Cupid is hard to ignore, especially in February. If you’re wondering what to do on Valentine’s Day, we’ve put together a guide on the most romantic cities around the world. From flower-filled restaurants in London to French pastry cooking classes in Paris and aura reading in New York, there are so many charming activities to set hearts a flutter.

Confidently woo your partner in one of these top destinations to celebrate Valentine’s Day, wherever you are in the world…

Valentine’s Day in London…

Clos Maggiore

Seemingly tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden, Clos Maggiore is a stunning oasis for couples to discover. With a remarkable wine list, a cherry blossom conservatory and a log fire you’ll want to snuggle up by, it should be no surprise to find out it was recently voted the most romantic restaurant in London.

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With strong influences from Tuscany and Provence, the food at this modern French restaurant is award-winning. We recommend ordering the delicious truffle pappardelle or black angus beef and asking the waiter to pair it with a glass of their finest wine - there are over 2,500 bottles to choose from. Book in advance if you want a table in the conservatory and dress to impress, this is after all one of the most romantic places to visit in London.

Red & Green Route, Stop: Covent Garden

Terrace Bar, Tate Modern

Visiting a famous London attraction like the Tate Modern may not be your first thought when thinking about Valentine’s Day date ideas, but this hidden gem is real game changer. Located on Level 1 of the Blavatnik Building, you can enjoy a scrumptious range of cakes, teas, craft beers and bespoke cocktails, all while experiencing panoramic views of the best sights in London.

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There’s no need to book in advance either, you can very easily make a day of it and wander the various galleries and exhibitions before heading to the Terrace Bar to take in the London skyline. There’s something really charming about looking out across the River Thames with the one you love. Plus, entry into the museum itself is free making this one of the best things to do in London if you’re travelling on a budget.

Red Route, Stop: St Pauls Cathedral

Little Venice

Not heard of Little Venice? Think highly decorated houseboats, tree lined walkways, and on a sunny day a glistening canal where you can casually stroll or sit and watch the world go by. If you’re looking for an unusual Valentine’s Day idea, then a visit to this tranquil neighbourhood may be just the place for you.

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You can go on a boat tour, visit the floating art gallery or simply stop for a bite to eat at the Waterside café, one of the several restaurants on the water. Make your date even more memorable by packing a picnic and laying a blanket for two down in Rembrandt Gardens. Look out for swans, ducks and Egyptian geese nestled along the way.

Blue Route, Stop: Praed Street

Valentine’s Day in Paris…

Epicure

There are few places in the world more romantic than Paris, known as the city of love you should expect marvellous things if you’re thinking of taking a trip here in February. One of our favourite places for couples to dine on delicious fancies is Epicure, a gastronomic French restaurant headed by three Michelin star chef Eric Frechon. The menu may be on the expensive side but one taste of the black truffle stuffed macaroni and it’s instantly worth it.

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Known as one of the most romantic restaurants in Paris, booking a table here is our top pick for a special Valentine’s Day treat. If you and your partner are foodies visiting Paris, this is a once in a lifetime experience and the tasting menu priced at €340pp is the option most diners go for. A suit jacket is required for men and booking in advance is a must.

Red Route, Stop: Grand Palais

Pâtisserie à la Carte

Those who know the popular saying ‘teach a man to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime’ will appreciate this cooking class designed to teach you how to make famous French confectionary, like macarons, croissants and eclairs. The classes at Pâtisserie à la Carte

are taught in English and focus on the simple techniques and skills you need to master to make your own pastries at home.

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If you’re looking for a quirky date idea, then look no further. With up to 6 people per class, this is an intimate activity to do on Valentine’s Day is Paris and will leave you with a treat for your sweet to enjoy afterwards.

Blue Route, Stop: Gare du Nord

Bateaux Parisiens

When you’re in Paris one of the most romantic Valentine’s Day activities is going on an evening boat cruise. Boarding near the Eiffel Tower at 7.30pm with a prompt 9pm departure, you can fall in love with the most iconic Paris landmarks on dry land before embarking on a sophisticated experience aboard Bateaux Parisiens.

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The three-hour cruise includes an all-inclusive a la carte menu with a selection of wines and live-music entertainment to serenade you and your loved one well into the night. Have a candlelit dinner in this magical setting with panoramic views of Paris, which is illuminated beautifully once the sun sets.

Red Route, Stop: Tour Eiffel

Valentine’s Day in New York…

The River Café

The River Café is one of the most romantic restaurants in New York and is also the best place for stunning views of downtown Manhattan. Continuing our theme of luxurious fine dining, this New American restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star and attracts guests from around the world. Celebrating being open for 40 years in 2017 with a retrospective look at its feasts and firsts, this is a New York institution nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge that is not to be missed.

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Wear formal attire and order the fresh oysters to start followed by the rack of lamb or Nova Scotian lobster. For dessert, we recommend the irresistible chocolate Brooklyn Bridge, shaped like its sparkling namesake.

Red Route, Stop: South Street Seaport

Magic Jewelry

Probably the most unusual suggestion on our list of top things to do in New York on Valentine’s Day is getting your aura photographed. Head to Magic Jewelry, a hidden gem in Chinatown for delicious dim-sum and then find out how intertwined your energies are. Those who go with an open mind can discover more about the vibe they give off individually and as a couple.

