25 Most Romantic Cities Around the World

When travelers think of the most romantic cities around the world, often the same cities come up (such as Paris), but there are so many cities that can appeal to different types of travelers. So I teamed up with other travel experts to bring you some truly incredible romantic cities around the world – yes, that includes Paris, but it also includes gems like Nairobi and Wilemstead! So here are the most romantic cities around the world, on each continent!

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Romantic Cities Around the World: Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Recommended by Me, The Directionally Challenged Traveler

Cape Town is a great romantic city for couples because it offers a wide variety of romantic activities and experiences. The city is known for its stunning natural beauty, with iconic landmarks such as Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope. Couples can enjoy romantic walks along the beach, take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain for panoramic views, or take a sunset cruise along the waterfront.

Additionally, Cape Town offers a vibrant culinary scene, with a range of restaurants serving delicious local and international cuisine. Enjoy unique delicacies like ostrich, impala, or kudu at Marco’s African Place in the heart of the city. The city also has a lively arts and culture scene, with many museums, galleries, and theaters to explore. History-loving couples can visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for almost twenty years! There are also a lot of wineries surrounding Cape Town that show off the natural beauty of the area. You can also visit the southernmost point in the world (other than Antarctica) at the Cape of Good Hope!

Cape Town’s combination of natural beauty, cultural richness, and atmosphere makes it an ideal romantic destination for couples.

The scenery outside Cape Town at a winery. Photo by The Directionally Challenged Traveler.

Nairobi, Kenya

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Nairobi is a great romantic city to visit as a couple because it offers a variety of romantic experiences and activities. It’s often not thought about as a romantic city, but the atmosphere in Nairobi is intoxicating.

The city is surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes, such as the Nairobi National Park, which is home to a diverse range of wildlife and offers opportunities for safari and wildlife viewing. Couples can also visit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to experience baby elephants up close (and ethically!). The city is often the start of a safari in Kenya which gives the air a sense of excitement for travelers.

Overall, Nairobi offers a unique and exciting mix of natural beauty, culture, and modern amenities that make it a perfect destination for a romantic getaway.

Baby elephants at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Photo by The Directionally Challenged Traveler.
Read More: Best Safari parks in Kenya

Romantic Cities Around the World: Asia

Kyoto, Japan

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Kyoto is a great romantic city to visit as a couple because of its rich cultural heritage, stunning temples, and beautiful gardens. The city has a long history and is home to many historical sites such as the Kinkaku-ji Temple, the golden temple, and the Gion district, which are perfect for couples to explore together. Find a

Additionally, Kyoto is known for its beautiful gardens, such as the Kyoto Botanical Gardens, which are perfect for romantic walks and picnics. The city also has many traditional ryokans, or inns, which offer couples the opportunity to experience traditional Japanese culture and hospitality.

Furthermore, Kyoto is known for its traditional arts, such as tea ceremonies, flower arrangements, and traditional Japanese music, which can be experienced together in various cultural centers and museums. The city is also known for its delicious Japanese cuisine, particularly the traditional Kaiseki meals, which can be enjoyed in many of the city’s romantic restaurants. Check out the incredible Fushimi Inari shrine of over 10,000 Tori gates and a beautiful view over the city.

Sunset while hiking the Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto, Japan. Photo by The Directionally Challenged Traveler.

Phuket, Thailand

Recommended by Lesli of Backpackers Thailand

Phuket island is one of the most romantic places in South East Asia a couple could visit. From popping the question to enjoying a sunset yacht dinner, there is something in Phuket to make any couple swoon. Here are some of the ideas.

Proposals with a view. Phuket is an incredibly popular destination for proposals. Its stunningly beautiful landscapes provide a breathtaking backdrop for couples. You can also hire “hidden” photographers from local businesses who can discreetly capture the moment without spoiling the surprise.

