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5 Romantic Things to Do in Paris

Romantic Outings in the City of Love
Couple kissing at the Trocadero in front of illuminated Eiffel Tower
January 28, 2021
As one of the most romantic cities in the world, simply walking around Paris is enough to make you swoon. After taking in the sights with your chéri, enjoy the romance of Paris like a local with these more original activities.

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To visit Paris is to fall in love, with the city, with the object of your affection, and above all, with yourself. Anyone who has ever stepped foot in the City of Light knows that the French capital will charm you. Simply strolling the cobbled streets of the Right or Left Banks is an experience in indulging the senses.

Beyond each historic café-lined corner another secret awaits to be discovered. While the pleasure lies in uncovering your own Parisian treasures, allow me to share a few of my most romantic favorites.

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Our 5 Ideas for a Romantic Outing in Paris:

1. Chocolate Tasting

Let’s start with chocolate, everyone’s favorite indulgence, non? While there are many artisanal chocolatiers that merit a tasting, it’s Jacques Genin that wins my heart. Maybe it’s because his chocolat chaud is one of the most decadent in Paris, not to mention his famous Paris-Brest, a light pastry with a creamy praline filling. Regardless, it’s an experience you won’t soon forget. Take a seat at his cozy Haut Marais tea salon and order sweets to your heart’s content. And don’t forget to pick up a box of chocolate on your way out. 

See more of Our Favorite Chocolate Shops in Paris.

If your sweetheart has a sweet tooth, you’re definitely in the right city!

2. Shopping Spree & Stunning Views

Since Paris is also the capital of fashion, stop by Galeries Lafayette on the Boulevard Haussmann, one of the most regal department stores in the world. If your heart isn’t into shopping, enjoy the ornate interiors, dating back to the 19th century. These days there’s a 30-foot long glass walkway suspended 50 feet up high in mid-air, allowing you an even closer look at the majestic dome. Continue to the top floor for one of the most stunning rooftop views of Paris. Are you in love yet?

Interior view of Paris department store Galeries Lafayette

3. Romantic Paris Museum Visit

Only in Paris will you find the Museum of Romantic Life, better known as the Musée de la Vie Romantique. Once the home of painter Ary Scheffer, this was where Parisian intellectuals would meet, to the tunes of Frédéric Chopin playing the piano. Included in their entourage were George Sand, Franz Liszt, and Charles Dickens. Take a walk through this 1830 hôtel particulier and settle into its enchanting garden for lunch by Rose Bakery.

Paris Romantic life museum
Musée de la Vie Romantique © Paris Tourist Office, Photographer: Amélie Dupont

The Louvre is another museum full of history and artworks that will sweep you off your feet. For an especially romantic visit, this private guided tour of the Louvre focuses on the theme of love, taking you through the world-famous museum to see artworks about l’amour.

Psyche revived by Cupid's kiss
“Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss,” Antonio CANOVA. Photo © 2010 Musée du Louvre / Raphaël Chipault.

4. Steamy Hammam

Given the chill of February, where better to spend an afternoon warming up with your loved one than in the heat of a luxurious Paris hammam? Les Cent Ciels is just the place to spoil yourself, and maybe even a date. Revel in a cleansing gommage, where you can soak in the steam for hours, and book a rejuvenating massage for an extra treat.

Woman in hammam of the Bains du Marais.
De-stress and spend the day together in a steamy hammam like Les Cent Ciels.

5. Fine Dining in an Elegant Setting

The capital of love is also the capital of fine dining. Why not dine in a historic monument? Head to the Gare de Lyon, one of Paris’s seven train stations, and rather than booking a ticket (though that’s always enticing), head up the stairs to Le Train Bleu. Originally created for the Exposition Universelle in 1900, each room represents a different region of France, with 41 paintings lining the richly decorated walls. In 1963, it was coined with its current name and has since then become an address frequented by those with a taste for elegance.

Paris restaurants Le Train Bleu © Le Train Bleu
The unbelievably beautiful Le Train Bleu restaurant in Paris’s Gare de Lyon © Le Train Bleu

Find more of our favorite gastronomic restaurants in Paris.

Regardless of where you find yourself on Valentine’s Day, take time to inhale what is so deeply Parisian; strolling from the Right Bank to the Left with no clear destination in mind; stopping at a café terrace for a café crème with a side of people watching; picking up a warm baguette as the scents of freshly baked bread waft through the air. More simply, falling in love with each moment.

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