Paris is a remarkable city with some marvelous attractions. There is enough in Paris to keep holidaymakers occupied for weeks, but if you’re taking a weekend break in Paris, or only have a couple of days to see everything, here are some attractions you shouldn’t miss during your 48 hours in amazing Paris.
Check out the view from the Eiffel Tower
If you haven’t been to Paris before you can’t miss seeing the Eiffel Tower. This iconic Parisian landmark is one of the most recognisable structures in the world. Some may call it cliché, but what would the city of love be without it? You can purchase tickets to access the three levels of the Eiffel Tower. If you’re feeling energetic you can select the stairs option. The climb up to the first level is over 300 steps, and from the first to the second level is another climb of over 300 steps. If you’d rather conserve your energy for sightseeing in the rest of the city you can choose the lift (elevator) option. The third level is only accessible by lift. There are two restaurants: Le 58 tour Eiffel, on the first floor, and Le Jules Verne, on the second floor.
Get an education in the arts at The Louvre
The Musée du Louvre, known simply as The Louvre, is the world’s most visited museum and home to amazing exhibits that include sculptures, paintings, drawings and archeological finds. There are eight curatorial departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; Prints and Drawings. Housed in the Louvre Palace with it’s iconic glass pyramid, this is one museum you just can’t miss visiting.
Take a tour of Paris by boat down the River Seine
This is a great way of seeing the city if you’re traveling with small children who get tired of walking. You can get a glimpse of sights like Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, Musee d’Orsay, Assemblée Nationale and Pont Neuf (Paris’ oldest bridge) as you lazily drift down the Seine River and along Paris’ network of canals. The most popular Paris boat tour company is Bateaux Mouches, who offer dinner and lunch cruises, as well as narrated cruises.
Take a stroll through the Latin Quarter
The Latin Quarter of Paris is a charming part of Paris that has maintained a nostalgic atmosphere, from the historic Sorbonne University to the legendary cafés that line the streets. There are vibrant open-air markets and delightful alleyways waiting to be explored. The Latin Quarter is also where you’ll find the beautiful Luxemburg Gardens and Marie de Medici’s Royal Residence. Take the Metro to Cluny-la-Sorbonne (Line 10) or RER Luxembourg (Line B) and see where your feet take you.
Shop along the Champs-Élysées
The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is the most famous street in Paris stretching from Place de la Concorde to the famous Arc de Triomphe. This impressive promenade is lined with cinemas, theaters, cafés, restaurants, hotels and luxury shops. The tree-lined avenue is prime real estate with world-class appeal, so if you’re looking for brands like Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Lancel, Guerlain, Lacoste, Nike, Zara, H&M, Cartier, Bel Air Fashion, GAP, Disney and Sephora, then this is the place to be.
Splurge on an evening meal and a trip to the theatre
For an unforgettable evening in Paris eat a romantic meal before heading to the theatre. There are dozens of theatre venues and amazing shows to choose from in Paris. Whether you’d prefer a cabaret show at the famous Moulin Rouge, or a classical ballet or opera, Paris has it all. For a romantic dinner try Le Buisson Ardent, with it’s stunning glass panels, or Le Bistrot Lorette for some of the best French cuisine in Paris.