Where to Propose in Paris

Finding a romantic place to propose in Paris shouldn’t be that tricky; it’s probably more difficult to find an unromantic spot in the City of Love. As a city packed with art, history, culture, fashion, fabulous food and stunning scenery, you’ll be spoilt for choice if you’re looking for a proposal location.

Ideally you could just go with the flow, and wait until you happen upon an amazing vista, a tucked away architectural gem, or a vibrant street cafe that your girlfriend seems to love, and then just pop the question. However, for those of you who like to have a plan, or are worried you might end up just blurting out your proposal at the airline check-in desk, here are some suggestions for places to propose in Paris.

Iconic Proposal Locations

There are a number of monuments and iconic locations in Paris that can make memorable places to propose. The most obvious is perhaps the Eiffel Tower, and although it might not be that original there’s a good reason why so many people choose to pop the question at the top. In addition to the amazing view of Paris, the fantasy feeling of the Eiffel Tower makes for a fairytale proposal. The tower is open until 11pm every day, so an evening proposal is ideal, especially as the whole tower lights up every hour on the hour.

Other iconic locations in Paris include the top of the Arc de Triomphe, another monument with a spectacular view, especially in the direction of the famous Champs Élysées, and high up in the Notre Dame Cathedral, if the gargoyles don’t put you off. If you can get out of bed early enough the steps in front of the Sacré Coeur, the highest point in Paris, are the ideal place for a sunrise proposal.

Locations along the Seine

One of the elements that gives Paris its romantic character is the River Seine, which flows through the centre of it, defining certain areas such as the left bank, and the islands that can be found in the centre of it. There are plenty of bridges crossing the river, and these can be exceptionally romantic places to propose, especially the older pedestrian ones. Good choices include the Pont des Arts, which is often used as a movie set, and Pont Alexandre III, which is convenient for the Champs Élysées.

There’s no better way to see Paris that to actually take to the water, and there are plenty of companies offering cruises along the Seine. A dinner cruise can be a wonderful option and you can combine the sights of Paris with its fabulous cuisine. If you tell the driver or tour guide you are planning to propose they should be able to arrange a few private moments and a glass of champagne. If you’d rather stay on dry land to pop the question, but would like a romantic view of the Seine, nothing beats the quay area of the Île Saint-Louis, especially at sunset.

Proposal Locations Outside Paris

Most people won’t venture outside the capital if they only have a couple of days, but if you’re in Paris for a week and really want to make your proposal something different, there are several day trips you could consider. The palace at Versailles is a monument to luxurious decadence and the spectacular gardens are a fabulous place for a proposal, especially when the fountains are in full swing.

If your girlfriend is an art lover, Monet’s gardens at Giverny are simply beautiful. She’ll feel as if she’s inside a Monet painting as you ask her to marry you. For something completely different, why not visit the picturesque town of Épernay. After all where is better to propose than the birthplace of champagne. Tour the Möet and Chandon cellars and finish with a superb champagne dinner.

Where to Stay in Paris

Romantic hotels in Paris tend to fall into two broad categories, and the type that you choose will depend on your tastes as well as your budget. Many couple choose one of the superb small boutique hotels, tucked away in the quieter streets, and displaying stylish artistic interiors. If you have a little more to spend you could indulge in one of the classically luxurious hotels that Paris has to offer and make your girlfriend feel like a film star for a few days.

Modern Boutique Hotels in Paris

If you’re looking for a contemporary boutique hotel the Five Hotel is a modern masterpiece in a historic building in the Latin Quarter. It’s a small hotel, and each room has been individually designed to a particular concept.

Another great choice is a the arty Hôtel le A, set in a quiet street close to the Champs Élysées, whose nineteenth century facade hides a sleek modern, mostly white interior, that makes is the perfect location to display works of abstract art.

For many people the Île Saint-Louis is the most romantic part of Paris, and to be able to stay on the island is a real treat. The Hôtel du Jeu de Paune is another stylish boutique hotel with a sleek modern art inspired interior within a historic building.

Classically Luxurious Hotels in Paris

If you want the ultimate in luxury and service, the Four Seasons George V Hotel, located close to the Champs Élysées, is a very grand building, sympathetically restored and furnished. It has private terraces giving a fantastic view of Paris and the spa is well worth a visit.

Another luxurious option if you’re looking to splash out is the Paris Ritz, close to the Place de la Concorde. From the bar to the restaurants, the health club to the suites and rooms, the Ritz is steeped in an unmistakable old-world glamour.

Finally, the Hôtel de Crillon, the former residence of the Duc de Crillon, is a fabulous monument to classical Parisian style, and whether you choose a standard room, a suite, or an apartment, you are guaranteed complete indulgence. Relax in the winter garden, or retreat to your room to take advantage of your spectacular marble bathroom.

Where to Dine in Paris

There are plenty of top quality restaurants in Paris, but there are also a number of mediocre eateries with inflated priced catering mainly to tourists, so it pays to know some of the better choices.

If you’re looking for something unusual and spectacular, you will be spoilt for choice. The famous Ladurée restaurants are ideal if you want to be immersed in the Paris of yesteryear. Their atmosphere and fairytale interiors give a Marie Antoinette view of Paris and there are restaurants at rue Royale Paris VIII, rue Bonaparte Paris VI, and Le Printemps Boulevard Haussmann, as well as the Champs Élysées. For something completely different the Dame de Canton, a replica Chinese junk moored on the Seine, has a fabulous restaurant on the lower floor which still manages to be romantic despite the lively music from the upper levels.

For those looking for a cosy romantic choice that’s not too touristy, Le Pamphlet in the Marais district is a fabulous bistro where you can get top quality southwest inspired food for very reasonable prices, although you will have to reserve. Le Coupe Chou, near the Panthéon is also a great choice, just make sure you know where you are going as it is easily missed. For a restaurant nearer to the Eiffel Tower, check out the Café du Commerce which is spread over three floors and has a glass roof that opens in summer, as well as an excellent menu that is popular with locals.

If you’d prefer a historic location for dinner, try La Truffière, a very romantic 17th century candle lit restaurant near the Panthéon. As the name suggests it’s a must for truffle lovers. Au Boeuf Couronné, a nineteenth century restaurant close to Parc de la Villette in the north east of Paris is ideal for old style Parisian cuisine, especially the iconic steak frites. If you just want lunch or a light meal, try Le Baron Rouge, not far from Bastille, which has a great selection of wines, served with platters of cheese, charcuterie, pate, bread and oysters.

Other Romantic Activities in Paris

To make the most of the excitement of your proposal, make sure you have a few romantic activities up your sleeve to make your trip to Paris even more memorable. Great choices for typically Parisian activities include: