Traveling to a foreign city on your own can be a bit scary. You are going somewhere new, you don’t know anyone, and you have no idea what to do. The basic philosophy of traveling alone is to leave your comfort zone. Isn’t it? We have to say that traveling alone is a very enriching experience. This means that the city will offer you history, culture, and fun, especially if you are traveling alone to Paris.
Security has always been one of the biggest concerns for solo travelers, especially solo female travelers. While it’s important to be aware that Paris is a big city, being on a solo trip is very important. You need to feel safe while traveling and exploring. Of course, you have to keep an eye on your belongings and know that there will be pickpockets trying to get your money. However, as long as you are aware of your surroundings, you will be fine. We think everyone should travel on their own at least once in a lifetime. Because the person learns a lot about herself/himself. Solo traveling in Paris will make you grow and improve your self-esteem.
If you are traveling to Paris solo: what to do?
Take a walking tour- Take a bike tour
If you’re worried about spending too much alone time, walking tours are a way to meet people. You can enjoy the tour by meeting travelers and locals who come from all over the world. When you join the walking tour, you will discover the most popular places of Paris from a unique perspective, accompanied by a local guide. Which means your experience will be much more authentic and faithful to reality.
If you don’t want the walking tour, a bike tour is another way to see, explore Paris and connect with others. Taking on a bike has been another great way to get to know Paris, especially with the addition of many more bike lanes in 2020. You will be able to tour Paris with your bicycle and enjoy the moment you will get lost in the streets and get to know each other better.
If you say I don’t want to walk tour, or bike tour, you can travel the whole of Paris from one end to the other in a few hours with the help of a guidebook or online guide. Walking the streets of Paris, discovering its cafes, restaurants, and many more is one of the most enjoyable parts of a visit to Paris! Think Paris is best explored on foot, and the most amazing memories of Paris will be related to these hidden corners you discovered.
Walk or take a cruise along the Seine River
A walk along the Seine River provides an excellent opportunity to explore historic and beautiful Paris. Teal waters flow through the center of the city with many major attractions on or just beyond the benches. On this walk, you will pass palaces, elegant gardens, parks, a charming bookstore, and flower markets. Don’t forget to go down the steps along the docks where it is possible to wander around the river.
If you want to discover the Seine River not by walking, but by boat trip: Seeing the main highlights of the city such as Notre Dame, Islands, bridges, Eiffel Tower from the Seine River will provide you with a magnificent moment. You will sit throughout the entire journey and see all the details of the city from a different perspective.
Have a picnic at The Parc du Champs de Mars
Have you ever had a picnic at the foot of the Eiffel Tower? The Parc du Champs de Mars (Mars Field Park) is a 300,000 square meter public green space surrounding the Eiffel Tower. Solo travel requires recognition and festivities. Plan a “picnic for one” by the Champs de Mars. Come to this park and relax on the lawn for a picnic. Grab a bottle of wine and a sandwich for the picnic. Then find a place on the lawn to enjoy your meal. Great activity, right?
Explore village life yourself
Paris is a great city with many interesting things to see and do. But it’s also a busy and crowded city, and you may need to take a break after a few days of sightseeing from sunrise to sunset. Fortunately, there are many lovely little towns near Paris that are perfect for enjoying the fresh air and seeing a different side of France. Most of these small towns outside of Paris make excellent day trips by train from Paris. So why not explore these beautiful towns near Paris? These are the villages close to Paris where you can go: Fontainebleau, Versailles, Moret-sur-Loing, Auvers-Sur-Oise, Giverny, Provins, etc.
If we need to talk about a few villages:
Fontainebleau is one of the smaller cities worth seeing near Paris, with a beautiful historic center and surrounded by a vast forest. For centuries Fontainebleau was the favorite hunting ground of the kings of France, and they built a magnificent castle to make the most of Fontainebleau. The Château de Fontainebleau is one of the most beautiful castles near Paris and the eternal rival of the Palace of Versailles. Big and gorgeous with its different rooms and halls.
