February in Paris may be cold and drizzly, but it can also be the most romantic of times with Valentine’s Day giving people a perfect opportunity for fabulous dinners, dancing, strolling. You will be able to visit the popular tourist sites such as Notre-Dame and Versailles Castle with far fewer crowds and you will finally be able to take as much time as you want contemplating your favorite monuments or works of art.
February is low season in Paris, so you should be able to get a good deal on flights or hotels reservation in Paris in February.
Valentine’s day in Paris
With many romantic things to do on or around Valentine’s Day, Paris in February can really be a festive and warm time: An evening stroll in some of Paris’ most romantic spots is guaranteed to be a memorable experience. You can choose between a stroll around the Louvre and the Tuileries garden for a classic romantic walk, the narrow streets of the Marais neighborhood for a quaint romantic stroll not to forget the romantic area of Montmartre.
Paris is filled with top-rated restaurants, many with a uniquely romantic ambiance. Assuming that you reserve ahead and avoid overly-noisy or crowded restaurants, dinner for two is definitely one of the most romantic things to do in Paris.
Being one of the culinary capitals of the world, Paris counts an honorable share of great chocolate shops. Here after a good selection of shops to choose from for Valentine’s day for example:
• Patrick Roger Adress: 108, boul. Saint-Germain, Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Pres Tel.: +33 (0) 1 43 29 38 42 • La Maison du Chocolat Adress: 225, rue du Faubourg Saint Honore, Metro: Place des Termes Tel.: +33 (0) 1 42 27 39 44 • Pierre Herme Adress: 72 rue Bonaparte, Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Pres Tel.: +33 (0) 1 43 54 47 77 Things to do in February :
1. Shopping February also sees the frenzied end of Paris’ annual winter sales : a perfect time to take advantage of Paris best shopping districts.
2. Ice Skating Every winter, ice-skating rinks are set up at several locations around the city and often last through February. The two best-known rinks are in front of the Paris City Hall (Hotel de Ville) and at the Eiffel Tower:
– Hotel de Ville (Metro Hotel de Ville): With a big rink for adults and a smaller space for children, this outdoor ice rink is always a hit. Entrance is free if you have skates, otherwise it costs 6€ for skates rental. From 17th until 20th December 2014 inclusive, from 5th January to 14th February : Mon, Thur : from midday to 10pm – Tue, Wed, Fri and weekends: from 10am to 10pm open late Fri and Sat nights until midnight. From 21st December 2014 to 4th January inclusive: Mon: from midday to 10pm – Tue-Sun: from 9.30am to 10pm Open late nights on Fri and Sat until midnight. From 15th February until March 1st: Mon, Thur: from midday to 10pm – Tue, Wed, Fri and weekends: from 9.30am to 10pm Open late on Fri and Sat nights until midnight.
– Ice Rink at the Eiffel Tower From Monday 08 December 2014 to Sunday 15 February 2015 Skate high up in the Eiffel tower! A temporary ice-skating rink has been constructed on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower. At a height of 57 meters above the ground, a 6-metre high red Eiffel Tower standing within the ice rink space, you can enjoy ice-skating with the whole family.
Opening hours: Every day from 10:30 am to 10:30 pm Admission prices : Lift entrance ticket: 9€ for adults, 7€ for 12-24 years old, 4,5€ for 4-11 yeards old Stairs entrance ticket: 5€ for adults, 4€ for 12-24 years old, 3€ for 4-11 yeards old Both tickets are valid to 2nd floor Children up to 3 years : Free 3. Arts and Exhibits in February
The Art of love in the time of Geishas: Forbidden Japanese Masterpieces. The Pinacotheque de Paris provides a singular approach to erotic life and culture in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1867). Opening Hours: From 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (excepted on Tuesday) – Admissions stop at 5:30 p.m. Late openings until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday – Admissions stop at 7:30 p.m. Where: Pinacotheque de Paris – Paris 8th –> From : 6 November 2014 –> Until : 15 February 2015
7 Years of Reflection : 7 Years of Reflection is an exhibition that will be putting on public show the major pieces acquired by the state-owned Musée d’Orsay over the last seven years. >br>Open daily (except Mondays) from 9.30am to 6pm, late night on Thursdays until 9.45pm – last tickets sold at 5pm (9pm Thursdays) Where: Orsay Museum – Paris 7th –> From : November 18th 2014 –> Until : February 22nd 2015
2014 Emerging Talent Award (Bourse du talent): Since 1998, the BnF has been deeply committed to the development of nowadays photography. Visitors can discover the works of photographers awarded during the four thematic sessions such as space, report, portrait or fashion. Opening hours : Tuesday – Saturday from 9am to 8pm, Sunday from 1pm to 7pm, Monday from 2pm to 8pm – (Close on public holidays) – Free access. Where: Bibliotheque François-Mitterrand – Paris 13e –> From: 18 december 2014 –> Until : 22 February 2015
“The Borgias and their time” (Les Borgia et leur temps): Discover in the Maillol Museum until February 17 an exhibition of the Borgia family who is known worldwide for being linked to many scandals and represents all possible excesses during the Renaissance.
