6 Sexy Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day (or Any Day) in Paris 

6 Sexy Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day (or Any Day) in Paris 

Valentine's day in Paris
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Roses, Moulin Rouge show, dinner cruise on the Seine, Champagne toast with the Eiffel Tower sparkling in the background… zzzzzz. Oh, sorry, did I nod off? It’s just hard to get excited about the same old predictable “romantic” tour of Paris. Maybe it’s nice if you’re still in the “lust at first sight” phase with Paris (in which case, I hope your partner feels the same or he’ll start feeling like a third wheel!), but if you’ve been there and done that, or find all of that too tacky to even consider, then you need some new options to sex up the evening.

Valentine's day in Paris: cabaret burlesque
Photo: Cabaret Burlesque

1. In the Mood for a Good Striptease

Le Cabaret Burlesque show is now playing at La Nouvelle Seine, a péniche moored along the river, and it’s a fine alternative to the Vegas-style cabarets. Every Friday and Saturday night Valentina del Pearls’ retro-style pinup burlesque troupe performs their bawdy mix of audacious strip-tease entertainment for a young crowd of locals in an intimate setting, right at the foot of Notre Dame… you can confess on Sunday.

Address: La Nouvelle Seine, 3 Quai de Montebello, 75005 Paris Tickets: €21.

Valentine's day in Paris:: taverne medieval
Photo: Taverne Medieval

2. Shake Loose in a Costume

If you’ve always wanted to dress up like your favorite historic heroine and dance the night away with your troubadour in a 14th-century cave, check out the regular evenings at the Taverne Médiévale at the Caves St-Sabin in the northeast end of Paris. Costume rentals on site to join in on the fun.

Address: Caves St-Sabin, 50 rue Saint Sabin, 75011 Paris

Valentine's day in Paris: nude painting
Jean Baptiste Corot, Marietta, l’odalisque romaine, 1843, Petit Palais, musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris,© Petit Palais/Roger-Viollet

3. Cerebral Stimulation

If your lover is more of a bookish type, don’t miss the final days of the exhibition Hugo Eros: Entre Pudeur et Excès (Hugo Eros: between Modesty and Excess) at the Maison Victor Hugo (Place des Vosges). Statues, photos and other artworks by Rodin, Corot, Courbet, Ingres and Delacroix evoke how the author swung back and forth between both extremes in his novels, from the chaste Cosette in Les Miserables to the sinful passions unleashed in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Through February 21st, tickets €5-€7 (audio guides in English for €5).

Address: Maison Victor Hugo, 6 Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris


Valentine's day in Paris:: club Raye
Photo: Club Raye

4. Classy Coupling

For classy couples looking for a night out on the town, Club Rayé in the heart of Paris is the ideal nightspot for dinner, cocktails and live piano entertainment in an elegant retro-style lounge setting. Check out their regular schedule of live performers on the baby grand, or the more intimate events down in the lower-level Kafka Bar. Closed Sundays.

Address: Club Rayé, 26 rue Dussoubs, 75002 Paris


Valentine's day in Paris: Seven Hotel
Photo: Seven Hotel

5. Play Night in a Themed Hotel

Some hotels are more fun than practical, but the size of the closets is not so important if you have the right playmate! To play out your wildest fantasies, book one of the themed suites at the Hotel Seven. Will you be the Bond Girl or 007‘s nemesis in the Secret Agent Suite? Or a showgirl with all the right moves on the dance pole in the Cabaret Suite?

Address: Hotel Seven, 20 rue Berthollet, 75005 Paris

Valentine's day in Paris: Love Circus
Photo: Love Circus

 6. Love Circus for Swinging Couples

Book your tickets now for the much-awaited return of Love Circus at the Folies Bergère, an exuberant comedy cabaret combining musical theatre, naughty burlesque, and circus acrobatics that will have you dancing in the aisles of the historic Folies Bergère. From April 24 through May 29, tickets €29 to €85. Yes, you’ll have to wait, but anticipation is an aphrodisiac, non?

Address: Folies Bergère, 32 Rue Richer, 75009 Paris

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Heather Stimmler-Hall
Heather Stimmler-Hall is a professional travel writer and private tour guide living in France since 1995. After her first job working at ELLE.com, she created the Secrets of Paris in 1999 (www.secretsofparis.com ) and became a full-time freelance travel writer specializing in France. She has written for many international travel magazines, websites and newspapers, was the Paris correspondent for EasyJet inflight magazine for over a decade, and has updated several guidebooks including Fodor’s Guides, and the Michelin Green Guides. Her award-winning book Naughty Paris: A Lady’s Guide to the Sexy City, is now in its second edition. Always looking to share the best Secrets of Paris with visitors in person, Heather has been giving private, customized tours since 2004.


  1. Loved this story and just ordered Heather’s book. I’ve been meaning to buy her book for some time and the special offer here was just too good to pass up! I receive her “Secrets of Paris” newsletter and find it a valuable resource for what’s new in the city. Thumbs up, Inspirelle and Heather.


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