Paris Travel Guide: Two Days in Paris What to Eat, See and Do
Paris is known for being one of the best cities in the world—the city of love, romance and culture. I have been to countless times – so many that I have lost count; I visited Paris around this time last year in May 2022 for a long weekend via Eurostar. I also went to Paris for a cute romantic weekend in 2019.
So I missed my first train because I had not realised I needed to be at the station at least 90 minutes before the train departed. Paris is an absolute must if you’re considering a trip to France. Here’s a guide on what to do, what to eat, things to see, and where to stay. This is helpful for you if you are keen on a quick and easy trip to Paris with a friend solo or on a romantic holiday.
About France (Paris)
The capital of France is Paris, a major European city known for its art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. The best times to visit are June to August and September to October. However, I have been several times all year round, including May 2022 and January 2023. Depending on when you visit can have an overall difference in your cost.
Before you travel to Paris, check the ‘Entry Requirements’ section for current entry restrictions and requirements.
Food in Paris
When you think of food in Paris, I think of easy on the palette. Some of my ultimate faves are croissants, pain au chocolat, macroons, baguettes and croque-monsieurs: Paris’s best culinary specialities!
Try escargots de Bourgogne (some snails) if you like challenging your palate. Either way, you will be satisfied with the food in the city of Romance.
Getting to Paris
When I visited Paris in May 2022, I travelled from Kings Cross St. Pancras. Unfortunately, I missed my train to Paris and had to wait for the next one. If you are going via Eurostar, get to the station at least two hours before your train departs. The beauty of going via Eurostar is taking more of your luggage and not stressing too much about the airport.
Getting around Paris
After going to Paris several times, I purchased myself a metro card for which you need a passport photo. I suggest using Google Maps to get around the Metro; however, Uber is easy and affordable.
Two Days in Paris Itinerary
There are plenty of activities and attractions to do in Paris. Use the itinerary below to give you a guide for your trip to Paris.
- The Eiffel Tower is undoubtedly Paris’s most iconic monument. You can only go to Paris to see the iconic Eiffel Tower. I would suggest taking a stroll around the Champ de Mars, enjoying the Trocadéro Gardens view, and considering going up the tower for a panoramic view of the city. You will have to purchase a ticket which you can do here.
- Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris and is certainly not to be missed. You can easily access the monument. It has a staircase of 284 steps or a lift which allows access to the attic room. I suggest booking early to avoid long queues, which can be done here.
- The Louvre Museum is a true beauty and not to be missed. The surroundings are truly astonishing. Spend a few hours at the Louvre Museum, and check out the art, including the famous Mona Lisa. You can book a tour here.
- Luxembourg Gardens, you can take a break from sightseeing and picnic at the park or even have a romantic stroll.
- The Cathedral of Notre Dame is a beautiful iconic church with Gothic architecture. Explore the interior, and climb to the top for a breathtaking view of Paris. Book your tour here.
Other things you can do:
- Take a boat cruise on the Seine River.
- Visit the Musée d’Orsay
Where to stay in Paris
There are so many options when it comes to booking accommodation in Paris. Stay by the Eiffel Tower if you can, as you will be close to the Eiffel Tower, which is such a beautiful sight to see when you are in Paris. Here are my suggestions:
These are both great hotels for views of the hotel. I recommend the former hotel as you can also have breakfast with a view.
What to eat in Paris
When you think of Paris, you must think of the food as a culinary paradise. There are countless dishes to explore. My suggestion? Please don’t hesitate to try local specialities or seek recommendations from the locals to discover the most hidden gems. Bon appétit! Here is what I had during my trip :
- Croissants: Start your day with a croissant – you can’t go wrong with a classic French croissant. Look for a bakery that specialises in traditional, flaky, buttery croissants. Try going to Eric Kayser or Maison Landemaine.
- Steak Frites, I had my cooked raw as I wanted to get the real authentic taste of the steak. I had some chips – or should I say French fries? Look for bistros or brasseries that specialise in this classic dish.
- Soupe à l’oignon (French Onion Soup): This rich, wholesome dish consists of caramelised onions in a flavorful beef broth, topped with melted cheese and a slice of bread.
- Escargots de Bourgogne (Snails): This is for adventurous foodies like me that like to try something new. The famous escargots (snails) are cooked in delicious garlic and parsley butter. Should we do Cooking Travel Talks for France via Instagram?
- Macarons: I love a good old macaroon – pistachio is my fave. Paris is famous for its colourful and delicate macarons. They are sweet almond meringue cookies filled with various flavoured creams that are a treat for your taste buds. You must go to Ladurée. Don’t go anywhere else for these treats.
Other things to try
- Cheese and Wine
Restaurants you will want to visit:
Ending my trip to Paris
Visiting Paris for the 15th time reminded me that returning to a country will always be different. Whether you’re travelling with a loved one, friend or solo, the experience will always be somewhat different.
I suggest only staying in Paris for a few days – honestly, you will go back again. It is such an accessible city to revisit and navigate. You could pair it up with another town in France. As always, I hope this guide was helpful, and I look forward to writing more helpful guides for you! Have you been to Paris? What did you get up to? Let me know in the comments.
Do you have any questions? Please do not hesitate to drop them in the comments; I’ll happily answer them.
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