From the classic landmarks to the lesser-known gems, we’ve rounded up some of the most entertaining and most exquisite Parisian attractions the city has to offer. Check out these great tips for what to do on Valentine’s Day in Paris, then pack your bags, grab your Cabeau travel pillow and get ready to explore the most romantic city in the world on the most romantic day of the year.
Rent a rowboat at Château de Versailles
The Palace of Versailles is famous for being one of the most beautiful and ornate chateaus in the world and still stands as a symbol of the absolute monarchy that once ruled France. Romantic right? Today, tourists swarm the grounds of Versailles to explore the Hall of Mirrors, the Royal Apartments, and the impeccable gardens. But if you want to try something out of the ordinary—and truly blow away your date—a rowing boat and float around the Grand Canal. It’ll be a day you’ll never forget.
Hang out at the best jazz bars
If French cuisine is the country’s best-known cultural export, jazz may be one of the most important such exports from the United States. Paris has a dozens of incredible jazz bars, from Le Caveau de la Huchette to Duc des Lombards—and for a little bit of burlesque with your jazz, consider swinging by the famed Moulin Rouge. Many of the jazz bars in the city still have that romantic, smokey vibe of a hidden underground club—setting the tone for a perfect Valentine’s Day in Paris.
Take a romantic stroll at Palais de Tokyo
In the midst of the historical architecture, art, and museums that dominate every sidewalk and street corner of Paris is the Palais de Tokyo, a hip, lively space for modern and contemporary art. If you want a change of pace from the classic European history, explore the creative and colorful exhibits on display—just be sure to check their website for hours and info.
Have a “Midnight in Paris” moment
When the sun goes down, the streets of Paris take on an exceptional beauty—and a bit of mystery. For an intimate and exciting Valentine’s Day in Paris, stroll the famed Rue Montorgeuil and surprise your date by ducking into a barely-marked door on a side street to enter the hidden Experimental Cocktail Club. This bar, which is often cited as one of the first contemporary craft cocktail bars in the city, slings potent potions in a clandestine setting that gives you the sense you’re part of a select few who know the secret knock to this slick speakeasy.
Sunset Cruise on the Seine
Touristy-shmouristy—go ahead and take your date for a sunset cruise on Le Seine! The Bateaux Mouches offers a romantic dinner cruise with violins and a piano to set the mood. You’ll have a view of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Paris skyline that you can only get from the river—with a delicious meal and bottle of champagne to boot.
Don’t Forget Your Cabeau
There’s no shortage of things to do on Valentine’s Day in Paris. After all, a baguette, a bottle of wine, and a hunk of cheese on a bench can be an unforgettable romantic experience when you’re in the City of Lights. But before you go, be sure you’re packing your Evolution travel pillows and travel accessories—for you and your Valentine. Explore our selection of travel accessories and make travel—and Valentine’s Day—better today!