Valentine’s Day in Paris: Ten alternative activities

Looking for something to do on Valentine's Day that doesn't involve kissing half up the Eiffel Tower or desperately trying to find a space for your love lock on a bridge? Then check out these ten alternative activities in the "City of Love".

Valentine's Day in Paris: Ten alternative activities
Ten alternative romantic things to do in Paris on Valentine's Day. Photo: Vassil Tzvetanov/Flickr

Valentine’s Day can be one of the most stressful days of the year, especially in Paris where the pressure is on to push the boat out when it comes to finding a romantic activity.

Yes, there's always the Eiffel Tower and a boat trip along the Seine, but the hordes and the costs involved, as well as queuing times can make these clichéd activities more likely to provoke a tiff than a French kiss.

Yes, you could also go down to the Pont des Arts bridge and lock away your love forever next to thousands of others. But what about doing something different?  

Lucky for you, your friends at The Local have come up with 10 alternative dates that are sure to make your partner feel extra special.

From where to hideout with a glass of wine, to where to take a stroll through the city, we’ve selected some of Paris’ most romantic places to take your Valentine’s sweetheart and some of them are free.

Paris: Ten romantic alternative things to do in the City of Love

Still looking for a date this Valentine's Day? Why not check out The Local's very own dating service where you can date other expats. 

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Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

Car, moped, public transport, or electric bicycle - which means of transport is the quickest way to get across Paris?

Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

One intrepid reporter for French daily Le Parisien decided to find out. 

The challenge was simple. Which mode of transport would get the journalist from the heart of Fontenay-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs to the newspaper’s office on Boulevard de Grenelle, west Paris, fastest?

Over four separate journeys, each one in the middle of rush hour, the electric bicycle was quickest and easiest. More expensive than conventional bikes, electric bikes do come with a government subsidy.

The journey was described as ‘pleasant and touristy’ on a dry but chilly morning going via dedicated cycle lanes that meant the dogged journalist avoided having to weave in and out of traffic.

It took, in total, 47 minutes from start to finish at an average speed of 19km/h, on a trip described as “comfortable” but with a caveat for bad weather. The cost was a few centimes for charging up the bike.

In comparison, a car journey between the same points took 1 hour 27 minutes – a journey not helped by a broken-down vehicle. Even accounting for that, according to the reporter’s traffic app, the journey should – going via part of the capital’s southern ringroad – have taken about 1 hr 12.

Average speed in the car was 15km/h, and it cost about €2.85 in diesel – plus parking.

A “chaotic and stressful” moped trip took 1 hour 3 minutes, and cost €1.30 in unleaded petrol.

Public transport – the RER and Metro combined via RER A to Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile then Metro line 6 to the station Bir-Hakeim – took 50 minutes door to door, including a 10-minute walk and cost €2.80. The journey was described as “tiring”.

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