How to See Paris in 2 Days: The Perfect Itinerary for the City of Light

Last Updated on December 27, 2022 by admin

Paris is one of the most popular destinations in the world. The city is filled with some of the world’s most important historical, cultural, and artistic sites. Whether you’re interested in seeing Leonardo DaVinci’s famous Mona Lisa painting, the Eiffel Tower, or cruising the Seine River, Paris is the place to be. I’ve personally visited Paris 4 times, and it’s a city that I will keep returning to over and over again.

You might be wondering if two days in Paris is “enough”, and I think it’s totally worth visiting Paris for even a couple of days. (You’ll be surprised how much you can see!) During our last trip to Paris, we spent just two days there, and we have no regrets. In this post, I’m sharing the perfect itinerary for 2 days in Paris

We’ve packed a lot to do in two days, but we also think that this itinerary is totally realistic. We’ve taken into account travel times between sites, as well as down time for meals. If you’re traveling with small children, however, we recommend traveling at an even slower pace. (We know from experience, we’ve been to Paris with a toddler.) You might choose only a few sites from the list we’ve included.

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Tips fo Visiting Paris

We wrote a full post about our best tips for visiting Paris (linked here), but we will share a few of those tips here as well:

  • Book tickets for attractions like the Eiffel Tower in advance… they can sell out!
  • Book a hotel near the city center. (We recommend Hotel du Louvre!)
  • Take into account museum closure dates when you plan your itinerary. (Some museums are closed on Mondays or Tuesdays, for example.)
  • Consider buying the Go City Paris Pass. If you plan on visiting multiple attractions, you can save money by buying one pass. You can easily download the pass on your phone, so it’s really easy to see all Paris has to offer. 
  • Make restaurant reservations in advance for fine dining.
  • Make sure you have medical insurance for international trips. 

Paris France neighborhood, 2 days in Paris itinearry


Getting to Paris

 

The primary airport near the city of Paris is Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (Airport Code CDG). The airport is quite large, so make sure you take note of which terminal you arrive in and will depart from. 

Tip: I recommend checking the SkyScanner website to search for the best airfare prices for your dates of travel!

Traveling from the Airport to Downtown Paris

From the airport, you can take a taxi to downtown Paris. We paid 53 euros for our trip from the airport to downtown central Paris. I can’t guarantee how much the taxi ride will cost you, but I included our price to help give you a general estimate of what to expect. We found taking a taxi to be the quickest option. There wasn’t much traffic on the day we arrived, so we were able to go directly to our hotel. (This was the best option for us since we were traveling with a young child.) We were able to use our credit card for all the taxi rides we had in Paris, except on one occasion. It’s good to have cash as a backup just in case.

On a separate trip to Paris, we did experience a bit of a scam at the airport. We were looking for a taxi ride to take us to our hotel, which was just 5 minutes away from the airport. We had an international flight early the next morning, and we wanted to be near the airport. When we asked our taxi driver how much it would cost for the 5-minute drive, he quoted us 50 euros. Don’t pay that much for such a short drive!  Thankfully, from experience, we knew that was way overpriced. Make sure you get a sense of the price beforehand, or ask to see the meter, just in case. I don’t think scams like that happen very frequently, but it did happen to us once. We were able to negotiate the taxi ride to under 20 euros on that occasion. This taxi driver was also the only one from our trip that didn’t accept cash. (And we had taken at least a half dozen taxi trips.)

We had great service from all the other taxis while we were in Paris.

You can also take the train from the airport to downtown Paris. The SNCF railway station is located right at the airport, and can be found between Terminals 2C, 2D, 2E, and 2F. For a full description of the railway station, click here. For a detailed guide on how to take a train from the airport to downtown Paris, click here. The train will take you to the Gare du Nord train station. From there, you can easily take the metro or possibly even walk to your destination.

Once You’re Downtown

The taxi system is fairly easy to navigate once you are downtown. Any taxi that has a green light on is available. Some of the taxi lines can be quite long. We saw a line of at least 30 people waiting for a taxi at the Avenue des Champs-Élysées taxi stand. However, the taxi stand across the street was practically empty. We just crossed the street and waited for a taxi on the other side. If you do need to take a taxi, make sure to give yourself extra time just in case there is a long line.

