It's February in Paris, where celebrating the month of love and romance is always a melt-in-your-mouth experience — especially given the chocolatiers that are found on every Parisian rue and avenue. And let's not forget about all the champagne vendors, flower shops, and parfumiers.
This year, like every February, nothing is going to stop the love-fest. And nothing is going to change our love for Paris or our joy in helping travelers plan their time in the City of Love. As 2023 unfolds and events and activities and restaurants and museums beckon, use this guide to help find the best things to do in Paris… whenever you arrive.
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Everything looks better from a boat cruising down the city's famous river. On this relaxing ride you see Paris from a different perspective, with all the famous landmarks lit up for your viewing pleasure as you enjoy a multi-course French meal with wine. Choose the Service Premier option for the best seating, the best meal, champagne to start and end — the ultimate experience.
Here's another way to indulge your inner romantic on a magical evening cruise along the Seine, viewing the City of Lights at its best. While you dine on a decadent 4-course classic French dinner, accompanied by live music on-board, your bateau floats past illuminated landmarks like the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Eiffel Tower.
What better way to celebrate your time in Paris than a champagne-fueled cruise down the Seine — the most romantic river in the world? You'll discover this is one of the very best ways to see the sights of the city as you glide past the monuments on a bateau… while sipping bubbly!
We like recommending this activity because it includes everything. It starts with a leisurely multi-course meal featuring classic French food and champagne. After dinner, settle back and enjoy the timeless cabaret show. It's a glorious evening in Paris that sells out weeks in advance, so be sure to book early!
Paris at night is magical. This combo tour shows you the best — from the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower to the historic monuments along the Seine to the dazzling Moulin Rouge. At the Eiffel Tower you enjoy breathtaking views of the city below, then you cruise the river dining on a classic French dinner. Next up, you travel across town to the Moulin Rouge to sip champagne and admire the most popular cabaret in Europe.
This action-packed evening combines a river cruise, bubbly, and a skip-the-line visit to the Eiffel Tower. It starts with a champagne-fueled sunset Seine River cruise followed by skip-the-line access to Level 2 of the Tower. From on high, the city unfolds beneath you. Here's what we love: you're treated like a VIP with no waiting, no jostling, just pure Paris fun.
Save Time. Stay Warm. Be Happy. Baby, it's cold out there! This tour gets you ahead of the loooong lines and into the world's largest & most popular museum in no time flat. With nearly ten million visitors each year, it's essential to find a way to skip the line. Group size is limited, so personal attention is a high priority.
Marvel at the world's greatest collection of Impressionist works by Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, and Renoir on this skip-the-line tour of Musée d'Orsay led by an art expert guide. The small-group size ensures personal attention. Since the lines are always long, the best way to see the art is on this priority-access tour. Once the tour finishes, you're free to spend as much time as you want perusing the masterpieces.
The Eiffel Tower is immensely popular; there are always long-ups. Since we hate waiting in line, we always search for an Eiffel Tower activity that lets us skip the queues and go directly up the tower. Luckily, we've found quite a few!
That's right, do Paris in one day. This lovely tour packs a wallop with a combination of a Louvre museum tour, Seine River cruise, plus a visit to the world's most popular monument – Eiffel Tower. Everything is included: tour guides, entrance fees, and river cruise.
One of our most appreciated pieces of advice is to arrange transportation from the airport into central Paris in advance, so that you know what's going to happen when you arrive. We recommend booking a private transfer where your driver meets you on arrival, helps with your luggage, and takes you directly to your Paris hotel in a private, air-conditioned sedan or Eurovan. That's the way to start your vacation in style!
This month the Paris Insider Guide featured hotel is Hotel Millésime. Located in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés quartier, the Millésime offers the Three Ls — Location, Location & Luxury! Your near neighbors include Église Saint Germain des Prés, Musée d'Orsay, even Place Dauphine on IÎle de la Cité. One of our Best Restaurants in France, Les Climats, is just around the corner.
Who doesn't love staying on the Left Bank of Paris? Since Hemingway and the Jazz Age, the Left Bank has defined the essence of Paris. The Saint-Germain neighborhood is charming, and so are the best of the hotels in the quartier. In fact, here are our picks of the top 5 Left Bank hotels — with a couple of bonuses as well!
Cheese, wine, Paris? You'll be asking yourself if this is culinary heaven as you experience this food activity where you learn all about the proper way to age the cheeses of France. In a fromagerie in the Marais you meet the affineur (expert in aging cheeses) and descend into the private cheese cellar where you taste seven classic French cheeses, along with wines. The group size is limited to 10 to ensure there's more cheese for you!
This very popular food tour takes you to the Marais to visit the top food & wine shops in that historic quartier. Discover and taste the best of French foods — think baguettes, chocolate, cheese, charcuterie, and wine. The culinary fun starts at the oldest food market in the city. It's no wonder this one is garnering high praise from hungry travelers.
The weather outside may be chilly but you'll be warm inside a charming wine cellar smack in the center of Paris. Professional sommeliers take you through an informal wine tasting, delivering an extensive tasting of wines. We prefer the two-hour grand cru wine tasting because it's not every day you'll get a chance to taste a flight of some of the best wines of France.
Here is a fun, casual, and affordable afternoon activity that also includes a multi-course meal and a river cruise. Combine great dining with a tour of Paris… riverside. A cruise on a bateau is something you must do in Paris, so why not have lunch at the same time? Gaze out the window at the monuments of Paris passing by. Available everyday. This lunch cruise is very popular, so book early.
Chocolates + pastry + Paris. Does it get more delicious? You get behind the scenes on this small-group tasting tour that visits some of the city's best patisseries and chocolatiers. You'll taste regional specialties and discover how all those delectable delights are made. Choose from afternoon tours in the Marais or Saint-Germain, or a morning tour in Saint-Germain.
