The 15 Best Things To Do in Paris in February
It is always a good time to visit the City of Lights, and if your trip is in February, you will find many attractions. Here’s what to do if you decide to visit Paris in February.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Paris
Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world, so many choose to visit the city at this particular time of the year.
To have a perfect romantic evening, you can choose some of the most beautiful hotels in France, such as the Terrass” Hotel, which has a panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower, or the Hotel Brighton from where you can see the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and the Jardin des Tuileries.
Another option to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to take a cruise on the Seine River. There are several companies that offer this service. If you want to treat yourself, you can take a night cruise with glasses of champagne included.
And, of course, there is also the option of taking a gastronomic tour, delighting in traditional French food.
Visiting the Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum
February is one of France’s coldest months of the year, so visiting museums can be a great alternative to enjoy your capital without suffering the weather.
And if we talk about museums, we must consider the most famous of all: The Louvre, where you can see the Mona Lisa.
But the Louvre is much more than this painting by Leonardo da Vinci. There are also the Wedding at Cana, paintings by Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and many other great artists.
There are also several famous sculptures, such as the Venus de Milo and the Horses of Marly. In addition, they have outstanding works from different parts of the world, including an Egyptian mummy and art from ancient Islam.
Climbing the Eiffel Tower and enjoying the view
From the moment you enter the elevators with transparent walls, you know you are living in a unique moment.
So don’t worry so much about the photos; try to focus on the moment and enjoy yourself.
You will be at the top of Paris, 276 meters above sea level. You will see the beauty of its avenues, feel the wind in your face and your heart beating for the excitement of being there… and for the adrenaline of being so high.
At the top of the Eiffel Tower, you’ll find two levels. One indoor and one outdoor. From them, you can enjoy the view, whether you go at night or during the day.
And if you want to celebrate the moment at the bar, you can buy a glass of champagne and toast to fulfill your wish of someday returning to Paris.
You will also see a replica of Gustave Eiffel’s original office and a model showing the tower’s original top.
Spending Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is a big celebration, no matter where you are.
Among the things to see in Paris in February is this special event for the entire Asian community.
The main event is the New Year’s parade, which includes the dragon dance, accompanied by dancing lions and many artists and musicians.
The most popular of the Chinese New Year parades is the one that takes place in the 13th district, where Chinatown is located.
In addition to the parade, there are various celebrations in the neighborhood during the days leading up to the New Year.
Some museums also organize special exhibitions and displays for these dates.
Visit the Arc de Triomphe
This monument was built by order of Napoleon to celebrate his victory in the battle of Austerlitz, but the emperor never got to see it.
Tú sí puedes hacerlo, e incluso puedes subirte al mirador que hay en su cima y contemplar una de las vistas más maravillosas de París, incluyendo la Avenida de los Campos Elíseos, el río Sena y la Torre Eiffel.
In the lower part of the Arch, there are four sets of engravings, which exhibit the most significant victories of the Napoleonic army. And you can also see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the scene of various tributes that occur throughout the year in Paris.
The ticket to go up to the terrace of the Arch also allows you to see a small museum inside, with models and objects from the Napoleonic era.
Mardi Gras in Paris
Of course, it doesn’t always fall in February, but if you’re lucky enough to coincide with Mardi Gras in Paris, you’ll have an excellent activity to do in the city.
Despite the cold weather, the carnival festivities in the French capital are a great success. Mardi Gras is the culminating event of the holiday season.
And the day before, you have the Promenade du Bœuf Gras, a big parade in which many people walk in costume.
The parade, which starts at Place Gambetta and ends at Place de la République, is led by Pimprenelle, a Limousin cow.
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Enjoy a Day at Disney Paris
Another of the activities you can do in Paris in February is to go to Disney Paris for a day.
It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Paris, but it’s great to do if you’re visiting the city with your family and enjoying amusement parks.
It is 32 kilometers from the city and can be reached by public transportation.
You will find games for all ages. Roller coasters, exhibitions of what the future will be like, parades with the main characters of Disney world, shows, and games of the most famous sagas, such as Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean.
In addition, there are hotels, restaurants, and a shopping mall inside the park, so if you get a cold or rainy day, you will have a place to take shelter.
Winter Sales Shopping
Between mid-January and mid-February, you can take advantage of the winter sales in Paris.
Keep in mind that the more time passes, the more the products are discounted, so if you are in Paris in February, you will be able to find good deals.
Sales are made by the big department stores, small stores, and even some of the famous designer stores, so it’s a matter of walking around and seeing what opportunities you can find.
Of course, the big luxury brands do not usually give discounts.
Some of the Parisian streets where you can find shopping malls are Rue de Sèvres, Boulevard Haussmann, Rue Saint-Honoré, Boulevard Saint-Germain, and Rue Du Commerce in the 15th arrondissement.
Spending a rainy day at the Pompidou Center
The Pompidou Center is one of the most important museums in France, and another of the activities we recommend you do in Paris in February.
The building itself is a work of art, a reference to avant-garde architecture. And inside, it houses the National Museum of Modern Art..
