Top 10 romantic activities in the Paris Region

1/ Admire Picasso in pink and blue

Cubist painter Pablo Picasso is enjoying a surge of coverage in France this season – and Paris’s beloved Musée d’Orsay is showcasing his ‘pink’ and ‘blue’ periods in partnership with the Musée National Picasso-Paris (until 6 January 2019). The first large-scale collaboration between the two museums, it presents a new interpretation of the years 1900-1906, when his romantic pinks and oranges contrasted his sombre blues across an emotionally-charged body of work.
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2/ Have a pre-Christmas splurge at a concept store

Parisian entrepreneurs have seized the idea of concept (pop-up) stores like nobody else, opening dozens of them across the capital over the past decade. From home design and decoration and eco-friendly fashion in the Marais to retro bric-a-brac in Montreuil, you can lose yourself in one of these for hours – and if you’re feeling generous, they’re ideal places to get started on Christmas shopping too.
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3/ Experience ‘bistronomie’

Paris may be one of the brightest cities in terms of Michelin stars – but don’t overlook bistronomie, or bistro culture. The classic Parisian bistro dates back to the 19th century and combines high-quality, honest cooking with affordable prices. It’s traditional yet trendy, and often the best place to taste the classics: foie gras, onion soup, confit duck, chocolate mousse, tarte Tatin. Pull up a chair and bring a good appetite.
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4/ Visit dreamy Versailles

Versailles is best known for its splendid UNESCO-listed château, one of France’s most prominent historical and artistic treasures, set in beautiful gardens designed by André Le Nôtre. The equine theme continues with a visit to the National Equestrian Academy in the royal stables. Versailles itself is also architecturally elegant and well worth a visit, with numerous antique dealers and art galleries.
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5/ Take a cruise on the Seine

Paris’ famous river is the lifeblood of the city, snaking its way past its finest museums and monuments, majestic rows of weeping willows and beneath 32 bridges. One of the loveliest ways to admire the landmarks is from the water. Hour-long cruises are usually held in French and English and headsets offer other translations too, so you can learn Parisian history while soaking up the sights. And to really push the boat out, why not treat yourself to lunch or dinner while cruising?
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6/ Indulge at an iconic pâtisserie

Forget haute couture – some of Paris’ sexiest shops are pâtisseries, seducing you with their polished vitrines of sunny tarte au citron, perfectly dusted millefeuille and gâteau Opéra so shiny you can see your face in it. Master pâtissiers are true artists, training for years to reach their level of craftsmanship. Dalloyau, Stohrer and Durand are just three of our favourites, but we’ll let you decide…
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7/ Immerse yourselves in the world of musicals

An exhibition at the Philharmonie de Paris (until 27 January 2019) explores the joyous world of musicals, seeking to immerse visitors in the films themselves thanks to its giant projections. Accompanying photographs, rare documents and fun interactive exhibits place the genre within its historical context. From Fred Astaire to John Travolta, and from West Side Story to Beauty and the Beast, this is a spectacular panorama of musicals’ richness and diversity.
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8/ Cosy up in a cocktail bar

Cocktail bars in Paris have grown in number and charm in recent years, and you’ll be spoilt for choice when you’re in the mood for a stylish setting to sip that perfect sundowner. There are exquisitely crafted drinks around tucked away down sidestreets and behind nondescript doors just waiting to be tasted. This said, sometimes the classics are still the best: Bar Hemingway and the Experimental Cocktail Club need no introduction, so just glam up, go out and enjoy.
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9/ Be wowed at the cabaret

Cabaret in Paris is famous – but it’s not just about frills and feathers, tassels, stockings and the can-can. It’s an art form that celebrates the beauty of the human body, dance, music and the magic of a fabulously choreographed, theatrical performance with opulent costumes. In Paris, more than anywhere else in the world, cabaret is revered as living art – and your ticket will traditionally include champagne and a meal, making it an all-evening affair.
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10/ Kick back to cool jazz

Jazz has always flourished along Paris’ winding streets and smoky, bohemian bars – head to historic Saint-Germain-des-Prés where it all began, or to legendary Rue des Lombards where three of the capital’s top clubs are crammed along a 50-metre stretch a step away from the busy Place du Châtelet. Elsewhere in Paris Region there are restaurants serving up live jazz alongside delicious cuisine… perfect if you’re looking for an romantic evening serenade.
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