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One Perfect Day in Paris

Ohh la la – Paris had stolen my heart from the time I stepped off the Eurostar in Gard du Nord. The city of romance, adventure and culture, Europe’s most sophisticated city is sure to be high on everyone’s list of places to visit.
It’s difficult to decide what to do in a city brimming with art, fashion, food and wine, but here is my suggestion on how to create one perfect day in Paris, France.

Pain du Chocolat and coffee

8am

Wake and up in your Parisian accommodation and get ready and spend the morning in your local arrondissement or neighbourhood. Enjoy a pavement cafe and enjoy a pain du chocolat – chocolate croissant – as you sip your coffee.

The Notre Dame in Paris, France

10am

Beat the crowds and get to the Notre Dame early in the morning. You can see the famed cathedral by walking through its crypts. enjoying the architecture of the nave and inside display (I highly recommend you pay the extra few Euro for the audio guide), but the highlight of the visit has to be a climb to the rooftop to gaze across Paris from amongst the protective gargoyles… and see if you can spot Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame while you are up there!

Champs du Elysees Paris, France

12pm

After your climb, enjoy a light lunch at the Cafe Diane in the Tuileries Gardens, just a stone throw away from the Louvre.
With the cafes location so close to major sites you’d expect the prices to be high and it to be overrun by tourists, but there are plenty of business people and the value is good! (€11 – €13 for most dishes)

From here either take in the art of the Louvre. Even just a stroll through the courtyard is a delight in itself.

If galleries aren’t your thing walk towards Place de la Concorde – one of Paris’ major public squares recognisable by the Obelisk of Luxor given to France by the Egyptian government in the 19th century.
From La Concorde, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées – the cities famous avenue – is just a short walk away. If you are looking for luxury shopping – most of the fashion houses can be found here, though some high street brands can be found – then you are in the right place with dozens stores to get lost in.
If you have extra time in Paris then consider a night out on the Champs-Élysées, as the Avenue is lined with restaurants, bars, cafes, and theatres which are open well into the night.

If you feel like making the 1.91km walk down the length of the Avenue, the Arc de Triomphe is at the other end of the Avenue.

Laduree macaroons in Paris, France

3pm

All the walking, whether it be whilst gazing at art created by fabric or pain, will be leaving you a little peckish so why not continue with the art-theme and head to a Parisian icon whose medium is that of sugar and flour – Ladurée.

The luxury patisserie, Ladurée is most famed for their macaroons but has a huge range of pastries to choose from; and with a branch on the Champs-Élysées you won’t have far to walk to find a perfect afternoon tea.

The Sacre Coeur in Montmartre in Paris, France

4pm

Head up the cities lone hill to the area known as Montmartre. Still one of the most bohemian neighbourhoods of Paris, you’ll find plenty of kitch shops, galleries, street art, and of course, the Sacre Coeur at it’s peak.

Whether you just want to gaze at it from the outside, enjoy a service or learn about the church from inside, or just enjoy the view across Paris from the steps, it is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Paris.

French Strawberries and Champagne

7pm

The perfect way to end the day is to enjoy in a light meal. My perfect day would consist of heading to the supermarket and picking up some fresh ingredients – including a bottle of Champagne, some strawberries and some cheese of course – to whip up a simple yet fantastic meal.

Maybe you don’t share the same love of cooking and eating at one of the cities many famed restaurants is more your style, so perhaps the Guardian’s top Paris restaurant recommendations can help you decide where to dine.

The Moulin Rouge in Paris, France

9pm

Take in a Moulin Rouge show. Beginning at 9pm every night the cabaret house is the place famous for modernising the can-can dance, which led to its spread throughout Europe.

Currently the show Férrie is running, which continues the cabaret tradition which has made the Moulin Rouge famous but also brings back the famous giant aquarium, in which barely dressed dancers dance in the water, draws inspiration from Indonesian dances and folklore, as well as a host of circus-style acts.

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Midnight

What trip to Paris is complete without seeing the Eiffel Tower? By day it’s beautiful, but by night it really shows why it is still one of the most photographed sites in Paris.

Every hour from dusk until 1am – or 3am in the warmer months – the tower will put on a dazzling 10 minute light show; the perfect way to finish one perfect day in Paris.

Now it’s over to you:

How would you spend one perfect day in Paris?

Photo credit: Write Shoot Cut

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    nicole @thewondernuts
    March 27, 2013 at 9:17 am

    When I read it, I thought: that DOES sound like a perfect day in Paris. =)

    • Reply
      Nicole
      April 1, 2013 at 2:57 am

      Thanks for thinking so, Nicole! =)

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    Sam D
    April 29, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Paris – what can you say really its an amazing place! Thanks for giving me a good a “perfect day” in Paris! We would love to be able to see all these famous sights in 1 day! One day Paris… One day!!
    Thanks for sharing Nicole! I love Paris!

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    Katie
    June 21, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Headed to Paris in a month and I just came across your blog – love it! And thanks 🙂

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    Amelia
    September 16, 2013 at 5:42 am

    This sounds amazing!! I’m going to paris for the first time in a few months and I love your blog 🙂 It’s really helpful! Do you have any other travel blogs you would recommend? thanks!

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    clifford
    October 3, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Your photographs really inspired me to book myself tickets with Lufthansa and fly to Paris next week. Really looking forward to this trip. since, Lufthansa is my all time favorite airline and then Paris is my dream city. The combination just makes this trip worth waiting for. SUPER EXCITED!

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      Nicole
      October 11, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      Thank you for sharing this with me, Clifford!!

      I hope you have a fantastic time in Paris. Have you been before?
      What are/is your favourite spots?

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    Rebekka
    July 28, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Great photos! What camera do you use??

    • Reply
      Nicole
      July 28, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      Hey Rebekka,

      Those were taken with my old Canon Rebel (similar to a 500D or 550D). I now use a Nikon D7000 for most of my photography.

      Have a lovely week!

  • Reply
    Milena Yordanova
    August 4, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Beautiful photos! My perfect day will include visiting Arc de Triomphe at sunset. The views of Avenue des Champs-Élysées from there are amazing at night.

    • Reply
      Nicole
      August 5, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      Sounds beautiful Milena! 🙂

      Thank you for taking the time to contribute.

  • Reply
    yolo
    September 5, 2014 at 1:04 am

    Woaw super photo mais je vis las bas alors je m’en fous .

    • Reply
      Nicole
      September 5, 2014 at 11:03 am

      Merci pour les commentaires. J’espère que vous dormez plus. 😉

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