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Solo Travel Paris: 21 Amazing Things to do Alone in Paris

Solo travel Paris sounds crazy, right? I get it. Traveling to Paris alone and conquering solo female in Paris are two things that don’t match the mystique that surrounds this enchanting city.

You know, especially with all those romantic Paris quotes running through your mind.

To me, Paris, France has a reputation for being one of the world’s most romantic cities.

This is a stereotype that has been accentuated by such cartoon icons as my good old friend Pepe LePue, who was a lover and a skunk with a distinctly French accent. Coincidence? I think not.

So it should come as no surprise that when I hear the word “Paris”, Paris solo travel doesn’t really come to mind.

Instead, images of couples holding hands and smoking cigarettes along the Seine, mystically dance through my head.

But, as my time alone in Paris went on, I started to realize that I could enjoy solo female travel in Paris.

Heck, I even began to love traveling to Paris in one day alone, and it wasn’t because I was trolling along the locks of love bridge, looking for Mr. Right Now.

Instead, I saw Paris as my partner in crime. I mean, this is an iconic city that is full of beauty, history, and an intriguing amount of charm.

That’s why I created a Paris solo itinerary that won’t force you to binge-watch romantic comedies on Netflix while sobbing into a gallon jug of ice cream.

These are the sites that don’t suck while exploring Paris alone. Actually, these places are even better when you’re visiting Paris alone because Paris itself is the only significant other that you really need.

So here’s my abbreviated list of things to do in Paris alone.

It is filled with helpful Paris solo travel tips like things to do alone in Paris at night, how to meet solo travelers in Paris, and information about the best hostel in Paris for solo travelers.

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⏰ Looking for epic solo activities in Paris? I highly recommend prebooking and visiting the Catacombs of Paris. It is super cool to be wandering around under the city! ⏰

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6 Essential Solo Travel Paris Tips

Solo travel in Paris is amazing, but there are a few Paris Safety concerns that you will want to watch out for.

Paris is undoubtedly, a beautiful town/city/whatever you wanna call it. Unfortunately though some people are going to use this snazzy little fact against you.

See, because Paris is enchanting AF, many people are lulled into this false sense of security and immediately think, “Oh well, it’s Paris, so it’s OBVIOUSLY safe.”

And while that assumption isn’t ENTIRELY wrong, Paris definitely has its own set of safety concerns, at least for anyone who is looking to solo travel Paris.

That’s why when traveling to Paris alone, you should definitely take the following precautions.

1. Watch Out for Pickpockets

A question that my fellow, solo female travelers often ask me is, “Is Paris Safe?” “Is it safe to travel to Paris alone?”

And while I generally consider the answer to be an emphatic, “YES!”, there are definitely a few things that you’re maybe, not-so-eagle-eyes will have to look out for. And pickpockets are one of them! Because sadly pickpockets are a HUGE problem in Paris.

I know, sad, but true. Because, in reality, there are a number of light-fingered individuals who will be only too happy to separate you from your hard-earned cash.

Because having your wallet stolen is a very, un-fun experience indeed, you’ll want to avoid this not-so-glam travel situation at ALL costs.

Therefore to minimize the risk of getting burgled, take extra care in the Metro, in busy tourist areas around the Eiffel Tower (particularly in Trocadero), and in lines for popular, Paris attractions, like the Louvre or while dining at Le Chat Noir Paris.

It’s also a good idea to keep your valuables in an anti-theft, Pacsafe messenger bag, and to always have two different bank cards with you, while you travel – one on your person and one that should be securely stowed away in the safe of your hotel room, lest the worst should happen.

2. Stay Safe in Paris and Watch Out for Common Scams

When considering safety in Paris for tourists another thing that you’ll wanna be on the lookout for are scams since Paris is an unofficial haven of sorts for everyone’s favorite travel foe…scam artists (Note the intense level of sarcasm that those words were written with)!

So apart from good ol’ tricks like someone handing you a rose or bracelet, and then demanding payment for it (I don’t know about you, but I’m not in the habit of accepting flowers from total strangers in my normal life, let alone when I travel), another common one is the jewelry scam. 

See you’ll be delightedly walking along, minding your own biz, when, all of a sudden, BAM, someone will tap you on the shoulder and hurriedly ask if you’ve dropped either a ring or some other piece of fancy schmancy jewelry. 

Then while you’re distracted, this seemingly, good samaritan will happily go through your purse and help themselves to anything that seems mildly valuable.

However there is another variation of this scam, in which the would-be scammer will try and sell you an incredibly CHEAP piece of jewelry (it’s usually a “gold” ring) that they found, for an extremely inflated price.

And while neither situation is cool in my books, a firm “non” should suffice, as you briskly walk away from the situation.

See? Minor disaster averted! Hooray!

3. Avoid The Perhaps, Not-So-Nice Parisian Neighborhoods.

Montmartre is a must-see neighborhood when you solo travel Paris...but maybe not at night...when you're all alone.
Montmartre is a must-see neighborhood when you solo travel Paris…but maybe not at night…when you’re all alone.

Not surprisingly, Paris is one of the biggest cities in the entire world. Therefore it should come as no surprise that the so-called, City of Lights, comes with its own set of social problems.

Because country to popular belief not every neighborhood in the city is filled with chic, shining boulevards with Ferraris parked on the curb.

I mean just take a stroll through the outskirts of the city, and you’ll encounter some pretty rough areas that are best avoided (and that’s saying something coming from a New Yorker), at least if Paris safety is something that’s a concern of yours.

You’ll also want to be extra cautious when walking around well-known areas, like Pigalle and Montmartre, in the evening.

Because, believe it or not these areas are actually in the historically, seedy part of town (Sacre-Coeur was built with the intention of imposing some semblance of moral order into an area that was overrun with cabarets and brothels, hence the Moulin Rouge just down the street), and are definitely not awesome neighborhoods to be walking around…at night…all alone.

4. Don’t Give Money to Beggars

Okay I know this may come as a bit of a shock But if you arrive in Paris by either car or bus, you’ll likely encounter a proliferation of shanty towns throughout the outskirts of the city – a fact that is quite surprising to anyone expecting a metropolis full of nothing but poodles and various other symbols of prosperous living. 

Typically these impoverished areas are the homes of refugees and asylum-seekers, individuals who are fleeing from war-torn countries and life-threatening situations. 

And while it is beyond normal (and probably even expected) to feel sympathy for these people, it’s better to donate to a Paris-based charity than to try and assist in person. 

Trust me on this. These refugee camps tend to be in deprived areas (the most famous of which is under a ring road) and are typically frequented by drug users.

Which is probably not a scene that you’re into if Paris safety is a concern of yours.

5. Try To Blend in With the Locals

Now we’ve already gone through a ton of different Paris safety tips here.

But the one question that remains is, “What exactly is the best way to avoid being hassled in Paris?”

Well, I’m not gonna lie. The answer probably won’t surprise you. Because in truth the best way to avoid scams, and not-so-nice people in general, is to try and look like a local. 

Now that doesn’t mean that you need to walk around Paris wearing a beret and carrying hordes of baguettes since that really is just a God-awful stereotype. 

You also don’t really have to spend a small fortune on designer gear. Because believe it or not, you actually CAN look like a total Parisian, just by wearing one or two simple items of clothing.

So if you’re visiting Paris during the summer, then be sure to pack a pair of smart, neutral leggings, that can easily be paired with either a chic t-shirt or a semi-formal piece of knitwear.

