Alone in Paris: 15 Things to Do as a Solo Traveler


 

Originally written by Anna in Dec 2018; updated by Farah in February 2022

Today’s article is about the 15 things to do in Paris as a solo traveler! I’ve decided to write this article because it can be a little frightening to go to a foreign city on your own. Once you get to a new place, you don’t know anyone and you have no idea what to do. But I can tell you that solo traveling is actually a very enriching experience! Especially if it happens in Paris, since the city offers so much entertainment, history and culture.

Not having someone to travel with you should not stop you from booking your flight and exploring the city. I would recommend anyone to travel on their own at least once in life, because it is important to first learn how to appreciate our own company before appreciating the company of others. One learns a lot about their own selves. Solo traveling in Paris will make you grow and improve your self-esteem. Read on and find out the 15 things to do in Paris as a solo traveler!

Stay in a Cool Neighborhood

12 things to do in Paris as a solo traveler 1

The first thing you need to do in Paris as a solo traveler is to make sure you stay in a cool neighborhood. If you pick the right neighborhood, you won’t have to use the public transports that much to get to all the Parisian landmarks.

If you manage to stay in Central Paris, all the major landmarks of the city will be found in just a few minutes walk from your hotel or rented apartment. In my opinion, the best neighborhoods to stay in Paris are the Marais and the first and second Paris districts as well. But I also recommend you to read this article to discover another suggestions. All these neighborhoods are typically Parisian. If you stay in one of these, you will truly experience the Parisian lifestyle and you will be close to some of the best highlights of the city.

> Learn more about Paris first district.
> Learn more about Paris second district.
> Learn more about Paris third district.
> Learn more about Paris fourth district.

Visit the Museums

12 things to do in Paris as a solo traveler 2

One of the best things about solo traveling is that you can visit the whole city at your own pace. Whether you’re an art lover or not, take the time to explore the museums, spend some time at each painting and appreciate all the details. You will enjoy the museums much more if you truly appreciate all it has to offer. Plus, you will also get to learn a lot more! If you want a little suggestion, you should visit the lesser known museums of the city. Visiting these secret museums will allow you to enjoy more authentic aspects of the city! Read about these museums here.

This also applies to the monuments. Though you will alone in the city, it doesn’t have to stop you from visiting the places you’ve always dreamt of visiting. Go to the Eiffel Tower, go to the Sacré-Coeur, go to the Notre Dame Cathedral, just like you would if you were accompanied.

> Read about the best way to visit the Notre Dame.
> Read a few tips before visiting the Eiffel Tower.

Since you’re in the charge of the itinerary, you get to decide what to do each day during your trip in Paris. This experience will definitely give you a lot of confidence!

Enjoy some World Renowned Art

Image sourced from Wikimedia Commons

If you come to Paris, changes are you’ll get to see tons of art. Not only at the Louvre and its most popular painting, the Mona Lisa; but many others. For instance, visit the Centre Pompidou and see modern art masterpieces. Also known as the Beaubourg, you get to see Richard Rogers’ and Renzo Piano’s piping and air ducts and a fascinating collections of modern art – Picasso, Magritte, Duchamp, Pollock, Warhol and Tinguely.

There’s also the Atelier des Lumières, a huge studio space dedicated only to the digital arts. Located in the 11th arrondissement, this centre displays the art on 10m high walls, BARCO lasers and Nexo speakers!

If you’re into impressionism, then the Musée de l’Orangerie is where you’ll find it. In the Jardin de Tuileries in the 1st arrondissement, you can get mesmerised in Monet’s paintings such as the Nymphéas. Housed in oval rooms, you get to experience the romanticism of the artwork.

Go Shopping

12 things to do in Paris as a solo traveler 3

Next of my list of the 15 things to do in Paris as a solo traveler is to go shopping! Everyone knows Paris is the city of fashion. The best designers come from Paris. They are the trendsetters, which means that when you come to Paris you will get to discover the trends before it gets out in the world.

> Read our fashion tips in Paris.
> Learn more about Parisian fashion.
> Discover the 10 best fashion stores in Le Marais.

If you love fashion and shopping, you will be more than pleased in Paris. Especially if you come on your own, because no one will be rushing you so you will be able to take all the time you need to pick the right fashion items!

