When I was a teenager, I used to spend every Valentine’s day partaking in a tradition with my friends we fondly labeled as ‘Anti-Valentine’s Day’. A group of us would go for a meal, check out a film at the cinema or eat copious amounts of ice cream and watch chick flicks on the couch. When you’re 15, who needs a boyfriend, right? Well, in the past few years, a new ‘term’ has sprung up which encompasses these elements; ‘galentine’s day’. As in Valentine’s day without the romance; a day you can spend chilling with your girl pals. My bf is away this year, so I’ve grabbed a friend and tonight we’re heading out for our own version of ‘Galentine’s Day in Paris‘.
Although Galentine’s day is traditionally celebrated on the 13th of February, it can easily be celebrated on any day of the year.
How to Spend Galentine’s Day in Paris:
#1 Take a whole load of photos…
What better time to capture ‘love’ in the city of love than on an entire day dedicated to the notion? Grab your camera and head to one of the best panoramic views of Paris or wander along the Seine. One of my favourite spots in the city to capture sunset is at Printemps. (A large department store near Opera with a rooftop terrace).
#2 Head to your favourite restaurant!
You don’t need a romantic partner to enjoy a good meal! One of my favourite restaurants in Paris is Tien Hiang (a vegan and vegetarian restaurant situated in the heart of the 10e arrondissement next to Canal Saint Martin). Contrary to popular belief, Paris has all manner of cuisines, and restaurants are often happy to accommodate dietary requirements if you’re polite and ask in advance!
#3 Enjoy a coffee or cocktail in a bar.
Head to one of the cutest Parisian cafés that the city has to offer to catch up, exchange life stories and drink some delicious coffee (or even enjoy a glass of wine)… It may still be too cold to go full Parisian picnic, but
#4 Head to a museum!
A number of museums and galleries throughout the city have late night openings. One of my all time favourites is the Centre Pompidou, a modern art museum. Other late night museum openings inlcude Fondation Louis Vuitton (9 PM), Louvre (Fridays ’til 10 PM) and Musée d’Orsay (Thursday ’til 9:45 PM).
#5 Get lost in an offbeat district!
It’s no secret that one of my favourite Parisian districts is Montmartre. And what’s better than getting lost to explore an offbeat Parisian arrondissement? Getting lost with a friend in an unusual area… From vintage shopping to quirky cafés to plenty of green spaces and even a vineyard, there are plenty of things to see, do and eat in the non-touristy areas of the city!