Oh La La! Paris! If you only have 2 days in Paris, here’s a list of our Top Ten Favorites.
Top Ten things to do in Paris, France!
Top Sites in Paris:
1. Bateaux Mouches
A boat ride along the Seine River that cuts through the heart of Paris and gives you a tour of the top sites from the comfort of your seat on the boat!
2. The Louvre and Musee D’Orsay
Definitely the two BEST museums to visit on our Top Ten things to do in Paris list!! Get the Museum Pass before you go and save yourself time from waiting in lines. Also, if you have time visit the Louis Vuitton Foundation – incredible architecture and museum exhibitions.
3. Eiffel Tower
A must to go to the top for amazing view of Paris!!
4. Notre Dame and Île Saint-Louis
Make sure to climb the stairs to the top of the Notre Dame for some great views! And continue to Île Saint-Louis for a famous scoop of ice cream from Berthillon. If you want something more romantic, take a stroll around the Île Saint-Louis (the little island connected by a small bridge behind the Notre Dame) and stop in for a bowl of french onion soup at Le Flore en l’Ile, 42 Quai Orleans.
5. Sacré-Cœur and the Montmartre neighborhood.
This basilica is located at the highest point in Paris, the summit of the Montmartre neighborhood. Stop at Place du Tertre where artists can sketch your portrait.
6. Marais area
This area is full of the best Paris historic buildings and amazing architecture.
7. St. Sulpice and the St. Germain neighborhood
Make sure visit this French church square, the shops and area near St. Sulpice are charming. Stroll along the left bank of the Seine and visit the “Bouquinistes” book stalls.
8. Napolean’s Tomb
One of France’s most well known tombs is of their 17th century leader, Napoleon Bonaparte’s tomb at Les Invalides.
9. Stroll along the Champs-Élysées
This is one of the most famous streets in the world! A definite must in our Top Ten things to do in Paris. Start at the Place de la Concorde and continue to the Arch de Triomphe.
10. Grab a baguette, some brie cheese and take a walk in the Jardin of Tuileries
These gardens near Louvre and/or the Jardin of Luxembourg, gardens on the left bank of Paris. You’ll see the locals enjoying some of life’s best moments – the young and old sitting at a park café, children floating their miniature boats in the lake, or riding pony rides, watching marionette plays…).
**If you stay for a 3rd day, take a day trip to Versailles OR visit some of Paris other historical squares like Palais Royal and Place Vendome.
And if you stay a 4th day, go shopping along Boulevard St. Germain and Rue de Rennes – FULL of shops like the Bon Marché. Spend a day window shopping and indulge yourself ….buy a French scarf or purse….just watch the French women, make similar purchases and you’ll have the “French Style” in no time.
Where to Dine?
Food – Crepes!!!!! Keep a lookout for crepe stands – they are a great snack if you don’t have time to sit down for a meal
French Dining – there are many bistros, cafés, restaurants to experience. We will be adding more restaurants to this list, but sharing a couple recommendations for special dining experiences, include:
Shangri-La Paris Shang Palace: If you’re looking for a unique Chinese culinary experience, make a reservation at this one-starred Michelin Guide restaurant. Chef Samuel Lee presents authentic Chinese cuisine inspired by Southeast China’s culinary traditions.
The Peninsula Hotel – Le Lobby: One of the best brunches in Paris! Dine in a Belle Epoque era room while listening to a live jazz band. Le Lobby offers an all-day international menu, ideal for a break and a bite to eat.
Le Grand Colbert – a classic French Bistro for the quintessential Parisian dining experience.
How to Get Around?
There are several transportation options in Paris from taking the metro, bus, taxi, but when we only have a couple days and a lot to see, we prefer hiring a private chauffeur from Avis Chauffeur.
Whether you’re arriving to CDG Airport and need a ride to your hotel, or need a chauffeured transfer to get around to shop in Paris, go to a meeting, or want to go on a daytrip…book a reservation with Avis Chauffeur. Offering full ground transport service with a strong customer service focus. My chauffeur was professional, punctual, knowledgeable about the local sites, and very helpful.
Avis Chauffeur offers chauffeur services in all large towns in France and Europe. Available 24/7, for immediate domestic and international bookings +33 1 45 54 33 65.
What are some of your favorites from Paris? Comment below!