Historic restaurant Maxim's of Paris presents a VIP dinner cruise. Marvel at the magical scenery as you cruise along the iconic Seine River. You'll be swept away by the nighttime lights of the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. There's VIP treatment with guaranteed window seating for the best views, in an unforgettable romantic atmosphere with live music.
Only an hour from Paris, a visit to the Champagne region makes for a memorable day trip. Your driver meets you at your hotel and whisks you to world-class vineyards. After touring historic Reims, including a visit to its famous cathedral, the champagne houses beckon and your sampling of bubbly begins! You'll taste the Grands Crus as well as champagne from small family producers.
There's a lot to see in France just beyond the Paris city gates, and that includes the Loire Valley, with its magnificent castles. It's an easy day trip from Paris on a tour with an expert guide at your side. This very popular activity gets you guided tours into the most famous castles, plus it includes a wine tasting of the best varietals from the region. Taste wine, enjoy a French lunch, plus see dazzling chateaux. it doesn't get better than that!
The landing beaches of Normandy are the most popular — and the most famous — battle sites of World War II, even though it's now been nearly eighty years since the event. The best way to get there is to sign up for this small-group tour that takes you to the the beaches, the monuments, the museums, and the dedicated cemeteries. You may find it to be a powerful emotional experience.
Spend a winter's day exploring the fairytale island of Mont Saint-Michel just off the Normandy coast. Visit the Benedictine abbey that becomes separated from the mainland during high tide. Wander along the narrow streets, the shops, and the abbey's ramparts. On your way you drive through the picturesque Normandy countryside. Everything is included, even pick-up at your hotel.
Instead of worrying about trains, brochures and guide books, we prefer to go the royal route. A guided tour adds illuminating details and makes the past come alive with stories of palace life. Includes luxury transportation to and from your hotel, entrance to Versailles and an elegant lunch near the Grand Canal. Best of all, you skip the long lines!
Go the royal route with this private half-day tour of Versailles that starts with pick-up from your Paris address. You also enjoy the services of a professional guide to walk you through the Versaille experience. It's a luxurious experience for just you and your party and perfect if you don't want to spend a full day at the royal estate.
A perfect way to experience the grandeur of Versailles while avoiding the crowds is to book this VIP tour of the royal estate. Your private driver takes you from your Paris hotel to the priority entrance at the palace. Bypass the long lineups for the chance to see areas of the chateau usually reserved for dignitaries. You also visit the Hall of Mirrors, the king and queen's private residences, and the magnificent gardens.
This private tour of the Louvre is one of the very best VIP experiences in Paris. Imagine the Louvre at night, when the crowds have diminished and your art-expert guide takes you on an exclusive tour to the museum's most well-known artworks. Stand in front of works by Raphael, da Vinci, Caravaggio. This one-of-a-kind VIP art experience is only available on Friday nights, and it's very likely to sell out!
Here's a chance to see art films, archives, and documentaries shot during Picasso's lifetime, presenting facets of his personal and artistic life.
• Musée Picasso
• Ends February 12, 2023
Italian sculptor Giuseppe Penone (born 1947) is known for his large scale sculptures of trees, but he has always kept a pencil and paper nearby for his drawings. This exhibition presents over 200 of his drawings donated by Penone to the Pompidou, along with six sculptures.
Influenced by the masters, André Derain (1880-1954) turned to more classical painting after World War I. His landscapes capture the intense light of Provence. Hence, "Southern Landscapes".
It took Roger Boulay, a museum curator, more than two decades to document 3,000 sketches and watercolours of the Kanak people. In case you've forgotten your cultural geography, the Kanak are the indigenous people of New Caledonia, a southwest Pacific island territory still governed by France. The Kanak speak more than twenty distinct languages with eleven dialects including Creole, and use French as their common language. This is a must-see exhibition!
Take a journey to the crossroads of civilization where Uzbekistan, Samarkand, and Bokhara meet. For the first time in Europe, masterworks from the region will be on display, including wall paintings from the Ambassadors' Hall in Samarkand and one of the oldest Korans from the early days of Islam.
This joyful ABC is a fun, modern take on alphabet picture books of yore, and shows a contemporary perspective on 19th-century classics.
A major figure in American feminist art, Faith Ringgold's work has covered everything from the civil rights movement to Black Lives Matter. This exhibition is the first in France to bring together a group of major works by this important Black artist.
Did you know that Valentin, the saint, was French? Makes sense then that a day in his honor would become a time of love. This amorous holiday is becoming more popular in Paris. Discover nineteen fabulous things to do tin Paris on Valentine's Day. It's all in our guide.
Party like it's 1411 ! That's how long the Carnaval has been celebrated (except for a break between 1952 and 1997 and, of course, the pandemic cancellation). The festival features parades and activities around Place Gambetta and Hôtel de Ville.
• February 27, 2023
Run for love & laughter in Paris, at Parc de la Villette. The 2021 edition was cancelled, but the 2023 run will take place on the twelfth.
Love cars and love visiting Paris? You won't want to miss this fabulous car show. For the past 40-plus years Retromobile has showcased the auto industry, featuring hundreds of vintage cars
• Porte de Versailles
• February 2 to 6, 2023
France's largest agricultural show usually comes to Paris in February — the off season for farmers — for its annual extravaganza. No one wants to miss the Milking Parlor!
February 1 is the kick-off for Chinese New Year. 2023, by the way, is the Year of the Tiger. In Paris, the annual parade and merriment will take place, so don't miss the fun.
15,000 spectators are normally on hand in February to witness one of the important judo tournaments in the world. Find out how many show up this year by attending the tournament at Accor Hotels Arena.
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