Paris is dripping with romance, from cozy candlelit cafes (tête-à-tête, anyone?) to picture-perfect parks (lazy picnics, PDA obligatory). With so much love in the air, there are endless reasons why the City of Light is an ideal honeymoon destination. Looking to up the romantic ante? We’ve rounded up our top picks for activities and places where you’re sure to feel the love.
Stroll Hand-in-Hand Along the Streets of Montmarte
This hillside neighborhood in the 18th arrondissement has long been a retreat for artists, and today, much of that romantic, artsy vibe remains among the maze of alleys and narrow streets. Start your visit off by practicing how to say “I love you” in 250 languages at the Les Mur des Je t’aime (“I Love You” Wall). As you weave your way along the same streets that once saw the likes of fabled artists like Renoir and Suzanne Valadon, stop in to share a little something sweet, perhaps an eclair or macaron, at one of the traditional French patisseries. As the sun starts to set, make sure to leave enough time to take in the glittering city views from the front steps of Basilique du Sacré-Cœur
Watch the Sunrise Over the Eiffel Tower
Seeing the silhouette of this magnificent icon as the sun rises up from the cotton candy-colored sky will leave you breathless. While the rest of the world sleeps, grab a cozy sweater and a steaming cup of coffee, and head to the Trocadéro in the 16th arrondissement to watch the city awaken. The sun’s rays hit the tower in a dazzling spectacle of light, and the lower levels light up as though they are made of fire. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will leave you with goosebumps, and makes the early wake-up call well worth the effort. Because a honeymoon sunrise in Paris is just about as romantic as it gets.
Picnic à Deux Along Canal Saint-Martin
With guitars strumming in the background and the city lights glinting off the water, the Parisian ambiance along Canal Saint-Martin make it the picture-perfect place for a romantic picnic with your love. Grab a mini-pavé (stuffed bread), a block or two of local cheese, charcuterie, and a bottle of wine, spread out your blanket, and while away the afternoon eating, napping, and canoodling. You’ll be in good company – the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin are a popular spot for lovestruck Parisians, honeymooners, and tourists alike.
Dance the Tango Along the Seine
When the weather is clear, dancers of all levels gather in the 5th arrondissement, in the amphitheaters right along the Seine, to dance the tango with their partner. The tango is perhaps one of the most seductive dances for lovers, and you can almost feel the electric chemistry crackling through the night air. Put your dancing shoes on and give it a go, or simply sit on the steps with a bottle of wine and soak in the the atmosphere. Either way, the mesmerizing dancing and music-filled air creates a sexy backdrop for what will certainly be a very romantic date along the riverfront.
Watch the Sunset at the Temple of Love
A solitary temple sits on a small island, in the middle of a lake in a garden in Paris. This image paints a scene of unimaginable romance, non? Throw in an exquisite sunset, and the romantic vibe skyrockets. La Temple Romantique sits on an island in Lac Daumesnil, the lake in the middle of the city’s largest public park, Bois de Vincennes. You can access the island by bridge, or up the ante with a rented rowboat for two. Once you reach the shore, the temple offers a gorgeous stage to watch the blazing sun dip below the horizon. Cuddle up and watch as nature’s spectacular show unfolds.
Sip Champagne at a Hidden Wine Bar
From hidden gems on tiny side streets to candlelit tables for two, Paris is full of cozy wine bars if you know where to look. Wander down Galerie Vivienne to discover the old-Parisian elegance of Caves Legrand. For a sexier vibe, Flûte, located on a street just off Place Charles de Gaulle, was once a gentleman’s bar, and with its red-velvet seats and and tucked-away alcoves, it still has a slightly naughty feel. And La Compagnie des vins Surnaturels is full of comfy chairs and couches for two, creating a cozy atmosphere to clink your glass and have a whispered conversation, away from the crowds of the city.