It’s not cheap and it’s touristy, but there is something genuinely romantic about dining on a Bateaux Parisiens riverboat as the city twinkles all around. That’s probably why so many gals have said yes over dinner here; and the chances are you’ll see an enamoured couple kissing over their plates of duck foie-gras, a sparkly new rock in hand. All the more reason to pay extra for a table by the window: that way it’s just about you, the view and your dinner, which is surprisingly rather gourmet. Menus on the 3-hour Paris Illuminations cruise (the best for seeing Paris lit up at night, but the most expensive starting at €98 per head) include dishes like starter of salmon tartare with iced broccoli velouté, tender Chateaubriand beef, a plate of ripe ‘n’ creamy St Marcellin cheese, and a crispy chocolate and praline slice. A kir or champagne aperitif and wine are all included in the price – thank god! After dinner, leave your sea legs behind and join the terra firma for a stroll along the Seine. Yes, it’s pure, unadulterated cliché, but don’t diss it ‘til you’ve tried it.
Lunch cruises, and dinner cruises from 40€ are also available. For the Paris Illuminations Dinner cruise smart dress is required.