Life in Paris

Be Different this Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching many couples in Paris are planning candlelit dinners and romantic strolls through the most romantic city in the world. Adorable, right?

Not really.

I’m not anti-valentine’s day in any way, but I do think that although these ideas are undoubtedly very sweet, they are a bit too conventional for my tastes. Valentine’s Day, whether you’re single or in a relationship, should be about celebrating your love for someone. You can celebrate the love you have for your friends, your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your parents, your siblings…whoever you want. At the end of the day, you should just celebrate love, in whatever form. After all, we all know that we’re often guilty of not saying or showing it enough…

So, this Valentine’s Day after living in the city of love for almost 6 years now, I have decided to do something DIFFERENT.

This Valentine’s Day I am going rock climbing. Yes, rock climbing. 

And it’s not the only cool thing you could do! There are SO MANY other amazing things you can do in Paris this Valentine’s Day. Here are some ideas for how you can break out of the mold:

  1. Go Rock Climbing!

Paris’ surrounding suburbs has a number of centres where rock climbing indoors is available. My favourite is BLOCBUSTER, who have two centres just outside of Paris, one in La Defense and one in Courbevoie. Both of which are less than 20 minutes from Chatelet by train or metro. For a whole day, which includes access to
the sauna, it’s 15 euros and everyone from beginner to expert is welcome. If you like sport and want to have a  bit of fun, this place is perfect for you! For more information click here.

2. Go Bowling

Generally, I prefer to spend Valentine’s Day with a group of people and bowling is the perfect solution! You get the chance to let your competitive side come out as you bowl against your other halves, naturally kicking their butts in the process. My favourite place to bowl in Paris is Le Bowling Foch on the Champs Elysées, but be quick, you usually need to book! For more information click here.

3. Walk around Le Marais and stop for food at Derrière.

This year Valentine’s day falls on a Sunday and anyone who knows Paris well, knows that Le Marais is the only place to be on a Sunday. The area is bustling and full of life with an array of locals, expats and tourists mingling together harmoniously. It’s an incredibly beautiful place with tons of history so take a walk and enjoy your spectacular surroundings.

Then, when you start to feel hungry, Derrière is the place to go for a unique dining experience. Derrière looks more like a shabby chic Parisian apartment than a restaurant but once inside, you’ll find guests drinking, dining and flirting in the bedroom, living room, dining room or boudoir, making themselves quite literally “at home”. There’s even a Ping-Pong table and a smoking room hidden behind a mirrored wardrobe…très chic. This restaurant offers a unique experience in a comfy setting.

Derrière Restaurant
69, Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris

Metro: Arts et Métiers (lines 3 and 11)

4. Take a Bike Tour around Paris with Bike About Tours!

You’ve undoubtedly seen the big brash bus and boat tours that frequent the city daily, but why not try something more unique and frankly, much more interesting? Bike About Tours can offer you a Parisian Day Bike Tour for only €32.50 (€30 for students) for a 3 and a half hour tour. And on top of the very reasonable price, you are in a small group so your experience is guaranteed to be more enjoyable than being in a large group.

As the website states, the tour is designed to give you a real Parisian experience:

“Our PARISIAN DAY Bike Tour lets travelers experience Paris like a true Parisian! We’ll cruise through Europe’s most amazing city, tell you all the history & unknown stories, ride through charming back streets, stop on our favourite bakery street, and feel Paris come alive in the process!”

Bike About Tours is highly recommended and offers tours on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 10am during the month of February. Just be quick because reservations are mandatory during the winter months! Click here to reserve or know more.

So there you are folks, a few ideas for an unconventional Valentine’s Day in the City of Love and Romance! I hope you enjoyed reading this and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to send me a message or leave a comment below! xox


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