Are you planning to visit Paris? If so, keep reading because I’ve prepared the perfect 2 days city guide for you.
I went to Paris for the first time at the end of November and it was one of my favourite city breaks so far. I wanted to make the most of our time there, so I did some research and plan a 2 day Paris guide with the places to visit, activities to do and how to move around.
We arrived in Paris on Friday afternoon and we left of Sunday evening, so this guide is going to cover that period of time of two whole days. I’ll also give you some more general tips to plan your trip. The guide has a list format, so you can easily check what you visit. The list follows the day, so the first thing on the list is the first thing to visit and so the last. As I have some tips for some of the places, I’ll add them underneath each of them. This guide is thought so that everything is in a walkable distance so that you don’t need to take the underground that much.
We stayed at Le Marais, which is a really cute district just a 20 min walk away from the city center and with great public transport connections. There are many restaurants, boulangeries, and supermarkets around as well. Many of the buildings in this district were built in the XVIII century, so they have a very special feeling. We stayed in a small but very cute Airbnb in Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth and we loved it, but there are plenty of hotels and Airbnbs to choose.
1- Be aware of the French eating timetable: Lunch time: between 11.30am and 2pm
Dinner time: between 7.30pm and 11pm
Try to eat away from the most touristic spots, you only need to walk two streets away and you can find amazing restaurants where French go.
2- Ask for“carafe d’eau”
If you don’t want to be charged 9€ for a bottle of water, ask for “carafe d’eau” (literally pronounced “gagaf do”) which is perfectly drinkable tap water. French always drink “carafe d’eau” when they eat out so don’t be ashamed. Remember to ask for it, otherwise the waiter/waitress will bring you bottled water and once it’s open, they’ll charge you 8€ or 9€ for it!!
3- Ask for “plat du jour”
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money in restaurants but still want to eat out, ask for the “plat du jour”. Some restaurants have them even during the weekend and it’s the perfect way to eat the exquisite French food without breaking the bank.
Take the 10 tickets pack of the Ticket T+. We only needed 1 pack as it comes in 10 individual tickets, so you can share them. It’s only 14,10€ and you can take the underground, buses, RER trains and the funicular to Montmartre. Don’t worry, you can buy the tickets in the underground station where there are automatic machines (select your language, it’s easier!)
2 DAY PARIS GUIDE
◊Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
The entrance is free and it’s totally worth it.
◊Place du Tertre
Such a pintoresque square, it’s just two minutes away the Basilique. You’ll find many paintors here and a selection of the cutest terraces so it’s a good option to have lunch here if you haven’t had lunch yet. There’s also an amazing boulangerie called Carette in one of the corners which sells the best “goufre legere” I’ve eaten in my life, so absolutely recommend trying them.
◊Boulevard de Clichy
Amazing galeries that deserve a visit, if you don’t want to buy anything, at least enjoy the architecture of this place. What I totally recommend is the terrace on the top floor, incredible night views of Paris and it’s free!!
◊Le Palais Garnier
If you have enough time, I would recommend very much visiting inside because it’s incredible.
Free entrance, there might be a queue but it’s quite fast so no worries.
◊Marche aux Fleurs
◊Pont and Fontaine Saint Michel
This is in the Latin quarter, and there’re lots of restaurants to have lunch around.
◊Free Walking Tour in English and Spanish (meeting point at Fontaine Saint Michel)
Totally recommend doing a free tour with a guide, it’s the best way to actually understand the city and its history. It works on a tip base so if you enjoy your tour then it’s up to you the amount of money you pay to your guide (be considerated).
What you visit:
Place Saint Michel
Pont des Arts
Jardin des Tuileries
◊Place de la Concorde
◊Pont Alexandre III
The most beautiful bridge in Paris and one of the best spots to see the sunset and take photos
◊Champ de Mars
The most famous spot in France and probably one of the most famous in the world too. It’s much higher than I thought and it lightens at night time every hour on the hour. So don’t miss it because it’s gorgeous!!
This is something I totally recommend doing at night. Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it’s even more beautiful at night!!
◊Arc de Triomphe
◊Avenue des Champs-Élysées
◊Jardin des Champs-Élysées
Hope you enjoyed this Paris guide and that it’s useful for your trip. If you want to see what I got up to during our trip, don’t miss my TRAVEL VLOG: 48 HOURS IN PARIS