The Five Most Romantic Things to Do in France

In honor of the upcoming Saint-Valentin (Valentine’s Day) we’ve put together a list of the five most romantic things to do in France. Paris specifically is known as the City of Love, but there are plenty of other dreamy corners of France to discover as well. Whether a honeymoon, anniversary, or simply a special trip with someone you love, France is filled with romance.


The Five Most Romantic Things to Do in France

Check in to A Secluded Hotel

One of our five most romantic things to do in France is heading to the French countryside and checking in to a superb hotel away from it all. The options are plenty from just outside Paris to Champagne, Provence and beyond. A few of our favorites to add to your list include:

Les Maisons de Bricourt

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Two of the boutique hotels form Les Maisons de Bricourt in Brittany have sweeping panoramic views of the sea.

Château Richeux, built in the 1920s, faces Mont-Saint-Michel. The endless hues of blue, green and grey of the sea, sky, and earth merge into one. The restaurant features products from local small-scale fishermen and farmers. The bread served is made with local organic flour and is kneaded and baked in-house. This culinary commitment earned the chef two Michelin stars in 2019. Take a walk in the park, which runs downhill towards the beach and enjoy the magic of the Mont-Saint-Michel bay.

Les Rimains is a haven located on the cliffs of Cancale. Four romantic rooms bask in Mont-Saint-Michel Bay magical light. Simple and elegant, each room faces the sea. There is a coastal path known as the Lovers’ Trail. It offers the most beautiful views over the bay and the oyster beds, which are clearly visible in the translucent water. Bordered by yellow flowers, pines, and fragrant eucalyptus, the path offers a look into local life.

Les Sources de Cheverny

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Tucked away in its own private estate, this 5-star hotel in the Loire Valley is the quintessential French château. Exuding 18th-century elegance, this striking hotel balances bygone grandeur with a homely charm. An open fire welcomes guests into the dramatic lobby filled with soft light from tall, gothic windows. Beyond the twists and turrets of the building, beautiful lawns and gardens are waiting to be explored.

Spend your days touring the surrounding Loire Valley châteaux. Or simply enjoy relaxing by the pool and indulging in treatments at the Caudalie spa. When the sun starts to go down, head for a cocktail in the courtyard. Then finish your evening at one of the two restaurants featuring menus inspired by the season’s finest local produce.

Les Sources de Caudalie

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Just 20 minutes from Bordeaux’s city center, Les Sources de Caudalie is located between Grand Cru vineyards and forests. This 5-star hotel features a special Vinothérapie Spa, a two Michelin starred restaurant, a casual restaurant in the old washing house, a wine bar, a lounge and more.

There are plenty of activities to enjoy at Les Sources de Caudalie. Enjoy the spa with unique treatments using water from the natural hot spring. Take a cooking class with a two star Michelin chef. Enjoy a wine tasting with the head sommelier at the wine bar or take a mixology class at the bar. And of course, use the hotel as a base to explore the fabulous Bordeaux region.

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Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo

Valentine’s Day in Monaco
What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a romantic dinner in Monaco? Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer is rolling out the red carpet, ready for your very own love story.

Picture your intimate dinner: a celebratory atmosphere, maybe? Or perhaps a cozy alcove or a luxury dining experience? When it comes to bringing you joy, the creativity shown by Monaco’s top restaurants knows no bounds.

Whether you prefer an intimate in-room dining experience, a mix of gourmet food and gaming, or perhaps a gastronomic experience, there is something to delight surely every couple.

Take a Private Champagne Cruise Down the Seine River

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Another of our five most romantic things to do in France is take a Seine River cruise. Not many people can say they’ve had the opportunity to see the Seine River from a beautiful Venetian water taxi. The cruise offers you a unique, tailor-made look at one of the most beautiful waterways in the world. Enjoy the unforgettable views of Paris including the Musée du Louvre, Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, and bridges from aboard your private boat.

Step inside the private salon, with tinted windows to respect your privacy, and pop a bottle of Cristal or Dom Pérignon champagne to mark this special occasion. Private breakfast cruises are also available if you’d like to have your morning croissant, coffee, and fresh-squeezed orange juice aboard.

Take a Drive Along the Côte d’Azur Coast in a Classic Car

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Enjoy your time in the French Riviera as it was in years past with an exciting sightseeing tour in a vintage convertible car. Your drive can be chauffeured or you can be the pilot. We suggest a drive from Nice to Monaco with stops along the way in Villefranche-sur-Mer, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, and Èze to name a few.

You’ll see beautiful seaside resorts, towns with Belle Époque charm, medieval villages filled with quaint shops and restaurants, and pure Côte d’Azur luxury. French Side Travel can arrange for a professional photographer to meet you along the way for a special photoshoot to document the old-world French Riviera magic.

Spend a Weekend in Champagne

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The perfect romantic excursion from Paris is a weekend trip to Champagne. Taste world-class Champagnes, soak in the unique history and culture of the region, and relax and unwind at a fabulous hotel. It has all the makings of a wonderful, intimate getaway.

Take a full-day private guided tour of Champagne. Enjoy a commented drive along the Champagne scenic roads and discover the villages that are part of the Champagne appellation area. Stop at the charming UNESCO-listed small town of Hautvillers, where you can visit the church where the famous monk Dom Pierre Pérignon is buried. You’ll then visit a family-run boutique Premier Cru winery to learn about how the well-known beverage is made and enjoy tastings. Next, uncover the secrets behind the signature taste of Dom Pérignon in an exclusive visit. You will taste some of their finest Champagnes in a private salon. Finally, visit the oldest producer of Champagne: Ruinart to learn about the fascinating history.

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Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa

Where to Stay in Champagne: Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa
In the heart of a vineyard, this former coach house (one of Napoleon’s favorite stopovers) is the perfect base from which to explore the glorious Champagne wineries. Be sure to visit the wine cellar, which boasts no fewer than 220 exceptional brut and rosé vintages and crus. The best place to taste them is on the terrace overlooking the vines, which extend as far as the eye can see.

All the 47 luxurious rooms have magical Champagne views. The interiors take inspiration from the natural and cultural heritage of the region. Traditional materials are favored to create a sleek and graphic mise-en-scene.

Vegetables are grown in the gardens and meat is delivered daily by local farmers. This commitment makes fine dining in the Michelin-starred contemporary restaurant exciting. Be sure to take time to indulge in the spa, which overlooks the vines.

