Valentine’s Day in Paris: 10 great original ideas

Some original ideas for you for a Valentine’s Day with a difference

Paris is reputed to be the most romantic city in the world. With picture postcard scenery, great restaurants, cosy spots ... the city is the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day in February. But if, on this occasion, you want to get off the beaten path and surprise your beloved, we have selected some original ideas for you to enjoy an exceptional time in Paris with your Valentine.

Run hand-in-hand at the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Foulée de course à pied © fotolia

On your marks at 8am for the Valentine’s Day race at the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont ! Participants run 10 km or 5 if they are in a couple, with pom-pom girls and entertainment along the way. Out of breath and no partner? No need to worry: ‘Operation Cupid’ will make sure you have a running partner so that you won’t finish alone!

Registration: €15

More information about the run hand-in-hand

Spend an evening filled with LOVE at the Musée Rodin

The Kiss by Rodin, jardin des Tuileries, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

On the occasion of Valentine’s Day, the Musée Rodin will be extending its opening hours for a unique romantic evening! In honour of the romantic relationship between Rodin the most sensual sculptor of his time and Camille Claudel, the museum is organizing a special exhibition itinerary highlighting the written correspondence between the two lovers. A romantic tour of a collection of major artworks.

Rates: €15-20

More information about the Soirée Love at the Musée Rodin

Dance at the City Hall

Bal Paramour Hôtel de Ville 2019

More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the Paramour Bal in the lounges of the City Hall. Inspired by the famous Vienna Life Ball, one of the biggest charity events in Europe, this evening event aims to donate all the funds raised to the association LINK in the fight against AIDS. Hakim Ghorab, the choreographer of Kylie Minogue, is captaining the evening’s entertainment, accompanied by dancers from the Paris Opera, singer Corine, DJ Kiddy Smile ... 

Price: €150 for two

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Sip a cocktail in the frosty atmosphere of the bar Kube

Le Kube - Groupe Les Hotels de Paris - Ice Kube Bar 2, Paris © OTCP

For a change from evenings by the fireside, why not spend an evening with your Valentine in the frosty bar of the Hôtel Kube? Put on a warm coat and cosy up for a delicious cocktail served in iced glasses. A unique experience!

Booking required

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Enjoy a massage at the Spa dans le noir

Spa Dans le noir, Paris © Olivier Merzoug

With its ‘I love you’ package’, the Spa dans le noir invites you to experience a relaxing moment for two... in total darkness! Enjoy pampering your senses with a hammam and bespoke massage away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. And if you wish, you can extend the pleasure with a meal together, also in complete darkness.

From €147

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Stroll amongst orchids at the Jardin des Plantes

Mille & une orchidées Jardin des Plantes 2019

Step into the tropical greenhouse at the Jardin des Plantes and discover thousands of orchids in bloom! Starting on 14 February, the Thousand and One Orchids event will appeal to great romantics and nature lovers. An unmissable Valentine's Day!

Rates: €7 and €5

More information about the "Mille et une orchidées" exhibition

Shiver at the Manoir de Paris

Le Manoir de Paris - Décor chaines, Paris © LE MANOIR DE PARIS

There’s no better excuse for a reassuring embrace from a loved one than a dark, scary atmosphere. With Le Manoir de Paris and its twenty or so actors, you will relive a terrible Parisian mystery from the past at their ‘Dark Valentine Night’.

From €20

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Discover the west of Paris by helicopter

Helipass - Paris tour, Paris © OTCP

Fly away together to see Paris from the air. Fly over the most famousmonuments in the west of Paris with an exciting helicopter ride with Hélicoptère Helipass! A magical tour in the air above the Parc des Princes, Longchamp racecourse, Versailles and the gardens of the Sun King … and even the Eiffel Tower. Simply unforgettable!

From €399

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Dinner ‘In love again’ at the Ritz

Saint Valentin Ritz  © Ritz

A Valentine’s dinner is a classic option but at the Ritz Paris luxury hotel the Pastry Chef François Perret has composed a delightful and unusual series of dishes for a special dinner. The ‘risqué pairings’ and heart-shaped dessert offer a memorable experience for loving couples, in one of Paris’s most beautiful palaces.

‘In love again’ dinner: €350 for two persons

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Admire a mermaid at the Aquarium de Paris

Saint-Valentin CineAqua 2019

So that you can dive into the depths of the marine world together, the Aquarium de Paris  offers an exceptional romance-themed evening: This night-time stroll with champagne past the tanks of marine life reveals the secrets of the love life of fish and even mysterious mermaids ...

Romantic visit: €30/person

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There are so many ways to have an unforgettable February 14th, in the heart of Paris. Find more date ideas in our Romantic Paris file.

Le Manoir de Paris Member

Guided tours
  • Opéra - Grands Boulevards

Presenting the first haunted show in France, the Manoir de Paris retraces the steps of 17 Parisian legends in the prestigious......

Helipass Member

Incentive activities | Guided tours
  • Porte de Versailles - Commerce

See all of Paris from a helicopter. After New York, Las Vegas and Hawaii, it's now Paris's turn to have a helicopter......

Aquarium de Paris Member

Zoo & aquarium
5 avenue Albert de Mun - Jardins du Trocadéro, Paris, 75016

Situated in the heart of Paris, the Aquarium de Paris offers an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike, with......

Ritz Paris 5/5 Member


15 place Vendôme, Paris, 75001

The Ritz Paris is reborn and freshly restored, a transformation which has never been accomplished since the opening of the hotel......

Dans le Noir ? Member

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment
51 rue Quincampoix, Paris, 75004

The restaurant Dans Le Noir? offers you to live an unusual experience by tasting a surprise Menu in the most complete darkness. A......

Hôtel de Ville de Paris Member

Mairie de Paris - Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, Paris, 75004

The Hôtel de Ville de Paris has been the seat of the Paris City Council since 1357. The current building, with a neo-renaissance......

Musée Rodin Paris Member

77 rue de Varenne, Paris, 75007

Close to the Invalides and the Eiffel Tower, the musée Rodin is one of the most enchanting place in Paris. It is composed of a......

Dans le noir ? le Spa

Jeu et détente
65 rue de Montmartre, Paris, 75002

The French capital already has a Dans le Noir restaurant, and now, it has its own Dans le Noir spa! A unique experience:......

Ice Kube Bar

Bar | In a hotel
Kube Hôtel - 3 passage Ruelle, Paris, 75018

Something different in Paris! The Ice KUBE, as its name suggests, is a bar made completely of ice. The experience lasts no more......

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Park, garden, promenade
1 rue Botzaris, Paris, 75019

The Buttes-Chaumont Park, in the north-east of Paris, is one of the biggest and original green spaces in Paris, measuring 25......