And in colder weather wear either a nice-looking puffer jacket or a camel-colored long coat to expertly hide your distinctly non-Parisian ways.

Pro Tip: Not sure what to wear in Paris? Then check out this uber detailed Paris packing list. It contains EVERYTHING that you could ever want to know about dressing like a REAL Parisian.

But for argument’s sake, let’s say that you’ve done ALL this, and the worst still happens. Well then the good news is that most Parisians are actually nothing like the rude, cold human beings that they are commonly thought to be.

I mean I’m sure some Parisians out there are rude AF. But, that just hasn’t been my personal experience. Because during my multiple visits to Paris, I’ve always found locals to be super helpful, especially during difficult situations.

However, Parisians will probably be much more inclined to help you if they actually know what you’re saying.

Translation? Learn at least some basic, French phrases, prior to visiting Paris. And some French phrases that will be BEYOND useful in an emergency situation include:

Non – No

Aidez moi! – Help me!

J’ai besoin d’aide – I need help

Voleur! – Thief!

Urgence! – Emergency!

6. Don’t Forget Your Travel Insurance

Okay, so while you may not be the queen of travel blunders and mishaps (like me), you most definitely still need travel insurance,

Why? Well, even though you’re traveling to a fairly, cosmopolitan city where it’s highly unlikely that you’ll contract some rare, totally heinous disease like Ebola, the truth is that you never really know when some mildly annoying, travel disaster will befall you.

I mean, I for one did not expect to slice my thumb open just minutes before I left for a flight to London. Thankfully a rushed visit to the ER and 3 stitches later, and, SHOCKER, I actually made it to the airport, just in time for my flight.

But, Had things been just the tiniest bit different, then I would have been uber-grateful for my handy dandy, travel insurance policy with Safety Wing

However, the real question is, “Why Safety Wing?”

Well, not only does Safety Wing cover pretty much any destination that you might want to visit (besides SUPER offbeat places like Pakistan), but they also give you a robust amount of coverage that includes almost any travel disaster that may befall you, short of being impaled by a rogue unicorn.

Plus their insurance is SUPER customizable, meaning that you can extend, or even change. your policy while you’re on the road (So, if you last-minute decide to travel somewhere else after you solo travel Paris, then you can totally extend your policy while away from home.).

Amzing no? However, the real question is, what plan should you get? Easy! If all your gear is worth less than $1000, get the basic plan. However, if you’re a not-so-fancy travel blogger like me and your camera, laptop, tablet, and phone EASILY cost over a $1000, then the explorer plan is where it’s at (both offer emergency medical coverage of up to $100,000).

So, be the responsible travel enthusiast that I know you are and get yout travel insurance NOW!

The Best Time to Visit Paris

Although Paris is beautiful all year long, some seasons really are better for Paris solo travel than others.
Although Paris is beautiful all year long, some seasons really are better for Paris solo travel than others.

Although Paris is prone to year-round awesomeness there are definitely some months during which the City of Lights is infinitely more enjoyable than others – for both you and your wallet!

So here’s a quick little test for you. Close your eyes and imagine Paris in your head. Now, what season is it? 

Chances are that you’ve probably just envisioned a vibrantly, green, springtime scene of this amazing city (bonus points if the Eiffel Tower made a guest appearance in your daydream). 

And you’re not alone. Because everyone and their brother’s, sister’s, cousin’s, dog goes goo-goo ga-ga over Paris in the springtime. I mean there have been songs written about it. Need I say more?

So while Paris is indeed, notoriously lovely throughout the spring, visit during this time of year and you’ll see a SEVERE hike in prices – similarly, prices also increase around Valentine’s Day and the weekends around it.

Okay so if spring isn’t the best time to travel to Paris, then what about summer? Well like with most other cities in Europe, summer usually means huge crowds, long lines, high accommodation prices, and an intense wave of heat and humidity.

That’s why the best time to go to Paris is usually during a shoulder season, so between September and October or February and April. Because this is when prices are cheaper, the city is FAR less crowded, and the weather is pretty dang pleasant, even well into late October!

However Winter in Paris can also be an affordable time to visit. Although:

Prices will rise during Christmas and New Year. It will also be hella cold outside, so dress accordingly!

How to Get from the Paris Airport to the City

Sometimes, getting to and from the airport can prove to be a little tricky. But thankfully, not so with both airports in Paris.
Sometimes, getting to and from the airport can prove to be a little tricky. But thankfully, not so with both airports in Paris.

The good news? Regardless of whether you arrive in Charles De Gaulle airport, or in the more southerly Orly airport, there are a number of different ways that you can easily get into the city center! 

Now catching the train is the most obvious choice, and is a great idea in a country that is known for its fast and efficient rail system. And if you’re arriving at Charles De Gaulle airport?

Well, then you’ll be happy to know that it’s actually incredibly easy to find your way to the airport’s train station (despite the airport itself being freaking huge).

I mean there are literally, signs EVERYWHERE! That’s why it’s impossible, even for a directionally challenged human such as myself, to get lost.

Now once you’ve made it to the train station, you’ll want to take the “B” line all the way to the city centre (Thankfully, CDG airport is a terminus station, so you physically can’t go in the wrong direction.).

However if you arrive in Paris via Orly, you can just board a Metro train from the airport’s south terminal. Once aboard the metro be sure to get off at Antony (that’s a station, not a person) station and transfer to the “B” line, which will be moving towards Charles De Gaulle airport. 

From here you’ll be whisked through through the city center, including the Gare Nord and the station closest to Notre Dame, and can easily get off at whichever station is closest to your hotel.

But if you’re not-so-fond of trains or metros, then you can always just pay a little more, put your feet up, and enjoy the ride on one of the airport’s many, express bus services. 

Personally my favorite is run by Le Bus Direct. I love them because not only can you buy your tickets in advance, online, but they also have regular departures from both Charles De Gaulle and Orly airports. 

Plus these Uber-comfortable buses head straight into the city centre, and make convenient stops at Gare de Lyon, the Eiffel Tower, and the Champs-Elysees. 

And yes you can even use their service to transfer between Charles De Gaulle and Orly! Yup, behold the miracle that is modern, public transportation.

Solo Travel Paris: Best Places to Visit in the City

1. The Catacombs

The macabre, skull-lined walls of the Parisian Catacombs.

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Is there anything LESS romantic than walking through a series of cavernous, underground tunnels, studded with human skulls, and various other human remains?

Exactly, making this the perfect Paris attraction for solo travelers. Throw in some dark, damp, and uber creepy tunnels and you begin to feel like you are in a horror movie where the serial killer is just wanting to jump out at you while you are innocently listening to your audioguide (insert creepy yet suspenseful horror music here).

Now in case you don’t know what the catacombs are, they are a series of tunnels and quarries that were used to house human remains from the Cemetery of the Innocents when the Cemetery became a source of infection for local residents in 1785..

To address the issue the Council of State decided to prohibit further use of the Cemetery and instead, had the brilliant idea of housing these remains in the disused quarries that later became known as the Catacombs.

But the bottom line is that the Catacombs are super fun and interesting. Just make sure that you get the audio guide because some of the information placards are easily overlooked in the dark and cavernous tunnels.

Pro Tip: The catacombs are on the way to the airport so you can explore them before you head home. They also only took me an hour and a half to go through so a good half day trip. You can also shorten your wait by purchasing a Paris Catacombs SKIP THE LINE TICKET. So worth it.

