Paris is well known as the most romantic city on the planet. Its treasures of natural and artistic beauty as well as the delights of good food and wine allow its couples to choose from a thousand things to do on a date. So if you wish to impress your partner with truly memorable date ideas, you cannot go wrong in Paris.
Romance along the Seine
Like most capital cities of Europe, Paris too has an important river flowing through, the Seine. One of the most romantic ways to spend an evening here would to be thus to take a cruise on the Seine. You can choose from the boat rides or the luxury cruises that thrown in music and a dining experience as well. Late evening is undoubtedly the best time to enjoy the twinkling lights of the city and the romantic ambience that Paris is so famous for. Alternatively you can walk along the Seine River with your beloved after sunset. Few other scenes in the world can match this in romance and magic. So as you walk along the river, take your honey to the nearest bridge and get smooching!
Stroll through the Champs-Elysees
Crowds and dates are not thought to go together. And yet such is the charm of Champs-Elysees that even its bustle adds to the attraction of the one most beautiful avenues in the world. The best time to go for a walk down the Champs-Elysees is late in the evening when the lights of the avenue turn the landscape into a fantasy land. Another great place for walking with your beloved is the Ile Saint Louis near Notre Dame. This tiny island within the Seine is dotted with lovely boutique shops, great restaurants and busy nightclubs. And while you take in all the sights, dig into a bowl of berthillon, a delicious ice cream that this tiny neighborhood is reputed for.
In the midst of nature
Paris is has several beautiful gardens and here you can serenade your partner in the midst of unbelievably romantic settings. Luxembourg Gardens is especially famous for its graceful landscape, impressive statues and flower beds as well as the adjacent Luxembourg Castle which is breathtaking in its magnificence. The Buttes-Chamont is a romantic-style park with lakes, bridges and even a waterfall which is less frequented by tourists but a favorite courting venue for couples. The Jardins de Plantes on the other hand is a good pick if you are interested in botanical variety as this garden is famous for its exotic species of flowers and plants.
Up in the clouds
Romance your beloved from the many wonderful vantage points that Paris affords. Of these, the Eiffel Tower is of course the most famous. The right time to visit the top of the tower is towards the end of the day when the surrounding skyscape is awash in the glow of the setting sun. Alternatively you can book for a night-time ride to the higher levels which will offer you a birds’ eye view of the twinkling city lights below. Wait a while for the lighting blitz at the stroke every hour which bathes the Tower with twinkling illumination for five minutes. You can also go atop the Arc de Triomphe and get an amazing view of the city with your arms around your sweetheart.
Soak in some history
If you and your partner are history buffs, you can plan a date around the many fantastic monuments, cathedrals and palaces that this city is famous for. The Chateau de Versailles is one of the most luxurious castles in Europe and recalls the grandeur of eighteenth-century France. The Notre Dame Cathedral and the Chartres Cathedral are two of the most splendid churches in whole of Europe. After you have been appropriately impressed by all the history and architecture, cozy up with your spouse on the stunning grounds of the palaces. Don’t forget to take a bottle of wine and some baguettes to nibble on.
Get heady with wine
If France is the wine capital of the world, Paris is the jewel in the crown. The city is the Holy Grail for connoisseurs and all lovers of wine. And what better way to celebrate your relationship than partake of a variety of nectar from the French vineyards. You can sample the most elite of French wines, like the small-production wines from Beaujois and Loire at the select wine bars or bistros a vins or try a variety of wines at the newer caves a manger that are wine shops also serving food. Or else you can also ask your neighborhood café for the best bubbly they have and raise a toast to your love and companionship.
Traditional dinner date
Paris is a gourmet’s delight and a great way to fire up all your senses is to savor fine French cuisine along with some delectable wine. The best part of the culinary experience in Paris is that it is available in a whole range of prices. On one hand there are several Michelin-starred fine dining venues run by master chefs where the offerings are nothing short of culinary masterpieces. One of these is the L’Agape in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, in the Wagram-Villiers area. For a more contemporary feel you can book tables at the Guy Savoy which boasts of three Michelin stars and is located near the Arc de Triomphe. On the other hand if you wish to go easy on your pocket and have a great dinner too, you can choose any of the colorful side-walk cafes brimming with students, tourists and people just enjoying the sun and the food. While the cafes dotting Champs Elysees have become touristy in recent years, the La Palette, the Le Café du Marché and Café Daguerre on the Left Bank as well as the La Perle, Delaville Café, Chez Prune and Le Pause Café on the Right Bank are some excellent places to soak in the atmosphere while having a coffee or tucking into a delicious pastry.