Beyond the major tourist attractions for a romantic visit, a stroll through the Parisian districts allows you to discover the capital behind the scenes and to enter the intimacy of the city. From Montmartre to Saint-Germain-des-Prés or the Marais through more secret places, walk hand in hand the most romantic neighborhoods of Paris.
Montmartre: Place du Tertre
In the north of the capital, the Montmartre district is a charming little village that attracts visitors from all over the world. Lovers love to get lost in its bohemian streets that lead to the stairs of the Butte to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart (also accessible through the Little Train Montmartre) and get a ride on the pretty Place des Abbesses. It is on this same place that we can admire the famous Wall of « I love you« . Designed by Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito, this famous mosaic declines an « I love you » in 280 different languages. During the day, couples can get their portrait taken by the painters of the Place du Tertre. Montmartre is a quiet and unspoiled place where time seems to have stopped…
Marais district: The Jewish neighbourhood
The Place des Vosges, home to the House of Victor Hugo, is a romantic must (Marais neighbourhood)
Located in the historic center of the capital, the Marais is a district both trendy and historic, which always seduces lovers. They walk in the narrow streets of old Paris, meeting the oldest monuments of the city…
In the heart of the left bank, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, in the 6th arrondissement, is another very romantic neighborhood, well known to nostalgic old Paris! In charge of History, the neighborhood used to be the rendezvous of artists and intellectuals who met at Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore. Let yourself be seduced by the magic that emanates from these unforgettable places, where used to sit Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Pablo Picasso…
Also, just next to the Delacroix museum, discover the romantic Place of Furstenberg, one of the more preserved places of the capital.
This is the district of the Stock Exchange, in the 2nd district, for a walk full of charm and authenticity in the covered passages. Here, we find the atmosphere of the Belle Epoque as if we were there. With their windows and charming shops, these passages create a special atmosphere that invites you to stroll. Couples like to walk there, entwined, far from the rumors of the city. Ideal a rainy day!
Among the must-sees, Galerie Vivienne is one of the most beautiful in the capital with its superb mosaics. As for the Passage des Panoramas, it is nicknamed the « passage of taste » because it houses many gourmet addresses: bistro, tea room, and wine bar … Other covered passages in Paris, are in the 9th arrondissement.
To make a romantic break away from the hustle and bustle of the city, there are several neighborhoods in Paris that cultivate a « village spirit ». South of the capital, Butte-aux-Cailles (13th) is for example a small corner of paradise. Perched on a hill, this charming place seduces lovers with its paved streets lined with small houses with flower gardens.
Very picturesque, the district Mouffetard (5th) recalls the villages of yesterday with its old mansions and its entangled alleys. And, while walking in the village of Charonne (20th), it’s almost like being in the countryside as the atmosphere is peaceful and bucolic. Not to mention the district of Mouzaïa (19th), a secret place unknown to tourists, which is a real island of greenery in Paris, just like in the 20th arrondissement.
For an unusual visit, couples should know that the visit of the Père-Lachaise Cemetery is, unlike to what it seems, a must for romantic walks. At the turn of its romantic alleys and its winding paths, one crosses famous tombs: Proust, Jim Morrison, Colette, Frederic Chopin, Heloise and Abelard… An invitation to meditation and daydreaming.