2. Discover the Saint Germain District

Discover Saint Germain in the heart of the city as you solo travel Paris. It’s a timeless area filled with French charm and is a place where writers, artists, and philosphers have gathered for ages.

It’s a place where solo female travelers in Paris can soak up history, art, and culture around every corner.

So, as a solo female in Paris, Imagine strolling down the charming streets, sipping coffee at legendary spots like Café de Flore, and discovering unique boutiques with vintage treasures.

But that’s not all Saint Germain has to offer. This exciting place is also home to Paris landmarks like Saint-Sulpice Church and the Luxembourg Gardens.

It’s a place that continues to inspire and captivate anyone who decides to solo travel Paris. It offers a taste of Parisian magic that’s a must-experience for anyone seeking a touch of French allure, right in the heart of the City of Lights.

3. Père Lachaise Cemetery

 Père Lachaise Cemetery in the fall during my solo Paris travel trip.

Père Lachaise Cemetery is one of the best sights for females traveling alone in Paris since it’s a beautiful place to take a walk and marvel at the ornate gravestones of the multitude of celebrities buried here.


It’s a cemetery, so you don’t feel this compelling need to hold anyone’s hand. I also love the quaint feel of this picturesque space, with a series of cobbled paths that line an avenue of intricately carved gravestones.

The cemetery is also quite large, at 110 acres and is actually the biggest cemetery in all of Paris.

And while there are many entrances into the cemetery, I suggest using the main entrance on the Boulevard de Ménilmontant since this is where the cemetery office is. Here you can find such essentials as bathrooms, maps, and even guided tours.

Now I cannot emphasize this enough, use the restrooms before you enter the cemetery because there is literally nowhere else to use the bathroom. Trust me, you don’t want to end up like me, ducking and diving behind a bush and a gravestone as copious amounts of tourists filter through the cobbled paths.

Also make sure you grab a free map from the administration building since this cemetery is easy to get lost in. Plus all the most famous graves in the cemetery are labeled on this map. So this means that you can have your own little cemetery style scavenger hunt as you find the final resting place of celebrities like Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Chopin, etc.

Because some of the graves are difficult to find, I would plan to spend between two and three hours here, which seems like an eternity (pun intended) but I swear, you won’t be bored to death (Pun intended again. I like to live on the wild side. LoL).

Pro Tip: Be sure to visit the grave of Victor Noir, a journalist who famously died in a duel. Since then, his statue has since become something of a fertility symbol.

Due to the naturalistic style of the sculpture, there is a rather prominent fold in Noir’s trousers. It is said that rubbing this area and leaving a flower in Noir’s hat guarantees that a woman will find a husband within the year.

4. Experience Le Marais Neighbourhood

Take a walk to the Le Marais Neighbourhood which is a charming mix of old-world elegance and modern flair. It is spread out across the 3rd and 4th arrondissements and is a place where anyone who decides to solo travel Paris can deep dive into Parisian culture.

So, visit iconic spots like Place des Vosges, the city’s oldest planned square, or the Picasso Museum, a haven for art enthusiasts.

Afterward, explore trendy boutiques, hip cafes, and experience a bustling nightlife scene that adds to the appeal of this place for solo travelers in Paris. Just don’t forget to savor delicious falafel in the historic Jewish quarter.

5. Sainte-Chapelle

The intoxicating beauty of Sainte-Chapelle is truly awe-inspiring and a must-see when you solo travel Paris.

Another one of the many must do Paris experiences is Sainte-Chapelle. I love it here because I just sit and admire the insanely gorgeous, awe-inspiring assortment of stained glass windows. I just close my eyes and let my soul absorb the peace and serenity that has inhabited these hollow walls.

Honestly though I had never even heard of this place before I visited Paris. The only cathedral I actually associated with Paris, like everyone else on the planet, was Notre Dame.

I mean, it has a Disney movie named after it so clearly, it is something special, right (Wait, there was a book first by Victor Hugo? Just kidding. I swear I don’t get all my information from Disney movies, just 99% of it. LoL)?

Anyway, moving away from Disney, what I love about Sainte-Chappelle is that when the sun hits the enormous and amazingly intricate stained glass windows here, the entire building sparkles.

Rainbows burst to life right before your eyes and you don’t know where to turn because there is simply too much beauty to behold. It honestly feels like the walls have been adorned with exotic gemstones that continually pulsate with color.

Plus, you’ll be so captivated by the beauty here, that you can’t even miss chatting with anyone. You’ll just be too caught up in reading the biblical tales depicted in these stained glass masterpieces to notice anything else.

Pro Tip: Save some money and purchase a Sainte-Chappelle and Conciergerie combined ticket which is totally worth it. Also visit early in the day to avoid the crowds. After you’re done, be sure to treat yourself to some Berthillon, a sumptuous, french ice-cream.

The best Berthillon in Paris is found on the island so be sure to get some while you’re here.***

6. Visit a Botanical Garden

The Paris Botanical Garden, or ‘Jardin des Plantes is a lush oasis in the heart of the City of Light. You can it tucked away on the left bank of the Seine in the 5th arrondissement, where it covers an astounding 28 acres of land.

This haven of greenery features meticulously landscaped gardens, captivating greenhouses, and an impressive global plant collection. There’s a fascinating Natural History Museum and a small zoo too.

Whether you’re seeking serenity or a looking to learn during your solo trip to Paris, the Paris Botanical Garden is a perfect blend of nature and culture.

7. Musee d’Orsay

View of the clock inside the D'Orsay Museum as you look out onto the Tuileries Garden.

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The Musee d’Orsay is hands down my favorite museum in Paris (it’s also one of the best Paris art museums for kids).

Not only is the museum housed in an exquisite, art-nouveau style railway station, but the paintings here literally take your breath away.

Clearly, I had no problem being alone because if someone was there, I probably would have ignored them since the art here is THAT captivating (One of the best solo trips for females).

But it’s easy to be gobsmacked by the works of such iconic masters as Van Gogh, Monet, and Degas.

“A very good range of paintings. Discovered some works I didn’t know – neo-impressionists. Less Van Gogh paintings than I thought there would be. I would go back to have a better look at sculptures on ground floor. This is probably worth the money. In my opinion, musée de l’orangerie is not.”

Kevin (read more reviews now!)

FYI: This list doesn’t even account for the vast amount of refined sculptures that decorate the ground floor. To say this place is a feast for your eyes is the understatement of the century.

And while the museum is large, it is not overbearingly so. Therefore, you can see the three floors of the museum in a day, depending on how leisurely you stroll through the artwork. But, I would get there early since the museum does get pretty crowded, especially on Tuesdays and Sundays.

This museum also has a lovely cafe with delightful food and chic decor. The room has tall ceilings, with large windows that allow the sunlight to envelop the topiary beneath.

Pro Tip: To save time,  buy your Musee d’Orsay Reserved Access 1-Day Admission ticket before you visit. Because let’s be honest, no one likes waiting in line…EVER.

8. Visit Palais Garnier

Exterior of Palais Garnier, just off of rue de la paix. One of the famous streets in paris.

Palais Garnier is an architectural gem that can be found right in the center of Paris, just steps away from the Champs Elysees. In fact, this opulent opera house is located in the 9th arrondissement and is a shining symbol of French grace and culture.

Its construction was completed in 1875, and the palace embodies the city’s cultural legacy, making it a must-see if you decide to solo travel Paris.

