I am going to be in France this month for four nights tacked on to a business trip. My husband can't join me so I will be solo. I've travelled in Europe before but never on my own. When I travel solo in North America I usually dine at restaurants with nice bars as I prefer to sit at the bar when dining solo (feels less alone). I tried to book my hotels in France close to restaurants I want to dine in so that walking alone at night isn't an issue (my thinking is late night dinners so that I can be out and about during daylight hours and closer to 'home' later at night - all the better after several glasses of wine)!
- I have one night in Kaysersberg ( Alsace) and I am staying at Le Chambard, which has it's own very good restaurants so I'm covered there (going to dine in the Winstub).
- In Reims I am staying for one night at the Grand Continental, which looks like it is close to many restaurants though I've yet to book one (Assiette Champenoise does not look like it would be that close/safe to walk to).
- My last two nights are in Paris and I am staying at Hotel du Cadran in the 7th off the Champs de Mars.
While I am interested in recs for Reims I am most concerned about Paris. I will be there in just over two weeks, on a Friday and Saturday and I haven't made any reservations yet - sacre bleu! I had tentatively been thinking of drinks and oysters at Huiterie Regis on the Friday followed by a light late-ish (9:30) dinner at Cafe de Flor (craving something simple and well prepared like roasted chicken or a great omelet). On the Saturday I was thinking of going more upscale and nouvelle - drinks at Fenchie followed by a late dinner at Chez l'ami Jean or Reed's. I know both of these restaurants are small/popular but as a solo diner I am hoping that might make it easier to slide in. Am I delusional - should I make reservations somewhere before leaving? If not at the places I've mentioned then where?
Thanks in advance!