Also known as the City of Love, the French capital is the indisputable romantic capital of the world. From the banks of the River Seine to stunning museums and, of course, the Eiffel Tower, there’s just something in the air in Paris that makes it effortlessly romantic.
1. Jardin du Luxembourg
Located on the left bank of the Seine in the 6th Arrondissement, the 25-hectare Jardin du Luxembourg is a tranquil haven for those wanting to escape the city. Just a 16-minute walk from Notre Dame and a few metres from the Panthéon of Paris, it is hard to believe you are still in Paris when you step into the grounds!
Tree-lined promenades, colourful flowers and the unmissable Medici Fountain are lovely surroundings for a romantic wander. Jardin du Luxembourg is also one of the most romantic spots Paris offers for a romantic picnic on the grass.
Whilst there, you must visit the Musée du Luxembourg, an intimate museum of contemporary art, explore the flower-filled greenhouses and relax under the sun on one of the iconic green chairs by the pond.
2. Promenade Plantée
Located 10 metres above street level, the Promenade Plantée is a five-kilometre-long green walkway that starts at Bastille, passes through the 12th Arrondissement and arrives at Bois de Vincennes.
One of the most beautiful gardens in Paris and also the lesser-known from the list, this former viaduct was transformed in 1993 into the world’s first elevated park, which later inspired New York’s High Line. The greenway starts at the crossroads of Rue de Lyon and Avenue Daumesnil.
With abundant flowers, trees, and quirky views of Paris from above, this is a magical place far from the tourist crowds to explore with your partner.
3. Banks of the Seine River
Paris is built along the Seine River, and it seems its entire purpose has been to create a seductive environment for couples to walk along. It would be hard to list all of the TV shows, films and literary pieces that feature lovers sauntering along the Seine!
According to tradition, lovers should kiss and make a wish under the Pont Marie, nicknamed ‘lovers’ bridge.’ The Pont des Arts, the Pont de l’Archevêché, and Pont Alexandre iii are also romantic sights in Paris popular with couples from all over the world.
Exploring the banks of the Seine is particularly lovely at sunset and in the evening. As the sun fades, Paris lights up in all its glory. Stop at one of the river’s iconic bar-péniches for some drinks before sailing Paris’ Most Beautiful Avenue on a night cruise with dinner and champagne.
4. Ile Saint-Louis
Ile Saint-Louis is one of two islands along the Seine. Four bridges connect this tiny island to the rest of Paris. The closest Paris attraction is Notre Dame, which is just 650 metres away on the other island, Ile de la Cité.
Ile Saint-Louis has a small-town atmosphere and is filled with elegant apartments and picturesque views. This is one of Paris’ most romantic places for a stroll or to share some drinks in one of the lovely cafés with Seine views. You can also consider a romantic picnic down to Place Louis Aragon, the western tip of Ile Saint-Louis. Here you can have some peace and quiet as you sit right by the river.
Set in the 18th Arrondissement, Montmartre is arguably one of the most romantic areas in Paris. Montmartre is just over three kilometres from the city centre and attractions like the Louvre and the Tuileries Garden.
Everything about Montmartre makes you feel like you’re stepping into a romantic film set. Rue de l’Abreuvoir is a picturesque, cobbled street lined with pastel houses with ivy façades. You cannot miss strolling past the adorable Maison Rose. In the evening, head up and down the lantern-lit staircases of Montmartre.
Visit the ‘Wall of Love’ or Le Mur Des Je T’aime, which is at Square Jehan Rictus. This wall has 311 “I love yous” written in more than 250 languages. Next, head to the square of the Sacré-Coeur for expansive views of Paris from the famous steps.
6. Pont Alexandre III
Pont Alexandre III is between the 8th Arrondissement on the right bank and the 7th Arrondissement on the left bank of the Seine. Nearby attractions include the Grand Palais, the Champs Elysées and Palace de la Concorde.
