Palais Royal Gardens
If your sweetheart doesn’t know Paris, this will be a nice surprise. Walking through the passageway from the busy streets around the Louvre and the Opera district, you’ll enter a quiet oasis of columns, arcades, and an elegant garden. One of the best aspects of this as a proposal option is that it’s marvelous all year round so you won’t have to rely on the unpredictable skies of Paris that some of these other venues might require. In addition, it’s rarely packed so you’ll be sure to have the intimacy to cherish the moment.
Temple of Sibylle, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
For a more laidback, but equally lovely Parisian garden experience, venture off the beaten path to the northeastern Buttes-Chaumont Park. A favorite of Parisians, this is one of the various parks built during the second half of the 19th century under the Haussmannisation of the city. Constructed on the site of a disused stone quarry, the terrain shows evidence of this with its hilly slopes, though quite thoroughly remodeled by the park’s designer. Crowning one of these is the Temple of Sibylle, found in the middle of the small lake on Belvédère Island. Inspired by the Roman Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, you’ll have to scale 173 steps to get to the top, but the path is pleasant, passing hidden grottos and waterfalls, plus once at its summit, you’ll be rewarded with an impressive view of the north of the city, including Sacré Coeur, very romantic horizons for your very romantic occasion.