Top 5 unexpectedly romantic cities

Bungled Valentine’s Day? We’ve got you covered. Just pretend you were planning a trip to one of these unexpectedly romantic cities all along!

You won’t find places like Paris and Rome on this list — find those on our list of the Top 5 cities to fall in love in (and with). This list is for the unsung heroes, the romantic destinations that deserve a little more love.

Lisbon, Portugal

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live in a Wes Anderson film, Lisbon is your answer. From the bright and cheery buildings to the tram that is the definition of the word “quaint,” Lisbon is an underappreciated gem that will get you and your partner feeling lovey-dovey.

Lisbon houses

Kyoto, Japan

While each of the cities we recommend is stunning, Kyoto is perhaps the most picturesque. Whether you’re walking through a garden underneath a canopy of cherry blossoms, going to the Fushimi Inari shrine, or enjoying some extraordinary kaiseki cuisine at Hyotei, you’ll want to capture every moment.

Istanbul, Turkey

Known as the gate between the west and the east, Istanbul is a beautiful destination with a long and storied history. Take your loved one on a cruise down the Bosphorus strait, marvel at the Byzantine architecture of the churches and museums, and finish the day perusing the bazaars for souvenirs.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

If you’re looking for a place similar to Paris, but with more Latin flair and energy, head to Buenos Aires. Take a tango class, see a play at one of the roughly 300 theatres, sample a juicy Argentinian steak, sip some Yerba Mate… there’s never a dull moment in this vibrant city.

Gold Coast, Australia

Both figuratively and literally, Gold Coast is where the bustle of city life and the relaxation of a tropical getaway collide. Here you can relax on the beach, see some glow worms in the rainforest, and sample the city’s nightlife all in one day.