My Paris Solo Trip: 25 Incredible Things to Do Alone

Bonjour, mes amis! I know what you’re thinking, who goes to one of the most romantic cities in the world alone? That would be me!

If you are thinking about travelling to Paris alone – my advice – go for it! And, I’m to help you, I will share all my tips for your Paris solo trip with you!

I went solo to Paris in November 2021, and let me tell you, it was an experience like no other. Since then, there have been two more times I have gone on a solo trip to Paris (add that to my six other trips and viola I’ve been to Paris nine times). From wandering the charming streets of Montmartre to indulging in pastries at local patisseries, my time alone in this magical city has been my favourite travel experience EVER!

Wondering what to do in Paris alone? There are the obvious top attractions (hello, the Eiffel Tower) to world-class museums like the Louvre. But, what I love the most are the gardens, neighbourhoods, and streets, I will share all of my favourites. Also, I can’t leave out my best solo travel Paris tips now, can I?

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Is a Paris Solo Trip Worth it?

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Yes, travelling to Paris alone is worth it!

Picture this: strolling down the charming streets, indulging in heavenly pastries at a quaint café, and gazing up at the majestic Eiffel Tower with no one else’s agenda to consider but your own.

One of the benefits of travelling solo to Paris is the freedom it affords you. You get to explore without worrying about anybody else’s schedule or preferences. This means that you have more time to discover hidden gems like charming cafes in quaint neighbourhoods or secret parks with stunning views of the city.

Don’t worry, it’s impossible to feel lonely in Paris, as the city becomes your companion. There’s no other city in the world where I feel more comfortable and more at home than in Paris.

Paris also has a great public transportation system that makes getting around easy and affordable and I know how important that is when you are travelling alone. You can safely take the metro to any part of the city that you want to explore. If you prefer getting some exercise while sightseeing, consider renting a bike from one of the Velib stations or walking through the streets.

Another advantage of going solo travelling in Paris is that it opens up opportunities for meeting new people from different parts of the world. Whether it’s engaging with locals or connecting with other solo travellers, there are plenty of chances for socializing during your trip. The best way is to take a group tour. I’ve selected three that would be perfect for that Paris solo female traveller.

Travelling to Paris Alone: My Top 3 Picks for Group Tours

#1 Top Pick
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Montmartre Cheese, Wine & Pastry Walking Tour

✅ 3-hours

✅ Reviews say it’s the best tour they’ve taken in Paris!

#2 Pick
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Latin Quarter Neighbourhood Walking Tour

✅ 2-hours

✅ Reviewers say it’s enjoyable and educational with many interesting stories

#3 Pick
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Haunted Père Lachaise Cemetery Guided Tour

✅ 2-hours

✅ Reviewers say it’s a good mix of factual history and legendary stories you won’t read

Drawbacks of Being Alone in Paris

Of course, travelling solo to Paris may come with some challenges as well. Feeling homesick or unsafe, or navigating the language barrier on your own. And, then the ever most popular – the dreaded eating alone.

Don’t let these concerns hold you back! With a little preparation and an open mind, anyone can have an amazing time exploring Paris on their own. Keep reading until the end and I’ll share most tips.

25 Things to Do Alone in Paris

1. Stroll the Seine River

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At the top of your list of things to do in Paris alone needs to be taking a stroll along the Seine River and enjoying the beautiful views of Paris.

🫶I always love walking from Pont de Bir Hakeim bridge on the right bank in the 16th arrondissement to Pont de Sully in the 4th arrondissement. And, on the left bank, I like to start my walk at the Ile Saint Louis bridge Pont de la Tournelle to Pont d’Iéna at the Eiffel Tower. Along the way stop at the bouquinistes, the green stands selling used and rare books.

2. Visit the Iconic Eiffel Tower

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Take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the city from its top observation deck.

🫶I love visiting the Eiffel Tower by walking to the streets of Rue de l’Université, Rue de Monttessuy, and Avenue Rapp where you can get glimpses of the Eiffel Tower making it one of the best Instagrammable photo ops!