One thing I particularly encourage you to do is to go vintage shopping! There are many vintage stores in Paris and the variety of items is incredible. From 60’s dresses to 70’s shirts, if you’re into original pieces, you will love vintage shopping! It may require a little pacience sometimes, because one needs to take their time to find the most stunning fashions items! But it’s definitely worth it!

> Read our top 5 fashion shops in Paris.

Have a Night Out

12 things to do in Paris as a solo traveler 4

You might not like the idea of having a night out on your own, but I think you should try it. Parisians love to meet with friends and have a few drinks together at night. If you want to experience these aspects of the Parisian lifestyle, you should pluck up courage and head to a few restaurants and bars.

First of all, one of the advantages of solo traveling in Paris is that you get to be seated right away at the restaurants, even during rush hours. Plus, you will quickly notice that people tend to be a little nicer when you’re alone, which turns out to be great! After dinner, if you want to experience the Parisian nightlife, don’t let the fact that you’re alone stop you from doing it!

After having dinner, go out to a few bars and meet the locals. At night, people are much more relaxed and will easily start a conversation with you if they notice that you’re on your own.

> Learn more about Paris at night.

12 things to do in Paris as a solo traveler 33

If you’re not that comfortable about going out alone in Paris, you can join our night tour! You’ll join a group of other visitors and a local guide will show you the best places in Paris at night. You get to see the city on a new perspective with all its lights. You will understand why it is nicknamed the “city of lights“! The monuments and the Seine river are added extra charm during the night!

Check out the Banks of the Seine

Image sourced from Wikimedia Commons

Paris is a city along the River Seine and has tons of bridges and river banks to go alongside it. One of the best ways you can explore the banks of the river is to visit the bookshops along the river and partake in one of the city’s most popular activities – browsing second-hand books. Called Bouquinistes, the Seine’s 200 or so second-hand booksellers line the banks for around 3km and have been doing so since the 16th century. Famous names such as Hemingway and Fitzgerald from the 1920s also visited these spots and its can be a good photo opportunity for every visitor. You can find some vintage postcards, even love letters or Eiffel tower keyrings if you’re interested. Leisurely browse the shelves and find some gems you can take home as a souvenir. 

Visit some Famous People

Image sourced from Wikimedia Commons

Paris is famous for many things, but you’d be surprised to find that Paris and its cemeteries/mausoleums are also worth a visit.

Go see the vaulted cyrpts/tombs of Victor Huge or Voltaire at Le Panthéon in the Latin Quarter. You can find more such as the tombs of Rousseau, Zola and Veil. Another cemetery, now famous in movies such as Fantastic Beasts of the Harry Potter franchise, is the Père Laichaise Cemetery. It is a huge tranquil burial spot where you can get lost but can find out more about some of the most famous names. The cemetery has the tombs of Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Balzacs and Marcel Proust, to name a few!

Join a few Walking Tours

12 things to do in Paris as a solo traveler 5

Walking tours are certainly one of the best ways to make new friends. You will get to meet with the locals and other travelers from around the world as well. Discover Walks offers many tours of the city, but each visit is unique.

In my opinion, joining a few walking tours while solo traveling in Paris is a must! You’re in the company of a local guide that will show you around. You get to discover the trendiest places and the most famous neighborhoods but from a local’s point of view, which means the experience will be much more authentic and faithful to the reality.

Check all our free walking tours here!

Join a Food Tour

12 things to do in Paris as a solo traveler 6

One of the best things to do in Paris as a solo traveler is to join a food tour. Follow a Parisian in Montmartre food market street, the rue Lepic. Your local guide will show you the best French specialties, the best pastries and many more delicious food! Learn more about our food tour here. If you’re a vegetarian, you can join our vegetarian and gluten-free food tour. At the start of the tour, tell your guide your preferences. Fabulous alternatives will be presented to you!

> Check our top 10 French food specialty you can get in Paris.
> Read our suggestions for the vegans visiting Paris.

