Paris is easily one of the most romantic cities in the world.

Not only is it incredibly beautiful, but it’s got a rich history, with tons of culture to explore, and best of all, lots of delicious food and wine.

Over the years, I’ve been lucky to experience Paris as a single person dating, and as a romantic getaway with my ex-boyfriend.

So it’s safe to say I’ve done the research by going on a fair amount of dates in “The City of Lights” over the years.

In fact, I’ve even spent last Valentine’s Day in Paris!

And now you’re going to reap the benefits and knowledge I’ve found after dating in Paris over the years.

Are you ready?

These are my favorite romantic things to do in Paris that you shouldn’t miss on your next date night!

Romantic Landmarks in Paris

The Eiffel Tower

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Let’s get it out of the way.

The most romantic place in Paris in most people’s books is the most iconic landmark. The Eiffel Tower offers breathtaking views is and a romantic ambiance.

Besides going in and heading to the top, you can also plan to spend time there at one of these spots:

  • Champagne Bar: Share a glass of pink champagne at the top floor.
  • Drinks: Outside the Jules Verne.
  • Pierre Herme: Get macarons to enjoy on the go, including signature Eiffel Tower flavors.
  • Dinner: Reserve a table for a memorable meal at Le Jules Verne restaurant.

Notre Dame Cathedral

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Despite its recent fire, the Notre Dame Cathedral is still an emblematic spot for romance.

You can still wander around the nearby square, Place Jean-Paul II, while admiring the architecture.

Here’s a story you can tell your date to impress them.

The reason Notre Dame didn’t get torn down after the revolution was because of a novel, the “Hunchback of Notre Dame”.

While you’re there, don’t miss out on discovering hidden gems near the cathedral, including the Love Wall.

Louvre Museum

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The Louvre Museum hosts an impressive collection of art pieces, making it a perfect place for couples who appreciate culture.

I love going on dates to museums because you can tell so much about another person based on the type of art they’re attracted to.

Plus, you can stroll through the Jardin des Tuileries after the museum on your way to grab hot chocolate at Angelina.

Pont des Arts

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The famed Pont des Arts was once covered in love locks symbolizing eternal love. Although the locks have been removed, the bridge remains a romantic spot.

I can tell you from experience, this is a magical bridge to walk across during a romantic evening date.

Especially if you time it with the sunset and a street musician playing and singing in the distance.

Talk about romantic!

Seine River

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The Seine will forever be one of the most magical places in Paris.

There’s nothing like strolling hand in hand along the Seine as the sun turns the sky orange, and the city lights sparkle.

Bonus points if you sit down to a picnic of champagne, Pierre Herme macarons, fruit, chocolates, cheese, and baguette.

Trust me, this is a recipe for the perfect low key Parisian date, especially on a warm night.

In the winter, swap the picnic, for a stroll along the Seine with a glass of vin chaud in hand.

Or, any time of year, hop on one of the many river cruises for a ride up and down the romantic river.

Alexandre III Bridge

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The Alexandre III Bridge is my all-time favorite bridge in Paris.

It’s one of the most ornate, which is why I love it. The entire bridge feel is romantic and grand when you walk over it.

The bridge also has a fabulous view of the Eiffel Tower, perfect for when you want to see it sparkle.

Sainte Chappelle

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Sometimes called “God’s Jewelry Box”, Sainte-Chapelle is an absolute must-see while you’re in Paris.

Trust me, the outside of this place might not look like much, but the second you step inside this 13th century chapel, you’ll be quickly in awe of the stained-glass windows and gold.

When I went, I was one a historical walking tour which made it extra special. If you’re into hearing about art, history, or architecture, I highly suggest visiting this chapel with Walks Tours.

I’ve been on a few tours with them in multiple cities now, and they always have the most knowledgeable and fun guides.

Fun Fact: Saint Chapelle is a Gothic chapel created for King Louis IX of France for his collection of royal relics, which included the Crown of Thorns.

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Scenic Parks and Gardens

Luxembourg Gardens

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Luxembourg Gardens is in the city’s heart’s 6th arrondissement, that offers a mix of French and English landscaping styles.

You’ll both enjoy a leisurely stroll, maybe sit on one of the many benches for some cuddles or a make-out session, or even have a romantic picnic by the Grand Basin.

Don’t miss the stunning Medici Fountain and the various sculptures scattered throughout the park.

Jardin des Tuilleries

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Jardin des Tuilleries is one of the best parks in Paris for people watching.

I love grabbing a hot chocolate from nearby Angelina then enjoying it in the garden, ideally from a chair by the fountain.

I highly suggest you and your date do the same thing.

If it’s summer, skip the hot chocolate (obviously), and instead pack a lovely picnic to enjoy together.

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

Another romantic hidden gem is Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, in the 19th arrondissement.

It’s got scenic walking paths and luxurious greenery that will set the tone for romance.

Plus, if you’re up for a bit of a climbing, I hear there are stunning views of the city from the top of the park’s iconic Temple.

Just double check that it’s open, because currently Temple is “temporarily closed”.

