The 10 romantic places to absolutely discover in Paris

Many tourists travel to Paris to visit iconic sites such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre-Dame Cathedral. However, the city is also full of many secret and unexpected places, sometimes even unknown to Parisians themselves. Hidden gardens, secret passages, unusual museums… What are the 10 unusual places not to be missed in Paris for those who want to discover the city differently?

The Wall of I love you “

Image: © Alberto Zamorano

The Wall of Je t’aime, located in the Jehan Rictus square at the foot of the Montmartre hill, is a unique site in Paris dedicated to love. This 40 m² fresco, where the expression “I love you” is written 311 times in different languages, styles and colors, attracts lovers from all over the world. From French to Inuit via Esperanto, this poetic work was recently renovated in preparation for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Little known to Parisians, the Wall of I Love You is nevertheless very popular with tourists.

The Museum of Romantic Life

Museum of Romantic Life © Ferrante Ferranti

For lovers of visits as a couple, the Museum of Romantic Life is an ideal destination. This small museum, discreetly nestled in an alley in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, offers a journey through the ages of romantic life. It explores the different ways of seduction, romantic dates and romantic communication through the ages. After the tour, you can relax in the museum’s charming tea room, located in a beautifully decorated courtyard. The Museum of Romantic Life is a cultural getaway that is worth the detour.

The Luxembourg Garden

The Luxembourg Gardens, Paris 6th © Mihaela Grigoras

A great classic of Parisian life, the Jardin du Luxembourg is one of the largest and most beautiful parks in the capital. Built in 1612 to adorn the Luxembourg Palace at the request of Marie de Medici, the park is today managed by the Senate. In 2022, it was named “The Most Beautiful Park in Europe”. This emblematic park offers several water points and beds of colorful plants of all kinds, offering an idyllic setting to recharge your batteries. On sunny days, the Jardin du Luxembourg is a must, easily accessible, where young and old can enjoy moments of relaxation in the heart of Paris.

the Coulée verte René-Dumont

The Green Coulee ©Smn Jlt

Despite an uninviting name, the Coulée Verte is an unmissable bucolic destination. Many cities have their own green corridor, but Paris always has a special charm. Rising above the Parisian rooftops, this place offers a walk with a breathtaking view of the capital, crossing a green and shimmering landscape. Ideal for a peaceful getaway, the Coulée Verte de Paris invites you to a unique immersion in nature in the heart of the city. A little piece of paradise, the Coulée Verte offers a moment of relaxation in one of the most bucolic landscapes that Paris has to offer.

The banks of the Seine

Quays of the Seine, Paris © Ken Eckert

She gets out of her bed, so sure of herself, the Seine, the Seine. What would the City of Lights be without its emblematic river? For a romantic stroll, nothing beats a walk along the banks of the Seine, following the peaceful course of the river that crosses Paris. Since 1349, the banks of the Seine have been an essential meeting place for Parisians. Offering a long walk through the heart of the city’s nerve centers, this route reveals a marvelous panorama. The quays are often bustling with municipal infrastructure, restaurant barges and gatherings of young people eager to party.

The Buttes Chaumont Belvedere

Les Buttes-Chaumont @EricBery

For a romantic outing, the Buttes-Chaumont park is an unmissable destination. Located away from the heart of Paris, this wonderful 25-hectare park offers vast green valleys perfect for picnicking or relaxing in the sun. In the center, a small island surrounded by a large body of water offers a path which allows you to go around this vast garden before leading to the belvedere, the highest point of the park. The Acropolis, inspired by romantic Italian gardens and built in 1866, offers an ideal bucolic setting for a romantic stroll.

Montmartre & the Sacred Heart

The sacred heart © Alvydas Kucas

Although series like “Emily in Paris” and other American productions often reduce Paris to Montmartre, this iconic district is not limited to tourist clichés. Indeed, Montmartre, the most famous district in France, is full of secrets that embody the very essence of the City of Lights. Located in the heart of Paris, Montmartre offers a timeless atmosphere, as if outside the city itself. With its narrow cobbled streets, street artists, typical little cafes and the majestic Place Émile Goudeau where street performances take place all day long, Montmartre offers an authentic experience. But it is above all the magnificent Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur that attracts attention. Its visit is essential, as is the walk to get there, offering a breathtaking view of the city and a total immersion in the unique charm of Montmartre.

The Champs Élysées

The Champs-Élysées © Augustin Lazaroiu

The very symbol of the glamor of the City of Love, the Champs-Élysées remains a timeless classic, perfectly in its place in the top 10 most romantic places in the capital. This large promenade, connecting Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe, is dotted with emblematic places, luxury boutiques and historical sites. It is the beating heart of Paris, where every inch is full of secrets. From lampposts adorned with sculptures to the majestic Élysée Palace, every element of this avenue reminds visitors why Paris is the ultimate romantic city.

The Passage of Panoramas

Passage des Panoramas © st_nakaji

The grand boulevards of Paris are renowned for their impressive architecture and many attractive shops. However, near the Grévin museum is the Passage des Panoramas, one of the most charming covered streets in the capital. With its narrow alleys lined with traditional shops and its old-world atmosphere, this passage offers a timeless experience. Despite its often crowded nature, it remains an essential stop on any visit to Paris, and its cafés make it an ideal setting for a one-on-one meeting.

Villa Léandre

The Léandre villa. © Elena Ska

On the Montmartre side, another exotic district yet little known to tourists offers a secret charm: the Villa Léandre. This green and picturesque enclave is a true haven of peace hidden in the heart of the city. With its houses built in an Anglo-Saxon style and decorated with bright colors, Villa Léandre offers a stroll that is both surprising and soothing. Nestled on the site of a former shanty town in 1925, it evokes a journey between Paris and London, offering an ideal setting for a romantic walk as a couple, or simply a stopover, when visiting the center of Paris.

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