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Paris: The no-go zones for singles on Valentine's Day
"Love is dead". How should singles approach Paris? Photo: Shutterstock

Paris: The no-go zones for singles on Valentine's Day

The Local · 12 Feb 2016, 12:38

Published: 12 Feb 2016 12:38 GMT+01:00
Updated: 12 Feb 2016 12:38 GMT+01:00

Paris. The city of romance, the city of love. But what about if you're here as a single? Nothing to worry about, we've put together the survival guide for singles in Paris with all the places worth avoiding.

Avoid the heights

When people are feeling romantic they love nothing more than spending a little time sat hand in hand stroking each other’s hair, while admiring a stunning view.

And Paris, given its combination of chimney-covered Haussmannian apartments and famous historical monuments, has one of the most beautiful skylines in the world.

But single folk should avoid all the high places, especially the Eiffel Tower. There might as well be a sign up that reads “Couples Only”. If you go to the top floor, the chances are high that you'll trip over some guy who's travelled from Beijing, Brighton or Berlin to get down on one knee atop the Iron Lady.

Other places to avoid include the top of the Arc de Triomphe, the top of Montparnasse Tower and the steps of the Sacré Coeur. One place you could safely head to is the top of Belleville Park. It’s pretty ugly up there, but the view is splendid and it might just be free of snoggers. Having said that, this is Paris - where people kiss on the Metro.

Avoid the bridges

(The Pont des Arts, which is no longer covered in padlocks)

Normally a city’s bridges would not necessarily represent the most romantic spots to declare your love for someone, but that’s not the case in Paris.

Some of the city’s bridges have become a magnet for lovers from all around the world, who come armed with a padlock to attach to the weary railings, before they throw the key into the Seine river below.

It used to be just the Pont des Arts and the Pont de l'Archevêché which were covered in the “metal graffiti” as lovelock-haters call them. But now it’s spreading to the bridges over the Canal St Martin and it probably won’t be long before we see them attached to shopping trolleys at the romantic supermarket Monoprix.

So if you are single and don’t like padlocks don’t go anywhere near a bridge. 

Avoid the water

Single folk need to avoid the temptation to get on a cruise along the river Seine at all costs. The Bateaux Mouches often turn into love boats transporting the world’s most amorous couples up and down the river, while they feed champagne-soaked strawberries to each other.

If you really feel the need to get on a boat, then try the hop-on, hop-off Batobus. There’s no coupled seating and there’s only a vending machine that sells crisps and coke.

Avoid the restaurants

If you are planning on treating yourself to a meal in Paris, it might be a good idea to stay in or go to burger chain Quick and get some toast.

The atmosphere in restaurants in Paris feels a bit like Valentine’s Day all year round, so imagine how uncomfortable and sickening they will feel for singles on February 14th, with the influx of couples from all over the world.

Unless you want to overhear proposal after proposal, or the incessant sound of lips meeting lips, then try to avoid some of the city’s more romantic neighbourhoods such as Saint-Germain des Prés in the sixth arrondissement, where you are very likely to be surrounded by couples having a candlelit dinner while being serenaded by a violinist.

Avoid Montmartre

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It’s arguably the most beautiful neighbourhood in Paris, which is why you should maybe think twice about going. With its cosy ‘village’ atmosphere, and its beret-wearing painters, it will be overrun by romantic couples looking for the heart of romantic Paris. For any singleton passing through the area, it could rapidly turn into a nightmare.

And if you end up next to the famous “Mur de je t’aime” (I love you wall) on Place des Abesses where couples gather to scrawl "I love You" on the wall and take "smoochies" (selfies with kissing involved), you better beware - it might just spark a panic attack at best and at worst a full-blown mid-life crisis.

The best tip to escape the lovebirds is probably to get as far away from Paris as you can. The slagheaps on the old coal fields of northern France are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, remember, and can be reached on a day trip from Paris.

SEE ALSO: Ten alternative things to do on Valentine's Day in Paris

by Priscillia Charles/Ben McPartland

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