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Updated March 2022 by Lena

A romantic weekend in Paris on Valentine’s Day. Read on to know how to spend a marvelous weekend with your loved one.

Paris is the most romantic city in the world, and not surprisingly also very high up in the ranking of top honeymoon destinations.


But what is it that lovers are longing for Valentine’s Day in Paris? What makes Paris so romantic?

It’s maybe the harmonious blend of the “savoir vivre“, an invitation to enjoy life and to get drunk on good food and wine, chocolates, and Champagne. Or perhaps it’s the beautiful architecture, dim streetlights and cityscapes, a bit of Audrey Hepburn and Amélie, and a still vivid charm of bygone times. 

Whatever it is, it works, and I show you how.

 

In short: The most romantic things to do in Paris!

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Book a photo shooting in front of the Eiffel Tower
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Take a romantic Champagne cruise on the Seine
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Enjoy Macaron baking class with your partner

 

Apart from the very romantic flair of Paris, there are plenty of activities for couples to spend a great Valentine’s Day in Paris and live the most out of the romantic Paris!

 

 

What to do in Paris on Valentine’s Day? 

Enjoy a private cooking class with your loved one

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There is a French saying: Pour séduire le cœur d’un homme il faut satisfaire son estomac – The best way to a man’s (or woman’s) heart is through his (her) stomach. And if you like cooking, one of And it is true, for me, at least. Luckily, my husband and I both love to cook, so one of the most romantic things we did in Paris last year was a private cooking class.

 

 

First, we met our “chef” Aurore at a neighborhood market and shopped for local ingredients, then we went to her apartment to cook. As we started chopping and chatting, while sipping on wine and munching on a delicious cheese plate, we became fast friends with Aurore.

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Photo by Edgar Castrejon on Unsplash

Our main dish was canard à l’orange (duck with orange sauce – a French classic) with mashed sweet potato and lambs lettuce. A delectable lava chocolate cake was for dessert. It was outstanding. Not only did we learn a new dish and got to cook together, but we also got to experience how it is to live in Paris and chitchat with a local for hours. After our cooking session, our host Aurore emailed me the recipes for the dish we made – the perfect souvenir to remember our romantic cooking class in Paris!

I’ve made duck à l’orange a few times since we got back, and it always brings us back to our fun afternoon in that tiny Paris apartment.

Thank you, Maria Haase from Europe up close

 

One of the best activities in Paris on Valentine's day - taking a sightseeing tour in a vintage car!
Take a special sightseeing trip on Valentines day – get chauffeured in a vintage car through Paris

 

Your driver will pick you up and drive you past Paris most beautiful sights and illuminations. You even can opt in for Champagne and cheese to enjoy during your trip!

 

See a world-famous Cabaret Show in Paris

Are you in for great evening Entertainment in an animated setting, Champagne, and potentially a delicious dinner? Then seeing one of the famous shows at the Moulin Rouge or the Lido is precisely what you’re looking for. Read also our article about the best Cabarets in Paris!

 

 

 

Say “I love you”  at the “Mur des je t’aime”

→ Click to get more ideas on what to do in Montmartre!

The ‘City of Love’ Paris is filled with romantic things to do. There are the obvious ones, such as visiting the Eiffel Tower, but my favorite romantic gesture is a little more modern. The ‘I Love You Wall’ opened in 2000 in Montmartre, one of the most romantic neighborhoods in Paris and also a terrific hotel location! You can see an overview of the best hotels in Montmartre here. 

 

Learn more about Montmartre by joining a walking tour!

 

The “mur des je t’aime” was created by two artists, Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito. Over the years – and through plenty of conversations with everyone from friends and family to neighbors and even embassy staff – they collected hundreds of ways to say ‘I love you’.

The "I love you Wall" in Paris - a great pick for a taking a photo in Paris on Valentine's day
Say I love you at the “I love you wall” on Valentine’s Day in Paris!

 

The result of which can be seen on the “I Love You Wall”.  The wall is covered in 612 blue tiles made from enameled lava to ensure that the installation will last the test of time. The wall represents all 192 nations that constitute the United Nations and 311 phrases in just over 250 different languages.

Not surprisingly, this romantic, whimsical destination has seen its fair share of proposals since it was unveiled.

