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Table for One: The Best Places To Dine Solo in Paris

by Forest Collins
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Forest Collins

Forest Collins chronicles her search for the finest cocktails in Paris on her blog, 52 Martinis. Every Wednesday, she tries a new place. She starts with a martini for a standard of comparison and then usually orders a second. Got a bar you think makes great drinks? Let her know, she'd love to try it! View Forest Collins's Website

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10 comments on “Table for One: The Best Places To Dine Solo in Paris

I’ve been a woman alone in Paris a few times – waiting for friends to join me, or staying a few days after my husband had to leave for business. I found restaurateurs just do not know what to make of a woman being alone at night for dinner. It’s even worse in the provinces. Lunch of course is easier but still unusual. Remember, sometimes the maitre d’hotel will be across the room and ask with gestures how many in your party. The French start counting with their thumb. if you hold up your forefinger meaning “one” they inevitably think it’s two. I learned this the hard way.
The newly refurbished “bouillons’ have communal tables, a good option.

“Dine” and “solo” in the same line: that’s the sadest and less italian thing I’ve ever read…
Why should anybody suggest something like that???

susan hutchinson (@fleurishing)

Having just returned from a solo trip to Paris, I can attest to the anxiety the situation can produce! I wish I had made it to these, have heard great things!

Sylvia: What are your favs for dining solo?

Fiona & Rebecca: glad to hear the suggestions will go to good use! 🙂

Another solo diner. We should team up some time and see how to tackle solo dining à deux!

let us know what you think if you try any of them – or if you find other good counters for solo dining! 🙂

Fantastic website/blog on how to dine solo – I travel to France each year and of course Paris. I really do appreciate the research you do in finding new and engaging places to visit and dine at. Keep up the great work. I will certainly pass your information on.

Rebecca Plotnick

Great restaurant suggestions! I can’t wait to get back to Paris to give these a try. Merci 🙂

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