What better time to be in love in Paris than the Springtime? With longer days and lighter spirits having shrugged off the gloom of winter, love easily floats in l’air parisien. Here are some ways to further accentuate this and enjoy the season with a blossoming or a well-established romance.
Sowing the Seeds of Love in a Secret Garden
Gardens are of course the perfect place for sowing the seeds of amour. One of the city-center’s best secret gardens is the Jardin Saint-Gilles Grand Veneur, lost in the Marais, off of rue Hesse (between Turenne and Bd Beaumarchais). Pick up a treat at the nearby marvelous Gerard Mulot bakery and surprise your sweetheart with this tranquil verdant paradise. Sitting on one of its benches à deux under the terribly romantic rose trellises, it’ll be hard to know who or what is more irresistible… the atmosphere, your treat… or your date?
Another favorite with roses is the small Jardin des Abbesses located on the tiny passage off this main street in Montmartre. It’s practically linked to the Love Wall at Abbesses… minus the tourists. Here too you can stop in at a delicious bakery for a sensual snack first, this time Le Coquelicot right at the corner of the passage or a little further down Abbesses at this year’s winner of the Best Baguette of Paris, Le Grenier à Pain.
La Vie en Rosé with your Chéri/e
With the warmer weather, the tint of our glasses usually lightens to pink, announcing the arrival of rosé season. The average glass offered by many bars around the city can be often mediocre at best, so why not be selective and pucker up your date’s palate (and possibly lips) by picking up a high quality rosé at Barav or Le Verre Volé and find a spot along the Canal Saint-Martin to savor your drink of the gods at your pace with your amoureux, or if you’re near the Seine, pop into the Garde Robe or fancy up the night with some pink bubbles from Dilettantes – la Maison du Champagne.
Or if you’re looking for a table across from which you can gaze at your lover and not hundreds of other visages on the popular Parisian terraces, pull up a chaise at one of these discreet romantic hideaways. If you don’t want to climb all the way up the peaks of Montmartre to the newly designed Le Très Particulier, try the not-so-far cozy closed-in terrace in the Hotel Eldorado’s Le Bistrot des Dames.
Your house or mine? A wander through the Villa streets
It’s true, most Parisians live in apartment buildings, their beige facades and slate rooftops packed on next to each other. However, little pockets of the city have quaint village-like villa streets. These often date from the end of the 19th century or first few decades of the 20th in a Anglo-Norman style. A nice cluster can be found in the 19th arrondissement of Paris off of Rue de Mouzaïa and rue du Général Brunet. After you’ve ambled through these cobbled lanes picking out your favorite villas, you can drift a little further to the Buttes-Chaumont Park to continue your stroll.
Or how about a castle, practically to yourself? Le Château de Malmaison
French castles are perfect for a little romancing, however, it’s not very romantic shuffling along the crowded corridors of Versailles, so take your sweetheart out to one of lesser-visited chateaux of Ile de France. The Chateau de Malmaison (article picture) is the ideal choice as it was the setting of one of France’s greatest love stories, between Josephine and Napoleon Bonaparte. A visit to the interior will shed some light on these two historic figures while a meander through the lush gardens will allow you a quiet moment with your chéri/e.