The “I Love You Wall” is free to visit and is open from around 8 am to 6 pm.

Thank you, Katja Gaskell from Globetotting

 

 

Learn how to bake Macarons

Check here for all baking classes in Paris

If you’re looking for a delightful way to spend Valentine’s Day in Paris while avoiding the (probably) grey skies and chilly weather, consider ducking into a macaron baking class!

In this fun class (follow the link to get further details on the class I took!), you and your partner can test your skills baking one of the world’s most notoriously difficult-to-bake cookies.  Of course, under the watchful eye of a Parisian chef who will help make sure that they come out flawless.

Take a Macaron baking class together on your Valentine’s weekend in Paris

After baking your hearts out in the kitchen, indulge your sweet tooth together: grab a cup of coffee or tea and taste-test your creations, eating as many macarons as you can handle.

 

 

And don’t worry: what you can’t eat will still come home with you, ensuring that you can eat your Valentine’s Day treats for days to come.

Experienced by Kate Storm from Our Escape Clause

 

 

Enjoy a romantic Lunch Cruise on the Seine River

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I have to state upfront that if you are coming to Paris in February, it will be cold. It is not so much the temperature as much as it is the humidity in the air and the wind (ok, it is the temperature as well)!

One of the most pleasant and romantic ways to see the city in winter is on a boat cruise on the Seine. Being on the water, nice and warm, while taking photos of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral.

And if you add in a 3-course lunch, served by an elite waitstaff, well, you’ve just taken romantic Paris to a whole new level. Click here to see the menu!

 

 

What to do on Paris on Valentine's Day? Take a romantic cruise on the Seine
A romantic cruise on the Seine – a great activity in Paris!

There are many lunch cruises, but in general, lunch is usually a set menu with 2-3 different choices for each entrée, main, and dessert. Note, if you have allergies or other limits on what you can eat, have a look at the menu in advance, as the boat will not be able to make many substitutions while on the water.

Book early as space is limited, especially for Valentine’s Day. Bon appétit! 

Book your romantic Seine cruise – Options for every budget!

Thanks, Nassie from Snippets of Paris

 

 

Share a hot chocolate at Angelina’s

After strolling around Paris’s streets and museums, Angelina’s tearooms is the perfect place to sit and share a mug of hot cocoa. The hot chocolate here is decadently thick chocolate, served with whipped cream on the side. In addition to the best hot chocolate in Paris, Angelina’s tearooms also boast delicious desserts. The signature dessert here is the Mont Blanc. However, you can’t go wrong with any of the pastries on the menu.

There are several locations across Paris where you can find Angelina tearooms, including in the Louvre and near the Luxembourg Gardens.

The original location is on Rue Rivoli, near the Jardins des Tuileries and is decorated in a beautiful Belle Époque style. If you decide to stop in here and sit at table 45, you will be dining at Coco Chanel’s preferred table. The atmosphere of Angelina’s really ups the romance factor with the elegant style of the Belle Époque. To avoid too long waiting times, reserve your table in advance.

recommended by Brianna from Curious Travel Bug

 

 

If taking a walk in a cemetery is not your idea of romance, you surely find a good place for a romantic stroll in one of these wonderful Parisian parks

 

 

Visit the Eiffel Tower at sunset

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One of the most romantic things to do in Paris on Valentine’s Day is to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
As the most iconic sight in Paris and the undisputed symbol of Paris, the Eiffel Tower is a must-see on any trip to Paris. But, it’s extra-special on Valentine’s Day. Being able to take in the magnificent views of all of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower is a truly memorable experience with your loved one.

Paris in the night
The Eiffel Tower – one of the most romantic places in Paris on Valentine’s Day

 

To optimize your time at the Eiffel Tower, make sure to book your tickets in advance. Going to the top of the tower is a popular Valentine’s Day activity, and you don’t want to miss out!

To get the most romantic experience, book your visiting time approximately an hour before sunset. Not only will you be able to see the sunset together, but you’ll also be able to watch the flickering lights of Paris begin to illuminate the beautiful City of Light.

Tickets are often sold-out days, even weeks in advance! Make sure to plan your trip in advance!

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Whether you decide to climb the tower together or take the elevator up, you’re sure to have a memorable experience on Valentine’s Day at the Eiffel Tower.

