I will never forget how gorgeous Paris was whilst I was growing up, it was always such a beautiful city with an elegant style set against a fun and exciting atmosphere. It is a city of iconic landmarks and traditional scenes and it is no wonder that a romantic trip to the French capital is on many people’s bucket lists!
However, finding the time to go for a week or even a weekend can be difficult so why not explore this beautiful city in a day, or 24 hours to be exact. With Paris just across the channel I have come up with a mini-guide for those with the essentials: what to do, see and eat when you are there. Here are my top tips for exploring Paris in 24 hours:
Have a traditional French cooking lesson
Arrive in Paris and grab brunch. Or kill two birds with one stone and learn how to make a traditional French brunch, and then eat it… have a cooking lesson. What is better than trying the local delicacies in a city you visit. But take one step further when you visit Paris and step up your cooking skills.
Bike your way around Paris
You are short on time so often the quickest and best way to explore a city is by bike, and Paris is no different. You can see lots of things, explore secret alleyways and stop when and where you like. It is also one of the cheapest ways to explore a city.
Ensure you get a bit of culture thrown in for good measure. If you want to step away from the crowds why not explore Montmartre. It is a wonderful little land of its own with great shops, places to eat and many a sweet treat.
The rooftop terrace at Le Perchoir
Evenings are for spending time with your loved ones with a drink in hand as the sun sets. The rooftop terrace at Le Perchoir is a beautiful hidden gem and it is the perfect place for a chilled out evening.
Sparkle at night
As the sun sets each night the iconic structure known by millions around the world lights up for the thousands who can look upon the Eiffel Tower from the city. The structure lights up every hour for a glitzy performance to finish off your speedy trip to the capital of love!
Indulge in French cuisine at Le Jules Verne
The extraordinary setting 400ft up the Eiffel Tower (reached by the restaurant’s own lift, south pillar) takes the stuffiness out of grand-occasion dining with a suave decor by Patrick Jouin and nonchalant waiters who don’t bat an eyelid when you get up to take photos.
Stay at the stunning Hotel Grand Amour or Hotel Lumen Paris Louvre
In two of Paris’ chicest and most bohemian districts, in the 9th and 10th arrondissements, lies two hotels that have quietly been drawing in the world’s coolest and influential movers and shakers Hotel Amour and Hotel Grand Amour. Or if you fancy some Parisian chic head to the Hotel Lumen Paris Louvre for your next weekend break or family holiday, where elegance and design combine!
There are also hundreds of other wonderful hotels, of which I will be doing a blog post on next month!