The Honeymooner's Guide to Paris
There's nothing like strolling the cobblestone streets of Paris with your new spouse while on your honeymoon. Lined with cafés, museums, and fashion-capital-grade shops, there's an endless amount of things to do on any given street. Which means, if you didn't plan your days out ahead of time, you might feel overwhelmed trying to do and see it all. That's where we come in. We've put together a list of local haunts, hotels, and day-trips to fill your honeymoon with the very best that Paris has to offer.
Call a luxe hotel in the First Arrondissement home for a week, then venture out by day to eat your way through the most esteemed eateries in the city—don't worry, we've included a top-notch coffee shop to get you going first. Visit a sprawling French château that rival Versailles, then shop for porcelain and ceramic pots in crazy-cool four-story store. At night, sip on bespoke cocktails at recipe-free bars—just tell your bartender your favorite spirits and flavors, and let him go to town. Don't forget that you'll probably want to bring along an extra suitcase. With next-level department store shopping and unique fashion shops for him and her, you'll like come back with "vetements" you'll love for a lifetime.
Of course, your Parisian honeymoon isn't just about exploring the city—it's about making your first memories as a married couple. What better place to start than in the City of Love, filled with romantic nooks and crannies basically designed for lovers. Whether you hit all of our recommendations or just a few, you're sure to leave Paris more in love with each other—and more in love with a place than ever before.
Where to Stay: Hôtel National des Arts et Métiers
This new property on the edge of the Marais, a trendy Right Bank district, has 70 sharply appointed rooms with an emphasis on raw, natural materials and made-to-measure furnishings. Have a drink on the rooftop for unmatched views. From $200 per night.
Where to Stay: Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel
After a four-year renovation, the historic 124-room hotel facing the Place de la Concorde is grander than ever. It's got a new sky-lit pool, a spa, and sumptuous updated suites. From $1,315 per night.
Where to Stay: Le Roch Hôtel & Spa
There's finally a luxe place to bed down in the First Arrondissement, thanks to this Sarah Lavoine-designed spot. The of-the-minute restaurant is a place to be seen, but guests can slip into anonymity in the spacious rooms (the smallest is 237 square feet, well above average for Paris). From $355 per night.
Where to Stay: Hôtel Eiffel Blomet
The art-deco property strikes a winning balance between convenience—easy access to the Eiffel Tower and legendary cabaret Bal Blomet—and sleek design. From $260 per night.
Where to Eat: La Fontaine de Belleville
For breakfast, head to this local eatery "for the beautifully roasted coffee, zen vibe, and sun-soaked terrace seating," said Amélie Viaene, an award-winning jewelry designer.
Where to Eat: Les Grands Verres
Set inside the Palais de Tokyo, this grand Mediterranean brasserie is museum dining at its finest. There's a focus on reducing waste—e.g., transforming excess steamed milk into cheese—and on dishes that stand out for their simplicity, like the daily catch with dried herbs and an artichoke served in its own vinegar.
Where to Eat: Anahi
A cult destination among the fashion set for nearly 20 years, this tiny steakhouse is thriving again, thanks to a new owner who is focusing on quality cuts from Japan, Australia, France, and the U.S. The good-time vibes from the past, however, remain.
Where to Eat: Balagan
This modern Israeli restaurant and bar steps from the Tuileries Garden serves up French ingredients and Middle Eastern spices in dishes like seafood shakshuka. It's a rollicking good time—and don't be surprised to see the chefs out in the dining room.
Where to Eat: Café Méricourt
Consider this your go-to neighborhood coffee shop. In addition to breakfast staples like ricotta pancakes, the kitchen turns out lamb sandwiches and quinoa bowls at lunch and a short, veggie-friendly menu (and natural wines) for dinner.
Where to Eat: Achille
"Achille has an intimate vibe and an inventive menu with a mix of Japanese and Italian flavors. I took my husband for his birthday, and we loved it," said Viaene.
What to Do: Empreintes
This four-story temple to crafts features more than a thousand unique and limited-edition pieces of art, jewelry, and home items, including ceramic pots and porcelain bowls.
What to Do: Cuisse de Grenouille
Parisian surf style with a 1960s bent was born with this brand in 2010, but it just rolled out womenswear—every bit as preppy and timeless as the original.
What to Do: Wild & The Moon
This vegan café has introduced locals to nut milks, vitality shots, and cold-pressed juices. It's worth a stop for something nutritious to nosh on as you wander the picturesque streets.
What to Do: Bisou
There's no menu at this new craft cocktail bar—just tell them what flavors and spirits you like, and they'll concoct something special. We'll toast to that.
What to Do: Le Bon Marché
"Nowhere compares to Le Bon Marché on the Left Bank. It's gorgeous. I have a particular weakness for the shoe department (recently redesigned!)," said Viaene.
Plan a Day Trip: Loire Valley
Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Paris? The historic Loire Valley, where you can tour hundreds of breathtaking chateaux, is just a short train ride away. Take a romantic stroll along the manicured gardens of Chateau de Chenonceaux or enjoy guided tours of the majestic Château de Chambord and the famed Gothic Cathédrale Notre Dame de Chartres. Whatever you do, just be sure to leave some free time in your schedule: You'll want to be able to have the opportunity to sip local wine at the surrounding vineyards.
Plan a Day Trip: Vaux-le-Vicomte
This is the most expansive (and privately owned) historic château in France—yet it's exponentially more intimate than Versailles. Just 35 minutes from Paris by train, it's known for its majestic manor house and 82 acres of 17th-century French formal gardens, where you can stroll, picnic, and feel like royalty.
Plan a Day Trip: Domaine de Chantilly
This leafy, historic town, 25 minutes away by train, has long been considered the country's horse-riding capital (and hosts the high-profile French Oaks race). Its other drawing card: A stately château whose art galleries are home to the second-largest collection of antique paintings from the 14th to 17th centuries (after the Louvre).