Paris in February 2023 – What to See, Eat, Pack & Do!
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Paris in February 2023 – What to See, Eat, Pack & Do! 

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Paris in February, last updated on the 13th of September 2022 by Lena

Everything you need to know if you plan to spend this February in Paris

Paris in February is not a bustling high season, but the event calendar is filling up, the French kids are enjoying their winter vacation and of course: on the 14th it’s Valentine’s Day!

For Paris, the city of Love, St. Valentine is, obviously, one of the most important days of the year.  If you plan to celebrate this special day with your beloved one in Paris, you better do your reservations in time!

The most romantic and quickly sold-out activities are these:

  • Romantic Paris Vintage Citroën 2CV Tour (book here)
  • Photo Shoot with a Private Travel Photographer (book here)
  • Champagne at the Moulin Rouge & Seine River Cruise (book here)
  • 3-Course Dinner Cruise on the Seine River (book here)

 

Good reads for your next trip to Paris:

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There are always plenty of things to do in Paris, and it surely won’t be boring. Chances are that you have more plans and ideas than time. Hence, from a sightseeing and activity standpoint, February is a wonderful time to visit Paris, and – except for the St. Valentine’s Day weekend – it is indeed slightly lesser crowded than at any other time of the year.

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How’s the February weather in Paris?

Much like in January, February in Paris means mostly short and cold days. While the days are slowly getting a bit longer, the temperature in Paris in February rarely rises above 6 °C (42.6 °F).

On average, there’s a tad less rainfall than in January, and good news: you are granted more sunshine. While it is still the deepest winter in Paris in February, you do have a chance of a day or two that feels almost spring-like. You might even see some early spring blossoms popping up here and there.

But it is certainly not the time to plan on extensive outdoor activities or picnics. If you have sunny and mild days, it is a nice extra, but don’t count on it.

Paris in February Weather - what to do in Paris
It's possible to sit outside if you visit Paris in February - Picture taken in 2019

How are the crowds in February in Paris?

A bit like January, early February is overall rather a shoulder season in Paris. This being said, Saint Valentine’s Weekend is high season and from the 18th of February, the French kids are on school vacation. Hence, expect Paris to be quiet in the first half of the month and busier in the 2nd half.

Nevertheless, I recommend that you book your tickets for the most popular sights in advance. The good time slots are always quickly sold out and the queues at landmarks and museums are long year-round. 

Taking care of tickets ahead of time also saves you from queuing and wasting precious time in line.

Below is a list of landmarks that have either the longest queues or are sold out often weeks in advance:

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Early spring in Paris, in 2021.

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What to wear in Paris in February 2023

For your trip to Paris in February, pack your warm winter clothes. Many even suggest bringing thermals for your Paris trip, but I would not go that far.

It’s better to dress in layers. Invest in quality Merino socks, (I have this pair, and what a difference it makes!) and bring a down jacket, to adapt better to the changing temperatures.

You will spend much time indoors when visiting Paris in February, and it’s usually very heated in stores, museums, and restaurants.

When packing for your trip to Paris this February, make sure you pack the following items to defy the Paris February weather.

 

A warm Wool Hat

It can be very chilly in Paris in February and you certainly need something to keep your head warm: be it a bonnet, a fancy felt hat, or even a cute beret like this one.

What to wear in Paris in February: a wool hatI know that the beret sounds like a cliché from Emily in Paris, but actually, many Parisian ladies wear it. The beret is a normal fashion item and not a cheesy tourist thing. Especially not if you wear a high-quality beret like this one.

 

Waterproof Shoes

February is on average one of the coldest and wettest months. Make sure your feet are dry and warm, so you can enjoy the Parisian cityscape without being troubled by frozen feet.
What to wear in Paris in February: don't forget waterproof shoes
Your most stylish and weather appropriate option is a pair of waterproof Chelsea boots. They look not only great, but they also keep you warm and dry.

 

A good and lightweight Down Jacket

Personally, I consider a down jacket as one of the most important travel items. When traveling, you often leave your hotel in the morning and get back only late at night.

What to wear in Paris in February: a down jacket

This means you need to be equipped for all sorts of weather but can’t carry a heavy backpack all day.

The temperatures in Paris in February are changing a lot, especially between day and night. A lightweight down jacket like this one fits even in your purse! It is truly a lifesaver.

