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
Price: €155 for an hour in the main ‘cabin’.
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
Price: €48 for a two-hour trip.
Where? The Nouveau Tournebride
Price: A 60-minute go at ‘Mission Walking Dead’ is €35 a player.
Where? Team Break
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