Things to do in Paris in February
February in Paris is beautiful! Even though the city is beginning to take off its Christmas lights, the magic remains. Some Parisians are on vacations. They are wandering in the lively streets or on the banks of the river Seine while enjoying a delicious hot crêpe. My favorite one is the melted chocolate with flaked almonds, it is the best! In February, there are plenty of events, shows, markets, restaurants to see…
If you’re looking for a few tips from a local to have a wonderful (though cold) stay in Paris, read on to find out some of the things to do in Paris in February!
Make the most of Paris February Sales
When I think about the best things to do in Paris in February, I always start by checking the dates of the next winter sales, “les soldes” in French. This is the moment every great department store sells off the unsold items. Not the ones of the last season, but the ones of the current collection, so you are still at the cutting edge of fashion, but for way cheaper!
Start with the amazing nineteenth century Galeries Lafayette, located at 40 boulevard Hausmann (on metro line 7 and 9, at metro station Chaussée d’Antin-Lafayette). This year, it will take place from January the 8th until February the 4th. So get ready! If you want to fully enjoy the winter sales, the best thing you can do is to go shopping early in the morning, at the shops opening hours!
Have a tour of Paris’s major landmarks (especially if it is snowing)
You obviously know the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe! However, you probably don’t know how they look under the snow, without the crowd surrounding them… The landmarks glow and are more beautiful than ever!
To simply have a walk in the capital is the best way to get an overall view of the way Parisians live in it. All the shops, restaurants, main boulevards, scents and noises of the city in winter are so full of charm…
Plus, you will probably come across a food truck selling crêpes and mulled wine. While in Paris, you can actually visit the city accompanied by a local that will tell you about the best places! Click here for further information.
Make friend with a French chef
As you know Paris has plenty of great restaurants. But careful, it also has so many tourist traps. I’m, of course, a tour guide, but I’m also someone that loves amazing food for a reasonable price. A good ratio of quality – quantity – and the price is quite hard to find in Paris. But this kind of restaurants actually exist. So to really appreciate the good fresh French food, it is important to understand where the products come from. That’s why I also go to the open markets a lot and talk to the food sellers.
Have a piece of countryside in Paris
If you like contrasts, the Salon de l’Agriculture is one of the things to do in Paris in February. This year, it will be held from February, 22th to March, 1st. You know that the French do not laugh with their farming traditions: you will be able to taste varieties of cheese and charcuterie (cold cuts), and you will get to meet cows, pigs and chicken, some of them competing for the coveted title of the “Most Beautiful Animal” in their category.
And if you are lucky, you may witness another kind of competition by coming across the most famous French politicians (including the President himself!), for whom the Salon de l’Agriculture is an essential step towards the (re-)elections!
Have a warm (and delicious) pause over a “Raclette”
After effort comes comfort. If you have just braved the cold winter to discover Paris’s landmarks, you might need warmth and energy. So having a “raclette” has to be on your list of things to do in Paris in February.
The raclette, a specialty from our mountains, is made of melted cheese, hot potatoes and charcuterie. Here are some good places where you can enjoy it: Le Chalet Savoyard, at 58 rue de Charonne (on metro line 8, metro station Ledru-Rollin) or Pain, Vin et Fromages, in the heart of the trendy Marais district, at 3 rue Geoffroy-l’Angevin (metro line 11, metro station Rambuteau).
Do something romantic
Come on! Our list of the things to do in Paris in February has to include some tips for Valentine’s Day in Paris. It happens on February, 14th, just in case you are one of those who tend to forget it! Do you feel like having a cocktail on one of Paris’s rooftops? Go to the bar of the Terass Hotel up on the hill of Montmartre. Located at 12 rue Joseph de Maistre, on metro line 2, station Blanche: it is quite expensive (14-20 euros for a drink), but the view is worth it.
But if you think it is a bit too cold for a terrace, there are plenty more things to do in Paris for Valentine’s day! You can still have a nice view for a dinner (for about fifty euros) under a glass roof at Le Kong, on the top floor of the Kenzo headquarters at 1 rue du Pont Neuf, on metro line 7, metro station Pont Neuf.
If you rather listen to music, you can attend an opera at Opera Garnier! But the truth is you can do any of the many things there is to do in Paris in February, as long as it happens next to the one you love. You will be in the city of love, it will be romantic anyway!
Don’t miss the Golden Age of English painting exhibition
While in Paris during February, don’t miss the oportunity to see masterpieces from the Tate Britain! This exhibition takes place at the Musée du Luxembourg. You will be introduced and you will get to learn a lot about the greatest painters who marked the golden age of English painting and the beginnings of the Royal Academy of Arts in the eighteenth century.
The L’âge d’or de la peinture anglaise exhibition ends on February, 16th, so if you get to be in Paris during the first two weeks of the month, you definitely have to attend it! Plus, it is a great way to warm up from the cold streets of Paris!
Learn more about Leonardo da Vinci works
Leonardo da Vinci was a genius and he died five centuries ago. In his honour, the Louvre Museum has organized a whole exhibition dedicated to his works, which ends on February, 24th. He was a multi-talented artist. From philosophy, drawing and painting to inventions and sciences, he experienced all areas. Hydraulic machines and removable bridges drawings, a few manuscprits are some of the items you will get to see during the exhibition.
For this Leonardo da Vinci exhibition, the Louvre Museum retraces his intellectual, human and artistic careers. If you love this artist or you simply are curious and have a thirst for knowledge, you will thoroughly enjoy the exhibition!
Enjoy a unique experience above the city of Paris
If you want to live an unforgettable experience while in the city, why don’t you hop on an helicopter and enjoy the same perspective as the birds above Paris!
For 209.50 euros per person, fly over Paris for half an hour! You get to see all the amazing landmarks of Paris from a unique perspective, as well as the Trocadéro, the Versailles Palace, the Sun King gardens, the Bois de Boulogne, and many more marvellous highlights of the city.
During the flight, drinks will be offered to the passengers. Each helicopter can receive up to six persons. If you’re coming with your family, it is the perfect activity! Everyone will have the time of their life. If you’re coming with your lover, this experience will definitely enchant them. They will be mesmerized by it. Plus, it is so romantic, so you can for instance do it for Valentine’s day!
You can buy your tickets through this link. Check your options and book your date for this incredible activity in Paris!
Paris weather in February
If you’re traveling to Paris during the month of February, you absolutely need to pack warm clothes, because this year’s month is going to be very cold. By the middle of the month, the temperatures will increase a tiny bit. A few sunny days are to be expected, but overall the month is mostly going to be rainy and it even is going to snow during some afternoons of February. You need to expect a covered sky in Paris during the whole month of February.
You now know some of the things to do in Paris in February! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article and that it has been useful to you! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need further information about anything! February is such a perfect month to visit the city of Paris with your lover! Paris is one of the most romantic cities there is! See you soon in Paris!