Palace of Versailles Gardens

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The palace and its gardens are situated just outside of Paris and cover over 1,976 acres of meticulously landscaped grounds.

As you and your partner explore the garden’s intricate maze designs, fountains, and sculptures, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported you back to the time of kings and queens.

Don’t miss taking a moment to enjoy the mesmerizing Musical Fountains Show to add some magic to your romantic day.

Charming Neighborhoods

Montmartre

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Montmartre is a picturesque and artistic neighborhood that will surely captivate your heart. A must-visit spot for all couples is the Wall of Love, or “Mur des Je t’aime,” where you can share a smooch.

Things to do:

  • Stroll around the charming cobblestoned streets
  • Visit the iconic Sacré-Cœur Basilica
  • Explore local art galleries and studios

Le Marais

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Le Marais is one of the most charming neighborhoods in Paris. With its unique boutiques, delightful green spaces, and narrow streets, it offers a gold-mine of romantic experiences.

Things to do:

  • Enjoy a walking food tour in Le Marais with Devour
  • Discover Parisian architecture while wandering around
  • Visit the renowned Musée Picasso
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Saint-Germain-des-Prés

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Saint-Germain-des-Prés is a lovely neighborhood known for its chic art galleries, stylish boutiques, and cozy cafés.

It’s the perfect place for a romantic walk and sophisticated shopping.

Things to do:

Île Saint-Louis

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Île Saint-Louis is a charming island located in the heart of Paris.

With its quaint streets and stunning views of the Seine River, experiencing the romance of the city is effortless on Île Saint-Louis.

Things to do:

  • Enjoy an intimate picnic at the tip of the island’s western point
  • Indulge in the famous Berthillon ice cream
  • Walk along the quays, taking in mesmerizing views of Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Seine River

Romantic Experiences

Seine Dinner Cruise

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Indulge in a memorable Seine dinner cruise with your loved one for a unique Parisian experience.

I’ve never been on the dinner version, but I have done the general tour boat, and it’s just magical seeing Paris from the water, especially at night!

Just imagine gliding along the Seine River, enjoy a sumptuous meal and marveling at the beautifully illuminated landmarks including Notre-Dame and the Eiffel Tower.

Wine Tasting

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For couples who appreciate the finer things in life, a wine tasting experience in Paris is a must.

There are lots of authentic wine bars to check out, or sign up for a guided tasting session to sample some of the finest French wines, and learn about their origins and tasting notes.

I recently went on Devour’s Paris at Sunset: Apéritif, Food & Wine Tour, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a paired food experience.

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Cruising on the Bateaux Mouches

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Embark on a scenic journey aboard the famous Bateaux Mouches, as you explore Paris from the comfort of a glass-topped boat.

You’ll discover the city’s iconic monuments and learn about their history from the on-board commentary.

And, if you you opt for a night cruise, you’ll get to witness, the “City of Love” illuminated in all its glory.

Rooftop Dinner

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When you’re in Paris during the summer, there’s nothing better than eating alfresco, especially when that means dinner comes with a view!

Paris has quite a few rooftops, but these are the most romantic ones:

Cocktails

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One of my favorite things to do with my ex was to head out on cocktail dates.

Lucky for you, Paris has a ton of wonderful cocktail and wine bars.

These are some of the places on my Paris date night list:

Hot Chocolate

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If you’re in Paris and it’s even remotely cold, stopping for a hot chocolate is a must.

The French do hot chocolate totally differently than Americans.

There is rich, thick, and when done right, pure heaven, especially with some whipped cream mixed in.

I’ve become partial to Angelina’s simply because I’m obsessed with getting it to go and walking in Jardin de Tuileries with it.

But I know not everyone wants to walk with it, especially when they’re trying to be romantic.

So if you want a sit down for a warm drink, check out the list of my favorite hot chocolate spots in Paris.

Historical Places

Musée de la Vie Romantique

Musee de la Vie Romantique

Discover the 18th and 19th-century Romantic era at the Musée de la Vie Romantique.

Emily in Paris fans will recognize this as one of the museums Emily wanted Gabriel to propose in.

This museum showcases George Sand’s memorabilia, including:

  • Documents
  • Portraits
  • Photographs
  • Furniture
  • Jewelry
  • Watercolor landscapes painted by Sand herself

Fun Fact: George Sand is principally remembered for her novels. However, she also gained notoriety for her romantic involvement with famous men, like composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin.

Opera Garnier

As a Phantom of the Opera fan, the Garnier Opera House holds a very special place in my heart.

If you don’t know, it’s where the story of the Phantom takes place.

And just as you’d imagine, the opera house is just as grand as the tale Gaston Leroux weaved about it.

You can either sign up for a day tour or go really romantic and book tickets to see a ballet here.

I went solo, but it easily tops my list of most romantic things to do in Paris. I can’t wait to return one day on a romantic date.

Local’s Tip: If you’re on a budget, or last-minute, head to the box office the morning of the show to ask if they have any last minute partial view seats available. I was able to snag one for only 10 Euro!

Moulin Rouge

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Every since I saw the Baz Luhrmann film Moulin Rouge, I’ve always wanted to see a show there.

