"Paris is always a good idea" - Audrey Hepburn, but an especially great idea when it comes to Valentine's Day. I mean, there's a reason it comes first to your mind when you think of the world's most romantic cities. There's quite literally no escaping romance in this city! It's lingering in the city's many poetic parks, a dash of it in the elegant tea saloons and oodles of it in fragrance of freshly baked Parisian baguettes. Not to forget the city's elegant architecture and enchanting river adding to the charm. Spending Valentine's Day in Paris is nothing short of magical and there's a lot you can do in the City of Lights with your special someone. With so much to do, you maybe in a fix, so here are our top picks on things to do in Paris on Valentine's Day! Choose your pick and make this Valentine's Day one to cherish forever.
Valentine's Day in Paris - Top 10 Picks
1. Steal a kiss at the Eiffel Tower
Can't help but start with the cliché! Whatever said and done, I don't think there's anything more romantic than going atop the Eiffel Tower around sunset and witnessing the golden hues of dusk glistening over the city. Spend a few quite moments with your partner and maybe make a reservation at the restaurant for a romantic dine and wine. Watch the City of Lights turn into its name and enjoy a resplendent meal and if you're still up for it, walk down the banks and Seine. Oh! and steal a kiss ( or you can opt for a long one, no judgements ) before you leave the Eiffel Tower!
VDay Tip : For all you know, Eiffel Tower tickets for February 14th are already sold out. Hurry up and grab your ticket before they become more expensive/ sell out. Check out Eiffel Tower ticket options here.
Recommended Eiffel Tower Experiences on Valentine's Day
2. A Romantic Dinner Cruise On Seine River
On this most romantic of nights, a cruise down the most romantic river in the world with your special one by your side and lots of champagne is sure to get things sparky! Adding to the moment is the 3 course French dinner you can gorge on while consuming breathtaking views of Paris soaked in glimmering lights. With live music and champagne flowing, a Seine river cruise makes for a fine surprise! PS: It also makes for a great proposal setting, just in case you plan on taking the leap.
VDay Tip : After the Eiffel Tower, a Late evening Seine river cruise happens to be the most popular thing on Valentine's day in Paris. Make sure you book your tickets well in advance and try getting the Bateaux Mouches. Nothing but the best for Valentine's Day.
Recommended Seine River Cruises for Valentine's Day
3. Tango on the Seine
If all goes well the weather on Valentine's Day remains good, walk along the Seine and you'll see why Paris is called the land of romantics. You'll see tango enthusiasts gather at the mini amphitheatres along the Seine in the 5th arrondissement dancing seductively until twilight. If you're not in the mood to join, sit by on the steps with a bottle of wine and enjoy the mesmerizing dance in the incredibly atmospheric setting. You'll see people of ages swaying and dancing everything from salsa to tango with the Notre Dam and sleek boats providing for a perfect backdrop. Interested in joining them but don't know how to Tango? Show up at 7pm for a free dance lesson!
VDay Tip : Missed it on Valentine's Day? You can catch the Tango dancers every evening, May through September at Tino Rossi Quai Saint-Bernard. This park is transformed into a dance hall under the stars with couples dancing into the wee hours of the morning.
4. Watch A Cabaret Together
If you and your partner want to stay away from the mushy and syrupy, why not head to the sanctuary of glamour at one of the many cabarets in Paris? Turn your VDay date into a magical affair with a top class cabaret show, authentic french dinner (custom deserts too!) and oodles of wine. Read our detailed guides on the top Cabarets in Paris - Crazy Horse, Le Lido, Moulin Rouge, Paradis Latin and get quick hacks on which Cabaret works best for you.
VDay Tip : Cabarets come with fantastic combo deals that allow you to experience a Seine Cruise, a City tour or perhaps even a musical dinner at Montmarte. These deals obviously work out cheaper and give you and your partner more to do together! Pick a combo deal for the most memorable Valentine's Day in Paris!
Recommended Paris Cabarets for Valentine's Day
5. Say ‘Je t’aime’ at Montmartre
The Wall of Love is a vibrant testimony of silent passions and a work of art in the Jehan Rictus garden square on the hill of Montmartre. The piece of art features ‘I love you’ written by hand on a 40m2 wall some 311 times, translated into most of the languages and dialects in the world. With over 600 tiles of enamelled lava bearing the 4 words fit together to form a whole heart. They say the splashes of red symbolise the pieces of a broken heart. A truly beautiful depiction. If you're planning to spend your Valentine's day in the Montmarte Quarter, you must make it a point to visit this wall of love. A fun game could be trying to point out the languages on the wall. While you’ll certainly have no trouble translating Je t'aime, do you know where in the world lovers say Aroha ahau ki a koe, M'bi fe or Ayor anosh'ni?
Vday Tip : If you're looking for a dinner experience at Montmarte, check out this Montmarte Musical Dinner with Moulin Rouge Combo that assures a night of romance with a sensual twist.
6. Listen to Post War Jazz in Paris's Oldest Jazz Club
Like Jazz? or the Blues? Get to the Le Caveau des Oubliettes as early in the evening (before 9PM) and catch a good spot to listen to the most soulful post-war jazz. It's romantic, it's enchanting and the very fact that you're seated in a 12th century underground wine cellar is quite something. Cozy up and listen to the melodious blues with your partner. It'll sure be a night to remember.
VDay Tip : The Le Caveau des Oubliettes has very limited seating facility, so ,make sure you get there early or you and your date will have to stand all night. Not the most pleasant experience!
