Five ways to honeymoon in Paris like a pro
12 Oct 2017
Ensure your Paris honeymoon is as enchanting as can be with these top five things to do in the city of romance
Words: Emma Krieger
For honeymooners who may already have ticked Paris off their travel list some time ago, but are heading back as newlyweds, eschew the classic Parisian itinerary – Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Montmartre – and take your exploration of the city to the next level.
Explore the city’s most eclectic arrondissement
Forgo the typical tourist hotspots, make like a local and head to the historic district of Le Marais.
Parisians have long been trying to keep the third and fourth arrondissements on the DL, but savvy travellers know its mix of the city’s best patisseries and boulangeries, trendy boutiques and notable landmarks make it one of the best places to experience the real Paris.
Not only does Marais boast Paris' famed modern art gallery, Centre Pompidou, and the city’s oldest market, Marché des Enfants Rouges, its network of narrow streets and hidden courtyards lends it an old-world charm that will provide the perfect backdrop to your first holiday as newlyweds.
Take a stroll along the famed Seine River
If you’re coming from Marais, take a right at Hôtel de Ville (if you happen to be honeymooning in winter you’ll spy ice skaters carving up the temporary rink outside the town hall) and follow the path along the city’s majestic river.
If you head towards Pont de Bir-Hakeim, the 3.4-mile stretch will allow you to take in most of Paris’ main icons. Stroll past the infamous Pont des Arts, dubbed the 'love lock bridge' before the city removed years worth of padlocks festooned to the bridge by loved-up couples, Notre-Dame Cathedral (you can take a quick detour here to the Left Bank and stop for a coffee at the Shakespeare and Company Café), the Tuileries Gardens, Les Invalides and of course, the Eiffel Tower.
Stay at the city’s most romantic hotel
On the doorstep of Place des Vosges – Paris’ oldest, and perhaps most beautiful squares – Le Pavillon de la Reine provides a quiet oasis away from the clamour of the city’s epicentre.
Tucked within an ivy-clad, cobblestone courtyard, the luxury 17th-century hotel boasts romantically decorated and well-appointed rooms, a spa and wellness centre, and a comfortable lounge bar where you can grab a truly superb breakfast each morning, or indulge in one last nightcap before bed.
A stone’s throw from Victor Hugo’s apartment (he of Les Misérables fame), a five-minute walk from Place de la Bastille and a similarly short stroll to Canal Saint-Martin, the area surrounding the hotel is steeped in the city’s rich history.
Hop aboard the Grande Roue de Paris
Nothing spells romance like a whirl on a Ferris wheel. The Roue de Paris is erected at the Place de la Concorde end of the Tuileries Gardens. Take in the sweeping views down the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe and the entire city skyline as you and your beloved steal a sneaky kiss at the top of the wheel.
Learn how to make macarons like a world-class pastry chef
While a trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete without stopping in to pick up a pastel coloured box of macarons from Ladurée, take your experience of the meringue-based confection up a notch and learn how to make them yourself.
Cook'n With Class in Montmartre offers hands-on macaron and dessert classes with experienced pastry chefs. You’ll discover just how labour-intensive these delicate creations are, and after three hours of mixing and piping batter and icing, will take home a generous box filled with your efforts.