Valentine’s Day in Paris: Romantic things to do in Paris

Seine River Cruise with Eiffel Tower, Paris

It’s never a bad time to visit Paris. But celebrating Valentine’s Day in Paris, the most romantic city in the world, is certainly something everyone should do at least once in their lifetime. The City of Love exudes endless chances of romance and luxury everywhere you go. With incredible architecture, to world-renowned cuisine that’s likely to leave you wanting more, there’s no better place to enjoy this special day with your partner.

Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway to Paris or are looking for original Valentine’s Day ideas to keep the love in the air, we’ve got you covered. Here are the most romantic things do in Paris.

Sacré Coeur, Paris

1. See the sunrise from Sacré-Coeur

Walking around the charming old Parisian houses in Montmartre is a romantic experience in itself. At sunrise, however, the highest hill in Paris wakes up with a different colour. The delightful palette of oranges and reds that scatter over the cobbled lanes and the love padlocks on the fences opposite the Sacré-Coeur Basilica make this one of the most romantic spots in Paris. This is also a great place to soak up the breathtaking views of Paris in the early hours of the morning.

Sacre Coeur, Paris locks

To further enhance the romantic touch, walk down the most beautiful street in Paris: Rue de l’Abreuvoir. You’ll fall in love with La Maison Rose and its beautiful pink façade and green shutters (arguably the most instagrammable restaurant in Paris!).

2. Share a kiss on the Ponts des Arts/Pasarelle des Arts

A romantic getaway to Paris should start with a stroll along the Seine and a visit to the most romantic bridge in Paris. Since the early 00s, the Ponts des Arts has became a love referent for couples from all over the world. As a sign of affection and commitment, people began attaching love padlocks with their names on and throwing the key in the Seine. But soon the bridge started to collapse due to the overwhelming weight of the locks!

Because of this, it’s now forbidden to attach padlocks on any of the bridges in Paris. So why not take a stroll over this beautiful bridge and share a kiss overlooking the river Seine instead? Both free and très romantique!

Ponts des Arts, Paris from Seine

3. Watch the sunset from the Eiffel Tower

Another romantic activity for couples on Valentine’s Day? Standing at the top of the Eiffel Tower at sunset! At 324m height and a total of 1665 steps linking three floors (which you can access either through the stairway or the lifts), the Parisian icon of love offers the best panoramic views of Paris at any time of the day. But at sunset, the Eiffel Tower lights up with over 20,000 golden beams. And if this wasn’t enough, sparkling lights are imposed over the golden lightning every hour on the hour until 1am or 2am (depending on the season). The Eiffel Tower Light Show lasts 5 min, and you can see its beacon shining over Paris from practically anywhere in the city.

Eiffel Tower view

Complete the experience with a glass of white or rosé champagne (with optional caviar) at Bar à Champagne. Or try an unbeatable dinner experience at one of the two Eiffel Tower restaurants: 58 Tour Eiffel and Le Jules Verne.

4. Go on a boat tour/river cruise on the Seine

What’s a more romantic thing to do in Paris than a sightseeing cruise on the river Seine? Either during the day or at night, a boat tour on the Seine will allow you to discover the beauty of Paris from a completely different perspective. As you drift under some of Paris’ most scenic bridges, you and your lover will take in the most iconic landmarks of the City of Lights. Think the Notre Dame Cathedral, Grand Palais, Musée d’Orsay, the Eiffel Tower

You can also make this a romantic dinner cruise and enjoy a gourmet French menu with the beautifully lit Parisian buildings as a backdrop. Definitely an unforgettable experience!

Seine river cruise, Paris

5. Visit the Wall of Love (Les Murs de Je t’Aime)

Another romantic idea for Valentine’s Day in Paris is visiting the Wall of Love. By the Place des Abesses in Montmartre, in the gardens of the Place Jean-Rictus, there’s a mural dedicated to love and reconciliation by artists Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito. The piece of art features 612 tiles of enamelled lava covered in the words “I love you”, 311 times in 250 different languages. Also notice the red notes representing the pieces of a broken heart that the wall tries to bring together.

