There are hundreds of romantic things to do in Paris, after all it’s famously known as the ‘City of Love’. It’s easy to have a love affair with this beautiful city, with its spectacular architecture and pristine gardens, everything seems to be covered with an enchanting aura. From dreamy park strolls, to fanciful museums and charming shows, we’ve handpicked some of the best places to go in Paris for you and your partner…
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 head over heels.
Red Route, Stop: Opéra Garnier
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 the language of love adds to the romance.
Red & Blue Route, Stop: Louvre-Pyramide/Big Bus Information Centre
One of the main Paris tourist attractions, 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.
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Wondering where to go in Paris? Montmarte is a must-visit. 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 delicious dinner for two al fresco whilst enjoying the view. For a quirky take on the ‘couple selfie’ Place du Tertre is buzzing with artists available to paint your portrait - reminiscent of the days when the world's best artists lived here.
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Blue Route, Stop: Gare du Nord
Le mur des je t'aime (Wall of Love)
An unusual yet fun thing to do in Paris is visit the Wall of Love. With ‘I love you’ declared 311 times in 250 languages on the I Love You Wall, it’s the perfect place to document your very own love story. 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 perfect place with those you care about.
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.’
Red Route, Stop: Louvre-Pont des Arts
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.
Red Route, Stop: Musée d'Orsay
Whatever you and your loved one decide to do – rest assured you can discover your own special corner of this wonderful city and experience one of the most romantic things to do in Paris. And once you’ve visited all these locations, be sure to check out our top picks for the Best Bars in Paris…