7. Splurge on a Vintage Citröen Tour
On any other day, going around Paris on a Vintage Citröen can be considered outlandish (judgy eyes and the likes), but on Valentine's Day , having you and your partner chauffered around is quite the delight. Here's how it would go : a charming Parisian wearing a striped Breton shirt will show up at your hotel/ apartment and escort you to your open roof vintage convertible Citröen CV. These tours are mostly conducted by local Parisians who are more than happy to show you their secret spots, so sit back, relax and witness the lesser known gems of Paris.
VDay tip: The most reputed company for this tour is "4 Rues sous 1 Parapluie" and rates start at 120 euros and 180 euros for an hour and a half ( last updated 2019).
8. Get adventerous at Parc des Buttes Chaumont
Adventure enthusiasts? Here's a little something for you to get your hands dirty (barely). Parc des Buttes Chaumont has a secret waterfall, so why not hike to it? Find the trail and hike down to it with your partner in crime. After spending a while there, just minutes from Parc des Buttes Chaumont there awaits a quiet hilltop village hidden in the 19th arrondissement, accessible only by three staircases or a single winding road. Climb atop this hill and you'll have your very own private view of Montmartre across town, with a halo of sunlight perfectly centred over the Sacré Coeur. The cherry on top being the vineyard right below, one of the last of three remaining vineyards in Paris. Take a picnic, climb up the hill and spend a quiet evening with your partner.
VDay Tip : Visit the park around sunset for the best views.
9. A Tea In The Garden
The Musée de la Vie Romantique is nestled atop a canopied lane, and it's eerily quite here but you can hear the wind brushing against bell flowers, lilacs and wisteria; all enshrouding this countryside. In 1981 it was converted into a museum devoted to the romantic movement in the arts and houses artworks from George Sand, F.Chopin, Delacroix, Rossini and the like. To add to this postcard perfect setting is an old glass-house, right next to the main townhouse that used to be commissioned by artists as a studio. Today, it is a lovely tea room serving a sumptous lunch spread and the best iced tea you've ever tasted. Spend a quiet afternoon with your loved one and drink gallons of ice tea if you please! If you fancy a visit to a less crowded museum in Paris, the Musée de la Vie Romantique is worth the 8€ spend.
VDay Tip : Try the Egyptian style made with hibiscus flowers and cinnamon. It's heaven in a cup!
10. Getaway to the Palace of Versailles
For couples who are looking forward to a quick getaway from Paris on Valentine's Day, what better place than the Palace of Versailles. It's an hour's drive from the city so you won't be spending too much time on the road and the route is so scenic, you'll probably want to take a slow drive! Spend your day exploring the infamous rooms of the Palace of Versailles and the rooms that were most certainly Courts of Love, Sex & Romance. The entire Palace complex is brimming with beauty and splendour; you'll be enthralled no bounds. From the walls to the chandeliers and the manicured garden that stretch into the horizon; everything here screams opulence. If you're looking for an even more romantic getaway than takes you to Giverny, the Monet's Garden & the Palace of Versailles, here's a combo deal you cannot resist.
VDay Tip: Alain Ducasse’s restaurant at the Palace of Versailles, Oré, will open its doors at nighttime on February 14,2019 to a selected clientele, for a dinner in the restored salons from the 17th century on the first floor of the Pavillon Dufour featuring an exceptional view on the Royal Court. The menu will be an illustration of a modern French cuisine that highlights seasonality and vegetal, so if you're interested in this exclusive meal, click here to book a slot!
Recommended Palace of Versailles Tours for Valentine's Day
11. Valentine’s Day at the Aquarium of Paris
While this may not necessarily sound romantic , it is actually a really nice way to spend Valentine's Day. Start your evening at L'Aquarium de Paris with a stroll along the pools and enjoy the charm of the oceanic nights while sipping a glass of champagne (you’ll be offered two glasses, one at the start of the visit, and one in the middle). You'll even have a guide who'll run you through the love rituals of underwater animals! The highlight however is the "Dance of the Mermaid"- an enchanting and romantic show in the biggest pool inhabited by rays and sharks. After witnessing over 500 species settle down for a delicious meal in Paris-Cinéaqua with scenic views of the Eiffel Tower to one side and a magnificent view of the aquarium to the other side. Treat your taste buds with a French meal concocted by the chief cook while your eyes freely admire the ballets of flamboyant exotic fishes.
VDay Tip: Book a table well in advance as they get booked out quite fast. Head here to book a table for you and your better half.
12. Visit the Island of the Temple of Love
Fancy a reclusive picnic with your partner? There's a special place in Paris for the perfect date. It's called the Temple of Love, also referred to as the Temple Romantique, and it sits on an island in the middle of a lake in the Bois de Vincennes, the largest public park in the city. Getting there is an adventure in itself and the views will certainly not disappoint. Pack a picnic, spread it out on the perfect grassy beach and relish your meal with a splendid view of the temple and the mountain rocks of Paris zoo in the distance.
VDay Tip: Getting there could be a task, but here's a quick run through of the directions : Hop on Line 8 metro and hop off at Michel Bizot. Walk up the palm tree-lined avenue, walk past the Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration over to the Lac Daumesnil. Hop on a boat and tour the lake until you spot the Temple of Love from the shore.
Ready To Spend Valentine's Day in Paris?
Here are a few more places you can visit on Valentine's Day in Paris. May not be as romantic as the above 12, but nevertheless a good idea!