Visit the Flea Markets

12 things to do in Paris as a solo traveler 7

You shouldn’t miss the flea markets while in the city of Paris. The most famous one is located at Porte de Clignancourt, known as Les Puces de Saint-Ouen. At this flea market, you will be able to find the best bargains. It happens every Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

If you have some time, you should definitely consider going to Les Puces de Saint-Ouen. Plus, it will be the opportunity to find the most original objects. May it be a funny sweater or an original cup from other times, each item tells a history and will make a great souvenir from Paris!

> Read our top 20 souvenirs to bring back from Paris.

Explore the Non-Touristy Neighborhoods

12 things to do in Paris as a solo traveler 8

Whenever someone travels to Paris, they always want to visit the major landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral. Solo traveling is the opportunity to visit all these splendid places, but also to visit the lesser known places as well. The ones regular tourists miss when they come to Paris.

Since you’re solo traveling and in charge of the itinerary, seize the chance to truly enjoy everything has to offer. There are plenty of neighborhoods that are just as charming as the touristy ones!

You should need to know how to find them. In these neighborhoods, you will find the truest aspects of the Parisian lifestyle and mindset. Read this article to learn more about the best non-touristy neighborhoods.

Take a Boat Cruise

12 things to do in Paris as a solo traveler 9

Boat cruises are, indeed, a touristic activity but I guarantee you that they are worth the money. To be able to see the main highlights of the city, such as the Notre Dame, the Islands, the bridges, the Eiffel Tower, from the Seine river will provide you a marvellous moment. You get to be seated during the whole cruise and appreciate all the details of the city from a different perspective.

You should know that at the end of each of our free Paris walking tours, you’ll be handed a “Perks Package“. Inside the package, you’ll find many discounts that will make your visit to Paris even more special and unique, including discounts for the Vedettes du Pont-Neuf boat cruises. Enjoy!

Discover the Hidden Gems of the City

12 things to do in Paris as a solo traveler 10

People who visit Paris for the first time usually don’t get to see the hidden gems of the city. For instance, the Palais Royal, which is not that famous after all, to be honest. It is a true hidden gem! Because it is only known by the locals. The Colonnes de Buren is a great highlight of the area if you want to take some pictures because it is an original and fun place! Then, if you get to the garden, you will fall in love with this place.

12 things to do in Paris as a solo traveler 11

The cold and rain can sometimes prevent the Parisians from shopping and walking around the city, so in 1850s a few covered passages started to be built, so that they could stay warm while enjoying their walks.

Follow a local guide into these hidden gems of the city during our tour!

Go to an Exhibition

12 things to do in Paris as a solo traveler 13

Paris is one of the richest cities in terms of culture, knowledge and activities, mostly thanks to the incredible amount of exhibitions organized every year. If you’re in Paris as a solo traveler, I recommend you to visit an exhibition, especially if you’re an art enthusiast.

Exhibitions are part of the Parisian lifestyle. Whenever they’ve got time, they go to a few exhibitions, because one gets to learn more about a specific period, movement, or artist. To satisfy your thirst for knowledge, exhibitions are the best!

Read this article about the best exhibitions of 2018 in Paris, some last until 2019.

Relax

12 things to do in Paris as a solo traveler 12

Above all, you need to relax and enjoy. Solo traveling can sound kind of stressful, but I’m sure you’ll be fine. Many people have traveled on their own and they’ve returned home more independent, confident and more mature. You get to know a lot more about yourself when alone.

Enjoy yourself, pep up your inner adventurer, take the time to visit the highlights of the city, have a few walks in parks, talk to the locals. It will definitely an enriching experience, so you don’t have to worry!

My article about the 15 things to do in Paris as a solo traveler is now over. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and that it has inspired you and reassured you.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need further information about anything! See you soon in Paris!

Discover Walks

Planning a trip to Paris ? Get ready !


These are Amazon’s best-selling travel products that you may need for coming to Paris.

Bookstore

  1. The best travel book : Rick Steves – Paris 2020 – Learn more here
  2. Lonely Planet Paris 2020 – Learn more here

Travel Gear

  1. Venture Pal Lightweight Backpack – Learn more here
  2. Samsonite Winfield 2 28″ Luggage – Learn more here
  3. Swig Savvy’s Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle – Learn more here

Check Amazon’s best-seller list for the most popular travel accessories. We sometimes read this list just to find out what new travel products people are buying.