Top 10 things to do in Paris for Valentine’s Day 2016
February 05, 2015
Paris is known as the City of Love. And what better place in the world than Paris to celebrate Valentine’s Day. With so many lovely things to see, delicious restaurants to go to and romantic things to do, celebrating Valentine’s Day in Paris simply can’t go wrong. But everyone is different and everyone has a different definition of a perfect Valentine's Day. Do you find it really romantic to go walking hand in hand in the cobblestone streets of Montmartre or do you prefer stealing a kiss in a beautiful parisian setting? Find out the top 10 things to do in Paris to make this Valentine’s Day 2016 in Paris an experience you'll never forget.
Paris has many areas that would make the perfect backdrop for a proposal, a hug or a kiss:
The Eiffel Tower is best seen from the Pont Alexandre III, the most beautiful Parisian bridge or from the Pont des Arts, also known as the love locks bridge (although the love locks have been removed for security reasons).
Stand in the Cour Carrée du Louvre once the sun has set. It’s by far the Louvre’s most romantic area.
And as for Notre Dame, stand on the Pont de l’Archevêché (at the back of the cathedral) for a beautiful view.
You can always head out to the “I love you” wall on Place des Abbesses, Montmartre or, in winter, hop on the Ferris wheel on Place de la Concorde. The latter offers a 360° view of Paris: not bad for a memorable romantic moment.
The sun is setting and the hordes of group tourists have vacated one of the most charming areas of Paris: Montmartre. Now is the time to head out there for an unforgettable romantic moment. Here's how we would do it:
Have a romantic dinner in a small, traditional French restaurant on Montmartre hill (there are great restaurant on Rue Lepic like La Boite aux Lettres or le Coq Rico). Avoid the touristic restaurants on Place du Tertre though.
Then, take a walk through the small cobblestone streets of Montmartre and kiss in front of the iconic Sacré Coeur Basilica or take a ride on board Midnight in Paris On Wheels’ old 2CV car with roses and champagne included!
A romantic Parisian getaway wouldn’t be complete without a cozy, charming and comfortable hotel. There are many great hotels in Paris, but only a handful would make your romantic stay very special.
The Hotel Particulier Montmartre is Montmartre’s secret gem and truly a great romantic hideout.
Relive the love that 18th century playwright Charles-Simon Favart expressed to his wife Justine in all his plays at the cozy Maison Favart.
And at the luxurious Grand Hotel du Palais Royal, let your most romantic dreams come true, as you watch the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower from a distance.
A night out to see a show is always a great way to spend a romantic evening, but to make it extra romantic, nothing beats going to the Opera Garnier. Don’t even start thinking if you will like the performance beforehand, just go!
Not only are the performances of the highest class, but the Opera Garnier is one of the most beautiful building in Paris. See for yourself: its Grand Foyer was inspired by Versailles’ famous Hall of Mirrors so it can’t get any better than that.
If you are really not a big fan of grand ballet productions nor architectural beauty, but still want to spend your romantic evening watching a show, head out to a cabaret. But not just any cabaret!
Your best and most sensual experience will be at the Crazy Horse as the glamour, the beauty and the stage setup there is unique. The Moulin Rouge and Lido are also great venues, although a lot more touristic, but nothing beats the intimacy and sensual performances of the Crazy Horse. They are even offering a Valentine’s Day special. So do yourself a favor and book now…
It’s not because a restaurant has 1,2 or 3 stars on the Michelin Guide that it is automatically romantic. Instead, why not try these trendy romantic addresses:
Next to the fireplace and under “bob” the deer, the Hotel Particulier Montmartre is clearly the n°1 place for a romantic dinner.
Take a small boat to reach the Châlet des Iles, located on an island in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne. Sit by the fireplace and enjoy.
Fancy something off the beaten path? Bustronome is a mobile gourmet restaurant. Enjoy your delicious meal on board the luxury bus that will slowly drive by places like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre Dame.
The great thing about Paris is that almost all the iconic monuments are visible from the Seine: Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Louvre, Invalides. So a daytime cruise is a great way to discover the city's curiosities, but doing it at dusk is even better... and way more romantic!
For a private romantic cruise on the Seine, hop on the small private boat of My Paris River. Don’t forget the champagne bottle for the full experience!
Should you want to combine a cruise with a dinner, book a table with Les Bateaux Parisiens, where elegance meets romance. If you can, prefer reserving a table closest to the windows.
Restaurants with a view
Just think about it. A delicious French gourmet dinner with the most amazing views of Paris. Can anything be more romantic? Here are 3 highly recommended restaurants, both for the food and the experience.
58 Tour Eiffel: This restaurant located on the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower offers great views and delicious food at pretty affordable prices
Jules Verne: A Michelin 1 star rated restaurant located on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Needless to say that both the views and the food are simply amazing.
Ciel de Paris: The highest restaurant in Paris, located at the top of the Tour Montparnasse offers beautiful views of the Eiffel Tower and the rest of the city, especially at night.
For these suggestions, we recommend booking a table near the windows for the best experience.
There is something magical about the Paris Aquarium. It’s not only the fish, it’s just the whole dimmed ambiance, perfect for a romantic hour or two. But for that, you’ll need to avoid weekends, and go there at 5:30 pm (the aquarium closes at 7pm, but the latest entrance is at 6pm) to have the area more or less for yourself.
For those that have spent a full day running around Paris, indulge yourself with a couple's massage or spa treatment. Any one of the Parisian Palaces, such as the Meurice (who also happen to have some of the best Saint Valentine’s Special Pastry offers), the George V or the Peninsula offer great spa treatments. Other nice places include the Burgundy Hotel, the Fouquet’s Barrière or the Buddha Bar Hotel.