Romantic walks hand-in-hand

Historic districts, secret gardens, picturesque spots ...The most romantic places in the capital for you!

Looking to surprise your sweetheart? Treat them to the charm of a secret, intimate, authentic and picturesque side of Paris that you can stroll through hand in hand. From Montmartre to Saint-Germain-des-Près and passing through covered passage, Butte-aux-Cailles and Mouzaïa, you can discover a huge range of romantic neighbourhoods in Paris.

Montmartre, a village of love

Montmartre, Paris © Thinkstock

In the north of the city, the district of Montmartre has a delightful villagey atmosphere that attracts visitors from around the world. Lovebirds adore getting lost in the narrow bohemian streets winding up to the steps of the Butte leading to the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur (also accessible by The little train of Paris Montmartre). And there is all the fun of a  merry-go-round ride in the pretty Place des Abbesses. In this square is the ‘Mur des je t’aime’ (I Love You Wall), designed by Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito. This famous mosaic has ‘I love you’ written in 280 different languages. To immortalize your Montmartre getaway, get your portrait drawn by one of the artists at Place du Tertre. Nearby is the charming Musée de la Vie romantique, in a tranquil setting where time seems to have stood still.

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The Marais, the pearl of old Paris

Place des Vosges Automne

Located in the centre of the capital, the Maraisdistrict is both trendy and historic, attracting lovebirds with its narrow passages, townhouses, famous monuments and museums. For the grand finale of your walk, head to Place des Vosges and its arcades, housing the former home of Victor Hugo and the Square Louis XIII garden at the centre. A romantic must-see!

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The timeless charm of Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Café Les Deux Magots, Paris © OTCP - David Lefranc

In the heart of the Left Bank in the 6th arrondissement, Saint-Germain des Prés is another romantic district, well-known to those nostalgic about the Paris of yesteryear! This district has a rich history as a meeting place for artists and intellectuals, who loved gathering at Deux Magots and Café du Flore, frequented by writers and artists such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Pablo Picasso and Simone de Beauvoir.
Very near the Saint-Sulpice church, discover one of the best-preserved places in the capital that houses the studio of the painter Eugène Delacroix: the romantic Place de Furstenberg.

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The magic of covered passages

Passage des Princes

Head for the Bourse district – the historical Paris stock exchange – in the 2nd arrondissement, for a walk through the authentic and charming covered passageways. Here you can experience  the ambiance of the belle époque. With glass roofs, charming boutiques and special atmosphere, these period shopping arcades are a delight to wander through. Couples love to saunter through with their arms around each other, away from the noise of the city. Ideal for rainy days! One not to be missed is the Galerie Vivienne which, with its superb mosaics, is one of the finest in the capital. The Passage des Panoramas is a gourmet paradise, being home to a number of foodie addresses, including a bistro, tea room and wine bar. Other covered passageways can be found in Paris, particularly in the 9th arrondissement.
Tempted by a walk off the beaten track?

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The spirit of the countryside in Paris

La Campagne à Paris, 20e arrondissement © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

For a romantic escapade far from the hustle and bustle of the city, there are several districts in Paris with a ‘villagey’ atmosphere. In the south, the Butte-aux-Cailles (13th) is a hilltop corner of paradise. With its cobbled streets lined with small houses and little gardens full of flowers, it is popular with couples. The picturesque Mouffetard district (5th), with its old houses and narrow, winding streets, is reminiscent of bygone villages. And leafy Charonne village (20th) has such a peaceful, bucolic atmosphere, you could almost be in the country. Other pockets of greenery in Paris include the Mouzaïa district (19th), little-known to tourists like La Campagne à Paris (literally, the countryside in Paris), in the 20th arrondissement.

In the east of the city, a must see is the Père-Lachaise cemetery. This unusual place to visit is a pleasant place for lovers winding paths are the graves of famous men and women, including Proust, Jim Morrison, Colette, Fréderic Chopin and Héloïse and Abélard … An opportunity to lose yourself in mystical contemplation.

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Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre

Place of worship
Parvis du Sacré-Coeur - 35 rue du Chevalier de la Barre, Paris, 75018

The Sacré-Coeur, consecrated in 1919, is one of the most iconic monuments in Paris. At the top of the Butte Montmarte, it has one......

Le mur des je t'aime

Monument
Square Jehan Rictus, Paris, 75018

The I Love You Wall, a work of art conceived by Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito, is a must-see for couples from all over the world......

Place des Abbesses

Place (square)
Place des Abbesses, Paris, 75018

30 metres beneath ground, in the deepest metro station in Paris, lifts are available, but the valiant walker climbs the staircase......

Place des Vosges

Place (square)
Place des Vosges, Paris, 75004

It is the Crown jewel of a district that is not lacking in attractions! The Place des Vosges is one of the oldest squares in......

Place du Tertre

Place (square)
Place du Tertre, Paris, 75018

Here, folklore is in full swing, between the restaurant terraces and asels belonging to the artists who share 140 spaces, giving......

Quartier du Marais

Street, area of interest
Le Marais, Paris, 75004

The Marais district gets its name from its location: once a marshland (‘marais’), it has been inhabited ever since it was drained......

Butte Montmartre

Street, area of interest
Parvis du Sacré-Coeur, Paris, 75018

Montmartre is a district full of authentic charm, famous for the Sacré-Coeur basilica and a magnificent view of Paris. For the......

Quartier Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Street, area of interest
Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, 75006

A visit to the area should begin with the church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Its tower and nave constitute some of the oldest......

Cimetière du Père Lachaise

Park, garden, promenade
8 boulevard de Ménilmontant, Paris, 75020

The Père Lachaise cemetery takes its name from King Louis XIV's confessor, Father François d'Aix de La Chaise. It is the most......

La Campagne à Paris

Street, area of interest
Rue du Père Prosper Enfantin - Rue Irénée lanc - Rue Mondonville - Rue Jules Siegfried, Paris, 75020

This delightful parcel of land was once a housing estate perched on the heights of Porte de Bagnolet. Previously a working class......

Quartier de la Mouzaïa

Street, area of interest
Rue de Mouzaïa, Paris, 75019

Built around the rue Michel Hidalgo and rue de la Mouzaia, the La Mouzaïa district, with a so-called Algerian place name, is just......

Café de Flore

Brasserie
172 boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris, 75006

The Café de Flore is one of two cafes, with its eternal neighbour the two maggots, legendary venues in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. In......

Café des Deux Magots

Brasserie
6 place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, 75006

Like its neighbour Le Flore, the Café des Deux Magots has raised its ranks to become a Parisian legend. Situated directly on......

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Museum
6 place des Vosges, Paris, 75004

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Museum
6 rue de Furstenberg, Paris, 75006

The museum occupies part of the apartment on Place Fürstenberg, where the painter died, and his workshop which opens onto a......

Galerie Vivienne

Park, garden, promenade
4 rue des Petits-Champs, Paris, 75002

Galerie Vivienne, built in 1823, is one of the most iconic covered arcades in Paris. In a peaceful location, behind the......

Quartier Mouffetard

Street, area of interest
Rue Mouffetard, Paris, 75005

Busy rue Mouffetard, one of the French capital's oldest streets, gently guides you down a slope of Montagne Sainte Geneviève, one......

Quartier de La Butte aux Cailles

Street, area of interest
Rue des Cinq Diamants - Rue de la Butte aux Cailles, Paris, 75013

Village with narrow and cobbled streets with restaurants and small, flowered brick houses, such as Rue des Cinq-Diamants.

Passage des Panoramas

Park, garden, promenade
11 boulevard Montmartre, Paris, 75002

An hommage to strollers and curious walkers, the Passage des Panoramas is considered the first covered walkway in Paris. Built in......