This beautiful and elegant bridge is one of the most famous landmarks in Paris. It was built in the 19th century and is listed as a historical monument since 1925.
You must marvel at the bronze-winged horses that flank the extremities of the bridge and the elegant lamps. Whether you take a stroll during the day or at night, there’s just something so charming about seeing the Seine in the foreground and the Eiffel Tower standing tall in the distance.
Pont Alexandre iii is one of the most romantic spots in Paris for a couple photoshoot in Paris. If you want to capture beautiful photographs of your romantic trip to Paris in the most iconic spots, buy one of the flytographer packages with a local photographer. You can choose one of their favourite routes or your own custom route.
7. Top of the Eiffel Tower
No list of the most romantic places in Paris to visit would be complete without the iconic Eiffel Tower. As you stroll around the 7th Arrondissement, the Eiffel Tower feels like a constant companion. Situated on the left bank of the Seine River, the Eiffel Tower is around 1.6km from Les Invalides and 2.3km from the Arc de Triomphe.
You simply cannot go on a romantic trip to Paris without visiting this 330-metre architectural marvel. Head up in a glass-walled lift to the 276-metre viewing platform. Not only are the 360-degree views of Paris utterly breathtaking, but this is a popular spot for marriage proposals.
There are more marriage proposals at the top of the Eiffel Tower than anywhere else in Paris! If views and proposals weren’t romantic enough, there’s also a Champagne Bar where you can clink glasses and toast to love and happiness with the City of Love at your feet.
Book your Eiffel Tower tickets as soon as you can. They tend to sell out really fast, especially around dates like Saint Valentine’s!
8. Musée Rodin
The Rodin Museum is an 18th-century mansion dedicated to Auguste Rodin’s artwork. Set in the heart of Paris’ 7th arrondissement, just one street over from Les Invalides, the building is home to the famous Thinker and has a superbly pristine garden decorated with other Rodin sculptures.
The Rodin Museum is arguably one of the most beautiful, hidden romantic places in Paris. While crowds gather at the Louvre and D’Orsay, a visit to Rodin Museum makes for a more peaceful and solitary experience – buy your tickets here
Auguste Rodin’s sculptures are on display for you to admire, and the fresh smell of blooming flowers makes for a beautiful atmosphere for a romantic morning or afternoon in Paris.
9. Musée de la Vie Romantique
The pastel green shutters of the Musée de la Vie Romantique (or Museum of Romantic Life) arguably make this place even more beautiful. Situated at 16 Rue Chaptal at the foot of Montmartre hill in the 9th Arrondissement, this museum is dedicated to Romanticism (the artistic, literary and intellectual movement).
The museum showcases the works of French novelist George Sand, who embodied the ideals of 19th-century Romanticism. Romanticism spanned all academic fields, including painting, music, and writing. Inside the museum, you can see a ton of artefacts that embody this movement.
After the museum, you must take a break in the charming garden, which is why we list this museum as one of the most romantic places in Paris. Surrounded by roses, wisteria, and lilacs, you can enjoy tea from the Rose Bakery garden café.
10. Lunch at Chalet des Iles
Looking for a romantic place in Paris for lunch or dinner? Then head to the stunning waterfront Le Chalet Des Iles. Located on an island within the huge public park Bois de Boulogne, in the 16th arrondissement, the surroundings and food at this establishment are constantly trying to outshine each other.
Le Chalet des Iles is a historic Swiss chalet that has been eloquently converted into a wonderful restaurant. Their menu is traditionally French, with a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes alongside traditional meat plates. Sit on the terrace looking out over the lake or up on the balcony, this restaurant will have you forgetting where you are and feeling utterly loved up!
One of the most romantic restaurants in Paris, you can combine a meal at the Chalet with a visit to the (also romantic) Marmottan-Monet Museum nearby. After lunch, be sure to take a relaxing stroll around the island. Don’t miss the sculpture “Les Deux Arbres,” on the island’s eastern trip, which is incredibly romantic.