The Honeymooner's Guide to Paris: The 10 Most Romantic Places to Visit

Updated 04/03/14

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It's called the "City of Love" for a reason. Paris is one of the most romantic places in the world, which makes it an ideal honeymoon destination for newlyweds. And while the Louvre and Eiffel Tower are must-see destinations, we're spotlighting ten other perfect places for honeymooners to go from a local's perspective. From hidden gardens and romantic cafés along the Seine to art museums and amazing shopping, we guarantee you and your new husband will have the most memorable Parisian getaway ever.

Where to Go to Take the Best Instagram Pics: Alexandre III Bridge

Tourists typically head to Pont Neuf bridge to take a romantic scroll, but one of the most incredible bridges in all of the city is the Pont Alexandre III. The bridge links the Champs-Élysées quarter with Invalides and the Eiffel Tower and gives an unforgettable light show after dark. (Afterwards, head to Showcase, a nightclub underneath the bridge, for some dancing.)

Closest Metro Station: Invalides

Where to Spend an Afternoon: Musée Rodin

Close to the Alexandre III, the Rodin Museum is housed in the 18th century Hôtel Biron. Check out the museum's gardens to see the sculptor's famous bronzes, walk around the small lake, and, obviously, check out the sculpture aptly named "The Kiss"!

Closest Metro Station: Varenne

Where to Go for a Pretty Pitstop: Place des Vosges

This royal square is one of the oldest in the city, in the middle of le Marais — the fashionable, arts district with tiny winding streets and delicious little restaurants. Surrounded by 17th century homes, the garden is made for quick afternoon rest stops after perusing the 4th arrondissement.

  • Closest Metro Station: Chemin Vert*

Where to Steal a Kiss: Trocadero

The best view of Le Tour Eiffel is not from beneath it (where you will find 2,000 tourists and about a dozen armed guards ... pas romantique!), but from across the Seine at Trocadero. Head here at dusk with a bottle of champagne in hand to catch the Eiffel Tower's first sparkle, which lights up every hour on the hour after sunset. After stealing a picture-perfect kiss with your new husband, walk across the Seine and head to the restaurants along rue Cler, the local gem of the 7th arrondissement.

  • Closest Metro Station: Trocadéro*

Where to Shop: Jardins du Palais Royal:

This Parisian garden is essentially the definition of romance thanks to the fact it's almost entirely hidden. Take the metro to Palais Royal-Musée de Louvre, and walk through one of the small arched entryways. In search of some new vintage Chanel? Then check out Didier Ludot's vintage shops along the edges of the garden.

  • Closest Metro Station: Palais Royal—Musée du Louvre*

Where to Enjoy a Glass of Wine Mid-Day: The roof terrace of Galeries Lafayette

One of the best places to get a full view of Paris is the rooftop of the department store Galeries Lafayette. The store's rooftop restaurant is open during the warmer months and into the fall, where you can enjoy 360 degree views of the City of Light. Head here for an afternoon coffee (or wine!) and dessert.

  • Closest Metro Station: Chaussée d'Antin—La Fayette*

Where to Wander: Le Place Vendôme

Walk down rue de la Paix and cross Rue des Capucines at sunset, and enter the iconic Place Vendôme. It's home to The Ritz Paris (soon to reopen after several years of renovation — we hear there will be an amazing new garden fit for weddings!), Dior, and the men's shirt-shop and tailor, Charvet.

Closet Metro station: Opéra

Where to Eat Dinner: Hôtel Costes

Just off le Jardin des Tuileries in the 1st Arrondissement, Hôtel Costes is one of the sexiest places in to go for dinner, or for an aperitif in their open-air garden.

Closest Metro Station: Tuileries

Where to Go After-Dark: Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Love Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris? No neighborhood captures that film more than Saint-Germain-des-Pres. Home to Café Flore and Les Deux Magots, this section of the city comes alive after dark.

  • Closest Metro Station: Saint-Germain-des-Prés*

Where to Be at Sunset: Restaurant at Pompidou

Another way to see all of Paris is from Le Georges, the restaurant at the Pompidou museum in Le Marais. Take the futuristic escalators up the side of the museum to the rooftop to catch the sunset. If you're planning to stay for more than a drink, best make a reservation in advance.

Closest Metro Station: Hôtel de Ville

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