Indulge with a Private Seaside Cabana on the French Riviera

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With a guestbook signed by everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Winston Churchill, and an enviable perch overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the palatial spread of the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat has been the epitome of Côte d’Azur chic for more than a century. Make the most of the hotel’s luxurious grounds and fully experience all the beauty of Cap-Ferrat, a wooded peninsula that juts out into the glistening blue waters of the Mediterranean.

A highlight of the property is the Club Dauphin, one of the world’s most beautiful swimming pools. The infinity pool overlooks the sparkling Mediterranean Sea just below. For an extra special experience, treat yourself to a private seaside cabana to enjoy a moment of solitude amongst the tranquil setting. You can also reserve the Dauphin Lounge to enjoy the service of a dedicated butler who will prepare cocktails and serve lunch in your own private outdoor dining room.

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Dinner and Fireworks Cruise from Cannes

Summer Catamaran Cruise with Dinner and Fireworks from Cannes
Spend an incredible evening on a three-hour catamaran dinner cruise departing from Cannes. Imagine sipping on a glass of wine and taking in coastal views as you sail across the Bay of Cannes at twilight. Take in views of the Lérins Islands archipelago and the Riviera coastline as the color fades from the sky and lights sparkle along the shore. 

You’ll then enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner on board. For a dazzling finale to the evening, watch a firework display from the deck with the twinkling lights of the Riviera coastline as a backdrop. This is surely an unforgettable addition to a romantic Côte d’Azur trip.


Whether you’re planning a honeymoon, anniversary trip, birthday trip, or simply a special trip with someone you love, we hope this list of the five most romantic things to do in France inspires you. We would love to help you plan a dream trip to France with a custom itinerary. Some of our favorite destinations in France include Normandy, Bordeaux, the South of France, the Loire Valley and Paris. Get in touch with a travel designer today to start the planning process!

What to Do in Paris in 2022

There’s certainly never a shortage of things to see in the City of Light. As the list is ever-growing, French Side Travel is staying on top of the best of the best activities, tours, and accommodations to make your stay spectacular. Read on to discover our list of what to do in Paris in 2022.


What to Do in Paris in 2022

Check In at a New Hotel

Treat yourself to an exceptional experience with a stay at one of Paris’ fabulous new 5-star hotels.

Bulgari Hotel Paris

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The most recent opening in Paris is the Bulgari Hotel. Perfectly situated on Avenue George V in the Golden Triangle, formed by the Champs-Élysées, Avenue George V, and Avenue Montaigne, the hotel enjoys a privileged location. The fabulous 360 degree views of Paris will dazzle guests. Don’t miss drinks at the bar and an unforgettable meal at Il Ristorante – Niko Romito. The spa is a crucial part of the Bulgari Hotel experience and occupies almost 14,000 square feet over two levels. The pool area recalls images of magnificent Roman baths. Notice the glass columns made using a Lalique technique, they represent the fusion of French and Italian traditions.

Cheval Blanc Paris

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In the heart of Paris at the foot of the Pont Neuf bridge is the fabulous Cheval Blanc. Bathed in light and bright colors, the hotel blends a contemporary style with Art Déco inspirations. Each of the 72 rooms and suites are exceptionally large for Paris. They feature panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking views of the Seine and surrounding buildings. The Dior Spa offers a collection of exclusive services specially developed for Cheval Blanc Paris. It also features a stunning almost 100 foot long swimming pool. The nearly 7,000 square foot terrace on the 7th floor features two restaurants with incredible views of Paris.

Next Door to Cheval Blanc: La Samaritaine

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La Samaritaine – Paris

Private Guided Visit of La Samaritaine Paris

Over the past 150 years, La Samaritaine has evoked fond memories for many Parisians from climbing the steps leading to its renowned glass roof to shopping for unexpected gifts.

The Cheval Blanc’s neighbor was gloriously reimagined. It fuses the original Art Nouveau and Art Deco details with contemporary state-of-the-art architecture. This iconic landmark is must-visit destination for locals and travelers to indulge in what is quintessentially the Parisian experience.

In this exclusive tour, your expert guide will tell you all about the history of La Samaritaine, its architecture, the renovations, as well as what’s in store for La Samaritaine in the near future.

For those looking for a VIP experience at La Samaritaine, French Side Travel can also arrange to privatize a lounge and provide a personal shopper.

Take an Exclusive Cruise Along the Seine River

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Indulge in a tailor-made private cruise down the most beautiful waterway in the world, the Seine River. You’ll see many of Paris’ most stunning museums and landmarks from an unparalleled perspective. Your boat is a luxurious Venetian water taxi, custom-built for the Seine River in Venice. It features a private salon with a leather banquette, tinted windows, and a roof that can be open or closed. Enjoy a bottle of Champagne during your memorable and romantic journey in Paris.

If you prefer a lunch or dinner along the Seine, a cruise aboard the Ducasse sur Seine boat is an experience like no other. The electric boat glides in silence along the river. All food is prepared on board, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy the freshest, most delicious food possible in true Ducasse style. Between courses be sure to take an opportunity to walk outside and soak in the views. It’s truly a once in a lifetime meal in Paris!

Enjoy Unique Shopping Opportunities

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Whether you’re interested in fashion, jewelry, or the storied history of the world-renowned designers in Paris, French Side Travel has an experience for you.

The French capital is home to some of the world’s most prestigious jewelry designers and houses who draw from hundreds of years of expertise and savoir faire to create truly unforgettable pieces. During this private shopping experience your stylist will arrange visits in private jewelry salons to help you find that something extraordinary.

If you’re more interested in fashion history, take a private guided Haute Couture walk on Avenue Montaigne. You’ll trace the history of the most chic avenue in Paris step by step. One of the stories you’ll learn about is Christian Dior’s, who set up shop in 1947 at 30 Avenue Montaigne. The couturier undoubtedly contributed to the international reputation of Avenue Montaigne thanks to his legendary boutique.

For a very VIP experience, French Side Travel can privatize the boutique of one of the most prestigious brands in Paris. Think Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, and more! This is truly a once in a lifetime shopping experience in Paris!

Indulge in a Foodie Experience

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Our what to do in Paris in 2022 list wouldn’t be complete without a food experience. Whether you’re interested in chocolate, cheese, Champagne, or food markets there is surely a food tour that will please. Discover a French Side Travel favorite: a private guided tour of French Chef’s shops in Paris. Guests will discover the best pastries in Paris and the latest sweet trends from Pierre Hermé, Christophe Michalak, Thierry Marx or Philippe Conticini. You of course will taste their “signature” recipes, a mix between culinary tradition and innovation. During this food tour in Paris you will enter in some Meilleurs Ouvriers de France’s shops.

