Romance is alive and well in the favourite city of lovers the world over! With its film set landscape and the languorous sparkle of sunlight on the Seine, the City of Lights is endlessly idyllic. Every arrondissement is a stage for lovebirds: for a first date, a kiss, a Valentine’s Day rendezvous, or to admire the legendary rooftops of Paris. The city’s squares and gardens too are perfect and utterly romantic places to stroll hand in hand. In love, Paris is certainly the place where anything is possible.
The most inspiring views of Paris
The best viewpoints are for sharing … with your loved one. The most famous is the view from the square in front of the Sacré-Coeur basilica, at the top of Montmartre Hill. In the east of Paris, the hill at Belleville also offers a wonderful panoramic view. Overlooking the park, the terrace of the restaurant Ô Paris is a great place to sit and gaze on the city lights in the evening. From the 56th floor of the Tour Montparnasse, the Ciel de Paris restaurant dominates the capital offering amazing moments. Only the Eiffel Tower outstrips it, to such an extent that it sometimes has its head in the clouds … Great views are also guaranteed as you travel up the glass-walled escalators at the Pompidou Centre. At the top, you can carry on enjoying the view and watch the sun setting over the city over a drink at Chez Georges, the restaurant on the top floor of the modern art museum. For those with a sense of daring, the tethered hot air balloon at the Parc André Citroën is an exciting experience, taking you up into the sky to hover over the park from a height of 150 metres.
Mythical places to kiss
The ‘Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville’, a snapshot immortalized by Robert Doisneau in 1950, is one of the most famous in the world! Other classic spots for a photo: the Trocadéro esplanade with the Eiffel Tower in the background, the Montmartre hillside steps, below the Sacré-Coeur, the steps of the Palais Garnier Opera House, the square in front of Notre-Dame, the bridges that span the Saint-Martin Canal… Not forgetting, the tremendous view up the Champs-Elysées from Place de la Concorde or the Arc de Triomphe.
And secret Paris streets …
People around the world are familiar with the usual pictures and clichéd images of romance in Paris, but lovebirds in search of tranquillity will find plenty of romantic spots off the beaten track. Rue des Thermopyles, a cobblestone street, is an oasis of calm and greenery in the 14th arrondissement, offering a glimpse of a bucolic side to Paris … like the Cité Florale in the 13th, where even the street names – “Orchidées, Volubilis, Mimosas, Glycines, Iris, Liserons” – evoke the fragrance of flowers. Rue Crémieux, a stone’s throw from the Gare de Lyon, provides a colourful excursion for people with a taste for the unusual. And then there’s the Square de Montsouris, formerly inhabited by several artists, with its houses draped in wisteria and ivy.
In love on the Seine riverbanks
The quaysides around the two islands of Ile Saint Louis and Ile de la Cité that form the very ‘heart’ of Paris are ideal places to stroll together, the most romantic spot being the charming little public garden the Square du Vert-Galant, at the tip of the Ile de la Cité. Most of the section of the left bank of the Seine has also been given over to pedestrians since the summer of 2013. Remember the legendary screen stars Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant in the romantic comedy and thriller Charade. And do admire the sun setting on the water from the steps in front of the Musée d’Orsay. The bridges also appeal to couples. Could it be because their arches symbolize an alliance? Or because the water flowing under them carries with it the wildest of promises? According to tradition, lovebirds should kiss and make a wish under the Pont Marie, nicknamed ‘lovers’ bridge’.