Coming to Paris for a romantic weekend? There are plenty of possibilities to enjoy a romantic walk. From historic districts and hidden gardens to covered passages and picturesque sites – there’s no shortage of ideas!
Treat yourselves to a guided tour of the most beautiful places in Paris. Admire the city’s distinctive Hausmann-era architecture, stroll among the remarkable Art Nouveau buildings of the former village of Passy, or opt for more of a country walk as you explore the district of Belleville!
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In the north of the city, the district of Montmartre has a delightful villagey atmosphere that attracts visitors from around the world. Lovebirds adore getting lost in the narrow bohemian streets winding up to the steps of the Butte leading to the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur (also accessible by The little train of Paris Montmartre). And there is all the fun of a merry-go-round ride in the pretty Place des Abbesses. In this square is the ‘Mur des je t’aime’ (I Love You Wall), designed by Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito. This famous mosaic has ‘I love you’ written in more than 250 different languages. To immortalize your Montmartre getaway, get your portrait drawn by one of the artists at Place du Tertre. Nearby is the charming Musée de la Vie romantique, in a tranquil setting where time seems to have stood still.
After your walk, enjoy a romantic dinner in one of Montmartre’s iconic restaurants. Options include La Mère Catherine, set in a 15th-century former presbytery, the restaurant of the Terrass Hotel, offering a panoramic view over the rooftops of Paris, or La Bonne Franquette, where you can soak up the typical ambiance of old Montmartre.
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Located in the centre of the capital, the Marais district is both trendy and historic, attracting lovebirds with its narrow passages, townhouses, famous monuments and museums. For the grand finale of your walk, head to Place des Vosges and its arcades, housing the former home of Victor Hugo and the Square Louis XIII garden at the centre. A romantic must-see! Let Artybot guide you through an unusual romantic journey in the heart of the Marais, for a most romantic experience punctuated by challenges, historical anecdotes, and romantic discussions.
Looking for a romantic restaurant in the Marais? Try Qui plume la lune (1 Michelin star). For a more relaxed atmosphere try the Café Charlot, a former boulangerie now a typical Parisian bistro, or the Nord Marais, one of the district’s trending bar-restaurants.
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In the heart of the Left Bank in the 6th arrondissement, Saint-Germain des Prés is another romantic district, well-known to those nostalgic about the Paris of yesteryear! This district has a rich history as a meeting place for artists and intellectuals, who loved gathering at Deux Magots and Café du Flore, frequented by writers and artists such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Pablo Picasso and Simone de Beauvoir.
To round off this delightful walk, book a table at one of Saint-Germain-des-Prés’ romantic restaurants – Japanese chef Kosuke Nabeta’s Sola (1 Michelin star), for example, or Lapérouse, whose richly decorated private dining rooms make the perfect setting for a dinner for two.
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An original idea for a stroll on a romantic weekend in Paris: explore the covered passages and galleries, those pretty shopping arcades with their glass roofs.
Head for the Bourse district – the historical Paris stock exchange – in the 2nd arrondissement, for a walk through the authentic and charming covered passageways. Here you can experience the ambiance of the belle époque. With glass roofs, charming boutiques and special atmosphere, these period shopping arcades are a delight to wander through. Couples love to saunter through with their arms around each other, away from the noise of the city. Ideal for rainy days! One not to be missed is the Galerie Vivienne which, with its superb mosaics, is one of the finest in the capital. The Passage des Panoramas is a gourmet paradise, being home to a number of foodie addresses, including a bistro, tea room and wine bar. Other covered passageways can be found in Paris, particularly in the 9th arrondissement.Tempted by a walk off the beaten track?
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For a romantic escapade far from the hustle and bustle of the city, there are several districts in Paris with a ‘villagey’ atmosphere. In the south, the Butte-aux-Cailles (13th) is a hilltop corner of paradise. With its cobbled streets lined with small houses and little gardens full of flowers, it is popular with couples. The picturesque Mouffetard district (5th), with its old houses and narrow, winding streets, is reminiscent of bygone villages. And leafy Charonne village (20th) has such a peaceful, bucolic atmosphere, you could almost be in the country. Other pockets of greenery in Paris include the Mouzaïa district (19th), little-known to tourists like La Campagne à Paris (literally, the countryside in Paris), in the 20th arrondissement.
In the east of the city, a must see is the Père-Lachaise cemetery. This unusual place to visit is a pleasant place for lovers winding paths are the graves of famous men and women, including Proust, Jim Morrison, Colette, Fréderic Chopin and Héloïse and Abélard … An opportunity to lose yourself in mystical contemplation.
There’s no shortage of ideas for a romantic weekend near Paris either! The Paris region has an abundance of castles, forests and pretty villages that are perfect for a romantic getaway.
Discover for example the medieval town of Provins, a Unesco world heritage site, the Domaine de Chantilly with its chateau, park and stables, or Fontainebleau, famous not only for its history-charged chateau but also for its vast forest and surrounding villages. Among these is Barbizon, where many of the Impressionists, charmed by the site’s beauty, came to paint ‘from nature’. Don’t miss the grandiose chateau and gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte, where you might even be able to enjoy a candlelit dinner, or the enchanting lakes, immortalized by Impressionist painter Camille Corot, on the edge of the town of Ville-d’Avray.
Find out more: Discovering the Chateaux of the Paris region