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
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 more than 250 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
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
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
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
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.