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Top Romantic Paris Attractions

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Paris is reputed as the city for lovers par excellence, and for good reason. There seems to be built-in romance everywhere you turn, from poetic parks and gardens to breathtaking panoramas and world-class restaurants-- making a romance-laced Paris vacation ideal for many couples. Coming to Paris on or around Valentine's Day can be truly idyllic, but no matter when you come for a jaunt in the city of light, making a special time of it is easy. With so many romantic Paris attractions to choose from, your only problem will be deciding where to start.

Romantic Walks in Paris

Couple at the Parc Montsouris
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It's free, easy, and très romantique: a twilight or evening stroll in some of Paris' most romantic places to walk is guaranteed to be a memorable experience. No wonder so many squeaky-clean romantic comedies show lovers wandering Paris.

Romantic Restaurants in Paris

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Paris is filled with top-rate romantic restaurants. Assuming that you reserve ahead and avoid overly-noisy or crowded restaurants, dinner for two is definitely in order.

Panoramic Views of Paris

Views from the Eiffel Tower are always breathtaking and romantic.
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Imagine overlooking the entire city of light with someone you love. Paris affords several great spots for romantic panoramic views. Some of them are even free.

Opera, Theater, and Shows

The Opera Garnier in Paris.
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Renowned for its excellent performing arts, Paris is the place for a romantic night of music or theater. If you're both learning French, what could be more stimulating than seeing a play in French and then decrypting it together afterward? For non-French speakers, not to worry-- many shows require only a love for the arts.

Opera:

Theater:

Cabaret Shows and Concerts:

Paris Boat Tours

What could be more idyllic than floating down the Seine, hand in hand with someone special? Paris boat tours are a fantastic way to see the city in a relaxed, picturesque light, and a great pretext for cozying up. For something more unusual, try taking a tour of Paris canals and underground waterways.

See an Old Movie Together

The Opera Garnier in Paris
2006 Courtney Traub.

For lovers who share a passion for great movies, Paris is a great place to spend an evening at an old movie. The city of light is a cinephile's dream and has lots of fantastic places for celluloid, so try one of Paris' best movie theaters before or after dinner. Something about these charming theaters evokes a kind of old-school romance that's hard to come by these days.

In the summer, open-air screenings of classic and contemporary films at the Parc de la Villette can be a great excuse for cuddling up on a blanket under the stars.

Paris Parks and Gardens

The Jardin des Tuileries can be a romantic spot for a stroll.
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Paris is packed with elegant parks and gardens, where lazy ambling and cuddling is always romantic. Match these fabulous green spots to your desired ambiance:

Classical and formal:

Romantic-style:

Modern:

Educational:

Cozy Up in a Paris Cafe

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Paris cafes are chock full of romance. Lean in over a cafe creme for an intimate conversation at one of these top traditional Paris cafes. You can even pretend you're De Beauvoir and Sartre (or some other famed couple of intellectuels sharing passion for ideas and for eachother)...

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