Paris for Lovers
Think “Paris for Lovers” is a cliché? That’s probably because you’ve never been there with that special someone. The City of Lights is inspirational, transformational and breathtakingly beautiful, making it an ideal spot for a romantic getaway.
Centuries of lovers, both real and fictional, have been swept away by the passionate pulse of this ancient city. From Abelard and Heloise in the 12th century, to the enduring romance of Napoleon and his first empress, Josephine to Woody Allen’s incomparable “Midnight in Paris,” a love letter of a film, seen through the eyes of his protagonist, the conflicted Gil, Paris fosters love, nurtures romance and will leave you breathless. Envelop your relationship in the sensual and the seductive, with a whimsical getaway to Paris, France.
Where you curl up at night with your sweetie will leave you with many options in Paris and hotels are just the beginning.
Boutique digs in the city include stand-out L’Hotel, on the Saint Germain-des-Pres, close to sites like the Louvre and French Academy. It’s small, quaint and comes with extras like complimentary internet, an indoor pool and sauna and available in-room massages. The interior is both cozy and regal, the adjoining restaurant serves up classical French cuisine in a modern setting, and L’Hotel is nestled among leisurely cafes perfect for romantic tête-a-têtes.
La Villa Paris on the rue de la Fontaine a Mulard is a picturesque bed and breakfast in the 13th arrondissement. Set in a 1920s red brick mansion, there are only four rooms, making it impossibly intimate, with a free breakfast each morning, flat screen TVs in each room and free Wi-Fi. Rooms are simple yet elegant, offering plenty appeal to lovers of bygone eras while still keeping modern technology at your fingertips.
The Chateau de Montvillargenne sits about 25 minutes from the Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport and offers guests on a romantic retreat a decidedly splendid space to rekindle their love in an exquisite French castle setting. Along with well-appointed, luxurious rooms, the Chateau boasts a swimming pool, steam room and sauna, fitness center and tennis court and massage treatments, plus the Vilargène Restaurant with its excellent, decadent dessert menu, including the aptly-named Seductive Bliss option.
Because when you visit Paris with your lover, you don’t just eat – you dine, savoring each morsel. The classics are served up at restaurants like Le Voltaire and Benoit, but Paris is also a city of culinary innovation, with much to try at both Frenchie and the celebrated Le Chateaubriand. Those who believe in the power of wine as a social and romantic lubricant will fall head-over-heels for La Verre Volé, a thorough wine bar that’s a delicious option for both lunch and dinner.
L’homme Bleu will vie for all your senses with its stunning and bold North African food, from the aromatic couscous to the numerous beef and lamb options. Follow in the footsteps of such literary greats as George Sand and Victor Hugo by dining at Laperouse, where for lunch you can enjoy the prix fixe menu or at dinnertime, reserve a private salon for just you and your special somebody.
Stroll, Meander, Explore
When we fall in love, one of the best parts is learning everything there is to know about this new, incredible person in our life, and visiting Paris is no different, especially with a significant other. There is plenty to see, whether it’s your first time or a return visit, with sights that were meant to inspire both consuming and quiet passions.
The Jardins du Trocedero is a Parisian “make out” hotspot, with its perfect view of the Eiffel Tower. If kissing is definitely your thing, venture out to the Pont-Marie, a bridge that spans the Seine River, where the local lore proclaims that a smooch underneath the 17th century structure, coupled with a wish for eternal love, will bring just that to the wisher.
The Luxembourg Gardens have long been a popular public spot, but hidden within is the achingly romantic de Medici Fountain, built by the French king Henry IV for his wife, Marie de Medici. Give your tongue a work out in linguistics at the Wall of Love, a monument of a mural where “I Love You” is written out in 311 languages and lovers pose beneath for photos of their lip-locked embraces.
Dan Herring is a contributing writer, chef and avid European traveler. He has visited the “City of Lights” over five times and always discovers something new to revel at when he visits this romantic destination.