Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and that already is one reason why it is also called the city of love. However, plenty of other things capture the love and magic of this city, making it a dream destination for a lot of people and a place to keep coming back to for many others. If you want to know why, here are 15 of the many reasons why Paris is the city of love.
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- 15 Reasons Why Paris Is The City Of Love
- 1. The Eiffel Tower is a popular proposal spot
- 2. Love declaration in different languages at Le Mur Des Je T’aime
- 3. The Banks of the Seine Inspires Romance
- 4. There’s love everywhere in the streets of Montmartre
- 5. There’s a vineyard right in the heart of Montmartre
- 6. There’s a museum dedicated to romantic life
- 7. It is home to the Palais Garnier, which inspired the Phantom of the Opera
- 8. The Temple de la Sybille in Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
- 9. The Intimacy of Parisian Bistros
- 10. Fall in love with the arts at the Louvre
- 11. The seductive atmosphere in Patisseries
- 12. The French language is mesmerizing
- 13. Paris is romantic even on the big screen
- 14. Paris is perfect for proposals
- 15. The Love Lock Bridge is an iconic symbol of romance in Paris
15 Reasons Why Paris Is The City Of Love
1. The Eiffel Tower is a popular proposal spot
Some may say that this iconic tower is such a Parisian cliché, but nothing compares to the enduring romance of this landmark. Whether you have a perfect view of the tower from the window of your hotel room or from nearby gardens, at sunrise or sunset, and in any season – the Eiffel Tower is always a magical sight to behold.
It is the quintessential “lovers in Paris” photo op, a must-visit for couples, and a favorite site for proposals, weddings, and honeymoon dates.
2. Love declaration in different languages at Le Mur Des Je T’aime
How about seeing the words “I love you” in 250 languages in a wall by a romantic garden? Paris has one, and no matter how simple, this is another reason why it is called the city of love.
Located in Square Jehan Rictus Place des Abbesses in Montmartre, Le Mur Des Je T’aime was created by Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito.
It is a monument dedicated to love, to lovers and to the lovers of love, a simple yet powerful declaration meant to be understood by every lover who sees it
3. The Banks of the Seine Inspires Romance
The banks of the Seine are a simple yet romantic testament to the city’s love for love. This is also among the most romantic parts of Paris, which has also inspired the works of artists such as Derain, Monet, and Van Gogh.
It is one of the most popular walks for lovers which starts at the Pont des Arts, then passes the Louvre then finishes at the Notre-Dame Cathedral. If you’re with a significant other, go and sneak kisses in between.
4. There’s love everywhere in the streets of Montmartre
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Made popular by the films Moulin Rouge and Amelie, the beautiful Montmartre neighborhood that’s perfect for an early morning or evening stroll.
Hold hands with your loved one and get lost in its winding streets. Stop by cute shops, galleries, and quaint cafes.
Montmartre also offers some of the best views over Paris, and in itself is one of the many reasons why Paris is the city of love.
5. There’s a vineyard right in the heart of Montmartre
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Who would have thought that Paris keeps a vineyard in one of its most romantic neighborhoods?
Located at the corner of rue Saint-Vincent and rue des Saules in the 18th district in Montmartre, the closed-to-the-public space produces 800 to 1,000 bottles of wine every year.
Book a tour at Clos Montmartre and explore the place that makes something that’s good for the heart.
Apart from learning more about the art and love that goes into making good wine, you’d even get to taste some mid-tour.
6. There’s a museum dedicated to romantic life
In keeping with the city’s penchant for all things beautiful and inspiring, the Musée de la vie Romantique (Museum of romantic life) is situated at the foot of Montmartre hill. It is in an 1830’s townhouse, that also features a courtyard, garden, and greenhouse.
It is the perfect little sanctuary for lovers who wanted a quieter, more relaxed date sans the crowd and city hustle.
Check out the permanent collections that celebrate love and romance in drawings, paintings, jewelry, photography, and literature.
7. It is home to the Palais Garnier, which inspired the Phantom of the Opera
A stunning building even from afar, the Palais Garnier speaks of beauty, love, and elegance in every detail.
Built from 1861 to 1875 and designed by Charles Garnier, this opera house features grand and intricate details – from the lavishly styled foyer to the grand staircase the beautiful theatre to all the art adorning the walls and ceilings.
The Palais Garnier also has underground tunnels and a lake, which is said to have inspired the love story in The Phantom of the Opera.
