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 in Paris to propose?
For many, the classic spots are a great place to propose, such as on top of the Eiffel Tower or the steps of Sacred Coeur.
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.
1. Le jardin des Tuileries
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
Tips to bear in mind:
* 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!
2. Le Pont Alexandre III
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.
Tip: 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!!
Profess your love on the most romantic bridge in Paris
3. Le Palais Royal and the Gardens
Le Palais Royal is an historical monument since long years and where, today, people like to spend time there in both winter and summer. With the large garden and bassin, lovers like to make an appointment and enjoy this place. The black and white pillar make this place unique and can be THE original place to propose.
4. Les quais de Seine
This is the place where lot of people pass by everyday 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…
5. La place Vendôme
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 in 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 Ravoli.
6. Le Parc Monceau
Situated in the 8th district of Paris, le Parc Monceau is a calm and pretty park where you can stroll with your lover. This magnificent place contains beautiful statues, vegetation, architecture from the epoch of the rebirth, and the museum of Cernusch. This is a spot that surely screams original since it looks like a set straight out of a love story.
7. Le Mur des Je T’aime – Lover’s Wall
Situate on the garden of the Square Jehan Rictus Place des Abbesses in Montmartre, and with over 311 written declarations in 250 different languages, the lover’s wall is a meeting place for lovers, and where people share the love …
8. La Place Dauphine
Hide by houses and vegetation, Place Dauphine is a romantic and almost secret place of lovers in Paris, it can be a good place to propose …
9. L’Eglise Saint Sulpice
The Saint Sulpice church is one of the biggest church of Paris, it is a place to visit in couple to feel the calm and peace on this place.
10. Le jardins du Luxembourg
Like the Jardin des Tuileries, the Palais Royal and the Jardin du Luxembourg is a big garden very flowers and where couple like to parade around the alley of the park and in this garden.
Make your proposal a memorable one!
Just in Case
*The Parisians have this brilliant expression we love: ‘Don’t ever tie your shoe in Paris’! …because Paris is associated with the City of Love there couldn’t be a better place to propose…if that is the plan!!!!