Romantic things to do in Paris near Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Although the love locks on the Pont des Arts have now been removed, nowhere in the world does romance quite like Paris. From atmospheric gardens to Michelin-starred dining, opulent opera houses to long walks along Haussmannian boulevards, this two-day itinerary for the City of Light offers up the perfect escape for couples looking to embark on an amorous getaway.
Parc Monceau is the first stop of the day, just 15 minutes from the hotel by taxi or 25 minutes’ walk.
Full of unexpected delights, Parc Monceau is a peaceful garden found in the eighth arrondissement. First established in the 17th century, the tranquil escape comprises wild gardens, a scenic pond, and winding pathways; it’s also dotted with sculptures and artefacts ranging from classical colonnades to a model Egyptian pyramid.
Shopping on avenue Montaigne
Perhaps the most prestigious shopping street in Paris, avenue Montaigne’s elegant looks are matched by the impressive calibre of its high fashion boutiques. Brands and designers, such as Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, alongside myriad others, vie for the attention of Paris’s most discerning, fashion-conscious shoppers.
From avenue Montaigne, take a 10-minute taxi ride or 20-minute sunset stroll along the river to get to the Eiffel Tower.
Walk in the footsteps of history with a tour of the iconic Eiffel Tower, built to celebrate the Universal Exposition of 1889. Towering over the French capital, there are few finer places to gaze out over the city of Paris. Climb to the top or ascend via the lift to enjoy the sensational views from the top at sunset.
Back on the ground, take a 15-minute walk across the river for dinner at Ducasse Sur Seine.
Ducasse Sur Seine
Ducasse Sur Seine, a chic dining cruise from Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse that departs from the port in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, offers a sumptuously romantic way to enjoy the sights of the City of Lights while indulging in an exquisite dinner for two with tailored wine pairings.
The Palais Garnier is then a 15-minute taxi ride away.
Ballet at the Palais Garnier
The baroque surroundings of the 19th century Palais Garnier offer a truly memorable backdrop to a night at the ballet – without which an amorous trip to Paris would surely be incomplete. Though originally built as an opera house in 1875, the Palais Garnier is today equally well-known for its dance performances, and regularly hosts the world’s top-ranked ballet companies.
To get back to the hotel, take a 15-minute taxi journey.
Start the day with a trip to the Bois de Vincennes in the 12th arrondissement, 30 minutes away from the hotel by taxi.
Bois de Vincennes
Found on the easterly edge of the city, the Bois de Vincennes is the second largest park in Paris. Take a stroll through the enchanting woodland, or take to the water and rent a boat on Lac Daumesnil. The Bois de Vincennes is also home to the Parc Floral, which hosts jazz concerts en plein air during the summer months.
Take a taxi for the 20-minute journey to the Café de Flore.
Café de Flore
A gathering point for the Paris intelligentsia since its beginnings in the 1880s, Café de Flore has hosted artists and influencers ranging from Ernest Hemingway to André Breton. Today, the café is slightly more tourist-inhabited than in its bohemian heyday, but a Flore special café expresso on its terrace is still a Parisian rite of passage. There’s also a tempting menu of cuisine française, should you wish to linger for lunch.
Then, it’s a 20-minute walk or 10-minute taxi ride to the Musée Rodin.
Le Jardin du Musée Rodin
A peaceful oasis hidden away in the seventh arrondissement, the Musée Rodin is as much a destination for its sculpture garden as it is its indoor exhibitions. Comprising three hectares of roses, graceful statuary, verdant hedges, terraces and trees, the garden seamlessly blends art and nature, and includes mementos sourced from the artist’s personal collection.
From the museum, it’s 25 minutes to the Riva Private Boat Cruise mooring by car.
Riva Private Boat Cruise
Synonymous with style, speed and elegance, Riva, a luxury Italian yacht brand, has long been synonymous with Riviera chic. During a private Riva cruise, couples are expertly steered down the Seine, past famous Paris landmarks. Each boat is navigated by a skipper, whilst a host serves up treats like Champagne and petits fours.
Back on dry land, drive for 30 minutes to reach Le Pré Catelan for dinner.
Le Pré Catelan
With three Michelin stars, Le Pré Catalan ranks among the world’s pre-eminent fine dining restaurants. Hidden away deep within the Bois de Boulogne, a forested park on the outer fringes of the city, the restaurant matches views of the lush scenery with an exquisite tasting menu guided by Chef Frédéric Anton.
A 20-minute taxi ride will then get you back to the hotel.
All journey times are approximate and subject to variation.