Thank you, Lesley from freedom 56 travel

 

Visit the Rodin Museum 

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If you are looking for a special activity for Saint Valentine’s Day, consider visiting the Rodin museum. The museum is dedicated to the famous sculptor Auguste Rodin and displays many of his most famous artworks. Among other of course the very recognizable sculptures “The Kiss” and “The Thinker”. 

Given that “The Kiss” is of course a manifestation of love, visiting the Musée Rodin is a wonderful thing to do on Saint Valentine’s Day. They even propose a unique evening program dedicated to this special day. You can look forward to music, readings, romantic walks in the sculpture garden and of course a Champagne bar. Book your tickets to the “Soirée Love” here

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“The Kiss” – one of the most famous sculptures from Auguste Rodin – © agence photographique du musée Rodin – Alexis Berg

 

 

Have a Meal at Georges, on top of the Centre Pompidou

Some things are romantic whether you’re solo, with a friend, family member or partner. And dinner at Georges is exactly that, no matter the season, but especially during winter, when the weather makes us want to cozy up over candlelight. 

Like the museum that houses it, the Centre Pompidou, Georges is ultra-modern. It’s on the top floor of the museum, with spectacular views looking out to Paris. The decor, as well as each dish served, will inspire you in creativity and plating. It is a pricier meal but well worth the ambiance and experience if you are looking for a special romantic Parisian treat!

Georges is closed Tuesdays, otherwise open Wednesday through Monday for a short period for lunch and again for dinner. Save time on your trip to Paris by booking a reservation online. You do not need entry to the museum to get to the restaurant; there are separate elevators accessible from the outdoors. Even the ride up is picturesque. Enjoy it!

Mikkel Page Woodruff from Sometimes Home

Valentine's Day in Paris - enjoy a great dinner at Georges
There’s no Valentine’s day without a romantic dinner – especially not in Paris!

 

 

Book a sunrise photoshoot at the Trocadero and Eiffel Tower

 

When it comes to romantic cities in France, Paris always comes to mind first, and when it comes to romantic things to do in Paris, a photoshoot with your loved one can’t be beaten! Not only will a photo session with a professional photographer send you home with gorgeous captured memories to forever cherish, but the photoshoot itself will be a sweet, personal, and enjoyable activity during your stay.

 

 

There are many picturesque spots for photos around the city, but the Eiffel Tower is a top choice. The difficulty is that the area surrounding the tower is often too populated for high-quality photos. However, sunrise at Trocadero will provide you with an empty slate and an incredible view. It will be completely worth setting your early alarm for some wonderful photos from your Paris trip on Saint Valentin’s day.

Your photographer will pose or guide you as much as you would like them, and can also offer insider tips on how to enjoy the city like a local. Your romantic photo session will be a lifetime memory as you embrace your love in front of the Eiffel Tower as the sun rises over the beautiful city.

Thanks, Sierra Schmidt from Free to Travel Mama

Photo Credit: Olga with Flytographer in Paris

 

visit Paris’ hidden bars

If you are up for sipping excellent cocktails after your Dinner on Saint Valentine’s Day in Paris, visit one of the hidden bars of town!

There are a few prohibition-style speakeasies hidden in Paris that are somewhat insider knowledge. However, it’s a fun thing to do, and the cocktails are exquisite! See our Speakeasy Paris guide to know where to find our popular hidden bars in Paris!

 

Voilà 🙂 If you need more input on how to plan a perfect and romantic weekend in Paris, check our “visit Paris” section – loads of interesting and useful information are waiting for you!

 

And if you have questions about your upcoming trip, don’t hesitate to join my Facebook group! 

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F.A.Q

Do they celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day in France?

Yes, they do! On the 14th of February.

Is it cold in February in Paris?

It can be, yes. Pack a jacket!

What can couples do on Valentine’s Day in Paris?

You can visit the Eiffel Tower, take a cruise on the Seine, enjoy a meal in a restaurant, visit the “I love you” wall or simply have a romantic walk along the Seine.

What’s the most romantic thing to do in Paris?

Sitting in a small Café together, having a walk through Montmartre, taking in the View of the Eiffel Tower, steal a kiss at the “I love you wall”