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Romantic Guide to Paris

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Paris, the city of lights and love - this short guide is full of ideas for how to make the most of the romanticism that oozes from every one of its beautiful corners.

Good for
  • Couples
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Like a Local

14 Places

9 City Tips

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14 Places

La Patisserie des Reves

Restaurants

Palace of Versailles

Architectural Buildings, History Museums, Castles, Historic Sites, Gardens

Osteria Ferrara

Restaurants

Louvre Museum

Architectural Buildings, Art Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Le Caveau des Oubliettes

Jazz Clubs & Bars

Eiffel Tower

Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Mosquee de Paris

Sacred & Religious Sites

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

Parks

Quai Montebello

Hotels

La Conserverie

Restaurants

Canal Saint-Martin

Neighbourhoods, Bodies of Water, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Kong

Restaurants

Bois de Vincennes

Parks

Musee Rodin

Speciality Museums

Victoria C's City Tips

  • Get on buses at the front and exit from the middle. Let people off the metro before you get on.
  • Paris is a safe city, but always keep your belongings close to you, especially in busy areas, and make sure you keep a firm grip on your mobile phone.
  • Watch out for scammers who try to distract you to steal something - near Musée D'Orsay, a common trick is to pick up a ring and pretend it may be yours.
  • Consider buying a packet of 10 tickets that can be used on all public transport - the rest of the time, Paris is a wonderful city to walk or cycle around.
  • I love the Vélib bike system, which is pretty easy to use. You pay a small price for a day or a week and you can use it for up to 30 minutes free at a time.
  • On public transport look out for someone who may be in more need of your seat.
  • Don't be surprised if service in restaurants takes a while. If you need it, try and get a server's attention with eye contact, a smile and then start with "Excusez-moi."
  • Prices can of course vary widely but the average price in a brasserie (restaurant, café, bar) is from around 15€ for a main dish. Street food is around 5€.
  • Tipping is not that common in Paris but is always appreciated for good service.
  • La Patisserie des Reves
    Restaurants (French)
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    Victoria C Says:

    Starting the day off with French pastries is a melt-in-the-mouth experience which feeds the senses as well as your hunger. La Pâtisserie des Rêves (The Patisserie of Dreams) lives up to its name. Walking in, you won't know where to turn first, spoilt for choice among the colourful pieces of heaven on display. The great thing is you'll be able to buy at least one each and share the delicious fun!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Once you've chosen the pastry of your dreams, head towards the Musée D'Orsay and, if you can wait that long, share your pastries with a view over the Seine.
    • If you don't want to leave your room, you can also get pastries delivered from Citycake.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3,446 of 15,381 restaurants in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Yesterday's Pastries 03/06/2018
    • French pastry deliciousness 13/05/2017
    • La Patisserie des Reves
    Address:
    111 rue de Longchamp
    75116 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 47 04 00 24
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sat - Sun
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Other:
  • Palace of Versailles
    Architectural Buildings, History Museums, Castles, Historic Sites, Gardens
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    Victoria C Says:

    The Palace of Versailles, a royal chateau which dates from the 17th century, is a beautiful monument to French history. It's also a grand place that offers plenty of opportunities for a relaxing day out. For the ultimate romantic experience, head straight to the gardens. Here you can wander around the grand and the modest to find small hiding places and escape the others who have made the trip out. There are also plenty of places to share a meal or a drink together, including the restaurant La Flotille next to the Grand Canal, as well as Angelina's (a world famous café) with a terrace and take away.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Head to the country gardens of Marie Antoinette, known as Le Hameau, and sit by the trees to enjoy a romantic moment together.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 74 things to do in Versailles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect trip when visiting Paris 18/12/2018
    • Amazing! 18/12/2018
    • Palace of Versailles
    Address:
    Place d'Armes
    78000, Versailles
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 30 83 78 00
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Other:
  • Osteria Ferrara
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean, European)
    Victoria C Says:

