3 Alternative Things To Do on Valentine’s Day in Paris

By Colette Davidson

So, you’ve always dreamed of spending Valentine’s Day in Paris with your special someone, and here you are!

There are dozens of romantic things to do in the French capital. But if you’re looking for something a little different to do with your chérie, check out this list of ideas.

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Oh la la – Valentine’s Day in Paris is so romantic!

Ice Skating at the Hotel de Ville

What could be more romantic than holding hands with your loved one as you glide around an ice skating rink, with the majestic Hotel de Ville as your backdrop?

The rink is set up annually and offers hours of frosty fun. Make sure to bundle up and avoid prime time hours for school-age children, like Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.

Address: Hotel de Ville: Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75004

Cook for Your Special Someone

Instead of going out for a fancy meal amongst dozens of other couples, why not make a meal yourself?

A market with fresh fruits and vegetables

Head to one of the many markets in the city – like Marché Moufftard or Marché des Enfants Rouge – and pick up fresh brie, roasted chicken, spicy olives, baked bread, artisanal chocolate and a bottle of Bordeaux.

Head back to your hotel for a lovely, intimate dinner for two, where you have chosen the menu!

Marché Moufftard: 116 Rue Mouffetard, Metro: Cardinal-Lemoine or Place Monge
Marché des Enfants Rouge: 39 Rue de Bretagne, Metro: Filles du Calvaire

Shake it on the Dance Floor at La Bellevilloise

Why should singles get to have all the fun?

Get gussied up with your partner and head to the La Bellevilloise in the 20th arrondissement to shake your tailfeather and enjoy a night of fun dancing on Valentine’s Day. (For more inspiration for Valentine’s Day nightlife ideas, check out our post, 4 of the Most Iconic Jazz Clubs in Paris.)

This venue regularly has live music and exciting events, and of course, it offers delicious drinks for patrons to enjoy all night long, whether it’s Valentine’s Day or not! Head here for a good time.

Address: 19-21 Rue Boyer, 75020 Paris, France

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