24 hours in Paris – a travel guide

Yup, Paris is my favorite city, no doubt. Every time I visit, I’m the happiest girl in the world. Even if I’m just 24 hours in Paris, the city gives me energy and joy (corny much). The city is huge, so there is always something new to discover. But the usual things never fail to please. Looking for random stuff to do or a one-day itinerary that includes fun stuff?

24 hours in Paris

Louvre

Come on! You have to. HAVE TO! Under 26? You don’t even have to pay to get in. Lucky you.

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Champs-Elysées

Get your shop on. Go on. You do you.

(Another well-known shopping street is the rue de Rivoli, right next to the Louvre.)

Arc de Triomphe

What a lot of people don’t know about Paris, is that you can climb on top of the Arc de Triomphe in a matter of minutes for relatively little money. I do this every time. You get a breathtaking 360° view over the entire city. Absolutely fabulous! Arc de Triomphe-view > Eiffel Tower-view. 

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Rue Saint-Honoré

Wonderful street to stroll down. Although this area is rather expensive you pass by gorgeous shops and cozy little boutiques. 

Jardin des Tuileries

Prettiest garden in Paris located right in front of the Louvre. Also known as Leila’s favorite place in Paris.

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La Madeleine

A magnificent building that soothes the eye. But when I come here I’m reminded of a not so soothing event. I fell down here once, on a school trip, and had to hop around Paris with crutches for the rest of the week. But hey, if you’re careful you’ll be just fine!

Opéra

You can just hop in and enjoy many shows and exhibitions. Call me and I’ll join you!

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Notre-Dame

So beautiful! I’ve never actually gone in because of the cue that stretches as far as the eye can see. But make sure you’ll go and watch the building. It’s located at l’Île de la Cité, which happens to be the birthplace of Paris.

Panthéon

So many people forget the Panthéon. Two things: it looks extremely cool inside and out and you can go all the way up to the top. Also free when you’re under 26 (but otherwise very budget-friendly).

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Jardin du Luxembourg

If the weather allows it: this is where you chill! It’s at the foot of the Pantheon and incredibly beautiful. 10/10. 

Still got some time left?

Eiffel Tower

Personally, I’m not the biggest fan. From afar, sure, it’s impressive. But when you get a little closer… You can take the elevator all the way up (but it’s expensive + you have to wait a while before it’s your turn) or you can take the stairs to the first floor (it’s cheaper but there are so many steps before you get there. SO. MANY. STEPS). If you only have 24 hours in Paris, I’d skip this one. 

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What else can you do?

24 hours in Paris is, of course, waaaaay too short, but just add whatever you like.

Place de la République

I do not know what it is between me and Place de la République, but personally, I think it’s the coolest square in the city. A crazy cool atmosphere, from skaters and breakdancers to a statue in the middle of the square that has become the figurehead for the victims of Paris in recent years.

Saint-Germain-des-Près

Enjoyable and good for a stroll.

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Le Marché Aux Puces de Saint-Ouen

The biggest flea market in the world. It’s quite far from the city center (so you’d best skip this one if you’re just 24 hours in Paris) but definitely worth the trip.

Institut du Monde Arab

This building harbors the museum of Arabian art and looks smashing.

Musée de la Vie Romantique

A small museum dedicated to the painter Ary Scheffer and his friends. But for me: Paris as it looks like in my head, books, and movies.

Rue des Thermopyles

Prettiest street in Paris (do I hear Instagram bells?).

Montparnasse tower

If like me, you are a big fan of climbing on top of high things and seeing the world at your feet, I’d recommend you visit the Montparnasse tower.

Quai de Valmy

Ideal for a good walk. Plenty of bars and restaurants.

Belleville

Hip and trendy neighborhood with a lot of cozy markets and restaurants.

Le Marais

The place to be these days, an awesome neighborhood that still feels like the original Paris.

Place des Vosges

Located in the Marais and also the oldest square in Paris. Great for art lovers too, since there are plenty of art-galleries around the square.

Practical

  • If you’re here for a one day visit, you will have to take the Métro otherwise you won’t be able to see everything, You can also just shorten your list a bit.
  • Hotel recommendations: Hotel Taylor (perfect location, nice and quiet and budget-friendly) and Mama Shelter (groovy hotel with a super duper cocktail bar and neat parties. Only downside is its location, it’s far away from everything – even the subway).

So get out there, enjoy those 24 hours in Paris! If you want to know where the best places are to get your Miranda Kerr and Doutzen Kroes on, check out the 17 most Instagrammable spots in the city. Or maybe you want to add some pa-pa-pa-party in Paris? Whatever you do, just enjoy. Have fun!