Romantic dining. For an intimate dining experience, head up into the mountains and visit the 3 Monkeys restaurant. This hidden gem offers spectacular forest views and delicious food in a cozy atmosphere where couples can relax and enjoy each other’s company without any distractions. It’s only open daily from 10 am to 11 pm so be sure to plan ahead! Moo Ob Anajak and Kai Yang Wanon are a must-try here! Alternatively, visit the La Gritta Restaurant in Patong, which offers the perfect view of the entire Patong Bay, or Talung Tai at Paresa Resort, with a panoramic terrace above the sea.

Sunset yacht dinner. Nothing says romance like cruising around Phuket on a luxurious yacht while watching the sunset over its clear blue waters. Some yacht companies even provide private dinners.

Loy Krathong Festival. Every year during November, couples have another opportunity to express their love for one another at the Loy Krathong festival (a festival celebrating light). During this time, thousands of people gather at nearby waterways to release floating flower-decorated lanterns.

Looking for a romantic place to stay in Phuket? Unlock the key to pure romance at The Shore At Katathani adult only resort in Phuket. With its luxurious villas and breathtaking views of pristine beaches, you’ll find an idyllic hideaway perfect for a love-filled getaway!

A beach in Phuket. Photo by Backpackers Thailand.

Sohra, India

Recommended by Joydeep of The Gypsy Chiring

Sohra is a tranquil town in the East Khasi Hill District of Meghalaya – a state in the northeast region of India. The Britishers changed the name of the town to Cherrapunji, but the original name has always been Sohra. Sohra was once the wettest place on earth. Currently, its neighbouring town Mawsynram now receives the highest rainfall in the world. The matrilineal Khasi ethnic group are the local inhabitants of Sohra. 

A town blessed by rain and surrounded by hills of the Meghalaya Plateau, Sohra has perfect romantic weather. It comprises cascading waterfalls, caves and living root bridges worth exploring. Sohra is ideal for all couples who love to spend time relaxing in natural or artificial pools, who love hiking or ziplining, or trying out the local cuisines of the Khasi people. 

Sohra turns into a misty wonderland during the monsoon months – May to September. Walking with your partner amidst the peaceful foggy roads, holding an umbrella looking at the fading hills and soothing yourself to the sounds of river streams – are moments in Sohra that you would love to treasure. The Nohkalikai Waterfall, Seven Sisters Falls (Nohsngithiang falls), Dainthlen Falls and Wei Sawdong Falls are the must-visit waterfalls in Sohra. 

If you love adventure, go for the trek to Double Decker Living Root Bridge in Nongriat village of Sohra. Dive into the natural pools of Nongriat and Rainbow Falls. Visiting the Mawsmai Caves and Arwah Caves is another adventurous experience. 

Jadoh and Doh-Khleih are two of the popular local cuisines that you can try during your visit to Sohra. Polo Orchid Resort in Sohra provides a perfect view of the Seven Sisters Falls and the Bangladesh plains. Watch the Seven Sisters Falls flow to the valley while taking a swim in the pool of Polo Orchid Resort. 

A valley in Sohra, India. Photo by The Gypsy Chiring.

Romantic Cities Around the World: Europe

Barcelona, Spain

Recommended by Kerry of VeggTravel

Barcelona is known for many things, the culture, food and architecture for a start. But did you know that it is also fantastic for adding a splash of romance to your travels?

Some of the most romantic things to do in Barcelona include Font Magica, a spectacular water and light show comparable to what you see in Las Vegas. When you’re not dazzled by the lights, you will be inspired by the architectural masterpieces from Antoni Gaudi. The Gothic Church -Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and Park Guell are just some of the highlights from this journey through intricate shapes and mosaics.

When you’re not busy admiring the buildings you can take a moment to relax on the beach or take a boat trip together. Work up an appetite and then head to La Ramblas, the most popular strip of bars, restaurants, market stalls, and street performers in the city. Grab a candlelit table and enjoy a selection of delicious Spanish tapas and treat yourselves to a bottle of Cava. There are also many other outdoor restaurants in close vicinity of all major tourist attractions. 

A romantic weekend is normally enough to enjoy the best of Barcelona but equally you can spend a full week here and still find plenty to do, especially if you both enjoy art and history, or a couple of foodies. To make the most of your visit splash out for a hotel with an onsite spa to really turn up the heat with The One Barcelona Hotel.

