“Paris is always a good idea.”
I love Paris, and I can’t wait to visit again in the near future. On both visits I did very similar activities: my first visit introduced me to Paris, the second visit I introduced my friend to Paris. The below post describes how I would spend my ideal day in Paris (or what I would recommend to somebody visiting for the first time.)
First stop, breakfast in Carette: a beautifully Parisian cafe located in Place du Trocadero (which means it’s close to a great view of the Eiffel Tower.) The food is wonderful, and they happen to make my favourite macarons in the world. After, I’d cross over the road and view the Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero Gardens. This is probably the most famous viewpoint (the one where you see the fountains in the foreground) and it’s a great way to start the day.
With the Eiffel Tower ticked off, I’d get on the metro and head to the Notre Dame. The building is beautiful, and also happens to be close to Sainte-Chapelle, a church which the most incredible stain glass windows. You only need around 15 minutes inside, unless you wish to take an audio guide and learn more. I’ve yet to go inside Notre Dame, because there always seems to be an immense queue, and my perfect day requires minimal queueing.
After this, I’d go to Shakespeare & Company. A cliche, yes, but it’s a very charming book shop, perfect for book lovers. I feel like the book I purchased (and still haven’t read) was more expensive than it would have been elsewhere, but I got a stamp inside and a free bookmark… that’s something, right?!
Then I would dawdle along the Seine, and visit Musee D’Orsay. This is much smaller than the Louvre, making it easier to explore if you’re pushed for time. Also, they have a beautiful restaurant, so I’d stop here for lunch (and a carafe of Cabernet Sauvignon, please.)
After this, I’d continue walking along the river, until I came across my favourite bridge in the world (yes, this is a thing) – Pont Alexandre III. This pretty much encapsulates the beauty of Paris for me. Beautiful architecture, with the Eiffel Tower peeking through the trees in the distance.
Bridge porn dealt with, I’d hop on a metro, or walk along Champs Elysees (It’s especially beautiful at Christmas) and go to see the Arc d’Triomphe. Although, twice I’ve visited, and twice I’ve been unable to find the pedestrian subway to actually get me to the Arc… Anyway, it’s a Parisian classic.
For the evening, I would book ahead tickets for the Eiffel Tower around 45 minutes before sunset. This means I can see the view during the day, and also at night (and maybe catch a sunset, if it’s not cloudy.) Going up the Eiffel Tower is probably the most touristy thing you could do in Paris, but I don’t care, I love it. There is something magical about being atop one of the most iconic buildings in the world, looking down at a beautiful city glittering in the night. After, I’d go somewhere with a great view of the Eiffel Tower, so I can watch it twinkling it’s lights. (This happens on the hour, every hour, after the sun sets.) So pretty.
For dinner, I’d head to Baagaa Burger. It’s not fancy, it’s not particularly french, but they do the best burger I’ve ever eaten. Alternatively, you can order Baagaa Burger to your hotel via Deliveroo. (Or you could go somewhere properly Parisian and elegant, I suppose…)
Also you prob need to try a couple of those macarons you bought earlier today. For quality testing or something.
And then, I’d sleep, because I barely make it past 10:30pm at the grand old age of 24.
P.S. I’d also really recommend Palais Garnier. It’s absolutely stunning, and try as I might, my lil iPhone will never capture it’s true beauty. On an actual perfect day in Paris, I’d attend an opera here, rather than eating a burger in my Winnie the Pooh pyjamas.