The Capital of France and its most famous city, Paris, are swarmed by many tourists all year round. A Eurotrip won’t mean something if you skip this city. There is something about it that lures people from all over the world just to experience the magic in the “City of Love”.
Why is Paris called the City of Love? There is no denying that this city is one of the most romantic cities all over Europe or rather in the world. It is quite evident how Parisians are passionate in any aspect, be it in their historical significance, intricate architecture, Michelin star restaurants, high fashion or creative artistry.
Paris is arguably on everyone’s top travel bucket list. I am fortunate enough to be able to visit recently and truth to be told, it had me head over heels.
Romantic Places to Visit in Paris
The Louvre Museum
As an art lover, it has always been my dream to visit one of the French museums. As they always say “dreams do come true” and there I was strolling inside the largest museum in the world and one of the most famous landmarks in Paris, “The Louvre Museum”.
The structure itself was strikingly beautiful. Don’t forget to grab your cameras and take that Instagram-worthy shot with the background of the grand pyramids.
Inside the museum, you will feast on all the decorative arts, paintings and sculptures from well-renowned artists from all over the world. The pieces range from modern, French, Greek, Islamic art and so much more.
One of the highlights of this tour was seeing the same exact painting of the famous Italian painter, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Monalisa”. Every art enthusiast’s heart will skip a beat from these wonderful art collections.
To maximize the whole experience, I recommend to get the skip the line ticket or better yet go early because it could get really crowded even on a weekday.
The museum is quite huge and it needs a good amount of time to see all that it has to offer. Plan ahead and don’t miss out on your other planned itinerary.
Arc de Triomphe
If you can’t get enough with anything artsy, head to the “Arc de Triomphe”. This monument was inaugurated as an act of love in honor to all of the soldiers who died during the French Revolution.
If you look closely to the structure, all their soldiers’ names were written on the monument. Aside from its historical significance, the monument on top has a terrace that lets you enjoy a panoramic view of the entire city. The view from atop was breathtaking and beautiful.
If you are traveling with a special someone, then perfect! This is the right time to spoil them with all the love that the city has to offer. If your woman is into luxury bags, Paris has it all. From Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, you name it they have it. It might break the bank a little bit but it will be worth it.
These timeless pieces can last you a long time and can be considered as “antique pieces” the more it ages. That means you can pass it down for the next generation or sell it at a good deal.
For men, spoil them with good Parisian leather bags and shoes. French manufacturers dedicate a good amount of creativity, effort and time to create such masterpieces. Most of them are in the highest quality possible.
No wonder French people always look good when you see them and know their style very well. Maybe you can cop some of their fashion trends after your trip. What do you say?
Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris
For all the fitness buffs, some good news for you! As you all know, Parisians love taking care of themselves especially their health and wellness.
They host a lot of certain health causes and fitness events to the community like fun runs and marathons most especially during the summer when the weather is nice and warm.
One of the most famous events is the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris. Aside from running for your health, you were able to help a certain charity as well because all of its proceeds will be donated to them.
Before you go, pack your training shoes with you and maybe you will be competing in the next marathon. Who knows maybe you will be the next marathon champion.
Most of the historical landmarks in Paris are quite far from each other though it is considered as a good walking distance. If you are in a time crunch or not fond in walking all too much especially during winter, you can book a hop on hop off bus tour that gives you a comfortable ride around the city.
It stops each of the historical landmarks that you want to go to. Be sure to check out their schedule of time departures. We booked ours via Klook and it was very easy to use.
Another romantic thing to do in Paris are café hopping and pastry tasting.
French coffee and pastries are one of the best in the world, so satisfy that sweet tooth and head to the nearest cafes and bakeries from your hotel.
You surely can’t miss these wonderful treats. Apart from the very famous croissants and macaroons, French pastries has so much to offer and don’t be afraid to try them! I recommend visiting the Café Constant.
They really serve good coffees and pastries. My personal favorite are their latte macchiato and éclairs. Another tip: bring some goodies back home, it won’t hurt.
No romantic trip to Paris would be complete without visiting the famous “Eiffel Tower”, located at Champ de Mars. Since its inception in 1887, it has been the most loved structure in the world. This picturesque tower can always be enjoyed at any time of the day all throughout the year.
The most romantic way to enjoy the tour is by taking the Seine River Cruise. For 45 minutes to an hour, you will not only enjoy the view of the tower by the river, but you will also see all the historical landmarks nearby.
There’s an onboard tour guide that will give an informative overview of the landmarks throughout the cruise. Truly a perfect mix of leisure and learning. A classy snack bar is also available so you can sip your wine and munch with your snacks while admiring the view from the cruise.
After the cruise, don’t leave just yet. Stay until dark, take a good seat at the park with your special someone or friends and there you will see the magic begins.
The majestic Eiffel Tower transforms into colorful dancing lights that shine all throughout the park. Your eyes will marvel at this wonderful sight.
The city totally transforms at night into a fun fairytale kind of vibe. No wonder that Paris is also called “The City of Lights”. Every building you see, streets, bars, cafes, and restaurants are all lit up to entertain our wandering eyes. If you want more, experience their nightlife at its finest.
Night Life in Paris
Head to one of Paris’ districts, Montmartre which is very known for its nightlife scene. They have a huge array of establishments to eat and drink.
I personally recommend this authentic French restaurant, Le Vachet et la Cuisinier. I can honestly say that this was one of the best dining experiences I had. The place was really cozy and romantic, suitable for couples. We ordered a lamb and veal, which was by far the best tasting steak I ever had.
We also got the fabled ratatouille (remember the movie?) and it did not disappoint. We paired our meal with their in-house wine selection recommended by none other than the owners themselves.
After a sumptuous dinner shake off those extra calories away and stroll around the old but lovely cobbled streets. If you’re a party person hang out where the locals go because only the locals know where the best spots to go.
If you just want a lowkey and relaxed ending of your night, explore some more and you will find a gem around the corner offering some tasty desserts. There’s a lot to choose from like cakes, pastries, glasses, the possibilities are endless.
Paris is a dangerous place to visit because you will surely love it you might end up staying. Even a famous American writer, Ernest Hemingway once said, “There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in PARIS”.
I mean what’s not to love about Paris? None. Whether you visit the famous landmarks or the less traveled sites, or whether you just visit for business or leisure, the city has tailor-fit all of the stuff that you might enjoy as you go along the way.
The city has its own way of charming and surprising their tourists. It makes you fall in love. If not, they won’t be called the city of love in the first place.
Before you even pack your bags and book a trip, let me ask you this serious question, “Are you ready to fall in love with Paris?”