A Paris honeymoon is sure to be at the top of any bride's post-wedding destinations list. From its astounding architecture to its quaint cobblestone streets, there’s certainly no shortage of romance in the air for newlyweds in love. But with so much to see and so little time—especially if you’re banking on scheduling some much-needed relaxation into your trip—maximizing your time wisely can be tricky. Of course, you’ll want to see all of the tourist spots, from the Louvre to Notre Dame, but to really experience all of the charm that Paris has to offer and to create the intimate memories you'll remember most once you settle back into newlywed life at home, you’ll have to delve deeper into the city's corners. Here are the most romantic and enchanting experiences honeymooners can find in the City of Love.
Book a Honeymoon Photo Shoot
If the thought of having to pose for even more photos after your wedding weekend has you feeling cross-eyed, consider this: Your honeymoon is the second-most-important aspect of your wedding experience, and you’ll want to capture some special, romantic moments of you two in all your post-wedding glory. Plus, who doesn’t want professional photos taken in Paris? (Eiffel Tower backdrop, anyone?) This is where PicTrip comes in handy. It's a service that pairs travelers with professional photographers in destinations worldwide to capture their honeymoon journey. They handle all the coordinating, finding you the perfect photographer and planning the romantic photo shoot of your dreams. (You can even wear your wedding dress again!) Book it: PicTrip
Food-and-Wine Walking Tour Through Montmartre
What once was home to Paris’s most famed artists has now become a stomping ground for visitors to the city. On this food-and-wine tour, you learn the intricacies of shopping the Parisian markets in a tour group of no more than 10, led by a local guide. Stop at a bakery for the bread and pastries, then visit a meat and cheese shop, and don’t forget the decadent chocolates and artisanal macarons! The food and wine are all included in the ticket price.
Book it: Secret Food Tours
Climb to the Top of Sacré Coeur
Even if you and your SO aren’t the types to enjoy a tourist trap, this breathtaking mountaintop overlooking nearly the entire city of Paris is a can’t-miss. Sacré-Coeur Basilica itself is a Roman Catholic church located at the summit of Butte Montmartre, a.k.a. the highest point in the city. Just a view of the outside of this stunning cathedral is worth the trek on its own, let alone if you choose to take a gander inside, where you will find beautiful artwork—specifically, the largest mosaic in France. Just a short walk from this mountaintop is the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret, which is certainly worth it for a picture in front of the notorious windmill at least!
Schedule it: Sacre-Coeur Hours
Experience an Authentic French Champagne Tasting
There’s no doubt about it—the French just get how wine and champagne should taste. So take advantage of having real French champagne at your fingertips by attending an actual tasting. There’s no better way to take your understanding of bubbly to another level than by sampling six different varieties at the hand of a sommelier. At Bar Le Dokhan’s, you can do just that. This Tribute Portfolio hotel is the first champagne bar in Paris to serve champagne exclusively, and it features a talented selection of sommeliers who regularly travel to France’s Champagne region to discover new and rare vintages for guests to enjoy. And you’ve never seen a menu like this; over 200 varieties of premium champagne are offered! The bar space itself is extremely intimate, which creates the perfect romantic atmosphere for you two newlyweds as you celebrate your recent nuptials over a glass—or a bottle—of fine bubbly.
Book it: Le Dokhan’s
Listen to the Soothing Sounds of Parisian Jazz
One thing we did discover first was jazz—we brought it over to the Parisian city during World War I—but there’s no denying that French jazz has developed its own unique sound and romantic appeal. For an enchanted evening as newlyweds in the city of love, visit the newly renovated jazz club at Le Méridien Etoile. Originally opened in 1975 with the help of famous jazz drummer Alexandre Galepides (known as Moustache), the jazz club at Le Méridien Etoile quickly became one of the epicenters of African-American music, and countless jazz, soul, blues, funk, and rhythm and blues musicians graced its stage: Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, BB King, Ike Turner, and more. As part of the massive renovation at Le Méridien Etoile, the Jazz Club Etoile underwent a significant redesign, boasting a reimagined midcentury-modern style. For an unforgettable experience, take in an after-dinner performance, where you'll have the chance to hear the sultry, sexy sounds of musicians like Diana Krall and Robin McKelle.
Book it: Le Méridien Etoile's Jazz Club
Snuggle Up in a Cozy Parisian Café
There’s no shortage of them all over the city, and they all live up to their reputation as being chic, romantic, and utterly adorable. Plus, Parisians take their cafes so seriously that you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that doesn’t serve mouthwateringly delicious French fare—complete with oozing-with-cheese French onion soup, buttery and savory croque madames, and (obvs) steak frites! So whether you’re in the mood for a glass of Bordeaux or piping-hot espresso, you can find just what you’re looking for and more, plus get the chance to people watch, at any old neighborhood cafe in Paris.
Admire Authentic French Artwork Along the Seine
When in Paris, do as the Parisians do: appreciate real art! And there’s no better place to do it than in a city that’s recognized globally for its artistic endeavors. While you can take in your fair share of works by the masters at the many different museums, there’s something incredibly special and romantic about seeing up-and-coming artists. Not only can you score incredible deals, but you can take home a unique, authentic work of art. From dreamy, dauby landscapes to more intricate and abstract designs and even paintings of your favorite animal, there’s nothing you won’t be able to find. Plus, the walk along the Seine river is a breathtaking piece of visual art all on its own.