Where to Kiss in Paris

Where to kiss in Paris? Where not, more like. Let’s go ahead and cross off “the top of the Eiffel Tower” and “on a boat down the Seine,” shall we? They’re clichés, and we can do better. “Outside a cathedral” is also a bit naff, unless you just got married. I hope no words are needed about inside cathedrals — OK, OK there’s a pretty sexy thrill to it, but mostly they’re packed with tourists, and the whole “threat of discovery” angle is ruined. Consider a few alternatives.

The Bois de Boulogne park in the 16th arrondissement can supply an action-adventure-romance element. Make a beeline for the waterfall and slip behind it, and what do you find? Not a hostile bunch of “natives,” but a perfectly private place for a peck, or three.

Take a cue from the 1991 French film Les Amants du Pont-Neuf and cozy up in one of the alcoves on the Pont Neuf bridge, preferably during one of Paris’s beautiful sunsets.

Remember the scene in French Kiss when Meg Ryan spots her ex-fiancé coming down in the elevator mid-embrace, causing her to careen into the dessert cart? Re-create the sexy, elegant part of the scene in the elevator of the Four Seasons Hotel George V.

The Jardin du Luxembourg is arguably Paris’s most beautiful park. Take advantage of frosty winter weather and indulge in a crêpe or gaufre (waffle), followed by other sweet treats. Tasty …

The Deux Magots café in St.-Germain-des-Prés is the former existentialist hangout. Make like legendary lovers Sartre and de Beauvoir, annoy the staff and get your revenge for the price of the coffee.

The Place des Vosges, in the heart of the Marais, is a stunning arcade with a public garden in the center. Pay homage to the Georges Brassens song “Les Amoureux des Bancs Publiques” and get comfortable on a park bench. For more on the Place des Vosges, consult our list of must-do’s.

In the early hours of morning, the courtyard of the Louvre is the perfect spot for looking out over the gardens with an open bottle of champagne. Bisous.

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