Is it safe to travel to Paris, France? The short answer is yes. It’s definitely safe in Paris. I know this because I just took my mom on a 6 day vacation to Paris for my birthday! I had more than a few people warn me about the dangers of Paris as well as the infestation of bed bugs, terrible cuisine and not-so-friendly locals.
For a while now, going to Paris had been a dream of mine, but I let naysayers (as well as fear of an 8-hour flight) deter me.
However, as I was thinking long and hard about how I would spend my birthday this year (2023) and decided that it was finally time to make this dream a reality. It was originally supposed to be a solo trip, but I remembered the time my mother sent me on a 10-day, 10-country tour of Europe when I was 17 years old and she had never been.
So, I wanted to repay her by taking her on a Parisian vacation with me.
Cafe Lutetia – Paris, France
Is it safe to travel to Paris right now?
Absolutely yes. But, if you’re planning a trip to Paris in the next few weeks or months, be sure to check the France Travel Advisory beforehand as things can change quickly.
While on my trip to Paris, there was a situation where a tourist had been killed near the Eiffel Tower [our hotel was near the Eiffel Tower]. We had family and friends reach out to ensure mom and I were okay. Mom was sleeping in the hotel, and I was out exploring the city when we got the news.
This news didn’t make us scared or nervous, we continued to enjoy our trip while taking all safety precautions as we normally would back at home.
All 6 days of our travel, we never felt as if our safety was jeopardized. On the contrary, locals were extremely friendly and helpful. My advice if you’re traveling to Paris is to be aware of your surroundings at all times.
If you’re like me and enjoy the thrill of moving around new cities alone, don’t appear to be super friendly, look and act like you know where you are and where you’re going. Keep your purse very close and in front of you (not on your hip).
Mama, Siene River Dinner Cruise
Are bed bugs an issue in Paris?
Basically, in 6 days, I saw ZERO bed bugs. This is not to say that this is a non-issue city wide. I’m just saying I didn’t see any. I think it’s safe to say that you have to make sure that your hotel is clean and in a good area.
We stayed at Aparthotel Adagio Paris Centre Eiffel Tower. This was a beautiful hotel apartment with amazing views of the Eiffel Tower. We were on the 26th floor and had ZERO issues with bed bugs or anything else for that matter.
The hotel staff was really helpful and addressed any issues we had very quickly. It was walking distance to Beaugrenelle shopping mall (4 min walk), and about 8 minutes walking to the metro and other shopping, dining experiences.
Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees
Overall thought of Paris
In a nutshell, I’ve already inquired with my employer about policies around working abroad. I could absolutely set up shop and live in Paris. It honestly felt like it could be my spring or fall home. From the delicious cuisine to the friendly locals, the lit nightlife and the overall vibe of the city, I could see myself fitting in nicely.
There was one really negative thing I noticed about Paris, but you’d have to watch the video below to find out what it was. Outside of that annoying factor, I definitely plan to go back REALLY soon.