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How To Spend 48 Hours In Paris

Paris is a beautiful and vibrant city that has so much to offer, from its historical landmarks and museums to its beautiful gardens and delicious cuisine. With just 48 hours to explore this amazing city, you'll need to plan your itinerary carefully to ensure that you get the most out of your visit.

Where To Stay In Paris

When planning a trip to Paris, choosing the right accommodation is crucial to ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Whether you're traveling on a budget or looking for a luxury experience, Paris offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit all needs and preferences.

Budget: The Loft Boutique Hostel & Hotel

Located in the vibrant Belleville neighborhood, The Loft Boutique Hostel & Hotel offers affordable accommodation in a stylish and modern setting. The hostel has a range of room types, from dormitories to private rooms, all of which are brightly decorated and equipped with comfortable beds and modern amenities. The hostel also has a communal kitchen and lounge area where guests can relax and socialize. Prices start at around $30 per night.

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Mid-range: Hotel Les Jardins du Marais

Located in the trendy Marais neighborhood, Hotel Les Jardins du Marais is a stylish and comfortable hotel that offers excellent value for money. The hotel's rooms are spacious and elegantly decorated and come equipped with all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. The hotel also has a beautiful courtyard garden and a fitness center for guests to enjoy. Prices start at around $150 per night.

Luxury: Four Seasons Hotel George V

One of the most luxurious hotels in Paris, the Four Seasons Hotel George V is located just a stone's throw from the Champs-Elysées and offers stunning views of the Eiffel Tower. The hotel's rooms and suites are spacious and beautifully decorated, with marble bathrooms and high-end amenities. The hotel also has a range of world-class restaurants and a luxurious spa for guests to enjoy. Prices start at around $1,000 per night.

How To Travel Around Paris

When it comes to getting around Paris, the best way to explore the city is on foot. Many of the city's major landmarks and attractions are within walking distance of each other, and walking allows you to take in the beauty and charm of the city at your own pace. If you need to travel further, the city's metro system is efficient and easy to navigate. Just be sure to plan your route ahead of time and purchase a ticket or pass before boarding. With a little planning and a lot of walking, you can see and experience the best of Paris in just 48 hours.

View from on top of the Eiffel Tower
Zip around Paris via the metro, taxi, or by foot.

Day 1

7:00 am - Rise and shine, it’s Paris time! Start your day with a traditional French breakfast of croissants and coffee at Cafe de Flore. This iconic cafe is located in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and has been a popular spot for artists, intellectuals, and writers since the 1920s.

8:00 am - Nothing is more iconic than the Eiffel Tower. While it is a touristy spot, it is a must-see when in Paris. Head to the Eiffel Tower, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. Get there early to beat the crowds and enjoy the stunning views of the city from the top. Better yet, beat the lines by booking your tickets online ahead of time.

9:00 am - While many people believe the view from the Eiffel Tower is one of the best in Paris, the view from atop the iconic Arc de Triomphe may change your mind. Even if you don't climb to the top, a stop at this site along the Champs-Élysées is a must.

11:00 am - Take a stroll along the Seine River and admire the beautiful architecture of the buildings that line the riverbank. Stop by the Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the most famous Gothic cathedrals in the world. Due to the 2019 fire, Notre Dame is still being restored, however you can still walk around the famous site and read about the restoration process on the exterior exhibit.

View of Notre Dame
Notre Dame is currently being reconstructed after the devastating 2019 fire.

1:00 pm - For lunch, head to the Michelin Guide recommended Le Comptoir du Relais in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood. This popular bistro serves up delicious French classics like steak frites and escargots, which will fuel you up for a busy afternoon of exploring.

3:00 pm - You can’t come to Paris without a visit to a museum. After lunch, head to either the Louvre Museum, one of the most famous museums in the world, or the Musee d'Orsay, known for its pristine art collection. Those wishing to visit the Mona Lisa will love exploring the Louvre. However, as a Degas and Monet fan, I personally enjoy exploring the Musee d'Orsay more. Regardless of which museum you choose, always pre-book your tickets as lines can be long and slow!

7:00 pm - For dinner, head to Chez Paul, a classic French restaurant located in the 4th arrondissement near Place des Vosges. They serve traditional French cuisine with generous portions and an extensive wine selection. It's an excellent choice for a dinner in central Paris if you're looking for typical French cuisine in a cozy, traditional setting.

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View of Versailles gardens
Escape from the city to view Versailles.

Day 2

8:00 am - Start your day the right way with a pain au chocolat and cafe au lait at Les Deux Magots. Located in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood, this historic cafe has been a popular spot for writers and artists since the 19th century. Situated on the corner of Boulevard Saint-Germain and Rue Bonaparte, Les Deux Magots offers a quintessential Parisian cafe experience with its elegant decor, outdoor seating, and excellent coffee and pastries.

9:00 am - After breakfast, you will need to hop on the train to head to the Palace of Versailles, located just outside of Paris. Explore the palace's stunning gardens and ornate rooms, including the famous Hall of Mirrors. During my visit with my great-aunts, we rented a golf cart to zip around the gardens which came with an audio guide and relaxing driving music.

1:00 pm - For lunch, enjoy a little bit of luxury by heading to L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon in the 7th arrondissement. This Michelin-starred restaurant serves up creative and delicious French cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.

3:00 pm - After lunch, take a stroll through the Jardin des Tuileries, a beautiful park located in the heart of Paris. Admire the park's sculptures and fountains and take in the views of the city before heading to your final spot for your 48 hours.

View of Sacre Coeur Cathedral
The best place to watch the sunset in Paris is at Sacré-Cœur.

6:00 pm - Without a doubt, my favorite spot in all of Paris is Sacré-Cœur on Montmartre. Head to Montmartre to watch the sunset over the city from the top of the hill and enjoy the best views of the city. Visit Sacré-Cœur Basilica, a stunning church that offers panoramic views of the city. The church is open until 10 pm, so you'll have plenty of time to take in the view and explore the neighborhood.

8:00 pm - For dinner, head to La Bonne Franquette, a classic French restaurant located in Montmartre. This cozy restaurant serves up delicious French dishes like escargots and coq au vin in a charming setting.

In the city of love, lights, and lots of wine, 48 hours will never be enough. However, it is a good start to seeing some of the most famous sites in the world. Paris has so much to offer, from its world-renowned landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame Cathedral, to its charming neighborhoods and bustling street markets. Whether you're a history buff, a foodie, an art lover, or simply seeking a romantic getaway, Paris has something for everyone. Bon voyage!

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