Among the most outstanding works are those of Matisse, Picasso, Andy Warhol, Frida Khalo, and Chagall.
Another work of art is the view from the top floor of the Pompidou Center, from where you will have a panoramic view that allows you to see the Eiffel Tower, the Luxembourg Gardens, and the Sacre Cœur Basilica.
Admission includes the permanent collection, a pass to the viewpoint, and the children’s gallery.
Enjoying Dinner and Show at the Moulin Rouge
It is perhaps the most famous cabaret in the world and one of the oldest. Edith Piaf, Liza Minelli, Charles Aznavour, and Sinatra passed through here. And while a ticket is by no means cheap, it is one of those shows that you have to see once in a lifetime.
Moulin Rouge presents shows that change every few months. Each show usually lasts about two hours and features dozens of performers, including their famous dancers, as well as jugglers, magicians, and more.
The scenery, set, music, costumes, and dresses are incredible. It is truly a world-class show.
You can choose to see only the show or opt for a combo that includes the show plus dinner or a glass of champagne.
Free Walking Tour of Montmartre
Speaking of cabarets, one of the best things to do in Paris in February is to tour Montmartre, home to the city’s best cabarets. For Parisians, this is the artists’ quarter.
This free walking tour, in addition to stopping for a while in front of the Moulin Rouge façade, you will pass by the Cafe Deux Moulins, which you will recognize from the movie Amélie.
Then you will visit the building where Van Gogh lived, and the guide will tell you how impressionist art influenced his works.
The tour continues along Montmartre street until you reach the workshop where Picasso worked. And you will continue to see more important buildings in the neighborhood, such as the Moulin de la Galette, the Maison Rose, and the Lapin Agile cabaret.
The tour ends in front of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica.
Check out all the free tours you can do in Paris with an English-speaking guide.
Dining on a Seine River cruise
We have already told you that a visit to Paris in February is a good time for romantic plans, and here we tell you about one of the best plans to do with your partner.
You can take a night cruise on the Seine River and contemplate the lights of the city and the main monuments from a panoramic boat.
As if the view was not enough to have a magical moment, this tour also offers a great experience for the palate. You will have a dinner with a gourmet menu.
And if you want, to the typical menu they serve, you can add special details with the romantic combo, including champagne, a table decorated with rose petals, and a heart-shaped dessert.
Dining on the 7th Floor of the Printemps with a View of the Eiffel Tower
Printemps is a department store located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, where you will find the most important fashion, luxury, and beauty stores.
It is a group of 3 buildings whose facades have been declared historical monuments.
All this is reason enough for you to take a walk and see this charming place, but you can also go up to the 7th floor and have lunch at noon or look at the Eiffel Tower in the evening.
The food is delicious; this dish is a cuttlefish carbonara. It was excellent. Of course, prices do not go below 20€ per plate.
Or, if you go early, you can have a coffee or a glass of wine while enjoying the breathtaking panoramic view.
In addition to the Eiffel Tower, you will be able to see Montmartre and all its beauty. (below is a picture of Montmartre from the Printemps)
Take a photo on the Je t’aime Wall
The I love you wall is a 40m2 mural where the phrase “I love you” is displayed in 250 different languages.
Beyond the romantic look, the wall has a symbolism given by the artists who created it. The wall refers to an element of a union but also of separation.
And if you notice, there are touches of red paint on different parts of the wall, representing a broken heart.
The I Love You Wall is a great place for photos and an excuse to get to know a different part of Paris.
Stop by the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore
It is not just another bookstore among the many in Paris. Some of the most essential authors in history have been here, such as Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, and Joyce.
In fact, it was the owner who first published Ulysses in 1922.
Although it is not in its original location, it has the spirit in which it was created a century ago.
This visit is included if you take a free walking tour of the Latin Quarter. And when you see it, you might remember it from some movies, like Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris.
Among its shelves are those dedicated to English literature. And if you want, there are several armchairs, so you can spend some time reading in Shakespeare and Company.
Weather in Paris in February
During February, the weather is freezing in Paris. The average minimum temperature is 3°, and the maximum is 8°. The minimum may drop to -3°.
In addition, there are usually 6 to 8 days with rain, and there may be a couple of days with snow.
February brings a major change in day length. On February 1, you have 9.5 hours of daylight; on the last day of the month, you have almost 11 hours.
The sun rises between 7:40 and 8:20 and sets between 17:50 and 18:30.
This photo was taken at about 2 pm in February. These are the views you get from the Printemps with a little zoom and the beautiful* February sky.
What to Wear to Paris in February
In such weather, you can imagine that you will need waterproof footwear and an umbrella or a waterproof coat.
In addition, you will need a good winter coat, gloves, and scarf. And we would recommend that you even wear a wool hat if you are one of those who suffer from the cold.
You may have noticed that you have a lot to see in Paris in February. This month is a good opportunity to make a romantic getaway and take advantage of the fact that it is not a high-season month.
So you can expect that some prices will be lower than at other times of the year and that the main attractions will have fewer tourists, so you won’t have to queue as much and it won’t be as crowded.
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