January has flown by much quicker than expected (as it seems to do each and every year!) and you’re headed to the French capital. What next? What’s on in the French capital? Well, here’s your complete guide to Paris in February, including where to go, what to see, and what to eat!
Why you should visit Paris in February
If you’re considering a trip to the city in the late winter, then you’ve come at the right time! Spring is just around the corner, and even though there’s still a chance of snow, the days are not nearly as dreary as those of January. The light lasts longer and the bustle of Christmas is well and truly over.
This month, the theme is love and, if you’re lucky, you may even get the first glimpses of the cherry blossoms on the trees! A visit to Paris in February is also still in the low season, meaning that the prices are undoubtedly lower than at other times of the year, as are plane tickets!
Paris weather in February
Cold with a chance of snow: if I could use just one word to sum up the weather in Paris come February it would be ‘chilly’. The temperatures range between 2 degrees Celsius and 9 degrees Celsius, with the average ranging between 5 and 6. All in all, not too chilly… But not all that warm either! Ice rain and snow are not all that common, though you’ll want to bring an umbrella as showers are quite likely!
What to wear in Paris in February
Much like Paris in January, the weather is cold and rain is pretty common. As such, you’ll want to wrap up warm with plenty of layers. What this essentially means is a light shirt/ dress, followed by several jumpers and topped up by a warm coat. This way, you won’t melt away in many of the museums or on the metro, and yet you’ll still remain nice and cosy when wandering around the city on foot.
What to do in Paris in February
Make the most of the end of winter sales: Sales are pretty regulated in France and there are only two periods of the year when sales are legally allowed to be held. The first of these stretches from January through to mid-February, meaning that February is still a great time to pick up a bargain in the city.
Celebrate Chinese New Year: February is when the Chinese New Year is. In Paris, the Chinese New Year is celebrated with many festivities; processions and dancers can be found in abundance.
Enjoy Paris without the crowds: Whether you’re looking to enjoy the most sought after attractions in the city of you simply want to wander off the beaten path, the city is quieter than at most other times of the year. What this means for you is the chance to see Paris without the crowds!
Seek out romantic experiences in the City of Love: Although Paris isn’t necessarily a city for romantics, the French capital still remains the ‘City of Love’ for a reason. This means that there are plenty of quirky date nights to be had in the city. From visiting small museums to eating fondue in a traditional French restaurant, there’s no shortage of activities to do with your loved one in Paris!
Experience Galentine’s Day in Paris: if you’re planning to spend Valentine’s day with your best friends, then consider searching for some ‘Galentine’s day’ experiences in the French capital. Rather than heading to the movies or for a romantic meal, go on a day trip from the city, or seek out one of the best rooftop views the city has to offer.
Date night restaurants in Paris
Le Bistrot d’Henri (16 Rue Princesse): Truth be told, my all time favourite restaurant in Paris can be found in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres area of the city. Home to only around twenty covers, this teeny tiny restaurant serves authentic French food in a traditional setting. If you’re looking for the ultimate Parisian experience, it doesn’t get much better than this…
Le Refuge des Fondus (17 Rue des Trois Frères): Le Refuge des Fondus is located in the Montmartre area of the city. There are quite literally only four choices on the menu (red or white wine/ meat or cheese food option) and the wine even comes served in baby bottles! Date night sorted!
Hank Pizza: (18 Rue des Gravilliers) If you’re meat-free like me, then you may well be wondering where to grab a vegan or veggie bite in the city. However, Hank Pizza, and its sister restaurant, Hank Vegan Burger, are home to some of the best vegan junk food in the city! And thanks to the restaurants’ prime position in the heart of Le Marais, there’s plenty of romantic strolls to be taken around here as well!
Romantic places to visit in Paris in February
Visit Place des Vosges: Truth be told, there is perhaps nowhere in the city quite as romantic, or as Parisian, as the Place des Vosges. This is the oldest public planned square in the city and while the green space in the centre provides the perfect place for picnics during the summertime, the eateries along the covered alleyways which line the square make for great places to people watch and enjoy a romantic dinner for two.
Take a self-guided tour of Montmartre: If you’re looking for a truly romantic thing to do in the city, then consider taking yourselves on a free and self-guided tour of Montmartre. This walk encompasses all of the typical tourist attractions, as well as venturing a little off the beaten path. En route, you’ll soon discover several cosy cafés to enjoy…
Explore the lost villages of Paris: For those looking for romance off the beaten tourist track, the lost villages of Paris give the ultimate countryside feeling without ever having to leave the city limits. Some of my favourite recommendations include Butte Bergeyre (a micro-arrondissement with its own vineyard) and Butte-aux-Cailles (a beautiful neighbourhood with plenty of independent shops)/
Take a day trip to Provins: While everyone has, of course, heard of Versailles, you may well not know of the medieval city of Provins. Less than an hour away from the city via train, this fairytale town provides the perfect escape from everyday life. Filled with many museums and plenty of cobbled lanes, there is hardly a more romantic town in the Ile de France region…