I can’t believe I still haven’t crossed it off my to-do list all these years later.

I keep thinking I’m saving my first time here for a fun Paris date night one day.

Until then, friends assure me, for a historic and dazzling experience, visit the iconic Moulin Rouge.

Musée d’Orsay

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Walk through this architectural marvel, a former train station, and absorb the romantic atmosphere.

Musée d’Orsay is one of my favorite museums in Paris.

You can delve into the world of Romanticism through the works of Delacroix, Monet, Van Gogh, and Renoir.

Then treat yourselves to a glass of wine at nearby Cafe de Flore.

Musée de Montmartre

Musee de Montmartre

The Musée de Montmartre allows you to uncover the artistic history of Montmartre.

You’ll be able to check out artwork from artists who resided in the area.

Plus, it’s the oldest building in Montmartre and has stunning garden views.

Palace of Versailles

Who wouldn’t want to be taken on a grand day trip date to the Palace of Versailles?

I know I would!

The gardens of Versailles are absolutely beautiful, and the perfect spot for a romantic picnic.

Or book tickets to go inside the palace. When I went for the first time earlier this year, I was absolutely blown away, not only by how beautiful the palace was but also by how much art it holds.

Fair warning, it gets very crowded inside the palace, so I’d suggest getting the earliest entry available to have a bit of space during the busy season.

Also, if you’re anything like me and my friend Dora, you’ll absolutely end up spending almost all day wandering how the palace and the grounds.

Musée Rodin

If you’ve been watching movies to hype yourself up for Paris, then chances are you’ll recognize the Musée Rodin from Midnight in Paris.

It’s featured in one of the couple’s double date scenes around Paris.

I actually went on a lovely date here last year, so can recommend this one from experience.

Rodin’s art collection ranges are vast, and his own artwork is gorgeous, with so many pieces having a romantic feel.

Bonus points if you make a move in the garden. It was beautiful when I was there last winter, and I can only imagine how stunning they must be in bloom.

Also, in true French fashion, we started our morning off with double espresso and croissants before visiting.

I highly recommend you do the same, because this one museum you’ll want to spend at least a couple of hours wandering around.

Musée de l’Orangerie

There’s something so romantic about strolling hand in hand through Monet’s Water Lilies at Musée de l’Orangerie.

Besides that, the museum is home to a variety of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.

I’d recommend this one to couples who don’t want to spend all day in a museum, since this one is a bit on the smaller side compared to some other popular Paris museums.

Bonus points if you arrive early or go afterwards for a stroll through the Tuileries Garden.

Local’s Tip: Just on the other side of the park is an Angelina’s. It’s the perfect spot to grab a hot chocolate to go on a chilly day.

Atelier des Lumières

Anyone who’s seen the first season of Emily in Paris will instantly recognize Atelier des Lumières.

This former steel foundry, created in 1835, is home to one of the coolest digital, immersive and contemporary art houses.

I’d recommend grabbing a drink nearby at Le Saint.

Or dinner at Les Cuivres before or after the show to make it a true date night.

FAQs

What are the top romantic activities for couples in Paris?

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Seine River Cruises is a popular choice for couples.

Enjoy romantic walks at Luxembourg Gardens and Montmartre district. Visiting the Palace of Versailles and its gardens provides a royal experience.

Head to Eiffel Tower for an unforgettable view or explore Parisian charm through the Le Marais Walking Food Tour.

Where can I find the best romantic views in the city?

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The Eiffel Tower is a classic spot to enjoy panoramic views, along with champagne.

Or along the Seine with a view of the Eiffel Tower.

Montmartre district offers charming streets and stunning views from its hilltop.

Oh, and miss the view of Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Or, for a lesser-known, romantic view, visit the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont.

Are there any guided tours specifically designed for couples?

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You could also check out Walks Tours of Montmartre or The Latin Quarter allows couples to explore the charming streets of these historic neighborhoods.

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How can I plan a surprise romantic proposal in Paris?

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To plan a surprise romantic proposal, first, choose the perfect location.

This could be at the Eiffel Tower, the Luxembourg Gardens, or even during a Seine River cruise at sunset.

Then hire a private photographer to capture the moment and consider making prior arrangements with a restaurant for a celebratory dinner after.

Oh, an absolutely make sure they have a reason to be dressed up so they’re guaranteed to love how they look in the photos.

What are some romantic getaway spots near Paris?

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If you’re looking for a day trip from the city, consider destinations such as Giverny, home in Monet’s Gardens.

A trip to Champagne is perfect for wine lovers. For classic romance, visit the picturesque region of Loire Valley, exploring its stunning chateaux and wineries.

If you’re big foodies, hop on the train to Lyon for a weekend of dining at some of the best restaurants in France—reservations, required!

Or make a long weekend out of it, and head to my favorite, Antibes, in the South of France.

Final Thoughts

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Even though I’m single right now, all I’m picturing is my next romantic night out in Paris.

It’s one of my favorite cities to date in, because around every corner there’s a bit of history, dreamy architecture, or a hot french guy waiting to take me on a date.

Let me know in the comments below what you think is the most romantic place in Paris!

 

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