The Paris Honeymoon Guide


The Paris Honeymoon Guide

Paris is unlike any other city we've been to — it has an enchantment about it; the Louvre illuminated in golden hues at sunset, the artful architecture around every turn, the buzz of the cafes at night set against the warm street light.

And it's this backdrop that makes it such an ideal honeymoon destination. Yes, there is so much to see and do in this city that one can really become caught up in hopping from museum to museum, but it's in those slow moments, whiling away the day strolling down the Seine or picnicking in the park, that make Paris synonymous with love.

We've put together a few itinerary ideas to get you started on your honeymoon planning. Though seeing the Eiffel Tower is a must, this guide focuses on several less obvious activities.

Rather than put together full itineraries, we're offering guidance on how to spend a single morning, afternoon or full day – so you can mix and match in whatever way works best for you. At the end of the guide, you'll also find recommendations for add-on trips and stopovers to extend your honeymoon.


Spend the day exploring Le Marais, one of Paris' most fashionable districts

  • Crêperie breakfast: Start your morning at Breizh Cafe, a quaint crêperie which is always bustling.
  • Picasso National Museum: After breakfast, head to the Picasso National Museum if you are an art lover or relax in the gardens out front with a good book.
  • Stroll the area: The Marais is best seen on foot, so take your time meandering the streets. Take a walk down the Rue Vieille du Temple, stopping in shops as you go. The perfect honeymoon destination, the ysé boutique is full of exquisite lingerie and swimsuits for women, all designed in Paris and made from European materials. Other stores we recommend: ba&sh a French apparel brand started by two women, Alix de Reynis for handmade jewelry and home wares, and Merci, a chic concept store with a little bit of everything.

Shop for antiques

  • The antique shopping in Paris is endless, with some of the most famous being the large Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen. If you are an antique buff, we recommend enlisting a local guide to take you through the market so that you may have a trip tailored to your interests and without wasted time.

Picnic in the park and explore Saint-Germain

  • With so many parks to duck into, it's hard to pick just one. However, we love the Jardin du Luxembourg, which has a relaxed atmosphere, shaded areas, and a beautiful backdrop in the Palais du Luxembourg. Grab a baguette, some cheese, fruit and wine from a local shop and spend the day lounging and reading a book. Once you're fully relaxed, take a stroll though the elegant Saint-Germain, home to some of the best shopping, chic eats and tourist attractions such as Café de Flore.

Find your perfect fragrance at the Nose

  • Take home a souvenir that you'll use over and over again—from the Nose, one of Paris' premier perfumeries. Apart from being a beautiful boutique filled with fragrances and candles, the highly-trained staff will also conduct an 'olfactive diagnostic' to help you find your signature scent. This is the perfect fun (and free!) activity to do with your new spouse, and who doesn't want a scent to remember their honeymoon by?

Take a day trip

  • Visit Monet's house and gardens in Giverny, but get there early because there will be crowds.
  • Feel like royalty at Versailles. The palace truly is grand and worth the trip. You can easily combine both Giverny and Versailles in a day by renting a car or hopping on a tour.
  • Head to Mont-Saint-Michel and Normandy. This will be a long day trip and we recommend enlisting a private or semi-private tour, but it's so worth the views when you arrive.

Romantic Bars & Activities

  • The bar at Hôtel Particulier (pictured left), hidden in a garden and glass house, is one of the most romantic bars we know. This is a great spot for an evening drink after visiting Sacré-Cœur in the Montmartre district.
  • Put on your best dress and head to the Hemingway Bar at the Ritz, a classic spot and ode to the writing legend.
  • For cocktail lovers, head to the tucked-away cocktail bar, Danico, with trendy vibes and elegant drinks.
  • For a speakeasy-style choice, the Ballroom serves up great cocktails and dark, romantic vibes.
  • Spend an evening at Crazy Horse, a burlesque show not made for the shy, but exquisitely done with costumes, dance and of course, champagne.

Paris is unlike any other city we've been to — it has an enchantment about it; the Louvre illuminated in golden hues at sunset, the artful architecture around every turn, the buzz of the cafes at night set against the warm street light.

And it's this backdrop that makes it such an ideal honeymoon destination. Yes, there is so much to see and do in this city that one can really become caught up in hopping from museum to museum, but it's in those slow moments, whiling away the day strolling down the Seine or picnicking in the park, that make Paris synonymous with love.

The Paris Honeymoon Guide

Favorite Museums

  • Musée du Louvre. the Louvre needs no introduction as one of, if not the best, art museums in the world. However, if you plan to visit the Louvre, go in with a strategy. Rather than running around trying to see the whole museum in a day (which is impossible!), pick a small section or exhibit that you'd like to see and spend time really enjoying it. If you're not into art, skip going in and simply visit the building, formerly the royal palace, and stroll through the adjoining Jardin des Tuileries.
  • Musée d'Orsay:  set in a former train station, the architecture alone is worth the trip, apart from the unparalleled Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collections.
  • Musée du l'Orangerie: a quick walk from the Louvre, this museum is much less touristed, with Monet's grand water lilies paintings set in beautiful oval rooms.