You can also use the metro (subway) system while you’re downtown. We didn’t use the metro on our last trip because we were more cautious with covid, but I have used the metro for previous trips. I found the Paris metro to be easy to navigate. It’s also an affordable way to see the sights. Some of the Paris attractions can be quite far away from each other. For example, walking from the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame would take about an hour.

 

If you’re in a hurry, taking the metro can be much more efficient. A downside, however, is that you don’t get to see as much of the city since you’ll be underground. If you walk, you’ll be able to see more of the side streets, shops, and residential areas. We recommend using the metro only if you’re pressed for time. Otherwise, a leisurely stroll through Paris is perfection!

River Seine in Paris
The Seine River in Paris

Paris in 2 Days

Below, you’ll find our complete 2-day itinerary for Paris. We’ve included maps, photos, restaurant recommendations, and descriptions of our favorite attractions. We recently spent two days in Paris, so we think this is definitely do-able!

Note: If you’re traveling with small children, you likely won’t be able to see quite as much from this itinerary due to naps, feedings, etc. Feel free to adjust the itinerary accordingly by prioritizing your must-see attractions.

Day 1 in Paris

Below is a map that highlights the major sites from day 1 of the itinerary:

 

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower at sunrise in Paris

Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Av. Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France

Website: https://www.toureiffel.paris/en

Tour information: Click here for several tour options. 

Important Information: Be sure to book your tickets in advance. You can book directly through the official website, by clicking here. This is our recommendation, unless you prefer a tour.

The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 and is 1,083 feet tall. Although it’s an iconic symbol of Paris, most Parisians hated the structure, which they deemed ugly.

Start your day by watching the sunrise at the Eiffel Tower. We arrived to France from the United States, so we had a bit of jet lag that led us to wake up very early on our first day. If you find yourself in the same situation, take advantage of it by watching the sunrise at the Eiffel Tower! We watched the sky change from indigo to a pink hue. It was definitely one of our favorite moments of the trip. Also, there were no crowds, so we were able to get plenty of family photos.

If you’re traveling with kids, there’s actually a playground tucked away close to the southern corner of the Eiffel Tower. (Western side of the garden.) It’s a good place to burn some energy!

During our last trip to Paris, the Eiffel Tower opened at 9:30am. Instead of going to the top with our toddler, we decided to keep seeing the city. I’ve been to the very top of the Eiffel Tower once, and I’ve been to the second level before as well. I personally think it’s “worth it” to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower just for the memory, but the view is pretty outstanding too! There’s also a Champagne Bar at the summit of the Eiffel Tower. It’s typically not open in the morning, so if you want that experience, you’ll have to visit the Eiffel Tower later in the day. You can easily shuffle around this itinerary to accomodate that preference. Sipping on some champagne from the top of the Eiffel Tower is definitely a bucket list moment! 

That being said, if it’s hard to get a ticket to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower, don’t fret. The second level has a phenomenal view as well. If you have the stamina, you can even walk up the stairs to the second level.

Next, walk north about 15 minutes to one of our favorite cafes in Paris: Carette. Along the way, you’ll see the Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel, cross the Seine River, and walk through the Jardins du Trocadero. If you watched the sunrise at the Eiffel Tower, you’ll probably arrive at Carette before 9am and you’ll beat the crowds. 

Breakfast at Carette

Hot chocolate at Carette in Paris

Address: 4 Pl. du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75016 Paris, France

Important Information: The cafe does not take reservations.

Carette was one of my favorite destinations in Paris! This cafe serves the best pastries, hot chocolate, and espresso. Carette went viral on TikTok for their hot chocolate, so I had to try it! Even though the cafe received millions of views, when we went it was very quiet and not touristy at all. 

We ordered the hot chocolate (complete with a whole tower of whipped cream), espresso, crepe with raspberries, a croissant, and scrambled eggs with cheese and meat. The eggs were unlike anything we had in the United States, and they were one of my husband’s favorite dishes from our entire trip to Paris. Of course, we were also big fans of the hot chocolate! It did not disappoint. 

Check out Carette’s Instagram page to see tons of beautiful photos of their table spreads! (We actually ordered so much food our server had a hard time finding room on our table! We definitely looked the part of Americans, but in this moment, we just wanted to try as much yummy food as possible.)

