Last week, we launcheda shiny new Paris page and asked our readers to jump into the fray. We invited you to ask questions about your upcoming trip or to share tips from past visits to the city. And we promised to answer some. So here's to the start of a new relationship.
Reader akemp bragged that she'll be traveling to Paris for the first time on Valentine's Day (lucky you!) and asked for some romantic dinner ideas. Here are a few to begin, and we'll return to the question again in February.
The most over-the-top romantic place in Paris is probably Lapérouse. This restaurant has been notorious since 1766 for its two private dining rooms that each contain a table, a sofa, and a mirror. According to legend, the sofas have been "tested" by everyone from French Senators to the writer Victor Hugo. To ensure your privacy, waiters stay away until you ring for them—ooh la la! Dinner is around €100 ($150) per person, but lunch is more accessible at €30 ($45). Lapérouse, 51 quai des Grands Augustins, 6th arrondissement, 011-33/1-43-26-68-04.
For settings that are more spectacular than scandalous, you might consider a brasserie. Le Grand Colbert (recommended by travelerchica on November 9), Bofinger, and Julien all have jaw-dropping interiors and menus from between 25-35 euros. Le Grand Colbert, 2 rue Vivienne, 2nd arrondissement, 011-33/1-42-86-82-38. Bofinger, 7 rue de la Bastille, 4th arrondissement, 011-33/1-42-72-87-82. Julien
For romance on a shoestring, head to La Fourmi Ailée. This sweet little place near Notre Dame has warm lighting, a friendly staff who won't ruin your mood, and dinner options for under €12 ($18). After dinner, you can have a romantic stroll along the Seine—perhaps in the direction of Berthillon ice cream cone on the Ile Saint-Louis! La Fourmi Ailée, 31 rue Saint-Louis en l'Ile, 4th arrondissement, 011-33/1-43-29-40-99.
Got another romantic idea to share with akemp? Have a question for your own Paris trip, or a recommendation because you've just come back? Tell us about it in the comments on our Paris City page.