Valentine’s Day in Paris


Choose from our list of romantic alternatives for an unusual Valentine’s Day in the French capital

Spend the evening at a museum

The Musée Rodin is holding a Soirée Love on Valentine’s Day to celebrate the sensual works of French sculptor Rodin, including his sculpture The Kiss. Take a romantic stroll in the gardens enjoying the jazz music and read poetry and love letters among the scultptures. Tickets are €20 plus booking fee.

Watch a film in a 1930s cinema

Book in for a night at the independent picture house La Pagode that was converted from a Japanese pagoda into a cinema in the 1930s. Effortlessly evoking romance with its red velvet seats and decorative columns, it’s an atmospheric setting to catch an art-house or classic films.

Drink champagne in a Parisian wine bar

Find a local haunt to pop open a bottle of bubbly and the rest of the evening is sure to run smoothly – try the chic wine bar Legrand Filles et Fils on Rue de la Banque in the 2nd arrondissement where among characterful wood panels and low lighting you can share a bottle from the winery’s extensive range along with some simple charcuterie and cheeses.

Get pampered in a spa

Take time out of sightseeing for some luxurious pampering at Spa 28, set in the vaulted cellars of an 18th-century building not far from the Sorbonne. Book in for a massage and enjoy one hour’s free access to the swimming pool, hammam, pool and Jacuzzi.

Enjoy a picnic along the Canal Saint-Martin

Choose a space along the tranquil and picturesque Canal Saint-Martin, in the northeast of the city, to spread a blanket and settle down for some French nibbles. Fans of the film Amélie may recognise the iron footbridges as the backdrop of various scenes. Flanked by bohemian cafes and shops, there are plenty of places to pick up your alfresco eats; try the Épicerie Musicales just nearby.

Need more Valentine’s Day ideas?

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