When to go

The best times to go are April-June or September-October — escape summer crowds and enjoy nice weather.

 

Where to stay

    • Hôtel Plaza Athénée | ☆☆☆☆☆ | $$$$$ | Champs-Elysées
    • Hôtel Lutetia | ☆☆☆☆☆ | $$$$ | Saint-Germain-de-Prés
    • Hôtel Ritz Paris | ☆☆☆☆☆ | $$$$$ | Place Vendôme
    • Le Roch Hotel & Spa | ☆☆☆☆☆ | $$$ | Place Vendôme
    • Maison Souquet | ☆☆☆☆☆ | $$$ | Montmartre
    • Hôtel Bachaumont| ☆☆☆☆ | $$ | Montorgueil
    • Hôtel Particulier | ☆☆☆☆ | $$ | Montmartre
    • Hôtel Bourg Tibourg | ☆☆☆☆ | $$ | Le Marais

Trip add-ons

Though you could easily spend weeks on end in Paris, we've compiled a list of trip extension ideas for a change of pace:

  • For the city lover, head to London: only two and a half hours away via the Eurostar Chunnel or a quick flight, it's easy to combine trips to two of Europe's dreamiest cities.
  • For the wine lover, head to Champagne and Bordeaux: with Champagne being only an hour away by train, it's possible to do as a day trip from Paris, but we recommend taking your time and then heading on to Bordeaux to enjoy a taste of what this country has to offer by way of wine.
  • For the food lover, head to San Sebastián: a quick flight will land you in food heaven, with more Michelin stars than you'll have days to eat.
  • For sun-soaked days, head south: take a quick flight to the south of France, where one can easily spend weeks, relaxing in the Provençal countryside or enjoying the sun in Nice or Saint-Tropez.

Paris is unlike any other city we've been to — it has an enchantment about it; the Louvre illuminated in golden hues at sunset, the artful architecture around every turn, the buzz of the cafes at night set against the warm street light.

And it's this backdrop that makes it such an ideal honeymoon destination. Yes, there is so much to see and do in this city that one can really become caught up in hopping from museum to museum, but it's in those slow moments, whiling away the day strolling down the Seine or picnicking in the park, that make Paris synonymous with love.

We've put together a few itinerary ideas to get you started on your honeymoon planning. Though seeing the Eiffel Tower is a must, this guide focuses on several less obvious activities.

Rather than put together full itineraries, we're offering guidance on how to spend a single morning, afternoon or full day – so you can mix and match in whatever way works best for you. At the end of the guide, you'll also find recommendations for add-on trips and stopovers to extend your honeymoon.


Spend the day exploring Le Marais, one of Paris' most fashionable districts

  • Crêperie breakfast: Start your morning at Breizh Cafe, a quaint crêperie which is always bustling.
  • Picasso National Museum: After breakfast, head to the Picasso National Museum if you are an art lover or relax in the gardens out front with a good book.
  • Stroll the area: The Marais is best seen on foot, so take your time meandering the streets. Take a walk down the Rue Vieille du Temple, stopping in shops as you go. The perfect honeymoon destination, the ysé boutique is full of exquisite lingerie and swimsuits for women, all designed in Paris and made from European materials. Other stores we recommend: ba&sh a French apparel brand started by two women, Alix de Reynis for handmade jewelry and home wares, and Merci, a chic concept store with a little bit of everything.

 

Shop for antiques

  • The antique shopping in Paris is endless, with some of the most famous being the large Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen. If you are an antique buff, we recommend enlisting a local guide to take you through the market so that you may have a trip tailored to your interests and without wasted time.

 

Picnic in the park and explore Saint-Germain

  • With so many parks to duck into, it's hard to pick just one. However, we love the Jardin du Luxembourg, which has a relaxed atmosphere, shaded areas, and a beautiful backdrop in the Palais du Luxembourg. Grab a baguette, some cheese, fruit and wine from a local shop and spend the day lounging and reading a book. Once you're fully relaxed, take a stroll though the elegant Saint-Germain, home to some of the best shopping, chic eats and tourist attractions such as Café de Flore.

 

Find your perfect fragrance at the Nose

  • Take home a souvenir that you'll use over and over again—from the Nose, one of Paris' premier perfumeries. Apart from being a beautiful boutique filled with fragrances and candles, the highly-trained staff will also conduct an 'olfactive diagnostic' to help you find your signature scent. This is the perfect fun (and free!) activity to do with your new spouse, and who doesn't want a scent to remember their honeymoon by?

