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Paris has always captivated people’s hearts as the city of love. World renowned for its elegance and sophistication, and boasting unrivalled gastronomic excellence, Paris has everything you need for an unforgettable and romantic evening. From soaking up the luxurious opulence of Michelin-starred splendour, to dining beneath the stars on a barge, here’s our hand-picked selection of the most romantic restaurants in Paris.
The five-star Maison Souquet is a secret refuge tucked away off the Rue de Bruxelles, and has been hailed the world’s top hotel for romance for 2018. It would be a crime not to include this gem on this list. Here, the luckiest romantics can bathe in luxurious opulence, only a stone’s throw away from the famed Moulin Rouge in Montmartre. The sensuality of its subversive architecture can be sensed at every turn, with velvet-lined furniture, wooden panels, huge mirrors and chandeliers in abundance – all in all the perfect setting for a romantic date. Vision is not the only sense to be seduced here, but taste as well in their restaurant. The tea leaves are proudly hand-picked from a Chinese garden by Master Tseng, and their hot chocolate is not complete without a selection of delicious black truffles.
The Parisian restaurant Guy Savoy, recently hailed the “best in the world” for the second year running, is the place to revel in the delicacy of cuisine if you’re searching for elegance, prestige and perfection for your date, particularly seafood. The chef’s signature dishes include blue lobster in the “Land & Sea” option, but his most inventive dish is the “iced poached oyster”. In this meal, the shell is lined with a lightly creamed purée of oyster. A raw oyster is then laid upon it and covered with a jelly of yet more oyster juice. A strip of sorrel, a touch of pepper, and a brunoise of lemon finish it off, seducing the taste buds. But whatever you order, seafood or not, with the flowing champagne you’re sure to enjoy one of the best evenings of your life.
Of course, you don’t just have to dine at Michelin-starred restaurants to have the most wonderful date and discover the fine pleasures of dining in Paris. La Nouvelle Seine is a perfect alternative when thinking about romantic dinners. The reason this restaurant is so renowned need not necessarily stem from the mouth-watering seafood it serves – although it does offer delightful roasted king prawns or fresh salmon topped with mango and chive. Rather, this barge-restaurant is a long-held favourite as it boasts a brilliant location beneath the dramatic architecture of Notre Dame. Not many venues can offer such a unique view of the city, gazing up at the stars. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s a hugely varied program of theatre that ranges from comedy to cabaret to keep you entertained throughout the evening.
If you or your date is a fan of dining in the most delightful art deco elegance, then dinner at L’Orangerie should definitely be on your cards. Its reputation as a romantic restaurant is unrivalled, and famously, it won a Michelin star just eight months after its opening. The meals are artistic masterpieces in themselves, and the restaurant overlooks the famous Marble Courtyard for the cosiest cuddling experience afterwards. The dishes draw inspiration from nature and strive to bring the best out of seasonal and local garden produce. Chef David Bizet’s menu proudly complements the changing seasons, offering what he likes to describe as “a traditional French contemporary cuisine of elegance, refinement and femininity”.
As you can see, there are plenty of choices for a romantic dinner in Paris. The City of Romance is not short on splendour, with more gastronomic delights than you could ever devour. Whether you choose Le Cinq, L’Orangerie, Guy Savoy or Le Meurice for your Michelin-starred treat, or prefer to indulge in more secret refuges like Maison Souquet or better still, Dans Le Noir, swathed in sensual darkness, you’ll be leaving the date awe-struck and amorous.