Exploring the world as a solo traveller can be an invigorating, life-affirming experience, or just a lot of fun. However, even the most seasoned of travellers can sometimes feel uneasy or unsure what to do in a new city after dark. So, we’ve rounded up a few of the ways solo travellers can make the most of their evenings when travelling.
Visit a market
Food stalls at a Bangkok night market
Dodge the heat and crowds by waiting until nightfall to visit the market. In Bangkok, the night markets evoke a carnival-like atmosphere with their gently glowing lanterns showcasing local crafts and pans of steaming, fragrant curries. In Mexican cities like Merida, nighttime food courts open at 6pm and welcome guests late into the evening. Visit the Mercado 60 for relaxed seating that won’t make you self-conscious to be sitting on your own and enjoy some epic enchiladas and mezcal cocktails.
Pastries at the Auckland Night Market
If you’re still unsure about navigating the city at night book a hotel near your market of choice (like the Hotel DeBrett, a 2-minute walk from the Auckland Night Market) and see about arranging a staff member to show you the way.
See a film
A weekly screening at The Grand Daddy in Cape Town
Hotels are increasingly looking for ways to provide the complete experience for their guests via art shows, museum exhibits and, in some of the grander buildings, film screenings. If you’re looking for an evening's entertainment after a long day, there are plenty of hotels out there boasting their own cinemas. The Grand Daddy in Cape Town has a weekly film screening in its Pink Flamingo Outdoor Cinema, while the Velassaru Maldives uses its private beach to host Cinema Under the Stars.
The 56-seat cinema at the Mondrian London
Explore the sights
A light installation on Damrak in Amsterdam
You may have the whole day to sightsee, but every destination has at least a few sights that are best seen at night. If you’re travelling during a country’s shorter, colder months, make sure to check for nighttime light shows where famous monuments are illuminated – Dublin and Amsterdam are two cities that put on especially stunning displays. Popular travel destinations usually have late-night opening hours for museums and galleries, alongside themed cocktail night and craft workshops.
The Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles
If you’ve had enough of the crowds during the day, there’s also the option to go stargazing in cities such as London and Los Angeles that have their own observatories. Alternatively, you can always book a rural hotel with minimal light-pollution and its own viewing platform, like the L’Albereta Relais & Chateau.