Paris in February shows signs of a thaw. It's well known that Parisians loathe the winter months with a kind of drama that only they could manage-- but they also love romance. February is the perfect antidote to the end-of-winter gloom and doom, with Valentine's Day giving locals and visitors alike a perfect excuse for fabulous dinners, dancing, strolling, and-- not to be neglected-- chocolate. With so many romantic things to do on or around Valentine's Day, Paris in February can really be a festive and warm time.
For single visitors, not to worry: Paris in February also provides colorful events not reserved for those attached at the hip: events like Chinese New Year, when processions of vibrant dragons and dancers bring the streets of south Paris alive.
Another perk: February is low season in Paris, so provided you reserve well ahead, you should be able to get a good deal on flights in February.
And because tourism is in a low ebb compared to the spring or summer, visiting Paris in February also provides great opportunities for getting a closer look at some of the city's best attractions, such as Notre Dame Cathedral or the Eiffel Tower. You'll finally be able to take as much time as you want contemplating your favorite monuments or works of art.
February also sees the frenzied end of Paris' annual winter sales: a perfect time to take advantage of the city's best shopping districts.
Finally, chilly February provides ample opportunities to laze, read, and people watch in the city's many charming cafes, so be sure to pack plenty of books and magazines for your trip. For those interested in Paris intellectual history, cafe-hopping in the city's historical Latin Quarter or in Saint-Germain-des-Près would be a great way to spend part of a day.
The February Thermometer
- Minimum temperature: 3 degrees C (35.6 degrees F)
- Maximum temperature: 8 degrees C (46.4 degrees F)
- Average temperature: 2 degrees C (37.4 degrees F)
- Average rainfall: 39 millimeters (1.5 inches)