How to Plan the Perfect Honeymoon in Paris
You may have told each other “I love you” a billion times by now. But, nothing beats saying “je t’aime” in the most romantic city in the world on your honeymoon. So, when we asked 1,500 people in relationships about their dream honeymoon, Paris rolled off their lips as naturally as a good night kiss. In all, 16% of respondents said they dream of a city adventure, while 54% of them also crave romantic activities. Additionally, 48% said they wanted to visit museums, art galleries, and shows, while 42% look forward to restaurants, bars, and dancing. Almost all said “oui” to Paris.
Located on the River Seine, Paris includes two islands – the Île Saint-Louis and the larger Île de la Cité which forms the oldest part of the city. Paris also includes several prominent hills, including its highest, Montmartre. The metropolitan area sprawls well beyond its city limits, creating an oval with arms to encompass 20 different arrondissements (neighborhoods) clearly marked on every street sign making it hard to get lost. So, taking a stroll is the best way to see the city although the metro is also easily accessible, even from Charles de Gaulle Airport.
With a mild climate year-round, Paris actually experiences more rainfall than London. Still, summer days are typically sunny and rarely spike beyond 80° F, while winter temps seldom dip below 25° F.
Euros are the official currency and it’s always a good idea to have some on the ready for the inevitable stops at the numerous boulangerie and outdoor markets. While dining out, your bill will come “service compris” (tip included), but a little extra can make a French server’s day.
What to see and do
Art and culture are literally everywhere you look. If there is just one museum you and your amour should visit, it is either Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, or even the lesser-known ones like Le Musée Cognacq-Jay or the Musée Marmottan Monet. Just don’t fret about narrowing it down—as the French say, “C’est bon, détends-toi,” or “It’s OK, relax.” It’s your honeymoon, after all!
Still, no honeymoon is complete without an Instagrammed kiss in front of the Eiffel Tower. Afterward, have a picnic at the base or purchase tickets in advance to see the City of Light from above in all her glory. Lovebirds will also love a romantic sunset dinner cruise on the Seine, offering a 3-course meal and bottle of wine as you watch the city pass by. Or, take a short Metro ride to the Palace of Versailles and time travel back to an era of extravagant splendor. The grounds are extensive, so travelers recommend this bike tour, which comes with a skip-the-line pass to enter the palace.
Where to eat
If food is part of your love language, you’re in the right place. And, when it comes to language, skip the joints with English menus. Instead head out to where the locals eat like Du Pain et des Idèes for bread and pastries, or Chez Imogène for crèpes. Don’t miss out on international cuisines either at places such as Yoom for dim sum, and Pierre Sang, a perfect marriage of Parisian and Korean flavors. And, for Parisian haute cuisine without the hefty tab, head to Comice. There are also several latest and greatest dining destinations to check out, including vegetarian favorite L’Innocence and the recently Michelin-starred Granite.
Where to stay
Hide away at Saint James Paris, the only chateau in the exclusive 16th district of the chic River Droite. Be sure to visit Guerlain Spa for a bit of pampering.
Or, wake up to Eiffel tower views at Le Meurice, an Expedia VIP Access hotel. This original palace hotel located in the heart of historic Paris opened in 1835 and recently unveiled its newly-restored 49 rooms, suites, and penthouse in 2019.
But, if you prefer to be in the center of it all, look no further than Hotel Le Fouquet, located on the Champs-Élysées and just a stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe.
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