Once inside Palais Garnier, you can admire its magnificent Beaux-Arts architecture, including golden balconies, intricate chandeliers, and a grand marble staircase.

Also, try to attend a world-class opera or ballet performance in its lavish auditorium, or join a guided tour to uncover its rich history and hidden treasures during your solo trip to Paris.

9. Walk Along the Seine

A tourist boat cruising along the Seine in the evening during one of the best champagne tours in Paris.

The Seine is one of the things that makes Paris truly amazing. The rich culture and history of Paris make it a very walkable city, with a multitude of self-guided walking tours that you can experience.

That is why you NEED to walk along the Seine! It’s mandatory if you come to Paris. Okay, it’s really not but if you don’t marvel at the Seine then you’ll be missing out.

Because if the people are the soul of Paris, then the Seine is the body that they rely on to breath. This river is an intricate part of Parisian culture, both past, and present, and defines who Parisians are and how they spend their time.

Simply stroll along the boulevard, by the river, and watch as people eat cheese and drink wine along the shore (there’s a fair bit of canoodling and cigarette smoking too).

Friends will laugh and rip open crusty pieces of baguette. Heck, you can even stop and get a massage along the river for only €10.

After your massage, meander along the shore and watch the boats cruise by. Take in the French way of life as it unfolds right before your eyes.

Shops, restaurants, and beach chairs, with beach umbrellas, all dot the shore and make the river a truly exciting and vivacious place to be.

10. Grab A Bite To Eat

We interrupt your regularly scheduled program for a food break! Do you ever feel awkward while eating alone?

Yeah, you and me both. To actually enjoy dining alone in Paris, I always recommend sitting at the bar, visiting a food market, or getting a table outside so that you can enjoy watching the people as they stroll by.

Personally, some of my favorite restaurants for solo dining in Paris include Le Rigmarole, Clown Bar, Creperie Broceliande, Breizh Cafe, and Marché des Enfants Rouges food market.

11. Palais de Tokyo

Typically, I’m not a HUGE modern art person. I appreciate the concept that anything can be art, but can’t muster seem to muster up the energy to get excited about a piece of rope, lying on the floor, that represents the inexplicable pain of the world’s political refugees.

That’s why, when I decided to visit the Palais de Tokyo, I didn’t expect much from this Paris hidden gem. But truthfully, I was gobsmacked (thanks thesaurus) by one of the most unique places in Paris and one of the best modern art museums that I’ve been to.

Somehow these exhibitions transport you into a beautifully quirky, dystopian reality where you contemplate your existence in ways you never thought possible.

Plus there is a lovely outdoor restaurant and club area that is poppin’ things to do in Paris alone at night. Is that what the hipsters say? I’m old and crotchety and clueless

Remember though explore the exterior of the museum, behind the main entrance because this is where you’ll get one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower, with the magnificent Seine River in the foreground.

Pro Tip: This museum doesn’t open until 12 pm but closes at 12 am. So if you arrive before it opens, you can come back later or check out the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris right next door.***

If you want to meet solo travelers in Paris, there are a ton of amazing guided tours throughout Paris, like this Medieval Paris private walking tour.

12. Laduree: Home to Some of the Best Paris Desserts!

Laduree is home to some of the BEST macarons in all of Paris.

I love Laduree. I know it’s cliche but I can’t help it. Words just fail to express the glorious deliciousness of a freshly baked, rose petal macaron.

Sigh, it tastes how love feels. Plus, macarons always taste better in France. So consider it your civic duty to try one sine the macaron is basically a French national treasure.

Besides, this store is actually the Laduree flagship location (there are eight locations in Paris) and first opened in 1862, which is older than many countries across the globe. Yeah, let THAT sink in.

Today this store still has an opulent, upstairs tea room where you can sit, relax, and enjoy full table service amidst the charming, pale green, old-world decor that makes you wonder if you actually left your horse and buggy outside.

But if you feel awkward dining alone in Paris, not to worry since Laduree has a beautiful assortment of macarons and pastries that you can wrap up, for later, at the to go counter.

13. Musee de Montmartre

One of my favorite stops along my walking tour of Montmartre. Musee de Montmartre is probably one of the most charming museums that I’ve ever been to since it is housed in a gorgeous, 17th-century manor house that explains the history of this Parisian neighborhood through paintings, documents, and memorabilia that all commemorate Montmartre’s Bohemian past as a haven for brooding artists.

Plus you can even step inside the recreated studio of the famed painter Suzanne Valadon, who lived and worked along with some of the most famous artists of the age like Dali, Picasso, and more (dare I call it a Surreal experience? Get it? Okay, I’ll stop).

My Favorite Part? The exquisite Renoir Gardens. Not only do you get panoramic views of the surrounding neighborhoods, but you’re also treated to an idyllic garden, filled with charming trees, wooden swings, and narrow, flower-lined walkways that are overgrown with vine encrusted archways.

However, the most fantastic part is that when you follow the pathway downhill and straight back, you’ll find a not-so-secret view of the Clos Montmartre vineyards.

Yeah, it’s one of the last operational vineyards in all of Paris (since the vineyards are closed to the public, this is the best view you’ll get).

Pro Tip 1: If you’re a fan of wine, then you may want to try a cheese and wine walking tour through Marais, one of the prettiest areas in all of Paris. A fantastic way to experience the food culture of this amazing city.***

Pro Tip 2: If you plan to spend a few days in Paris, then get the Paris Card to help you save money in Paris. There are 2, 3, or 6 day passes that give you “free” entry to over 60 attractions. Free my fanny since you have to pay for the pass.***

14. Coffee in Paris

Some solo travelers find it super awkward to dine alone. I get it. You see people all chatting up with their friends and family. There is a buzz in the air and sitting alone just seems different.

Paris gives you a huge reason to challenge that awkwardness. Honestly, you’ll see people from all walks of life trooping through Paris. Many are probably solo travelers like you!

Plus, the coffee culture is huge here so many of the locals will find a quiet spot for a quick cuppa by themselves.

Plus, Paris has some of the cutest cafes in the world. Not only do they serve some epic baked goods and sweets, the cafes in Paris also have some of the best coffee that I have tasted. 

Did I mention that they are ultra cute? Don’t hesitate. Grab a book or a newspaper.

Grab a spot at one of the cafes and order some delicacies. Lean back and relax while you take in the city’s vibe. Relish your time alone. It is one of the best aspects of solo travel in Paris.

15. Walk Along Promenade Plantee ( Coulée Verte René-Dumont)

The ethereal, Promenade Plantee (AKA Coulée Verte René-Dumont) in Paris.

Since I’m from New York, I’m a huge fan of the High Line. Maybe you’ve heard of it? LoL. If not, it’s an above ground, railroad track that was transformed into a beloved, walking promenade that is frequented by tourists and locals alike.

What do I NOT like? The crowds of selfie-stick wielding tourists. So instead of enjoying a leisurely stroll, I feel like I’m being corraled like a herd of cattle.

But this is not the case with Promenade Plantee! Sure, this park is also an above-ground railway track that was converted into an oasis of greenery but it’s much less crowded than the High Line and was actually created first.

Like way back in the ye olde year of 1993. So if you’re looking for a gorgeous green space that you can enjoy by yourself, away from the crowds, then look no further than the Promenade Plantee.

Pro Tip: Enjoy railroad tracks? Then check out La Petite Ceinture, a hauntingly beautiful set of abandoned railroad tracks in Paris.

16. Louvre

View of the louvre during 24 hours in Paris.

The Louvre is HUGE! Trust me! You could spend three days wandering this museum and still not see everything. It is that big.

So why visit it? Honestly I think that the Louvre itself is a work of art. The building is gorgeous. In fact, it was one of the royal residences over two centuries ago. Yes! You can walk inside a palace and be amazed at what royalty lived like!

The Louvre also houses some of the most famous art in the world. You’ve probably heard about the Mona Lisa but there are other noteworthy sculptures and paintings that are on display. Plus it plays host to some intriguing historical exhibits. I absolutely loved the Egyptian exhibit. 

Why is it perfect for solo travel in Paris? Well, I don’t know about you but I hate to be rushed and I sometimes feel obligated to move faster in a museum because other people get bored. Solo travel lets me take my time and take in the sights. 

Plus, the Louvre is always bustling. That means while I’m alone, I’m never truly alone. Listening to the people wandering around, the buzz of activity and the periodic gasps of awe is all the company that I need.

Oh and it gives me a chance to get out of my comfort zone and make friends. Kinda perfect, don’t you think?

Local Tip: This is a great place to take a stroll beneath some Paris covered passages since there are a few nearby.

17. Discover Unicorns At The Musée Cluny

Let’s hop on the unicorn bandwagon for a moment. And no, this isn’t another post about where to find the most Instagrammable, unicorn latte.

Sorry. Instead, the Musée Cluny is a fabulous museum where you can learn all about the origin of unicorns and their historical significance in European society.

Yup, this museum is dedicated to all things Medieval and currently (until November 25, 2019) hosts an exhibit that explores the development and significance of unicorn based myths around the world.

Basically an intellectual approach to our continued infatuation with all things unicorn. At the heart of this exhibit?

A beautiful set of tapestries that are aptly entitled, “The Lady and the Unicorn”, all of which were woven in the 1500s, as society moved from the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance.

Plus this museum is located at the heart of the Latin Quarter, so you can easily explore other top Paris attractions like the Pantheon, Shakespeare and Co. Bookstore, Jardin de Luxembourg, Place St. Michel, Eglise Sulpice, and more.

18. Jardin du Luxembourg

If you choose to solo travel Paris, Jardin du Luxembourg is the perfect place to sit, relax, and enjoy the majestic, natural beauty of Paris.

When traveling solo to Paris it’s impossible to avoid the city’s beautiful public gardens. But really, why would you? 

These ethereal, oasis’ of green space effortlessly transport you back in time, to an era when ladies wore full length dresses, gentlemen donned top hats, and horse drawn carriages ruled the streets and Jardin du Luxembourg is no exception.

Wander through Paris’ second largest park and you’ll be delighted by a plethora of quaint chestnut groves, lush gardens, giddy children sailing 1920’s sailboats along the calm waters of the Grand Bassin pond, vivacious puppet shows captivating the hearts of children at Theatre du Luxembourg, carousels, pony rides, and more.

But it gets better! This iconic, Parisian garden is also home to the French Parliament and has dozens of different varieties of apples that are still grown in the south orchards. Local bees also produce honey in the nearby Rucher du Luxembourg and have done so since the 19th century.

Trust me, it’s a truly magical place that is just big enough to get lost in but not so big that you feel totally overwhelmed and like you could never see it all.

This place also has this beautiful air of nostalgia that leaves you feeling completely at home, even if it’s only your first visit.

A fantastic place to while away a relaxing afternoon while enjoying the mesmerizing beauty of the setting sun.

19. Explore Some of the Local Farmers Markets.

Not surprisingly, food is a BIG deal in Paris. So, if you’re like me and enjoy food even more than breathing, then stop by some of the most amazing farmer’s markets, or Marche, in all of France.

As the months get warmer these charming local markets will pop up throughout the city and provide shoppers with a heartbreakingly beautiful selection of (and delicious) berries, fresh breads, cheeses, and fish that basically look like they’ve been plucked right out of the ocean.

So if you don’t really feel like eating in a restaurant all by yourself, then stock up on some delicious, fresh food here and outfit yourself for a quaint Parisian picnic along the Seine or beneath the iconic, Eiffel Tower.

Personally, though, my two fave famers markets are:

Marche Maubert – This markets operates throughout the week and has permanent stalls for vendors. Stop by on either Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, and enjoy and an enormous produce and flower section. Also, don’t forget to stop by La Maison Isabelle, which won the Gran Prix du Croissant in 2018 (So yeah, this patisserie is kind of sort of a big deal).

Rue Mouffetard Market- Open throughout the morning, between Tuesday and Sunday, this market is an enchanting place to stroll through and soak up some authentic Parisian culture. Which makes total sense when you realize that this market was also featured in Ernest Hemingway’s novel,  A Movable Feast the American, where he referred to this street aa a “wonderful narrow crowded market street which led into the Place Contrescarpe”.

C’est magnifique!

20. Take A Boat Cruise Down The Seine

⭐️ Rating: 4.3/5 (26,606 Reviews) Price: $17.41 per person Duration: 1 hour 📍Meeting Point: Board at Port de la Bourdonnais Details: Read more on Get Your Guide Now!

Now loads of people will tell you that the cruises down the Seine should not be missed if you are traveling through Paris. They aren’t wrong. Many solo travelers assume that this something that is a couple’s thing. That’s where they are so so wrong.

The cruise along the Seine allows you to see Paris from a totally different perspective. They aren’t super expensive either. A one hour trip can cost as little as $17. You will find that there are loads of people on these boats and many of them are solo travelers. It is a good place to meet like minded people too!

Sights that you will see along the way include the Les Invalides, Musee d’Orsay, Notre Dame cathedral Hotel de Ville and more! You obviously will get a chance to see the Eiffel tower too!

21. Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur, meaning “Sacred Heart” in French, stands majestically atop Montmartre, overlooking the city of love. This architectural marvel was built in the late 19th century as a tribute to the fallen soldiers of the Franco-Prussian War. Its gleaming white façade and Roman-Byzantine design make it a true gem of Parisian history and culture.

The views are amazing from here so preferably head here when the weather is good. You can see the whole of Paris sprawling out in front of you. In fact, the view of the city is so much better from here than even from the top of the Eiffel tower. Definitely one of the places that you should add to your solo travel Paris itinerary.

While Sacre Coeur steals the show, there’s more to discover in the neighborhood. Explore the charming streets of Montmartre, where famous artists like Picasso and Van Gogh once roamed.

Lose yourself in the bohemian ambiance, visit the iconic Moulin Rouge, and indulge in a café au lait at a quaint Parisian café. Don’t forget to check out the Place du Tertre, where talented street artists and portrait painters display their craft.

Best Places to Stay in Paris

Is there anything better than a hotel room with a view of the Eiffel Tower? And in case you were wondering, the correct answer to this question is NO!
Is there anything better than a hotel room with a view of the Eiffel Tower? And in case you were wondering, the correct answer to this question is NO!

Paris is one of the most-visited cities in the world. That’s why solo travel Paris and you’ll find plenty of hotels that will satisfy the needs of just about any type of traveler who is sitting there wondering where to stay in Paris.

However that also means that it can all get a bit overwhelming, especially if you’re endlessly scouring the internet, desperately searching for the perfect hotel for YOU!