Paris in February - the weather in february in Paris can be very changing
me in Paris in 2020 and 2021 – mild and freezing cold

I am adding these pictures just to give you a better idea. This is me in Paris in February 2020 and in February 2021. It was a mild day in 2020 (but notice the down jacket!) and freezing cold in 2021.

Best things to do in Paris in February 2023

If you are planning to visit Paris this February, you’ll be happy to know that everything is open and even a bit less crowded than at other times of the year. This being said, keep in mind that:

  • Many sights and activities are running on a winter schedule and close a bit earlier than in summer.
  • In February, the river Seine often swells. The floods can even reach heights that make it impossible for the Seine Cruises to operate because they simply wouldn’t fit through the bridges anymore. If you intend to take a Cruise, either book on short notice or use a provider like GetYourGuide.com as they have a great hassle-free refund policy.

 

Taking a cruise in January in Paris is maybe not possible
The Seine runs high in January and February and makes Seine Cruises often impossible

 

Visit the best Parisian museums 

Save time and money and get the Paris Museums Pass here 

If you want to marvel at some of the world’s most impressive masterpieces while visiting Paris in February, you came at a good time.

Not only will museums be a good shelter to save you from the rain and the cold, but you also have the best chances to visit Paris museums without massive crowds. 

If you did not book it already, I recommend you take a look at the Paris Museums Pass that grants you free admission to more than 60 most remarkable Museums of Paris and is financially very interesting. It already pays off if you’d only visited these 5 Paris highlights, but check the benefits here for yourself.

The Louvre - visit a museums in paris in February

February is one of the months when you have a slight chance to find Paris under a cover of snow

 

Explore some lesser-known Paris attractions

Click here for the full list of hidden gems in Paris

Paris is full of hidden treasures and lesser-known sights. While I always encourage every Paris visitor to take some time to aimlessly stroll around, it’s sounder if you know where you’re heading in the unsettled February weather. If you have time, take a look at our complete list of hidden gems in Paris, otherwise, here are the highlights:

  • Paris has dozens of hidden galleries and passages. Many of them are restored relics from the Belle Epoche, with its stained-glass ceilings,  beautiful mosaics, and iron latticework. The most famous ones are the Galerie Vivienne and the Galerie des Panoramas.
  • Take a walk on the beautiful cemetery Père Lachaise and find the last resting places of famous people in the dreamy maze of cobbled lanes, tombs, and trees. To make the most of your trip, join a guided walking tour!
  • If you are looking for an early evening activity, attend a free reading at the most gorgeous bookstore in Paris: Shakespeare & Company. Covid 19: There are no readings scheduled at the moment, but the bookstore is still worth a visit!
  • Visit the hidden courtyard of the Hôtel Dieu

 

Paris in February - what to do in Paris in February
Due to COVID-19, there are no events scheduled at the moment at Shakespeare & Company, but the bookstore is nevertheless worth a visit.

 

Enjoy the view from the Eiffel Tower

Book your refundable tickets to the Eiffel Tower here.

A trip to Paris is incomplete without enjoying the marvelous views from the iconic Eiffel Tower.

If you are traveling to Paris before the 4th of February 2023, you have to know that the summit of the Eiffel Tower is closed for works. But don’t be too disappointed, the 2nd floor is open, and the views are equally spectacular. You can reserve your spot on the lift here.

Everything is back to normal from the 5th of February! Book your ticket to the summit here.

Good to know: The cheapest ticket option to reach the visitors’ platform on the 2nd floor is by taking the stairs. If you are keen on saving some money, just keep in mind that it’s 674 stairs to the 2nd floor and that it might be icy and blustery in the open staircase.

Visiting Paris in January: visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris
There are sunny days in Paris in February, but it can be still very col

 

Learn how to bake delicious Macarons with a Parisian Chef

follow this link to see the most popular (and affordable!) Macaron Baking Class in Paris.

Macarons are somewhat the signature pastries of Paris. The little bites are delicate, creamy, unbelievable delicious, and who would have thought, not too difficult to bake. If you gather the necessary know-how, of course, and there is no better place to learn this fantastic skill than in a Parisian pastry workshop.

 

 

Attend a show at a famous cabaret in Paris in February

Click to see all cabaret shows in Paris

Paris is known for its entertainment and the shows of the Parisian cabarets like the Moulin Rouge, the Crazy Horse or the Lido are world-famous.

