What to do in Paris in 2 days

Here we have selected a 2-day mini itinerary with the must-see sights in the city for first-timers with little time!

Day 1: What to do in Paris in the Morning

Start your day at the biggest tourist attraction in Paris (and perhaps in the world): the Torre Eiffel.

Created by Gustave Eiffel on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of 1889, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, it was originally intended to last only 20 years. However, thanks to her contribution to scientific experiments related to radio and telecommunication transmission, she ended up being eternalized in the Parisian landscape. Since its opening, it is estimated that around 250 million people from all over the world have passed through it. Symbol of France and the biggest showcase in Paris, it currently receives an average of 7 million visitors a year, 75% of which are foreigners. In this way, the Torre Eiffel it is also the most visited paid monument in the world.



Since the terrorist attacks of 2015, it has gradually adapted in terms of security to the new French scenario. If its airspace was previously closed off, today it is no longer possible to move freely under the Tower, it is necessary to go through security and soon, in the autumn here, they will build a kind of bulletproof glass wall as well. But nothing to worry about, the visit is super quiet.

Open every day from 9am to 30pm (and in summer from 23am to 9am), your ticket can be bought at the online ticket office and there are different types (for example elevator to the second floor or to the top or stairs to the second floor). For more information visit here


To get a great view of the Torre Eiffel, I recommend you to visit it from Trocadéro, on metro line 9. There are many tourist bars and cafes there, making it a pleasant place for a break before the next attraction. For hot chocolate or a generous salad, I recommend the traditional Coffee Carette dali.


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What to do in Paris in 2 days

The most visited tourist spot in the world – Eiffel Tower – Photo: Barbara Tigre

What to do in Paris in 2 days

Eiffel Tower – view at night, even more beautiful! Photo: Flavio Antunes

then go to Arch of Triumph (line 9 goes to Franklin Roosevelt on the Champs Élysées). The 10-15 minute walk from Franklin Roosevelt to the arch itself is very pleasant, as it allows you to get to know a little about the “climate” of the city. Champs Elysees, with its numerous luxury shops and tourists – and stunning beauty (especially in winter when everything is lit up).

To be honest, I highly recommend going up the Arc de Triomphe, but not the Eiffel Tower. To me, the Tower is really what makes Paris Paris, so it doesn't make much sense to have a view that doesn't include it. Going up the Arch you can also see the “star” shape that the streets around the Champs Élysées form. I think it's cheap!


Regarding access to the monument, the Arch has different opening times throughout the year, but normally from 10 am to 22:30 pm. In addition to January 1 and December 25, the attraction is also closed on the mornings of May 8, July 14 and November 11. Your full-fare ticket costs 12 euros and there is an online ticket office. For more information about your visit to the Arc de Triomphe, see here.


To eat there, you have everything… from Five Guys (that famous US hamburger shop), to Ladurée (mas a casa de chá Ladurée but bonita, par mim, é a de Saint-Germain de Près – no 21 Rue Bonaparte), at Pizzaria Vesuvio (pizza is always a good cost-benefit option, right) and even a delicious and romantic bistro called The Bistrologist (no 16 Av. de Friedland).

What to do in Paris in 2 days

Triumphal Arch – Photo: Barbara Tigre

Day 1: What to do in Paris in the Afternoon

Leaving the Arco take the RER B to Châtelet and there take the B to… Luxembourg! O Luxembourg garden It's definitely your next stop!

Acquired by Queen Maria de Medicis at the beginning of the XNUMXth century, the Luxembourg garden it's just stunning. No wonder that's where the French Senate, whose decoration and luxurious interior leave absolutely nothing to be desired in relation to the Palace of Versailles. #AiQueRiqueza

In summer (actually from mid-spring onwards) we see many people sitting on the benches available in the garden to sunbathe and enjoy the scenery.


