The Perfect Valentine’s Break in Paris
20 January 2015
Romantic Getaways for Food Lovers, Culture Seekers and Everybody Inbetween
Paris is one of the most popular destinations for romantic Valentine weekends. Every year, couples from across the globe visit the French capital to experience the 'city of love'. Whether your idea of a perfect city break involves trying the very best French cuisine available, visiting world-famous galleries or simply soaking up the Parisian atmosphere, you can experience it all during your stay at Hotel Balzac.
To help you start planning your Valentine's getaway, here's some inspiration on how to create the ultimate Parisian break for you and your better half.
The Best Valentine's Weekend for Food Lovers
It might seem like we're being a bit biased here, but with its three Michelin Stars, Pierre Gagnaire truly is the perfect way to treat your significant other to a world-class romantic meal. In a city known for its haute cuisine, Pierre Gagnaire stands out as one of the finest restaurants in France and beyond. Under the expert leadership of Chef Gagnaire, and promoting an ethos of "facing tomorrow but respectful of yesterday", the restaurant is consistently listed as one of the 100 best restaurants in the world. As you would expect, advance booking is essential.
A Romantic Stroll around Famous Museums and Galleries
With the likes of the Louvre, Grand Palais and Centre Pompidou all within easy reach, it's quite difficult to completely miss out on the iconic culture available in the city. However, if you're only able to visit one gallery or museum during your Valentine's break in Paris, we'd thoroughly recommend the Musee d'Orsay. While its collection of artwork allows it to be mentioned in the same breath as the world's best galleries, it is the architecture of the building itself that adds that magical touch. It's impossibly intricate detailing and general grandiosity somehow encapsulates the indefinable quality that makes Paris such a romantic city to visit.
Escaping the Crowds for an Intimate Day out in the French Capital
Wandering the tree-lined streets of the Champs Élysées or admiring the views of Paris from atop the iconic Eiffel Tower, it's easy to understand why Paris has earned the nickname the 'city of love', but it can also be nice to escape the city-centre crowds. The best way to find a spot of peace and tranquillity in the French capital is to visit one of the city's two major parks: the Bois de Boulogne and the Bois de Vincennes. Found at the east and west edges of central Paris, each is large enough to spend a whole day exploring without running out of winding paths and manicured gardens to explore. We'd recommend visiting the Grand Cascade in the Bois de Boulogne, which consists of a picturesque waterfall and explorable grottos.
A Five-Star Offer for a Romantic February City Break
Available from the 5th to the 23rd February, you can visit Paris for an unforgettable Valentine's experience in five-star surroundings at Hotel Balzac. Our Valentine's Day in Paris Package includes two night's accommodation in one of our luxurious rooms, a bottle of Champagne upon arrival, buffet breakfast each morning, a bouquet of roses and even a free room upgrade if available. All of this is available from only €451 per room per night.
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