3. Admire the Notre-Dame Cathedral

After several years of renovations, the Notre Dame Cathedral is expected to reopen in December 2024. Until such time, don’t let it stop you from admiring its architecture and one of France’s most famous landmarks.

4. Visit The Louvre

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Leisurely browse through the city’s most iconic museum and marvel at its impressive collection of art (beyond the Mona Lisa).

🫶Not a museum-goer, not a problem, admire the exterior, as the architecture is divine.

5. People Watch at a Cafe

One of my favourite things to do solo in Paris is to enjoy a buttery French croissant with your coffee at a local cafe while people-watching on a quaint, yet busy Parisian street corner.

🫶Some of my favourites include Carette in Places des Vosges, Café de Flore in Saint Germain, and Le Vrai Paris in Montmartre.

6. Find the Secret Covered Passages

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Seek out the covered passages tucked away from the bustling streets of Paris where these enchanting arcades offer some of the best boutiques in the city.

🫶Some of my favourites are Passage Choiseul, Passage du Grand Cerf, Les Passage des Panoramas, and Galerie Vivienne.

7. Explore the Saint Germain Neighbourhood

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Saint-Germain in the 6th arrondissement of Paris is one of the chicest neighbourhoods with its café culture and charming streets.

🫶One of my favourite places to go that’s a bit off the beaten path is Place de Furstemberg and the nearby streets full of beautiful architecture and lovely shops.

8. Stroll Luxembourg Gardens

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Relax in Jardin du Luxembourg, one of Paris’s most beautiful gardens. It’s a great place to read, people watch and simply enjoy the beauty of the fountains and statues throughout the park.

9. Peruse a Book Shop

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Get lost in Shakespeare & Company – an iconic bookstore that has been around for over 60 years!

🫶Another one of my favourites and is near Shakespeare & Company is The Abbey Bookshop owned by a fellow Canadian since 1989.

10. Explore Le Marais Neighbourhood

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Walk through Le Marais, known for its trendy shops and restaurants as well as historic landmarks like Place des Vosges.

🫶Any art lovers like me? My favourite places to go are Centre Pompidou and the Picasso Museum. Also, I love walking the streets of Rue Vieille du Temple, Rue de Turenne, and Rue Charlot for pop-up art galleries. And, I never miss out on going to Le Village Saint Paul which is full of art galleries and fine antiques.

11. Savour a Hot Chocolate

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Head to the legendary tea room at Angelina to enjoy a decadent hot chocolate in its belle epoque-style setting from 1903.

12. Visit Musée d’Orsay

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Go to Musée d’Orsay which houses an extraordinary collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces within the stunning confines of a former railway station.

What I like best is that is a smaller, quieter museum with far fewer crowds.

13. Take a Quiet Moment

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Escape the busyness, and relax in a quaint hidden garden or square where you can savour the moment, people-watch, and soak up the charming ambiance that defines the Parisian way of life.

🫶Some of my favourite hidden gardens in Paris include Square Georges Cain, Rosiers Joseph Migneret Garden, Square Gabriel-Pierne and Square Marcel Bleustein Blanchet.

14. Eat your Way Through Food Streets

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Paris is renowned for its famous food streets where delicious aromas, vibrant markets, and delectable delicacies beckon you to indulge in a culinary adventure unlike any other. Treat yourself to macarons from Pierre Hermé or Ladurée- two renowned pastry shops known for their delectable treats!

🫶Foodies take note, here are my favourite ones to visit every time I’m in Paris – Rue Montorgueil Rue des Martyrs, Rue Cler and Rue de Bac.

15. Cruise Along the Seine

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Take a relaxing boat ride on the Seine River and enjoy the scenic beauty of Paris from a different perspective.

16. Visit a Botanical Garden

Head to Jardin des Plantes, one of Europe’s largest botanical gardens, for a peaceful couple of hours surrounded by so many pretty plants and flowers. No matter the season there’s always something of interest in this garden.

17. Explore the Montmartre Neighbourhood

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Discover hidden gems in Montmartre by wandering through its charming cobblestone streets, dining in the cozy cafes, and admiring the stunning views of Paris.

