Top romantic spots in Paris and their lesser-known alternatives

Dec 11, 2017

When it comes to romance, nowhere comes close to Paris. Here are our favourite places to get in the mood for passion in the City of Love.

Best for art lovers

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INSIDE THE LOUVRE

The Mona Lisa – and her enigmatic smile – may have inspired countless love affairs, but The Louvre, the home of the world’s most famous artwork has plenty of other love stories hiding in its nooks and crannies. See them in the paintings of French romantic artists such as Delacroix, and the statue of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty – better known as the Venus de Milo.

SEE ALSO: The Louvre in Paris: how to enjoy your visit and what you need to see

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MUSEE D'ORSAY

The Left Bank of the Seine has long been the haunt of star-crossed lovers, but railway station-turned-art gallery Musee d’Orsay is hard to beat for an afternoon date. Among the head-turners is Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night Over The Rhône, depicting a lovers’ tryst under a slew of stars.

Best for romantic views

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VIEW FROM EIFFEL TOWER PARIS

You can’t get more Parisian than the wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars. The architecture of the Eiffel Tower defines the city, the food – courtesy of celebrity chef Alain Ducasse’s one Michelin star Le Jules Verne on the second floor – is sublime, and the views have provided the backdrop for thousands of marriage proposals and engagements.

SEE ALSO: 10 most romantic spots in Paris 

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Le Sacré-Cœur

For die-hard romantics, Le Sacré-Cœur (the Basilica of the Sacred Heart), perched prettily on a hill in Montmartre, provides views of the city to help stir passions. Rose sellers on the steps know it, too, and are ready to jump before you can say ‘Je t’aime’.