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The Feast by Alain Ducasse

Experience Versailles Like Never Before with an Exceptional 12-Course Meal

Have you ever dreamed of living a sumptuous evening like a French King? From the menu to the waiters’ attire and the setting to the tableware, everything comes together to make a dinner in the Ducasse salons at the Château de Versailles an experience.

Alain Ducasse carried out careful research and took his inspiration from 18th century menus, yet took a contemporary interpretation of the cuisine. Beyond dinner, it is a genuine experience. Be ready to be amazed by the traditional à la française service, menu inspired by the court with contemporary flavors, tableware from the ancient royal manufacture of Limoges re-edited by Bernardaud, and staff in tailor-made outfits inspired by the 18th century.


We hope this list of what to do in Paris in 2022 will help inspire future travel to the City of Light. We would love to help you plan a dream trip to France in the coming year with a custom itinerary. Some of our favorite destinations in France include Normandy, Bordeaux, the South of France, the Loire Valley and Paris. Get in touch with a travel designer today to start the planning process!

French Side Travel Favorites: Paris

Recently part of the French Side Travel team met up in Paris. The team visited suppliers and experienced several of the most-loved and most-booked experiences, tours, hotels, and restaurants. There’s no shortage of things to do and see in the City of Light, and we’re excited to share the French Side Travel favorites in Paris.


French Side Travel Favorites: Paris

Favorite Paris Experiences

Seine River Cruise with Champagne

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Nothing quite compares to seeing Paris from the water. A Seine River cruise is a great way to orient yourself or fight off jet lag all while discovering Paris from a unique vantage point. There really isn’t a bad time for a Seine River cruise – boats depart every 30 minutes during high season. French Side Travel works with smaller boat companies for a more intimate and personal experience. There’s even live commentary instead of an audioguide. Our top cruise recommendation? One that departs around sunset and involves a glass of Champagne!

Market Visit, Cooking Class, and Traditional French Lunch or Dinner

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What’s the ultimate foodie experience in Paris? Surely a market visit followed by a cooking class and a meal at an inviting cooking school on the Left Bank. You’ll have the opportunity to learn how and why French people select certain products at the markets, prepare a multi-course meal, and sit down with a chef to enjoy the meal. This unique activity is always a French Side Travel client favorite. The cooking school also offers specific classes on macarons, French breads and baguettes, éclairs and more!

Where to Stay in Paris
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Hôtel Brighton

Built-in the 19th century by Lord Egerton, this 4-star hotel was one of the first hotels in Paris. The hotel is truly ideally located with a sublime view of the Tuileries Garden, Louvre Museum and Eiffel Tower.

The individually decorated rooms come with antique furniture and exude an elegant and refined Parisian charm. The traditional marble columns of the bar make it an ideal setting to enjoy a cocktail made by the mixologist. A full breakfast buffet with the very best French products is served every day in the breakfast room.

Cheesemaking Workshop or Wine and Cheese Pairing

Tasting French cheeses is always a top request for clients visiting Paris. To take it a step farther, French Side Travel can organize a special cheesemaking workshop held at a cheese shop. You’ll learn all of the fromager’s best tips and tricks to master making French cheeses and butter at home. Afterwards, you’ll have the opportunity to taste your creations with bread and wine.

If you’d like to skip making cheese and go straight to tasting that can also be arranged! You’ll get to visit the cheese maturing cellar and learn all about the aging process. Next you’ll head down to the historic 17th century tasting room where you can taste up to nine cheeses and four perfectly paired wines. Be sure to note your favorites. You’ll be able to purchase cheeses to enjoy during the rest of your trip!

Favorite Paris Tours

Latin Quarter Walking Tour

Located in the 5th arrondissement between the Seine River and the Sainte Genevieve mount, the Latin Quarter is one neighborhood in Paris that you must not miss. Your guide will show you everything ancient, medieval and contemporary in this diverse quartier. The district is mostly a melting pot of students and tourists thanks to its great shopping, bars and restaurants. There are also iconic museums that shouldn’t be missed including the Pantheon, Sorbonne University, and Cluny Museum. This tour offers you a cultural and historic mix, from ancient origins to bustling back streets and quiet little squares.

Tour Paris in a Classic Car

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During this two-hour tour of Paris you’ll discover the beautiful monuments of Paris: the Avenue des Champs Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe, the majestic Eiffel Tower, the imposing Louvre and the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral among others. The open roof of the classic French car will give you a fabulous view of the unmissable sights of the French capital, complemented by numerous explanations from your English-speaking driver-guide. Thanks to the small size of the car you’ll also see the city’s chic boutiques, the lively side streets, and picturesque yet narrow alleys reflecting the authentic Parisian ambiance and art de Vivre. This memorable experience is much more than the typical “highlights of Paris” tour!

Where to Stay in Paris
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Hôtel Napoléon

Just a stone’s throw from the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe, this luxury hotel offers all the splendor of a large private house. Its romantic decor recounts one of the most beautiful pages in the history of France, that of Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte. With its cozy rooms, beautiful suites or large adjoining rooms, the property is ideal for couples and families alike.

Built in the 1920s, it was designed to provide sumptuous accommodation for the high society of the time. The hotel has stood the test of time and developed an outstanding ability to welcome its guests. The intimate atmosphere, which at different times has attracted guests ranging from Jean Gabin to Josephine Baker and Errol Flynn, has made it a legendary place to stay that is just as charming and popular today. Every part of the hotel is luxuriously decorated, making it an enchanting and exceptional setting in the so-called Golden Triangle.

From breakfast in the morning, to gourmet lunch then after-dinner drinks in the evening, not to mention a morning or afternoon tea perhaps tasting a few inventive and trendy recipes, the restaurant is there to satisfy its guests’ every desire.

Montmartre Walking Tour

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Montmartre is truly a charming small village within Paris. Located in the northern part of the city, Montmartre will take you back to a bohemian Paris with its narrow streets steeped in history. You’ll see the famous Sacre-Cœur Cathedral and the Place du Tertre, the former haunt of Belle-Epoque painters such as Toulouse Lautrec, Monet, Modigliani, Degas, and Renoir among others. Afterwards, your guide will show you the lesser-known side of Montmartre’s history and culture as you navigate winding cobblestone streets lined with quaint shops, museums, artist studios, inviting sidewalk cafés and some of Paris’ most storied nightlife spots. You’ll see it all: the best restaurants and brasseries, art galleries, historic homes and mills. Don’t forget your camera – there are plenty of photo opportunities on this fabulous tour!

