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February in Paris 
All you need to know to visit Paris in February 2021.
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 a great month for sightseeing in Paris and enjoy the fun atmosphere of festivals like carnival 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 2021.
Heads Up! We are working hard to be accurate but these are unusual times so please always check before heading out.
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 2021
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.
13th February to 1st March 2021 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.
14th of February (St. Valentine’s Day) and the days around this date is 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. On the Eiffel Tower website, you can purchase tickets up to 3 months in advance. However, with Get Your Guide, you can purchase Eiffel Tower tickets even earlier, so we recommend this option for special days like St. Valentine’s Day.
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 . . .
Need insurance for France? Be sure to check France travel insurance rates and coverage with our recommended provider, SafetyWing.
Best Things to Do in Paris in February 2021
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:
- Paris in one day
- Paris in two days
- Paris in three days
- Paris in four days
- Paris in five days
- Paris in six days
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 2021, with something for everyone. Some of the dates and activities are still to be confirmed, so keep clicking for the latest updates.
LOCKDOWN EASING IN FRANCE 2021
- The terraces of cafés and restaurants will open on 19 May.
- Cafés and restaurants (inside) will open on 9 June.
- Museums, cultural spaces, theaters, cinemas, and cabarets will open on 19 May.
- Non-essential shops will open on 19 May.
- Fairs, exhibition halls will open on 9 June.
- Foreign tourists will be able to travel to France from 9 June. Click here for the list of countries allowed to travel to France and the requirements to enter.
- Curfew in all the French territory from 7 pm to 6 am. Then from 9 pm to 6 am (19 May to 8 June), from 11 pm to 6 am (9 to 30 June).
CELEBRATE THE CRÊPES DAY
On 2 February (Candlemas), France also celebrates the 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
– Events to be confirmed –
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 12 February 2021), 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
– This event is cancelled –
February is also the month of 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
– Disneyland Paris will remain closed until 2 April 2021 –
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.
TIP: extend your Disney experience, spend one night or two at one of the hotels near Disneyland Paris with a free shuttle bus.
– Parisian cabarets will remain closed until further notice –
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.
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 2021
– Museums and galleries in Paris will remain closed until further notice –
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.
Here’s the list of the most interesting exhibitions planned (so far) for February in Paris 2021.
Gabrielle Chanel, iconic fashion designer. This is her first retrospective at the Palais Galliera, from 1 October 2020 to 14 March 2021.
The Matisse exhibition at Centre Pompidou, from 21 October 2020 to 22 February 2021.
Louis de Funès, at La Cinémathèque de Paris, from 15 July 2020 to 30 May 2021.
Pierres Précieuses (gemstones) at Grande Galérie de l’Evolution, from 16 September 2020 to 14 June 2021.
Watch out for the new digital exhibition at Atelier des Lumières, ‘Dalí, l’Énigme Sans Fin’ (Dalí, the endless enigma), starting on 12 February 2021. New!
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 treating yourself with 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 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, in 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, central, with many entertainments, beautiful cafes and restaurant options.
XRELAIS CHRISTINE; Paris 6, $$$$
This hotel is set in a 16th-century private mansion in the heart of Saint Germain-des-Prés. Its rooms are unique, designed in different styles. Guests can enjoy elegant common spaces, a garden, a spa, and a fitness center.
HOTEL CHAPLAIN PARIS RIVE GAUCHE: Paris 6, $$$
This chic and modern hotel is located only a few meters from Luxembourg Gardens 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 2021 quick guide and it helped you plan your trip to Paris in February. Bon voyage!