If you’re wondering how to plan the perfect honeymoon in Paris, INSIDR has got you covered. It should come as no surprise that much like Venice, Paris is also considered one of the most popular honeymoon spots in the world. With amazing restaurants, countless romantic spots, and an array of attractions like the Eiffel Tower and the Moulin Rouge, there are so many ways to spend a romantic week or two in the City of Lights. Below you’ll find everything you need to know about planning your honeymoon in Paris. We’ll give you the most romantic hotels to stay at, the best Michelin star restaurants to dine at, and all of the special activities you and your loved-one can’t do anywhere else.
How long and how much money to spend on a honeymoon in Paris?
To get the most out of your honeymoon in Paris, we recommend staying in the city for at least one week. This will give you enough time to make your way through Paris’s eclectic arrondissements, sample your way through its boulangeries, and see all the major sights. Organize your trip better by listing down all of the places you’d like to see! As for the budget, the exact price of a honeymoon in Paris really depends on the couple and how much they are willing to spend on food, travel and accommodation. We’d say that the average couple spend between $4,000-$5,000 on their honeymoon. It’s definitely not spare change but despite the fact that Paris is quite an expensive city, there are also a lot of fun free things like enjoying beautiful views of Paris on rooftops!
What to do during your honeymoon in Paris?
Learn something new together
A great way to start off your trip (and your marriage) is by learning something new together. While on your honeymoon in Paris, a unique, romantic activity you and your partner can do together is take a cooking class. There are so many to cooking classes in Paris to choose from. You can learn how to make the best French macarons in Paris, the perfect croissant, or become your own sommelier with a wine tasting class for two. It’s a great way to connect with your partner and is a sure fire way to impress your friends and family back home.
Watch a show in one of Paris’ oldest neighborhoods
The adjoining Pigalle and Montmartre neighborhoods are two of the oldest and most historic arrondissements in Paris. Here, you will find winding avenues, charming local cafés, and famous attractions such as the Moulin Rouge. This area was actually once the favorite spot of Paris’s upper-class to spend a night out on the town. Today, the area is still as lively and cool with new bars and restaurants opening regularly.
For a perfect night out, book a VIP table for two at the Moulin Rouge and enjoy one of their famous shows accompanied by a three-course dinner and a bottle of champagne. Their current show Feerie is a spectacle of 80 artists who wear more than 1000 dazzling costumes throughout the performance. Once the curtain closes, head out into the night and grab a late-night cocktail on one of South Montmartre’s buzzing terrasses. Finally, make your way back to the Moulin Rouge to check out La Machine du Moulin Rouge, one of Paris’s best dance clubs. It’s a perfect night out that you and your partner will never forget!
For the best Moulin Rouge experience, don’t forget to download your exclusive INSIDR voucher which will give your premium access inside the Moulin Rouge!
Take an evening tour of Paris by car
If you and your partner love vintage cars and hate walking tours then we have the perfect couple’s activity for you. With Cedric’s Paris, you can take a private tour of the city in a vintage Citroen 2 Chevaux car. The tour takes you past the most iconic monuments, goes over the most beautiful bridges in Paris, and makes stops for food and short walks for exploration. You can even toast the start of your honeymoon with some champagne onboard! The thing we love the most about Cedric’s Paris is that they donate 10% of their profits to orphans of firefighters. You’re not only kicking off your honeymoon in a fantastic way, you’re supporting a great cause at the same time!
Treat yourselves to a romantic Michelin-star meal
Your honeymoon wouldn’t be complete without enjoying a romantic dinner in Paris at any one of its world-renowned restaurants. Arguably, the very best restaurants in Paris are the Michelin star restaurants. Our favorites are Guy Savoy and Neige d’Été, two modern concept restaurants that offer beautiful small plates of haute-cuisine at a range of prices. INSIDR tip: the lunchtime service at Neige d’ Été is just 55€. It’s a great way to experience Michelin-star dining on a budget. However, if money is no object, we highly recommend the dinner service at Guy Savoy where the 7-course lunch menu is 250€ per person. Guy Savoy is located in the 6th arrondissement at 11, Quai de Conti. You can find Neige d’Été at 12 Rue de l’Amiral Roussin in the 15th arrondissement. To make reservations, call and book online.