Favorite Paris Restaurants

Le Ciel De Paris

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For a breathtaking and unexpected view of Paris from above you won’t be heading to the Eiffel Tower, but instead to another tower, the Tour Montparnasse. This restaurant is perfect for a special occasion and offers a look of Paris in widescreen. Choose from either an à la carte or set menu and let the views from 56 floors above the City of Light dazzle you!

Ducasse sur Seine

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Part experience and part restaurant, no other Seine River cruise quite compares to the Ducasse sur Seine. All of the ingredients are chosen according to seasonality, delivered fresh each day, and prepared on-board. Each table offers lovely views of the city as the electric boat glides across the river. French Side Travel always encourages clients to enjoy a moment outside on the deck between courses to take in the truly magical perspective of Paris.

Where to Stay in Paris
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Hôtel Bel Ami

This boutique five-star hotel is located on the Left Bank right in the heart of Paris’s famed Saint-Germain-de-Prés neighborhood. The Louvre Museum is just a 10-minute walk away, and many of the city’s favorite attractions can be discovered on foot.

The hotel’s atmosphere is modern and warm. Onsite you can enjoy a buffet breakfast or weekend brunches.

A spa, sauna, and fitness center are available. The onsite bar serves creative cocktails and is a great place to unwind with a snack and a drink. For travelers arriving in the morning, a relaxation room is at your disposal for a shower or changing clothes before beginning to discover the city.

This property is perfect for travelers interested in the food, culture, and art offerings abundant in Paris’s sixth arrondissement between the two most famous cafés in the city: Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots

Pizzeria Popolare

Pizzeria Popolare is fun, delicious, and good for groups which can sometimes be hard to find in Paris. The Big Mamma restaurant group works directly with producers to provide the freshest and most authentic Italian ingredients. For craft cocktail aficionados, the bar is the largest in Paris and has over 500 different alcohols. You might think you’re in Naples instead of in Paris!


We hope you enjoyed French Side Travel’s Paris favorites. It’s always the small details that make the trips go smoothly. French Side Travel can handle all of them for you! Whether you’d like VIP airport arrival or departure assistance, perfectly timed transfers, or help with a last minute reservation we’re here to help. When you book your trip with French Side Travel our English-speaking Travel Care team will be able to offer assistance, 24/7 while you’re in France. Our travel designers are standing by to create a tailor-made itinerary just for you.

Romantic Trips to Take This Winter in France

France is one of the most romantic destinations in the world to visit year-round. The distinct cultures, cuisines, wines and more mean that there’s something for virtually every traveler. Winter is an often overlooked time to visit France, but offers wonderful benefits, namely far less crowds. We’ve put together a list of ideas of romantic trips to France to take this winter. Each would be perfect for an upcoming proposal, honeymoon, anniversary or more!


Romantic Trips to Take this Winter in France

Paris: Classic Winter Romance in the City of Light

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There is perhaps no city in the world more romantic than Paris, City of Light and love. From the moment you arrive the beauty of the city will sweep you off your feet. During the wintertime Paris is much less crowded. It’s a great time to visit always popular museums and monuments like the Musée du Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Château de Versailles.

A Romantic Winter Day in Paris

Start your morning with a delightful French breakfast at your hotel including croissants, breads, delicious jams, butter, fresh-squeezed fruit juices and more. Afterwards, your chauffeur will meet you in the lobby to take you to a private Christmas food and decoration walking tour.

You’ll see the fabulous Christmas displays in the most-celebrated department stores in Paris. You’ll taste traditional French foods served over Christmas: oysters, foie gras, and sweet treats like éclairs and macarons. Next, you’ll be off to take in the best decorations in the city. The last stop is a Champagne tasting in a charming covered passageway. What could be more romantic?

After your tour, stop for lunch at the casually elegant Bistrot des Victories with its beautiful Christmas tree. You could also try one of the best classic French restaurants in Paris (and a Julia Child favorite) Chez Georges.

Following lunch, you’ll be off for a unique wine tasting experience to discover France in six glasses. You’ll taste five wines and one Champagne and the sommelier will teach you interesting anecdotes about each wine and region. It’s like a mini Tour de France!

After such a special day, go back to your hotel to relax by the fireplace or enjoy a spa treatment.

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Where to Stay in Paris

Le Pavillon de la Reine

This 5-star hotel is a deeply romantic hideaway in the heart of Le Marais. Built in 1612 by King Henry IV, this former 17th century residence is tucked away from the galleries and shops of the Place des Vosges, often referred to as the most beautiful square in the world.

Privately owned and family-run, it offers the understated sophistication of a private home with all the service, charm, and elegance of a grand palace.

The fine dining menu from the Michelin starred restaurant celebrates seasonal ingredients from carefully selected producers and takes guests on a voyage from land to sea.

The lounges have the feeling of a private library, with intimate seating, antique furniture, and open fireplaces – a cozy hideaway where guests can relax and unwind.

Chamonix: Unique Experiences on Mont Blanc for Adventure-Loving Couples

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Chamonix is the perfect destination to explore during a long weekend for an adventurous couple. The stunning scenery and views of Mont-Blanc draped in white will blow you away. You can spend the entire time skiing, but for our romantic stay we’ve selected several unforgettable activities that don’t require skis. Don’t miss our full winter ski guide to Chamonix here.

A Romantic Long Weekend in Chamonix

Start your trip on the right foot with a fun morning of snowshoeing. During this private guided tour you’ll experience the tranquility of snowy forests, summits, alpine bowls and ridges. It’ll be a special moment to share with your partner.

Afterwards, stop for lunch at Le 3842, which is one of the highest restaurants above Chamonix. You’ll enjoy fabulous views and local Savoyard cuisine made from the freshest regional produce. Be sure to reserve in advance as there are only 30 seats!

In the afternoon more breathtaking views are in store with a private panoramic Aiguille du Midi tour. This journey across the glaciers in the highest cable car in France is truly a once in a lifetime experience. It’s hard to think of more romantic winter views!

Be sure to take advantage of the spa at your hotel before the second day of your trip where you’ll partake in a full day private ice climbing tour. Chamonix has two climbing sites in the heart of the valley, and you’ll have everything you need to enjoy a day of fun discovering the magical crystalline universe.