Park Guell in Barcelona. Photo by VeggTravel.

Galway, Ireland

Recommended by Me, The Directionally Challenged Traveler

Galway is a great romantic city to visit as a couple because of its charming atmosphere, picturesque streets, and lively cultural scene. It’s not as busy and overwhelming as other large cities, but still has plenty of charm. The city is known for its colorful storefronts, traditional pubs, and narrow medieval streets, which create a sense of intimacy and seclusion, making it a perfect destination for couples looking for a romantic getaway.

Galway is located on the west coast of Ireland, making it a perfect location for couples looking to experience the beautiful landscapes and natural beauty of the region. Couples can do a day trip to the Aran Islands from Galway and explore the ruins. Enjoy a walk along the colorful houses of The Long Walk and see the swans!

Galway is also a city of culture, it has a vibrant arts scene, with many theaters, galleries, and museums, that showcase the rich cultural heritage of the region. Check out Lynch’s Castle for a step back in history. The city also has a lively music scene, with traditional Irish music being played in many of its pubs and bars (and even on the street corners), making it a great destination for couples looking to experience the local culture.

Galway is home to many festivals throughout the year, such as the Galway Arts Festival and the Galway International Oyster Festival, both of which are world-famous! All of these elements make Galway a perfect romantic destination for couples looking to experience romance, culture, and natural beauty.

Swans along The Long Walk in Galway, Ireland.

Florence, Italy

Recommended by Me, The Directionally Challenged Traveler

Florence is a great romantic city to visit as a couple because of its stunning Renaissance architecture, rich cultural heritage, and picturesque streets. There are so many things to do in Florence that any couple can find something to enjoy. The city is home to many famous landmarks such as the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, and the Ponte Vecchio, all of which offer a glimpse into the city’s rich history and art. These landmarks can be visited together, making for a romantic and culturally enriching experience.

Additionally, Florence is known for its beautiful gardens and parks, such as the Boboli Gardens and the Bardini Gardens, which provide a peaceful and secluded setting for couples to enjoy nature and each other’s company. The city also has a thriving dining scene, with many charming trattorias and restaurants where couples can enjoy traditional Tuscan cuisine and wine. Don’t forget to indulge on gelato.

Art-loving couples can’t help but love Flornce, it is the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to many masterpieces of art and sculptures, such as Michelangelo’s David and Botticelli’s Primavera. These works of art can be viewed together and offer a glimpse into the city’s rich cultural heritage.

Finally, the city’s atmosphere and the charming streets make it a perfect destination for couples looking to experience romance, culture, and art.

The skyline of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo. Photo by The Directionally Challenged Traveler.

Paris, France

Recommended by Amber of Amber Everywhere

Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world, renowned for its iconic landmarks, fabulous cuisine, and stunning architecture. There is a version of a romantic trip to Paris for nearly every couple, as the city is perfect for foodies, relaxing, or sightseeing. Regardless of your itinerary, make time to see these Paris landmarks: the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre Museum, and Place de la Concorde. 

Classically romantic couples will love cruising down the River Seine while enjoying a meal, perusing the Louvre Museum, and shopping in one of the famous Parisian department stores. Adventurous couples might consider renting Velib bikes and exploring the city on two wheels, checking out the city’s hidden gems and destinations off of the beaten path. Couples intent on unwinding and relaxing will find peace and refuge in the city’s stunning and sprawling parks, like the Jardin du Luxembourg.

Be sure to try a savory galette while you’re in Paris, a type of crepe made from buckwheat flour. Breizh Cafe is the perfect place to sample a galette, with plenty of options for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Pair your galette with a smoky glass of cider, then finish the meal with a sweet dessert crepe. 

Try to stay in a hotel near the Seine and close to the center of the city. Apartments Du Louvre – Le Marais would be a wonderful choice for couples because its location, Le Marais is central while being slightly off the beaten path. If you find yourself without any of the essentials after you arrive – say, shampoo or a Paris-appropriate outfit for going out – you can easily find a shop nearby. 