What to do in Paris in 2 days

Luxembourg Garden – Photo: Barbara Tigre

Leaving the Garden, head towards Saint Germain de Près – Quartier Latin, not before stopping quickly at the Pantheon. Created in the 70th century, under the reign of Louis XV, it bears on its “facade” a dedication to the great men of the French homeland. The tribute is also given to the fact that more than XNUMX historical characters rest in its crypt, among them the writers Émile Zola, Victor Hugo, Voltaire and Alexandre Dumas, and the scientists Pierre and Marie Curie.


going down to the Boulevard Saint Germain, where there are the historic cafes Les Deux Magots e Flower Coffee (meeting points for intellectuals such as Jean Paul Sartre and Albert Camus in the 60s), continue towards Boulevard Saint Michel. Go down the street and voilà, you are facing the River Seine and the Notre Dame Cathedral. What a beautiful way to end your first day, isn't it?

What to do in Paris in 2 days

Notre Dame Cathedral – Photo: Barbara Tigre

If you're still in the mood, no matter how cliché the boat trip on the River Seine (you can take it at the height of Pont Neuf or Alma/Marceau) it's really worth it for the first trip. It's a beautiful walk, the most beautiful city in the world lit up.

And if you still want to see a little more of the city of lights, go for dinner at Café de la Paix (touristy but very good – and affectionate) next to Opéra Garnier.

 I made a map with all the tips of what to do on Day 1 in Paris, check it out here:

 

What to do in Paris – Day 2:

Get ready for war! The most tense moment of your trip has arrived… the Louvre Museum! There's no way to escape the crowd, be prepared mentally for queues, noise and several Japanese glued to Monalisa.

Practical information about the Louvre:

  • The Museum is open every day, except Tuesdays, from 9 am to 18 pm
  • On Wednesdays and Fridays it is open for night visits until 21:45 pm
  • It is closed on the 1st of May and 25th of December
  • #good tip: Every first Sunday of the month, from October to March, admission to the Louvre is free for visitors.
  • Your ticket costs 15 euros. The following are eligible for exemption: young people under 18 with an identity card; young people aged between 18 and 25 residing in a country of the European Economic Area with proof of residence and identity card, among others
  • In addition to guided tours and audio-guides, the museum makes available on its website (look here) printable visiting routes so you can choose what appeals to you the most and save a lot of time. Speaking of time, legend has it that if you go to the Louvre every day for a year you still won't be able to see all of his works.

Bref, as the French say, arrive about 15 minutes before (half an hour, why not?) to the opening. And be very relaxed as there really is a lot to see in the museum and it can be a little intellectually tiring.

  • See also: Museums in Paris that you need to know one day

What to do in Paris in 2 days

Louvre Museum in Paris, the home of Monalisa! (Credits: Flickr – Waves)

Well after your day at the Louvre you can have lunch around Rue de Rivoli, for example in Italian Enzo & Family, quickly visit the Tuileries Garden (personally I think it's beautiful but nothing too much) and leave for the late afternoon on Igreja of Sacred Heart.

Now we are closing your weekend in Paris on a high note. THE Sacred Heart stay in Montmartre, easily accessed by line 12 (metro Abbesses), and is open every day from 6:22 am to 30:XNUMX pm. Furthermore, your entry is free.

What to do in Paris in 2 days

Sacred Heart – Foto: Barbara Tigre

except the access to the Dôme outside the left side of the Basilica which is paid (price varies, as well as entry time – which can be from 8:30 am to 20 pm from May to September, or from 9 am to 17 pm from October to April).

One of the most incredible things to do is to see the sunrise or sunset there, as it is located “at the top”, the view you have of Paris is incredible!

To end your weekend in Paris, get lost in thewaters of Montmartre (but be careful with pick pocket, there are many cases of theft there). The video below shows a little of the face of Montmartre and its attractions beyond the Sacre-Coeur. Get lost and be happy in Paris!

And one more map for you to finish your weekend without missing any attractions.

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