24H in Paris

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It was not long ago that I visited Paris, and fell even more in love with the city over my previous trip – so elegant, so beautiful, and such a chic city! If I could go again, this is what i’d do if I had another 24 hours there. I’ve made this into a guide for anyone who would also like to visit.

First things first, where would I stay?
Palais-Royal or Champs-Élysées (1st + 8th Arrondissement)

Any area that is relatively central (and a walkable distance from most of the places that you want to visit) with nearby access to transport is already a good start. I would advise to pay more for your location (and a comfortable + clean apartment/hotel) than paying less further out and spending more time travelling into the city – a mistake that my friends and I once made during our student life! I would stay in the Palais-Royal area, located in the 1st Arrondissement, or by the Champs-Élysées in the 8th Arrondissement. There are various metro stations dotted in these areas, and you will find supermarkets, pharmacies, and any other general facilities needed on any street corner as the area is pretty much central.

9:30AM – Claus (for breakfast)
Metro Stations: Palais-Royal or Les Halles

Claus ‘La Maison de Petit-Déjeuner’ goes beyond the typical coffee + croissant morning fix. I’d head to Claus as they have various set breakfast menus, which are mainly healthy, organic, and with gluten free options. The interior of Claus alone truly adds to the experience, it’s so charming and well designed.

10:30AM – The Centre Pompidou
Metro Stations: Rambuteau
As an appreciator of architecture, I will always fall in love with this place, a radically designed building by Richard Rogers + Renzo Piano in 1971. It is just so cool and quirky, a fresh bit of modern architecture popping out of the historical city! The building houses modern art, as well as a music center and library. There is lots to see here, but the area of Le Marais is arty in itself, and I would take a walk down the streets and view the art of the locals!

12:00 noon – Place du Marché Saint-Honoré (for lunch)
Metro Stations: Concorde or Pyramides

As aforementioned, this little square has numerous restaurants to choose from. I love this place for it’s variety, and for the simple fact that I feel like a true Parisian sitting outside the restaurant (if warm enough), feeling good about life surrounded by locals and watching the world go by. A few good eating places here are: Razowski, L’Absinthe, + L’Ecluse.

1:30PM – Shopping (after gaining some energy)
Metro Stations: Concorde or Pyramides

I would opt for walking down Rue Saint Honoré for a spot of shopping after gaining some energy. It is has most stores that I would be on the look out for: Sandro, Zara, & Other Stories, + Aesop (there’s free hand cream outside the store!) etc. Rue Saint Honoré is a narrow street, but I feel like a true Parisian when I walk through as it’s very elegant. You could alternatively shop down the Champs-Élysées of course too 🙂 it’s also a great place for tremendous shots of the Arc de Triomphe like the one I got above!

3:30PM – Jardin des Tuilleries
Metro Stations: Tuilleries

After dropping my shopping bags at the accommodation, I would take it easy and stroll down the picturesque Jardin des Tuilleries. The beautiful thing about this city is you can incorporate a walk through these stunning public gardens on your way to a destination. There are two ponds within the grounds which you are free to sit by if relaxation time and a bond with nature is needed.

5:00PM – Jeu de Paume Gallery
Metro Stations: Concorde

Now I would of course head to the Louvre, but I’ve already been there a couple of times. There’s countless galleries and museums tucked in Paris, and one that’s close by and more modern is Jeu de Paume, a photography and video-art museum at the end of Jardin des Tuilleries. You can also visit: The Orangerie Museum + Musée Maxim’s for alternatives.

6:00PM – Ladurée
Metro Stations: Concorde

I’m not leaving Paris without my macarons! If you haven’t heard of this place, it’s a luxurious bakery and sweet-maker house which was established in Paris in 1862 and is still on trend to this day! They are most famous for their macarons (available in all kinds of delicious flavours), and you can purchase a keepsake box to store them in! There are a number of individual Ladurée stores dotted around the city. The ones close by are: Les Marquis de Ladurée, Thé + Beauté Ladurée, + Ladurée Royale. I’d sit here with some yummy pistachio and vanilla macarons and a cup of tea – parfait!

7:00PM – Accommodation Stop
Metro Stations: Concorde

At this point, I would head back to my accommodation, relax a bit, take a shower and prepare myself for the evening mood – a change of clothes and some red lippy for me!

8:30PM – Les Ombres (dinner)
Metro Stations: Pont de L’Alma

With only 24 hours, I could not miss a chance to eat at this gem of a restaurant which is located above Musée du Quai Branly. It is a modern restaurant with a guaranteed clear and romantic view of the Eiffel Tower and tremendous and friendly service, this is the place to spend your evening. Upon entering the site, you are directed to walk through a garden which forms a path to the lift heading up to the rooftop restaurant. The food is divine, exquisite, and presentation is on point (AKA. Instagrammable!). You can get decent priced set menu, but if you head for more expensive options, it is definitely worth it for the overall experience.

10:00PM – Pont Neuf
Metro Stations: Pont Neuf
Pont Neuf is the oldest standing bridge on the Seine. If not too tired, I would walk along or sit by the river below the bridge, something which is common for locals to do with friends or a loved one. After this, I would head back to the accommodation for some sleep and dream about staying in the city for longer! 😉

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3 Comments

  1. January 7, 2017 / 3:50 am

    Thank you so much for this post! I want to so badly to go to Paris and I appreciate your insight’s on your visit. Not to mention your pictures are gorgeous! Hopefully one day when I get the opportunity I’ll be able to reference this post. Love your site by the way!

    -Emily B.
    TheTravelingBlonde.com

    • thecaramelchronicles
      January 7, 2017 / 9:50 pm

      No problem at all Emily, this post is for you! Thank you for the compliments, i’m so glad you’re enjoying the photos and this blog 🙂 You should definitely visit Paris, it is one city that I really, really could live in one day – so chic, so stylish, so picturesque. I’m visiting again later this month and hope to have an updated post on some new places to go to so watch out for that one 😉 I’ll look forward to seeing your posts when you finally get to visit!

  2. January 30, 2017 / 5:09 pm

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