of the best cities in the world where you can indulge and shop until you drop. Here, you can literally find anything and everything that you want. Exuding in nothing but style and class, the Louvre and Tuileries District is home to flagship shops from classic designers like Versace, Hermes, and Yves Saint Laurent. Of course, a trip down Champs-Elysee is also a must for those who want to experience this one of a kind street. If you’re on the look out for more local places where true Parisians shop, check out places like Rue de Charonne and the backroads of Rue de Bretagne where you can find a beautiful mix of vendors, boutique shops, and local brands.
For True Romantics
For those who want to do something romantic and out of the ordinary, try dance in the moonlight by the Seine River with a bottle of wine in tow. While you can do this alone, another unique thing to do is to join tango enthusiasts who gather by the mini amphitheaters along the Seine in the 5th arrondissement to dance underneath the moonlight. While you are free to join them, even just watching them as you sit by the banks is incredibly romantic. Another way to explore the city is to go on a top down 2CVs tour as a private chauffeur, whose knowledge of Paris is impressive takes you all around the most romantic places in the city.
Apart from going on a night tour of the city, wander through the myriad of restaurants and bars in Montmartre for a fun night out. Place des Abbesses also has a charming merry-go-round which you can ride. However, one of our favorite things to do in Paris is to go on picnics. Jardins du Trocadéro (Eiffel Tower), Tuileries Gardens, or Luxembourg Gardens are a few of the popular picnic spots in the city. Some services like Paris Picnic even delivers everything you need for a wonderful meal straight to you. This includes a cotton blanket, some wine or champagne, and an assortment of cheeses and meats.
Other Honeymoon Ideas for Paris:
- Take a Horse and Carriage Ride through Paris taking you to see a few of the most iconic sights in Paris like the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, l’Arc de Triomphe, and Trocadero.
- Watch the Eiffel Tower light up from the Seine River at Trocadero. Head there at dusk with a bottle of wine to catch the Eiffel Tower’s lights up. Steal a kiss, relish the moment, and enjoy the view away from the crowds.
Where to Eat in Paris
Apart from Museums and beautiful buildings, Paris is also home to a whirlwind of gastronomical delights. Everywhere you go there are delicious boulangeries, bistros, and cafes waiting to be tried. Here’s a short list of a few of our favorite places to eat while in Paris.
Breakfast & Boulangeries:
- Brasserie Thoumieux
- Salon de Thé Sébastien Gaudard
- La Cuisine Royal Monceau (Michelin Star)
- Du Pain et des Idées
- Boulangerie Chambelland (gluten free)
For a truly memorable experience, you can also enjoy a lavish Sunday brunch while cruising down the Seine River with Paris en Scène. How romantic can you get?
- L’As du Falafel
- Le Bistrot Paul Bert
- Bistrot Belhara
- L’Oiseau sans Tête
- Steak at La Table d’Hotes de Hugo Desnoyer
- Pavillon Ledoyen (3 Michelin Star)
- La Monnaie de Paris (3 Michelin Star)
- L’Arpège (3 Michelin Star)
- Pierre Gagnaire (3 Michelin Star)
Cocktails & Drinks:
- Experimental Cocktail Club
- Le China
- Terrasse de l’hôtel Raphael
- Ô Chateau
La Terrasse des Galeries LafayetteWhile there is no shortage of fantastic dining experiences in Paris, apart from our suggestions above, consider checking out this list of top dining experiences along with some slightly more affordable Michelin Star dining options. Whatever you do, remember to book ahead of time as most restaurants get booked up quite easily.
Romantic Hotels in Paris
When in Paris, there is naturally no shortage of fantastic hotels to help make your stay as romantic as possible. From large hotel chains to quaint boutique hotels, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodations. Listed below are a few of our favorite places to stay while in Paris.
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Location: Latin Quarter, 6th arr.
Spa Services: Massage
Restaurants: Breakfast Room
Price Range: $310-613
If you’re looking for something with a little bit more character and privacy, the Hôtel D’Aubusson located in the Latin Quarter provides just that. With a trendy jazz bar and courtyard with a fountain, this hotel is one of our top picks for romantic places in Paris. The rooms are beautifully decorated boasting of stylish interiors. However, for us, the best part about this lovely hotel is the outdoor courtyard full of fresh flowers and the full English breakfast served with freshly baked bread and croissants. How Parisian can you get? Enjoy peaceful mornings with your significant other while taking in the Parisian air.
Location: Montmartre district, 9th arr.
Amenities: Massage | Spa
Pool: Indoor Pool | Turkish Bath
Restaurants: Fully serviced restaurants and cocktail bar
Price Range: $360-1500
For those looking for a trendier stay, the Montmartre district is the perfect location boasting of endless cafes, bars, and lively nightlife. The Hôtel Maison Souquet is an exclusive Parisian townhouse elegantly decorated in a Belle Époque theme. The rooms are uniquely decorated and are beautifully outfitted with all the necessary amenities. Guests have noted the hotels lavish interiors and impeccable level of discretion and service. Being a stone throw away from Moulin Rouge and the other main attractions of the Montmartre district, this place is definitely a gem perfect for young couples looking for something different, sexy, and unusual.
La Clef Louvre
Location: 500 m from the Louvre Museum, 1st arr.
Amenities: Fitness Center
Price Range: $357-630
If there is one thing that makes La Clef Louvre stand out, it is the fantastic level of attentiveness of their staff. The service here is impeccable with guests making note of the fantastic service they receive. Apart from the wonderful service, the location of the hotel is fantastic making it an ideal place to base yourself for a few days while in Paris. A buffet breakfast including fresh and local produce is laid out daily for guests to enjoy. Some Suites are huge including fully functioning kitchens and a lounge area. For those looking to stay somewhere luxurious without having to spend thousands of dollars, this is one of our top picks.
Popular Day Trips From Paris
While Paris has everything you want and more, we highly recommend taking them time to mix it up a bit by making the most of the beautiful places around Paris. Here are a few of our favorite day trips to do while in the city of lights.
- Chateau de Versailles Tours
- Château de Chambord and Château de Chenonceau
- Monet’s Gardens at Giverny
While I could probably recommend a million and one other things about Paris, the best recommendation is to just take it all in. Take longs strolls with your significant other. Enjoy three-hour brunch dates with champagne topped with mouth-watering desserts. Because after all, Paris is a city built for indulgences and romance. Hopefully, this guide has inspired and helped you to plan the perfect honeymoon getaway.
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