She’s dreamed of this moment ever since she was a little girl… No pressure then!

Whisking her off for a romantic trip to Paris with a secret mission to propose couldn’t be a better solution, but where are the best places to propose in Paris?

For many, the classic spots, such as on top of the Eiffel Tower or the steps of Sacred Coeur, are the perfect place.

If you want to find a special, more unusual spot that you can return to year after year, here’s our top ten breathtaking fountains and parks that will make her (or his) eyes dazzle.

Created by Catherine de Medici in 1564 as a garden for the then Tuileries Palace, it became the place to be in the 19th Century: to promenade, to meet friends and family and bien sur, for secret lover’s rendez-vous.  As one of the oldest and celebrated gardens in France, it’s a central location that can’t be beat.

With beautiful fountains, large tree-lined alleys, incredible statues, the Jardin des Tuileries is a beautiful place to declare your love.  The only question is – which location do you pick?  If you have time you should scout it out beforehand all the better!  If you can’t get to Paris before the proposal, ask a local or someone to recommend one of their favorite spots.

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel de Louvre in Funny Face with Audrey Hepburn

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* French gardens (the style) can mean a lot of gravel great for strolling, whereas English gardens are more associated with grass. When you do have grass in Paris, it is often forbidden to sit on.  This particularly garden, however, allows people to sit on the grass so you can pick a perfect picnic spot around the hedges that make a labyrinth (to the right of the Grand Basin – see map).  It’s also one of the places where dog’s allowed so if she doesn’t like them, avoid this area.

*You definitely want to check for events on your chosen date – ask a local. During Paris Fashion Week, a multitude of designers occupy the area by setting up huge tents for their shows.  One must also keep in mind that Paris hosts Fête des Tuileries which is a huge amusement park that lasts for 2 months every summer.   You may not envision a bunch of screaming kids feeling sick from rides and too much cotton candy during your special moment!

Profess your love on the most romantic bridge in Paris

Even if you don’t know it, you’ve seen this bridge covering the pages of glossy fashion magazines. The Alexandre III bridge is without a doubt one of the most photographed places in Paris and for good reason! Her beauty speaks for itself. This breathtaking Beaux Arts style bridge is brought to life by the mythical statues of nymphs, cherubs, and winged horses.  

Fittingly, Adele choose here in Paris on the river to film her music video Someone Like You and Woody Allen encapsulated the awe-inspiring feeling with closing Midnight in Paris and a wonderful chance encounter in his last scene of Midnight in Paris. Follow in their footsteps and let the magic of this bridge be the wind beneath your wings – its so beautiful, it does most of the work for you.

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There’s traffic on the bridge so you definitely want to avoid rush hour.   Also, there’s a nightclub on either side of the bridge so very late at night you may have a few drunk partygoers that get in the way. If you have a team helping you (ie. photographer, etc..), then they can keep external elements from getting in the way and you can concentrate on your job!!

This is the place where a lot of people pass by every day and like to share special (or funny) moments with friends or family.

The quais de la Seine also offers a romantic atmosphere and the peacefulness for lovers to steal a moment to themselves with the most remarkable views over Paris.

Here you can find all the things you want to make your partner fall in love! A hotel (the glamorous Ritz), a restaurant, high-end shopping (Chanel and Dior boutiques), etc is right on the premises!

It is one of the most beautiful places in the center of Paris that is located super close to the famous rue de Rivoli.

Situated in the 8th district of Paris, le Parc Monceau is a quiet and pretty park for a romantic stroll.  This magnificent place contains beautiful statues, greenery, architecture from the epoch of the rebirth, and the museum of Cernusch. An ideal and unique place to propose in Paris since it looks like a set straight out of a love story.

Situated in the garden of the Square Jehan Rictus Place des Abbesses in Montmartre, the lover’s wall is a meeting place for lovers and a whimsical spot to propose in Paris. The wall has over 311 declarations in 250 different languages written on it.

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In order to stand out from the crowd, some couples wait for the month of September in order to declare their love in an unusual and fun fashion. In tribute to the famous song by George Brassens, lovers can declare their passion before the major and the public, during a non-proposal ceremony that takes place every year during the Montmartre grape harvest. ‘I have the honour not to call you my wife…’ The ceremony concludes in front of the ‘Je t’aime’ mural at the Square Jehan Rictus. What a way to not propose in Paris… Registrations via the town hall of the 18th arrondissement : +33 (0) 1 53 41 17 82 or dominique.lemoine@paris.fr

Hidden by houses and plants, Place Dauphine is a romantic and almost secret place of lovers. An idyllic place to propose in Paris.

The Saint Sulpice church is one of the biggest churches in Paris. A calm and peaceful spot for lovebirds and the holiest place to propose in Paris.

These gardens

Medici fountain

Romy Schneider Jardins du Luxembourg
Romy Schneider in the film Romy in the gardens

 Make your proposal in Paris a memorable one!

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*The Parisians have this brilliant expression we love:
‘Don’t ever tie your shoe in Paris’!

Paris is associated with the City of Love. There couldn’t be a better place to propose… If that is the plan! 😉

Accidentally Engaged film