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How To Spend One Day In Paris, France

Bonjour, fellow travelers!

Today, I'm taking you for a day through the City of Light. Paris, with its iconic landmarks, charming streets, and delectable cuisine, has a way of capturing hearts in no time, as I'm sure Emily in Paris has shown you too.

I have been to Paris before, so this time I went with my boyfriend for only a day, as we wanted to do something fun, away from home, to celebrate our 5 years of being together.

Alors... let's dive into this itinerary that will ensure you make the most of the day in this lovely city.

Our day trip starts with a TGV train ride from Brussels, bringing us to Paris Nord. This train ride takes about 1h30, which is just ideal. I recommend you take a very early train, so you don't have to rush through Paris and you also avoid the big crowds when you start your visit. We took the train at 7AM, I believe.

You'll start your Paris visit with a little workout as you climb up 300 steps to the magnificent Sacré-Cœur basilica atop Montmartre. Totally worth it, as the view from there is stunning! Take a moment to go inside the basilica and look at the mesmerizing architecture. After this, go outside and enjoy the stunning panoramic views of Paris. This is also a perfect spot for beautiful pictures on the stairs and the Sacré-Cœur basilica behind you.

Now, let's wander through the charming streets of Montmartre. This neighborhood is a true artistic haven, with winding streets that exude a timeless charm. Keep an eye out for cute cafés to do some people watching, and maybe even discover a local artist at work. This is honestly where I felt the most Paris vibes in all of Paris. I loved the atmosphere here, really felt like I was in a movie.

Next on our list is a visit to the Love Wall at Le Mur des Je t’aime, a colorful mosaic that declares love in over 250 languages. It's a heartwarming spot that never fails to make you smile. Honestly, I didn't know about this spot until I watched Emily in Paris and I don't think many people did, seeing how many people were talking about it when they were taking their pictures.

A little bit further, you will find La Maison Rose, which I saw on TikTok so I was curious to see it. Unfortunately, it was closed when we went there and the weather wasn't epic so I was a bit disappointed and thought "is this is?". Sure, it's very cute and pink, but if you're on a very tight schedule and the place isn't open, I would skip it. However, if you have the time and it's sunny outside and the place is open, I would definitely try it out.

A bit of information about La Maison Rose: this charming restaurant has welcomed famous artists over the years. The French cuisine there has a very good reputation, and I can imagine that the picturesque setting only enhances the experience.

For a fun and unique photo opportunity, we swung by Rue des Trois Frères. This street is where you'll find the viral vintage photo booth. But do check the opening hours beforehand to ensure it's open for business, because it was also closed for a few days when we were there.

As we move on, we'll arrive at the majestic Place de la Concorde. This iconic square has a rich history and elegance to it. You'll immediately see the Luxor Obelisk, which stands proudly at the center. Take in the beauty of the surrounding architecture and then walk through the Jardin des Tuileries. I absolutely love this park. It's very romantic and you can just imagine yourself being a character from Emily in Paris.

From there, you can go to Cédric Grolet at Le Meurice. This is the Haute Pâtisserie boutique of the most successful pastry chef of our generation. You know, the one you see all over Instagram. However, when we saw the huge waiting line, we skipped it as we wanted to see as much as possible and didn't want to lose too much time.

Lunchtime arrives, and it's a great opportunity to savor French cuisine at Le Musset. You'll be amazed by the warm service and delicious dishes, making it a must-visit spot. As it's also perfectly located and budget-friendly, I definitely recommend having lunch here!

As we had already explored the Louvre's treasures before, we simply admired it from the outside this time. If that's also the case for you, stop by Café Marly for a cup of hot chocolate with delicious whipped cream and enjoy the view of the famous Louvre pyramid. If you haven't visited it yet, definitely do! I do suggest going as early as you can though, as the waiting lines can get immensely long.

After this infamous stop, our steps lead us to Île de la Cité, home to the Cathédrale Notre Dame and the exquisite Sainte Chapelle. These architectural marvels hold stories that date back centuries and are a must stop if you want to have the full Paris architectural experience.

Now, if you're a big sweet tooth and love cookies like me, it's time to indulge your sweet tooth with heavenly cookies from Jojo's Dough. Boy, this did not disappoint. I had a Biscoff cookie and a Nutella cookie. 1000% recommend!

For a relaxing interlude, you'll head to Jardin du Luxembourg. Here, you can unwind by the fountain and savor your cookies while watching locals and visitors enjoy their afternoon.

Have you even visited Paris if you haven't taken a picture with the iconic Eiffel Tower? Rue de l’Université offers a fantastic view for a photo opportunity. If this street is too crowded, go to the street next to it.

As the day unfolds, you can hop on the metro to Le Marais, a trendy district known for its vibrant atmosphere and mix of boutiques and cafes.

Finally, take a stroll along the legendary Champs-Élysées, where you'll jump in the atmosphere of luxury shops and walk to the Arc de Triomphe. Another perfect photo spot. Don't try to cross as this is a very dangerous point for pedestrians. A number of people try this anyway, but still take a lot of risks due to cars having to swerve.

To end our day trip on a high note, we went to the Galeries Lafayette rooftop. From here, you'll witness a mesmerizing Parisian skyline. Definitely worth it!

There you go! In just one day, you've experienced the essence of Paris - a city of romance, art, and culinary delights. As you bid adieu to this amazing place, remember that every moment in Paris is a treasure worth cherishing.

Until we meet again, à bientôt, dear traveler!


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