Are you planning a babymoon in Paris, France? This guide to the City of Lights is ideal for expecting couples looking for a romantic and fun filled getaway before baby arrives.
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I’ve always had a bit of an obsession with Paris. When I was 11, my mom flew us to Paris and London for a week and I instantly fell in love with the City of Lights.
That first trip did it for me. Even at a young age, I just felt like the city was home. I still feel that way, over twenty years later.
Knowing that it would be quite a while before we landed in Europe again though, with a tiny newborn, my husband booked me a surprise babymoon in Paris as my thirtieth birthday gift.
At seven months pregnant, I hopped on a flight over the Atlantic for one last long weekend, just the two of us, in my favorite place in the world. Hands down, best birthday present ever.
Why A Babymoon in Paris is Always a Good Idea
Paris is always a good idea. But why is it perfect for your babymoon?
The City of Lights is romantic, fun, and cultural. It’s the perfect spot for two people who are about to be neck deep in dirty diapers and spit up. One last hurrah, right!?
Accordion players on the cobblestone streets of Montmartre. Strolling hand in hand through Luxembourg Gardens. Dining on champagne and oysters…wait, you can’t have that pregnant.
But, you will eat luxuriously during your babymoon in Paris. Would you believe me if I told you one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had was in Paris at Marzo? And I was a New Yorker for 30+ years…
Not to mention the raclette, ham and swiss crepes, and all the French sauces. Is there anything more appealing at seven months pregnant?
Paris provides an opportunity to do what you won’t be doing with a newborn. Like eat gourmet meals, linger in art museums, and stroll leisurely. Plus, it’s super easy to navigate, whether you’re walking, taking the metro, or calling for an Uber.
Lastly, I don’t know how true this is, but I believe there is some sort of French pregnancy priority. No one lets a pregnant person wait in line. I even jumped the security line at Charles de Gaulle.
If you’re ready to book your babymoon in Paris, let’s jump on in…
Where to Stay During Your Babymoon in Paris
Since your options will be limited post baby, your Babymoon is a perfect opportunity to book something chic or upscale in Paris.
For an absolute splurge, nothing beats Le Meurice. One of the top hotels in Paris, Le Meurice is on the Rue de Rivoli, overlooking the Tuileries. You can easily walk to most landmarks.
The Saint James Albany Hotel, also on Rue de Rivoli, a few building down from Le Meurice, is modestly priced for its prime location. If you’re looking for beautiful accommodations and prime real estate, without the price tag, it doesn’t get much better.
Hotel Gaston, in the 17th Arrondissement, is an excellent budget-conscious choice. This artsy and modern hotel is away from tourist areas, making it much quieter. Just a ten minute walk from the metro, you’ll never be too far from the heart of Paris.
Of course there’s no shortage of quaint Parisian apartments available on AirBNB. The views from some are impeccable.
What to See and Do During Your Babymoon in Paris
Enjoy Guided or Self Guided Tours at Museums
Visiting the Louvre is a must, but consider spending just a short amount of time. Either pick a wing or plan out your must see artifacts and paintings. It’s just…a lot.
Consider seeing the Musée d’Orsay over the Louvre, or in addition to, as it’s much smaller and easier to navigate, especially pregnant.
A Quick Tip About Touring Landmarks and Museums During Your Babymoon in Paris
Whenever possible, book tickets ahead of time, preferably with skip the line access. Don’t waste your very limited energy standing in line!
You can find some of my top recommended tours here:
Stroll Through the Gardens During Your Romantic Babymoon in Paris
My favorite are the Tulieries, just outside the Louvre, and Luxembourg, south of the Seine. Grab some coffee and people-watch. Set up a romantic picnic…with sparkling cider, and spend time being slow.
Marvel at the Eiffel Tower at Night
Marvel at the world’s most romantic city from atop it’s most famous structure. Cheesy, yes. Touristy? Absolutely. Romantic as hell? You bet!
The Eiffel Tower dazzles the city with sparkling lights every hour until about 11pm or midnight each night. Coincide your climb with one of the last shows and marvel at the skyline under the twinkling lights.
At seven months pregnant, I didn’t find the climb too strenuous, though the top floor was closed for construction during our visit.
Peruse the Fun Latin Quarter
The Latin Quarter is full of unique food stands, cafés and shopping. It’s famous for its bookstores, including the American bookstore, Shakespeare and Company.
Located just north of Jardin du Luxembourg and south of Île de la Cité, the Latin Quarter is conveniently located close to many other landmarks and must visit spots.
Take a Gorgeous Architecture Walk
One of my favorite things to do during a trip is build in time to just walk around a city. Paris has some of the most beautiful and aesthetically pleasing architecture.
Visit my personal favorite, the Opéra Garnier, and stop at a nearby café. Naturally, you’d also want to walk down the Champs-Élyées, one of the most famous streets in Paris, between the Arc de-Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde. Along your way, make sure to stop for some macarons, as eating all the snacks and treats will be a must during your babymoon in Paris
Walk the Streets of Romantic Montmartre
Montmartre is my favorite area of Paris for its romance and quintessential Parisian feel. A true artists haven, find handmade goods, quaint shops and cafés, and street artists. Don’t miss the view from the top!
Uber to the Sacre-Cœur, at the top of the hill, and walk down, through the Place du Tertre and cobblestone streets. I still have vivid memories of listening to the accordionists of Montmartre as we shopped and fell in love with the district.
Other Sights to Visit During Your Babymoon in Paris
- Catacombs of Paris
- Montparnasse Tower / neighborhood
- Spend time in the Le Marais neighborhood
- Take Seine Boat Cruise
Did you take a babymoon? Are you considering a Babymoon in Paris?
We didn’t take a babymoon with our first son, but I’m so glad we were able to take our trip to Paris before our second! If you’re considering booking a babymoon, I highly recommend going for it. Where are you thinking of heading? Is Paris on your short list?
Let us know if we can answer any questions and share your babymoon stories with us below.