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How would you spend evenings out in Paris - solo?

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How would you spend evenings out in Paris - solo?

I will be travelling to Europe this December for a bit of a winter holiday and also to feel the Christmasy atmosphere. My first stop is Paris. While I have a lot of ideas of what to do in Paris during the way, as a solo traveller how would you spend the evenings in Paris? I would particularly want to see the city lights and as it will be December, maybe something festive during the evenings?

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1. Re: How would you spend evenings out in Paris - solo?

You could do an evening boat trip, some Museums stay open late.

Perhaps a Christmas Concert would entice you. A late dinner with the people watching opportunities??

Theatre or Cinema??

Post again on, or browse in the Paris Forum, because this question gets asked there a LOT and there are loads of great answers and knowlege out there already....


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2. Re: How would you spend evenings out in Paris - solo?

yah definitely it will be fun. Enjoy and take care!

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I've been thinking about the same thing, as I will be going solo to Paris in March. I'm thinking about ballet tickets one night and maybe some concerts in churches for some of the others. In London I usually go to the theatre, but I'm not sure that would go so well in French. In Berlin I just kept sightseeing until things closed then ate dinner around 7 or 8 PM at which point it was late enough to go back to the hotel, email my daughter, and go to bed.

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I had been in Paris 2-3 years ago for 2+ weeks. That was end of January/February so dark was coming early. I am very much into sightseen, so I spent lots of my evenings on the museums, if my memory serves me right, Louvre was open till 8 PM or so on Wednesdays and Fridays or something. Musee du Quai Branly was an other favorite.Although dark was coming early at tis time of the year, I pleasantly spent many happy evening hours simply walking around. Of course I did not go around dodgy dark lanes, but on the other hand I do not like to be over-cautious when on safe areas. When I felt it was about time for dinner, I would often go on a small local restaurant for a sit-down meal shipping a glass of wine , having a look on my guidebok and/or notes, photos etc.... Often I would simply take a take away meal to enjoy in my hotel room as I travel on a budget and I often saved on cost that way... I am not extremely into nightlife when traveling abroad, but one or two nights I joined a friend to the Quartier Latin bars and then I saw that it was quite easy to go there by my self too. I has a couple of very nice nights meeting people and socialize as a solo traveler at this area, and I did not felt unsafe.I was located on Chatelet- Les Halles area which was supposed to be less lively that other areas and less clean and tidy, but I had no issues walking around this area and having some decent meals.... Maybe some group of young people hunging around metro seemed not so welcoming, but that was it. I am not much into theatre or ballet so I can not help with that one...

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5. Re: How would you spend evenings out in Paris - solo?

i'm not sure about Paris, but in general:

[1] finding a girl to take on a date = find her in the morning

[2] finding a drunk guy = @ night in a club.

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