Paris, known as the city of lights and love, is certainly the champ when it comes to romantic spots. Yet the city is also hectic, bursting with tourists, and some even find it grimy. Where, in all of this, should we look for the romance?

Romantic view of Paris, the river Seine

Champ de Mars, in front of the Eiffel Tower, is location №1 for a romantic picnic. But can you brush-off the street vendors, who keep dangling chains of shiny Eiffel Tower souvenirs under your nose?

Street vendor selling souvenirs in Paris

Perhaps it seems like climbing to the top of the Notre Dame Cathedral would be just like becoming a character from a Victor Hugo novel. Just make sure that you can handle the neon-waring organized groups of tourists, who race to bury their elbows in your ribs, as you struggle to take a gargoyle selfie.

Notre Dame Gargoyle, watching over Paris

The Sacré-Cœur Basilica and the artistic streets of Montmartre are famous for their poetic charm. But can you run faster that the street artists, who will chase you down the cobblestones armed with pencils and paper? And if you are not in the market for trinkets, you better be able to outwit the hordes of boys, who’ll do anything to sell you a bracelet. 

Street vendors in Paris, Montmartre, Sacre Coeur

The city is, indeed, full of magic, clichés, and trying commerce. It seems to me that, without even realizing it, I had a certain expectation of the Parisian romance. Perhaps I imagined that the moment you set foot on Parisian land, you’d be pouring hot water over your plastic bowl of instant romance, as it inflates, ready for consumption. But pre-cooked and packaged in plastic is not a part of the Parisian spirit, especially when it comes to romance.

The magic of Paris is not a lie. However, just like anywhere else in the world, Paris is as beautiful, enchanting, and romantic, as you make it yourself! 

What do you think is the most romantic spot in the world? 

Couple holding hands