Guide to Romantic Paris

Our ideas for a romantic getaway...
Whether it's a love affair of two weeks or ten years, you both deserve a short break in Paris. Because not every little thing can be improvised, we have come up with a romantic visit of our favourite city. Get inspired!


Visit the Museum of Romantic Life

Our visit starts not far from the famous Moulin Rouge, more specifically in the attractive cobbled courtyard of 16 rue Chaptal. It was in the refined charm of this townhouse that the painter Ary Scheffer resided in the 19th century surrounded by fine company. Chopin, Sand, Liszt, Dickens, Delacroix... The venue was a favourite location for the most famous representatives of the Romantic period.

 

It is only natural that it is now home to the museum dedicated to Romantic Life, where you genuinely go back in time to the 19th century. Ideal for combining culture with amour or to just enjoy a cup of tea in the museum's beautiful gardens. The good news is that admission to the permanent collection is free!

 

Information & opening times:

Musée de la Vie Romantique

16 rue Chaptal, Paris 9th

 

Tel.: +33 (0)1 55 31 95 67

Opening times: 10:00AM to 18:00PM every day except Mondays and public holidays

 

Getting there:

Metro 'Blanche' line 2, Metro 'Liège' line 13



Something out of the ordinary: The 'I love you' wall

After the museum, head for Montmartre for something a little different. Travel by Metro to the 'Abbesses' station. What we are looking for is just opposite: in the little Square Jehan Rictus. Discover a local curiosity: the 'I love you' wall, a 40m2 fresco where the artists Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito have written the words 'I love you' in over 300 different languages.

 

A genuine work of art or tongue in cheek, this visit is above all the starting point for a stroll through the lanes of Montmartre. You are not far from the Place du Tertre, a tourist trap but so charming that it would be a shame to miss it. Especially as the famous Sacré Coeur is nearby...

 

Information:

Square des Jehan Rictu

Paris 18th

 

Getting there:

Metro 'Abbesses' line 12, Metro 'Pigalle' line 2



Enjoy lunch at the Bistrot des Dames

Wandering up and down the steep streets of Montmartre is hard work (even if two hearts are better than one). Therefore, after your stroll, stop for a bite to eat at the Bistro des Dames, near the Place de Clichy. Reservations cannot be made at this restaurant. So we recommend you get there fairly early to be sure of a table, it's definitely worth the visit.

 

A colourful interior, leather sofas, old wooden chairs and a terrace which is more like a secret garden... The perfect place for lunch… for just the two of you. Expect simple seasonal fare at reasonable prices.

 

Information & opening times:

Bistrot des Dames

18 Rue des Dames, Paris 17th

 

Tel.: +33 (0)1 45 22 13 42

Opening times: 12:00PM to 15:00PM and 19:00PM to 2:00AM during the week; 12:30PM to 2:00AM at weekends

 

Getting there:

Metro 'Place de Clichy' line 2 & 13


 


Drive through Paris in a 2CV, the famous 'deux chevaux' from Citroen

More intimate and fun than the bus… see Paris in a 2CV with chauffeur! Run by Paris Authentic, drive through Paris in a red, white and blue 2CV with multilingual chauffeur...anecdotes and stories are free! The famous little car will pick you up from the location of your choice then take you on a tour of the capital.

 

Night-time tours, 'luxury', romantic or off the beaten track itineraries, tour only or with activities (e.g.: French wine tasting, behind the scenes at the Eiffel Tower etc.)... Choose from different circuits lasting from one hour to the whole day. And as the 2CV can hold no more than three people, you can't get more exclusive than that...

 

Information & booking:

From €45 pp

http://www.parisauthentic.com

 

Tel: +33 (0)6 64 50 44 19



Back to nature in the Bois de Boulogne

For a bit of greenery, head for the Bois de Boulogne and a row on the Lower Lake, the largest of the stretches of water. If you're not in a hurry, why not hire an attractive little rowing boat for an hour... or five?

 

Take your time in this idyllic setting and head for the western part of the Bois de Boulogne, behind the artificial Grande Cascade waterfall, to round off the day with a meal on the terrace at the Auberge du Bonheur. Enjoy traditional French cuisine and a country setting in this former hunting lodge of Napoleon III. Be careful, the bill soon mounts up!

 

Information & opening times:

Rowing boats in the Bois de Boulogne


Opening times: 10:00AM to 19:00PM March to October

Price: €10.80 (1 hour) to €45.50 (5 hours)

 

Getting there:

Metro 'Porte Dauphine' line 2, RER C 'Avenue Henri Martin'