Open your heart to the 'City of Love’. Paris is a beautiful city, adorned with spectacular architecture and pristine gardens, giving it a natural romantic aura. So, it’s not surprising that there are plenty of romantic things to do in Paris, including parks, museums and shows. Whatever you and your loved one decide to do – rest assured that you can discover your own special romantic corner of this wonderful city.
Built between 1861 and 1875 for the Paris Opera, the Opéra Garnier is now mostly used for ballet productions. The interior of this exquisite building is even more impressive than its exterior. The huge marble grand staircase is breath-taking and the elegant foyer features a mosaic covered ceiling and several chandeliers. It is so luxurious - with gold heavily featured throughout - that you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a palace. With a setting like this, it’s only natural to feel romantic.
Location: 8 Rue Scribe. Big Bus stop 3. Métro stop Opéra.
La Comédie Française
Part of the Palais-Royal complex, the Comédie-Française is one of the few state theatres in France and the only one to have its own troupe of actors. Although best to book in advance to guarantee a ticket, you can arrive in line early to get heavily discounted seats at the back. This truly is an authentic experience where you’ll see a performance like no other. You don't even need to understand French to enjoy the show, in fact it adds to the romance.
Location: 1 Place Colette. Big Bus stop 5. Métro stop Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre.
The Moulin Rouge is the kind of place you should experience once in your lifetime. Enjoy dinner, champagne and a flamboyant cabaret show – for a rather risqué romantic evening. The show features over one hundred performers decked out in the most extravagant costumes, which include lots of feathers, rhinestones, and sequins.
Location: 82 Boulevard de Clichy. Métro stop Blanche.
Visit Montmarte - a tourist hub, but with good reason. This historic district is a beautifully unique hilltop neighbourhood. It’s a great setting for a walk up the cobbled streets to the stunning Basilica du Sacré-Coeur, where you can have a romantic meal al fresco, whilst enjoying the view. Place du Tertre is buzzing with artists available to paint your portrait - reminiscent of the days when the world's best artists lived here.
Location: Montmarte. Métro stops Blanche, Pigalle, Anvers & Lamarck – Caulaincourt.
The Wall of I love you / Le mur des je t'aime
Paris lives up to its name as the 'City of Love' by declaring it 311 times in 250 languages on the I Love You Wall. See this inspiring work of art, conceived by Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito - a simple yet powerful expression of love. The wall is a link, connecting people and places worldwide with love and peace - a poignant place for personal refection with those you love.
Location: Butte Montmartre, Place des Abbesses, in the Square Jehan Rictus. Métro stop Abbesses
The Square du Vert Galant
Despite being named after renowned philanderer Henry IV, this romantic park is tucked away from the noise and crowds. Situated at the tip of the Île de la Cité it offers an impressive mix of flora and fauna surrounding the central grassy area. Take a picnic, watch the boats, see the sunset and steal a quiet moment with your other half whilst relaxing under weeping willow trees. Due to the park's popularity with lovers, it has earned the name, ‘where sweethearts love to linger.’
Location: Western tip of the Ile de la Cité. Big Bus stop 6. Métro stop Place du Pont-Neuf
Musée de l'Orangerie
The Musée de l'Orangerie art gallery is home to impressionist and post-impressionist paintings and is most famous for being the permanent home for eight of the Water Lilies murals by Claude Monet. This is a wonderful gallery to stroll hand in hand looking at beautiful works by the likes of Cézanne, Matisse, Modigliani, Picasso, Renoir and Rousseau.
Location: Jardin des Tuileries. Big Bus stop 4 & 7. Métro stop Concorde