Romance Doesn't Have To Be Elusive In The City of Love

Paris is a city full of the emblems of love. Of course, the notion of romantic love is a relatively recent social concept, springing up first in historical references only in the late 17th c. It is even thought that the origin of the English word “romance” springs from a French vernacular dialect.

To celebrate love & romance in the City of Love, one needn’t wait for Valentine’s Day. Any special occasion or any special moment enjoyed by lovers can be revered as a sort of private Valentine’s moment.  On this list, you will find just ten (of the dozens and dozens of possibilities here in Paris) recommendations of how to pay homage to this most noble of human emotions - love. 

So, even though each year Valentine’s Day is the holiday that focuses all of us romantics on the romantic nature of love, for lucky Parisians, romance is just a state of mind, such as the one that encompasses you while enjoying an afternoon of caviar and champagne at Maison Prunier near the Madeleine. And this is a sate of mind that, with some discipline, you can embody every day of the year.

The Eiffel Tower of course beckons seductively to all who visit Paris. So to give your visit that extra shot of romantic, start at the Trocadero which affords a wonderful view onto the Eiffel Tower in the near distance.  And for those looking to pay tribute to Love itself, there is Le Mur des Je T'Aime a whole, wall dedicated to declarations of love.

Spending time relaxing together, just the two of you, is another way to celebrate love. In Paris there are countless ways in which to paint the town a Valentine red, but one of the most intimately romantic is to spend time together at a spa, relaxing in the steam room, enjoying a glass of champagne in the hot tub and finishing with a massage. The ultimate discreet Parisian spa is Sensation Spa in the 7th arrondissement and another one specialized in couple's relaxation is Themae, who also have bespoke treatments for when you're expecting. Then spend an evening at Le Grand Rex, Europe's biggest movie theater found here, in Paris. Located in the Grands Boulevards area, this gorgeous, historic movie theater is surrounded by trendy bars and eateries for before or after. 

Wine tastings offer a wonderful romantic distraction, allowing you to discover some favorite wines together. Perfect Pairings food+wine is an ideal way to deepen your knowledge of French wines and to learn how to easily order that perfect glass or bottle with your next bistro meal. 

Speaking of shared adventures, Mysteries Hunt is a fanciful and romantic way to delve into the history of Paris legend and lore. Stage actors, dressed in costume, will literally walk you through this live-action game where the ancient cobbled streets of Paris become your game board. 

4th Arondissement - Beaubourg an


Don't just learn about French history. Become part of it. That is the premise of this live-action entertainment-game where the ancient streets and neighborhoods of Paris become your boardgame come alive. After you have spent a few days...  Read More

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche


First they teach you the ABC's of French wine and how to do a proper wine tasting. They focus on 3 of the major French wine regions at a time. The wines selecedt come from any of these famous French wine regions: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace,...  Read More



Paris is often considered to be the city of love, ideal for romance, and epitomizing that Paris aura is the Le Mur des Je T'aime, aka the I Love You Wall. This understated work of art is in a Paris park (Square Jehan Rictus Place des Abbesses in...  Read More

16ème Arrondissement


Caviar is the star at this 70+-year-old restaurant where diners choose between a marbled oyster bar on the main level and a more luxurious upstairs dining room. Art Deco mosaics and burled wood accents leave patrons awestruck. Just as striking...  Read More

2ème Arrondissement


This is Europe's largest movie theater and its location right on Grands Boulevards means it's walking distance from the major department stores and one of Paris's best shopping districts. With 2,650 seats it was purportedly modeled after NYC's...  Read More



This wonderfully extravagant palace, where royals frittered away much of the treasury, is a necessary stop for visitors. Top designers of the day created an ornate complex of gardens, lakes, stables and guest houses to complement the luxuriously...  Read More

1er Arrondissement


The world's largest, richest collection of art and antiques occupies the Louvre, the world's largest museum and the one-time royal palace to French Kings and Queens. Originally built in 1190 as a fortress, part of which can be viewed in the...  Read More

1er Arrondissement
Spa Themae Paris
Photo courtesy of Themae


The central ingredient here to your serenity is tea. All kinds of tea, white, black, oolong, green... Rare and fine teas from the Orient are what form the basis for the luxurious spa treatments at this expansive day spa within walking distance...  Read More

7ème Arrondissement


After your couple's massage, your aesthetician will guide you into the jacuzzi room for two and hand you two glasses of champagne that you can enjoy while soaking together in the hot tub. Water plays an integral role in several of Frederic...  Read More

12ème Arrondissement


Ever felt like escaping back to childhood? Where there was magic, model trains, life-sized unicorns, dragons and pretend kings and fairy princesses? This museum offers you exactly that kind of escape. It's probably one of the least famous...  Read More


Meet Paige Donner

Paige's latest book, The Romantic Couple's Guide To The City of Love, Sexy Paris follows her earlier guidebook Paris On 4 Paws, A Dog Lover's Guide To The City of Light and her acclaimed...  More About Paige