Paris, France

Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) is the main airport used to reach Paris. It is roughly 14 miles and about a half hour by taxi from Paris’ city center. Paris is also easily accessible by train to Gare du Nord. The Paris Metro system provides easy access within the city to all major attractions, so renting a car is not necessary. Navigating the metro is simple and affordable. Taxis are occasionally able to be hailed on the street but come within minutes when you call.

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You adore fine dining, culture and endless romance.

About Paris

Who could ask for a better honeymoon destination than Paris, “The City of Love?” We happen to agree with Audrey Hepburn when she said, “Paris is always a good idea.” Its iconic monuments like the Eiffel Tower, museums like the Louvre and landmarks like the Notre Dame Cathedral are certain to dazzle visitors. However, even more spectacular than the sights is Paris’ rich culture found in its charming boulevards, cozy cafes and bustling bistros. This grand city boasts an indescribable “je ne sais quoi” that is sure to inspire an incredibly romantic honeymoon. The most popular time to visit Paris is in the spring (April-May) and fall (September-October) because of the ideal weather.

WHAT TO DO AND WHERE TO STAY ON YOUR HONEYMOON IN PARIS

Take away the luxe hotels, incredible shopping, and mind-blowing art, and Paris would still be the most romantic honeymoon spot. Here, our guide on where to sleep, what to see, and how to spoil yourselves in the City of Light.

What’s not to love about a honeymoon in Paris? There’s the obvious stuff—art museums, palaces, and incredible red wine (red wine, we might add, that never brings on a hangover). The less obvious? As a couple on vacation in a major city, you somehow feel zero pressure to see it all. Maybe it’s the relaxed French lifestyle (this is the land of leisurely lunching, after all), or maybe it’s the fact that it’s totally normal to just get lost there, wandering the cobblestone streets.

Paris offers endless sightseeing opportunities for every taste. If it’s your first time, there are several iconic sites that you absolutely must visit. Topping this list are museums like The Louvre (home to the Mona Lisa) and Musee D’Orsay, as well as landmarks like the Notre Dame Cathedral, L’Arc de Triomphe, Sacre Coeur and Palais Garnier (the Paris Opera House).

But the true magic of Paris lies in experiencing some of its local favorites and lesser-known gems. If you want to take the guesswork out of finding the local hotspots, 1 Day in Paris will put together a perfectly tailored itinerary that will fit your specific tastes. Unlike most companies with predictable itineraries, their mission is to introduce visitors to the real Paris — the Paris that you usually only experience after you’ve lived there.

Here, our picks for exploring the City of Light, no matter the season.

  • Stay: Shangri-La – Bed down at this quietly luxurious hotel—once the “home” of Napoleon’s grandnephew—and the Eiffel Tower will literally be in your backyard. More than half of the sleek, Asian-inspired rooms come with heart-stopping views. (The Instagram possibilities are endless.) We’re obsessed with the gracious staff, the in-room amenities (whoever left the hair ties in the bathroom vanity is a genius), and the pool. Yes, you heard right. There’s an Olympic-size pool, perfect for working off last night’s extra helping of butter.
  • Stay: Pavillon de la Reine – The Left Bank’s Marais district is ground zero for the fashionable crowd—artists, writers, hipsters, even Gisele Bündchen when she’s in town. This discreet, 55-room gem—set right across from where Les Misérables author Victor Hugo once lived—feels more like a friend’s chic city home, with a lovely courtyard, library, and honesty bar, where guests can help themselves to pours of Bourdeaux. Rooms from $450
  • Stay: Hotel Thoumieux – If you like your boutique hotels with a dash of whimsy (think bold floral wallpaper and leopard-print throws on the bed), this 15-room spot will be your happy place. Designer India Mahdavi’s colorful palette makes up for the cozy digs. (Paris hotel rooms are notoriously teeny.) Add to that two impossibly chic restaurants and a brilliant location (steps from the Eiffel Tower and the Musée D’Orsay) and it’s all golden. Rooms from $257
  • Stay: Four Seasons Hotel George V – Last but not least, our final hotel choice for honeymooners looking for luxury is the exquisite Art Deco masterpiece that is the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris. This lavish property offers over-the-top, palatial-style decor and is conveniently located near the Champs-Elysees. Its floral arrangements are simply breathtaking.
  • Eat: Benoit – A worthy splurge—both for your wallet and your waistline—Alain Ducasse’s warm, casual bistro feels like the French restaurant of your dreams: Tight tables set off by red-leather banquettes, crisp service (they’re brusque in a good way), and decadent portions of savory cassoulet, sweetbreads with truffle jus, and garlicky escargots—the good stuff.
  • Eat: Astier – This intimate, red-and-white checker-cloth bistro turns out classic French fare—think escargots wrapped in a decadent puff pastry, rabbit terrine—at wallet-friendly prices: $50 per person, for an app, main course, dessert, and cheese course. And oh, the cheese: You’ll have your pick of 15 yummy hunks from Maitre Affineur Anthès (the supplier of the Ritz) brought out on a towering plate. We loved the grassy Tomme de Savoie and the creamy Brillat de Savarin, sourced from Normandy. Dinner for two from $100
  • Eat: Un Dimanche a Paris – Chocolate lovers can’t miss a trip to Un Dimanche a Paris a chocolate shop, tea salon and restaurant. Not only are the pastries delicious and unique but every dish in the restaurant incorporates cocoa in an inventive yet subtle way.
  • Drink: Le Bar du Bristol – If you’ve seen Midnight in Paris, you’ll recognize this old-school hotel, set on the shopper’s paradise that is the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. (Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams stayed in the Bristol’s “honeymoon” suite.) Starchitect Pierre-Yves Rochon styled the new bar—think extravagant tapestries, a parquet floor made of Versailles oak, and a mod TV showing street scenes of Paris. You’ll see a fashion-forward crowd coming in for killer cocktails and tapas, and a DJ that spins until 1:30 a.m.
  • Shop: Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré – When celebs like Kim Kardashian, Kanye, and J. Lo come to Paris, they make a beeline for this street in the tony 8th. It’s home to every high-end brand—Hermès, Saint Laurent, Erès, Cartier—under the sun. Worth a visit, even if you’re just window-shopping—then pop into the Bristol Bar for a splurge.
  • For night owls:
    Check out the hip bars and restaurants on Rue de Montorgueil. We loved Marie Stuart! This narrow restaurant is lively and perfect for those looking to party. Another fun area to check out is Odeon. Simply wander the streets until you find a bar to your liking. They’re all fabulous.

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