The Eiffel Tower in Paris. It's one of the most romantic cities in the world.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris. Photo by Amber Everywhere.

Porto, Portugal

Recommended by Isabella of The Riding Zebra

Walking down the winding, narrow streets of the old town of Porto gives a feeling like you’re walking in
an architectural maze that takes you from the past to the present. And when you finally find your way to
the Ribeira, Porto’s most picturesque riverside area, you can’t help but be drawn into the magical
atmosphere of relaxation, music, and history.

The streets have retained the Portuguese culture in their colorful buildings, and street art. What’s more, it’s
the perfect romantic getaway for couples who appreciate the simple things in life like cultural trips, taking
leisurely strolls, and listening to typical street music. These are just a few of the top things to do in Porto as a couple:

  1. Stroll along the river Duoro on the Ribeira side of Porto, and soak in the sights of the colourful
    buildings “hugging” each other like lovers in front of the river.
  2. Climb the footbridge across the river to neighborhoodhood of Vila Nova de Gaia, and enjoy the
    stunning views of the Ribiera. You can also take a short ride in a cable car and witness the most
    spectacular sunset over the river.
  3. Go to a wine-tasting class with or without dinner. Porto is famous for its sweet wine called “Vinho
    do Porto” (Port wine). You can learn all about the history of this world-famous wine from a region
    which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  4. Attend a Fado show. Fado is traditional Portuguese music that infuses melancholic tunes with
    romantic sentiments and movements.
  5. Visit the old city center and take the opportunity of all the perfect picture spots around Porto.
  6. Have dinner at a restaurant that has a Fado show. Combine all the lovely activities into one – the
    views, the wine and the music.

    Depending on which view you prefer, you have to stay on either side of the Duoro river. For couples on a
    budget, get a cute B&B apartment. Otherwise, splurge on a hotel with a view. No matter what you decide to do in Porto, you’ll agree that it’s one of the most romantic cities around the world.
Porto, Portugal. Photo by The Riding Zebra.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Recommended by Me, The Directionally Challenged Traveler

Reykjavik is a great romantic city to visit as a couple because of its stunning natural beauty, unique culture, and cozy atmosphere. The city is located in the heart of Iceland, making it an ideal base for couples looking to explore the country’s natural wonders, such as the Northern Lights, geysers, hot springs, and waterfalls.

Additionally, Reykjavik is known for its vibrant cultural scene, with many museums, galleries, and festivals, such as the Reykjavik Arts Festival, showcasing the unique heritage of Iceland. The city also has a thriving dining scene, with many restaurants serving traditional Icelandic cuisine, such as smoked salmon and lamb, as well as international dishes.

Furthermore, Reykjavik is a cozy and intimate city, with many charming streets, colorful buildings, and friendly locals, making it a perfect destination for couples looking to experience romance and culture. The city also has a vibrant nightlife with lively bars, clubs, and music venues.

Finally, Reykjavik’s location also offers a great opportunity for couples looking for outdoor activities, such as hiking, horseback riding, and skiing. The famous Skogafoss waterfall is a short drive away and worth the trip. You can hike to the top of the waterfall for amazing views of the Icelandic landscape.

Skogafoss Waterfall. Photo by The Directionally Challenged Traveler.

Santorini, Greece

Recommended by Mari of Mari on the Map

There is quite literally something for every couple in Santorini, whether you want to sit around in a pool or hot tub, relaxing, take in the spectacular views (you can do just that at the romantic Athina Luxury Suites), go hiking on a volcano and off-roading on ATVs, or a little bit of both. Form adventure to romance to relaxation, this island has it all. Santorini’s iconic islet and crescent-shaped island in the Aegean Sea were born from the still-active volcano that the town sits on. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take a quick boat ride over to the volcano and hike it. The views of the inhabited portion of the island are amazing from here.