Opening hours : 10.30am-7pm (last admission 6.15pm) Mon, Wed, Thur, Sat, Sun; 10.30am-9.30pm (last admission 8.45pm) Fri Where: Maillol Museum – Paris 7e –> From: 17 september 2014 –> Until : 15 February 2015 Main events in February in Paris :
1. Chinese New Year Unlike its Western counterpart, which always falls on the same day, Chinese New Year changes every year and each year corresponds to a Chinese animal sign and is believed to take on the flavor and “character” of that animal. In 2015, Chinese New Year officially begins on February 19th, and will be the year of the Wood Goat, or Sheep. In the Chinese zodiac, the Goat/Sheep is associated with the virtues of kindness, warmth, and artistic sensitivity, and foibles including over-dependency on others and hedonism.
Chinese New Year parades in Paris are famed for their elaborate decorations (red lanterns, grinning dragons, bright orange fish) and for its noisy cheer, which usually includes firecrackers. The parade of the 3rd and 13th district of Paris are the Chinese New Year parades not to miss:
– The parade of the 3rd district (the Marais neighborhood), will take place in the Marais neighborhood on Saturday, February 21st. It will leave from Place de la Republique (Metro: Republique ) at around 2:30 pm, following the ceremonial “opening of the dragon’s eye”. The cheerful procession of dancers, drummers, dragons and lions will wind through major streets of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements (districts) of Paris, including Rue du Temple, Rue de Bretagne, Rue de Turbigo, and Rue Beaubourg.
– The biggest and most popular of the annual parades, held in Paris’s 13th arrondissement, will take place on Sunday,February 22nd, starting at around 1 pm. The parade leaves from 44 avenue d’Ivry (Metro Gobelins), winding through Avenue de Choisy, Place d’Italie, Avenue d’Italie, Rue de Tolbiac, and boulevard Massena, ending at Avenue d’Ivry.
2. Carnival: The Paris Carnival is a popular event which has been held since the 16th century, bringing together local residents, street artists, visual artists and musicians, and will take place on February 15th 2015. This year’s theme is fairies, dragons and knights, lending a magical, mystical air. The main street events are comprised of the walk of masks and the processions attract some 40,000 spectators every year. The carnival procession will start from Place Gambetta at 2 P.M and will follow this itinerary : – Avenue Gambetta towards Menilmontant – Place Auguste Metivier – Boulevard de Menilmontant – Boulevard de Belleville – Rue du Faubourg-du-Temple – Arrival around 6 P.M. at Place de la République where the event should last until 8 P.M.
How to Pack Tips for a trip to Paris in February : February in Paris is usually chilly, and temperatures sometimes stubbornly linger at frozen or even below. Sudden showers and brief spells of slushy snow are not uncommon. It’s essential that you stock your suitcase with lots of warm sweaters and socks, coats, and scarves, as well as a hat. Although heavy rains are less common in February, Paris is well-known for its erratic and sudden downpours. So packing an umbrella is a must.
Make sure to pack a good pair of waterproof shoes. Shoes with good tread are important because the streets can be slick and icy in February. Avoid high heels and dress shoes when walking around the city in February. Bring a pair of good gloves.
Enjoy February in Paris and do not hesitate to leave your own tips for a perfect visit to Paris in February !!!