After visiting the castle, explore the surrounding gardens. The main highlight of the gardens is the Grand Parterre, Europe’s largest official garden, and King Louis XIV’s greatest architectural achievement in Fontainebleau. Fontainebleau Forest is Parisians’ favorite place for hiking and climbing. By coming here, you can both travel and enjoy walking.
Versailles is one of the best small cities to visit near Paris, world-famous for its magnificent Palace of Versailles. If this is your first visit to Versailles, we recommend a visit to the Palace. But you can also decide to spend all your time exploring the Versailles Gardens or visiting the city. Don’t forget to explore this little city after the Palace of Versailles.
If you’re interested in beautiful medieval towns near Paris, you’ll love Moret-sur-Loing, located on the east side of the Fontainebleau forest. This small town near Paris has a beautiful medieval heritage, several interesting museums. Also a great place for outdoor activities such as canoeing, cycling, or hiking. You can come here and participate in these events and have full time.
So if you’re great to visit Paris and have a free day in the city, why not give these beautiful towns near Paris a chance? Dive into the neighborhoods that were huge but formerly small villages of Paris, take a seat in a corner cafe. Watch how the community interacts and gets ready to explore.
Another thing we think about when traveling alone is how easy it is to explore on your own. Paris is perfect for exploring at your own pace and your own time. In fact, for us, exploring and getting lost in the cobblestone streets of the city is the best way to truly experience Paris. Personally, our favorite neighborhood, Montmartre, is an example. Quaint buildings, cafes, and small shops here are perfect for getting lost in it. Get lost on the cobbled streets and discover corners of Paris you didn’t know existed.
Stroll along remembering that Picasso and Renoir once sat at these very same cafés. Check out the main attractions and the tucked-away highlights of Montmartre. Also known as Painters Hill, Montmartre has become a true source of art and inspiration for cinema. With its glamorous Basilica, artists, bistros …
Montmartre is full of charm! Be sure to visit the Saldovor Dali museum. Then enjoy the magnificent view of the city from the top of the Sacré-Cœur. Go to Place du Tertre Square, where you can have your portrait drawn by the cartoonists, browse the works of the painters. Buy the pictures you like. Finally, head to Sacré-Cœur and enjoy a magnificent view of the city from the top of the Sacré-Cœur.
Visit the Museums
One of the best things about traveling alone is that you can visit the entire city at your own pace. Whether you are an art lover or not, take time to explore the museums. Spend some time in each painting and study all the details. When you feel the works you have examined, you will enjoy more in the museum. Also, you will learn much more! If you want a little suggestion, you should visit the city’s lesser-known museums. Visiting these hidden museums will allow you to enjoy more authentic aspects of the city! If the larger crowds seem overwhelming as a solo traveler, you might prefer a smaller museum.
Whenever one travels to Paris, they always want to visit the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, and all the greatest landmarks! But if you want to experience more from the city, you can visit some of Paris highlights off. Museums that are only known by the locals, or by just a few visitors, will give you new perspectives on the city and its history and culture. Discover the best secret museums in Paris, according to a local. These are : Musée des Arts et Métiers, Musée de Montmartre, Picasso at Musée Picasso, Musée Delacroix, Musée Rodin, Musée des Arts Forains, Musée de Cluny, etc. If we need to talk about a few museums:
1-Musée de Montmartre
On the Montmartre hill, you will find the Musée de Montmartre. This is one of the oldest houses in the neighborhood. The museum dates back to Montmartre’s history, artistic and cultural life. This landmark is perfect for those who love Montmartre and want to learn more about it. While walking in Montmartre, you will notice that their people are very creative and always speak their opinion.
This place has always been lovingly welcomed by artists and many chose Montmartre as their home. Artists such as Suzanne Valadon, Auguste Renoir, Maurice Utrillo, Émile Bernard, André Utter lived at 12 rue Cortot. During the museum visit, you will understand how the neighborhood inspired these artists.