If you want a tamer water excursion, the docks where the ferries come in have many boating tours available, from smaller or even private romantic journeys to more of a party atmosphere with about 50 other guests. These mini cruises always include the amazing food and wine that Greece is known for. Back on the top of the inhabited island, the easiest way to get around is by renting an ATV (4-wheeler) or a motorcycle. There are many paved and dirt roads you can ride along the island to make it as tame or wild as you choose. Don’t miss the option to ride to Oia to see the sunset at least once. It’s one of the most spectacular in the world!

Santorini, Greece. Photo by Mari on the Map.

Venice, Italy

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Venice is easily one of the most romantic cities around the world. Venice is a great romantic city to visit as a couple because of its picturesque canals, historic architecture, and charming gondola rides. The city’s winding streets and small bridges create a sense of intimacy and seclusion, making it a perfect destination for couples looking for a romantic getaway. Additionally, Venice is known for its art, culture, and delicious Italian cuisine, which can be enjoyed in many of the city’s romantic restaurants.

The city is also famous for its beautiful sunsets and the unique atmosphere at night, where the city is illuminated by the reflections of the canals. If you’re lucky enough to be on a gondola at sunset that goes under the Bridge of Sighs, be sure to kiss. Legend says that couples who do this will stay in love forever!

All of these elements make Venice a perfect destination for couples looking to experience romance and culture.

Rialto Bridge in Venice. Photo by The Directionally Challenged Traveler.

Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia

Recommended by Marya of The BeauTraveler

Vrnjacka Banja may not sound like one of the most romantic cities in the world, but it is certainly one of the best romantic places to go in Serbia. Best known as a spa town in the central part of Serbia, Vrnjacka Banja is a great destination if you’re looking for a place to relax with your beloved one. 

Many accommodations in Vrnjacka Banja usually offer affordable spa packages, even the budget-friendly ones. While the city itself is not that big, Vrnjacka Banja is surrounded by UNESCO heritage sites in Serbia, including Sopocani and Studenica Monastery. 

Whether you want to explore further through the Ibar River Valley to visit all these famous monasteries or stay in the city, there are plenty of things you can do as a couple in Vrnjacka Banja. 

Not too far from the town square, you can visit the famous Most Ljubavi, or the local term for the Bridge of Love. Known as the landmark of Vrnjacka Banja for over a century, the Bridge of Love is believed to be one of the first spots for the love padlocks tradition in the world. 

The history of the Bridge of Love in Vrnjacka Banja started in the early 1910s when a local school teacher Nada fell in love with a man called Relja. The bridge above Vrnjacka River is believed to be the spot where they usually met before Relja was deployed to the war in Greece as a soldier. 

It is believed that Relja fell in love with a Greek girl from Corfu during the war, that he broke up with Nada upon his return to Serbia. Nada never recovered from that, and she eventually died of a broken heart after that. 

Nowadays, the locals believe that putting their love padlock with their name and their partner on the Bridge of Love will prevent them from facing the same fate as Nada and Relja, which you can do with your loved one if you visit Vrnjacka Banja. 

The Original Love Bridge. Photo by The BeauTraveler

Romantic Cities Around the World: North America

Hamilton, Bermuda

Recommended by Victoria of Guide Your Travel

Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda, is a charming and romantic destination that is perfect for couples looking to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Located on the island’s north shore, the city is known for its stunning beaches, crystal clear waters, and colorful houses.

One of the top reasons to visit Hamilton for a romantic getaway is its beautiful beaches. The nearby Elbow Beach and Horseshoe Bay Beach are both popular spots for couples, offering pink sand, clear waters, and plenty of opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling. The city is also home to numerous parks and gardens, such as the Bermuda Botanical Gardens and Victoria Park, which are perfect for leisurely strolls and picnics.

In terms of activities, there is plenty for couples to do in Hamilton. You can take a boat tour of the island, visit the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum, and Zoo, or play a round of golf at one of the island’s many golf courses. For a more adventurous couple, you can try your hand at water sports such as kiteboarding or stand-up paddleboarding.

When it comes to food, there are many local dishes to try while visiting Hamilton. One of the island’s most popular dishes is fish chowder, a hearty stew made with fresh fish, vegetables, and spices. You can find this dish at many local restaurants, as well as at food stalls and markets around the city.

