In the right setting, with the proper presentation and the just-perfect dishes curated on a restaurant's menu, a romantic dinner or lunch can be one of life's most enjoyable moments. And what is happiness, ultimately, if not many joyful moments strung together to make a whole?
A stay in Paris is best when constructed of many joyful moments. And while of course dining experiences make up only one small facet of the whole experience, choosing the right restaurants can only enhance the romance of your time spent here.
On this list, then, you will find the gems that let the good vibrations flow. Here you will find the restaurants that seemingly have been created just for romance. When you are looking to celebrate love in the City of Lights, look no farther than the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower. This is the view that is yours from L'Oiseau Blanc whose chef, Sidney Redel's, creations equal the splendors of the view. For a Sunday brunch Cafe de la Paix sets the gold standard and for a brunch any day, the newly opened BigLove Caffe in the historic Marais district is a sweet and satisfying choice. For a chic and relaxed dinner, Divellec, a newly revamped Parisian institution helmed now by multiple-starred chef Mathieu Pacaud, is sure to make the date go swimmingly.
Art gallery browsing on Paris' Rive Gauche makes for an afternoon or Thursday evening's (when the art galleries tend to have their opening night shows) romantic pastime. In this neighborhood you have three superlative choices: Les Bouquinistes by Guy Savoy, Ze Kitchen Galerie by William Ledeuil and Alcazar.
If being among the trendsetters makes you feel like you have more sex appeal, the restaurant at the super hip - at least with the cinema and music crowd - Le Roch Hotel & Spa is worth checking out. For a little Italian restaurant in the center of Paris, gravitate toward Gemini Halles where pastas and pizzas come in gluten-free versions, too. And for that French Bistro, the one with the cosy red velvet seating and the view out onto Ile St. Louis, whose chef is a master at anything that has truffles in it, look no farther than Chez Julien, it's what your partner was secretly wishing you would suggest.