    All great cosy restaurants are located down hidden alleyways and this one happens to offer delicious Italian food - why not combine the romanticism of Rome and Paris? Not far from Bastille and just out of the way of tourist traps, Cafe dei Cioppi has ten tables to welcome you for the start of your evening. On the menu, you'll find authentic flavoursome dishes such as Tuscan Panzanella and Risotto with sausage and saffron, followed by heavenly deserts to sweeten your palette. Reservations essential!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • As it's rather small, book in advance to avoid disappointment.
    • After you've finished dinner, head down towards Bastille and then the Marais for an evening walk.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2,281 of 15,381 restaurants in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dinner at night 25/10/2018
    • Pretentious and pathetic food 13/08/2018
    • Osteria Ferrara
    Address:
    7 rue du Dahomey
    75011 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 43 71 67 69
    Price range:
    USD 40 - USD 57
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Other:
  • Louvre Museum
    Architectural Buildings, Art Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Victoria C Says:

    By day, the Louvre is one of the largest museums in the world, offering you around 35,000 objects of art to explore. By night, it's lit up to give you a beautiful place to walk around, hand in hand - perhaps after you've been for a wander along the Seine or gone for a drink in the Marché Saint Honoré.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • To arrive at the Louvre, head along the Seine and cross Le Pont des Arts. You won't be disappointed by the view.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • We went at night 18/12/2018
    • Don't get lost 18/12/2018
    • Louvre Museum
    Address:
    99 rue de Rivoli
    75001 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 40 20 50 50
    Hours:
    Wed
    9:00 am - 9:45 pm
    Thu
    9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Fri
    9:00 am - 9:45 pm
    Sat - Mon
    9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Other:
  • Le Caveau des Oubliettes
    Jazz Clubs & Bars
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    Victoria C Says:

    Good jazz and delicious drinks will always get you in the mood. Le Caveau des Oubliettes is a lively jazz den hiding under an unsuspecting bar. Not far from Saint Michel and Notre Dame, this is a great place to head to after you've enjoyed a picnic on the Quai de Montebello. They play live music every evening, and there's no entrance fee.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • If you want to go when it's a little calmer, head there early.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Paris
    • Great music 18/12/2018
    • Great music, lovely atmosphere 05/03/2017
    • Le Caveau des Oubliettes
    Address:
    52 rue Galande
    75005 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 46 34 23 09
    Hours:
    Mon - Tue
    5:00 pm - 2:00 am
    Wed - Sun
    5:00 pm - 4:00 am
    Wed
    5:00 pm - 12:00 am
    Other:
  • Eiffel Tower
    Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Victoria C Says:

    What is Paris without the Eiffel Tower? Climb it, have a picnic beneath it, stare at it lovingly from afar while sipping wine from a terrace. Whatever you do, make sure you include it in your weekend. Around the Eiffel Tower you'll also find the Champ de Mars which is a great park both during the day and early evening.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • In the evenings, the Eiffel Tower twinkles on the hour until midnight.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    • Long wait in the cold 19/12/2018
    • A must do! 19/12/2018
    • Eiffel Tower
    Address:
    5 Avenue Anatole France
    75007 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 (0)8 92 70 12 39
    Price range:
    USD 25 - USD 25
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 am - 11:45 pm
    Other:
  • Mosquee de Paris
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Victoria C Says:

    The Grand Mosque of Paris is not only a religious centre but a restaurant, tea room, hammam (Turkish baths) and souk (market place) - all in a small tree-filled mosaic courtyard. The tea room serves some of the most wonderful mint tea that, when served with delicacies such as baklava and lokum (Turkish Delight), will take you right into another world.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • You can also go for a wander in the Jardin des Plantes just next door.
    • If you plan to go into the mosque itself, take note of the different visiting hours and dress appropriately (no shorts, and cover shoulders).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #221 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    • The restaurant of the Mosque 08/12/2018
    • Mint tea and sweets 13/11/2018
    • Mosquee de Paris
    Address:
    2 Bis Place du Puits de l_Ermite
    75005 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 45 35 97 33
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Other:
  • Parc des Buttes Chaumont
    Parks
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    Victoria C Says:

    This has got to be the most romantic park in Paris. Positioned at the northeast peak of the city, Parc des Buttes Chaumont offers views straight into the centre and around. That is, if you need to look out. The park itself is a hilly, country-like paradise with paths, a lake, waterfalls and a small Greek-like temple in the centre (which you can climb up to). There are spaces for picnics and strolls and there's a great bar, the Rosa Bonheur, in the southeast corner.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be prepared to queue for the bar on warm weekends.
    • If you can be at the Rosa Bonheur for dusk, there's a magnificent view over the park as the sun sets.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A real hidden gem 03/12/2018
    • Great Park in the 19th 30/11/2018
    • Parc des Buttes Chaumont
    Address:
    1 Rue Botzaris
    75019 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 48 03 83 10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Other:
  • Quai Montebello
    Hotels
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    Victoria C Says:

    There are many quays along the Seine, but I'm sure this is the most romantic. Here you have a view straight up over Notre Dame and her beautifully lit architectural form. In the early evening, just before dusk, this is a perfect place for a Parisian picnic and a first kiss.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Take a bottle of red wine, a baguette and some good cheese. Don't forget a bottle opener.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 228 Accommodation in Paris
    • The Best! 07/06/2015
    • Fantastic 03/09/2014
    • Quai Montebello
    Address:
    19 quai de Montebello
    75005 Paris
    France
  • La Conserverie
    Restaurants
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    Victoria C Says:

    Enter into a dimly lit bar with silk fabrics hanging from the ceilings and cosy sofas to cuddle up with your partner. Here you can eat and drink, but whatever you do you have to try the cocktails. La Conserverie whips up classic cocktails, cocktails of the house and cocktails of the season. If you're not sure what to choose, just ask the expert staff. Then, you can savour the flavours in tea cups and tall glasses as you snuggle up to your loved one.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Get a house cocktail to try something refreshingly different!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Good Food and Great Ambience 20/01/2018
    • Great ambience, super drinks 05/09/2016
    • La Conserverie
    Address:
    37 rue du Sentier
    75002 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 40 26 14 94
    Hours:
    Mon - Wed
    7:00 pm - 12:00 am
    Thu - Fri
    7:00 pm - 2:00 am
    Sat
    8:00 pm - 2:00 am
  • Canal Saint-Martin
    Neighbourhoods, Bodies of Water, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Victoria C Says:

    The Canal Saint Martin is made for romantic walks. It's speckled with bars and restaurants that you can hide in, or you can picnic by the water's edge and even get a takeaway pizza delivered straight to your picnic place.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you want to order a pizza to eat by the canal, head to the Pink Flamingo and they'll give you a pink balloon so they can find you once it's ready.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #201 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    • Overrated but great 26/11/2018
    • Picturesque, great spot for a walk or river cruise 17/11/2018
    • Canal Saint-Martin
    Phone:
    +33 1 42 39 15 00
    Other:
  • Kong
    Restaurants (French)
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    Victoria C Says:

    If you want to splash out on a meal, head to Kong. Right in the centre of Paris, this glorious restaurant sits under a rooftop, glass ceiling. The food is luxurious and the décor magnificent.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Reservation in advance is essential, as is formal dress.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6,443 of 15,381 restaurants in Paris
    • Good views pretentious icky food 16/12/2018
    • Amazing Views 16/12/2018
    • Kong
    Address:
    1 rue du Pont Neuf
    1, rue du Pont Neuf
    75001 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 40 39 09 00
    Price range:
    USD 40 - USD 125
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    12:00 pm - 2:00 am
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 pm - 3:00 am
    Other:
  • Bois de Vincennes
    Parks
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    Victoria C Says:

    In the heart of the Bois de Vincennes is the Daumesnil Lake, in the middle of which you'll find the Temple of Love. Here you can hire a small rowing boat for a romantic waterside adventure.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Think about heading to the Chateau de Vincennes if you want to head back to 14th century Paris.
    • Relax in the main park (around 100 hectares), the floral park, the Buddhist temple, or even head to one of the theatres.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #112 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Largest park in Paris with a lot of activities 24/11/2018
    • A lovely park. 13/10/2018
    • Bois de Vincennes
    Address:
    293 avenue Dausmenil
    75012 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 43 28 41 59
    Other:
  • Musee Rodin
    Speciality Museums
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    Victoria C Says:

    Rodin's sculptures are full of emotion. You can literally feel the love, fear and questioning that goes on behind the bronze and marble forms. For anyone in love, you should see 'The Kiss' up close to truly understand it. The rest of the museum is of course beautiful too, and the gardens are a lovely haven full of Rodin's work.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don't skip the museum - that's where you'll find 'The Kiss,' and it's really worth it.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 2,270 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth the visit 17/12/2018
    • Nice Garden Area besides the Inside Gallery 15/12/2018
    • Musee Rodin
    Address:
    79 rue de Varenne
    75007 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 44 18 61 10
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 am - 5:45 pm
    Other:
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