Did you actually know that the Moulin Rouge is the world’s biggest individual buyer of Champagne? This should give you a hint of how popular their shows are, especially in February on Valentine’s Day! Click here to book your ticket, with Champagne, of course!

Paris during February - the Moulin Rouge is a good place to spend the evening
The famous Moulin Rouge in Paris. The shows are super popular, especially on Valentine’s Day.

What is going on in Paris in February 2023?

You’ll never get bored when in Paris. From exhibitions, concerts, seasonal events to holidays and traditional festivities—the Paris event calendar is not letting you catch your breath.

 

02. Feb – Chandeleur (crêpes – day)

Chandeleur is originally a Christian holiday that marks the 40th day after Christmas and the presentation of Jesus to the temple. It is not entirely clear why this day gets celebrated by eating the delicious thin crêpes.

Some say a pope offered pancakes to pilgrims on their arrival in Rome, others say crêpes are symbolizing the sun and a returning spring. But either way, this day is certainly a great occasion to sample a couple of authentic French crêpes today, offered by street vendors at every corner. Crêpes are not without reason a food item, that should be on any must-eat-in-Paris list.

 

05. Feb – Car-free Sunday and free Museums 

Under the slogan “Paris Breathes” motorized vehicles are banned from many parts of Paris and central Paris massive pedestrian area. From the Champs Élysée to the Hôtel de Ville – it’s pedestrians only!

As it’s also the first Sunday of the month, which means many Parisian Museums are free. Check here to see which ones are participating. But even though the Museums are free, some still require a reservation.

 

14. Feb – Valentine’s Day

Saint Valentine’s Day is a massive holiday in Paris. Not surprising, knowing that Paris is nothing less the city of love. If you happen to spend St. Valentine’s Day in Paris, make sure to reserve your romantic activities way ahead of time. For inspiration on what are the most romantic things to do in Paris, take a look at our Saint Valentine’s Post.

But hands down, the most romantic things to do in Paris are these:

  • Romantic Paris Vintage Citroën 2CV Tour (book here)
  • Photo Shoot with a Private Travel Photographer (book here)
  • Champagne at the Moulin Rouge & Seine River Cruise (book here)
  • 3-Course Dinner Cruise on the Seine River (book here)

 

07. Feb – Last day of Winter Sales 2023

The Winter Sales 2023 started already in January, but if you are traveling to Paris in the first half of February, you might be in for a good bargain. The prices during the soldes are dropping week by week and the further the sales, the more interesting the reductions.

 

best things to do in Paris in January
Shop until you drop in winter sales in Paris in February

 

25. Feb – Salon de l’agriculture

The French Agriculture Fair is one of the highlights of the year when it comes to conventions and trade fairs. For 10 days, until the 5th of March, you have the chance to get to know France and its agricultural and regional heritage.

From dairy products from Normandy and dry-cured sausages from the French Alps to Rum distilled on the French overseas departments – the Salon d’Agriculture has it all, and you can sample the French specialties on many occasions.

 

21. Feb – Mardi Gras

Celebrating Carnival has a more than a 400-year tradition in Paris and is celebrated with a parade, the Promenade du Boeuf-Gras. “The Parade of the fat cow” happens between Place Gambetta and Place de la République.

 

27 Feb – Fashion Week 2023

The Paris Fashion Week goes in the 3rd round. The theme until March 8 is feminine fashion and even though the big shows are on invite-only,  you will certainly notice its Fashion Week: Hotels and restaurants are full and there are even more amazing and /or fashionably dressed people in Paris. You might even witness some free fashion events in the Tuileries.

If you have further questions or need some help, click the link to join the free Salut from Paris community on Facebook! 

 

FAQ Paris in February

What’s Paris like in February?
Paris in February is usually cold and cloudy, but you can be granted some mild and sunny days, especially by the end of the month. However, temperatures are ranging between 6°C and 10°C  but often fall under 0 during the night. You typically have some spring-like days, with the first blossoms here and there. 
 
Is Paris rainy in February?
February is the month in Paris with the lowest precipitation of the year. However, it’s often cloudy. 
 
Is the Eiffel Tower open in February?
Yes, the Eiffel Tower is open 365 days of the year.