There are so many romantic things to do in Paris, City of Love. Take the stress out of organising your Valentine’s Day get-away with this guide, brought to you by the loved-team at the Paris Pass.
Get the accommodation right and you’re off to a good start. It would be hard to find a much more romantic address than Hôtel Grand Amour, Rue de la Fidelité (Big Love Hotel, Faithfulness Street). But there are plenty of others to choose from wherever in the city you want to be, and whatever your style: contemporary, arty, boutique, grand, traditional. Many run special Valentine’s promotions with champagne and in-room breakfast; pick one with a spa and you’ll definitely be in your partner’s good books. You could even book a couples’ massage – some offer a package complete with champagne and mignardises – to enjoy some truly relaxing time together.
When you’re ready to leave the confines of your hotel, you’ll discover more romantic art around the city than you can shake a red rose at, both inside the galleries and out. In the Musée d’Orsay, track down Renoir’s happy couple enjoying their ‘Dance in the Country’ and Roussel’s peaceful ‘Venus and Love at the Sea”. Amongst the Louvre’s many treasures is Canova’s sculpture ‘Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss’. And over the river is perhaps the most famous of them all, Rodin’s ‘The Kiss’ at the Musée Rodin.
Outside, take a stroll through Montmartre to Le mur des je t’aime (I love you: the wall). Tucked away in a small garden square, the wall is Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito’s monument to the words “I love you”, which are rendered here over 300 times in 250 different languages. The perfect spot for saying the words yourselves, whether it’s the first or the thousandth time.
Time to gaze into each other’s eyes across a table laden with delicious French food and wine. There’s a restaurant for every budget and atmospheric requirement in Paris. Small, candlelit bistros will give you an intimate dining experience with simple but perfectly cooked food that won’t break the bank. At the other end of the scale, if you don’t mind the bank being broken, there are a number of Michelin starred establishments in the city. From traditionally elegant and luxurious to contemporary and bright, there can’t be many people who wouldn’t be swept off their feet by being treated to some of the world’s best food in one of the world’s most romantic cities.
But really, at lunchtime at least, no amount of Michelin stars can beat finding a secluded spot in the Jardin des Tuileries and sitting down with a fresh baguette, a selection of fromage and a bottle of wine. Definitely one of the most romantic things to do in Paris. Just don’t forget the corkscrew.
The City of Love is also known as the City of Lights, so don’t hide yourselves away as soon as evening falls. A stroll in the glow of the historic streetlamps along the river from Ile de la Cité, where Notre Dame Cathedral is hauntingly floodlit (spare a thought for the tragic love of the hunchback) to the spectacularly lit up Eiffel Tower will take around an hour. Once there, hop in the lift to the first floor, claim some skates and whirl your partner around the ice rink 57 metres in the air (open until 19th February).
Alternatively, head to the top of Montmartre, take a seat on the steps of the eerily beautiful Sacré Coeur and gaze down at the lights below. One of the best views of this most romantic of cities.
For a slightly lower but no less attractive view of Paris at night, a number of the river boat companies offer special Valentine’s dinner cruises with champagne and violinists to set the tone as you glide under the illuminated bridges. The Diamant Bleu also has a DJ once the boat has returned to the quay, so stay on board, take your partner by the hand and head for the dance floor.
But of course, for all the romantic things to do in Paris, the most romantic is just being there with your special someone and letting them know you love them. Joyeuse Saint-Valentin!
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