🫶Some of my favourite places in Montmartre are just strolling the pretty streets of Rue de l’Abreuvoir, Rue Norvins, and Rue Lepin.

18. Check Out the Views in Paris

The Eiffel Tower isn’t the only place to admire the views in Paris.

🫶Some of my favourite places to get the best views in Paris include Montparnasse Tower (the best time is at sunset), Galeries Lafayette Shopping Centre and the rooftop of Arc de Triomphe.

19. Sit on the Steps of Sacré-Cœur

Perched atop the picturesque Montmartre hill, the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre in Paris stands tall over the city. You’ll never feel alone in Paris sitting on the steps where you can take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the city.

20. Check out Palais Garnier

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Take in an opera or ballet at one of Paris’ most beautiful historic venues, Palais Garnier.

I didn’t want to see a live production alone, but still visited when no performance was playing to admire the grand architecture.

21. Visit an Island in Paris

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The islands of Île Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité in Paris offer a relaxing escape from the bustling city, where you can wander through quaint streets, admire stunning architecture, and soak up the unique atmosphere that blends history, art, shops and scenic viewpoints of the Seine River. Not to mention the great eateries here too!

🫶Some of my favourite places include Berthillon ice cream parlour and the city’s prettiest cafe, Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole. One of the absolute musts is to see Sainte Chapelle and its 1000 stained glass windows!

22. Go Shopping

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Indulge in some retail therapy by visiting high-end boutiques along Avenue des Champs-Élysées or Rue Saint-Honoré or vintage shopping in Le Marais.

🫶Some of my favourite places to shop are Galeries Lafayette (department store) and La Grande Épicerie de Paris (gourmet grocery store).

23. Seek some Solitude at Père Lachaise Cemetery

Spend some time at Père Lachaise Cemetery where famous artists like Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison are buried amidst impressive tombs and sculptures.

If you want to visit the Paris underground visit the Catacombs.

24. Hang out in Canal Saint-Martin

Canal Saint-Martin exudes a boho vibe, with its trendy cafés and shops, charming bridges, and tree-lined promenades, creating the perfect setting for leisurely walks, picnics by the river, and enjoying the laid-back ambiance of this beloved neighbourhood.

25. Take a Day Trip

Taking a day trip from Paris allows you to take a break from the busy city. There are many enchanting destinations like the charming village of Giverny, home to Monet’s iconic gardens, or the UNESCO-listed medieval town of Provins. Day trips from Paris are a great way to take a break from the city, and also a chance to share an enjoyable experience with a small group of people.

🫶Everyone’s favourite, me included is a visit to the Palace of Versailles, one of the most impressive royal estates in Europe. Another favourite of mine is visiting the beautiful city of Reims in the Champagne Region.

#1 Pick
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Giverny and Versailles Palace Guided Day Trip ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Combine both incredible sites on this small group tour (10 hours)

Reviewers say “enjoy seeing both sites, but the guide makes or breaks the experience. Versailles is busy and a bit takes longer.”

Where to Stay on Your Solo Trip to Paris

When travelling alone to Paris, you have the option to choose between apartment rentals and hotels, each has its benefits for female solo travellers.

Apartment rentals provide a sense of independence, comfort and the opportunity to live like a local. Opt for neighbourhoods like Le Marais or Saint-Germain-des-Prés, where you’ll find charming apartments with fully equipped kitchens (for those light dinners in!) and cozy living spaces.

I’ve lucked out having stayed in a cute pied a terre in Saint Germain and also a chic 1-bedroom loft in Le Marais.

On the other hand, hotels offer convenience with a range of amenities and to some, a level of safety for female solo travellers.

Instead of making a couple of recommendations, it might be easier to see the full list of 41 Boutique Hotels in Paris or 31 Boutique Holiday Rentals. I just know you’re bound to find something that suits your budget, style and preferences.

Solo Trip Paris Tip: Do a Google Street View before you book to make sure the area is safe to travel alone.

