Paris is the most romantic city in the world, and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this can be a blessing for some and a curse for others. Whether you’re coupled up and looking to think outside of the box, or single and ready to try something new, here are three alternative ways to spend Valentine’s Day in Paris this year.
Indulge in some chocolate
Love chocolate but looking to forgo the commercial aspect of the treat this time of year? Then head to Laurent Favre-Mot Pâtisserie, a pastry shop unlike any other. Owned by a badass, tattooed pastry chef, this tiny shop is nestled on a street just off of rue des Martyrs on the Right Bank. Their specialty? The “Fucking Dark Chocolate,” a full-on chocolate-infused dream composed of a cookie base, a 70% dark chocolate ganache, and praline, topped with a dark chocolate skull head – it’s just as good as it sounds. But word on how delicious this confection is spread quickly – and the pastry chef doesn’t make them each day – so when he does, they fly off the shelves.
Profess your love for Oscar Wilde
While spending time a cemetery on Valentine’s Day may seem like the most unromantic thing to do, paying a visit to Oscar Wilde’s tomb at the legendary Père Lachaise Cemetery is an experience in and of itself. A tradition that hasn’t died down, despite the cemetery investing in a glass barrier, devoted fans are known to visit here and plant a lipstick-stained kiss on the late writer’s tomb. So if you’re planning to visit, keep with tradition and pucker up – and don’t forget to snap a photo.
Scope out a hidden bar
What’s more thrilling than uncovering a hidden bar? Evoking romance and a sense of mysterious allure at once, hit up the likes of Candelaria, a taqueria that houses a cleverly concealed cocktail bar, No Entry, Pink Mamma’s speakeasy nestled in its basement behind a nondescript door, or Hôtel Amour for its private courtyard draped in greenery (or better yet, book a room and enjoy breakfast or weekend brunch on the very same patio the next day).
Are you spending Valentine’s Day in Paris? If so, let me know what you’re up to below!