Paris is a wonderful place to celebrate Valentine’s Day no matter if you’re celebrating with a partner, a group of friends, family, or just yourself. My perfect Valentine’s Day in Paris looks a lot like a perfect day in Paris in February. So whether you’re celebrating love or just love for Paris, read on to see how I’d spend the day.
Coffee and Croissants on a Terrasse
To start the perfect Valentine’s Day in Paris you’ll need fuel. Begin the morning by heading to a café for breakfast. In true French fashion, breakfast often involves bread. You can expect pastries like croissants and pain au chocolats, tartines with butter and jam, fresh-squeezed juices, and of course coffee. Most places will offer a menu that includes all of the above, but you can always just order a coffee and croissant.
My best tip is to get going early enough so the café doesn’t run out of croissants!
When choosing a café in Paris it’s hard to go wrong. Things I look for include a little sunshine on the terrasse, strong heaters (it is February after all), and a nice view. Lately I’ve been loving Le Babylone on the Left Bank.
Late Morning Cultural Activity
There are so many places to see and visit in Paris, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to take in some of the exceptional beauty and romance. It’s definitely is a day where I want to go to one of my all-time favorite spots.
Musée Marmottan Monet is a great small museums in Paris and would be high on my list. To stay more in the center of Paris, I might walk through Opéra Garnier, go to Sainte-Chapelle to see the stained-glass on a sunny day, stop in Musée de l’Orangerie to see Monet’s Water Lillies, or head to Montmartre and the Musée de la Vie Romantique.
The most important thing is to go to a place that makes you happy and that you love in keeping with the theme of the day!
Picnic in a Park
On the perfect Valentine’s Day in Paris it’s of course sunny and warm, right? Last year the weather was nice, so it’s not impossible – fingers crossed for this year. Assuming the weather is good, I’d pick up a sandwich or salad and head to a park with a bench in the sun. You could also sit by the Seine, but the water can be a little high in February.
You can find a sandwich or salad option at most boulangeries. If I’m in the area, I might go to La Grande Epicerie de Paris for a bigger picnic spread, or to Cosi for their awesome foccacia bread sandwiches and salads (that also come with the bread).
Afternoon Stroll through Palais Royal
After lunch, I’d go to my favorite park in Paris, the Jardin du Palais Royal. It’s one of the first places to start blooming in February so you might be able to see some flowers.
I like to go to the original Café Kitsune to pick up a matcha latte or coffee to-go and then enjoy it in the garden. I have to keep my energy up to keep enjoying the perfect Valentine’s Day in Paris.
Cocktails at a Charming Bar Before Dinner
Before dinner, go to a cozy and romantic bar for a drink with whoever you’re celebrating with.
Bar Hemingway at the Ritz is always a popular choice, especially with the flowers they give the ladies with their drinks – just be aware there might be a wait. For something different and just as special and intimate, try Le Bar at La Réserve.
If you’re in the mood for a little more casual but still chic, Cyril Lignac’s Left Bank cocktail bar Dragon is a great option with its red interiors with hints of leopard. And of course, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a glass of wine on a great terrasse!
Dinner at a Classic French Restaurant
My perfect Valentine’s Day in Paris would end with dinner at a classic French restaurant. Where it is specifically doesn’t matter. As long as I’m with people that I love, the atmosphere is inviting and the food is delicious I’ll be set.
My dream menu would include buttery and garlicky escargot, beef or chicken with a sauce (I’m open to different options), crispy frites and a silky-smooth pomme purée. I’d pair a delicious red with my food and finish the meal off with a bite of something sweet. My perfect Valentine’s Day in Paris would come to a delicious end.
Now that you’ve seen how I’d spend my day, what would you do? Leave a comment and let me know!