 

Take a day trip

  • Visit Monet's house and gardens in Giverny, but get there early because there will be crowds.
  • Feel like royalty at Versailles. The palace truly is grand and worth the trip. You can easily combine both Giverny and Versailles in a day by renting a car or hopping on a tour.
  • Head to Mont-Saint-Michel and Normandy. This will be a long day trip and we recommend enlisting a private or semi-private tour, but it's so worth the views when you arrive

Romantic bars & activities

  • The bar at Hôtel Particulier (pictured left), hidden in a garden and glass house, is one of the most romantic bars we know. This is a great spot for an evening drink after visiting Sacré-Cœur in the Montmartre district.
  • Put on your best dress and head to the Hemingway Bar at the Ritz, a classic spot and ode to the writing legend.
  • For cocktail lovers, head to the tucked-away cocktail bar, Danico, with trendy vibes and elegant drinks.
  • For a speakeasy-style choice, the Ballroom serves up great cocktails and dark, romantic vibes.
  • Spend an evening at Crazy Horse, a burlesque show not made for the shy, but exquisitely done with costumes, dance and of course, champagne.

Favorite museums

  • Musée du Louvre. the Louvre needs no introduction as one of, if not the best, art museums in the world. However, if you plan to visit the Louvre, go in with a strategy. Rather than running around trying to see the whole museum in a day (which is impossible!), pick a small section or exhibit that you'd like to see and spend time really enjoying it. If you're not into art, skip going in and simply visit the building, formerly the royal palace, and stroll through the adjoining Jardin des Tuileries.
  • Musée d'Orsay:  set in a former train station, the architecture alone is worth the trip, apart from the unparalleled Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collections.
  • Musée du l'Orangerie: a quick walk from the Louvre, this museum is much less touristed, with Monet's grand water lilies paintings set in beautiful oval rooms.

When to go

The best times to go are April-June or September-October — escape summer crowds and enjoy nice weather.

 

Where to stay

    • Hôtel Plaza Athénée | ☆☆☆☆☆ | $$$$$ |  Champs-Elysées
    • Hôtel Lutetia | ☆☆☆☆☆ | $$$$ | Saint-Germain-de-Prés
    • Hôtel Ritz Paris | ☆☆☆☆☆ | $$$$$ |  Place Vendôme
    • Le Roch Hotel & Spa | ☆☆☆☆☆ | $$$ | Place Vendôme
    • Maison Souquet | ☆☆☆☆☆ | $$$ | Montmartre
    • Hôtel Bachaumont| ☆☆☆☆ | $$ | Montorgueil
    • Hôtel Particulier | ☆☆☆☆ | $$ | Montmartre
    • Hôtel Bourg Tibourg | ☆☆☆☆ | $$ | Le Marais

 

Trip add-ons

Though you could easily spend weeks on end in Paris, we've compiled a list of trip extension ideas for a change of pace:

  • For the city lover, head to London: only two and a half hours away via the Eurostar Chunnel or a quick flight, it's easy to combine trips to two of Europe's dreamiest cities.
  • For the wine lover, head to Champagne and Bordeaux: with Champagne being only an hour away by train, it's possible to do as a day trip from Paris, but we recommend taking your time and then heading on to Bordeaux to enjoy a taste of what this country has to offer by way of wine.
  • For the food lover, head to San Sebastián: a quick flight will land you in food heaven, with more Michelin stars than you'll have days to eat.
  • For sun-soaked days, head south: take a quick flight to the south of France, where one can easily spend weeks, relaxing in the Provençal countryside or enjoying the sun in Nice or Saint-Tropez.

We've put together a few itinerary ideas to get you started on your honeymoon planning. Though seeing the Eiffel Tower is a must, this guide focuses on several less obvious activities.

Rather than put together full itineraries, we're offering guidance on how to spend a single morning, afternoon or full day – so you can mix and match in whatever way works best for you. At the end of the guide, you'll also find recommendations for add-on trips and stopovers to extend your honeymoon.


Spend the day exploring Le Marais, one of Paris' most fashionable districts

  • Crêperie breakfast: Start your morning at Breizh Cafe, a quaint crêperie which is always bustling.
  • Picasso National Museum: After breakfast, head to the Picasso National Museum if you are an art lover or relax in the gardens out front with a good book.
  • Stroll the area: The Marais is best seen on foot, so take your time meandering the streets. Take a walk down the Rue Vieille du Temple, stopping in shops as you go. The perfect honeymoon destination, the ysé boutique is full of exquisite lingerie and swimsuits for women, all designed in Paris and made from European materials. Other stores we recommend: ba&sh a French apparel brand started by two women, Alix de Reynis for handmade jewelry and home wares, and Merci, a chic concept store with a little bit of everything.

