The Wanderbug’s One Perfect Day series asks travel bloggers around the world for their favourite insider tips & experiences in the cities they love most. I think it’s the best way to find fresh inspiration for visiting a city, with a handful of icons & must-dos interspersed with more low-key (but just as special) experiences that the guidebooks miss. If you’re a travel blogger itching to share your One Perfect Day on The Wanderbug, please get in touch!
If I only had 24 hours in Paris, this is how I’d spend it. No Eiffel Tower, no Louvre, no Moulin Rouge. A few icons, a few shops, a few fabulous views and lots of delicious food.
Breakfast: I’d start my day right with a pain au chocolat at the nearest boulangerie. Nowhere makes pastries like Paris.
Afterwards, I’d head to Musee de l’Orangerie to gaze at Monet’s waterlilies for an inordinate amount of time. In reality, this might only be for ten minutes but sitting and staring at a painting for that long in this fast-paced world feels like forever, in the best possible way.
Musee de l’Orangerie is in the Jardin des Tuileries, so I’d wander around these gardens afterwards, before stopping in for a few moments at Sainte Chapelle. It’s too beautiful.
If I’m feeling greedy, a raspberry sorbet from Berthillon would really hit the spot.
So in other words, a raspberry sorbet is definitely on the cards. Walking while you eat is a no-no in France, so go and enjoy it on the banks of the Seine. If I had time, I might go up to Montmartre. There are more pickpockets here, but its a beautiful little area. I visit Sacre Couer every time in Paris, it’s one of my favourite places.
Lunch: Ham & Cheese Crepe, eaten in Place des Vosges. Another super cheap but super delicious meal.
I’d work my way back through the nearby art galleries and boutiques of the Marais, before crossing the Seine to do some more shopping in the boutiques in Saint Germain. If I needed a sugar hit, I’d find a Pierre Herme or Patisserie des Reves.
I’d watch the sun go down and Paris light up from Tour Montparnasse, one of my favourite viewpoints in the city. See my photos from Tour Montparnasse here. You can read my full Montparnasse neighbourhood guide here.
Dinner: After cheap eats during the day, I’d splurge on a confit de canard at a beautiful restaurant on Place de Victor Hugo in Passy, the 16eme arrondissement. I’ve had it before – it came in a jar and was the best duck I have ever eaten.
If I feel like working off dinner (unlikely), I’d climb up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. The view makes up for the claustrophobic, never-ending circular staircase.
Finally, I’d finish my day in the early hours of the morning in Champs-Elysees’ underground clubs – the only reason to visit the Champs-Elysees, in my opinion.
How would you spend one perfect day in Paris?
Want more ideas for Paris?
- 50 Things to do in Paris
- Montparnasse Neighbourhood Guide
- Why the French are Rude (to you)
- Skip the Moulin Rouge, see the Lido
- The Changing Face of the Champs-Elysee
- Eating in Paris Pt 1: Chew with a view
- Eating in Paris Pt 2: Latin Quarter
- New World Paris: La Defense