Five quirky Valentine’s Day ideas in Paris
You’ve kissed on a bridge on the Seine, smooched in front of The Kiss and professed your love at the top of the Eiffel Tower… but your grand romantic gestures are still missing a petit quelque chose. It’s time to put your love locks away: a romantic break in Paris is best experienced sans fromage. Whether you’re a foodie or a foosballer, we’ve lined up five not-so-cliché moments that are just meant for two.
The wall of "je t'aime"
Why not start your romantic Valentine’s Day in Paris itinerary with a trip to ‘Le mur des je t'aime’ located in Montmartre? An original art piece from Frédéric Baron with the collaboration of Claire Kito, where ‘je t'aime’ is translated in 311 languages across a 40-metre squared wall.
Play to score at Bliss near Les Halles, which counts ‘babyfoot’ among its lures. It’s not, we hasten to add, a reference to playing footsie, but rather the French nickname for table football. The sprawling hangout also has a heated patio and a snazzy bar. If you extend your Valentine’s break in Paris until Sunday, you can enjoy their all-you-can-eat buffet brunch between a spot of football.
Have one of everything
You’ll definitely need two sweet-toothed gourmands to tackle Carette’s glorious platter of petits fours. From glossy choux to a classic Mont Blanc and seasonal fruit tarts, the bite-sized pastries are a delight to share. Order a hot chocolate, snuggle up on the heated terrace and look out over Place des Vosges. It’s arguably one of Paris’s prettiest squares.
Cruise boulevards on a Vespa
Have you chosen Paris for Valentine’s Day and are you feeling adventurous? Swap the Metro for a Vespa’ and zip around the city in style, thanks to Paris by Scooter’s shiny fleet. A pulse-raising whizz from Opéra Garnier to the Seine takes in stately Haussmann buildings, the elegant Palais Royal and the Louvre’s remarkable pyramid. Or head to Montmartre for quaint alleyways, ivy-clad houses and va-va-voom views.
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