 

Shop for antiques

  • The antique shopping in Paris is endless, with some of the most famous being the large Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen. If you are an antique buff, we recommend enlisting a local guide to take you through the market so that you may have a trip tailored to your interests and without wasted time.

 

Picnic in the park and explore Saint-Germain

  • With so many parks to duck into, it's hard to pick just one. However, we love the Jardin du Luxembourg, which has a relaxed atmosphere, shaded areas, and a beautiful backdrop in the Palais du Luxembourg. Grab a baguette, some cheese, fruit and wine from a local shop and spend the day lounging and reading a book. Once you're fully relaxed, take a stroll though the elegant Saint-Germain, home to some of the best shopping, chic eats and tourist attractions such as Café de Flore.

 

Find your perfect fragrance at the Nose

  • Take home a souvenir that you'll use over and over again—from the Nose, one of Paris' premier perfumeries. Apart from being a beautiful boutique filled with fragrances and candles, the highly-trained staff will also conduct an 'olfactive diagnostic' to help you find your signature scent. This is the perfect fun (and free!) activity to do with your new spouse, and who doesn't want a scent to remember their honeymoon by?

 

Take a day trip

  • Visit Monet's house and gardens in Giverny, but get there early because there will be crowds.
  • Feel like royalty at Versailles. The palace truly is grand and worth the trip. You can easily combine both Giverny and Versailles in a day by renting a car or hopping on a tour.
  • Head to Mont-Saint-Michel and Normandy. This will be a long day trip and we recommend enlisting a private or semi-private tour, but it's so worth the views when you arrive.

Romantic bars & activities

  • The bar at Hôtel Particulier (pictured left), hidden in a garden and glass house, is one of the most romantic bars we know. This is a great spot for an evening drink after visiting Sacré-Cœur in the Montmartre district.
  • Put on your best dress and head to the Hemingway Bar at the Ritz, a classic spot and ode to the writing legend.
  • For cocktail lovers, head to the tucked-away cocktail bar, Danico, with trendy vibes and elegant drinks.
  • For a speakeasy-style choice, the Ballroom serves up great cocktails and dark, romantic vibes.
  • Spend an evening at Crazy Horse, a burlesque show not made for the shy, but exquisitely done with costumes, dance and of course, champagne.

Favorite museums

  • Musée du Louvre. the Louvre needs no introduction as one of, if not the best, art museums in the world. However, if you plan to visit the Louvre, go in with a strategy. Rather than running around trying to see the whole museum in a day (which is impossible!), pick a small section or exhibit that you'd like to see and spend time really enjoying it. If you're not into art, skip going in and simply visit the building, formerly the royal palace, and stroll through the adjoining Jardin des Tuileries.
  • Musée d'Orsay:  set in a former train station, the architecture alone is worth the trip, apart from the unparalleled Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collections.
  • Musée du l'Orangerie: a quick walk from the Louvre, this museum is much less touristed, with Monet's grand water lilies paintings set in beautiful oval rooms.

When to go

The best times to go are April-June or September-October — escape summer crowds and enjoy nice weather.

 

Where to stay

    • Hôtel Plaza Athénée | ☆☆☆☆☆ | $$$$$ |  Champs-Elysées
    • Hôtel Lutetia | ☆☆☆☆☆ | $$$$ | Saint-Germain-de-Prés
    • Hôtel Ritz Paris | ☆☆☆☆☆ | $$$$$ |  Place Vendôme
    • Le Roch Hotel & Spa | ☆☆☆☆☆ | $$$ | Place Vendôme
    • Maison Souquet | ☆☆☆☆☆ | $$$ | Montmartre
    • Hôtel Bachaumont| ☆☆☆☆ | $$ | Montorgueil
    • Hôtel Particulier | ☆☆☆☆ | $$ | Montmartre
    • Hôtel Bourg Tibourg | ☆☆☆☆ | $$ | Le Marais

 

Trip add-ons

Though you could easily spend weeks on end in Paris, we've compiled a list of trip extension ideas for a change of pace:

  • For the city lover, head to London: only two and a half hours away via the Eurostar Chunnel or a quick flight, it's easy to combine trips to two of Europe's dreamiest cities.
  • For the wine lover, head to Champagne and Bordeaux: with Champagne being only an hour away by train, it's possible to do as a day trip from Paris, but we recommend taking your time and then heading on to Bordeaux to enjoy a taste of what this country has to offer by way of wine.
  • For the food lover, head to San Sebastián: a quick flight will land you in food heaven, with more Michelin stars than you'll have days to eat.
  • For sun-soaked days, head south: take a quick flight to the south of France, where one can easily spend weeks, relaxing in the Provençal countryside or enjoying the sun in Nice or Saint-Tropez.

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