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February in Paris 
All you need to know to plan your trip to Paris in February 2022.
February in Paris is still a winter month and, therefore, mostly cold and with the occasional rainy days. By the end of the month, blossoms start appearing on some trees, but you still need to wrap up if you want to explore Paris outdoors.
In general, February is a quiet month, so it is an excellent month for sightseeing in Paris and enjoying the fun atmosphere of festivals like carnivals or the Chinese New Year. If you visit Paris in February, here’s the guide to making the most of your time in Paris in February 2022.
Is Paris in February Busy? Crowds Forecast
February in Paris is still low season so it is a great time to explore the city and visit its main attractions without the crowds.
The only busy time in Paris in February is the days around St Valentine’s Day. This is not a traditional festivity in France but being Paris one of the world’s most romantic cities, many people visit Paris for a romantic getaway.
In Paris, February is a great time to visit your favorite exhibitions or bigger museums like the Louvre or Orsay. Even the free museums in Paris can be visited without the crowds!
Paris Weather in February
How is the weather in Paris in February? February is a winter month in Paris, and it is cold with short hours of daylight and some rainy days. However, as you get closer to the end of the month, the weather improves, and the start of spring is in the air.
If we stick to the statistics, the average temperature in Paris in February is 7C maximum and 2C minimum with a 13% probability of rainfall.
What to Pack for Paris in February 2022
What to wear in Paris in February? The key to dressing in Paris in the winter is a good, warm coat. Still, it is a good idea to dress in layers for when you are indoors.
What to pack for February in Paris? In February, the weather in Paris calls for good and warm walking shoes, warm socks, scarves, a good warm jacket, and a foldable umbrella.
If you want to have a more local look when visiting Paris in February, have a look at our winter packing lists for men and women:
Best Tips for Visiting Paris in February
In general, February is a quiet month to visit Paris and possibly one of the cheapest. If you decide to visit Paris in February, you will find cheaper flight tickets and train tickets, especially if you travel during the week, plus many hotels offer reductions at this time of year.
12 February to 28 February 2022 are school holidays in Paris, and, commonly, parents take one week off for a family cultural trip somewhere else in France or Europe or a ski vacation in the Alps. If you decide to come during this period, book things in advance, especially train and flight tickets from /to Paris.
Saint Valentine’s Day in Paris 2022
14 February (St. Valentine’s Day) and the days around this date are a busy period in Paris. People like to come to the city for a romantic weekend getaway.
If you want to climb up to the Eiffel Tower on the 14th of February (or the days around St. Valentine’s Day), book months in advance. With Get Your Guide, you can purchase Eiffel Tower tickets up to 3 months in advance and cancel up to 24 in advance and receive a full refund if you can’t make it – Click here to book your Eiffel Tower tickets with Get Your Guide
If you have a restaurant in mind for a special dinner on the weekend of St. Valentine’s Day, be sure to book well in advance. Also, check that they don’t charge more than usual for Valentine’s specials.
Always have a B plan for Paris when it rains. You can check out our list of fun things to do during a rainy day in Paris for inspiration.
A week before the departure, have a look at our Transportation Strikes in Paris post, which is always up to date. Just in case . . .
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Best Things to Do in Paris in February 2022
If you visit Paris in February for the first time, you may want to tick some top tourist attractions off your Paris bucket list. The itineraries below are thought for first-timers in Paris, and they are planned around the main attractions and neighborhoods in Paris:
If you want to travel to Paris for a romantic getaway, check out our dedicated articles, with all the most romantic activities in the city (far from the clichés) and best tips.
Here’s the list of the best things to do in February in Paris 2022, with something for everyone. Some of the dates and activities are still to be confirmed, so keep clicking for the latest updates.
CELEBRATE THE CRÊPES DAY
On 2 February (Candlemas), France also celebrates Crêpes Day! Look for the best crêpes in Paris to celebrate this sweet day with your favorite crêpe recipe. During this day, food trucks and some bakeries also propose crêpes to eat on the go.
