The Perfect Valentine’s Day In Paris


Romantic views from the charming terrace at Calvados. Credit: Georgianna Lane

Every day feels like Valentine’s Day in ravishingly romantic Paris. When 14 February comes around, though, it’s time to pull out all the stops! To ramp up the romance in the City of Light, Paris Perfect’s seductive stays will make your heart skip a beat.

Roses are red…A stunning floral display at Hôtel Costes. Credit: Stephane Muratet

Our Calvados apartment is the perfect romantic retreat, with breathtaking views to match. Our array of Paris homes are beautiful: think stylish interiors, blissful balconies and views over the city’s rooftops, trees and historic avenues, including Eiffel Tower panoramas. Here are six more ways to impress your Valentine…

Admire ‘The Kiss’ at Musée Rodin

The dreamy Musée Rodin. Credit: Hannah Wilson

Perhaps Paris’s most poignant museum, Musée Rodin celebrates the sensual works of French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), who lived here. His famous marble statue ‘The Kiss’ (c.1882), of two naked lovers entwined, will get you in the Valentine’s Day mood. Admire other major works, including iconic sculpture ‘The Thinker’ and Rodin’s powerful bronze monument to French writer Honoré de Balzac. The interiors are sure to wow, as this museum in the 7th is housed in graceful 18th-century mansion Hôtel Biron. Another dreamy draw is the romantic sculpture garden, ideal for a stroll before sipping coffee in its leafy café.

Musée Rodin, 77 Rue de Varenne, 75005

Take tea at Ladurée

The pastel-pretty macarons. Credit: Ladurée

If love was a pâtisserie, it would be Ladurée, world-famous for its signature pastel-pretty macarons. Flaunting flirty flavors from rose and raspberry to orange blossom, vanilla and passionfruit, the macarons are perfect for celebrating Valentine’s Day à deux. Treat yourself to a visit to the French brand’s flagship tearoom and store on Rue Royale, where its first bakery was established in 1862. Decorated with elegant frescoes, ornate paneling, and jewel-bright colors, it’s a 19th-century gem. Share delicate cakes, pastries, and savories, alongside tempting teas from the expert selection.

Ladurée Paris Royale, 16-18 Rue Royale, 75008

Stroll La Promenade Plantée park

La Promenade Plantée

Fans of the cult movie “Before Sunset” will adore a stroll along green corridor La Promenade Plantée, restored in 1988. A former 19th-century elevated rail track, between Bastille and Bois de Vincennes in the 12th arrondissement, it’s Paris’s High Line. The 4.5km linear park starred in a key scene in the 2004 romantic drama. On-off lovers Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) walked and talked here, and you can do the same. Wander hand-in-hand while soaking up verdant vistas. Gardens, flowers, arches, wild vegetation and pretty pools line the red-brick viaduct, with handy benches for getting cozy. Access La Promenade Plantée (aka Coulée Verte René-Dumont) behind Opéra Bastille at the corner of Rue de Lyon and Avenue Daumesnil, 75012.

Indulge with a Spa Experience

Enjoy a tranquil spa experience.

Sometimes less is more when it comes to romance – doing less and feeling more. Cue an indulgent massage for the pair of you. From a soothing foot massage to a candlelit aromatherapy body massage, a session will leave you relaxed and reenergized. Request a Thai massage (Nuad Bo-Rarn) to unwind knotted muscles or ask about pampering couple’s treatments. Spa therapies span 30 minutes to three hours, depending on which session you pick (book ahead). Bliss!

Fragrance at Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle

Create a bespoke scent at Frédéric Malle.

Editions de Parfums Fréderic Malle invites a hand-picked group of the world’s greatest perfumers to craft whatever scents they like. This bespoke fragrance “publishing house” attracts a cult following for its artistic creations. Pop into the elegant St Germain-des-Prés store to select your favorite. We love Edouard Fléchier’s ‘Lys Mediterranee’, an exotic white floral mingling lilies with a hint of sea breeze. Alternatively, capture the scent of an embrace with Maurice Roucel’s ‘Dans Tes Bras’ (‘In Your Arms’).

Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, 37 Rue de Grenelle, 75007

Sip cocktails at Hôtel Costes

The smart exterior of Hôtel Costes. Credit: Stephane Muratet

For a glamorous night out, dress up for cocktails at Hôtel Costes on Paris’s fashionable Rue Saint-Honoré. The Bar is perfect for beautiful-people watching while quaffing a mojito, prosecco or Champagne, with a terrace for warmer weather. Perch on red velvet-upholstered chairs, lit by chandeliers and soft candles and backdropped by classical columns, plush curtains, and plants. The Baroque-styled Bar usually opens from 5pm until 2am, with DJs spinning tunes as the evening kicks in. Costes’s hip taste in music has spawned hit CDs and a dedicated Apple Music channel. Reserve in advance for dinner in the opulent restaurant, with upscale dishes spanning tuna sashimi, duck and steak. Chin chin!

Hôtel Costes, 239-241 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001

For your next stay in Paris, our friendly reservations team is on hand to help you select one of our stunning romantic vacation rentals within walking distance of these seductive spots. We can also help with shopping, itineraries, tours, dining reservations, and customized private experiences.

Read more on our blog about Romantic Paris experiences and Seine River dinner cruise. For more inspiration on romantic St. Germain-des-Prés, a Paris neighborhood filled with pretty cafes, gardens and chic shops, read The 6th Arrondissement


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