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Where to Stay in Chamonix

Grand Hôtel des Alpes

Built in 1840, this beautiful, welcoming, and cozy 5-star hotel is a part of Chamonix’s history and has always been a symbol of Savoyard hospitality. At the foot of Mont Blanc, it offers the opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of the city center while being located near the lifts, the Aiguille du Midi and the Mer de Glace.

All rooms have a view, either over the mountains, the hotel gardens and mountain stream or the pedestrian area, so you can’t go wrong for a romantic stay.

In the evening, relax at the bar with its beautiful fireplace or in the comfortable lounge area overlooking Mont Blanc. There’s also a relaxation center, on the garden with a view on the Mont Blanc range.

Bordeaux: An Intimate Gourmet Destination

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The city of Bordeaux is romantic by nature with its charming streets, gorgeous architecture, and delicious foods and wines. Its location in southwest France makes it an ideal winter destination with milder temperatures. Thanks to the high-speed train it’s an easy addition to a Paris trip. Once you’ve experienced Bordeaux you’ll see how easy it is to fall in love!

A Romantic Day Discovering Bordeaux’s Food and Wine

To start the day you’ll be off on a private luxury gourmet walking tour. Not only will you discover the charm of the city like a real resident, but you’ll also taste the best of the best of Bordeaux’s regional specialties. You’ll have the opportunity to try rare products and visit a unique and historic atelier that will show you all of the secrets of their fabrication process.

Since the day is truly about food and wines, lunch will be a delightful wine and cheese pairing at Château Pape Clément. The sommelier at this Grands Crus Classés estate in Pessac will lead you through a pairing of eight great wines, each paired with an exceptional cheese.

Your last tour of the day will be a a private guided chocolate tour. During this full-chocolate experience you’ll get to sample the most refined chocolates in the city. You’ll discover the history of chocolate in Bordeaux and understand the chocolate making process from the origin of coco beans to the finished product. It’s the perfect opportunity to buy some chocolates to bring home and remember the romantic day in Bordeaux.

Dinner will be aboard the restaurant boat Sicambre for a dinner and cruise to discover Bordeaux’s beautiful UNESCO-recognized waterfront and architecture. The menu is inspired by traditional southwestern French cuisine and is all prepared onboard using local, seasonal ingredients. It’s the perfect ending to your day in perhaps France’s best area for foodies.

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Where to Stay in Bordeaux

Hotel des Quinconces

What could be more romantic than staying in the heart of Bordeaux in a charming mansion built in 1834?

With just nine rooms and the outdoor garden, you’re ensured an intimate experience at this 5-star hotel. The comfortable and relaxing rooms are a luxurious haven after a day exploring the city. Each room is decorated with care and according to a specific theme including the Oak, Laurel, and Chestnut rooms.


We hope these destinations will help inspire one or more romantic winter trips to France. Whether it’s during the holidays or after the New Year, don’t hesitate to contact French Side Travel to create your custom itinerary. Be sure to check out our favorite tours in Paris, the French Alps, and Bordeaux.

Christmas in France: Must-See Highlights by Region

The holiday season in France is something that every traveller should experience at least once. Starting in mid-November there is an unrivaled festive atmosphere that overtakes the country. Whether you’re coming to get some shopping done in Paris, visit the Christmas Markets in Strasbourg, or to see the Loire Valley châteaux decorated, there’s truly something extraordinary almost anywhere you go. We’re breaking down the Christmas in France must-see highlights down by region.


Christmas in France: Must-See Highlights by Region

Lyon: Fête des Lumières

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Photo Courtesy of the city of Lyon

For four nights in December, a variety of different artists take over Lyon for the Fête des Lumières. You’ll be able to discover illuminations on buildings, streets, squares and parks throughout the city. This year the festival is from December 8th to 11th.

Paris: Christmas Shopping

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There’s so much to do in the French capital during the holidays that we have an entire post about visiting Paris in the winter. One activity that brings a lot of seasonal highlights together is Christmas shopping. Whether you’re visiting the Grand Magasin department stores or one of the Christmas markets you’ll be sure to take in the festive decorations and lights, and you’ll be able to bring back gifts from Paris!

Île de France: Vaux-le-Vicomte

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Photo by Yann Pirioux

While the Château de Versailles doesn’t decorate for Christmas, one stunning castle in the Paris region that does is Vaux-le-Vicomte. Visitors will discover illuminations in both the gardens and the château. Inside, decorations have a gourmet theme this year. Rooms will be scented with gingerbread and cinnamon. To complete the cozy atmosphere, fireplaces will be lit and carriage rides will be offered. The festivities go from November 20th until January 2nd (closed on December 25th and January 1st).

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Photo Courtesy of Vaux-le-Vicomte

Private Guided Christmas Tour of Vaux-le-Vicomte with Afternoon Tea or Cocktail in a Private Room

After the castle is closed to the public, discover the State Rooms and the private apartments in peace. Your private guide will recount the tales from the heyday of the estate; from its creation by Nicolas Fouquet, through its operation in the 18th and 19th century, until its opening to visitors in 1968 thanks to the current owners, the De Vogüe family.

Afterwards, enjoy an extraordinary moment of relaxation in the Salon Le Brun. There will be a monumental projection specially set up for you! An evening fit for a King and Queen!

Strasbourg: Christmas Market

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The Christmas Markets in and around Strasbourg are without a doubt a holiday must-see. With more than 300 market stalls, miles of garlands of light, the majestic Big Tree, and dazzling shows and concerts there is nothing quite like the Strasbourg Christmas Market. This year the market is open from November 26th until December 26th. As a note, there may be a limited amount of vendors open on December 25th and 26th.

Loire Valley: Christmas Châteaux

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Photo Courtesy of Touraine Loire Valley

The Loire Valley châteaux are marvelous year round (we’ve identified our ten favorites here). During the holidays, many of the châteaux are decorated both inside and out. You’ll see Christmas trees, festive wreaths, and holiday tables dressed to the nines. It’s truly a wonderful time of the year in the Loire Valley and especially fun for families.

Normandy: Christmas Markets and Light Shows

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In a region known for gourmet specialties including hearty ciders and cheeses, it’s not difficult to imagine that Christmas is a lively time of year. You’ll find Christmas Markets in the most picturesque of places: at the foot of Mont Saint-Michel (dates to be announced), along the port of Honfleur (from December 20th to January 2nd), and at the base of the Rouen Cathedral (end of November to December 31st) to name a few. Also special for the holidays is a William the Conquerer-inspired light show inside the Bayeux Cathedral starting on November 27th, on Saturdays in December, and from December 19th to 23rd and 26th to 30th.

