How to see Paris in 24 hours
Jenny from Student Flights here! When I was in Paris last week (love saying that) I only had a quick 24 hours to see the sights. I was on my Europe trip with Topdeck and had a free day, I fit a lot into a small amount of time and still absorbed some Parisian culture. I figure it is only fair to share my suggestions on how others can do it even better!
Where to stay...
Paris has some great hostels and budget hotels. If you are short on time its best to stay somewhere central such as Saint Germaine Du Pre. From here you can easily walk to some of the main attractions such as Notre Dame and the Louvre. This area has a great nightlife and is handy to bars, restaurants, and markets.
How to make the most of your day...
First up, take a red bus tour (Les Cars Rouges). Buy a 24-hour pass for 26 Euros. The bus does a continuous loop of the city and has nine stops at major attractions where you can jump on and off. You may want to stay on for a whole loop first, it takes about 2.15 hours so you can have a quick peek at everything.
Jump off the red bus at the Arc de Triomphe, climb the stairs to look down over the famous round about (see my video below and you will know why it’s famous!). Next take a walk down to the Eiffel tower. There are plenty of cafes and delis to buy lunch along the way. Hopefully your enjoying a beautiful spring day and you can have a picnic lunch on the Champ de Mars (lawns by the Eiffel tower).
Jump back on the bus and go to Notre Dame. If the line up is not too long then climb the cathedral for amazing views and photo opportunities. This may also be a chance to experience some Parisian culture as this area has many cafés where you can sit outside and watch the world go by. The cafe culture is something that should be indulged!
The afternoon will depend on what you’re interested in doing (and how long you spent laying in the sun on Champ de Mars!), I have 3 suggestions...
- Head to the Louvre, you wont have time to see the Mona Lisa but you can wander around as this is area has some amazing architecture.
- If you’re into art and can’t possibly go to Paris without a fix, check out the Musee d’ Orsay, this was once a train station and has been turned into a museum.
- A popular activity with travellers is to take a bike Ride around Paris with Fat Tire Bike tours, my Topdeck group did this and had an amazing time.
Now for a break!
Wander back to the hotel, grab a shower and a quick rest as you will need your energy for the night life in the “city of love”. Depending on how you are going for time, another cool thing with local students and travelers is to go to Pont Nouf at sundown to watch the sun setting with a glass of wine. But save your energy if you need to as tonight’s plan is to have dinner and a show!
The best part of the day…The nightlife!…
Paris is famous for its cabaret shows such as the Moulin Rouge, if you would like to attend this one specifically you will need to book well in advance. There are a number of cabaret shows in the Montmartre area that you can book on the day, some include dinner and drinks. If you’re on a budget you can always book the show only, and enjoy some French cuisine at a nearby restaurant.
For dinner, make sure you try some snails. Be adventurous and try some French wine, even though you don’t know what it says on the bottle, it’s all nice! Burgundy is a great French red or French Champagne if it’s not too expensive.
If you get the end of this day and still have some energy to party on, there are plenty of areas in Paris to practice your Can Can! Most bars are open from around 10pm and clubs will be open a bit later.
*Option instead of walking is to catch the Metro, it’s similar to other metro systems such as the London tube system.
Have fun and remember…you can rest when you get home so make the most of your time in Paris!
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