What to do in Paris on Valentine’s Day

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My first trip to Paris in 2003 was over Valentine’s Day. I went with a group of girlfriends from college and I was SO happy to be in Paris. It was freezing cold but that didn’t stop me from sitting on the top of a double-decker bus (so touristy I know) and taking in every bit of Paris.

Valentine’s Day isn’t as big of a deal in Paris as it is in the US. Americans still head to Paris for a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day. Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world so I can see why. Here are a few ideas for Valenetin’s Day and a weekend in Paris since it does run over a holiday weekend this year.

Sneak a Kiss at Palais Royal

This is one of my favorite places in Paris. Take a stroll through the arcade, grab a coffee at Café Kitsuné and if you are with someone you love, sneak at kiss or two in this quiet garden.

This is on my top spots to get engaged. In case you are looking for a spot that isn’t the Eiffel Tower.

Visit the Rodin Museum

The Rodin Museum is offering a special “Love Night” stroll through the gardens and listen to jazz from 7pm – 11pm.

Visit the Musée de la Vie Romantique

Book a Cooking Class

La Cuisine still has a few openings for classes. There is a lunch soufflé class which is a great option. You can rest up after lunch and head out for a romantic dinner. I will link a few suggestions below for dinner ideas.

Drinks in Paris

Bar Hemingway at The Ritz. Drinks will run about 30 euros but if you are looking for an experience and something unique you should do this once.

Le Bristol Paris Their Valentine’s Day themed dinners are way out of my budget at 680 euros per person not including drinks. I recommend just buying a glass of champagne at the bar and people watching. I can imagine, it is going to be a good evening for this.

Terrass Hotel The hotel isn’t offering drinks as it has a special dinner for 140 euros per person. You can book here.

If you are solo on Valentine’s Day, I always love L’Avant Comptoir for a fun evening. I have met so many people here dining alone and it is always a fun meal. You can always grab a spot at a café terrace and people watch with a book.


For classic Paris, I really enjoy Chez Savy et Chez Andre close to the Eiffel Tower. You can eat here and take a walk to the Eiffel Tower before or after. It sparkles every hour on the hour.

After Dinner

Stroll across the Pont Alexandre III which is my favorite bridge and so romantic. You can also walk across the Pont des Arts. This is the Sex and The City bridge at the finale when Big meets Carrie.

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  1. The Pont des Arts looks nothing like that now. Thanks to all the selfish people and their locks it’s just plexiglass now

    • You are right, it doesn’t look like that now. This photograph was from a few years ago. Sadly, it isn’t what it used to be.