If you're planning a getaway to the city of lights with someone special, finding the best spots for romantic walks in Paris is probably high up on your list as you figure out what to do. Paris is a city that naturally exudes romance, so meandering aimlessly (or purposefully, for that matter) is definitely recommended. Naturally, though, some spots are more likely to set the mood than others. Here are a few of our favorite places in the city to steal away to with your beau
- Meander with your cheri/e around the opulent galeries and plazas surrounding the Louvre and the Tuileries garden for a classic romantic walk.
- Try ambling around the narrow streets of the Marais neighborhood, especially Place des Vosges or Rue de Turenne, for a quaint romantic stroll.
- The banks of the Seine River always ooze with romance. Try getting off at Metro St Michel and strolling on the left bank, or on the Ile St Louis around Notre Dame Cathedral. If it's warm out, stop for a picnic. You can also consider taking a Paris boat tour and then a stroll around Notre Dame, the Pont d'Alma or other spots along the Seine, depending on where your boat tour departs from.
- Exploring the charming nooks of Montmartre will inspire arty romance that any 19th-century poet would approve of.
- The Latin Quarter, with its hidden passageways, antique bookstores, old-world cafes and elegant gardens, is always a romantic place to amble in Paris.
- Getting off the beaten path a bit, try strolling along the Canal St Martin in East Paris. This is a good romantic walk for couples who've already been to Paris before and want to see an edgier side of the city. Even quainter and quieter is the Butte aux Cailles neighborhood in the city's south end.
- If it's nice out, consider heading up to the Buttes-Chaumont park, a 19th-century example of romantic landscaping, complete with rolling hills, (artificial) grottoes and waterfalls and dozens of varieties of trees and plants.
- Take a breather from the urban grind by taking a stroll at the Viaduc des Arts, a defunct viaduct and railway which has been converted into a promenade of artisan boutiques and a lush above-ground walkway boasting dozens of varieties of plants, trees and flowers (Promenade Plantee).
- Go on a day trip together. Whether you choose to spend a day at Monet's sublime gardens in Giverny, or exploring the palace and gardens at Versailles, quiet time together away from the hoopla of the city is in order.
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