For a romantic hotel recommendation, consider the Princess Hotel in Hamilton. Located right in the heart of town, this luxurious property features elegant rooms and suites, a large pool and a gourmet restaurant. The hotel also offers a private beach just a quick shuttle ride away so you can enjoy all parts of the island.

A beach in Hamilton, Bermuda. Photo by Guide Your Travel

Los Angeles, California, USA

Recommended by Nick of The World Overload

It may be hard to think of Los Angeles as a romantic city when you compare it to other more well-known cities like Paris, Florence, Bruges, or Kyoto but it does have its perks. It’s romantic in that there are many amazing options on what you can do with your significant other. Any type of couple can find something to make that night just a little extra special.

For outdoor couples who enjoy nature and hiking, make your way up to Griffith Observatory at night. You will have great views of the city at night with all its lights, be able to see the Hollywood Sign, or catch a stargazing light show in the observatory.

The more artistic and hipster-esque couples should go to the LACMA or Getty Center for great art displays, sculptures, and beautiful garden grounds.  Music lovers can catch a show at the Greek Theatre or Hollywood Bowl for amazing performances

Foodies and fine drink lovers need to head to Malibu Estate Vineyard. This casual wine tasting is great as it’s right across the street from the beach on the Pacific Coast Highway. Along with some quality seafood to pair it with it’s a great place for lunch or dinner. So, purchase a bottle and feel the sand beneath your feet and take in the calm ocean waves.

A good central hotel to stay at that is romantic and close to all these areas is the Culver City Hotel. It’s historic and has catered to many Hollywood legends. It’s small but you can feel the energy here with classic furniture, a well-stocked bar, and even live music of the jazz variety on occasion.

You won’t be disappointed in this city so grab your date and get out there.

Los Angeles, California. Photo by The World Overload

Mexico City, Mexico

Recommended by Ashlea of She Roams About

Mexico City is easily one of the most romantic cities around the world, with charming European architecture, history at every turn, countless museums and galleries to explore, and incredible cocktail bars and restaurants to indulge in.

Foodies, history buffs, culture seekers and city lovers will be spoiled for choice as there is so much to do and see when visiting Mexico City. Foodies will lap up the culinary scene of Roma and Condesa with Michelin-quality restaurants like the world-renowned Pujol that will have taste buds dancing. Local favourites like Blanco Colima will also impress and offer all the flavour, style, and service at a comfortable price point. History buffs can explore the more than 200 museums and galleries or wander the Centro Historico, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Culture seekers will feel at home in Coyoacán, the oldest part of the city. Stroll along the cobblestoned streets lined with colonial buildings, snack on elotes (Mexican street corn) in the central garden or peruse the wares at the Mexico design market.

When it comes to romantic boutique hotels in Mexico City it’s hard to beat Casa Emilia, located in Reforma. This neighbourhood is named for the Paseo de la Reforma, a wide avenue modeled after the Champs-Élysées of Paris. A romantic nest in the heart of the city, this boutique oozes Mexican luxury. The location is ideal, a quick Uber to Chapultepec Park complete with a castle and lake, and steps from the Angel of Independence.

For a truly romantic date night head to Cityzen Rooftop Kitchen for handcrafted cocktails and snacks to share at very reasonable prices. The view on the wraparound patio is the best in the city so snuggle up under a provided blanket and watch the city turn from day to night by firelight.

Rooftop view of Mexico City. Photo by She Roams About.

Québec, Canada

Recommended by Jessica of Jet off with Jess

If you’re looking for a romantic European feel city in North America, Québec is the perfect choice. The city is one of the oldest cities in North America, founded over 400 years ago. Because of this it has a very different vibe compared to the more modern cities in Canada, such as Vancouver and Toronto. This destination is perfect for a couple looking to relax as well as enjoy some culture and good food. There are so many things to do in Québec and it’s best to stay 2-3 days to experience the city in full. I recommend visiting Palace Royale, Terrasse Dufferin, and taking the Québec-Lévis ferry. The Petit Champlain is a must and the district’s cobblestone streets are lined with beautiful bistros and boutiques. Walking down you will make you feel you’re in a fairy-tale town.

