Welcome to Paris, the City of Love ♥ From ‘Emily in Paris’ (if not watched yet, you have to on Netflix), we know that Paris comes with those incredible romantic vibes. You barely can’t fall in love with the city, the people and the romance it pulls out on every corner. Today, I introduce you to some dreamy spots and romantic things to do in Paris, that will let you fall in love instantly with the city and of course they are perfect to create a truly romantic Valentine’s Day or any great first date for you. Let’s love travel begin!
#1 Visit the Eiffel Tower together
The Eiffel Tower truly is one of the most iconic and most often visited sights in Paris. Together, you can visit this monument. Enjoy the parks around the Eiffel Tower, take some pictures together, take a tour up to the top, and enjoy the breathtaking view over the city from above. And if you have a date in the evening, every full hour for 5 minutes the Eiffel Tower sparkles at night.
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#2 Ride together on a nostalgic carousel
Sometimes we have to do childish things that remind us of happy moments. And having fun together is truly one of the best ways to get closer to each other. Nostalgic carousels make a perfect companion to the romantic Parisian vibes. Pick the horses (or any other vehicle) and enjoy your rides together on the carousel with lots of laughter or hop on a ferris wheel. Carousels are located close to the Eiffel Tower, below the Sacré-Cœur basilica, and the ferris wheel is ready for your ride at Jardins des Tuileries.
#3 Have a picnic together by the Seine
Sharing food and a picnic blanket are another romantic thing to do on Valentine’s Day! As it probably will not be that warm in February in Paris, grab mulled wine (fr. Vin Chaude) and a hot chocolate while enjoying great views of the Eiffel Tower and over the Seine. You could also replace the blanket with a park bench that is available along the Seine pathways. And use the blanket to snuggle under the covers together.
#4 Wave a common ‘hi’ to Mona Lisa at the Louvre
The Louvre museum is one of those epic highlights when traveling to Paris. Visit the museum together and explore the home of Mona Lisa. Going to a museum together makes a date just perfect when you don’t know each other very well in the beginning. There is no need to talk face-to-face all the time and the paintings and exhibitions offer topics to talk about.
#5 Have a picture painted together in Montmartre
The district of Montmartre is just fairy-tale by itself. You will love the creative vibes and how artists show their work in their galleries. Montmartre is perfect for a stroll together, e.g. to the Wall of Love. Besides, the Sacré-Cœur basilica is just incredible and once reached the very top (climb all the stairs together!) you have an amazing view over entire Paris. After this you can get a portrait of you two painted from great artists at Place du Tertre.
#6 Enjoy a French breakfast at a charming cafe
The smells of coffee and freshly baked baked croissants and baguettes from Paris are so yummy! Parisian cafes have installed outdoor heaters to keep you warm so that you can enjoy a breakfast together outdoors. Amazing cafes for a date are Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots in Saint-Germain des Prés district. At Le Café Marly you two can enjoy a coffee with an amazing view of the Louvre in front of you. In Montmartre district there is beautiful La Maison Rose, Chez Eugène, and Le Vrai Paris.
#7 Put a love lock together on Debilly bridge
Debilly footbridge is an incredible spot for all people who are in love! You can put your love lock together on the bridge and while doing this you have an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower in the back. Another opportunity to take some beautiful pictures of you to capture this moment.
#8 Stay together at a cozy French boutique hotel
When traveling together to Paris for Valentine’s Day, you absolutely have to stay in one of those romantic French boutique hotels. These are small hotels in ancient French buildings with creaking floorboards and those typically French balconies.
Need some ideas on where to stay? Continue reading about the most romantic boutique hotels in Paris.
#9 Stroll together through the gardens at Palace Versailles
Walking together on the pathways of the former kings of France is another great adventure. Especially, Palace Versailles ist absolutely stunning. The literally endless park area, the nature, and the breathtaking palace will make the basis for any great date.
#10 Go shopping together
Whether you know each other very well or have a first date, why not going shopping together? Paris is the perfect place! When going shopping you will get to know each other much better. For instance, the clothing preferences, the smell of perfume, or the pick of colors. Besides, you could ask each other to pick an outfit for the other person. The best places to shop are Galeries Lafayette Haussmann (and any other of their locations in Paris), Le Marais district, Bercy village and the many amazing covered shopping passages such as Galerie Vivienne, Passage des Panoramas, Passage Jouffroy, and Passage du Grand Cerf.
#11 Bake your own macarons together
French pastries are just the best sweets: from éclairs to tartlets, madeleines, and mille-feuilles, and the one and only macarons. So why not to learn together how to make them? Hop on a macarons baking class, learn how to prepare the macarons’ halves and the ganache fillings and take your handmade ones home with you. And if you want to try the all time best macarons in Paris head to Ladurée.
Ready for a baking class? Here’s the link to the class I did with wonderful pastry chef Noémie.
#12 Hop together on a sunset boat tour on the Seine
Hopping on a boat tour along the Seine is just magical and even more special when it’s dark outside. Passing along Paris’ marvellous architecture, the lighted buildings and the most iconic highlights such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame cathedral and so many more. This is pure romance! During winter you can still enjoy the open air deck, but also get more cozy inside.
#13 Enjoy a wine tasting session together
Good wine is always connected with France, isn’t it? And for a first date having some wine will help to relax a bit. To have a great time together, why not getting to know more about wine in general and tasting a few of their best Frenchie ones? Thus, a wine tasting session will be perfect for you which can happen year round and especially indoors in case of bad weather on Valentine’s Day in February.
#14 Go on an authentic French haut cuisine dinner together
When thinking about France it is all about their amazing food culture! The slow rather than fast restaurant visits, the multiple course menus and not to forget the incredible tastes of high class food! Savoring incredibly tasty food together and enjoying each others company and great conversations will automatically make a great date night.
#15 Grab a few drinks at a rooftop bar
After the haut cuisine dinner you can get yourselves a few drinks at any of those Parisian rooftop bars. Recommended are Le Perchoir Marais, Le 43-Roof Top (at Holiday Inn Paris Notre-Dame), Perruche (at Printemps de l’Homme), Terrass’’ Hotel in Montmartre. Or sip a glass of Champagne on top of the Eiffel Tower and watch Paris by night.
These are my 15 highly recommended most romantic spots in Paris! I am absolutely sure that whether you’ll spend Valentine’s Day in the City of Love or have a happy first date in Paris, you will have an amazing time and will enjoy each other’s company even more.
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