In the past 8 years I have circled the globe more than once. From the Maldives to Iceland, my passport has definitely seen a lot of stamps. That being said, there are still so many places on my travel bucket list. A region of the world I am slowly but surely ticking off are countries in Europe. There is so much to see!
A city that has been in my dreams since I was a little girl is Paris. When I found out we would be in Europe for work in the fall, I knew I wanted to find a way to fit Paris in our itinerary. We didn’t have a ton of time, but had a lot to see. Keep reading to find out How To Spend 24 Hours in Paris.
Paris has a big reputation. The City of Lights. The City of Love. I remember falling in love with the architecture and feeling of Paris from a coffee table book I had as a teenager. It is such a photographer’s dream. 24 hours may not seem like enough time, but if you read my post on 24 hours in Rome, you know it is possible to see a lot! Here is How To Spend 24 Hours in Paris.
11:00 AM:Arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport and take a taxi to your hotel. Choose a hotel that is centrally located to the sites you’d like to see so you don’t waste a lot of time in taxis or on the train.
12:00 PM:Check into Hotel Regina, a beautiful 1900’s classic Parisian building located across from The Louve. You may recognize the interior from some movies such as The Bourne Identity, amongst many others. While waiting for your room to be ready, grab an espresso in the hotel’s English Bar adorned with oak ceilings and velvet couches.
12:30 PM:After dropping your bags and putting on some comfy walking shoes, have the friendly staff (who proves that the stereotype that Parisians dislike Americans to be untrue) help you plan a walking route to get to the sites you’d like to see.
1:00 PM: Wind your way through Tuileries Garden, cross the bridge and wind your way down beside The Seine. After walking for a bit, consider renting a bike from the hourly shared bike stands. The bike path next to the river is wide and stress free and is a beautiful way to see the city. Somewhere along the way consider picking up a couple snacks for a picnic and a bottle of wine. You’re gonna need it soon.
2:00 PM:Find yourself at the base of the Eiffel Tower, park your bikes and pick our a spot in the sunshine. If you brought snacks now is the perfect time for some cheese, crackers and a glass of wine. The line to go up in the tower is long, so consider skipping that since your 24 Hours in Paris is short.
3:00 PM: Pop back on your bike and ride down to the river again. Reward your hard work with a late lunch at a floating cafe on the river. Feel slightly underdressed seeing as every french woman is dressed significantly more stylish than you.
4:30 PM: Let the tour of snacking continue. They really should call Paris the City of Snacks. Return your bike and walk back to the Vendome area where Hotel Regina is, but stop for a proper pastry in Sébastien Gaudard Pâtisserie. They claim to have the second best croissants in the city, but get the lemon tart. Truuuust me. Knock it back with one of their many gorgeous tea offerings and keep this party moving.
5:00 PM: Take a quick pit stop in your hotel room, freshen up and stare out your Juliet balcony at the Eiffel Tower while the sun slowly sets. It’s hard to say if leaving the room is worth it because it is just that beautiful.
6:30 PM:After getting a recommendation for dinner in an area that offers great views of the city at night such as Sacré-Cœur, take a taxi to dinner for an awesome meal. I’m realizing this 24 Hours in Paris plan revolve around food mostly. If you know me, this should not come as a surprise. (Adjust as you see fit, lol.)
8:00 PM: After dinner walk up to Sacré-Cœur, winding up little Parisian streets and alley ways leading to a gorgeous view at the top of the city. If you’re feeling ambitious after this, you could take a taxi or uber to see Notre Dame by night as well. We did this and seeing it lit up at night was definitely special.
10:00 PM: Head back to your hotel to try and get some rest. It’s been a full day of walking and exploring but you’re not done yet.
7:00 AM:Wake up and have a lovely breakfast in your room. Fuel up on espresso and have your bags packed to depart.
8:00 AM:Leave your bags with the front desk and head next door to the Louve. Since you’re on a tight schedule, consider a 2 hour guided tour. It costs a bit more than the regular admission, but it will save you the headache and time suck of the long lines one faces at The Louve. You can check that out here.
10:45 AM: Grab your bags and head to either the airport or train station to head to your next destination!
While one day in Paris is not nearly enough, with a good plan, lots of espresso and comfortable shoes, you will be surprised at how much ground you can cover. I hope this helps you know How To Spend 24 Hours in Paris
As a parting note;
I look forward to going back to Paris one day. I’d love to experience some of the lesser known sights and neighborhoods. A blogger who has deeply inspired me to want to ‘not be a tourist’ in Paris is Messy Nessy Chic. Check our her incredible book called Don’t Be a Tourist in Paris Being in Paris for the first time, I felt like I had to hit the hot spots, but next time I will be definitely doing a bit more exploring off the beaten path.
Have you been to Paris before? What are some of your favorite spots I shouldn’t miss next time? Let me know down below.