Paris is considered to be one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Also known as the City of Love, it has been the setting for many films, and lovers around the world visit in their thousands to stroll down its streets, picnic next to the Eiffel Tower, and cosy up in little cafés with a coffee or glass of wine.
There is always something new to see in Paris, so even if you’ve been there before with your partner, it can still be the perfect place to propose. There’s something for everyone, whether you want a private proposal or if you’re keen to drop to one knee in front of a crowd.
Here are three top tips for proposing in Paris that will make your partner feel like they’re in a film of their own.
The most well-known spot in Paris is definitely the Eiffel Tower, but proposing here takes a lot of courage, and a partner who is happy to be in the spotlight, as it’s almost impossible to visit without tourists, unless you choose early morning sunrise time.
If you’re looking for a public proposal that may be slightly less busy, then head to Montmartre. The Sacré Cœur is a towering white stone church that perches on the hill of Montmartre, where you can look down across the roofs of Paris in the shadow of this stunning building. Afterwards, head to one of the many small restaurants in the district to celebrate with a glass of champagne.
Of course, Paris also has many excellent hotels, that can guarantee you more privacy and control over the proposal. So if it’s a private venue you’re after, make sure to book in advance, and head out afterwards for a romantic stroll along the Seine or through one of the capital’s beautiful parks or gardens, unless you prefer to enjoy the hotel's spa with your new fiancée.
Whilst you can travel to Paris at any time of year, there are some seasons that are more conducive to romance. Whilst mist-like rain can be romantic, a full-blown downpour might ruin your proposal plans, so be sure to carefully consider the best times to travel to the city.
I would say that the best weather is between mid - March till end of October. Spring is beautiful with flowers everywhere. Summer can be quite hot, but chances you'll have a nice sunny day are high. Beginning of autumn is usually still warm, but not to hot. Christmas time is also a popular month for proposals, but you should be ready to brave the cold or wear warm outfits. Whilst February isn’t the driest month on the calendar, it can be beautiful too with the Valentine’s Day atmosphere.
You should also be careful not to plan your proposal around big events in the city, such as Paris Fashion Week, Paris Marathon and Half Marathon and other sport events that usually take place around the main sightseeing locations and lead to multiple areas and streets closures.
While some other events can make your visit of Paris even more special like the ‘Night of the Museums’ that Paris hosts each year, late spring or summer. If you’re keen to explore Paris after dark, then make sure you plan your trip accordingly. More than 100 museums and other spaces stay open late, and there are special concerts and film screenings. There is something magical about wandering around after dark.
The food found in Paris is arguably some of the best in the world, whether you want a Michelin-starred meal or simple local dishes. Continue the romance long after your proposal and make sure that you stock up on delicious chocolates, bread and pastries for your new fiancée for the day after, and luxuriate together over fresh coffee.
Paris is picturesque, so you should also make sure to get some photographs of you two celebrating your engagement to look back on in the future. A shot of their sparkly diamond ring in front of the Eiffel Tower is a must-have to mark the moment, and is the perfect memento for your Paris proposal.