Provence: Unique Traditions

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Photo Courtesy of Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur Tourisme

In Provence, there is a unique Christmas tradition to eat 13 desserts following the Christmas dinner: one for each Christ and his twelve apostles. Each of the desserts served varies a bit based on the region and particular family. Some common items include fougasse, the four beggars (almonds, raisins, dried figs and nuts), Cachat piquant, white and black nougat, calissons, pain d’épice, and of course, the Bûche de Noël.

You’ll also find Santons, little clay figurines in nativity scenes. The literal translation of Santon is ‘little saint.’ There’s an entire Foire aux Santons dedicated to these collectables in Marseille, this year from November 20th to January 2nd.

Bordeaux: Christmas Markets in Wine Country

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In the heart of Bordeaux you’ll find the Christmas market back again this year from November 26th to December 26th. It’s a wonderful place to admire the decorations and also get some shopping done. For a more artisanal market, this year there is a special Christmas market in the heart of Saint-Émilion on December 4th and 5th.

Pas de Calais: Fête de la Dinde de Licques

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Photo Courtesy of La Voix du Nord

France can be known for being quirky. Perhaps one of the quirkiest Christmas festivals is the Licques Turkey Festival in the north of France. It’s named for the turkey, which is a popular item served on Christmas day in France, but you’ll also find all sorts of gourmet regional products. It’s the perfect opportunity to prepare your Christmas menu and stock up on wine, cheese, chocolate, Champagne, and of course turkey! This year the festival will be held on December 11th and 12th.

French Alps: Snow, Skiing, and Merriment

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The snowy alps make them the perfect setting to celebrate a memorable Christmas. Whether you’re in Courchevel or Val d’Isère, you’ll be enchanted by the special Christmas magic including parades throughout town, Santa hitting the slopes and more.

Winter in Courchevel: The Last Track After Hours Ski

You’ll have the opportunity to continue skiing after the slopes are closed for the end of the day. You’ll meet at the top of Courchevel to have a drink while you enjoy the sunset.

Then, once the sky is dark and everyone is at home, you’ll enjoy the entire slope for yourself and experience what skiing at night is like. An excellent opportunity to take in the view on the lights of Courchevel from the top!

Are you ready to spend the holidays in France? Our travel designers are standing by to create a tailor-made itinerary just for you. They can help to identify the perfect region for you to experience the must-see Christmas highlights in France.

Where to Have Thanksgiving Dinner in Paris 2021

Although the French don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, visiting over the holiday is always popular for Americans. It’s a great time to see a mix of fall colors and the festive holiday decorations. If having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is important, we recommend staying in Paris. We’ve put together a list of where to have Thanksgiving dinner in Paris in 2021.


Where to Have Thanksgiving Dinner in Paris 2021

Ralph’s

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Photo Courtesy of Ralph’s Paris

One of the most beautiful settings for Thanksgiving Dinner in Paris is at Ralph’s inside the Ralph Lauren store on the Left Bank. Traditional Thanksgiving foods are displayed in front of the stately fireplace. Guests have the opportunity to taste everything on the menu, including all three types of pies. Ralph’s is known for their annual elegant Thanksgiving dinners, so it’s recommended to reserve well in advance. Ralph’s Paris

Treize au Jardin

Treize au Jardin across from the Luxembourg Garden is famous for their delicious Southern style cooking. They have a special Thanksgiving menu that is so popular that they have dinners on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. The friendly staff at Treize will surely make you feel right at home. There is also a vegetarian option. Treize au Jardin

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Photo Courtesy of La Réserve

La Réserve Apartments

Are you dreaming of a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner in Paris in your own apartment, but with all of the services of a five-star hotel? Look no further than the La Réserve Apartments. Located near the Eiffel Tower, each private apartment comes with a fully equipped kitchen as well as a dedicated butler 24/7.

Each apartment is family-friendly and large enough to accommodate groups for a Thanksgiving feast. A special Thanksgiving cooking class can be arranged for children to participate in the fun. Your 24/7 concierge will be able to assist you with any and all requests for a perfectly memorable evening.

Sunday in Soho

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Sunday in Soho offers three days of Thanksgiving dinners that you can enjoy in the restaurant or have delivered right to your apartment in Paris. The Thanksgiving at Home menu is perfect for people staying in an apartment who don’t want to go through the hassle of preparing a big meal. All you have to do is reheat and serve! Sunday in Soho

Breakfast in America

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Breakfast in America’s Thanksgiving dinner is back in 2021 after a two year break. On Thursday November 25th they’ll have two dinner seatings where you can enjoy a traditional turkey dinner. Breakfast in America

Hard Rock Café

The legendary Hard Rock Café is bringing back their special Thanksgiving menu for lunch and dinner starting on Thanksgiving Day through Sunday. The menu is available by reservation only and includes a main course, dessert, and cocktail. Hard Rock Cafe

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Thanksgiving in a Private Castle Outside Paris

For a unique Thanksgiving dinner, why not host your family and friends in an almost 65,000 square foot private castle 45 minutes outside of Paris? Dating from the 13th century, the castle is located on over 600 acres of a private park. The property is entirely renovated, yet maintains the stunning Medieval era architecture.

Some of the fabulous features of the property include a chapel, a bakery, a 1930’s bar, three kitchens, a Medieval tea room, a wine cellar and tasting room, a nightclub under a lake, a theater, a tennis court, five massage rooms, and an indoor swimming pool. It would truly be a once in a lifetime Thanksgiving!

Milagro

For a Thanksgiving meal not far from the Eiffel Tower don’t miss Milagro. You can dine in or takeaway the meal on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday evening. A highlight of the meal is sure to be the slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream! Milagro

Café Varenne

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For a French take on Thanksgiving, head to Café Varenne in the 7th arrondissement. This neighborhood restaurant is a favorite of Ina Garten and offers “The Best Thanksgiving in Paris!” Café Varenne

Hotel Vernet

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Hotel Vernet offers an annual Thanksgiving feast under the beautiful Gustave Eiffel-designed glass dome. This special evening brings together the best of France and the United States! Hotel Vernet

Prepare Your Own Thanksgiving Dinner in Paris

If you feel like preparing a Thanksgiving dinner in Paris, luckily there are plenty of options! You can order a whole turkey (dinde) from most butcher shops as long as you do it one to two weeks before Thanksgiving day. Otherwise a roasted chicken makes a good substitute. American Thanksgiving cooking staples like canned pumpkin, cranberries, and stuffing are available at La Grande Épicerie or the American food store The Real McCoy.

