Paris, just mentioning its name instantly stirs thoughts of unparalleled romance. This city is so synonymous with romantic ideals, many believe its nickname should be officially changed from the City of Light to the City of Love. Paris’ popularity means thousands of lovers flock here every year, and while the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Notre-Dame should be on your must-see list, you might feel like you’re sharing your special time together with almost every couple in the world. Lucky for the two of you, Paris provides many opportunities to sneak away for intimate moments, and we’re going show you where to find them.
Restaurants with A View
Dinner on the Eiffel Tower is a dream come true, but if you find yourself rushing to snag a last-minute reservation, we’re in love with this suggested solution. Instead, take advantage of Paris’ penchant for slowing things down without sacrificing the incredible views by heading to one of the city’s many rooftop bars and restaurants. They often feature romantic touches like candles, fire places, and gardens. A favorite is Terass” Restaurant on top of the hotel of the same name. Boasting an intimate indoor space with floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor patio with plush chairs and porch swings, Terass” Restaurant’s best feature is the backdrop of Paris and the Eiffel Tower all alight before you.
Feast on the Food of Love – Chocolate!
After dinner – or really at anytime of the day – make your way to some of Paris’ highly prized chocolatiers. While these decadent delights can be found all around the city, a few have gained local praise while still remaining under the radar to tourists. Marcolini’s stores can be found around Europe, but their small Rue de Bac location in Paris affords visitors the opportunity to indulge in creative chocolates infused with Champagne, passion fruit, or tea sans crowds.
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Stroll Through Hidden Gardens
Parisians love flowers and green spaces, so it comes as no surprise that the city is filled with secret parks and courtyards. At the very end of the Ile de la Cite lies Le Square du Vert-Galant, a shaded area with lush trees perfect for watching the swans swim by on the Sein. Le Jardin Sauvage Saint-Vincent is one of the remaining all-natural spaces in the city and boasts a picturesque pond. If you’re in the mood for a scenic walk hand-in-hand, the Jardines des Archives Nationales offers a network of interlocking paths leading to multiple gardens with flowering trees, bushes, and plants.
Dance Along the Seine
What could be more romantic than swaying to live music with your love in your arms? Doing so at sunset along the Seine River. June-August, dancers and musicians gather along the banks at various ports and parks to play and move to jazz, rock, salsa, tango, and just about a genre for every taste. With the sun setting over the city, Notre-Dame and the Eiffel Tower in the distance, and boats sailing by, this is one night of dancing you’ll never forget.
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Sip Wine at City Vineyards
France is famous for its wines, and Paris used to be one of the top wine producers in the country. Today, the concrete jungle has all but taken over, but a few small vineyards still lie within city limits. In the 19th Arrondissment you’ll discover a little hilltop village called Butte Bergeyer that contains a patch of vines so small, it might take you a minute to realize it’s a vineyard with an incredible view of Montmartre and Sacre Coeur. Speaking of Montmartre, there’s a slightly larger vineyard nestled within this district. Clos de Montmarte holds many festivals and events throughout the year and all the proceeds from the bottles of wine sold here go into the preservation of this historic winery.
Paris is a must-do getaway for any couple, and its history, art and beauty make for an ideal date week. Just be sure to head off the beaten path for some secret rendezvous in the city’s best kept treasures.