Experience the City of Love: Romantic Places in Paris

Paris is well-renowned as “The City of Love” and, even if you’re on a budget, it’s not hard to plan a romantic getaway. Any of the excellent central hostels in Paris will provide a perfect base from which to discover the huge range of romantic attractions. Here are just a few ideas – several of which are entirely free.

Pont Des Arts

Locking a padlock to the Pont Des Arts and throwing the key into the river below to symbolise enduring love is the classic romantic act – even though the authorities are not too keen on it these days. It may be a cliché, but it’s a must-do activity for couples. Even if you don’t lock a padlock to the bridge, you will still find it a very romantic spot. Within easy reach of the central hostels in Paris, take a wander here to enjoy views of the Notre Dame and the Île de la Cité while being serenaded by a busking street musician.


This hill in the northern part of the city used to be the centre of the bohemian scene when it became home to artists including Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and many others. It may not have the same bohemian vibe as a century ago, but it is still a beautiful and very romantic place to visit. You can literally spend hours simply strolling through the winding streets and enjoying the stunning views over the city.

The Eiffel Tower

Heading to the top of the Eiffel Tower is a classic romantic activity, so if you are planning one big splurge of cash on a break in one of the hostels in Paris, this should be it! Take your trip after dark to enjoy spectacular views over the city, and you can even book a table in the restaurant for the ultimate romantic dinner if you really fancy breaking the bank.

Cruise the Seine

As far as romantic activities go, an evening cruise on the Seine comes very close to perfection. This is the ideal way to see a very different view of so many of the city’s icons and if you choose to simply take a cruise rather than dinner as well, the cost is very reasonable.

Palais Garnier

This famous opera house is the setting of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, and is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful theatres in the world. If you can get hold of ticket for a performance during your time here, it will be the ultimate romantic treat.

Discover Romance on a Budget

This is a wonderful and inspiring city for any type of traveller, but if romance is on your mind and budget is a consideration it is absolutely perfect. The above places are just the start when it comes to romantic sites, and there are so many more options – many of which are free or very reasonable. Some of the best ways to enjoy the city involve simply strolling the streets, talking in the sights, sitting in a café and watching the world go by. If you book a stay in one of the well-facilitated hostels in Paris, your romantic break will be off to the best start possible.

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