The thought of traveling somewhere just by yourself can be daunting since you have to organize everything on your own and find your way when you get lost. However, being on the road without anyone else can be a great learning experience for you and many people enjoy their trips even more this way. If you ever thought about traveling to Paris alone, we want to give you our recommendations to make your solo trip memorable!
1. Choose the right neighborhood
Paris is a huge city with different arrondissements, and each of them basically has its own characteristics. Make sure to check what you really want to see in Paris so you can choose a district that is located conveniently for your plans. When you ask young locals, many of them would recommend to stay in Marais as there is a lot going on in the evening, but there is no best place to be – it depends on you!
2. Explore the museum
The French capital hosts some of the best museums in the world, with the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay or Centre Pompidou among the most famous ones. You can definitely spend a day or two by yourself in these places, and when you are traveling to Paris alone, a museum visit has to be on your list. Not only do the museums have stunning pieces of art, but also the quiet atmosphere allows you to relax and create your own mind for a bit.
3. Have a café experience
This one might sound quite obvious, but cafés in Paris are unlike other ones in the world. Choose a café along the Seine that you like and take a seat while listening to the French people having conversations. Maybe you are lucky enough to have some accordion musician somewhere so you get a really French feeling while sipping your favorite drink. Especially during breakfast time this can be a great way to start your days on your solo trip!
4. Take a walking tour
Wondering what Paris looks like through the eyes of a local? Take a (free) walking tour to find out! Some Parisians or people who lived there for quite some time will show you their favorite spots, restaurants and bars while not missing out on cool sights. Of course, this tour can not cover everything since the city is so big but the local recommendations can be very valuable especially during your first days. There are both paid and free walking tours available online, while the paid ones usually have additional information on historic events. But to be honest, the free version also serves its purpose if you just want to learn about the best places to check out and meet some people!
5. See the sights
When you did a walking tour, you probably covered a few spots already. However, Paris has so many countless sights across the whole city that you won’t be able to see them all in a single tour. If you come to Paris, try to take at least 4 days if you want to see a lot of things and not be in a rush. A special area you should not miss is Montmartre, which is an artsy district located on a hill that also hosts the Sacré Coeur. Here, many people actually enjoy being alone and it is a perfect place for solo travelers.
6. Relax around the Eiffel Tower
Even though the Eiffel Tower belongs to the main sights in Paris, we want to highlight one of the best things in Paris, if temperature allows: relax at the parks! Around the Eiffel Tower there are many green spots where people bring snacks and drinks to just have a good time outside. Take a good book with some picnic equipment and nothing can stop you from having a great time when traveling to Paris alone, with the most iconic monument in your back.