5 Romantic Things to do in the City of Love

They don’t call Paris the City of Love for no reason. The city is absolutely teeming with romantic things to do, see, and experience around every corner. Romance seems to even be in the air itself, and unavoidable for even those who try. But, if you’re looking for something extra special to do with your loved one, especially with Valentines Day right around the corner, we’re here to help with our picks for this month on romantic hot spots in Paris.

Le Baron Rouge

Le Baron Rouge

This isn’t your typical cozy and romantic dinner place. It’s loud. It’s crowded. But, it’s wonderfully romantic. You’ll be squeezed in between a slew of locals, all seeking a glass of wine and platter of cheese from the bar. On winter weekends, you can also grab some fresh oyster right on the sidewalk in front.

Flûte l’Étoile

Flûte l’Étoile

This place screams romance. It actually used to be a gentleman’s bar, but now you and your significant other can cozy up to a fireplace with a champagne cocktail, or go upstairs and enjoy a romantic quiet dinner. The prices are very reasonable, the food is good, and there’s even live jazz on Wednesdays.

A Chocolate Massage at the Four Seasons

A Chocolate Massage at the Four Seasons

With chocolate and massage all in one, you can’t go wrong. Take your loved one to the Four Seasons George V Hotel for a chocolate-mint body scrub, followed by  a Swiss chocolate and toffee body wrap, and completed with a cocoa oil deep tissue massage. They’ll never forget you for it.

 

Dame du Canton

Dame du Canton

Whisk your sweetie away to dinner on the Dame du Canton for some gypsy themed romance. Below deck there’s a cozy and lantern filled restaurant where you can enjoy a wonderful dinner filled with gypsy jazz and gentle boat rocking.

High Tea at the Ritz

High Tea at the Ritz

Dazzling crystal, priceless antiques, gleaming and polished silver make for an elegant rendezvous with your honey. Enjoy amazing tea, tiny sandwiches, pastries, scones with cream and jam, and a romantically sophisticated setting.  Definitely a tea you’ll always remember.

 

Celebrating New Years in Paris

If you’re lucky enough to ring in the new year, or St.Sylvestre as the Parisians call it, while in Paris – you’ll find there is no shortage of things to do or events to attend. New Years celebration is taken to a whole new level in France, with St.Sylvestre celebrations beginning January 1st and lasting all the way through February 1st. During which time fireworks are set off, parties are held, greeting cards are mailed, and presents are gifted. There’s literally so much going on at this time of year, it can be a bit overwhelming. Here’s some key things to consider checking out on New Years Eve if you’re looking to make your celebration a memorable one:

Champs-Elysees – Champs-Elysees is basically party central in Paris on New Years Eve. Around 9pm people begin gathering here to celebrate until (and after) the countdown to midnight. The neat thing about this spot is you can also get a great view of the Eiffel Tower, which will burst into a colorful fireworks display at the stroke of midnight.

The Sacre Coeur Cathedral plaza in Monmartre

The hill top views offered at this beautiful spot are perfect for New Years Eve because it offers a spectacular view of the Parisian skyline. You’re sure to catch any fireworks going on anywhere in Paris at this spot!

Dinner Cruises

Taking a cruise down the Seine River on New Years – that’s living! The Bateaux Parisiens or the Yachts de Paris boat companies both offer New Years Eve dinner cruises that include gorgeous night views of sights like the Notre Dame, Tuileries Gardens, and Concorde, gourmet dinners, musical entertainment, and champagne.

Lido

What better way to bring in the New Year while in Paris than at a cabaret? Lido offers classic Parisian cabaret and a special dinner and show on New Years Eve. Beware, it’s very expensive – $867 a head. But, the champagne, the show, the lobster, and the after party make it a worthwhile expense for some.

Clubs

Plenty of dancing in Paris on New Years! Check out some of these hotspots: Batofar, Nouveau Casino, La Fleche d’Or, The WAGG, REX Club, and Divan du Monde

~Be safe, and Happy New Years!~

 

 

 

Moulin Rouge: Where Cancan is Queen

The Moulin Rouge was established in 1889 during the height of what was Paris’ most unique periods of history. At the start of the industrial revolution an interesting thing happened in Paris – social boundaries were dropped and fun, exuberance, and frivolity were in abundance. This was a big change from the former uptightness of the classicism period. In the midst of this exciting era, the most famous cabaret the world will ever know opened its doors to anyone who wanted to come.

An extravagant and wild atmosphere that no one had seen before was offered at the Moulin Rouge – including the Cancan, made famous by the Moulin Rouge. The Cancan dancers here were like none the world had ever seen. Each night when the doors opened at 10pm a fleet of young girls entered stage and threw their legs high in the air in a wave of frills and black stockings. Some of the most famous Cancan dancers were Jane Avril and Yvette Guilbert, the latter of the two going on to become a famous fortune teller.

Today, you can still visit the Moulin Rouge in all its glory and catch an exciting burlesque show. You don’t need to wait until 10pm, though. You can make reservations for a meal and a show as early as 1pm. With a history as rich and exciting as the Moulin Rouge’s, and its traditions still being upheld, don’t leave Paris without experiencing it!