Paris is called the city of love for a reason!  It is a very popular honeymoon destination and is known for the romantics settings.  Here are just a few romantic dates to go on while in Paris.

Eiffel Tower at night

 img_7371I was honestly surprised by how impressive the Eiffel Tower was. Going to the Eiffel Tower at night is my #1 vote for a romantic things to do in Paris.  First, the structure itself is a marvel.  Standing underneath the tower, it is amazing to see the steel beams that seem woven together.  It is the only way to really get a sense of the grandeur of the structure.  As you go to the top, you cant help but be a little nervous as the packed elevator with glass windows goes higher and higher.  It is a perfect experience to share with someone you love.

By going at night time, you also get to enjoy the tower as it lights up every hour and you avoid the long lines and heat of the day.  We went on a September night around 8 and only waited around 20 minutes.  Make sure you explore the entire tower, stoping at all 3 stories on the way up or down, taking time to enjoy your date.

Picnic

The beautiful parks of paris lend themselves perfectly to a picnic.  You can easily grab a sandwich, drink, chocolates or cheese near one for the many parks and have a relaxing meal.  For an even more unique experieince, there are several services that make the date even easier to plan by setting up a romantic picnic for you.

Louvre

The Louvre is best known for the size of its art collection and as the largest museum in the world and its unique venue, a former palace.  We went to the Louvre on a weekday in the evening and found that there were very small crowds and enjoyed wondering the halls.  I highly recommend going in the evening and traveling off season.  Don’t focus on seeing everything in on visit, but what you are interested in. I was also truly impressed by the building itself and was sometimes distracted by the ceilings and architecture instead of the art itself.

Splurge on a Michelin Restaurant

img_7604When in France, there are so many more Michelin restaurants to choose from compared to any city in the US.  Take advantage of it to splurge on a meal for you and your sweetheart.  As a former chef, I always try to dine at least once at a Michelin restaurant when I go to a city that has one.  It is a totally unique dining experience that I think everyone should try at some point, and why not try while going on a date in Paris?

When I try to pick out a restaurant I look for good locations for a lunch date.  I have always been able to find a Michelin restaurant with a 3 course lunch menu less than $50 per person. As a heads up, this will be a very fancy meal. If this is your first time, tell the person taking your reservation that this is your first time at a Michelin rated restaurant and ask for any tips they suggest that will make you feel more comfortable.  When you get there, do not worry so much about what other people are doing and what is the right thing to do.  Just own what you do and know it does not matter.  You may feel like all eyes are on you and the wait staff is judging you, but in reality, they likely do not even notice or want to make your comfortable anyway.

Siene Sunset River Cruise

Taking a river cruise on the Siene is a great way to see the city and spend time together.  We took the cruise that departs from Pont Neuf, but I made that decision based on the departure location and I would recommend the same to you.  There are a few different companies that run cruises constantly, just make sure you take the change to kiss under Pont Marie, the lovers bridge.

Take a Cooking Class Together

Learn to cook and bake the things Paris is known for.  Some of the most popular cooking classes are for learning to cook macaroons, baguettes and crescents.

Go Dancing 

Take couples dancing classes or enjoy dancing on the banks of the Siene. In the evenings at Port Saint-Bernard from June until the end of August, people gather and dance at Jardin Tino Rossi.

Paddle Boats at Versaille

Not actually in Paris but close by, you should make a trip to Versaiile.  First, tour the property together.  Then make your way to the Grand Canal where you can rent paddle boats to complete your date. Before heading back to Paris, enjoy a crepe at Ble Noir.

Splurge on a Hotel

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In our trip to paris, we stayed in a 4 star hotel with a view of the Eiffel Tower and it made returning to our hotel each nice very pleasant.  We would spend time each night on our balcony together watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle.  We put on some music and just had to dance!

Spa Day

Take some time to relax for a spa date.  After all the walking around you will be doing to see all the sites, take some time to enjoy a couples massage or other treatments together.

Night Time Stroll

Paris is really a beautiful city at night.  Just go for a stroll at night to admire the sites lit up in the night.

How about you? Have any other romantic ideas of things to do in Paris?

Alexa from 52Perfect Days, chose 52 Things do in Long Beach for her post where she shares 52 different ideas.

Sally from Passport and Plates shared her Madrid budget travel guide.  If you’re planning on visiting Madrid and are looking for the best things to do and eat while on a budget, look no further!

Happy Travels!