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augustiner | Aug 13, 201811:48 PM     4

hello,

i will be spending about a week in paris starting this new year's eve with some friends. much of my time i think will be in their company and a few others. however, i definitely require a fair bit of time to myself, and i'm looking forward to that while i'm in paris. plus the friends i'm traveling and sharing accomodations with are married, so there's another reason to get some air apart.

thing is that i can no longer drink alcohol. until very recently, i would be thrilled at the chance to linger over a couple glasses of wine and a nice solitary meal, most likely later in the night, followed by after dinner drinks and a wander, maybe making new friends, maybe not. i guess my question is about gauging the culture in paris for someone in my position. i cannot speak french, and i have no idea what to expect socially. i'm not sure if i'm framing my question clearly. hmm. can i, as a foreign solo diner in paris expect to have unique difficulties in dining well and comfortably, especially at night, while abstaining from ordering alcohol? by difficulties i include any possible social/cultural dissonance because of this.

most of the time i will be with other people who will definitely be enjoying their wine, etc, so my only issue then will be envy! but still this has been on my mind and it can't hurt to ask. i'm not asking for any specific recommendations per dining establishments (though i'll take them of course). when my trip gets closer i'll be coming to this board with hopefully very well researched questions about specific restaurants, neighborhoods, updates, etc. just wondering if you can help me get a very general sense of what i can expect in this city.

thank you

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