CELEBRATE THE CHINESE NEW YEAR IN PARIS
If you are visiting Paris in February, you’re in for a treat! February in Paris comes with the New Chinese Year (this year on 1 February 2022), and the New Year’s Parade and Chinese New Year food in Paris 13 is something not to miss.
Paris has 3 Chinese communities, located in Paris 2 (the oldest one), Paris 10, and Paris 13. They are all organizing big events to celebrate the Year of the Ox in these three districts of Paris.
TREAT YOURSELF TO A STEAMY HAMMAM AT THE GRANDE MOSQUÉE
After a busy day exploring Paris, treat yourself to a steamy hammam at the Grande Mosquée de Paris.
In the Latin Quarter, the Mosque of Paris offers within its walls one of the best hammams of the city, and it was entirely renovated in 2019.
For 20 €, you will discover a hammam that looks like the real hammams of the Maghreb: a succession of rooms with different temperatures. For an additional cost, you can ask for a massage performed by real professionals.
The hammam is open every day from 10 am to 9 pm. Note that this hammam is only for women.
CONSIDER A DAY TRIP TO DUNKIRK TO CELEBRATE THE CARNIVAL
February is also the month of the Carnival. Carnival in Paris is not as traditional as in other parts of Europe so if you like this kind of event, consider a day trip to Dunkirk (Dunkerque), in northern France.
Dunkirk is located only two hours from Paris by direct TGV train, and they know how to celebrate carnival!!
Dunkirk holds one of France’s best carnivals, running from the end of January to mid-March. Dunkirk’s unique carnival traditions date back to 18th-century farewell feasts, which were given in honor of the cod fishermen who were about to depart for Iceland.
If you can, try to visit Dunkirk one of the three days before Ash Wednesday, when the fisher music bands parade the streets confronting each other with songs.
VISIT THE HAPPIEST PLACE IN FRANCE (RIGHT NOW) WITHOUT THE CROWDS
A day trip to Disneyland Paris is always a good idea, especially if you don’t have to wait in line to enjoy the most popular Disneyland Paris rides. Enjoy the Caribbean, the Far West, or Adventureland without the crows and winter-themed celebrations and parades with Frozen and her tribe.
February in Paris Disneyland is still low season and the entrance to the parks is cheaper than in other months – Click here to buy your Disneyland Paris tickets
TIP: extend your Disney experience, spend one night or two at one of the hotels near Disneyland Paris with a free shuttle bus.
FUN SOIRÉE IN A PARISIAN CABARET
A cabaret show with dinner is a good way to spend a fun evening in Paris. Enjoy an entertaining show with can-can, music, and extravaganza whilst sipping a glass of wine or champagne.
The Lido, Moulin Rouge, Paradis Latin… There are many good cabarets in Paris and choosing only one is always hard. To help you choose your cabaret experience, check out our Paris Cabarets Guide with the best cabarets in Paris.
TAKE A COOKING CLASS IN PARIS
Cooking lessons are a great way to learn about delicious food in Paris whilst having fun. Cooking classes help to immerse yourself in the local culture and it is also a great way to connect with other foodies in Paris.
Add a cooking lesson in Paris to improve your cooking skills and learn how to prepare the best traditional food in Paris.
There are many cooking classes available in Paris but the French pastry cooking classes are always the most popular. Here’s the list of our favorites.
ORGANIZE A FONDUE NIGHT WITH YOUR TRIBE
A night of February in Paris calls for a hot and comforting fondue with your tribe. There are many places to enjoy a fondue in Paris; here’s the list of our favorites:
- Il Cottage. 1, Boulevard Lannes, 75006 Paris
- Pain, Vin, Fromages. 3, rue Geoffrey-l’Angevin, 75004 Paris
- Le Chalet Savoyard. 58, rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris
If you are renting a furnished apartment in Paris, you can organize a fondue party in your ‘Parisian home’ if you have the right tools. For this, you will need alpine cheeses soon-to-be-melted, a crispy baguette, salad, cold cuts, and white Savoye wine.
