You’ve checked out Paris’s myriad romantic shops, one of its top-notch restaurants, and maybe even watched a classic lovey-dovey film. Now all that’s needed is something to really make this February 14 in Paris one to remember, like an apocalyptic zombie escape game, getting massaged on a swing, or perhaps a be-bop and lindy hop lesson.
These are just three of the most original Valentine’s Day events and activities on offer in Paris this year – for more information and seven more fun ideas, see below.
The best Valentine’s Day activities in Paris
Concept: Dining on actual chairs and benches? Old hat. At 2nd arrondissement restaurant Sur Un Arbre Perché, you can eat a romantic meal while suspended on swings. And don’t worry if vertigo gets the better of you – comfy padded seats are also available on the ground.
Price: A one-off Valentine’s dinner menu is available on 13 February, with an optional shiatsu massage included at €77.
Where? Sur Un Arbre Perché
Concept: Forget about taking the Métro this Valentine’s. One guaranteed way of impressing of your loved one is by renting a sparkling new Corvette Chevrolet or a Rolls Royce (with driver included) from one of many luxury car rental companies in Paris. A showy but immensely satisfying way to rock up to the restaurant, cinema or anywhere else.
Price: Depends on the model (for a 1993 convertible Jaguar, think €210).
Where? Try Roadstr
Concept: After a romantic walk along the canal or a intimate candlelit dinner, head back to just-opened hostel/hotel Les Piaules, which offers a double bedroom under the stars, with panoramic views of the city. Located in Belleville, the hotel looks out over the Eiffel Tower on one side and the Sacré Coeur on the other.
Price: From €120 a night.
Where? Les Piaules
Concept: It’s not the most inventive of romantic activities, but a joint massage à deux is a great way to let off steam together. Try Japanese salon Yuzuka in the 7th arrondissement for expert, relaxing sessions with various different massage styles available.
Price: €155 for an hour in the main ‘cabin’.
Concept: If you’ve never seen a burlesque show, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse. Whether it’s Soa de Muse, Froufrou d’Absinthe, Mam’zelle Plum’ti or even Velvet Hoopnroll, the glamorous stars at the Nouvelle Seine cabaret all flaunt flashy red lipstick, long fake eyelashes and dazzling sequined dresses.
Price: €19 per person, 11pm from February 12-13.
Where? The Nouvelle Seine
Concept: Slip on your smart-casual suit or spotty frilled dress and try out a retro evening of swing dancing in northeastern Paris. At the Club de la Nation on Valentine’s Eve, you can wiggle off all that foie gras and chocolate fondant to the hip-shaking rhythms of lindy hop, be-bop and swing.
Price: €11 entry, €10 for a one-hour be-bop class. Starts 8pm on February 13.
Where? Club de la Nation
Concept: It's probably still too cold for a boat ride around the lakes in leafy western suburb Celle-Saint-Cloud, so why not stop off at equestrian centre and pony club the Nouveau Tournebride instead. Wrap up in your warmest winter coats and discover the marvellous nearby Forêt de Fausses-Reposes on horseback.
Price: €48 for a two-hour trip.
Where? The Nouveau Tournebride
Concept: Pop down to the Parc André Citroën and jump onto one of the long-running static Ballon de Paris balloons. You can’t reserve an air balloon just for couples, but the experience is still romantic.
Price: €12. Call beforehand.
Where? The Ballon de Paris, Parc André-Citroën
Concept: A deadly virus is sweeping the city, and you’re locked in a room trying to figure out the cure, while battling away any zombies that interfere. That’s the premise behind new escape game ‘Mission Walking Dead’, which is already proving something of a hit with couples looking for a quirky bonding exercise in Paris.
Price: A 60-minute go at ‘Mission Walking Dead’ is €35 a player.
Where? Team Break
Spin around and see the sights
Concept: Although originality is much prized when it comes to romantic activities in the cliché-riddled City of Love, some of its most classic attractions never stop giving. Set up on the Place de la Concorde until March 1, Paris’s large ferris wheel the Grande Roue offers breathtaking views over the city, taking in sights from the Tuileries and the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe and the whole stretch of the Champs-Elysées.
Price: €12, from 11am-12mid.
Where? Place de la Concorde