Shop for the new house!
A honeymoon in Paris is a great chance to pick up some unique pieces that will surely elevate your interiors. Paris is home to some amazing flea markets where you can find a huge variety of second-hand housewares including, new, gently-used, and vintage items. The best one in the city is the Saint-Ouen Flea market, located in the 17th arrondissement. It’s the largest thrift and antiques market in the world. It’s only open from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday and it’s important to get there early to avoid crowds and competition. To find out more about the different markets inside Saint Ouen, download our Saint Ouen Flea Market Map!
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Where to stay during your honeymoon in Paris?
Luxury accommodation: La Réserve
For a luxurious honeymoon in Paris, La Réserve Paris is the way to go. At this 5 star hotel and spa, an incredibly rare and prestigious rating, you can enjoy large, beautifully decorated suites, breakfast service, and top-of-the-line amenities. The best part of all is that the hotel is situated between Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and Avenue Montaigne in the most luxurious district in Paris, the 8th arrondissement. From here, you’re surrounded by gorgeous Haussmann-style buildings and you have views of the best architectural gems like the Grand Palais and of course, the Eiffel Tower.
Among the many 5-star hotels in Paris, we think La Réserve is best for a honeymoon because of the intimate atmosphere the hotel has. In fact, checking in here is very personalised that you will not find a check-in counter at the hotel. Instead, guest will enjoy a VIP welcome, as if arriving at a private home. There are only 40 rooms here but each one is guaranteed to have the ambiance and design of a 19th century private apartment where ultra-personalized services can be enjoyed in complete discretion. This is its advantage over all the other 5-star hotels in Paris.
La Réserve allows their guests to enjoy a privileged, private side of Paris with the support of their passionate concierge. Your experience of not just staying in the hotel but in Paris will be tailor-made according to your tastes, preferences, and little pleasures. Among the many luxurious services offered, La Réserve’s indoor swimming pool and gym are available 24/7 and all rooms come with a butler service. No doubt this makes the ultimate romantic stay.
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Address: 42 Avenue Gabriel, 75008 Paris
Boutique hotel option: Maison Souquet
For a more unique but still luxurious stay, there’s Maison Souquet, a five star hotel in Paris’ Pigalle neighborhood. The hotel’s design is inspired by the Moulin Rouge and the apartments of Napoleon III. The rooms are sumptuous and decorated in the French rococo style. Maison Souquet hotel is located just steps away from the Moulin Rouge and Montmartre which is great if you’re planning on taking in a show at the famous cabaret during your stay. The hotel even has it’s very own speakeasy-the perfect place to start or end your night!
Address: 10 Rue de Bruxelles, 75009 Paris
For a local experience: rent out an AirBnB in Saint-Germain-des-Pres
For a more economical option, you and your partner can rent out an entire Parisian flat on AirBnB. Frankly, it’s hard to decide on the best place to stay in Paris. But for honeymoon-goers, we recommend selecting an apartment in the St. Germain neighborhood as its one of the most stunning, romantic areas in Paris. This historic neighborhood was once the home of Paris’s upperclass intellectuals, or ‘bobos‘, and played host to celebrities like Oscar Wilde who lived in the neighborhood until he died in the year 1900. St. Germain today is home to many cozy cafés, upscale art galleries, and great shopping. To know more about this beautiful neighborhood, get our Saint Germain des Pres Map!