Because let’s keep it real. I don’t think anyone actually likes having too many choices. Am I right? Well, regardless of how you ACTUALLY feel, pretend that you agree. Because we’re about to swan dive into some of the radest hotels in all of Paris.

Budget Hotels in Paris

1. Kyriad Paris 18 – Porte de Clignancourt – Montmartre

⭐️ Rating: 8.1/10 (3,451 Reviews) Price: $219 per night 📍Location: 78 Boulevard Ornano, 18th arr., Paris Details: Read more on now!

This hotel has a quiet location, away from the busier parts of Montmartre, and comes highly recommended by my fellow solo travelers! 

It’s also situated just opposite of the Porte de Clignancourt metro station (so no need to be wandering the streets late at night), and is right next door to one of the city’s most popular flea markets.

“Hotel is 2 min walking from a metro station. Very comfy bed and pillows. Good air conditioner. Breakfast was varied and plentiful. Clean room and bathroom.”

Jorge (read more reviews now!)

That’s why this hotel is an ideal home base for anyone who wants to endlessly explore the city, and all without those spectacularly high Paris prices that you’ll find at other hotels. Because rooms here start at just $90 per night (cheap for Paris) and include private bathrooms, WiFI, and a complimentary, daily, breakfast buffet.

2. Hotel des Pyrenees, Paris

⭐️ Rating: 7.7/10 (1,969 Reviews) Price: $109 per night 📍Location: 399 bis, rue des Pyrénées, 20th arr., Paris Details: Read more on now!

Located a little further out in the 20th Arrondissement, this clean and comfortable hotel has safe, clean rooms that are also just a short metro ride away from many of Paris’ top attractions.

This budget-friendly hotel is also tucked away in a quiet neighborhood that is known, among Paris solo travelers, for being a safe place. And while rooms here are fairly no-frills, they include all of the basic amenities that you’ll need for a comfortable stay.

“I had a single room while my friends had a double. The size was perfect for one person, and the AC was very helpful. The breakfast delivered to the room was a lovely touch and good value for money. The staff were friendly and helpful, and spoke good English. The location was great, right next to a Metro station.”

Stuart (read more reviews now!)

The prices here are also super-reasonable, with rooms that start at just $86 per night.

That’s why I’m fairly certain that you’ll be 100% satisfied with what you get for this price!

Mid-range Hotels in Paris

3. Royal Saint Michel

⭐️ Rating: 8/10 (1,442 Reviews) Price: $269 per night 📍Location: 3 Boulevard Saint Michel, 5th arr., Paris Details: Read more on now!

No joke this place offers its guests SUCH good value! I mean, you’re basically getting a classically-designed hotel, with a fantastic location (the Latin Quarter, just opposite Notre Dame), that is practically right next door to some of the most important transportation links in the city. 

“The location is excellent, just 30 seconds walk from the station exit. The room and bed are big, can fit 2 big luggages and still can walk around the room.”

Ci (read more reviews now!)

Plus rooms here are actually quiet, even though this exquisite hotel sits along a busy road! Now when it comes to the rooms themselves, they start at $145 per night and are furnished with everything that you’ll need for a comfortable stay. 

So think comfy beds, high-quality linens, and mattress toppers, just to guarantee that you sleep as well as humanly possible!

4. Le Glam’s Hotel

Want to stay somewhere a bit different? How about in a hotel that is chic, trendy, and daringly Parisian? 

Because seriously who DOESN’T want to sleep in a room with giant macarons on the wall? I know I do! So, if all the aforementioned quirkiness sounds perfectly divine to you, then Le Glam is the hotel of your dreams!

Located a bit further away from the city center, this stylish hotel has rooms that start at $147 per night and is within walking distance of both a metro station AND a tram station.

Plus, it’s just a fun place to be, with achingly fashionable decor that transforms this hotel into a veritable, Instagrammer’s paradise.

PS: This hotel gets extra brownie points for its super friendly, and helpful, staff members!

Luxury Hotels in Paris

5. Le Damantin Hotel & Spa

⭐️ Rating: 8.6/10 (952 Reviews) Price: $456 per night 📍Location: 1 Rue Bayard, 8th arr., Paris Details: Read more on now!

What’s the one, quintessential view that everyone wants while they’re in Paris? Why, an exquisite, panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower. DUH!

So, how about a swank AF hotel that will let you endless spy on the Iron Lady, and all from the incredible comfort of your room? I mean, you could literally sit around all day, in a plush robe, and sip champagne while staring at the Eiffel Tower.

“Great location, good breakfast and service overall was very good. Fast check-in. AC worked very well.”

Martin (read more reviews now!)

However, aside from the posh views, this hotel is also known for its friendly staff, soundproofed rooms, and small, but well-maintained pool. And while rooms here do start at a hefty, $400 per night, it’s a small price to pay for in-room views of the Eiffel Tower.

Besides you DESERVE to live the luxe life…even if it’s just while you’re on vacation. This hotel prides itself for giving guests “celebrity treatment with world-class service”.

6. Maison Breguet

⭐️ Rating: 8.5/10 (1,195 Reviews) Price: $4542 per night 📍Location: 8 Rue Bréguet, 11th arr., Paris Details: Read more on now!

And trust me, they’re not wrong. Because this modern, chic, spotlessly clean hotel also has a high-quality, on-site restaurant, as well as a divine spa.

Therefore you can start your day off with a relaxing massage before going the short distance into the city, to enjoy everything that Paris has to offer.

“Such a cozy and amazing hotel!! great and super helpful crew, great location 1 block from the subway, and the hotel even has a super spa!”

Guilherme (read more reviews now!)

Plus, each room here starts at $280 per night and comes fully equipped with all of the facilities that you’d expect from a five-star hotel, making for a beyond, comfortable stay. 

Staff here are also incredibly helpful since literally, no request is too much of a bother!

Where to Eat in Paris

There's nothing more quintessentially French than dining at a street-side cafe in Paris.
There’s nothing more quintessentially French than dining at a street-side cafe in Paris.

As you solo travel Paris eating alone can get, well, kind of awkward. However contrary to popular belief, there are actually a ton of different places in Paris that make dining by yourself feel…pretty dang awesome!

So to avoid feeling like some insanely weird, social pariah, who is constantly dining alone in some swanky, uber-romantic, pinkie’s up while you drink, kind of restaurant, here is a list of some of the BEST places to eat alone while in Paris.

Markets and Bakeries

Although it’s easy to find a reasonably-priced French supermarket, like Carrefour and Franprix, around the city, it’s definitely WAY more fun to check out an actual, local food market. And luckily for you Paris is full of them.

Now, stumble upon one and you’ll not only get amazingly fresh produce, but you’ll also discover a fun, and relatively inexpensive way to take in the sights and travel like a local (sort of)! 

But, where can you find these gems of wonder? Well, some of the city’s most popular food markets include Marche des Enfants Rouge in Le Marais (Centrally located and near many of the city’s top attractions!), and Marche d’Aligre in the 12th Arondissment.

However bakeries and patisseries are also fantastic places to dine alone in Paris. I mean, not only do the baked goods taste amazing, but it’s incredibly easy to go in, get a freshly-baked baguette or croque monsieur, and have an alfresco meal wherever you like!

And some of my personal faves include the universally-loved Coquelicot in Montmartre (It looks like the European bakery of your dreams, with shelf after shelf of dazzling baked goods) and The Smiths Bakery, which produces mouthwatering French quiches despite its seemingly English name!


