Paris is for lovers. Anywhere one walks in the “City of Light” one is sure to stumble upon couples in intimate embrace, as they take in the stunning views of the Seine and the fine buildings that stand on its edge. So what are you waiting for? Show your lover he or she is worth more than chocolates; take them to Paris this Valentine’s and experience the city of romance for real. Whether you want to splash out, or you’re looking for more bang for your buck, we have compiled a list of top romantic Parisian spots and restaurants guaranteed to impress!
The majestic Palais-Royal has been a meeting place for lovers ever since its construction by the King’s cousin, the Duc D’Orléans, in 1780. Known at the time as the capital of Paris, this pleasure garden of the Bourgeoisie, with its shops, casinos, salon de thé, and newly invented restaurants became an 18th Century hit. At the time the King referred derisively to the duke as “the shopkeeper”. Many scenes from Honoré de Balzac’s celebrated masterpiece “La Comédie Humain” take place in these elegantly proportioned galleries and restaurants. A place of intrigue and romance the gardens of the Palais-Royal with its lines of perfectly pruned trees, and manicured lawns, welcomed every conceivable character from the history books. Today as in the past the Palais-Royal is the ideal setting for an intimate rendez-vous.
Lavish night out: Dinner for Two at Le Grand Véfour.
This extraordinary restaurant with its magnificent 18th Century interior counts Napoleon Bonaparte, the empresses Josephine, and Victor Hugo among its former clientele.
Cheap thrills: Buy a bottle of champagne from nearby cave-à-vin, Juveniles, 47 Rue de Richelieu, and a enjoy drink for two in the gardens. Soak up the atmosphere in this old-world oasis of tranquillity and refinement.
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Easily one of the most romantic of all spots in Paris, the Île-Saint-Louis is a glorious island of rambling mansions and elegant side-streets, which floats like a jewel in the middle of the Seine. This island has been a getaway for romantics down the centuries. The poet Charles Baudelaire, and painters like Honoré Daumier made their home here. The Îlé-Saint-Louis also features in Marcel Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time”. The protagonist of Swann’s way, Charles Swann, lived in a mansion that stood on the Quai D’Orléans.
Take a romantic stroll around the Island with your lover. Begin at Hôtel Pimodan, 17 Quai d’Anjou. Take a moment to look on the former residence of Charles Baudelaire who wrote “Les Fleurs du Mal” here in the 1840s. Follow in the foot-steps of Baudelaire or Marcel Proust and take in the incredible view along the quay. You will arrive at the western tip of the island. From here you can take in the glorious view of the city. If the sky happens to be clear, this is a great spot from which to take in the sunset.
Lavish Night Out: Ile-Saint-Louis is not recommended for dinner − its restaurants are often expensive, tourist traps. Cross the bridge, Pont Louis-Philippe, and stop off at Chez Julien , 1 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe. This historic restaurant created in the 19th still retains its opulent Napoleon III interiors. It will be a sure-fire chic ending to your romantic Parisian stroll.
Cheap Thrills: Weather permitting -- why not enjoy a light picnic while you take in the gorgeous view? Before you get to the Island, buy a selection of cheese, cured meats, and wine from the specialty shops grouped around Metro Saint Paul. After you have sufficiently wandered the island, taking in the multiple views of the city, sit down on the quayside, kick back and enjoy a romantic picnic for two.
The Marais is an ideal place for lovers to stroll. During the beginning of the 17th Century the aristocracy began to build their homes in this area, particularly after the construction of Place de Vosges. Some of the most sumptuous hôtel particulier (private town houses) in Paris can be found lining these august streets full of mystery and character. Fortunately the Marais was spared Baron Hausmann’s 19th Century wreaking ball. It is for this reason it retains the feel and look of an older pre-19th Century Paris. For a romantic date for two take a walk around the Musée Carnavalet, 23 Rue de Sévigné. Housed in the former hôtel particulier of Madame de Sévigné, this museum is devoted to the history of Paris. Among the collection is room after room of fabulous 17th and 18th Century interiors recreated with their original French furniture.
Lavish Night Out: A chic hideaway behind the trendy 404 and Andy Wahloo, Derrière, is an opportunity to dine in an old Parisian apartment. Make sure you book the living room or the boudoir.
Night on the Town: Enjoy intimate cocktails in a South American setting, check out the Mexican bar Candelaria, 52 Rue de Saintonge. For a ravishing moment with your number 2, try Toby Cecchini's standout cocktail "guêpe verte".
Another spot that attracts trendy, good-looking drinkers is Le Sherry Butt, 20 Rue Beautreillis. It's talented owner, Amaury, who previously trained at the Experimental Cocktail group, has given you a great excuse to indulge in some top-class mixology with your one and only.
Some of Paris’s wonderful parks make for great romantic settings and the Buttes Chaumont is no exception. This wonderful 19th Century Park found in the heart of the 19th arrondissement is a little gem that visitors don’t usually get around to seeing. Nestled concave-like into the side of a large hill, this park commands breath-taking views of the city.
With inauspicious beginnings as a quarry and rubbish-dump, the Buttes became a kind of proto-Disneyland of the 19th Century. Replete with artificial lakes, waterfalls, and molded concrete made to resemble rustic log fencing this park never ceases to intrigue. There’s even a sort of soaring concrete promontory, cleverly disguised to resemble cliffs, and topped with a round greek-style temple. It’s precisely this intriguing mix of artificial and natural that attracted the attention of both the Surrealists and the Situationnistes.
For a date off-the-beaten-track, begin your afternoon stroll at Metro Botzaris and work your way down through the heavily verdant avenues. Climb the promontory and take in the incredible view of Paris from the top. Weather permitting – take in the sunset on the grass as you sip on a glass of Champagne.
On the cheap: The Rosa Bonheur is a fun bar that resembles a 19th Century-style pavilion. Located on the inside of the park near the entrance to Metro Botzaris, Rosa Bonheur attracts a mix of young trendy locals. At weekends, and particularly in the summer, this bar is a top destination for Parisian revelers. There is a good selection of reasonably priced French-style tapas and cold meats available to order at the bar
A little bit more fancy: Head to the cave-à-vin Quedubon to savour the excellent collection of wine on offer. The menu boasts a great selection of traditional French dishes prepared with quality ingredients. This will be a memorable ending to any Valentine’s night in Paris.
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