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Private Guided Tour of the Aligre Market

Want to shop for ingredients to cook your own Thanksgiving dinner in Paris? Let our private guide help you!

In this market, you will find a melting pot of different cultures and colors, fresh products, cheeses. and wines. The market is divided into two sections: a covered market where you will find French delicatessen, fresh fishes, poultry, dairy, cut flowers and an uncovered market where you can see a curious mix between shouting fruit sellers and antique dealers. It’s half of a food market, half of a flea market.


Your guide will stop at several shops for you to taste a selection of the best French specialties along the way. The tour will be tailored accordingly to your tastes and special dietary restrictions to either include more sweet or salty food.


Need help making Thanksgiving dinner reservations? When you book your trip with French Side Travel our English-speaking Travel Care team will be able to offer assistance, 24/7 while you’re in France. There’s still time to plan a trip to France in 2021. Our travel designers are standing by to create a tailor-made itinerary just for you.

Visiting Paris in the Winter

Don’t let the colder temperatures deter you, visiting Paris in the winter is a wonderful idea. You can experience Christmas markets, taste plenty of seasonal foods and drinks, and finish your holiday shopping – all with the City of Light decked in holiday lights and decorations in the background. We’re sharing some of the highlights of visiting Paris in the winter.


Visiting Paris in the Winter

Take in the Holiday Lights and Decorations

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They take holiday lights and decorations very seriously in the City of Light. As a result, pretty much anywhere you go you’ll be struck by the magic of the season. Even small boutiques and neighborhoods participate in decorating – the results are charming and make Paris feel like a small village.

However, don’t miss the holiday lights and decorations found along the major avenues and places in Paris. Highlights year after year include the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Avenue Montaigne, Place Vendôme, and Boulevard Saint Germain.

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Illumination Tour of Paris with A Glass of Champagne in a Classic French Car

Paris, City of Light, is never more stunning than at night, when she truly lives up to her name. With illuminated avenues and spot-lit monuments Paris takes on a fairy-tale dimension. The city becomes extra magical during the holiday season!

You’ll be welcomed with a glass of champagne and visit Paris in a classic Citroën 2CV with an English-speaking guide. See the highlights of central Paris including the Avenue des Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, the Trocadéro, the Eiffel Tower, the Invalides, Pont Alexandre III, the Petit and Grand Palais, the Place de la Concorde, the Garnier Opera, the Place Vendôme, the Louvre, the Île de la Cité, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. You’ll also enjoy a stunning perspective of the city from the top, at the balcony in Montmartre. Truly the perfect way to see all of the holiday lights!

See the Christmas Markets in Paris

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A must-see when visiting Paris in the winter is one or more of the fabulous Christmas markets in Paris. You’ll find the markets sprinkled throughout the city. Each is different and provides a festive mix of ways to take in the holiday spirit. We recommend getting a cup of hot chocolate and wandering the various stalls. You’ll find holiday decorations, regional and seasonal food specialties, music, sometimes rides and attractions and just general merriment!

Some of our favorite Christmas Markets in Paris can be found in the following locations: the Tuileries Garden (formerly along the Champs-Élysées), Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Saint-Sulpice, Place de la Nation, Place des Abesses in Montmartre, Gare de l’Est and Trocadero.

Get Your Holiday Shopping Done

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Year-round, the shopping is fabulous in Paris. Once the department stores and boutiques install their famous holiday window and interior displays they become nearly impossible to resist. And what better way to surprise someone on your list than with a special gift from Paris? The Grands Magasins, Galeries Lafayette and Printemps have some of the most impressive window displays in the city year after year, and the Christmas tree inside Galeries Lafayette is truly incredible. On the Left Bank you’ll find the oldest department store in Paris, Le Bon Marché, which always has impressive window displays and decorations. This year Samaritaine reopened in Paris after extensive renovations and the holiday display is sure to be fabulous!

Paris’ Wonderful Covered Passages Private Walking Tour

Your guide will take you through these secret passages and shopping arcades on a wonderful walk. Located on the Rive Droite and near the main boulevards, these structures were created for wealthy clients. The passages experienced their prime in the first half of the 19th century.

You will get to enjoy the beauty of these passages that have been finely preserved over the years. It truly feels like traveling back in time! This is not only a wonderful opportunity to do some holiday shopping, but also a great time to see some more fabulous decorations and take a break from the chilly weather!

Taste Traditional French Christmas Foods and Drinks

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Throughout the holiday season you’ll find seasonal foods and drinks sprinkled throughout restaurant and café menus, bakeries, as well as in markets and grocery stores. There’s always plenty of seafood including oysters, scallops, smoked salmon and lobster, as well as foie gras and capon. Bûche de Noël is a favorite dessert. Many of the city’s top pastry chef’s each create a version with their own special touch.

To drink you’ll find the Alsatian specialty vin chaud at many cafés and Christmas markets. There’s no better way to warm up than with a glass of mulled wine. Chocolat chaud is also a must. Angelina is known for their thick and rich version of hot chocolate, but we also love chocolate master Jacques Genin’s delicious version of the drink. For people-watching, you can’t beat a cup of hot chocolate at Café de Flore.

And of course, when in France, Champagne is always a good idea. Stop for a glass at a café or restaurant, treat yourself to an exceptional setting at a hotel bar, or better yet, enjoy a private Champagne tasting in a magnificent cellar to learn even more about this delicate drink.

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Luxury Christmas Food & Decoration Private Walking Tour

Get into the Christmas magic with this exceptional walking tour. Your itinerary will start at the Grands Magasins, where you will discover what makes Christmas in Paris so special: food, wine and decorations. We’ll enter into a paradise of gourmet connoisseurs for an oyster and white wine tasting. Next, we’ll discover the best of Christmas foods all in one place (cheese, salmon, caviar, foie gras, chocolate, gingerbread and more).

After the tasting, you will admire the Christmas lights, decorations and trees in the stores. We’ll continue our walk to Madeleine where we’ll see the church as well as numerous gourmet shops.

