Paris is, and always will be, the capital of love and romance – even in the current health situation! And all the more so on 14 February. However you choose to celebrate this rather atypical Valentine’s Day – a special hotel overnight, a stroll through the city’s beautiful gardens, a romantic tour, or a flight through the clouds – keep those stars in your eyes!
A pampered Valentine’s Day
Most of the hotels in Paris are open. Give yourselves a ‘get away from it all’ treat with an overnight stay – especially if you can find a room with a view!
The Terrass’’ Hôtel in Montmartre will wow you with the panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower from its rooftop and its seductive special offer that includes champagne, in-room dining, massage for two and breakfast in bed in the morning.
On the Champs Elysées, the Plaza Athénée offers a glimpse of the Arc de Triomphe while the Hôtel Brighton features a unparalleled view of the Louvre and the Tuileries gardens (as well as a room-service menu signed Joël Robuchon).
The palaces are an excellent choice if you’re looking for quality relaxation time and luxury without having to leave the city. The Lutetia, for example, has concocted a romantic couples’ programme featuring special room decorations, in-room dining experience and delicious gourmet breakfast. To further awaken the senses, you can book a massage or a session in the spa.
La Réserve is opening the doors of its magnificent mansion for a ‘Romance, Dreams and Delights’ night featuring an evening meal dreamed up by Jérôme Banctel, the two-star chef of Le Gabriel, the hotel’s restaurant.
An arty Valentine’s Day
The streets of Paris are an art gallery in themselves. There are the magnificent fountains created by major artists, such as the Fontaine des Quatre-Parties-du-Monde in the Great Explorers’ garden, the Stravinsky fountain opposite the Pompidou Centre featuring sculptures by Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle, and the Warsaw Fountains at the Trocadéro opposite the Eiffel Tower. And you don’t have to go into the museums or art galleries (although these are open at the moment) to admire numerous masterpieces.
So, if you fancy an arty romantic walk, stroll through the sculpture gardens of the Rodin museum then continue on to Jean-Michel Othoniel ‘Kiosque des Noctambules’, which frames the entrance to the Palais Royal metro station, just opposite the Comédie-Française. A few metres away, admire the famous installation Les Deux Plateaux, better known as the Colonnes de Buren.
And if you’re planning to make a declaration of love, stop in front of the Wall of Love in Montmartre. Created by Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito this artwork consists of an entire wall of enamelled lava stone with I love you written 311 times in 250 different languages. A beautiful way of delivering a Valentine’s message!
More information about open-air art in Paris
A gourmet Valentine’s Day
Some of Paris’s top restaurants have devised creative solutions for a romantic ‘dinner out’ that can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. The chefs’ suggestions include a ‘meal in a box’ to cook at home or click & collect menus.
Amaury Bouhours and Cédric Grolet of the Meurice, for example, have perfected a five-course meal with champagne (orders must be placed before 12 February 2021). The restaurants of La Réserve, the Prince de Galles and the Shangri-La also propose some stunning dinner or brunch menus.
More about the top restaurants offering meals to enjoy at home
And for those with a sweet tooth, Paris’s pastry cooks and chocolate makers have created some mouth-watering delicacies. You’ll find it hard not to be tempted by Lenôtre’s ‘Coeur Léger’ cream dessert, Philippe Conticini’s ‘Mont-Cœur’, La Maison du Chocolat’s special Valentine’s Day selection, or Christophe Michalak’s ‘Cœur Fleur de Cassis’ and Valentine’s boxes.
A Valentine’s Day with a difference
Even in these challenging times, Paris offers some unique and unusual experiences.
The Kube Hotel, with its green lobby and suspended beds, certainly fits this bill. Another surprising hotel is the 1K with its Mexican ambience and pool suite. In the 14th arrondissement, the Hôtel Cabane offers a getaway in its cosy wooden cabin nestling in a corner of the courtyard.
Would a helicopter flight be your dream come true? Let Hélipass fly you over part of the city, giving you a bird’s eye view of the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysées and Les Invalides, before swooping off in the direction of Versailles. The love of your life will be bowled over by this amazing trip for two!
You can discover Paris by car too! Take a seat in a genuine 2CV, the iconic French car, and enjoy a chauffeur-driven tour of the city’s most beautiful and romantic streets. Taking in the streets of Montmartre, the quays of the Seine and the lanes of Saint Germain des Près, the tours proposed by ‘4 roues sous un parapluie’ and ‘Paris Authentic’ include a ‘Romantic Paris’ option.
From Paris’s vineyards to its typical picturesque streets – discover the city from a novel angle with Retro Tour. With you and your other half on board the side-car, the driver will show you some of the most emblematic and romantic corners of Paris. A unique experience !
A green Valentine’s Day
Make the most of the opportunity to appreciate nature in some of Paris’s most beautiful parks and gardens.
The Bagatelle garden, created after a wager between Marie-Antoinette and her brother-in-law, is a haven of tranquillity and romanticism with its Chinese pagoda, pretty glades, majestic old trees, secrets grottoes, ornamental ponds and waterfalls.
The Luxembourg and Tuileries gardens, Monceau park and Bercy park are also home to some intriguing curiosities. Why not organize a private treasure hunt so that your other half can discover them?
A cultural Valentine’s Day
Why not explore your neighbourhood, or another one, and discover its hidden secrets thanks to a themed guided walk?
For example, after exploring the hidden residential areas in the 20th arrondissement, climb up to a viewpoint between the Chaumont and Bergeyre hills at dusk and watch the sun set over the city. Or, if you’re in the centre of Paris, enjoy the quaint charm of the covered passages – a stroll here is the perfect remedy when the metro is playing up again.
Our suggestions for geolocated walks in Paris
A risqué Valentine’s Day
In the heart of the 18th arrondissement, a former ‘pleasure house’ is now the very elegant five-star hotelLa Maison Souquet. With its sensuous rococo decor, secret spa and intimate yesteryear ambience, it’s an ideal hideaway for lovers.
Cosy up on the sofa and join the virtual guided tour of erotic and voluptuous Paris, organised by Allure DMC, starting at 5.00 pm and lasting an hour and a quarter. Learn all about the artistic representations of love and romantic relationships and discover the lovers embracing on the façades of Parisian buildings and the erotic secrets of Rodin and Courbet.