Valentine’s Day month is finally here! If you?re coupled up in Paris ( you?ve found your Mr.French) or solo in the city and looking for love on Tinder, Once or off-line, we?ve got a few romantic places to check out or go get your flirt on.
As it?s also one of my favorite times of the year to celebrate my girlfriends – there are also a few place to have that Galentine’s day brunch on and popping. I’m cheesy sometime I know, no apologies here. haha. You know they say ladies who brunch are a force of nature for years to come! #girlpower
So as February in Paris is cold, pack your coats if you’re flying in soon – but leave some room in your suitcase for whatever you?ll be taking back during the sales – as we?re at the end of it and this is the time you can find the best deals (or the last of the left overs – either way a bargain!)
Being the shortest month of the year – we decided to do a short(er) blog post on things to-do. Just kidding! I’m still sharing the best places to eat ( 5 romantic options to be exact) a few place to get boozy and then a few places to stay if you want to have some lazy nights (wink) inside. And a guide to also celebrating Black History Month in Paris.
The YouTube channel is live and will be updated in the week (oh lordy I?m in front the camera – be kind and rewind ..hahaha?). Let me know your thoughts as we do our first videos.
Here are our top 5 Romantic restaurants in Paris for Valentine’s Day
Atypical -Le Train Bleu
located in the hall of Gare de Lyon – they have a 120 Euros set Valentines Day Menu
Located in: Paris Gare de Lyon
Address: Paris Gare de Lyon, Place Louis-Armand, 75012 Paris
Vegetarian – Soya
hard to beat the deliciousness of every dish here. You MUST make reservations though.
Chic and Cheap – Le Musee d?Orsay
You would think this place is expensive by the quality of the food – exotic vegetables and fruits in the recipes – and by the regal setting of the place – you?ll be sitting with statues and with a view of Tuileries Garden!
Address: 20 Rue de la Pierre Lev?e, 75011 Paris
Phone:01 48 06 33 02
Michelin Starred – Le Cinq
is one of those places you have to eat before you die. Guys you have to wear a jacket. Ladies where what you?d like.
Address: 31 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris
Phone:01 49 52 71 54
Bistronomy – Verjus
one part wine bar and one part amazing food experience there are no hold barred. 10 course tasting menu is everything!
Address: 52 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris
Phone: 01 42 97 54 40
Galentines Day Brunch
this is no hype – I mean the lines are long but the food is totally worth the wait – those pancakes are one thing, but I love that they regularly change the menu and experiment with always damn good food. They?re about to open a second spot and we couldn’t be more excited!!
Address: 19 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris
– a little sqaure in the marais – the truffle risotto for the vegetarians, the fish cheviche, and lot of the usual suspects croissants, fresh squeezed orange juice , a hot drink and oh try the poached egg in creamy sauce!
Address: 6 Place du March? Sainte-Catherine, 75004 Paris
Phone:01 42 77 16 26
If you?re in the 18th hood close to Sacre Coeur go over to the Australian spot that opened their 2nd location in paris. Great food, marble table tops, large enough space and plenty seating.
Address: 10 Rue Lamarck, 75018 Paris
Phone: 01 42 51 69 03
has just launched their brunch service – thank Gawd! – you?re in for the same healthy (and super tasty) food with eggs, salmon and veggie platters!
Address: Halle Pajol, 12 Espl. Nathalie Sarraute, 75018 Paris
Open ? 8AM?3PM
Phone: 09 84 46 25 26
H?tel Barri?re le Fouquet’s
Feeling fancy uh? Let?s be seen and while eating in a snazzy restaurant that opens up on a garden in a 5 star hotel.
Address: 46 Avenue George V et Champs Elys?es, 75008 Paris
Phone: 09 70 80 91 11
has opened in 18th neighbourhood close to Montmartre (but more metro Jules Joffrin) run by two women and a little gold-fish (whose name is Pimpin)
Address: 64 Rue Ramey, 75018 Paris
Phone: 01 46 06 97 25
just upped the cafe game in the luxurious 7th arrondissement of Paris, with some Lamb Tacos and coffee from Coutume.
Address: 22 Avenue de Tourville
Paris 75007 France
Phone: 01 44 18 90 71
The focus this month is very grown and sexy so here are my top picks for a wonderfully naughty or romantic drinking experience :
If you?re in the Bastille are of Paris – go here and be entertained.
Address: 82 Rue de Charenton, 75012 Paris
Open today ? 5PM?2AM
Phone: 01 84 06 18 90
an expensive experience – that will have you in the lap of luxury and history. The bar was closed for a long while during the renovation of the Ritz. But today we?re back to all our special treatment and this place certainly has that little je ne sais qoui
Address: 15 Place Vend?me, 75001 Paris
Phone: 01 43 16 30 30
a mixture of cool-itude and chill vibes in an atypical setting where the cocktails are art and the team is top-notch. Great place to also go if single – as they people are good-looking and (more) open than other places in paris.
Address: 51 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris
Open today ? 7PM?2AM
Phone: 06 66 63 57 60
Shangri La Hotel
Well this is where I have lots of my fancy weddings with a banging view of the Eiffel Tower (yes it’s SUPER expensive) but if you can splurge on valentine’s day do it here. Photo courtesy of Ian Holmes
Address: 10 Avenue d’I?na, 75116 Paris
Phone: 01 53 67 19 98
Hotel Regyn Montmartre
Gosh, I feel a little naughty tell you guys about this one – for years I?ve kept it as a secret (because of the location – near Metro Abbesses) and the perfect french wall paper in the tiny rooms makes for a great escape at a cheap price. Don?t expect anything too fancy though.
Address: 18 Place des Abbesses, 75018 Paris
Phone:01 42 54 45 21
There’s plenty of housing, accommodations and couch surfing options in Paris. But as we?re keeping with the sexy theme of Valentines Day here?s my top picks of where you can be sure to have a spectacular experience.
Hotel Belle Juliette
I?ve written about this gem lots before. It?s in a ?good? part of town close to Luxembourg Gardens and has everything for a romantic weekend in Paris. The rooms are also huge for Parisian standards, more like apartments and the staff is top. They have a secret pool – tiny but very intimate where you can have for yourself.
Address: 92 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006 Paris
Phone: 01 42 22 97 40
They have some of the most luxurious apartments for rent in Paris in some of the best neighbourhjhoods – close to markets, monuments and always central to hop on and off the metro in Paris.
Secret Hotel Paris
A little hotel in Pigalle, kind of close to the Batignlole are of Paris too. The rooms are themed like Moulin Rouge, Eiffel Tower etc, perfect for a comfortable stay and great location to discover the South Pigalle area that has great nightlife.
Address: 2 Rue de Parme, 75009 Paris
Phone:01 53 16 33 33
1 – hopping in and out of the beautiful covered passages/galleries
NOT TO MISS
Chinese New Year Parade in Paris
The year of the Roaster is all about being seen. So go take part in one of Paris favorite traditions in the chinese neighbourhood in the 13th this Sunday February 5th at 1pm. Leaving from Avenue D?Ivry
Centre Pompidou celebrates 40 years !
Aside from being one of my favorite places to spend a saturday and see an aerial view of Paris. They have a great bookshop and if you have kids you?ll appreacite the Kids Gallery.
Black History Month in Paris
Buy the Little Africa City Guide Book for a discovery of cool African inspired places in the capital
Last minute tix to the Opera in Paris
You can also try to grab a last minute ticket to the Opera Garnier -by showing up about 2 hours before the show . you won?t get a rot row seat but for under 20 Euros you can see the inside of one of Paris’ most beautiful buildings and enjoy a lovely night of performance.