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Article by Lily Heise from Je T’Aime, Me Neither for «The Tourist in Paris». More on Lily’s page.

With this amazing summer weather Parisians are flocking outdoors, making it virtually impossible to get a seat en terrasse or your own little patch of grass en jardin.

Lovers looking for a little private romancing can escape the masses and still savor the season with one of these offbeat ideas.

Cruising Tout Seul

Canal de l'ourcq in east paris, by the tourist in paris

Want to cruise the waters or enjoy the canals without sharing? Now you don’t have to. For a very reasonable price you can rent your own boat through Marin d’Eau Douce. Located at the Bassin de la Villette on the Canal d’Ourcq, they have a small fleet of little boats which don’t require a boating license, rentable for 1 – 6 hours and starting from 40 euros. They can even prepare a small picnic hamper, making for an original, easy and fun date. Book here.

Exotic Culture and Secret Gardens

Jardin zen Paris, by The Tourist in Paris

If you can’t have an exotic holiday this summer, travel far and wide at the Musée Guimet, home to an excellent collection of Asian art. It’s never crowded, providing a refreshing alternative to the mass-filled major museums of the capital. Plus you can step into the East in the secret Japanese garden of the Panthéon Bouddhique, located behind the museum, where you can have a zen moment of tranquility cozied up on a bench with your chéri/e.

SnooZZZing on les Berges

As much as Les Berges is fantastic, it’s a victim of its own success and can be totally packed in the nice weather. However, you can evade the crowds by booking a ZZZ. These cool little pods, resembling shipping containers with large windows and greenery, can be reserved for free for 1.5 hours on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Enjoy a picnic on your private porch or snuggle up inside for a private siesta. Also, here’s a floating park to take a nap on the banks!

> Read also our exclusive tips for lovers on the Left Banks during warm ad sunny days this summer

Hidden Pockets of Montmartre

Allée des Brouillards, by the tourist in paris

The romance of one of the loveliest areas of Paris can be lost amongst the sea of tourists around Sacre Coeur, however, you can regain it hiding out in one of these quieter pockets of la Butte. Just behind busy Place du Tertre between Chez Plumeau and the Dali Museum, you’ll find the quaint Place du Calvaire where you can nestle together on the little wall or steps. Another tucked away place is along the Allée des Brouillards, just behind Place Dalida. One of the cutest little streets and staircases is just off of rue des Abbesses on rue André Antoine, the tiny lane filled with flowers makes for the perfect place to steal a kiss.

> A romantic lunch near by? Marcel is a can’t-miss!

Seductive Squares

Square des Batignolles, by the tourist in paris

As much as the large famous parks and jardins of the city are phenomenally beautiful, in summer it’s hard to even find a free bench, let alone a little privacy. Instead track down of the dozens of neighborbood squares spread across the city. Smaller than the big parks, they are ideal for lazily cuddling on a bench, under a tree or taking in impromptu mini concerts. Try the Square des Batignolles in the 17th, the Square Clignancourt in the 18th near Jules Joffrin or the hidden Square Colbert (159 rue de Charonne) in the 11th.

>Looking for a romantic garden for a drink or a bite next to Square des Batignolles? Try the secret garden of the Bistrot des Dames.
>Looking for a great new place for a beer or a bite next to Square Clignancourt? Head to tasty Iberian and local beer venue El Tast
>Looking for a cute restaurant for dinner next to Square Colbert? Paris Hanoi is one of Paris best thai restaurant

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Where: Marin d'Eau Douce, Quai de la Seine, Paris, France
Metro: Stalingrad (Lines 2 & 5)