Special things you can do on your honeymoon in Paris
Hire a professional photographer
Your honeymoon is a special time to connect with your new spouse and relax after the excitement of your wedding. Taking pictures is a great way to preserve your memories together. In Paris, there are tons of professional photographers who are trained to photograph weddings, engagement photos, and honeymoons. You can set up a shoot for an hour in some of Paris’s most picturesque locations like the Eiffel Tower, the Luxembourg Gardens or the streets of Montmartre and St. Germain. To know more, read our complete guide on getting ready for photoshoots in Paris!
Have dinner in the Eiffel Tower
On the second floor of the Eiffel Tower sits the restaurant Jules Verne. Here, you can enjoy a meal made by Michelin star chefs Thierry Marx and Frederic Anton while taking in a panoramic view of the city. Their haute-cuisine menu offers an amazing dining experience that is sure to impress. Currently, the restaurant is under renovation but will soon reopen its doors in May 2019. Make sure to reserve your table ahead of time as the restaurant is super popular with locals and tourists alike. It’s sure to be the most romantic dinner of your life!
Enjoy a VIP evening in Paris’ Oldest Cabaret!
A must-do on your honeymoon in Paris is a visit to the Moulin Rouge cabaret. The cabaret offers two shows a night, each sure to dazzle and entertain you and your partner. With a VIP ticket, you’ll enjoy a 3-course meal prepared by a decorated chef and champagne service before taking in the Moulin Rouge’s current show Feerie. The Feerie show was originally crafted in 1999 and tells the story of the Moulin Rouge from its opening in 1889 to today. The dance routines and costumes symbolize the best moments of the Moulin Rouge over its long history as Paris’ top cabaret.
INSIDR tip: book your tickets on a weeknight to enjoy reduced prices and smaller crowds. The Moulin Rouge is a great way to spend an exciting, romantic evening in the City of Light. You can book your tickets here and you can show this INSIDR voucher to get Premium access to the cabaret!
Rent a boat and go on a private cruise along the Seine
What could be more romantic than sharing a boat ride along the Seine? There are multiple options to choose from including private boat rides or dinner cruises. Do a guided couple’s tour with River Limousine during the day and make your way from the Eiffel Tower to the Notre Dame. Or, take a group tour at night and enjoy dinner and cocktails as you gently cruise through the city. For a full list of different Seine cruise companies check out our full INSIDR guide to the best river cruise in Paris.
Tips on going on a honeymoon in Paris:
1 – Make reservations in advance
It’s always worth your while to reserve your hotel, restaurants, classes, and activities in advance. Paris is one of the most-visited cities so things book up quickly. The last thing you want to do on your honeymoon is spend hours waiting in line that you could have totally avoided just by making a few simple clicks on your computer. Luckily, all of the major attractions in Paris, from the Moulin Rouge to the Louvre, let you easily book tickets online well in advance of your visit. Another great tip time and money-saving tip is getting the Paris Museum Pass!
2 – Learn a bit of French before you go
While many people in Paris speak great English, you’ll almost inevitably encounter locals who don’t speak a word of English and will only talk to you in French. Learning a few basic French phrases before you visit Paris is a great way to make sure your honeymoon goes as smoothly as possible. Locals really appreciate when travellers at least try to speak their language. Plus, it’s a great way to impress your new spouse. “Bonjour“, “merci beaucoup“, “s’il vous plaît“, and other common words and phrases will make your trip much easier and much more fun.
3 – Familiarize yourselves with the public transport
One of the best things you can do to prepare for your honeymoon in Paris is to familiarize yourself with the city and its transportation system before you arrive. We know this to be so important that we’ve created maps for different neighborhoods in Paris that you can download. It’s also worthwhile to download the Paris metro map. It’s quite straightforward and easy to use once you are familiar with the different lines and major metro stops. The CityMapper app is great to help you get around. Bring photo ID and you can purchase a Paris Navigo Pass and save on metro tickets. You can also check out our Paris RER map, the Paris Night Bus map, and the INSIDR Pocket Guide to Paris Public Transportation.