Next, walk north for about 20 minutes until you reach the Arc de Triomphe.

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe, 2 days in Paris itinerary

Address: Pl. Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France

Website: https://www.paris-arc-de-triomphe.fr/en/

Tour Information: Click here for several tour options.

Important Information: Book your tickets to enter the arch and see the rooftop views. Access to the arch is underground. (Do not attempt to cross the street.)

The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most impressive arches you will ever see. Built in 1836, the arch commemorates soldiers that were killed during the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars. It took 30 years to build the arch after it was commissioned by Napoleon. The design for the neoclassical arch was inspired by the Arch of Titus from the Roman Forum. 

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is also located beneath the arch. It was added in 1921 after the first World War. 

The facades of the arch are covered in sculptures and engravings. The most famous of these is Departure of the Volunteers of 1792, which is also called La Marseillaise. The sculpture honors France’s first citizen army. 

The Arc de Triomphe also has cultural significance. Its location is used for the Tour de France and Bastille Day celebrations. 

The arch sits in the middle of Place Charles de Gaulle, which is a massive intersection where 12 different streets meet. From an aerial view, the Arc de Triomphe is located at the center of a “star” formed by the streets.

Do not attempt to cross the street to reach the arch! Instead, follow the signs to the underground passageway. If you buy a ticket, you can also enter the arch. There is an elevator and stairs that will take you to a museum as well as an observation deck. If you didn’t have a chance to go up the Eiffel Tower, this is a great way to get a view of Paris!

From the Arc de Triomphe, you’ll then be able to stroll along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.

Avenue des Champs-Élysées

louis vuitton on Champs Elysees in Paris

The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is famous throughout the world for its high-end shops, designer boutiques, and amazing restaurants. We recommend that you walk east along the Champs-Élysées toward the Place de la Concorde. You’ll find famous stores such as Louis Vuitton and Cartier. You’ll also find some more affordable stores such as Adidas and Levi’s

There’s also a McDonalds on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Although we don’t recommend dining there for lunch, it’s worth popping in to see their unique French menu. In addition to French macarons, they also offered the McChoconut: a dessert burger!

McDonalds in Paris McChoconut

If you’re able to get a reservation, we recommend having lunch at Ladurée. Each of the dining rooms located inside the restaurant exudes Parisian elegance. 

Even if you don’t visit for lunch, however, be sure to visit the patisserie. There are so many gorgeous French pastries to choose from!

Laduree in Paris

Also while you’re at  Ladurée, be sure to pick up a box of macarons. They have been making pastries for over 160 years! They make a beautiful souvenir. We tried many of their macarons over the course of our trip, but the pistachio and vanilla flavors were my favorite!

After you leave Ladurée, head to Place de la Concorde. It’s about a 20-minute walk if you continue to follow the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. You can also choose to take a taxi. (But it might take just as long to wait in a taxi line and drive there.) If you go by foot, you’ll walk by Square Marigny, the statue of General Charles de Gaulle, and finally Jardins des Champs-Élysées.

Place de la Concorde

Address: 75008 Paris, France

The Place de la Concorde is the largest public square in the city of Paris. It has been called several names since it was first built in 1772. It has been called Place Louis XV, Place de la Révolution, Place de la Chartre, and Place Louis XVI. It is now known as the Place de la Concorde, because the word concorde in French means agreement. The name was chosen to reflect the unification of the French people after the Reign of Terror.

Place de la Concorde is an important historical site within Paris. Place de la Concorde was the execution site of Marie Antoinette. 

Today, the square is flanked by beautiful gardens and one of the most luxurious hotels in Paris: Hotel de Crillon.  (If you’re interested in reading more about 5-star hotels in Paris, see our post here.)

At the center of the square is the Luxor Obelisk. This obelisk was gifted to France in 1830 from Muhammad Ali Pasha, who was the ruler of Ottoman Egypt. Historians have estimated that the obelisk, which originally was part of a set that framed the Luxor Temple, was constructed around 1300 BC. In exchange for the gift, France gave Egypt the Cairo Citadel Clock. 

After strolling through Place de la Concorde, cross through the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries. Within the gardens, you’ll notice numerous statues, fountains, and a carousel. On the northern side of the garden, along Rue de Rivoli, there’s also carnival-like attractions. Our daughter loved running around the Jardin des Tuileries. We recommend finding a bench and relaxing for a little bit before you’re back on your feet exploring the Louvre Museum.

Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum in Paris (central courtyard)

Address: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Website: https://www.louvre.fr/en

Tour Information: Book a guided tour of the Louvre with reserved entry included. 

One of Paris’s most famous attractions is the Louvre Museum. This is the museum in which the Mona Lisa, perhaps the most famous painting in the world, is housed. The Louvre is the world’s largest museum. If you visit one museum in Paris, make sure it’s the Louvre!

crowded room showcasing the Mona Lisa at the Louvre
As you can see, there’s quite a line to see the Mona Lisa up close

 

The Louvre has so much more to see than the Mona Lisa however. If you’ve never seen the painting, we do recommend that you follow the crowds to see it in person (make sure to check out Winged Victory on the way!), but then escape from that over-crowded room as soon as you can. The Louvre is filled with thousands of historical treasures, relics, and pieces of art. My recommendation is to just get lost in the Louvre and see what you can find. Once you’re away from the main crowds, you’ll find that many of the rooms in the Louvre are near-empty and much more relaxed. 

The Louvre Museum in Paris

We also recommend that you save some time to explore the exterior of the Louvre, which was originally a fortress. In the central courtyard, you’ll see the iconic I.M. Pei Pyramid. The Louvre actually has a total of 5 glass pyramids (one of them is inverted within the Louvre itself).

After exploring the Louvre, it’s time to eat! We had a meal at Cafe de Paris, which was less than a 5-minute walk away from the Louvre. We enjoyed a Croque Madame, French Onion Soup, and Sparkling Champagne. 
A glass of French champagne at Cafe de Paris
A glass of champagne at Cafe de Paris

 

Evening

If you have the energy, you might enjoy visiting a trendy bar for a night cap. Bar Les Ambassadeurs is a gorgeous bar located in the Hotel de Crillon. (It’s pretty much covered in gold!)

Another option is to book dinner, champagne, and a cabaret show at the world-famous Moulin Rouge. Moulin Rouge is the birthplace of the Can Can dance, and it continues to be a major icon in the dance world. 


Day 2 in Paris

Below is a map that highlights the major sites from day 2 of the itinerary:

 

Basilique du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre

Basilique du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre in Paris

Address: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, France

Website: https://www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.com/english/

Tour Information: For a guided tour of the basilica and the Montmartre neighborhood, click here

The basilica Sacré Coeur is a Roman Catholic Church located in the Montmartre neighborhood of Paris. The basilica sits on top of a hill and has excellent views of Paris. It’s known for its large white domes and panoramic views of the city. Because of this, it’s one of the most famous tourist attractions in Paris. The church was built in 1914. Be sure to check out the statue of Joan of Arc on the south facade. 

The basilica is open very early in the morning and has a free entrance. We recommend visiting first-thing in the morning so you can beat the crowds! If you want to visit the dome, though, you’ll need to visit a bit later in the morning when the dome entrance opens. It’s 300 steps to the top and there isn’t an elevator. There is an admission charge to access the dome.

For breakfast, look for cafes in the Montmartre neighborhood. A popular brunch spot is Sylon de Montmartre. Next, walk a bit south to see the Palais Garnier. 
 

Palais Garnier (Opera House)

Palais Garnier (Paris Opera House)

Address: Pl. de l’Opéra, 75009 Paris, France

Website: https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/visits/palais-garnier

Palais Garnier is an ornate opera house in Paris. The cool thing about the opera house is that you can typically view the inside without opera tickets from 10am until 5pm, unless there’s an afternoon performance. For a small fee, you can take a self-guided tour. There’s also the option to book a guided tour as well. For visit information, click here

The opera house was completed in 1875. It was never a palace, but instead it was called Palais Garnier due to its extravagance. There are 1,979 seats. The interior is famous for its Grand Staircase, Grand Foyer, and chandelier. 

Next, head to Sainte-Chapelle. It’s about a 30-minute walk from the Palais Garnier. This would be a good time to take a taxi if you’d like to give your feet a break. But if you have the energy, it’s a beautiful walk!

Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle in Paris (stained glass windows)

Address: 10 Bd du Palais, 75001 Paris, France

Website: https://www.sainte-chapelle.fr/en/

Visiting Sainte-Chapelle was one of my favorite things from our trip to Paris. It often gets overshadowed by its neighbor, Notre Dame, but Sainte-Chapelle is a spectacular church. 

Sainte-Chapelle is located on the Île de la Cité, which is an island within the Seine River. You can access the island via beautiful bridges. 

Sainte-Chapelle is especially famous for its stained glass windows. The church has a total of 1,113 stained glass windows. The church was completed in 1248 and used to house several important Christian relics, including the remains of the crown of thorns (which is now stored within the treasury of Notre-Dame).

There is typically a line to enter the church, but we found that it moved quickly. After passing through security we used the restroom and then headed to the church.

We visited Paris during the summer, so I brought a shawl to cover my shoulders just in case. However, I noticed that no one was monitoring clothing or dress on the day we visited. (I’m not sure if this is usually the case, but I saw people wearing shorts and tank tops with no problem.)

When we entered the church, there was an area to park strollers, signs with the church’s history, and a couple of small gift stands. We walked up a small spiral staircase to take us to the second floor, and we were immediately in awe. The stained glass windows cover the whole room in a purple-ish hue. The craftsmanship of the windows was remarkable. The stained glass windows have been a treasure since the 13th century!

After you leave Sainte-Chapelle, be sure to check out the large clock on the exterior of the Conciergerie. It’s the oldest clock in all of Paris! The clock was built in 1371 and still tells time.

Conciergerie oldest clock in Paris

While you’re on the Île de la Cité, walk over to the Cathedral of Notre Dame. 

Notre Dame

Notre Dame after the 2019 fire in Paris

Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France

Website: https://notredamecathedralparis.com/

Currently the Cathedral of Notre Dame is temporarily closed. The cathedral is still being restored following the fire in 2019 that damaged much of the building. It’s estimated that it will re-open in 2024. However, you should absolutely walk over and see the exterior of the building.

The name Notre Dame means Our Lady in French. Construction for the church began in the 12th century, and it took over 300 years to complete it. The cathedral is an impressive example of gothic architecture. 

It’s definitely still worth walking over to see Notre Dame in-person! We walked over right after seeing Sainte-Chapelle, and it was still an impressive sight. I’ve been inside Notre Dame several times on prior trips to Paris, so I’m looking forward to it re-opening back to its original splendor.

Fontaine Saint-Michel in Paris

After Notre Dame, we stopped by Le Départ Saint Michel for lunch. We had good service and good food, so we’d recommend it to others! We had a refreshing Aperol Spritz, a waffle with nutella, and a croque madame. Across the street, there’s a Carrefour supermarket if you need to pick up any snacks or water bottles. Be sure to check out Fontaine Saint-Michel to see an epic fountain with a depiction of Saint Michael. The fountain was built in 1860.

Latin Quarter

Latin Quarter in Paris

Paris’s Latin Quarter has tons of amazing things to see! This is the oldest neighborhood in Paris, so it’s steeped in history. 

The Latin Quarter is a beautiful place to take a stroll. You’ll find that the cobblestone streets are much more narrow and curve throughout the area. There’s tons of restaurants, boutique shops, public gardens, and unique hotels in the Latin Quarter.

We wrote an entire post about things to do in the Latin Quarter – check it out here!

Here’s a few places we recommend on visiting while you’re in the Latin Quarter…

Odette Paris

Odette in Paris (best spot for cream puffs)

Address: 77 Rue Galande, 75005 Paris, France

This is the most charming bakery we saw! The storefront is wedged on a side street within the Latin Quarter, with a couple of bistro tables outside and a counter inside. My husband went inside to purchase some cream puffs while I entertained our toddler, and he came out with a gorgeous sleeve of cream puffs. Even though we were full from lunch, we just had to try the different flavors. Each one was absolutely delicious, and we agreed that the raspberry cream puff was one of our favorite bites of food from our entire trip to Paris. 

Although macarons get a lot of attention from travelers, the cream puffs in Paris are just as exquisite! In French, they are called Choux à la Crème. Be sure not to pass up Odette Paris while you’re in the Latin Quarter!

cream puffs at Odette in Paris
Delicious cream puffs at Odette!

 

Eclairs

Fancy eclairs in Paris
You better believe we ordered one of each of these eclairs!

