The 5 Most Romantic Things To Do in Paris

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Paris is the “City of Love”, so almost anything you do is bound to be filled with romance. When there’s so much to see and not much time, try some of my favorite romantic things to do in Paris for a memorable and loved-up trip. 

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Embrace at the top of the Eiffel Tower

The City of Love from its highest point

The Eiffel Tower is the icon of the city, and with good reason. We got engaged at the top of it and thousands of others must have done the same. It’s the perfect place to get a picture, soak in the views and simply enjoy a special moment with your loved one. 

You’ll also see loads of loved up couples and bridal parties posing for pics around the Eiffel Tower. It’s great to go up just before sunset to see Paris basked in the golden glow before the lights come on one by one across the city. 

Book ahead and take the elevator to the top, the steps only go to the 2nd floor and are a challenge, unless you’re very fit. The few extra Euros are worth it to take the elevator, especially if you are having a romantic evening. If you’d prefer to look at it than stand on it, there are many perfect angles: from Trocadéro, the Champs de Mars, the Seine cruises, or the Arc de Triomphe. 

We especially love watching it at night when it’s all lit up. On the hour, every hour from sunset until 1:00 AM, all the lights sparkle and shimmer and put on a bit of a show. 

Hold hands in the Jardin du Tuileries

View at the Tuileries Garden

Wandering in the Jardin du Tuileries is one of the most romantic things to do in Paris. It’s sandwiched between the Place de la Concorde and set out in a formal style, meaning there is plenty of space, seats, fountains, lawns, and beautiful spots to have a romantic moment. 

We love stopping here for a while though and spending a bit of time in the park. It’s a chance to pause life, take a picnic, sit and watch the world go by, or even have an afternoon snooze in the sun. 

For extra fun, try the Segway Tour which passes through the park.

Have dinner at the Moulin Rouge

Have dinner and see the spectacular Moulin Rouge

The Moulin Rouge offers a special night’s entertainment complete with dinner and champagne, along with a piece of history. It’s a must for couples wanting that all round romantic experience in Paris. Whilst there is no giant elephant and Nicole Kidman doesn’t swing from a rope, the famous film was inspired by what you can still see here today. 

Since it opened in 1889, the Moulin Rouge has been entertaining the public with its flamboyant dancing shows. The theater is designed so that everyone is able to see, and the show does not disappoint. It’s a feast for the eyes, with a mix of variety acts, circus and acrobatic skills, and the dancing showgirls festooned with feathers and sparkles. It’s been done like this for decades and you wouldn’t want it any other way.

Enjoy the view from Montmartre: one of the most romantic things to do in Paris

Take in the view from Montmartre

If Paris is the “City of Love”, the district of Montmartre is its beating heart. Wander the cobbled streets and make your way uphill to the amazing Sacre-Coeur Basilica. Situated at the top of a steep hill, it’s the perfect place to spend an early morning watching the sunrise over this amazing city. You can see pretty much the entire city from the top of the hill and the sunrise is spectacular.

When the rest of the world wakes up in Montmartre you’ll find scores of artists offering to draw your portrait, or duck into one of its charming cafes for breakfast. There’s a great walking tour of the area that I’d recommend too. 

Take a ride on the carousel at the bottom of the basilica’s steps, on the Place Saint-Pierre. You’ll probably recognize it from several films, including Amelie, and you can’t help but let it put a smile on you and your beau’s face. 

Be in awe at Sainte-Chapelle

Bask in colored light at Sainte Chapelle

Originally built as a royal chapel, this church is a feast for the eyes. The huge stained glass windows dominate the interior and are topped by an extraordinary, vivid-blue, painted ceiling. With Notre-Dame Cathedral out of action for the time being, this chapel is a more than worthy alternative just a stone’s throw away. 

Although it’s breathtaking at any time, if you go on a sunny day, the stained-glass is especially stunning. Just be sure to book in advance to skip the lines.

Kelly and her husband Andy write Free-City-Guides.com offering clear and simple advice for your city break, based on their personal experiences. They LOVE Paris and even got engaged at the top of the Eiffel Tower… 

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