By Colette Davidson
Paris is unequivocally one of the world’s most romantic cities. Its striking monuments and spectacular Seine River make it the perfect Valentine’s Day destination.
However, if you’re a single traveler, you may want to avoid anything lovey-dovey. Despite Paris’s reputation for all things amour, there are plenty of options for an amazing February 14 if you’re here in the City of Light on your own. Booking a bike tour is a great way to enjoy the city! Let Fat Tire Tours Paris lead you around and make you feel inspired on your trip.
Who holds the key to your heart? Paris, of course!
The key to a good time in Paris as a single traveler over the Valentine’s Day period is staying at the right hotel. This international hostel sits on the hip Canal Saint-Martin and offers a bar, nightclub, and over 300 beds. You’ll surely meet other singles or groups you can join to tour the city.
Address: 159 Rue de Crimée, 75019
Nestled within the Buttes Chaumont Park in the city’s northeast, this trendy bar is so much fun. Stop by during the day for a coffee as you overlook the park, and take advantage of the large picnic tables to converse with fellow customers.
In the early evening, there are platters of meat and cheese to sample until the bar transforms into a nightclub atmosphere in the evening hours – complete with a pole to dance on. With its relaxed, neighborhood vibe, Rosa Bonheur is a great place to meet people if the mood strikes you or to dance the night away solo if your heart so desires.
Address: Parc des Buttes Chaumont: 2 allée de la Cascade, 75019
Why should couples have all the fun on Valentine’s Day?
Grab a fellow traveler or go solo, and make a special reservation at Moulin Rouge in Montmartre. It offers an evening of cabaret dancing, over-the-top costumes, French food and drinks, and more.
Once the lights dim, it won’t matter if you’re single or coupled up, and the show is sure to have you bounding giddily out of the theater at the end of the night.
Address: 82 Bd de Clichy, 75018 Paris, France
Shop Till You Drop
If you’re feeling a little down on Valentine’s Day, a little retail therapy may brighten your spirits. Head to the Opera district, where major department stores like Printemps and Galeries Lafayette offer a luxury shopping experience.
If you’re not able to afford a Louis Vuitton purse (yet), there’s something in this shopping district for every budget. Try Uniclo for trendy, inexpensive items.
Printemps address: 64 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 01 42 82 50 00
Galeries Lafayette address: 40 Boulevard Haussmann 75009 01 42 82 34 56
Uniqlo address: 17, rue Scribe 75009 01 58 18 30 55
If you’re looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day without worrying about your relationship status, head to this fun holiday race, the Valentine’s Day Race at Parc Des Buttes Chaumont.
The race is a great way to spend your Valentine’s Day morning and get a fun endorphin rush in the process!