Paris on Valentine’s Day – how to spend the most romantic weekend!
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A weekend in Paris on Valentine’s Day .. it can hardly get any more romantic than this. Paris is known to be one of the most romantic cities of the world and is not surprisingly very high up in the ranking of top honeymoon destinations as well.
But what is it, that lovers are longing for a Valentine’s day in Paris? What makes Paris so romantic? It’s probably the harmonious blend of the idea of “savoir vivre“, an invitation to enjoy life and to get drunk on good food and wine, chocolates and Champagne, beautiful streetlights and cityscapes, a bit of Audrey Hepburn and Amélie and a still vivid charm of bygone times.
Apart from the general 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 ?
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≡ Enjoy a private cooking class with your partner
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 it is true, for me at least. Luckily, my husband and I both love to cook and 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 local 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.
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 amazing. 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
≡ Say “I love you” at the “Mur des je t’aime”
As 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 favourite romantic gesture is a little more modern. The ‘I Love You Wall’ opened in 2000 in Montmartre, one of the most romantic neighbourhoods in Paris.
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 neighbours and even embassy staff – they collected hundreds of ways to say ‘I love you’. The result of which can be seen on the I Love You Wall. Spanning 416 square feet, the wall is covered in 612 blue tiles made from enamelled lava to ensure that the installation will last the test of time. All 192 nations that make up the United Nations are represented 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 8am to 6pm.
Thank you, Katja Gaskell from Globetotting
≡ Learn how to bake Macarons
Is there anything more romantic than the combination of Paris, doing something creative with your beloved, and indulging your sweet tooth?
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 (click to get more information on the class Kate took!), you and your partner can test your skills baking one of the world’s most notoriously difficult-to-bake cookies… while under the watchful eye of a chef who will help make sure that they come out absolutely perfect.
After baking your hearts out in the kitchen, head upstairs to 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
Nassie at Snippets of Paris
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)! So one of the most pleasant and romantic ways to see the 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.
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There are many different 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!
≡ 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 a decadently thick chocolate served with whipped cream on the side. In addition to some of 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 Epoque 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 Epoque.
recommended by Brianna from Curious Travel Bug
≡ Have a romantic stroll around the Père Lachaise cemetery
On the first glimpse that might sound odd, but imagine an old cemetery, cobbled stoned alleys, ancient trees … the Père Lachaise cemetery it’s one of the most atmospheric places in town and perfect for a romantic walk on Valentine’s day in Paris.
And while you’re there, watch out for the last resting places of famous personalities: Jim Morrison of course, but also Edith Piaf, Chopin and Oscar Wilde!
≡ Visit the Eiffel Tower at sunset
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 truly a memorable experience with your loved one.
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.
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.
There are many sightseeing tours you can take in Paris but non is as romantic as getting chauffeured around a nightly Paris in a vintage Citroën 2CV.
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!
This tour is the most popular and with great reviews, click here to know more about their rates and schedules.
≡ Have a Meal at Georges, on top of the Centre Pompidou
Mikkel Page Woodruff from Sometimes Home
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 weather makes us want to cozy up over candlelight. My aunt, a seasoned Paris visitor, recommended we go my first time in the City of Light. It remains one of my most memorable meals and experiences in Paris despite having been back several times since.
Like the museum that houses it, the Centre Pompidou, Georges is ultra modern. It’s on a 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!
≡ Book a sunrise photo shoot at the Trocadero and Eiffel Tower
When it comes to romantic cities, Paris always comes to mind, and when it comes to romantic things to do in Paris, a photo shoot with your loved one can’t be beat! Not only will a photo session with a professional photographer send you home with gorgeous captured memories to forever cherish, but the photo shoot itself will be a sweet, personal, and enjoyable activity during your stay.
There are many picturesque spots for photos around the city, but the iconic 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 a gorgeous view. It will be completely worth setting your early alarm for some amazing 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
≡ visit Paris’ hidden bars
If you are up for sipping excellent cocktails on Saint Valentine’s day in Paris and for adding some excitement, visit the hidden bars in Paris! 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! Check out 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 our “visit Paris” section – loads of interesting and useful information are waiting for you!
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