It’s no secret that Paris is the most romantic city in the world, the very best place to visit with the one you love.
But maybe you aren’t in a relationship right now. You may, however, be in love with art, architecture, history, travel, culture, language, food, and/or fashion. And you know the City of Light offers all that, and more.
So why not go there alone?
Paris for Lone Travellers
Paris is a marvelous destination for solo travelers. Think about it. Doesn’t it seem as if the two attractions Paris is most known for, sitting in sidewalk cafés and strolling along the Seine – were designed with the solitary wanderer in mind? Museum-going, window-shopping, and people-watching are also activities that can be done on one’s own. Perhaps they are best enjoyed that way. If the solitude starts to get to you, you can always sign up for a one-day cooking class or bicycle tour.
You don’t even have to be particularly brave. Paris is one of the safest big cities in the world. Yes, you should exercise reasonable care – study your map, keep an eye on your valuables, be alert to your surroundings. But, that’s true in most places. Indeed, you may discover that once you’ve successfully traveled alone, anything in life seems possible.
Paris is a place to ramble at random
Are you, like me, an introvert? Well, you’re in luck because solo Paris is perfect for those who feel happiest and most peaceful on their own. You can ramble at random and do what you want when you want. Extroverts will naturally do their thing, knowing how easy and natural it is for singletons to strike up friendly conversations with people in cafés or shops. In fact, impromptu chats like these are often the most memorable, rewarding parts of a trip (so much so that introverts might consider giving it a try, too!).
Dining out alone in Paris
Paris is also a fabulous city for going out to eat alone. No one will think it is odd. You may even find that waiters give you extra special attention. Actually, this goes for service in general—for some reason, solo travelers seem to draw greater kindness and consideration. If you feel awkward sitting alone in a café or restaurant, take something to read. No one will think that’s odd either.
Best of all, you’ll find that traveling alone intensifies the experience. With no distractions, it will be just you and Paris. You will perceive everything more directly and more vividly.
We think of Paris as the destination for couples in love. But if you yearn to visit Paris and haven’t met The One yet – go by yourself. It could be the start of a beautiful relationship. Next time, when you do travel there with your sweetheart, you will know all the best places.
Karen Burns, who has made many solo trips to Paris, is the author of The Paris Effect (Velvet Morning Press 2016). She has taken many solo trips to Paris and her book tells the tale of an American woman who goes Paris alone, has many adventures and ultimately discovers a Paris few tourists ever see.