 

Address: 1 Rue de la Harpe, 75005 Paris, France

While we were in the Latin Quarter, we were also on the search for some eclairs. (Can you tell we really love to travel for the food!?)

We actually had some trouble finding a patisserie with eclairs near us. It seems like every time we looked, there weren’t any near us. This time, while we were in the Latin Quarter, we were determined to find some eclairs. We asked our server at lunch for his recommendation, and he directed us to Paris Baguette. Paris Baguette is a chain bakery in Paris, but I have to say, they had an excellent selection of eclairs! We ordered three different flavors, and they were each decorated so beautifully. If you also find yourself on a journey for eclairs, we had great success at Paris Baguette. 

Saint Severin Church

Saint Severin Church in Paris

Address: 2 Rue des Prêtres Saint-Séverin, 75005 Paris, France

As you’re walking through the Latin Quarter, stop by the church of Saint Severin. (It’s just a 2-minute walk from Odette Paris.) Construction on the church first began in 1230, which makes it one of the oldest churches in Paris. The church was affiliated with the University of Paris during the 13th century, and the building has survived despite numerous wars and political changes.

Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris

Address: 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France

Website: https://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/

Shakespeare & Company is a bookstore located in the Latin Quarter that has quite the following. The bookstore opened in 1951 and its name pays tribute to an earlier bookstore that operated from 1919 to 1941. 

When we visited Shakespeare & Company, there was a bit of a line to enter because they were at capacity within the building. (However, it only took about 5 minutes to reach the front of the line.) No photography is allowed within the bookstore, so we don’t have any photos to show you, so our description will have to suffice. I am a huge fan of bookstores, and this one in particular really grabbed my heart. The bookstore consisted of multiple rooms spread out over two floors. In addition to newer books, Shakespare & Company also sells antique books. I particularly loved the reading room upstairs. It was very cozy and there were so many books I wanted to browse. If you’re also a fan of books, make sure you stop by this bookstore while you’re in the Latin Quarter.

Shakespeare and Company bookstore sticker!

Also, if you purchase a book at Shakespeare & Company, they will add a sticker to your book. (In previous years they would stamp their logo within the book.) We bought The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle) for our daughter, and we were delighted they added their sticker. It made for an excellent souvenir! 

Square Rene Viviani in Paris's Latin Quarter
Square Rene Viviani is right next to the bookstore and has an excellent view of Notre Dame

 

If you’re looking for a place to rest your feet after the bookstore, there’s a pretty park right next to the bookstore called Square Rene Viviani. It’s home to the oldest planted tree in Paris, which was planted in 1601. After you’re done resting, head south to the Catacombs of Paris. It’s a bit of a walk, but if you choose to go by foot, you’ll walk by the Jardin du Luxembourg

Paris Catacombs

Paris Catacombs (2 days in Paris itinerary)

Address: 1 Av. du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France

Website: https://www.catacombes.paris.fr/en

Tour Information: To skip the line and receive special access, see this link for tour information. 

The Paris Catacombs are typically open into the evening hours, which is why we end the itinerary with this site. (Please note that the Paris Catacombs are closed on Mondays.) We recommend purchasing tickets for the catacombs in advance, because they can sell out. 

Make sure that you are comfortable seeing the catacombs. In the primary ossuary, there are thousands of bones and skeletons. During the visit, there are many narrow passageways, the floor can be uneven or slippery, and it can be quite dark. The catacombs are not wheelchair accessible, and you’ll need to go down 131 steps and then back up 112 steps. Please note that you are not allowed to touch any of the bones while you are visiting. Be a respectful visitor at all times.

After you’re finished seeing the catacombs, head back to central Paris and enjoy a meal. If you have the budget for fine dining, L’Écrin holds a Michelin star. Or you can find a brasserie (typical French restaurant) and enjoy classic French cuisine. Brasserie Bofinger is a particularly famous one. 

If You Have an Extra Day in Paris

 Versailles Hall of Mirrors

If you find yourself having an extra day in Paris, we recommend that you visit the Palace of Versailles. It is one of the most magnificent palaces in the world. The palace is about 1-1.5 hours’ drive west of central Paris. The Palace of Versailles was built in 1634 and is famous for its Hall of Mirrors, lavish apartments, the Gallery of Battles, and the Gardens of Versailles. 