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And if you’re wondering how it all works, it couldn’t be more straightforward. You’ll pose for a photo that measures your aura and then be presented with a copy that you can then discuss with the staff at the store. Whether you believe in it or not, it’s definitely a unique and interesting way to spend Valentine’s Day together.

Red Route, Stop: Chinatown

Daybreaker New York

Although Valentine’s Day is the most romantic holiday of them all, your celebrations don’t have to be traditional or overly amorous. Enter Daybreaker, a morning dance party in NYC where guests are encouraged to lose their inhibitions in an alcohol-free zone.

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Perfect for morning people, this New York activity starts early with a class of yoga that packs a punch, followed by a 2-hour dance party and a cool down period with free coffee, juices and breakfast bits. The event then turns into a secret concert that showcases upcoming local talent and ends with a masterclass in the power of intention and saying ‘yes’. If you manage to get tickets to one of Daybreaker’s pop up events you won’t regret it. Remember, couples that play together, stay together.

Valentine’s Day in Rome…

Ad Hoc Restaurant

Minutes away from the Spanish Steps, Ad Hoc is one of the most romantic restaurants in Rome. Expect to be greeted warmly and led to your table where you’ll receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and a sample plate of the truffles on the menu. You can easily spend an entire evening gazing into your partners eyes. It’s a very intimate setting and if you manage to divert your eyes away from each other and the menu, you’ll also notice that all the walls are adorned with wine bottles.

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The reasonably priced tasting menu with wine pairings offers a delectable selection of some of the best dishes from the a la carte menu without breaking the bank. Although it’s not usually necessary, booking in advance is encouraged over the Valentine’s Day period.

Red Route, Stop: Ludovisi/Spanish Steps

Happy Rent

If you have a valid driver’s license renting a Vespa is one of the most magical ways to sightsee around Rome. Ever since the first Vespa hit the roads of Rome in 1946, travelling by one has become a Roman institution. Ask the Romans and they’ll tell you there’s no better way to explore the Eternal City with the one you love than on their chosen method of transportation. There are numerous places to rent one for yourself, but Happy Rent is a recommended outlet.

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Beat the crowds and weave through the traffic to get to all the top Rome attractions and landmarks with ease. You’ll get the freedom to visit the landmarks at the time most convenient for you and better yet, you can nip down the side streets to find the hidden gelato spots along the way. Is there anything better than indulging on ice cream with the one you love?

Red & Purple Route, Stop: Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore

Alembic

Paint & Wine evenings at the Alembic are a creative way to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Rome. With no prior experience needed to attend the class it’s perfect for any couple that fancies getting in touch with their arty side.

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The class lasts a little over 2 hours and painters are given step-by-step instructions by Lauren Lombardo, the New York artist in charge of the event. The Alembic provide everything you need to create a masterpiece, and if you need help expressing yourself, grab an aperitif handed out throughout the class. You’ll get to keep your work of art as a memento for your time in Rome and your Valentine’s Day together.

Red & Purple Route, Stop: Piazza Venezia

Valentine’s Day in Vienna…

Mini

From the outside looking in, Mini doesn’t seem that impressive but looks can definitely be deceiving. Walk through the doors and you’ll discover a contemporary restaurant complete with its own wine bar and contemporary jazz lounge. If that isn’t enough to convince you it’s one of the most romantic restaurants in Vienna, rest assured the food here is worth writing home about too. Pick the Hungarian goulash soup, roasted duck and wild mushroom risotto or their wiener schnitzel and get ready to feast on the very best cuisine this Valentine’s Day.

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Getting a table is relatively easy except on Sunday’s when most places close early. On a warm day we suggest asking to be seated in the courtyard to enjoy your lunch or dinner al fresco.

Blue Route, Stop: Mariahilfer Straße/Ibis Hotel

Winery Cobenzl

If you’ve been thinking of visiting a vineyard, Valentine’s Day is a great time to do so. It may be slightly off the beaten track but Winery Cobenzl is a fantastic date location in Vienna. Guests can learn all about the pressing process and get insight into the magical art of making wine.

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Choose the guided tour and you’ll be taken around the press house, cellar and experience an authentic wine tasting before being given the chance to purchase your favourites. Impress your friends back home with all the information you and your partner learn about the different red, white and rosés.

Prater

One for the thrill seekers, Prater is a fun-filled amusement park located in Vienna’s 2nd district. One of the parks best attractions is a 64.75-metre-tall Ferris wheel standing tall and waiting to be ridden. Built in 1897 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef I, its known as a moving tradition amongst the locals and still remains a magical way to spend an evening, especially if you’re visiting around Valentine’s Day.

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Far from your average Ferris wheel experience, you can book private and luxury cabins for candlelit dinners and cocktails in the sky, perfect for wooing your other half all over again.

Red Route, Stop: Prater

Pick any of the activities on our list of romantic things to do and you’re guaranteed a memorable Valentine’s Day. Make the most of your time in your chosen city and hop on a Big Bus tour whilst you’re there too. It’s the easiest and safest way to visit all the attractions, landmarks and noteworthy sights in over 20 cities. Plus, with the option to hop off and explore when you want to, you can discover Rome, Vienna, Paris and more at your own pace.