In The City of Light Now Is The Time To Celebrate Romance

To celebrate love & romance in the City of Light, 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 many Parisians, romance is just a state of mind, such as the one that encompasses you while enjoying a long lunch at the relaxed and elegant Les Jardins de L'Espadon at the Ritz Hotel Paris. And this is a sate of mind that, with some discipline, you can embody every day of the year.

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 Of course, the notion of romantic love is a relatively recent social concept, springing up first in historical references only in the late 17th c. It is even thought that the origin of the English word “romance” springs from a French vernacular dialect.

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 Peace Wall (Le Mur Pour la Paix) which stands at the southern end of Champ de Mars and affords a wonderful view onto the Eiffel Tower in the near distance. This wall is dedicated to peace in dozens of languages. Peace and love make for an auspicious beginning to a grand romance. 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.

A romantic night out 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 elegant ones is certainly to 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.  For an extra special dining experience stop in at Les Ambassadeurs in the newly refurbished Hotel de Crillon, a classified historical monument. Or book a table for two at Le Clarence, which is Prince Robert of Luxembourg's new Paris château and restaurant. Both are equally, but differently, beguiling and splendid in the ways in which they offer an intimate celebration of romance. 

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

18th Arrondissement - Montmartre

Strolling ancient cobble-stone streets atop the little village of Montmartre is just another one of the romantic ways Paris lets you celebrate your love. This area and the alleyway streets surrounding it are often filled with artists looking to...  Read More

7th Arondissement - Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Photo courtesy of Paige Donner

Boasting an impressive resumé that includes being one of the tallest buildings in the world and a design that was lauded when it was built for the 1889 Exposition Universelle - a festival to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French...  Read More

7ème Arrondissement

This museum, set in the Hotel Biron, is a tribute to one of the world's finest sculptors. Thanks to Rodin's own donations, the facility offers a wealth of objects, including terra cotta, bronze and marble creations. Plaster and wax studies are...  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

6ème Arrondissement

The Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge across the Seine, connects the Louvre with the Latin Quarter while offering some of the city's most stunning views. It is also known as the Lover's Bridge since lovers have been coming here for centuries to...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement

This is one of Paris' newest and most elegant restaurants. You may have heard of the Prince Robert of Luxembourg's famous wine estate in Bordeaux, Chateau Haut-Brion? In 2016 he opened these doors to his private mansion in Paris not far from the...  Read More

1er Arrondissement

This 1-star Michelin restaurant adjacent to the Ritz's famed L'Espadon, (2-star and also gastronomic) is a delight in any season. The glass-covered ceiling allows for natural daylight dining, a feature that is attractive in the depths of winter...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement

The head-to-toe refurbishment of the classic and iconic Hotel de Crillon spared no expense. Welcome to Parisian Luxury in all its updated class. If a room here is not quite within budget this time around, no worries. Les Ambassadeurs is the...  Read More

3ème Arrondissement
Musee Picasso
Photo courtesy of Muséé Picasso Paris copyright

In 1923, Picasso made Paris his home, creating his most memorable and lasting works here. After his death in 1973, his family, faced with an astronomical tax debt, donated more than 3,288 works from his estate, including his own private...  Read More


Meet Paige Donner

Paige's latest book, Paris On 4 Paws, A Dog Lover's Guide To The City of Light follows her acclaimed novel, I'll Take Paris. Both are available on Kindle and Amazon. She is the founder...  More About Paige