CHECK OUT THE TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS IN FEBRUARY IN PARIS 2022
February in Paris (and winter in general) is a great time for museum-going. It is worth checking the list of temporary exhibitions, especially if this is not your first time in Paris.
We still don’t have the full list of exhibitions scheduled for February in Paris 2022. Keep clicking for the latest updates!
Paris-Athènes – Naissance de la Grèce moderne 1675-1919 at Musée du Louvre, from 30 September 2021 to 7 February 2022.
David Hockney. A Year in Normandie, at Musée de l’Orangerie, from 13 October 2021 to 14 February 2022.
La Collection Morozov – Icônes de l’Art Moderne at Fondation Louis-Vuitton Paris, from 22 September 2021 to 22 February 2022.
Cézanne, Lumières de Prvence at Atélier des Lumières, from 18 February 2022 to 2 January 2023.
Thierry Mugler, Couturissime at MAD-Musée des Arts Décoratifs, from 30 September 2021 to 24 April 2022.
Le Monde de Steve McCurry – Musée Maillol, from 9 December 2021 to 29 May 2022.
Baselitz – La rétrospective – Centre Pompidou, from 20 October 2021 to 7 March 2022.
Bertrand Lavier – Bourse de Commerce, from 19 May 2021 to 1 July 2022.
NEED MORE IDEAS FOR FEBRUARY IN PARIS?
Need more inspiration for your trip to Paris in February? Check out our articles January in Paris and March in Paris. Some of the activities proposed in these pieces are also great for February in Paris.
Where to Stay in Paris in February
We recommend Booking.com for booking your hotel in Paris. They have a wide variety of accommodation of all kinds and good rates. In addition, they propose the option to cancel for free, most of the time up to 24 hours.
SLEEP WITH EIFFEL TOWER VIEWS
If you have the budget, why not treat yourself to the pleasure of waking up with an amazing Eiffel Tower balcony view?
Some of the best hotels in Paris also come with awesome views of the Eiffel Tower, especially beautiful during its night show!
The good news is that a cozy room with Eiffel Tower views is not exclusive to the best hotels in Paris. If you are looking for a more local experience, there are also beautiful, fully equipped apartments to rent with amazing Eiffel Tower views
HOTELS AT LE MARAIS IN PARIS 4
Le Marais is a central neighborhood in the Seine’s Right Bank perfect to set your base in Paris, especially if you are visiting Paris for the first time. It is beautiful, well connected by the metro, and with many beautiful cafes and restaurant options.
HOTEL DE JOSEPHINE DE BONAPARTE, Paris 4, $$$$
Located in a former convent, this charming hotel is inspired by Napoleon’s wife, Joséphine de Bonaparte. Its unique decorated rooms are elegant and romantic and its cozy saloons are the perfect place for a last glass of wine.
HOTEL FRANCE LOUVRE, Paris 4, $$$
Hotel France Louvre is a typical Haussmaniann-style hotel located in Le Marais. The rooms are small but cozy, all elegantly furnished in Louis XIV style. Some of them have lovely views over Hôtel de Ville and Tour Saint Jacques.
HOTELS AT SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS
The neighborhood of Saint-Germain, on the Left Bank, is a great place to put your luggage down in Paris, especially if you are visiting Paris for the first time. It is picturesque and central, with many entertainments, beautiful cafes, and restaurant options.
XRELAIS CHRISTINE; Paris 6, $$$$
This hotel is set in a 16th-century private mansion in the heart of Saint Germain-des-Prés. Its rooms are unique, and designed in different styles. Guests can enjoy elegant common spaces, a garden, a spa, and a fitness center.
HOTEL CHAPLAIN PARIS RIVE GAUCHE: Paris 6, $$$
This chic and modern hotel is located only a few meters from Luxembourg Gardens and is one of the best mid-range hotels in Saint-Germain. The rooms are fancy and colorful. We especially like its chic dining area and floral courtyard, where you can take your breakfast or a drink.
We hope you enjoyed this February in Paris 2022 quick guide and it helped you plan your trip to Paris in February. Bon voyage!