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Valentine's Day: 5 opportunities to discover why

Saint-Germain-des-Prés is made for lovers

For a Pastoral Valentine’s Day…

Winter or summer, it is always a joy to stroll hand-in-hand along the bucolic treelined alleys of the Jardin du Luxembourg, or relax by the famous Medici Fountain, a historical monument registered in 1889. Just ten minutes or so away by foot, you can enjoy an enchanting view from the Quai des Grands Augustins, the perfect site for watching the sun set over Paris.

 

For a cultural Valentine’s day…

A stone’s throw from the hotel stands the imposing Théâtre de l’Odéon. Inaugurated in 1782, it is the oldest theatre standing in Paris, and is a registered historic monument since 1947. Throughout the year, it presents a cornucopia of theatrical productions, including cutting-edge and conceptual works.
This season’s line-up includes the Glass Menagerie, adapted from the work by Tennessee Williams, which puts Isabelle Huppert in one of the great roles of the American repertory. Premieres on 6 March.

And, good news for non-French speakers: the theatre offers performances with English subtitles several Saturdays each month.

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For a cosy Valentine’s Day…

Between two walks about town, take a break over an old-fashioned hot chocolate in one of the neighbourhood’s many cafés. Two are definitely not to be missed, the historic Café de Flore  and the Deux Magots next door. More of a tea person? You will be delighted by the intimate, cosy tearoom at Mariage Frères.

For an unusual Valentine’s Day…

A little gem nestled in the heart of Paris, the hidden garden of Catherine Labouré, a true haven of idyllic serenity, is certainly worth a detail. To transcend the ordinary in visiting the neighbourhood and the rest of Paris, you can also climb in for a drive in an authentic vintage 2CV with Paris Authentic or 4 roues sous 1 parapluie.

For a tasty Valentine’s Day…

For those with a sweet tooth, a stop at Maison Mulot, THE most historic patisserie of all Saint-Germain-des-Prés, is an absolute must, or perhaps one of the celebrated boutiques Ladurée on the Rue Bonaparte. Let yourself be tempted by their macaroons flavoured with vanilla or orange flower, and perhaps try the rosewater ones.
As for dining, our choice falls on the gastronomic cuisine of the storied restaurant Lapérouse, where George Sand and Alfred de Musset first flirted and then met for close to two years.

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