Finally, we will take the little streets and passages, full of Christmas lights and decorations until we reach one of Paris’ best wine bars for a foie gras and champagne tasting!

Where to Stay in Paris During the Winter

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To maximize your holiday spirit and experience in Paris during the winter we recommend staying in the heart of the city. The five-star Hotel Vernet is located in one of Paris’s favorite neighborhoods, just off of the Champs-Elysées and close to the Arc de Triomphe. You’ll have the best of Paris during the holidays at your fingertips with incredible access to Christmas markets, lights and decorations, shopping and more. After a long day, enjoy a dinner at the hotel restaurant featuring fine cuisine and a lovely glass dome ceiling by Gustave Eiffel.

If you’re visiting Paris with children, consider an extra memorable stay at the Palace Hotel Plaza Athénée. This absolutely gorgeous hotel turns its inner courtyard into an ice-skating rink for children. They also create a gourmet cabin surrounding the ice-skating rink for adults to warm up with a sweet treat or a beverage while watching the children delight in their fun.

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Ready to visit Paris in the winter? There’s still time to plan a trip for this year! Our travel designers are standing by to create a tailor-made itinerary just for you.

Our Seven Favorite Classic French Restaurants in Paris

When it comes to traditional French cuisine there are choices galore in Paris. Sometimes the options can be overwhelming, so to help narrow your search we’ve identified our top seven favorite classic restaurants in Paris. These tried and true places are not only delicious, but also have lovely atmospheres and reliably friendly service.


Our Seven Favorite Classic French Restaurants in Paris

La Fontaine de Mars

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Fontaine de Mars

La Fontaine de Mars opened in 1908 making it one of the oldest bistros in Paris. The charming tiled floors, red and white checked tablecloths, and friendly service will make you feel as if you’re in a Paris from yesteryears. They are known for their incredible Escargot de Bourgogne “Fontaine de Mars,” roasted chicken with mashed potatoes (a Sunday specialty), and incredible wine list. When the weather is nice the restaurant also has a wonderful terrace. A great option not far from the Eiffel Tower! La Fontaine de Mars, 129 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris

Bistrot Paul Bert

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In France, a bistrot is different from a restaurant. A casual neighborhood bistrot has quick and efficient service, a simple menu, and a lively atmosphere. Bistrot Paul Bert is a quintessential Parisian bistrot, which is why locals and visitors alike love it. Expect high quality, carefully sourced ingredients and wines that come straight from the vignerons (winegrowers). You can’t go wrong with just about anything on the chalkboard menu. Bistrot Paul Bert, 18 Rue Paul Bert, 75011 Paris (closed Sundays and Mondays).

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Paris Food Experience: Morning Market Visit, Cooking Class, and Lunch
Embark on a unique culinary and Parisian cultural experience completely inspired by its gastronomical fare!

At a local market you will have to opportunity to buy fresh produce and learn about the French market culture. You’ll discover how to choose the ingredients, why, as well as where they come from.

Then it’s back to the kitchen. You will learn basic and advanced French cooking techniques through the process of creating a three-course French meal. You will cover five to seven fundamental cooking techniques as each theory will be explained.

During lunch, your host will share stories about each of the dishes to help illustrate various aspects of French culture. A bit of history, a touch of sociology, tongue-in-cheek humor, and quite a bit of gastronomy as one might expect. This is quite a unique, intimate and quite delectable experience in Paris indeed!

Restaurant Joséphine “Chez Dumonet”

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Courtesy of Joséphine Chez Dumonet

When it comes to traditional French food in Paris, Restaurant Joséphine “Chez Dumonet” is a shining star. Walking inside feels like stepping inside a time machine. The menu is small at this family-owned restaurant and everything is excellent. You won’t want to miss the beef tartare that’s prepared table-side or the beef bourguignon, which cooks for three days. Save room for dessert – the massive Grand Marnier soufflé is accompanied by a glass of eau de vie. Restaurant Joséphine Chez Dumonet, 117 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006 Paris (closed Saturdays and Sundays).

Le Voltaire

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Courtesy of Le Voltaire

Le Voltaire is beloved by both local regulars and loyal visitors who return time and time again. This chic restaurant, located directly across from the Musée du Louvre along the Seine, is unassuming from the outside but warm and inviting once inside. Although prices are high, the food, service, and attention to details are all immaculate. Each dish is accompanied by Le Voltaire’s famous crispy matchstick frites which are impossible to resist. Le Voltaire, 27 Quai Voltaire, 75007 Paris.

Bouillon Chartier

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Courtesy of Bouillon Chartier

Bouillon Chartier originally opened in 1896 as an inexpensive restaurant for workers in the neighborhood. Since that time there have only been four owners and Bouillon Chartier has remained a Parisian institution that continues to draw crowds night after night, 365 days a year. Expect hearty French classics, waiters dressed in black and white, and a bustling ambiance. Bouillon Chartier, 7 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 Paris.

Le Grand Vefour

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Courtesy of Le Grand Vefour

For a truly fine dining experience and impeccable wine list go to Le Grand Vefour in the Palais-Royal. The two Michelin-starred restaurant has hosted many top French politicians, artists, and literary geniuses over its storied 200-year history. The décor is in the incredible 18th century art décoratif style and is filled with elegant gold and red tones. Be sure to make a reservation well in advance at this opulent restaurant. Le Grand Vefour, 17 Rue de Beaujolais, 75001 Paris.

Le Train Bleu

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Courtesy of Le Train Bleu

You may not expect one of the most beautiful restaurants in Paris to be found inside the Gare de Lyon train station, but that is indeed the case with Le Train Bleu. This beautiful Belle Epoque restaurant is perfect for a romantic dinner date. Spend your meal admiring the dreamy frescos. They feature places in France that you can catch a train to just downstairs. Le Train Bleu, Gare de Lyon, Place Louis-Armand, 75012 Paris.

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Paris Food Experience: Cheese and Wine Tasting
You will embark on an incredible cheese and wine tasting experience in a 17th-century cheese maturing cellar in the heart of Paris. On the agenda today: learning the skill of tasting exceptional cheeses and pairing them with wonderful wines. You will never taste cheese and wine like this again!


Ready for a trip to Paris? Our travel designers are standing by and can help incorporate these seven favorite classic French restaurants in Paris into your itinerary. Some of our most popular Paris wine and food tours include A Foodie Tour of Paris, Champagne & Bordeaux, Food and Wine Lovers Tour of Paris and Bordeaux, and an Exclusive Private Tour of Paris.

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