Le Consulat, one of the most Instagrammable and instantly recognizable cafes in all of Paris.
Le Consulat, one of the most Instagrammable and instantly recognizable cafes in all of Paris.

Paris basically started what we now know of today as the modern café. Therefore it should come as surprise to exactly no one that Paris is home to THE most magnificent café culture on the planet; with the possible exception of Vienna.

No really! You’ll actually struggle to find areas in the city that don’t have a cafe. Plus they’re an ideal place for solo travelers to dine since it’s totally, socially acceptable to eat all by your lonesome in a place like this.

And not only will you enjoy a nice, filling meal, but it’ll also cost you a whole lot less than anything that you’d find at a fancy AF restaurant.

So seriously, what’s not to love? Exactly! Glad we agree.

Now, some of my favies include Zia near the Eiffel Tower (A top-rated, breakfast spot that serves up some divine cakes, including a beyond delicious Dutch baby pancake) and Dose in the Latin Quarter (Think smooth/silky coffee and generous plates full of salad).

Pro Tip: Wanna learn more about all of the amazing cafes in Paris? Then check out my post about 13 of the most famous cafes in Paris.


Don’t be scared by French cuisine. Because in truth it’s really not all snails, frog’s legs, and steak tartare. Plus eating solo at a restaurant in Paris is way more socially acceptable than in many other parts of the world.

But if you’re still not sure whether dining alone is 100% your THING, then you can always try it out at a restaurant that has a bar. Seriously. Dining alone at a restaurant bar is infinitely less awkward than sitting at a table, all by yourself.

Don’t ask me why though. Maybe it’s because you have the bartender to talk to and the bar to stare at?

Who knows. Whatever the reason though, eating alone at a restaurant bar is totally cool, especially since many French restaurants are infinitely less formal than you might think.

And if you’re looking for a top restaurant experience that won’t break the bank (because Paris can get pretty pricey when it comes to food), then check out Il Etait Un Square.

Also don’t make the mistake of assuming that this place is JUST another burger joint. Because, I promise, you definitely won’t find any fast food here. Instead, you’ll be treated to a menu full of high quality burgers that are made fresh daily and served to you in a totally relaxed environment. Making this one of my FAVE restaurants for anyone who wants solo travel Paris. 

However, if you’re looking for something a bit more upscale, and with food that is a smidge healthier, then take advantage of Paris’ thriving Lebanese food scene, with a visit to Olive & Thym. 

Located near the Pompidou Centre, the food here is, DUH, Lebanese (AKA lost of aalafel dishes), but with a unique, western twist, creating a delicious, and healthy, alternative to many of the other restaurants that you’ll find in the city! 

A 4-day, Solo Paris itinerary

Paris' immortal, Charles III bridge, which spans across the Seine.
Paris’ immortal, Charles III bridge, which spans across the Seine.

Day 1

Start your day with breakfast at the iconic, Angelina Cafe. And if you have a sweet tooth, be sure to try their most famous creation, the Mont Blanc, which is a delicious combination of meringue, whipped cream, chestnut cream, and vermicelli.

After breakfast, head to the Louvre. Because in all seriousness a trip to Paris just isn’t complete without a visit to this famous museum! 

And while you will have to queue to see the Mona Lisa, an in-person visit with this famous lady is well worth your time. Also do try and grab your Louvre Museum Timed Entrance Ticket, prior to your visit, since ticket lines for this museum can be hellishly long.

Next stop by Notre Dame. And while you can’t visit the interior, due to a tragic fire in 2019 (the building is still being tested to ensure it’s safe for visitors), the church’s exterior is still awe-inspiring enough to warrant a visit, even though you’ll only be able to see it from afar. 

And If you’ve got some binoculars handy be sure to check out the exquisite detail in the stonework! Now after a nice lunch at Pizza Sarno (It’s right near Shakespeare and Co. bookstore, so you can stop by while you’re here), stop by Palais Royal, a hidden gem that you’re sure to love.

The central courtyard here is filled with black and white-striped columns, of various sizes, and is one of the best spots in the city to people watch and grab an Insta-awesome shot (or 10).

From here enjoy a nice, relaxing dinner along the Seine. Because truthfully there’s no need for a fancy restaurant when one of the most beautiful parts of the city is your dining room! So grab a baguette from a boulangerie, and enjoy an al fresco dining experience along the banks of the Seine. 

Truly the perfect place for watching the world go by as the sun sets!

Day 2

The beautiful view that you'll find at the Arc de Triomphe!
The beautiful view that you’ll find at the Arc de Triomphe!

Start your day with breakfast at Chez Ribe, which sits a mere three-minutes away from the Eiffel Tower.

While here you can get everything you need for a good, French breakfast, including fresh and flaky croissants. And all for less then €10 per person.

After breakfast, take in the magnificence of the Eiffel Tower. Because let’s keep it real. This is the moment that you’ve been waiting for, ever since you set foot in Paris! 

Admire the Eiffel Tower from below (There’s plenty of different angles to photograph this structure from) and then ascend to the top, for amazing views of the city. 

Also do try and arrive early to avoid wicked awful lines. And be sure to get your tickets WELL IN ADVANCE, and with SUMMIT access, for the best possible experience.

After all this architectural awesomeness it’s time for lunch at Le Bosquet, a wonderfully inventive eatery where the ravioli au gratin is the stuff that gastronomic dreams are made of.

What, feel like seeing more of Paris? Then why not give your feet a rest and board one of the many river cruises that depart near the Eiffel Tower?

Once onboard watch the city slip past and take in some amazing views of some of the most beautiful buildings in Paris. From here take a leisurely stroll along the Champs-Elysees, one of the most beautiful avenues in the world.

Known the world over as a shopper’s paradise (though pack some serious cash if you intend to go on a spree here), it’s a nice place to people watch, especially as the sun sets.

Next marvel at the Arc de Triomphe, that seriously huge arch that sits at the top of the Champs-Elysees. Bonus points if you can view this edifice without having your jaw drop to the floor.

And while you may be tempted to cross the busy round-about here, do yourself a favor and use the subway tunnel if you want to climb to the top. Because yes I personally think that the views from the Arc de Triomphe are BETTER than the one’s from the Eiffel Tower.

And like with everything in Paris, get your Arc de Triomphe in ADVANCE to avoid waiting in a God awful line. Before you leave though be sure to enjoy a refined, Italian dinner at Ristorante Tosca, where you can order an asparagus salad with quinoa black truffle soufflé and linguine with clam sauce, both of which can be found on their  prix fixe menu.

From here walk to Pont Alexandre III bridge, one of the most underrated sights in Paris. This bridge often gets overlooked, but it’s an utter beauty (and in a city as gorgeous as Paris, that’s saying something) and gives you fantastic views of Les Invalides.

Day 3

Start with breakfast at Le Grenier a Pain. It’s a simple bakery that is known for baking some of the best baguettes in Paris. 

I mean, need I say more? However, the croissants and coffee here are also equally delicious (Plus, you can always stuff a baguette in your bag for later!). 

After breakfast you can either walk, or take the funicular (for a small fee), to Sacre Coeur. Regardless of how you get there though take some time to marvel at the beauty of this gorgeous church, with its curves and spires, before heading inside for a closer look (Also be on the look out for pickpockets).

Once you’ve explored the church, take a stroll through Montmartre, that charming neighborhood in Paris that has been inhabited by aspiring artists since, well, forever. 