8. The Temple de la Sybille in Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
Located on top of a small island in Buttes-Chaumont Park, Temple de la Sybille is also known as the Temple of Love.
Built in 1778, a hike to this Roman-style monument offers stunning views of Paris, the city of love.
Couples from all over the world visit this place not just for the views but also for the romantic boat ride that’s a favorite among honeymooners and those renewing their views.
Temple de la Sybille is also among the best places to kiss in Paris. Legend says that kissing at the center of the temple strengthens a couple’s love.
9. The Intimacy of Parisian Bistros
The quiet and sensual atmosphere of most Parisian bistros makes it the perfect setting for late afternoon or evening dates.
The interiors are usually in hues of red, said to be the color of love and passion. Most tables in Parisian bistros are also good for two.
The intimacy of this setting is quite inviting, along with the allure of irresistible French cuisine and fine wine.
10. Fall in love with the arts at the Louvre
As the world’s largest and most beautiful museum, perhaps all the other reasons why Paris is the city of love is in the Louvre.
Housing a stunning collection of art and antiquities, a walk along its halls and galleries make for a romantic date any time of the day.
This baroque style museum and palace also has an adjacent garden and is located along the banks of the Seine. Visit in the evening when it’s less crowded and calm, and you can see the artworks up close.
11. The seductive atmosphere in Patisseries
One of the best things about Paris and France, in general, is the food.
In Paris, baked goods are among the best things to eat and one can’t possibly resist stopping by a patisserie. The usual pastel interiors are inviting, while the smell of vanilla and caramel is quite seductive.
The Parisian patisseries are said to be one of the most sensual places in the city, and definitely one of the reasons why Paris is the city of love.
How about a pastry tour or chocolate tour of Paris with your loved one. That’s easily a fun thing to do while in Paris that no one can say No to.
12. The French language is mesmerizing
From the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes, Paris truly a sensory experience. Not to be forgotten as one of the reasons why Paris is the city of love is the French language.
There is just something about Francais that every phrase sounds like a subtle declaration of love.
Often regarded as the romantic language of the world, French is a very expressive language.
People who speak French often showcase a variety of facial expressions and hand gestures when they talk. This makes Francais an art form in itself, something you’ll love hearing over and over.
13. Paris is romantic even on the big screen
Many romantic movies have filmed in Paris and have captured the beauty and romance of the city.
Most of these movies either shot certain scenes or were entirely set in Paris. The city is indeed romantic even on the big screen, which is why Paris is indeed the city of love. One of the best things to do in Paris is to visit places that were prominently featured in films.
Some of the most notable films set in Paris are Amelie, Before Sunrise, Funny Face, Midnight in Paris, Moulin Rouge, and Paris I Love You (Paris Je T’Aime) which was a collection of 20 short films to represent the 20 arrondissements of Paris. It is also the setting for the latest Netflix series Emily In Paris.
14. Paris is perfect for proposals
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Visitors from all over the world come to Paris as a getaway with their partner, to celebrate anniversaries or renew vows, as their honeymoon vacation, and as a place to try and start a life together with the one they love.
Paris and proposals may seem cliché, but people still go to Paris to plan that perfect proposal because the city just never loses its magic.
The fact that people consider Paris as among the best cities for a proposal is one of the top reasons why Paris is the city of love.
Some of the best places to propose in Paris are Arc de Triomphe at sunset, Champ de Mars at night with the lit-up Eiffel Tower in the background, and a cruise along the Seine River at night.
15. The Love Lock Bridge is an iconic symbol of romance in Paris
Famously known as “the love lock bridge in Paris”, Le Pont des Arts remains to be one of the most famous bridges of Paris even if you will no longer find love locks here.
This picturesque bridge was constructed in 1801 and connects the Institut de France and the central square (cour carrée) of the Louvre.
For years, it was the bridge where lovers attached locks to the railings until it was stopped in 2014.
There were hundreds of thousands of locks in the bridge which became increasingly dangerous to the structure. The city mayor encouraged couples to instead take selfies while in the bridge instead of locks.
In 2015, the old railings with locks were replaced with glass panels. These glass panels were then covered with cute and colorful art done by popular street artists.
Hi, I’m Christine – a full-time traveler and career woman. Although I’m from the Philippines, my location independent career took me to over 40 countries for the past 8 years. I also lived in 3 continents – from the Caribbean, South East Asia to Africa. France remains special to me, however. From architecture, history, and arts – France is truly an amazing place.