What to do in Paris? Romantic things to do in Paris, Best activities

Paris – known to be the most romantic city in the world – is also famous for its restaurants, museums and history.

If you wonder how to spend an unforgettable stay in the French capital with your lover, here is a selection of the most romantic things to do in Paris along with the best activities to enjoy while in town – including monuments to visit, must do’s, good spots, and a selection of many other sweet things.

Most Romantic things to do in Paris

  • Have a romantic stroll in the Seine River banks. Enjoy a wonderful sunset while walking in the left bank of the Seine : from St Michel to Jardin des Plantes park for instance. During summertime, many free dance lessons ( salsa, tango, foro ..) are also offered there.
Romantic walk in the Seine banks of Paris
Romantic walk on the Seine banks of Paris
  • Enjoy a Seine river cruise. Many possibilities are available from the simple cruise to admire Parisian monuments to the gourmet diner with a show during a chic Seine river boat tour.

 

Seine river cruise in Paris
Seine river cruise in couple in Paris

The sight from the Seine is very beautiful during the sunset. Parisian monuments (Notre Dame, Orsay Museum, Les Invalides…) look particularly wonderful seen from this spot. And if you feel hungry, you can have a romantic diner in some of the best Paris river boats : Capitaine Fracasse, Paris en Scène…

>>Book your Paris romantic cruise

Many Paris river cruises can be found here.

  • Romantic visit of Paris by 2CV
Romantic visit of Paris by 2CV car
Romantic visit of Paris by 2CV car

It is one of the most romantic experience in Paris : a visit on picturesque neighborood by 2CV .  In this iconic french car you will be driven through famous places of City of love. You will also discover off beaten track places tanks to sympathic french drivers.

>>Find out more about romantic visit of Paris by 2C. 

  • Visit the covered passages built between the end of 18th century and around 1850 : The longest (190 m) passage is the “Choiseul Passage”. The Entrances is 40, rue des Petits Champs Paris (Mo Pyramide). The Vivienne Gallery and the Colbert Passage are two others beautiful passages to discover.
Romantic Passage Richelieu - Arcades in Paris
The Magic Passage Richelieu

More about romantic walk in covered passages in Paris

  •  Have a picnic on the Pont des Arts :  Also known as THE “love Bridge”. Write your names on a padlock and leave it locked on the bridge. Many couples visit this bridge, an it’s considered by many as the most romantic place in Paris. Visit the love bridge, and “lock” your love for ever.
Love bridge Paris
Locks on the Love Bridge
  • Have a walk and a dinner in Montmartre area, a neighborhood with a village atmosphere and  many picturesque streets and squares. This one of the most appreciated spot in Paris for a romantic stroll. You can visit the Abbesses quarter (quartier des Abesses) known to be an artists landmark. You can also enjoy one of Paris’ most spectacular panoramas from the Sacré Coeur Basilica. (Mo Abesses, or Anvers)Romantic Montmartre Paris
  • Visit the Romantic life Museum (Musée de la Vie Romantique) and its picturesque Garden. Enjoy a tea or a drink at the Museum’s terrace : unforgettable !

 

 

 

 

 

Musée de la vie romantique
Musée de la vie romantique – garden

Read more on Musée de la Vie Romantique website.

  • Iceskating at the Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower Ice skating
Lovers skating in the Eiffel tower

Surprise your lover with some iceskating at the Eiffel Tower. The iceskating rink is transparent, and situated at an altitude of 57 meters. The view and the sensations are simply amazing.

More details here :

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Attractions for couples in Paris (or around Paris)

Many attractions are perfect for a romantic gateway in the French Capital. Here is our selection:

  • Visit the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel towerOf course ! Impossible to go Paris without visiting La grande dame .

Height : 320 meters
Weight : 10.100 tons
Birth :1889
It should have be destroyed 1 year after its construction. Fortunately, the demolition was aborted and she is still alive.
Want to be romantic: have a dinner at gourmet restaurant in the Eiffel Tower, perfect for couples

  • Have a walk on the Champs Elysées avenue.
Christmas Market Champs Elysées Paris
Champs Elysées

 

1910 meters from the Arch of Triumph to the Concorde Place.

The most beautiful and the most famous avenue in the world.

The sight from the top of the Arc de Triomphe is wonderful. During the winter, the grande Roue at Concorde place is very appreciated by lovers.

  • Be amazed by the Notre Dame Cathedral : (Mo Cité Or St-Michel)

Notre Dame CathedralThe monument the most visited in Paris, Thanks to Victor Hugo.

The construction of Notre Dame started in 1160 and finished 2 centuries later in 1345. Do not miss the spectacular rose window, the nave and the gallery of King.

  • Discover the magic village atmosphere of Montmartre

Tourists at Sacré Coeur MontmatreIts Veinard, the Sacré Coeur Basilica, its Art galleries, museums and Amelie from Montmartre walk.

All around the Basilica wind, enjoy the narrow streets and picturesque stairways of old Montmartre made famous by artists and writers who lived there. One of the most picturesque quarter in Paris. It’s a perfect place for a romantic stroll.

  • Taste French food in a typical restaurant or cook it yourself using food market French products.

Paris food marketYou can find vegetables, organic fresh food, cheese, wine and other typical French products.

You can also visit the famous flower markets of Madeleine or Cité Island.

 

Falafel at rosier street in the Marais - ParisTaste a typical falafel in a jewish quarter restaurant, or go out in one of the many bars, pubs or night club to choose from. You can also visit Art Galleries or museums. On Friday and Saturday nights, the Marais is crowed with people out dining or bar-hopping with friends.

 

  • Have a pic-nic at the Invalides esplanade

Invalide Hotel and EsplanadeOne of the most famous places in Paris and one of the most beautiful sight thanks to the esplanade, the Church of the Dome,  the Military Museum, the Emperor  Napoleon Grave and the Invalides Soldier Monument.

 

  • Have a stroll in the Père Lachaise Cemetery

Pere Lachaise cemetery statueThe most visited cemetery in the world where many great artists, painters and writers were buried. Molière, Marcel Proust, Delacroix, Modigliani,  Edith Piaf, Jim Morisson …

With its garden, architectures, statues, it’s now a real open-air museum. And it’s totally free !! A very good place for a stroll.

  • Be impressed by the  château of Versailles and its colorful gardens: (château of the king Louis XIV) (Station Chateau de Versaille- RER C).

Louis XIV built this château in which he established a home and a government. The many buildings attached to the château constitute a small town. The whole complex is a magnificent monument to the Sun King. The garden is wonderful, ideal for a walk with your beloved.

  • Admire the panorama from the last floor of Montparnasse Tower. Parisians say ironically that it’s the best panorama of Paris, because it’s the only place in the town where you don’t see the tower. You can have a romantic diner at the restaurant, Ciel de Paris, hosted in the last floor.
  • Visit the château of Vaux-le-Vicomte : (known to be the castle that inspired the Château de Versailles)
  • Have a bike tour in one of the charming neighborhoods of Paris: Better with a mild weather

You have the choice : book a biking tour or use the velib’ bike-sharing service. They are many biking itineraries in Paris . It is very pleasant to discover Paris using a bike during sunny days.

  • Enjoy the cultural richness of the City of light, with its art exhibits, Opera, Theaters and musicals.

Read Also Fun things to do in Paris

If you are looking for a museum in Paris to impress your sweetheart

Starry Night – Orsay Museum

  • The Louvre Museum : The most famous museum in Paris (Maybe in the world). Very interesting for its Egyptian collection. The Louvre paintings – The Joconde (Mona Lisa), L’Ultima Cena of Leonardo da Vinci, “La Liberté Guidant le Peuple” of de Lacroix – are also very well known. (Mo Louvre-Rivoli)
  •  Orsay Museum : A Wonderful museum housed in a very beautiful and very old train station. Academism, Impressionism, Symbolism, Realism, you can explore all of those art movement at the Orsay Museum. You will also be able to learn about some famous artist such as Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Renoir an interesting audio guide. (Mo Musée d’Orsay or Solférino)
  • Musée Carnavalet : This is a very typical museum about Paris history from the Gallo-Roman times (when Paris was still called Lutetia) until today, including the MiddleAges and the French Revolution. You can also visit the Crypt of Notre-Dame Cathedral and catacombs. ( Mo Chemin Vert or Saint Paul)
  • Musée de la Vie Romantique Of Course, you have to visit this museum devoted to Romanticism. The houses furnitures used to be property of George Sand . Try a tea at the Museum’s café !
  • Georges Pompidou Museum (or Beaubourg Museum) : A Modern Art museum and a famous library. (Mo Rambuteau or Halles)
  • Musée Rodin and its Garden : Famous to be a meeting place for Parisian Couples, the Gardens of the Rodin Museum are peaceful and very charming.

Find also info about Parisiens Museums : collections, hours, prices.

Read also:

Paris cruises and boat Tours

18 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for your tips. I manage to have a romantic dinner with my girlfriend in Paris. I have hesitation about the restaurant ciel de Paris. Is it a good choise?

  2. Yes It’s a good choice, a little bit expensive (128€ menu to be sure to have sightseeing on the Eiffel Tower),not the best food in Paris ,but with its view, it’s a really romantic place

  3. Congratulations for the suggestions, but if you want something even more spectacular and romantic to surprise your partner in Paris, I can suggest the 30 romantic experiences planned by my romance agency: a dove flying to the restaurant with a message of love, a dinner-cruise with champagne and 1000 red roses falling from the Pont des Arts, Cinderella’s carriage appearing at the Eiffel Tower with a magical glass slipper, or even four airplanes suddenly drawing in the Parisian sky a giant while heart.

    Nicoas, marriage proposal consultant in Paris

  4. Here’s a suggestion for what tourists should do before visiting Paris: book cultural tours and art experiences with Musement (www.musement.com)! You’ll get interesting insider knowledge and skip the line for many museums, saving more time to explore the city.

    • There is many Neighborhoods where you can get out in Paris.
      There are many night clubs by the Champs Elysée (Le Queen, le Duplex, Les planches …). An other place to get out : Anvers / Pigalle (Montmartre). There are many Nightclubs and pubs like the buspalladium or le Divan du Monde. You can also try le Marais or Montparnasse (rue de la Gaité street is famous for its many pubs)

  5. Thanks Simon,
    they are most famous places in Paris, try also Rodin Museum or Canal St Martin District and don’t miss Chateau de Versailles

  6. thanks ! we are visiting Paris soon. Could you give us tips about a romantic restaurant in Montmartre?

    • hey try the Chamaré Montmatre a very good retaurant with a beautiful view.
      You can also try the restaurant of the Hotel Amour very closed to montmartre one of the most romantic place for dining in Paris

    • Many people say that Paris is at its most beautiful in April with the beginning of spring and flowers.
      Some people prefer December and magic decoration. And many people like the beginning of autumn, Paris is then colorful and it’s very romantic

    • Try the flower market a ile de la cité closed to the Cathedral Notre Dame – address, Place Loiuis Lepine 75004 Paris – opened everyday from 8am till 7.30 pm

  7. Some people recommends to have a a stroll in Paris High line where is it? Is it really romantic? can we visit i every day? we will be in Paris in July and I’d prefer to visit it at the morning. On afternoon it may be too warm

    • Hey Julia, yes, it’s very romantic. The High line (la coulée verte in french) is colorful and you can see rooftops of Paris. The time seems to be stopped. You can pic-nic there or have a romantic stroll. In July I recommend you to visit it at the evening or the end of the afternoon. The temperatures are then milder and the view is wonderful at the sunset

  8. Is it still possible to locks our love at the love bridge? I have it Will be closed by Paris municipality because locks are to heavy

    • Hi Jane thanks for reading us. The Love bridge (pont des Arts) will not be closed . The municipality of Paris decide to cut locks because the weight of thousands of iron locks is a threat for the bridge. They are now replaced by street Art. Of course it’s less romantic but you can still visit it, and have there a pic-nic

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