So, you’re in Paris with your lover, but don’t know where to go or what to do? Our guide reveals the most romantic places and activities for one day in the City of Love.
From art galleries and winding streets to the iconic Eiffel Tower – Paris is undoubtedly one of the most romantic places on earth. But in a city with such variety, how do you plan an unforgettable romantic day?
Our ‘One Day in Paris for Lovers’ guide below provides some suggestions on how to spend an unforgettable day in the City of Light and Love.
Morning: Breakfast at Angélina – Start your day in a real Parisian style.
Day trips in Paris should start with something unique and memorable. On the historic Rue de Rivoli in the heart of Paris, there is a pâtisserie called Angélina – it’s a must visit attraction for lovers – after all, what would romance be without this most famous of French delicacies; chocolate!
The Angélina Tearoom has been a favourite meeting place of Parisian gourmets since 1903. Here, you and your lover can enjoy their famous breakfasts along with their signature African Hot Chocolate beverage, or indulge in Angélina’s renown Pastries Collections, among them the Mont-Blanc.
The refined Belle-Époque architecture of Angélina will leave even the most sophisticated of aesthete’s awe-struck. Angélina is rightfully considered one of the most delightful pâtisseries in Paris and is the perfect start to your day in the City of Love.
Midday: Art and picnic in the Musée d’Orsay.
After enjoying your romantic breakfast and African hot chocolate, you’ll need to walk off the calories, so while holding hands, stroll over to the d’Orsay Museum.
The walk will take a little less time than to the neighbouring Louvre, but this magnificent former railway station has a beauty unto itself. The most exquisite works of art are on display here, and the wing with the works of Impressionists is particularly romantic, with amazing masterpieces to set the tone for your romance in Paris.
After the museum, stroll out along one of the side streets, buy a baguette, some cheese and a bottle of French wine from one of the numerous bakeries and take your lover on a picnic in the famous Tuileries Gardens, which separates the Louvre from the Place de la Concorde – a cultural walking place for Parisians and lovers alike, where Maillol statues stand alongside those of Rodin or Giacometti.
Afternoon: Visit second-hand booksellers along the Seine – enjoy the Paris sunset.
When it’s warm outside, there’s nothing more romantic than a stroll along the Seine. Meander through the second-hand bookseller stalls, which are located along the whole embankment. Browse through old books of French poetry, the work of students from Paris art schools, and purchase souvenirs as mementoes of your romantic day in Paris.
To enhance the romantic mood, buy a small padlock from one of the second-hand booksellers, scratch your initials on it and hang it on the fence of the Pont-des-Arp bridge. Throwing the lock key into the river will create the perfect moment for a kiss.
Evening: Dinner at Le Grand Véfour.
For an impeccable dinner, head to Le Grand Vefour, the Michelin restaurant next to the Palais Royal gardens.
Retaining its rich ancient decor, this one-of-a-kind gourmet restaurant provides an opportunity to experience 18th-century romance. No fakes, no artificial antiques – it’s as if you’ve entered a time machine through a portal at the best restaurant in the world and embarked on an unforgettable journey to a time when exquisite balls, duels of honour, and raging passion were à la mode.
The food at Le Grand Vefour is an unforgettable mix of old and new, and the famous culinary expertise of chef, Guy Martin will ensure that your candle-lit dinner is a romantic experience. But don’t forget to book a table, as this small restaurant with its French charm is a favourite of Parisians too.
Night: Berthillon Ice Cream and Champagne on the Islands.
Enjoy champagne or the best ice cream in town at the Maison Berthillon. Or enjoy both if this combination does not seem strange to you. Paris at night is a magical place, where everything enhances romantic interludes.
On the opposite side of the Seine, across from the famous Notre-Dame, lies the Ile Saint-Louis where you can watch the lights of the cathedral reflect upon the placid water. This is a mesmerizing spectacle. Who knows, maybe the flickering light reflected off the night water will reveal your lover’s intentions.
The whole city will shine around you and you will surely be visited by the feeling that the City of Light flickers only for you.
If you do not know how many days to spend in Paris, then you do not know anything about this city. It can open it’s soul to you in one day if you are attentive, but it can also remain an insoluble mystery, even if you spend months exploring it.
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