Two days in Paris is not enough time to see the whole city, but if that’s all you have, don’t worry – just plan accordingly. A two day stay is adequate, as long as you’re efficient! Here is a guide on the things to see in Paris in two days.
2 Days in Paris
1st Day in Paris
Begin your first day at The Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is located on the Champs de Mars and has more to offer than just the breathtaking view! The Eiffel Tower has three levels open to the public. All three floors are accessible by elevators, and the first two levels are also accessible by stairs. Here is a break-down of what each level has to offer.
Level Three: the office of Gustave Eiffel, panoramic maps, a small model of the original Eiffel Tower, the champagne bar
After visiting the Eiffel Tower, make your way to the Seine River and board a Bateau-Mouche for a tour of Paris from the river! The majority of Paris’s monuments are located along the Seine River, so enjoying a Bateau-Mouche cruise is the most efficient way to see things in Paris in two days.
A popular spot in Paris that’s not located on the Seine River is L’avenue des Champs Élysées. L’avenue des Champs Élysées is lined with merchandise stores and is a perfect area to have a delicious lunch; it’s also the most beautiful avenue in the world. Make your way into a traditional brasserie, or a local boulangerie for a sandwich on-the-go!
The afternoon is an ideal time to visit the neighborhood of Montmartre. Being one of the most historic and interesting neighborhoods of Pairs, Montmartre is a must for things to see in Paris in two days. Start on Boulevard de Clichy, at the bottom of the hill, and make your way up the cobbled streets to La Basilique de Sacre-Cœur. Montmartre is also home to the Moulin Rouge, street markets, and St. Pierre de Montmartre.
2nd day in Paris
Begin your second day in Paris with a trip to the famous Louvre Museum. The Louvre has an incredible collection of 35,000 works of art, and not to mentions the marvelous architecture and detail in the building itself. In addition to seeing the Mona Lisa and other masterpieces, the Louvre has two cafés located in the museum one café located just below the Pyramid entrance. There are three guided tours a day of the Louvre, but if you prefer to venture on your own there is a instant-access audio guide with commentary on over 1,000 masterpieces available for a little over €2. If you would like to download the instant -access audio guide before you arrive at the Louvre, click here.
After your visit to the Louvre, head to the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Notre-Dame is open every day of the year and visitors are welcome to visit the inside of the cathedral and participate in its services. The cathedral is filled with stained glass windows, detailed history, gothic architecture, and is free to enter, but if you would like to see the amazing view from the top of the towers, it will cost a little extra.
The next thing to see in Paris is two days is the Marais. In your afternoon here, you have to visit the oldest and most beautiful square in Paris, the Place de Vosges. Here artists, visitors, and locals will bask in the Parisian sun in the summer. The Marais is also bursting with art galleries and fashionable shops, not only indoors, but also out on the streets. The Marais is also known for various culinary specialties, especially Sunday Brunch.
If you find yourself with some extra time, I highly recommend spending it at the Musée d’Orsay. This museum houses impressionist style paintings, furniture, sculptures, and photographs.
More days? There is still much to do in Paris such as exploring Père Lachaise cemetery and hearing the stories of all french and foreigners buried there. Take a one or two day trip to Loire Valley, Chartres, or Mont-Saint-Michel.
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