Musée Picasso, one of the most modern and comfortable museums in Paris, also has the best paintings by the most famous Spanish painters. You should know that skip-the-line tickets can be very useful for all museums in Paris. If you decide to visit the Picasso Museum, we recommend that you buy a ticket.
3-Musée des Arts et Métiers
Musée des Arts et Métiers: Museum of Art and Commerce. The museum collects the best works on scientific knowledge and technological progress. Science, construction, communication, energy, mechanics, transportation, are some of the themes that museums discover and offer us. As you wander around, you will immediately see that many streets have been named after great scientists. That is why the Musée des Arts et Métiers is one of Paris’ most secret museums. Musée des Arts et Métiers is probably one of the oldest industrial and technical museums. The museum is worth it for its contents or for its incredible building, which is an old monastery.
If you are interested in art, history, culture, and architecture, the cultural wealth of the city is quite impressive. Come and discover these hidden museums.
Go to an exhibition and Explore
Paris is one of the richest cities in terms of culture, information, and events, thanks to the incredible number of exhibitions held every year. If you are in Paris as a solo traveler, we highly recommend visiting an exhibition, especially if you are an art enthusiast! Exhibitions are part of the Parisian lifestyle. Parisians go to several exhibitions whenever they find time because more is learned about a particular period, movement, or artist. To quench your thirst for knowledge, exhibits are the best! You can visit the places where these exhibitions take place; Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, Picasso Museum, Grand Palais, etc.
Go Shopping and Explore Flea Markets
Everyone knows that Paris is a fashionable city. The best designers come from Paris. They are trendsetters, so when you come to Paris alone, you will discover trends before they spread around the world. And you will be able to shop wildly without a family member who is bored of waiting.
You should not miss the flea markets that take place every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. This flea market, most famously known as Les Puces de Saint-Ouen is located in Porte de Clignancourt. In this flea market, you will have the chance to find the most original objects for the best bargain. Every item in the flea market has a historical feature and you will have a great Paris souvenir after shopping.
Even if you will be alone in the city, it won’t stop you from visiting the places you’ve always dreamed of visiting. You can go to the Eiffel Tower, you can go to Notre Dame Cathedral, you can go to the Sacré-Coeur. Just imagine it accompanying you..
Get to know the nightlife of Paris
If you want to live the Parisian lifestyle on the nightside, you should gather your courage and go to a few restaurants and bars. You may not want to spend a night alone outside, but we think you should give it a try. Parisians love to meet their friends and have a few drinks together at night. You will immediately notice that when you are alone, people are a little nicer, which is good.
First of all, one of the advantages of traveling alone in Paris is that you can sit in restaurants immediately even during crowded hours. If you want to experience the nightlife of Paris after dinner, don’t let the fact that you are alone stop you from doing so! After having dinner, head to a few bars and meet the locals. At night, you will find that people are much more comfortable and can easily start chatting with you if they find out that you are on their own. Relax and enjoy Paris at night.
And Last… Is Paris Safe?
Yes and no. This may change according to the situation. Paris may be a very safe city, but you may need to take precautions that you wouldn’t normally think of. In some cases, Paris may be as safe as your hometown. In some cases, Paris can be quite challenging.
Like all major cities, Paris has a share of crime, mostly petty crime. But Paris, the world’s most visited city, attracts many inexperienced travelers. Therefore, many thieves and scammers go different ways in Paris to earn money from these inexperienced travelers.
The biggest problem you may face may be pickpocketing or fraud. To avoid happening in such situations, you may want to make sure you keep your valuables locked or invisible, and you should avoid talking to strangers or beggars on the street. Also, keep in mind that some neighborhoods may be safer than others.
You need to relax and have fun. Traveling alone may sound stressful, but we’re sure it will be fine. Many people traveled on their own and returned home more independently and confidently. When you are alone, you will learn and discover more about yourself. Enjoy yourself, pep up your inner adventurer, take time to visit the beautiful places of the city, take a few walks in the parks, talk to the locals. It will be an enriching experience for you, so you don’t have to worry. Don’t forget to live in the moment!