Destination Guide: Cities Of Love - ParisThursday 09 February 2017 by Sarah Knight ‘Tis the season for love and romance. After the doom and gloom of January, February is a month for adventures, spending time doing the things you love with the people who matter – and the perfect time to squeeze in a little city break.
Paris is the quintessential city of love and there is a reason why this charming city is the focal point of many a rom-com and chick-flick. Paris seems to ooze romance – from the breath-taking views at the top of the Eiffel Tower to the quiet cafes and picturesque boulevards scattered across the city.
Whether you’re looking for a peaceful getaway, dream of shopping in the designer boutiques or love to explore the city’s main landmarks, Paris truly offers something for everyone and is the ultimate city break this Valentine’s Day.
Top five romantic things to do in Paris:
- Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower – Level One might seem like a “walk” but to get to the top of this landmark those 1,665 steps are definitely more of a climb. Allow an hour or so to get to the top comfortably and beat the crowds by heading up first thing in the morning. What a way to start the day!
- Stroll around the Louvre – the world’s largest museum, it’s sure to take at least a few hours to see the infamous highlights, including Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and Michelangelo’s “Slaves”. The exterior of the building itself is a sight to behold, with an iconic glass pyramid and views over the River Seine. Love and passion have gone into all of the art on show.
- Visit the Notre-Dame Cathedral – the first stone of this outstanding feat of architecture was originally laid in 1163 in the presence of Pop Alexander III. Work continued on the cathedral in various stages, including the clean up of the Western façade in 2000. The cathedral has a romantic, tranquil atmosphere and is a lovely place to appreciate the intricate work and painstaking renovations that have created such a beautiful structure.
- Walk across Pont Alexandre III – considered by many to be the best bridge in Paris. The lovely structure connects the Champs-Elysees quarter with Invalides and the Eiffel Tower – and is the most ornate and extravagant bridge in the city. The perfect place for an evening amble after a romantic meal.
- Hideout on the Ile Saint-Louis – a quaint natural island on the Seine river. It can be best described as “an oasis of calm” in the centre of the city – with narrow one-way streets and mostly residential properties, interspersed with a few restaurants, hotels and a large church.
Where to eat in Paris
If you’re a lover of French cuisine then you’ll never want to leave Paris, as the range of restaurants and gourmet experiences on offer is second to none. To help settle your mind, here are some of the absolute “must-visits” for any foodie:
- Fulgurances – an unusual concept that has had unprecedented success, this restaurant is run by promising sous-chefs who are looking to gain experience and make their mark on innovative dishes before opening their own restaurants. Fulgurances sees a new Head Chef every six months – so the menu is always changing and new dishes constantly created.
- David Toutain – a fine dining experience without the stuffy atmosphere, the restaurant has been popular since 2013 and its varied menu makes the most of fresh, straightforward ingredients.
- Hank Pizza – completely vegan and affordable, this pizzeria is cosy and comfortable and the pizzas are to die for. Hank’s own sauces and creamy toppings make up for the lack of cheese and the desserts are the ultimate way to end your 100% vegan feast.
Where to stay in Paris
We offer more than 33 properties in Paris across a variety of locations, but when it comes to romance is there a backdrop more memorable than the Eiffel Tower? Citadines Tour Eiffel Paris offers stylish Parisian apartments that quite literally overlook this world-famous landmark.
A stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of the city’s open air markets, cafes and the Motte-Picquet-Grenelle Metro, these studio and one bedroom apartments are the perfect base from which to explore the city and take in the highlights – not matter how long (or short) your visit.