Be sure to meander through the incredibly photogenic, cobblestone streets and admire the many quaint, sidewalk cafes here. 

Next stroll past the Moulin Rouge before enjoying a hearty lunch at La Taverne, a fantastic Italian restaurant that is known for being one of the best in the city. Fill up on a simple, but delicious menu of home-cooked pasta, before making your way to Opera Garnier.

For the best views of this gorgeous building, you’re going to need to go inside. But thankfully, you definitely don’t need to buy tickets to a show since this building is open for tours, from which you can marvel at the exquisite, fin de siecle decor, which is amongst some of the most opulent in the world!

Pro Tip: If you get hungry along the way, procure some baguettes and cheese from a local store and enjoy a nice, picnic dinner beneath the Eiffel Tower.

After your visit to the opera house, marvel at some of the Impressionist masterpieces that you’ll find at the Musee d’Orsay, an art museum that sits inside a former train station (Don’t forget to check out the fabulous, clock-face window on the top floor)! 

Day 4

Start with breakfast at Treize Bakery. But the name of this place is kind of deceptive since they don’t just do baked goods; they do breakfast. Plus they use locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients to help elevate your morning meal into something truly special. 

If you can try their homemade Greek yogurt with rhubarb compote! Super delish! After breakfast, take a quiet stroll through Jardin du Luxembourg, one of the most beautiful green spaces in all of Paris.

Designed as a park paradise for children, it’s from here that you’ll be able to lose the hordes of tourists, at least for a little bit. Take some time to watch local children sailing their boats through the large, central pond, and enjoy a traditional, French puppet show.

From here it’s a short walk to Eggs & Co. for lunch, a modern little café with bright white walls, chic black tables, and light, country-style chairs. Like the name suggests many of the delicious dishes here are egg-centric, like my personal favorite, the Oeufs Bénédictine, salade, fromage frais aux herbes.

Better known as Eggs Benedict, to my American brethren, and served with a side of salad and an order of cheese fries (Hell 2 the yeah!).

Next explore Paris’ iconic Jewish Quarter, which is brimming over with vintage shops and delicious, kosher bakeries. Conclude your time here at the Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square in Paris, and former home of literary iconic like Victor Hugo.

Now, if you STILL haven’t had your fill of art yet then stop by the newly renovated, Musee National Picasso, which is a museum devoted entirely to the life and works of Picasso, the famous Spanish artist who spent most of his life in France. 

And while there are plenty of Picasso’s paintings on display here, you can also see works from other great artists here, like Matisse and Degas – pieces that were formerly part of Picasso’s own, private collection.

Finally conclude your final evening in Paris with dinner at Cafe Barge, a former river barge turned restaurant, where you can enjoy a posh dinner along the Seine and celebrate a successful solo trip to Paris in winter.

Pro Tip: For a more in-depth Paris itinerary, check out my extensive, 4 days in Paris itinerary right NOW! Go on, I’ll wait here while you read it (insert winkie emoji here)!

⏰ Looking for epic solo activities in Paris? I highly recommend prebooking and visiting the Catacombs of Paris. It is super cool to be wandering around under the city! ⏰

Solo Travel Paris FAQs

Can I travel to Paris alone as a woman?

As a solo female traveler in Paris, you’re in control of your adventure and you can safely travel to Paris alone as a woman. Trust me, I have done it many times.

But if you’re ever in the mood to mingle, there are some fantastic ways to do it. Joining a walking tour is a great way to make new friends as you solo travel Paris.

What to do in Paris if you’re alone?

Some of the best best things to do in Paris alone are:

  • Walk along the Seine River
  • Explore Saint Germain
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower
  • See Notre Dame
  • Stroll through Luxembourg Gardens
  • Explore the Louvre.
  • People-watch at a Café
  • Explore hidden passageways.

Should I go to Paris by myself?

Yep, you deffo can. Solo travel in Paris can be seriously rewarding, and let me tell ya, Paris is a hot spot for people going solo.

But, here’s the deal. It all comes down to what makes you feel comfortable. So, if the thought of visiting Paris on your own makes you excited, then go for it!

Because solo travel Paris is great if you want to be by yourself.

Is France Good for Solo Female Travellers?

Yes, France is a great place for solo female travelers. Just remain aware of your surroundings, take appropriate safety precautions, trust your gut, and you should be just fine.

Because with good prep, you’re in for one heck of a memorable solo trip to France.

Is It Normal To Dine Alone In Paris?

Paris is one of the best places to be a solo traveler. You don’t even have to worry about dining alone because it is such a normal occurrence. Seriously. Just check out the restaurants and bars, you will see a lot of people out on their own. It also means that it is a great way to meet people!

Is Paris Safe As A Solo Female Traveler?

Well I won’t say that Paris is safe and I won’t say that it is not. In fact, the city is well known for its pickpockets and there are numerous scams (which I have talked about at the beginning of this article!).

It should not put you off travel. In fact, be aware of your surroundings and the scams. It should be enough to keep you safe.

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Monday 15th of November 2021

I love this, thank you so much for the detailed, thoughtful article! I was supposed to go with my friend in about 10 days but she had to cancel last minute because of work…so now I’m actually considering going alone for a 4 day trip (although i think it would be ideal if I could find a fellow solo female traveler). Anyway, the thought of going alone both scares and excites me! Would you say it’s safe for a solo female and still worth it to go late November this year? Would love any advice! Thank you!


Monday 15th of November 2021

Hey Keerthana! Thank you for your kind words and I'm so glad you found this article helpful! I would definitely go! Paris is great alone and this time of year is perfect since you'll avoid the crowds of summer. I would definitely go. Just be careful in crowded areas and always try and remain aware of your surroundings since pick pockets are rampant in Paris. Hope that helps and if you need anything at all, just email me at [email protected]. Safe travels and I hope you are able to go and have an amazing time.

Kirtika saha

Wednesday 26th of May 2021

It's a wonderful post and very helpful, thanks for all this information.


Thursday 27th of May 2021

Thanks so much, for reading.


Saturday 22nd of February 2020

So happy I found this! I’ll be traveling to Paris on my own in December and I cannot wait! So many amazing tips in here. Thank you!


Tuesday 25th of February 2020

Oh good! I am so happy to hear that and I hope you have an amazing time!


Saturday 18th of January 2020

What a great post! I think Paris is a great place to travel solo. It is a fairly easy city for novice travellers, so it is the perfect destination for first-time solo travellers!


Thursday 22nd of August 2019

hi, thanks for your great site, i often go alone to Paris, partly for work and have a lot of spare time which i use to go shopping, eating, walking and biking. its hard to get contact with the locals, i tried couchsurfing but that was a pity. In Barcelona, which i often visit too its more easy to get contact. Is there a site to meet locals, not for dating, just for meeting and doing great things, making new friends.?!


Friday 13th of December 2019

I so enjoyed reading your blog and discovering that I am not alone in loving to travel Paris solo. Due to some semi tragic events I ended up spending the first three days of a planned Paris vacation alone. I met up with my stepson later on in the trip and have since been back with both him and my husband. The unplanned solo trip was my favorite, so much so that I am returning solo in a few days to see the city in the holiday season and do some further exploration. Solo travel is Paris is fantastic isn't it? I found it to be empowering to land in Paris armed with only a charge card, a hotel reservation and my high school French.


Saturday 24th of August 2019

I am not sure ut if you find one, let me know. I plan to be in Paris for a while later this year and would love to meet some people there.

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