If you’re interested in booking a tour of Versailles, click here. There are lots of tour options available, some of which include skip-the-line tickets and/or transportation from Paris.

There’s so much to see at Versailles, be prepared to spend at least half a day there.


Tours of Paris

One of the best ways to explore Paris is to book a tour! Here are a few tours that are definitely worth considering:


FAQs

Is it worth going to Paris for 2 days?

As you can see from this post, we absolutely think it’s worth going to Paris for two days. We recently spent two days in Paris, and we were able to see so much of the city. You won’t see everything the city has to offer, but you’ll definitely be able to see some of the major sites. With just two days in Paris, you can easily see the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre Museum, Notre Dame, the Latin Quarter, and more!

Is 2 days in Paris too short?

With two days in Paris, you’ll definitely be able to see much of the city, but you’ll leave wanting to see more. You could easily spend a week in Paris and barely scratch the surface. While you won’t see everything, we still think it’s worthwhile to spend two days in Paris. 

Is the Eiffel Tower worth going up?

I’ve visited the Eiffel Tower several times over the years. I’ve been to the very top of the tower, I’ve been to the second level, and on our last trip I didn’t go up at all. In my opinion, it is worth going to the top of the tower. You’ll have the most splendid views of Paris, you’ll be able to say you went to the top of one of the most iconic structures in the world, and (if you time your visit right) you can even order champagne at the top.


Where to Stay in Paris

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Luxury Hotel

The hotels that have the highest level of luxury in the city of Paris have Palace designation. We recommend that you stay at Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel. One of the most beautiful aspects of this hotel is its swimming pool, which consists of thousands of gold tiles. Numerous celebrities have stayed at this hotel, all the way from Benjamin Franklin to Jennifer Lopez!

5-Star Hotel

We personally stayed at the Hotel du Louvre, and we would highly recommend it to others. The hotel is centrally located (we could walk to almost everything), and we absolutely loved its classic French elegance, excellent service, and historical significance. You can read our full review of the Hotel du Louvre by clicking here.

Moderate

The Westin Paris – Vendôme is centrally located across from the Jardin des Tuileries. The 4-star hotel has numerous amenities and beautifully-styled rooms. 

Budget

For a more affordable option, check out the Libertel Gare du Nord Suede. The hotel is located about 2.5 kilometers north of the Louvre Museum. 

Hostel

I stayed at a hostel during my first and second visit to Paris years ago. I can’t remember the name of the hostels that I stayed at, but I found it to be an affordable way to visit the city. (Especially when I was a college kid backpacking around Europe!) The hostel St. Cristopher’s Inn Paris – Gare du Nord is conveniently located right by the train station. Perfect for backpackers visiting multiple cities!


What to Pack with You for a Trip to Paris

Here’s a few things that we recommend that you add to your packing list as you prepare for a trip to Paris:

  • Portable Power Bank: You’ll be relying on your phone for navigation and for photography. Make sure you don’t run out of battery while you’re out exploring the city! You can charge this power bank and then easily carry it with you. When you’re low on battery, just plug your phone in. 
  • Travel Adapter and Voltage Converter: If you’re traveling from the United States, make sure you pack a travel adapter and voltage converter. That way, you’ll be able to use your electronics abroad.
  • Theft-Proof Backpack: Explore the city in peace knowing that your valuables are safe. The backpack features lockable zippers and cut-proof materials.
  • Water Bottle: Stay hydrated as you explore the city. We have an Iron Flask water bottle, and it’s worked great so far!
  • Travel Guide: As you prepare for your trip, read all about the City of Light.

 

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Summary: 2 Days in Paris

After spending two days in Paris ourselves, here’s what I would recommend that you see if you have only 2 days in Paris.

Day 1

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Carette (breakfast)
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Avenue des Champs-Élysées
  • Ladurée (patisserie)
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Jardin des Tuileries
  • Louvre Museum

Day 2 

  • Basilique du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre
  • Palais Garnier
  • Sainte-Chapelle
  • Notre Dame
  • Latin Quarter
  • Saint Severin Church
  • Shakespeare & Company
  • Paris Catacombs

As you can see, you can visit quite a lot of attractions if you have two full days to the city of Paris!

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