Wall of Love, Paris

6. Discover the best desserts in Paris

Trying the best Parisian desserts should be high on your list, whether it’s Valentine’s Day or not. Because traditional French pastries are way more than your typical (yet delicious) croissants and pain aux raisins! We’re talking luxury macarons (there’s no one better place than Ladurée). And fresh choux à a la créme at Odette Paris, just by the renowned bookshop Shakespeare and Company. And of course, chocolate at Maison Georges Larnicol and French butter cookies at La Cure Gourmande. Yum!

Find out more in our best pastries and desserts in Paris post.

Laduree, Champs Elysees, Paris inside

7. Have a romantic picnic at the Jardin de Luxembourg

Escape the hustle and bustle of Paris with a romantic picnic at the Luxembourg Gardens. Located between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, it was designed in 1612 by Queen Marie de Medici as part of the Luxembourg Palace (now the French Senate).

Luxembourg Palace Luxembourg Gardens, Paris

For the perfect date, pack a picnic (cheese and pastries are pretty much encouraged). Or simply stroll hand in hand with your partner around the charming French and English style Gardens. Throughout the park, you’ll find important landmarks such as the Pavillon Davioud and the Medici Fountain. There’re also greenhouses for conservation purposes, an orangerie, an orchard and even bee hives! If this wasn’t enough, there’re 106 statues dotted around the gardens, such as those of Chopin, Delacroix and Montesquieu. This is one of the best romantic things to do in Paris on a budget.

8. Go to a Parisian Cabaret

Here’s a little something to make this 14th February memorable. As no visit to the City of Lights is complete without a bit of sequins and feathers, why not take your loved one on a date to the cabaret? Paris’ cabarets are famous all over the world for their incredible synchronised choreographies and their elaborate shimmering costumes. There’re plenty to choose from too – from the world-famous Moulin Rouge, to classics such as Lido de Paris, Crazy Horse and Paradis Latin.

Moulin Rouge, Paris

9. Enjoy a romantic dinner in Paris

You certainly don’t need an excuse to indulge in some delicious French food any day of the year. But treating yourself and your partner to a special Valentine’s dinner in Paris is a must. We recommend traditional and modern French restaurants for an unmatched gastronomic experience. There are affordable romantic restaurants in Paris, as well as some of the most luxurious in the world, but always book in advance!

Some romantic budget friendly restaurants in Paris are:

  • Semilla
  • Le Polidor
  • L’Epigramme

Romantic fancy and mid-range budget restaurants in Paris include:

  • Macéo
  • Le Procoppe (oldest café in Paris)
  • La Rôtisserie Gallopin

For the best luxury restaurants in Paris, try:

  • Le Grand Véfour (with notable guests such as Napoleon and Jean Cocteau)
  • Lapérouse (a former mansion)
  • La Tour d’Argent

Have you spent Valentine’s Day in Paris? Are there any other romantic things to do in Paris you’d recommend? If you’re planning a trip to Paris, hopefully this post has given you some great Valentine’s Day ideas to try! As always, if you loved our post, please leave us a comment, pin some photos and show us some love on social media using the buttons below. 🙂

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46 comments

  1. Under flowery sky

    Wow this sound aweome, Paris is indeed so romantic.
    I can’t wait to go back, such a splendid feeling. Beautiful
    photos..

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    1. blushrougette

      Thank you!

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      1. Annaleid

        This is so cool! Need to visit Paris too! It has been on my list for so long!

        Xoxo Annaleid

        http://Www.actuallyanna.com

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        1. blushrougette

          Thank you!

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  2. Jenny in Neverland

    I’ve been to Paris before and loved it and have been to a few of these places. What I wouldn’t give to be there this year! Great post x

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    1. blushrougette

      Awe thanks Jenny! Glad you enjoyed it! x

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  3. PRIYANKA JOSHI

    Wow this looks like a great romantic place to visit thanks for sharing the details and lovely pictures.

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Priyanka! Definitely a place to visit at least once!

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    2. BR

      I love this post. Paris is so beautiful. I miss traveling
      Thanks for sharing
      https://uncuaderno4cero.wordpress.com/

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      1. blushrougette

        Thank you!

