Look no further than this itinerary when you have just 48 hours to spare in this beautiful city of romance and love, Paris.
Paris is best explored on foot, really! Get your best walking shoes on and soak up your senses with the best this city has to offer.
Think Paris, think art, culture, architecture, gastronomy and fashion. Paris will not suddenly blow you away, it will slowly charm you with its spells. Over the course of two days, we have the perfect itinerary for you to build up that ecstasy step by step finally to leave you dreamy and mesmerised with this city.
48 hours in Paris: The Must Do's
Start your day with the French croissant and Café au lait at Laduree, Champs Elyseses
In Paris, every baker is a master baker and everyone’s croissant is a work of art; baking is in their genes. Have the classic Parisian breakfast; take a croissant and with a Café au lait.
Choose Ladurée at Champs Elysees, one of the most famous patisserie in Paris for your breakfast. The setting itself is so Parisian; a tea-room dating back to 1860s with its ceilings decorated with frescos. Also, their double-decker macarons are worth drooling over and are available in quirky flavours; try the rose and salted caramel. There is also a selection of pastries, the best and the most creative in Paris.
Fun fact: Gossip Girl fans, Laduree is Blair Waldorf's favorite dessert shoppe and the series shows Blair enjoying her Rose petal macaroons from the tea-room. You know where to get some Upper-east side taste now!
Visit the most visited museum in the World: The Louvre
It is time to put your historian hats on and go to the Louvre, the largest and the most visited museum in the world. Take a 15-20 minute walk from Laduree pastisserie to the Louvre museum.
With a collection of more than 35,000 pieces of art and 3,08,000 objects, you cannot see everything in the museum unless you are literally sprinting around it. Decide on your must-see things, our recommendations are: The Mona Lisa (Of, course the masterpiece and her enigmatic smile), The Coronation of Napoleon (second biggest painting in the Louvre), the virgin portrait (A masterpiece by Raphael), the Victory statue and the Venus de milo, the Dying slave (Michaelengelo) and the Egyptian wing (one of the largest collection in the world and arranged in a way to tell a story).
Louvre fascinated us but certainly left us exhausted and hungry. A nutella crepe each (at 2 Euros each- excellent value from one of the stalls right outside the Louvre metro station) recharged us for the rest of the day.
Take around a good 5-6 hours to enjoy the Louvre and head back to the Champs Elysees street to devour one of the finest concert shows .
A Few Tips:
-To have a glitch free Louvre experience, book the tickets online to avoid long queues, carry a bottle of water and some snacks with you, take an audio guide and please be patient amidst the crowd if you want a one-on-one with the Mona Lisa.
-Before you exit the museum, please do not forget to click the customary pictured in front of the glass pyramid.
Enjoy a slice of heaven at the world-renowned Lido Show
Before heading over for the Lido Show, we chose a little Italian cafe for our dinner at Champs Elysees. Our rule of thumb to get away from tourist-trap restaurants at famous avenues: Look into the by-lanes and you are sure to find a gem.
The main act: “Be my guest for a slice of heaven” says Franco Dagone, the writer and director of the Lido Show and he cannot be any more closer to the truth. The show with all its flamboyance, sensuality, intimacy and elegance is a tribute to Paris. The show features breathtaking sceneries, 23 different acts, a stage with a real ice skating rink and of course, the beautiful bluebell girls and the handsome Lido boys. Sip your complimentary bottle of champagne as you are blown away and dazzled by this musical extravaganza.
Tip: Get an awesome 50% discount on same day tickets for the Lido at the Culture kiosk. Check their addresses in Paris here (the main kiosk in Madeleine is a short walk away from Champs-Élysées). This is the biggest bargain you can get here and not many people know about this. I was lucky to come across this while trawling through the Lido’s reviews on TripAdvisor.
Transportation Tip: Paris is a large city but with the Metro, everything is easily accessible. Take a bunch of 10 tickets at one go, it is cheaper for EUR 14 compared to the EUR 1.9 for a single ticket.
Kickstart your morning at the monumental public square- Place Saint Michel
Repeat yesterday’s regime for breakfast but at a different cafe this time. Try Le Progres, a typical french restaurant at the Place Saint-Michel public square . A double espresso with some cookies and cakes should help clear the mind and senses.
Take a walking tour to know the significance of Paris
Paris is a completely different city at night, all its monuments are lit up and of course the hourly glittering of the Eiffel tower is a scintillating sight to see. We took a walking tour (of course with our favourite New Sandeman Europe) early afternoon. The tour starts right in front of the fountain at Place Saint-Michel. It gave us excellent insight into continental’s Europe most visited city: the gargoyled Notre-Dame Cathedral, Fontaine Saint-Michel, Arc de Triomphe at Champs-Élysées and the Tuileries Garden outside the Louvre. These excellent guides have a unique story to tell about their city and I will let you hear it from them, instead of reciting history here.