Most restaurants in the city will not disappoint with amazing food and service. You can’t leave Québec without trying the famous local meal; poutine. Poutine is a dish of French fries and cheese curds topped with a brown gravy and it’s so good! For a romantic hotel to stay in, the famous Hôtel Château Frontenac is the most idyllic for a couple and is situated right in the centre. This hotel also holds the title of the world’s most photographed hotel and was also designated a National Historic Site in 1981. It is quite expensive to stay in this hotel because of its reputation but if you’re looking for a cheaper option but still a luxury stay, then try Hotel Nomad. The best time to visit Québec is between June to September for the summer season or from December to February if you want a romantic snowy vacation. 

Stone buildings with flowers on the outside in Quebec. Québec is one of the most romantic cities in the world.
Enjoy the vibe of é Canada. Photo by Jet Off with Jess.

Willemstad, Curacao

Recommended by Sabrina of Shades of Summr

Willemstad, the colorful capital of the Caribbean island Curacao, is one of the most romantic cities I can think of. The city is incredibly vibrant and rich in culture that will have you in a great mood immediately. Couples interested in culture, food, and an eclectic atmosphere will love going to Willemstad for a romantic getaway. 

The most prominent feature of the town is the colorful houses and the amazing street art. In the evenings, fairy lights light up the small alleys and you can see people dancing in the streets everywhere. Another great perk of visiting Willemstad is that it is conveniently located by the water, so you can watch an amazing sunset over the Caribbean ocean every evening. The city is filled with romantic restaurants, lovely bars, and historical sites for you to enjoy. 

A great and romantic place to stay is the Avila Beach hotel just outside of Willemstad. You can reach the city center in just a couple minutes’ of walking and it has a stunning beach. This hotel is also famous for hosting the Dutch King and Queen, when they go on vacation in Curacao. 

For a great romantic dinner experience, I can recommend Fort Nassau, a former castle located on top of a hill just outside the city. Book their romantic dining experience for two and they will seat you on a lovely balcony, from where you can see the sunset over Willemstad. The food is absolutely great and there are only three other couples on the terrace with you. This is a great spot for a romantic evening. 

The colorful houses of Willemstad, Curacao. Photo by Shades of Summr.

Romantic Cities Around the World: Oceania

Freemantle, Australia

Recommended by Victoria of My Australia Trip

Fremantle, a small artists’ town located in Western Australia, is a charming and romantic destination that is perfect for couples looking to explore and experience new things together. Located just a short train ride from Perth, Fremantle offers a mix of culture, history, and natural beauty, making it an ideal destination for couples of all types.

Fremantle is rich in history and culture. The city is home to many historic buildings, such as the Fremantle Prison, which was once a maximum-security prison for convicts and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can also visit the Western Australian Maritime Museum, which tells the story of the state’s maritime history, or the Fremantle Arts Centre, which hosts a variety of exhibitions and events throughout the year. You’ll also love the many breweries in the area which are perfect for an afternoon drink with ocean views.

You’ll love the many unusual things to do in Fremantle that you might not find in other cities in Australia. You can take a walk along the city’s picturesque Esplanade, visit the Fremantle Markets, or explore the surrounding region by bike. A must-do is also a day trip to Rottnest Island which is located just a quick ferry ride from town. Fremantle also has fantastic beaches which means spending a day by the water is easy and convenient.

A romantic stay in Fremantle has to include a few nights at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges. Located in the heart of town, this elegant hotel is perfect for couples in love with its luxurious rooms and fantastic views.

Waterfront in Fremantle. Photo by My Australia Trip

Perth, Australia

Recommended by Natalie of Perth Weekend

Perth is the capital city of Western Australia and is known for its beautiful beaches, stunning sunsets, and cultural attractions. It’s the perfect destination for couples with plenty of romantic activities to enjoy. 

