Who says that the romantic capital of France is a couples only trip? Why is the gorgeous city of Paris only seen as a place you should go to with your significant other half? I mean I’ve been there twice, once with my mum, once with my travel buddies and I can assure you I did not think once “awww I wish I had my boyfriend here instead of my girlfriends” …Pffft no, we were having far too much fun!
Don’t get me wrong, Paris is spilling with cliche proposal spots, cringe worthy romantic gestures and intimate little restaurants where you can eat frogs legs and stare in to each others eyes longingly *gag*. But Paris is also not short of activities to do for the single guy or gal! Hell in my opinion it’s a city that’s perfect for a lads or girls weekend away, but it tends to be over shown by it’s romanticised image.
So, in the spirit of Valentines day and for the sake of us not crying over the fact we don’t have a ‘bae’ to brag about on our social media like the rest of the internet… “Luckiest boy to have her” “I have the best boyfriend in the world” “been spoiled so much by this one”. Yeah we see you, and we’re not jealous AT ALL *cough maybe a little* but we’re off to book the next flight to Paris to enjoy a relationship free weekend, yeah watch us.
A guide to Paris… let’s say for the independent:
1: First topic, Alcohol…
Hello? You’re in the country that invented the devil’s juice that is wine, drink up, hit some bars and for goodness sake DO NOT text your ex, it will only give he/she pleasure. The last time I was in the city I got the chance to hang out with some Parisian uni students and long story short, the night didn’t finish until 6 am and when I left the night was still going! Before you leave for your trip, research student hangs within the city of Paris cause I can assure you you’re going to have a lot more fun there than hanging out with your fellow visitors.
2: Time to get touristy…
Okay, I’m sorry but see climbing up the Eiffel Tower, it’s the least romantic thing ever! It’s crowded, it’s sweaty, there’s a high chance you may get pick pocketed but wowwww the view is simply amazing… It’s also one of those things you just need to tick off your bucket list, so I do encourage. When I went with my mum it was really nice to do all the traditional touristy stuff because we both wanted to actually spend some time soaking up the culture and there was no arguments over “I’m bored” “I’m hungry” or “I want to leave”.
3: Who isn’t a complete foodie…
Picture this, sitting at a gorgeous little cafe on the streets of Paris watching the world go by… while stuffing your face with French food and gossiping about the night before with your group of friends, doesn’t get much better than that. French people are foodies and their cuisine reflects this, I can tell you that there is nothing better than a fresh baguette from the boulangerie and accompany that with one of France’s finest cheeses and you will be one happy camper. Got a sweet tooth you say? No problem, macaroons and creme brûlée are always a post dinner option. YUM!
I mean you’re single, in the city of love right? Absolutely no harm in checking out the talent the city has to offer. Be it just for having a little flirt over text or landing yourself a cheeky wine and dine, tinder always provides some first class entertainment! Go wild, find yourself your very own Pierre but always remember to be safe… same rules apply back home y’know. I mean, having your first date in Paris is one to tell the grand kids I guess…
So there you have it. Paris for the singleton.
Happy Valentines Day!