Paris is often referred to as the city of love and is regularly named as one of the most romantic destinations in the world, making it an ideal candidate for a Valentine’s getaway.
Of course, there are lots to keep loved-up couples occupied all year round, but it can be nice to stroll through the city’s streets and soak up the atmosphere on Valentine’s Day. So, if you want to spoil your partner this February 14th, here are a few things to see and do in Paris on a romantic break.
Watch the sunset from the Eiffel Tower
Climbing the Eiffel Tower is something of a must for tourists in Paris – and if you want the experience to be extra special for you and your partner, you should aim to be at the top for sunset.
You can enjoy the stunning views across the city as the day turns into night and watch the streets light up below you. If you’re after a picturesque photo of the two of you, you won’t find a better backdrop. To really push the boat out, you could book a table at the restaurant in the tower, where you can enjoy a sumptuous meal and a glass or two of champagne.
Dine at a gourmet restaurant
The French are renowned for their delicious cuisine and there is no shortage of romantic eateries in Paris. For a special treat, head to the city’s oldest restaurant – L’Auberge Nicholas Flamel on rue de Montmorency, where you can sample French dishes in an elegant setting.
Another option is Restaurant Lasserre on avenue Franklin Roosevelt, which boasts opulent decor and a range of tasty meals. The chefs use seasonal produce for many of their creations, with the likes of foie gras, langoustines and caviar on the menu.
Other establishments you could visit on a romantic break include Nos Ancetres les Gaulois, Cristal Room Baccarat and the restaurant at the Musee du Vins. Ah, la cuisine française!
Go ice skating
Ice skating is a great activity for couples, as you can glide hand-in-hand around the rink and have a lot of fun while you do so. There are several outdoor ice rinks in Paris throughout the winter, but among the most picturesque is the one outside l’Hôtel de Ville (the city hall).
With this impressive building as a backdrop, you can skate to your heart’s content with your loved one, and then step off the ice for a warming drink at one of the nearby cafes. Ice skating here is free, although you’ll need to hire skates if you don’t have your own.
Look out for deals
Of course, a romantic Valentine’s escape can be expensive if you really want to treat your partner, but don’t let this put you off heading to the French capital this February.
Every year, the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau works alongside local tourism organisations and professionals to put together a selection of deals for loved-up couples throughout February. Details of what’s available this year can be found on the city’s main tourism website.
You should also search for offers on hotels at this time of the year to help you save money on your accommodation without having to compromise on style and comfort – you’ll find a selection of affordable hotels here, giving you an indication of what’s available.