As it’s the most isolated capital city in the world, Perth is perfect for couples who love getting out and exploring nature. It’s home to many stunning and secluded beaches with bright white sands and crystal-clear turquoise water, as well as some beautiful, expansive national parks. It’s also the perfect destination for wine lovers, home to the Swan Valley wine region and just a 3 hour drive from the iconic Margaret River wine region. 

There are plenty of romantic things to do in Perth. Couples can head to the famous Cottesloe Beach and grab some fish and chips to enjoy on the sand as they watch the sunset over the ocean. Couples can spend a day exploring the wineries of the Swan Valley, indulging in wine tasting before enjoying lunch at one of the many artisanal restaurants in the area. Finish off the busy day exploring with a sunset picnic at Kings Park, slowly watching the city lights come on as the sun sets over the river. 

Couples looking for the ultimate romantic escape should stay at COMO The Treasury. This luxurious hotel is located within the renovated 19th Century State Buildings in the heart of Perth. It’s home to a number of onsite restaurants and bars, including Wildflower, which offers seasonal dishes inspired by Indigenous culture. The onsite Spa, Shambhala Urban Escape, offers relaxing couples treatments designed to rejuvenate the weary traveller. 

Perth is one of the most romantic destinations around the world
Cottesloe Beach at Sunset. Photo by Perth Weekend.

Queenstown, New Zealand

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Situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Queenstown is a picturesque place to spend a romantic holiday.

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to adventurous things to do in Queenstown. You can go bungy jumping, paragliding, jet boating, or skydiving, to name a few of the more daring activities on offer! 

Besides Queenstown’s adrenaline-rushing activities, there’s plenty more to do for outdoorsy couples. There are some stunning hiking trails to tackle in warmer months, and in the winter, the ski slopes are where to be!

Another romantic activity in Queenstown is taking the gondola up to Bob’s Peak, where you can ride the luge or simply enjoy a drink while gazing at panoramic views over Queenstown. 

There are lots of great day trips from Queenstown, too. Some excellent day trips include historic Arrowtown, the lakeside town of Wanaka, and the scenic drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy.

When you need a break from your adventures, you can indulge in the many world-class restaurants and bars in Queenstown. Little Blackwood is excellent for a cheese board and handcrafted cocktail, and Blue Kanu is the perfect restaurant for a romantic but laid-back dinner. You also can’t miss a visit to the famous Fergburger; grabbing a burger for takeaway to enjoy by the lake is a Queenstown “must-do”!

For the ultimate romantic indulgence in Queenstown, go for a relaxing soak in the Onsen hot pools overlooking the Shotover River canyon. 

There are many great accommodation options in Queenstown, but one of the best romantic hotels is the Kamana Lakehouse. For a real splurge, book the Lakeview Luxe room, which has beautiful lake views, an indoor bathtub, and a private outdoor soaking tub. 

Queenstown, New Zealand. Photo by the Weekend Path.

Romantic Cities Around the World: South America

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Buenos Aires is a great romantic city to visit as a couple because of its rich cultural heritage, vibrant nightlife, and stunning architecture. The city is known for its passionate tango culture and there are many opportunities for couples to take tango lessons or attend tango shows together. The city also has many beautiful parks and plazas, such as the iconic Plaza de Mayo and the tranquil Reserva Ecológica, which are perfect for romantic strolls.

Additionally, Buenos Aires has a thriving dining scene, with a wide variety of restaurants that serve traditional Argentinean cuisine and international dishes, making it a great destination for foodies. The city also has a vibrant nightlife, with many bars, clubs, and live music venues, which can be a great way for couples to experience the city’s energy and culture together.

Furthermore, Buenos Aires is home to many historic and cultural landmarks, such as the Teatro Colon, one of the most important Opera Houses in South America, the stunning Casa Rosada, and the famous Recoleta cemetery where Eva Peron’s tomb is located. These landmarks can be visited together and offer a glimpse into the city’s rich history and culture.

All of these elements make Buenos Aires a perfect destination for couples looking to experience a mix of culture, passion, and romance.

Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo by Pedro Palazzo on Flickr

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