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  4. Della Driscoll

    Paris is such a gorgeous city and I have spent a Valentines there before! I love the Montemarte area, it’s so quaint and charming xx

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    1. blushrougette

      There’s nothing like spending the most romantic day of the year in the most romantic city in the world! Montmartre is a favourite of mine too! x

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  5. Carina | bucketlist2life

    Great tips! We’ve never heard of the wall of love before. This needs to go on our Paris bucketlist – Valentine’s day or not.

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    1. blushrougette

      Thank you! I agree – Paris is a great place to visit any day of the year!

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  6. Laura @myreallifetips

    I have not been to Paris. But it is on my travel list.

    Such a romantic way to spend Valentine’s in Paris!

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    1. blushrougette

      Definitely a place to visit once it’s safe to travel again!

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  7. Ellie Phillips

    These all sound so romantic! Never been to Paris but i’d love to one day!

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    1. blushrougette

      Definitely! I’ve been a couple of times and it gets better every time!

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  8. Jodie | That Happy Reader

    I haven’t spent a Valentine’s Day in Paris but I have been there in the summer and absolutely loved it. Now you given me more reasons why I should return there! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. blushrougette

      Thank you for the lovely comment, Jodie! If you needed an excuse to return to Paris, this is definitely a good one!

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  9. Britt K

    This sounds like an incredible way to celebrate the season of love! We have never been to Paris before, but it’s one location that has always been on my bucket list. I don’t know that we’ll be going for Valentine’s Day anytime soon (my husband and I don’t generally celebrate it), but these suggestions could make a romantic holiday a success any time of year. Thank you!

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks for stopping by, Britt! I really hope you can visit Paris soon, it’s a wonderful city to explore any day of the year, really! Valentine’s Day just makes it a little bit more romantic. x

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  10. Rosie Ireland

    My fiance surprised me with a birthday trip to Paris a few years ago and it was incredible. Busy, bustling but such a good way to reconnect! We loved being tourists, seeing all of the sights and being lost together!

    Rosie

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    1. blushrougette

      Awe how wonderful! I’m sure you had the best birthday in Paris! x

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  11. claire chircop

    Gorgeous photos! I’d love to go to Paris, it looks amazing. I think it’d be even more stunning for Valentines day.

    Claire.X
    http://www.clairemac.co.uk

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Claire! You should absolutely visit Paris – it’s a wonder any day of the year! x

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  12. Nadine

    This sounds amazing, Paris is such a beautiful and romantic city. I now need a trip to Paris soon as we can ahaha.
    Love the photos x
    http://www.nadinealex.blogspot.com

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Nadine! x

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  13. Jocelyn

    Paris is one of the places I’ve always wanted to visit! This makes me more pumped up on going here someday!

    Also, love the photos you got here. Really a great place.

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Jocelyn! Paris is beautiful, you’ll fall in love with it instantly!

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  14. Jenna B

    Ugh, I wish I was in Paris this Valentine’s Day! Awesome post and pictures.

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Jenna!

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  15. JOHN MULINDI

    I haven’t been to Paris but it is a beautiful city that I would like to visit in the future. Thanks for sharing this great article.

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks for the comment John!

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  16. Jenn

    The city of love! Great round up

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks Jenn!

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  17. David Oliveira

    I’d kill to go to Paris now. Because of the 3 lockdowns in the UK, I’ve already cancelled 3 holidays.
    I’ve never been to Paris but is definitely on my bucket list.

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    1. blushrougette

      So sorry to hear that David! Hopefully you’ll get to visit Paris when it’s safe to travel again!

      Reply

  18. kasia

    Paris is such an amazing city and a pretty romantic one 😍

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    1. blushrougette

      Indeed it is! It’s always a great place to visit, no matter the time of the year! x

      Reply

  19. Charles McCool

    Some wonderful romantic ideas for the world’s most romantic city. Very nice!

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks!

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  20. Bernie and Jess Watt

    It’s now 11 years since I was last in Paris and this makes me want to go back asap. Damn you COVID!

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    1. blushrougette

      Ohh you definitely need to go back once it’s save to travel again!

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  21. Luis H

    Hi guys.
    Thank you so deeply for your report. My wife and I have been several times in Paris and will continue traveling with God’s help once the pandemic is gone. It is absolutely romantic.
    You just made us feel good again with so many memories. VIVE LA FRANCE!

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    1. blushrougette

      Thank you!

      Reply

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