Solo Travel Destination: Paris, France

We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Cathy, a member of the Solo Travel Society on Facebook. Cathy is from the United States and submitted the following report about Paris. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!

Solo travel rating: 1.5 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult. Please see chart below)

Languages spoken: French, English

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The lovely Luxembourg Gardens.

Reasons to go:  Yes, Paris is the city for lovers but for solo travelers this city is also ideal. It is not very large, and it is easy to navigate, with great public transportation so you can get places quickly and safely. It’s not hard to find a decent hotel where you can base yourself and there are restaurants and cafés on every corner.

Start your day at the corner café with a “café crème” and a croissant, while you look though “Le Parisienne.” (French is surprisingly easy to read – many of our English words are based upon French.)

Then begin your day of sightseeing. You could choose to visit any of the amazing museums (my favorite is the Musée D’Orsay) or to wander through one of the lovely neighborhoods, like the Left Bank or the Marais.

At lunch, find a little bistro, and order something off the menu on the wall. Continue your day by spending some time in one of the gorgeous parks, such as the Tuileries or Luxembourg Gardens, and take in the beauty around you.

And you can always stop in a café, order a coffee (it’s very inexpensive) and people watch. In fact, they are set up for exactly this, with chairs facing the street. Unlike the North American “grab and go” culture, the French take the time to sit and enjoy their coffee – which is a perfect way for the solo traveler to relax and observe the culture.

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Paris may be the city for lovers, but it’s also the city for food.

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Paris street scene.

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Strolling near the Arc de Triomphe.

Solo Travel Destination Rating System

Safety – 2 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)

Language – 2 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)

Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)

Culture – 1 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)

Average Rating – 1.5 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult)


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  • Travelbug1

    Makes me want to go back ………… NOW!!. Love it there. Love France period.

  • Carlo

    My favourite area to stay in Paris is the Latin Quarte. I also tend too avoid the tourist traps other than just strolling by them on my random and aimless all day wanderings – the best way to experience Paris imo. Luckily got the traps out of the way on a contiki tour way back in 2003 –
    the tour that converted me to solo travel since it was ridiculously

  • Shelly

    My first trip to Europe was a solo two week trip to Paris. None of the romance of the city was lost on me…even though I went alone. One can still appreciate the romance of this amazing city without a partner!

  • Lynn Chou

    I have to agree with you. While Paris is probably one of the most romantic cities one can ever find, it’s a megacity after all and exploring the city on a solo mission is an entirely different experience (which can be truly relaxing). Besides you’ll always meet great people and new friends along the way. :)

  • Roni Faida

    I lived in Paris for a couple of years and I’ve been there 3 times this year, it’s such a magnificent city and wonderfully vibrant. Going to Paris alone is a great vacation as there are so many things to see and do! The food is spectacular and the architecture is amazing. No woman should let not having someone to go with stop her!

  • Partha Mandal

    Hi, It is true that Paris is famous for lovers but it is also not to bad for solo travel it is that much enjoying for them also i have visited Paris also. I loved walking in the Paris street. I was feeling like Alice of wonderland. yes Paris is just like wonderland for me.

  • Melissa Adams

    Anyone ever been to a Jim Haynes dinner ( Sounds like a great option for a solo traveler…schmoozing with people from around the world. I did encounter the ring scam described below but fortunately got away with all my belongings.

  • Janice Waugh

    Eight weeks in Europe – fantastic. And yes, Paris is so beautiful. I’ve been hit by the “ring scam” as well. Good on you for not falling for it. Happy travels.

  • Debbie

    Hi, have recently been a solo traveller in September.. shoulder season is a great time to go, l accessed all popular tourist destinations without hardly any line-ups. l was warned about the gypsies in Paris who seem to like walking the path on the Seine. They pretend to pick up a ring which they “presume” is yours..however if you walk by quickly as if a local & shake your head problems !… My favourite lunch food was round soft grilled Goats cheese in a salad a taste sensation which sadly l only found in Paris. l was awestruck with so all the beautiful statues on nearly ever building so breathtakingly beautiful. Being Australian living in a country only 200 years old, and a culture of football.. l felt like Alice in Wonderland, the joy in the experience was at times overwhelming. l never thought l would go to Paris on my own, l had always felt it was a place to go as lovers do to share this experience.. Not true !.. Parisian people overall l found very friendly & helpful… A wonderful start to my 8 weeks in Europe… te south of France was next ….