A Paris honeymoon is a classic, and with good reason — what’s more romantic than picnicking under the Eiffel Tower, dining al fresco at a corner café, or strolling the Champs-Elysees hand-in-hand? Let’s face it — the French know romance. While you may think that a Paris honeymoon is a been-there, done-that idea with no surprises left in store, it’s anything but. More of a tried and true favorite, France’s grand capital has much to offer beyond the tourist scene for honeymooners. Because we all know that romance is at its finest when the sun goes down, here are six ways to enjoy this très chic city by night that you haven’t thought of — we promise you’ll adore them.
A Dinner Twist
Table for two, please. Paris is renowned for its world-class restaurants, and while their competing scents may beckon from every corner luring you into a whirl of gastronomy, the one you can’t turn down is Spring. A 2017 James Beard Award winner, this Chef Daniel Rose restaurant offers a single menu for all guests, featuring two starters, one main course, and a decadent dessert. Inspired by the local market and French heritage, this rotating menu ranges from turbot with fennel and saffron sabayon to pigeon with eggplant and chickpeas. It’ll make you feel like a local, connecting you with the culinary of traditions of Paris while encouraging foodie-focused conversations with neighboring diners.
A Never-ending Time
If you’re the kind of couple that loves to have a bumping good time, make your way to Concrete for a local’s taste of nightlife. The first club in Paris to receive a license to remain open for 24 hours, you can watch the sunset — and rise! — against the techno and electronic beats from top artists and DJs.
Secret’s out — Lavomatic is one of Paris’s best-hidden bars, literally. You may not think the Laundromat should be on your honeymoon bucket list, but this speakeasy makes laundry fun. Step through the unassuming doors of Lavomatic and scale a spindly staircase hidden behind a set of washing machines to be whisked away to a bright and bold pop-art inspired bar for some creative cocktails. Make sure you try the “Drunk in Love” — ideal for honeymooners!
Parisian Can Can
You can’t find much better entertainment than good old-fashioned Parisian Can Can. A must-see for honeymooners visiting Paris since its 1889 inception, Le Moulin Rouge is known for its glamour, extravagance, and elegance. The current spectacle “Feerie” features a troupe of 80 artists, including 60 Doriss Girls, 1,000 costumes, sumptuous sets designed by Italian artists, outstanding international acts, and a giant aquarium — all performed to original music recorded by 80 musicians and 60 chorus singers. It’ll no doubt inspire feelings of romance and love.
Late Night Strolls
If you’re honeymooning between April and August, take a romantic stroll through nine of Paris’ most stunning gardens after hours. It’ll bring a whole new perspective and experience compared to a daytime stroll. Enjoy the stunning greenery, bubbling fountains, and romantic sculptures against the backdrop of the late-night sunset — which can be as late as 10 p.m.!
If you’re more of a laid back couple, you’ll both be content to your hearts’ desire at Le Fantôme, a trendy bar in the city’s 10th arrondissement. Characterized by a retro and relaxed vibe, it’s the perfect place to indulge in street food and cocktails and some heated competition; from Pacman to pinball and darts, you’ll find all sorts of arcade games to have fun with until the bar closes at 2 a.m. Amp up the stakes — whoever loses owes the other a massage back at the hotel!