Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and it's easy to fall back on the old standby. But this year, skip the flowers and box of chocolates. Instead, elevate your celebration with an impromptu trip to Paris, a beautiful city with a vibrant culture. There’s a reason the City of Lights is also called the City of Love. You can enjoy a romantic picnic in a park, share a kiss atop the Eiffel Tower, and take a moonlit walk hand-in-hand along the Champs-Elysees. Use our guide to help you plan the perfect getaway for you and your loved one.

Sightseeing

Eiffel Tower: No trip to Paris is complete without stopping by the city’s most iconic landmark. While it's beautiful during the day, visit at night for the ultimate romantic experience. Skip the lines and book a tour in advance. When you reach the top, admire the lights of the city glittering around you. Then, enjoy a cozy dinner for two while taking in the panoramic views. It's no surprise this is a popular proposal spot. If you can’t make it to the top, the grounds surrounding the tower are equally breathtaking.

Musée du Louvre: While this museum is most known for being the home of the Mona Lisa, countless other masterpieces fill its halls. The love story of Cupid and Psyche from Ovid’s Metamorphoses has inspired more than a few works of art. See the couple come to life in the famous statue Psyché Ranimée par le Baiser de l’Amour (Psyche Revived by the Kiss of Love) by Antonio Canova. Don’t miss other timeless pieces, including the Venus de Milo and Winged Victory of Samothrace.

Pont des Arts: This pedestrian bridge is famous for the padlocks that once adorned every inch of its railings. Couples would write their initials on the locks, then attach them to the bridge as a symbol of their commitment. In 2015, the city banned the practice after discovering the locks were damaging the bridge. Even though you can no longer add your own, it's still a favorite spot among couples. Stroll over the Seine River as you take in the view of the Louvre from afar.

Romantic Walks

Champs-Elysées: Walk hand-in-hand down the Champs-Elysées with your sweetheart for a fun afternoon of sightseeing. The famed avenue runs from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde. Along the street, explore luxury boutiques or savor a French coffee from a classic Parisian cafe.

Canal Saint-Martin: While you can explore the canal by a tourist cruise, opt for a walk for a more leisurely experience. Sit at one of the restaurants along the water and watch the boats as they pass. The canal’s intricate lock system enables shallow sections to fill up with water, ensuring boats make it through the city safely.

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont: If you’re looking for the perfect picnic spot, this 61-acre park in the 19th arrondissement offers beautiful views and one-of-a-kind greenery. You’ll discover gardens, waterfalls, and lofty bridges as you wander through it. End your walk at the Temple de la Sibylle, a 19th-century monument atop a steep hill with stunning views of the city.

Restaurants

Le Coupe-Chou: Savor rustic French cuisine in an unforgettable setting at Le Coupe-Chou. The food itself is delicious, but you’ll remember the atmosphere long after your trip. Cozy fireplaces, soft lighting, and warm wood accents make you feel like you're dining in another time. This is a historic and charming gem you won’t soon forget.

Le Train Bleu: Dust off your most elegant attire and prepare to dine on a spectacular meal at Le Train Bleu. Although it operates inside a train station, this is one of the most opulent restaurants in all of Paris. Admire hand-painted ceilings and glittering gold details as you savor food that will leave your mouth watering for days afterward.

Monsieur Bleu: There's nothing quite like enjoying a picturesque view while sipping a glass of wine with your significant other. At Monsieur Bleu, the modern décor and enticing food are elevated by the scenic location. Indulge in traditional French cuisine with a playful flair while taking in the sight of the Eiffel Tower right across the Seine.

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