Paris is revered for its reputation as not only the city of lights but the city of love and romance, so it can be a bit daunting to plan a trip to Paris if you’re traveling alone. However, as much as we enjoy spending time with our loved ones and sharing new experiences with them, traveling can truly test the bonds between friends and family members. This article is for all of the people who enjoy the freedom of traveling solo.
Museums are one of the best attractions to see solo because being alone gives you the opportunity to experience the art and the artifacts without the interference of others’ opinions.
The Louvre – 1st Arrondissement
Le Musée du Louvre is one of the most famous art and history museums in the world and brings millions of tourists to Paris each year. Many ask if it is worth the hype and the answer is, ABSOLUTELY! The Louvre has something for everyone to appreciate. There is too much in the Louvre to see in one day, so choose a section, take your time, and enjoy the experience.
Address: Rue de Rivoli, 75001
The Louvre’s Hours: Monday 9:00am to 6:00pm; CLOSED TUESDAY; Wednesday 9:00am to 9:45pm; Thursday 9:00am to 6:00pm; Friday 9:00am to 9:45pm; Saturday and Sunday 9:00am to 6:00pm
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The Orsay Museum – 7th Arrondissement
Le Musée d’Orsay is best known for its impressionistic art such as Claude Monet’s Water Lillies, Woman with a Parasol, or Poppies and Pierre-August Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party or Two Sisters (On a Terrace) but one of the most famous works that is located in this museum is two paintings from The Birth of Venus collection by Alexandre Cabanel, which is a must see for any art or history lovers!
Address: 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007
The Orsay Museum’s Hours: CLOSED MONDAY; Tuesday 9:30am – 6:00pm; Wednesday 9:30am – 5:00pm; Thursday 9:30am – 5:00pm / 6:00pm – 10:00pm; Friday – Sunday 9:30am – 6:00pm
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The Perfume Museum – 9th Arrondissement
Le Musée du Parfum is one of the lesser known and most underrated museums in Paris despite the fact that France is well known for its luxury perfumes. This perfume gives you the opportunity to learn about not only the history and the ingredients that make your favorite scents, but even the history of the bottles and the opportunity to buy many of the perfumes as a gift or for yourself!
Address: 3-5 Square de l’Opéra-Louis Jouvet, 75009
The Perfume Museum’s Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
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The Galeries Lafayette – 9th Arrondissement
Although this article focuses on museums, Paris is a city that has something to offer for everyone whether they travel in a group or travel alone. Shopping at the Galeries Lafayette for the lovers of fashion gives the solo traveler an opportunity to decide what truly speaks to them without the opinions of their friends and family members and even the chance to buy a present for their loved ones.
Address: 21 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009
The Galeries Lafayette’s Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:30am – 8:30pm; Sunday 11:00am – 8:00pm
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Shakespeare & Co. – 5th Arrondissement
Shakespeare & Co. gives the literary solo traveler the opportunity to find their favorite new story in the form of a new or second-hand book and to turn it into their favorite new souvenir with an official Shakespeare & Co. stamp in the interior.
Address: 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005
Shakespeare & Co.’s Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00am to 10:00pm; Sunday 12:30pm – 8:00pm
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Eating alone can be daunting but having the opportunity to appreciate some of France’s finest cuisine, whether you are splurging on your trip or traveling on a budget. Examples include Le Cave Gustave, Café Benjamin, Liebaux, Le Dauphine, Chez Ribe, and countless others offer the opportunity for travelers, not only from abroad but also the French themselves, to taste the foods that have made France a culinary capital of the world.
Paris looks forward to welcoming all independent solo travelers who want to experience all that the city has to offer! À bientôt !
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