Seven great ideas for a romantic weekend in Paris
Date Posted: 23/03/12
Weekend breaks to Paris hotels are a great choice for a short holiday and are easily accessible, whether by train, plane or bus.
You’ll never be short of things to do in the French capital, but here are some suggestions for couples keen on making the most of their time in the city of love.
Gastronomic excellence at Restaurant Lasserre
No doubt you’ll be hungry after unpacking all your belongings for the weekend break, so why not make Restaurant Lasserre one of your first ports of call? This classy gastronomic eatery is one of the most renowned in France, and certainly reflects the historical glamour of the city centre.
The food on offer is described as a “bastion of French haute cuisine”. The head chef Christophe Moret uses his classical training to create traditional dishes with a contemporary twist. Try the grenadine of veal or the blue lobster and soak up the Parisian atmosphere with a glass of fine Bordeaux wine or Champagne.
A romantic stroll along the Champs-Elysees
After indulging yourself with some rich cuisine in the centre of the city, take a romantic stroll down the Les Champs-Elysees to see the Arc de Triomphe and work off those calories.
You won’t miss the stunning lines of horse chestnut trees and the grand Parisian architecture they shield from the busy traffic, but be sure to take a trip back during the day to sample the countless boutiques and shops selling authentic French wares.
The neoclassical Arc de Triomphe, which honours those who died during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, is impressive by day or night. But don’t miss out on a climb to the top of the monument to get an amazing view across Paris from the 50m-high terrace.
Eric Kayser’s artisan breakfast
Breakfast is not a priority for many Parisians. Most people make do with a croissant and a cup of coffee, waiting until lunch when the real eating begins. As such, a lot of cafes and restaurants do not open until later in the day.
The best plan if you are peckish in the morning is find a local patisserie to buy some artisan bread, croissants or pastries. One such place is Eric Kayser, which you’ll find all over the city.
Don’t let the fact this is a chain put you off either. The baguettes are considered among the best in the city and the flakey and subtle buttery flavour of their pastries is heavenly.
Rue de Passy - to shop or not to shop?
Paris is renowned for its shopping and there are numerous areas to accommodate for all budgets and tastes. Avenue des Champs-Elysees is the obvious, go-to shopping district but guests to the city would be foolish not to take a trip to Rue de Passy, which is much more renowned for its classical chic.
It is a narrow, one-way stretch that is full of boutique shops selling everything from shoes and clothes to furniture and house bric-a-brac. There are plenty of places to eat as well as a cinema if you’re in need of a break after trawling the shops.
Nightlife nearby the River Seine
There’s no better way to spend a Saturday night than on the dance floor of one of Paris’ many nightclubs. Batofar is one of the more novel Parisian nightspots, and takes the form of a red lighthouse ship that is anchored down in the River Seine.
The venue spins trance, house and techno tunes by the world’s biggest DJs until the sun comes up. Be warned though, Batofar can be very busy on the weekends, so make sure you turn up in good time to avoid a wait.
Latin Quarter hangover cure
One of Sunday lunch’s many purposes is to soak up a hangover, so when both of you finally manage to tear yourself out of your comfy hotel bed, why not head to one of Paris’ many bistros for a spot of lunch?
Christophe is one of the best options for hungry couples. It is a small restaurant hidden away in the Latin Quarter with just a few tables, one chef, aptly named Christophe, and a solitary waiter.
The chef, who apparently heralds from the Riveria, serves up simple yet delicious French food that has a touch of southern French charm.
Visitors recommend escargots in provencale butter and steak with potato puree, but there are plenty of other spectacular dishes on the menu for you to try.
Eiffel Tower - save the best until last
There’s no better way to conclude short breaks to Paris than with a romantic evening trip to the city’s most famed attraction, the Eiffel Tower.
The monument, which is the tallest structure in France, needs no introduction. Its view across the city’s blurred lights is so dazzling and romantic that they went some way to earn Paris its nickname: The City of Love.
Posted by Louise Millard
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