City of Lights, City of Love – Paris remains the most visited city in the world and is a perfect destination for a romantic getaway. Make your stay in the capital extra special with your loved one with our top 5 romantic spots in Paris.
We won’t mention the iconic Eiffel Tower, the city’s most visited monument, we figured you had planned on going there already! Here’s a few other original ideas for a spot of romance:
1) The wall of ‘I love you’
This original piece can be found Butte Montmartre, Place des Abbesses, in the Square Jehan Rictus. Some lovers wait for St Valentine’s day to express their love, but in Paris you can express it everyday in a special meeting place: Le mur des je t’aime (I love you : the wall).
In a world marked by violence and dominated by individualism, walls, like frontiers, are usually made to divide and to separate people and to protect them from one another. On the contrary, The Wall is a link, a place of reconciliation, a mirror which reflects an image of love and peace. I love you is written in 250 languages. See this unique piece by Frédéric Baron and take a break in this quiet little park.
2) Pont des Arts
This bridge built originally by Napoleon became the most popular symbol of Love in Paris in 2007 and soon the world followed with the lovelocks trend. By 2013, an estimated 700,000 locks lined the bridge, which was seen as a safety concern. The locks were definitely removed after a piece of the bridge collapsed under their weight. Pont des Arts is a beautiful place with a great view of l’Ile de la Cité and the Louvre, and still considered on the the top romantic spots in Paris.
3) Le Jardin du Musée de la Vie Romantique
This garden is a true haven of peace. For lovers in search of tranquility, look no further than the garden of the Museum of Romantic Life. In cold or rainy weather, you have the opportunity to take refuge under the charming glass greenhouse where you can warm up with a good tea and delight your tastebuds with a pastry. On a sunny day, relax among the trees and flowers in this country garden, rarely crowded despite its enchanting name and location.
4) Père Lachaise Cemetery
A whooping 43 hectares, the Père-Lachaise cemetery is currently the largest green space of the capital. Considered a hotbed of romance, more than 4,000 trees shade the site, including maple, ash, cedar and chestnut varieties. Located on the side of a hill, the « romantic area » is the most visited place in the cemetery, regrouping some of the oldest graves. The beauty of the place comes from the lush nature that coexists with tombs and funerary chapels. The eternal abode of Honoré de Balzac and Oscar Wilde to name just a few, Père Lachaise fascinates lovers who dream of the mysteries and secrets it contains.
5) Inside the lovers’ temple at Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is a true lovers’ dream! Constructed as part of Baron Haussmann’s 19th century renovation of Paris – the famous public works program that gave the city its wide boulevards and squares – the park is built upon a one-time public dump and a former execution ground (but you don’t have to tell your partner that!). Located in the east of Paris, not many tourists wander to this fairy-tale like park, which features views of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, a man-made lake, concrete cliffs, a Roman pavilion – Temple de la Sibylle – and a suspension bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel.