Paris is and will always be one of the most romantic destinations on the planet. With its stunning skyline and narrow, pedestrian-friendly streets are just the beginning of why the City of Love is the perfect place for romance to blossom.
The era of romanticism saw poets and painters celebrate the city as one rich in emotion and aesthetic charm, with the very language of France becoming synonymous with love and poetic romance. Couples will find no end to Paris’ romantic offerings; from beautiful, manicured gardens to elegant wineries, the City of Love is truly a feast for anyone lucky enough to be in love.
The perfect spot for a proposal, honeymoon or simply a romantic getaway, we’ve crafted a guide to help you discover the very most romantic places to stay in the capital, as well as the best things to do as a couple once you’re there.
Romantic Hotels in Paris
When booking your romantic stay in Paris, there are plenty of beautiful hotels and charming B&Bs to choose from: here are some of the best, where you can while away the hours, enjoy each other’s company and admire stunning views of the city. To suit varying budgets, we’ve included in our list the most romantic hotels in Paris and Plum alternatives.
1. Hotel Grand Amour
What better hotel to enjoy a romantic getaway than one that has ‘love’ in its name? The Hotel Grand Amour is a striking boutique hotel in the offbeat, trendy 10e arrondissement. Each room has unique retro Parisian chic decor, and the downstairs bistro has great food and an eclectic crowd.
2. Hotel de la Paix Tour Eiffel
If you’re looking for the full Paris-from-the-movies experience, few hotels fit the bill as well as this one. Housed in a traditional Parisian building, the Hotel de la Paix Tour Eiffel has stunning views of one of the most romantic places in Paris, the Eiffel Tower. It also offers friendly service and all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay.
3. Hotel du Petit Moulin
From the designer Christian Lacroix comes the Hotel du Petit Moulin - a gorgeously decadent boutique hotel in the heart of the Marais district, this exclusive venue offers impeccable service and 17 boldly different guest rooms. The location is fabulous, with both The Musée Picasso and the Place des Vosges only a few minutes away.
4. Bonne Nuit Paris
This evocative B&B is nestled in the heart of the eternally popular Marais district. Built in the 17th Century, the 4 guest rooms boast original features, including stone walls and exposed beams, finished with divinely comfortable and chic decor. This is the perfect place for couples to enjoy a quiet and private stay in the City of Love.
5. Hôtel Relais Saint Sulpice
This thoroughly Parisian hotel is located right by the striking church of Saint Sulpice. The hotel sits around a sunny courtyard of flowers and vines. Blending homely comfort with refined French decor, this boutique hotel is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet stay in the capital while still being close to local amenities.
But, if you want something a little more personal for your romantic getaway, then one of our homestays in Paris could be the perfect option.
Romantic Restaurants in Paris
Is there anything more romantic than a candlelit dinner? Paris’ food scene is globally renowned; if good food it the way to your heart, you’ve come to the right place. From fine dining to laid-back brasseries, here are the most romantic restaurants in Paris to enjoy as a couple.
Nestled in the bustling heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Brasserie Balzar is among the most authentic eateries in Paris. Open since 1886, this small restaurant proudly serves delicious Parisian delicacies made with the finest ingredients. Enjoy everything from escargot to a niçoise salad in this thoroughly French food heaven.
La Belle Hortense
Located in the beautiful Marais district, La Belle Hortense offers a tranquil escape from the busy streets. Known as a haven for literature buffs, the walls are lined with both classic and contemporary books to enjoy while you eat. The wine list is vast and the food tasty - the prices are a little high, but worth it for the unique experience.
Le Blue Valentine
Could the name of this fine dining venue be any more romantic? Enjoy a refined minimalist menu of delicate foie gras, locally sourced fish and unique desserts, for an exquisite taste of Paris’ culinary landscape.
One for the picture books, Les Ombres offers breath-taking views of the Eiffel Tower and Paris’ skyline. It is situated on the 5th floor of the Quai Branly museum of primitive arts and offers a sophisticated menu and extensive wine list - the perfect romantic spot that will give lasting memories for years to come.
For even more suggestions of great places to dine in Paris, take a look at our definitive list here.
Romantic Things to Do in Paris
Paris has a lot more to offer than lodgings and restaurants; it is also packed with parks, architecture and great photo ops that are unmistakably Parisian. Explore this beautiful city with your significant other at these utterly romantic attractions with our list of the most romantic (and unique) things to see.
The Montmartre hill gives its name to the famous surrounding district. Explore the miniature palaces, gorgeous boutique shops, galleries and narrow cobbled streets of this quintessentially Parisian hub.
2. Les Jardins du Luxembourg
These tranquil gardens offer a serene break from city life. Take a stroll through the perfectly manicured flower beds or have a couples’ picnic on the lush green lawn.
Take a walk along Paris’ scenic Canal St Martin, with its evocative iron bridges and rustic canal-side bars and bistros, it’s the perfect place to spend a long afternoon with your significant other.
4. Parc des Buttes au Chaumont
For those looking to enjoy a bit of the outdoors, the Parc des Buttes au Chaumont offers a gorgeously green open space with stunning elevated views of the cityscape. Enjoy the beautiful flower beds, stroll around the lake, visit the Temple Sybille or enjoy a picnic or beer on the sloping lawns of the main parc area.
With its gorgeous cobbled streets, lush green spaces and unmistakable skyline, Paris never ceases to be one of the most romantic and engaging cities in the world. With so much to see and do as a tourist, you’ll undoubtedly want to make a swift return to the City of Love.
And once you've ticked those off your list, try out a few more of our suggestions of things to do in Paris.