There is no more romantic place in the world to celebrate Valentine's Day than Paris. This year, take your sweetie on the best weekend getaway they've ever had. Consider visiting these eight beautiful and highly-romantic places in the city, something off the beaten path, or spend some quality time together in your charming Paris apartment.
Here's where to spend Valentine's Day in Paris
1. Ferris Wheel at Place de la Concorde
If you’re new to the city and want to take in the sights slowly, spend Valentine’s day on a romantic ferris wheel with your partner. Experience views of the city of love from above, from the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees. The ferris wheel runs from morning till night, at just 12 euros a ride. Get dizzy with love!
2. Moulin Rouge
The Moulin Rouge inspires raunch and romance, as the performances and the can-cans hold onto their Belle Epoque past. A cabaret is a fun, playful activity to indulge in on Valentines Day, with lots of laughs and a dusting of romance. You can book dinner and a show at the bohemian club, but unfortunately you might miss out on Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor…
3. Boat Cruise on the Seine
Meander down the Seine on a romantic cruise, as you take in the beautiful city from the water. Take Bateaux-Mouches which offers dinner services, or Bateaux Parisians that narrates the tour as well as providing a three-course meal. Sit back and relax while you sail on the Seine!
4. Crazy Horse Cabaret
This alternative cabaret is less traditional than the Moulin Rouge, but is trendsetting in a new wave of burlesque. With returning superstar Dita Von Teese, this cabaret is much racier and more risqué. Enjoy the artsy acts, and book dinner there to prepare for your Valentine’s evening.
5. Cinema at La Pagode
Catch a romantic film playing in a gorgeous 19th century theater. If it’s a rainy Valentine’s day in Paris, a movie might be the perfect way to cuddle up and have a romantic evening. The red velvet seats and gilded walls are very glamorous in the Japan Room. Trade popcorn in for Valentine’s Day chocolate as a movie snack!
6. Picnic in the Park
Make yourself a picnic and bring it to the Place des Vosges, one of the most beautiful squares in Paris. Alternatively, bring your picnic to the Luxembourg Gardens where you’ll see lots of couples taking advantage of the manicured lawns. Bring a baguette, cheese, fruit, and Valentine’s chocolates for a romantic afternoon. As long as it’s not too cold!
7. Opera Garnier
See a show at the Opera Garnier, one of the most beautiful buildings in Paris that’s interior was inspired by Versailles. Have a classy evening watching opera, and take the excuse to get dressed up for Valentine’s Day. A perfect end to the evening, going to the opera makes for a romantic night after dinner.
8. Highest Venue in Paris
The “Ciel de Paris” (Sky of Paris) restaurant can be found on the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower, and is the highest restaurant in the city with unique views. Watch the glowing city lights as you sip on champagne at the bar, and then enjoy a romantic and delicious meal.
If you need some more ideas for your perfect getaway, check out some more of ideas for a great weekend itinerary in Paris. Then you can just relax and not have to plan much at all when you're there on the ground!
This article was written by Clara Hudson.