Valentine’s Day weekend in Paris—what a time to visit the City of Love as a solo traveler!
After strolling through the streets at sunset and stopping for a satisfying pizza at Bianca, a cozy and casual café/bar, I arrived at the Moulin Rouge. Though also a tourist destination, this iconic attraction draws much less of a crowd than the Eiffel Tower, yet is an equally entertaining spot to people watch and snap photos after dark.
I stayed at Adveniat Youth Hostel, a Christian hostel, though very hotel-esque. Lobby-only wifi was constricting, but considering I booked a 6-person dorm room and got a double room with an ensuite all to myself for the duration of my trip, I wasn’t complaining.
I began the next day in search of Rue Crémieux, a rainbow streak of homes slid among the streets of cream and navy Haussmann architecture.
Not difficult to find, but seemingly a different world, the little row of houses was quiet and quaint, more like the country than the giant, French metropolis.
From here, a short walk lead to the Coulée verte René-Dumont, or the Promenade Plantée, a railroad track-turned-green space on the east side of Paris. Though I was blessed with wonderful weather for my entire trip, I appreciated the sun a little bit more while wandering down the path, which was surprisingly lush and green for winter.
To finish the morning, I revisited the artisanal boutiques of l’Île Saint-Louis and the bustling streets of Le Marais, a neighborhood north of the island, where I stayed with my mom and aunts on my first trip to the city. Solo travel comes with amazing individual experiences, but I’ll always associate Paris with the special time I got to spend with my family.
- 2 Rue du 4 Septembre, 75002 Paris
- Moulin Rouge
- 82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris
- Adveniat Youth Hostel
- 10 Rue François 1er, 75008 Paris
- Rue Crémieux
- Promenade Plantée
- 1 Coulée verte René-Dumont, 75012 Paris
- L’Île Saint-Louis
- Le Marais
Paix, Amour, Paris,