If you are traveling to Paris city alone and thinking about ways to have a memorable time here, have a read of this guide that covers everything from trendy spots to eat to the most invigorating French museums.
Where to Stay
A solo trip to the nation’s capital, whether for pleasure or business purpose, presents the perfect chance to check out the chicest hotels here. The Community of Quality (COQ) is a sleek, cool and welcoming boutique hotel in the thirteenth arrondissement of Paris. The Grand Pigalle combines the artistic heritage of the area with its hip vibe in such a way that does not feel nostalgic. The group behind the hotel in Pigalle is also world-renowned for the cocktail lounges.
Where to Eat
One of the Parisian specialties is dining alone. Have you ever thought why the seating is merely at one side of the terrace tables in the French capital? It is because dining in the open air is best done without anyone other than the world passing by. In French, it is called dining “al fresco”, one of the things you should do during your private walking tour Paris.
The “Huguette” bistro in the sixth arrondissement is Paris’s answer to a seaside trip, to a crab shack’s most stylish possible version that is. Another fine restaurant in Saint-Germain-des-Prés is Aux Prés, which is the less-popular “sister” of Le Chardenoux.
Where to Drink
The “Prescription Cocktail Club” along Rue Mazarine is one of the nondescript bars that got the city’s cocktail craze going. The Harry’s New York Bar is another place where solo travelers head to for strong drinks. The piano bar has live music and you can taste the cocktail alluded to Queen Mary I.
Museums to See
For unique Paris private tours, few locations are as good as museums. Of course, at the top of the must-visit-museums list is the Musée du Louvre and Musée d’Orsay. These two are ports of call for solo travelers as well.
The Louvre Museum houses several artworks, with those tracing back to the prehistoric times, alongside being home to stunning architectures. The pyramid designed by I.M. Pei is one of its many architectural marvels.
The Musée d’Orsay is also home to such features, starting from the Beaux-Arts architecture. The museum itself is a converted Gare d’Orsay railway station. In addition to its artwork collection, the museum has a giant clockwork.
If you want something less explored, then go to 59 Rivoli. The former art square is now home to studios. Besides, visitors can chat to artists while they shop for mementos of their trip. The Musée du Quai Branly nearby the Eiffel Tower is a less-crowded museum. The subjects of the museum’s temporary expositions are wide-ranging and thought provoking, while its garden is a beautiful place of seclusion.
Neighborhoods to Visit
If you are young and single, the bustling neighborhoods of Canal Saint-Martin and Pigalle are the places to be. One can even explore the entire length of the former, from the Parc de la Villette or the Villette Park for English speakers, to the clubs and restaurants in the Bastille neighborhood, dropping into and out of Parisian bars as you go. If you want a slightly more civilized kind of affair, particularly shopping, then stick to the Latin Quarter streets and Boulevard Saint-Germain. There is a mix of historical attractions and modern goings-on to explore in this part of the town.
Roaming Around Paris
One of the top ways to explore the French capital, particularly if you are not traveling with a large group of people, is by bicycle. Get one-day ticket for a bike-sharing service, which will let you use as many bicycles as you like to roam around the city for a stipulated period of time. Look for the best cycling routes to explore in Paris to make the most of the exercise with the rental bicycle. In fact, this is the ideal way to travel between, say, 59 Rivoli and the Quai Branly museum. For a similar longer journey, you will have to pay an extra charge depending on the amount of time you explore on a cycle.
Another option to sightsee in a unique way is to take a River Seine cruise. This will make you appreciate the static structures from the moving cruiser or boat. Canal cruising is also one of the best options for having unique Paris private tours as well. The Canal Saint-Martin is your best bet in this regard.
When on a trip to the French capital, you can also perfect your skills in cooking French food if you are a wannabe cooking. Dozens of schools in the city offer cooking classes, each one with its own techniques and style. The École de Cuisine Alain Ducasse’s cooking, wine tasting, and pastry courses are popular as the teaching is in the English language.