10 Tips for Travelling to Paris Alone

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Before you go…

  • Research and plan your itinerary: familiarize yourself with the city’s top attractions, neighbourhoods, and transportation options. Create a flexible itinerary to make the most of your time in Paris.
  • Choose centrally located accommodations: opt for accommodations in central neighbourhoods like Le Marais, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, or the Latin Quarter. This will make it easier to access major attractions.
  • Learn basic French phrases: although many Parisians speak English, learning a few basic French phrases can enhance your interactions and show respect for the local culture.
  • Pack wisely: you’re going to want to blend in and avoid looking like a tourist. Parisians love neutrals and pack comfortable walking shoes, as exploring Paris often involves a lot of walking.
  • Use cash and notify your bank: while credit cards are widely accepted, it’s a good idea to carry some cash for smaller establishments (like most bakeries only accept cash) or in case of emergencies. Notify your bank about your travel plans to avoid any issues with your cards.

While you’re there…

  • Stay connected: purchase a local SIM card for Wi-Fi service to stay connected while navigating the city and accessing online resources.
  • Be cautious of pickpockets: like any popular tourist destination, Paris has its share of pickpockets. Keep an eye on your belongings, especially in crowded areas, public transportation, and tourist hotspots. Avoid walking alone late at night in unfamiliar areas and trust your instincts if something feels off.
  • Be aware of scams: it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and avoid common scams such as fake petitions, gold ring tricks, or unsolicited help, ensuring a safe and hassle-free experience as you navigate the city’s mesmerizing streets and attractions.
  • Embrace solo dining: Paris is known for its incredible culinary scene, so don’t hesitate to enjoy a meal alone. Pick a busier cafe, bistro, and brasseries, or enjoy a larger meal at mid-day (and a light meal at night), or get takeaway and have a picnic in a park. Dining solo in Paris is not uncommon, there are many solo diners (especially at lunch and happy hour).
  • Enjoy the moment: Solo travel in Paris offers the opportunity for self-discovery and independence. Embrace the experience and immerse yourself in the city’s charm. Take lots of breaks and relax as Paris can be bustling and overwhelming at times. Recharge in one of the city’s parks or sit at a sidewalk café, sipping coffee and people-watch.

FAQ About Visiting Paris Alone

Is Paris safe for solo female travellers?

Yes, Paris is considered a safe city for solo female travellers. Like any other major city, it’s important to stay vigilant and take necessary precautions. Avoid poorly lit areas at night, be cautious of pickpockets, and keep your belongings secure.

What should I be cautious about travelling to Paris solo?

Be cautious of pickpockets in crowded tourist areas or on public transportation and be aware of common scams targeting tourists, such as street vendors selling questionable products or individuals attempting to distract you while stealing your belongings.

What are things to do in Paris alone at night?

Things to do in Paris alone at night have to include admiring the sparkling Eiffel Tower, indulging in a delicious dinner in a cozy café or wine bar, and either strolling or cruising the Seine River.

What’s the best time to visit Paris as a solo traveller?

The best time to visit Paris as a solo traveller is anytime! But, recommend avoiding the peak summer months of late June to mid-September for fewer crowds.

How many days should I spend in Paris alone?

The ideal duration for a solo trip to Paris is around 4-5 days, or as a returning trip a weekend in Paris is ideal. This allows ample time to explore the city’s top attractions, experience its vibrant culture, and soak in the unique Parisian atmosphere.

How can I meet other solo travellers while in Paris?

There are several ways to meet fellow solo travellers in Paris. Consider joining organized tours, attending social events, or exploring co-working spaces. Paris also has a vibrant nightlife, with plenty of bars and clubs to explore.

As a Holidaymaker

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That’s me, and I hope you enjoyed all of the great ideas of what to do alone in Paris!

Travelling solo to Paris can be an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling experience. With so much to see and do in this beautiful city, you’ll never run out of things to explore. While it’s natural to feel a little nervous about going alone, I hope these ideas of things to do in Paris solo have inspired your plans.

So if you’re thinking about taking the plunge and embarking on travelling Paris solo, don’t hesitate – go for it! You won’t regret it.

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