Le Jules Verne
The Eiffel tower is one of the most recognisable and romantic landmarks in the world, so where better to take a loved one and enjoy a romantic meal than Le Jules Verne, the restaurant on the second level. Step into the private lift and you will be whisked up to 120 metres above the ground, from where there are stunning views over Paris. With food to match the views, this makes for a truly extraordinary date venue, perfect for impressing your date with your knowledge of the sights below or, if you wait until evening, watching the lights of the city come alive.
Le Jules Verne, Tour Eiffel, avenue Gustave Eiffel, 75007 Paris, +33 (0)1 4555 6144
Ideal for couples who value their privacy, Passage 53 is discreetly tucked away in one of Paris’s most charming locations – the glass-covered Passage des Panoramas shopping arcade – and is impossibly romantic. With barely any signs, and the blinds pulled shut, it would be easy to walk past and not even know it was there, yet a reputation for extraordinary food by France’s only Japanese chef with a Michelin star guarantees its popularity. With just a handful of tables and understated décor, the restaurant ensures the focus is on the exquisite food – and your partner.
Passage 53, 53 passage des Panoramas, 75002 Paris, +33 (0)1 4233 0435
Le Grand Véfour
Le Grand Véfour has welcomed some of the most famous names in French history to its rooms. Originally built in 1784 in the arcades of the Palais-Royal, the restaurant has one of the most beautiful dining rooms in Paris, with walls and ceilings covered in lavish paintings and mirrors, and a menu of appropriately fine French cuisine by Guy Martin. Reserve a table here and you will think you’ve stepped back in time.
Le Grand Véfour, 17 rue de Beaujolais, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4296 5627
Rich with history and romance, the Lapérouse is located on the picturesque banks of the Seine in the Quartier Latin. Founded in 1766, the restaurant – complete with plush velvet sofas, wood panelling and intimate atmosphere – continues to offer a luxurious retreat for couples. Traditional French food such as rabbit and foie gras complete the old-world feel. We recommend hiring one of the small private rooms for a truly romantic hideaway.
Lapérouse, 51 quai des Grands Augustins, 75006 Paris, +33 (0)1 4326 6804
Le Grand Colbert
Situated in a listed building, this renowned classic brasserie was made world famous by Diane Keaton’s film Something’s Gotta Give. One of the most popular eateries in the area, Le Grand Colbert is rigorously authentic, serving traditional French cuisine from onion soup to frog’s legs. Café de Paris-style lamps provide perfect mood lighting for couples, while the Palais-Royal garden and the Louvre are a mere five minutes away, perfect for a evening or after-lunch romantic stroll.
Le Grand Colbert, 2-4 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris