Strolling along the Parisian streets, I was completely in awe of how beautiful this city really is. It was a real shame that I only had 24 hours in Paris, but in those 24 precious hours, I created some of the best memories that I’ll never forget!
I guess my first piece of advice is to bring comfortable shoes!!! I’m sorry I probably sound like your mum right now but boy my feet were in agony after all the walking we did. (Nothing a glimpse of the sparkling Eiffel Tower can’t fix but we’ll get to that later!) In my eyes, being comfortable and warm is key! Paris is pretty cold in February as you can imagine. Ok, that’s my boring motherly advice over with, now let’s get to the good bits!
Usually, I like to plan my city breaks down to every little detail. My boyfriend once asked me if there was going to be any toilet breaks in my crazy regimented plan. Luckily for him, I let him have a few here and there…
But surprisingly, I didn’t plan Paris as much as I would have liked. I did have a rough idea of all the things I wanted to see and do with our 24 Hours in Paris, so I pretty much winged it from there. The brilliant thing about Paris is that everything is pretty close together and easy to get to. I highly recommend getting a travel pass which allows you to travel on the metros, trains and buses. We picked ours up at the airport which was super easy and cost us approx 28 Euros each for three days of unlimited travel.
Things To See and Do With Only 24 Hours in Paris
We landed in Paris early evening, so we planned to just chill and grab some dinner. Until we went for a stroll and I saw the Eiffel Tower sparkling and ran directly towards it! (Maybe this is the reason my feet weren’t in a good state?) It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen and it was snowing, double bonus! If you didn’t already know, the Eiffel Tower lights sparkle on the hour, every hour for five minutes. Unfortunately, in all the excitement I didn’t manage to snap a photo but it still looks unreal all lit up at night anyway.
The next day was Valentines Day, I know super romantic right? I woke up really early that morning to grab my boyfriend some fresh croissants and coffee from a local bakery. -cough- brownie points for me -cough-
After I went on for around an hour about how lucky he is to have me… ? We made our way on the train to an absolutely stunning Palace on the outskirts of central Paris.
Palace of Versailles
Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles, France
The Palace of Versailles dates back to the seventeenth century! The Palace is truly beautiful and we really enjoyed wandering around, taking in the beauty! I would highly recommend coming here if you are interested in history and if you are looking for something a little different to do in Paris. It takes around 30 minutes to get here on the RER trains.
Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
A little later on we were ready to do some shopping on the Champs Elysees, you guys know I was heading straight for Sephora! Did you know the Sephora in Paris is the biggest in the world?! According to Byrdie this Sephora store on Champs-Élysées attracts over six million people each year!
We jumped off the metro at Champs-Elysees station and to our surprise, we were surrounded by stunning buildings which turned out to be the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais and just ahead was the Pont Alexandre Bridge.
If you guys are looking to get some great shots with the Eiffel Tower in the background, if you walk directly to the bridge there is a perfect area to take some great photos. I’ll pop mine below!
Champs Elysees, in my opinion, is one of the greatest places to shop in the world. Granted I haven’t been to New York, Hong Kong or Milan but I just loved the vibe here! You are surrounded by an insane amount of shops, from H&M to the biggest Louis Vuitton store in the world! Insane right? Not to mention (again) the biggest Sephora in the world, eeeeek!
I’m not going to lie, Sephora nearly broke my bank account but as a makeup lover/hoarder, it was SO worth it. If you guys have read my blog post ‘The Best Makeup On A Budget‘ or ‘My Drugstore Makeup Must Haves For 2017‘ you will know how much I love makeup!
I picked up some bits from Marc Jacobs, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Givenchy, Kat Von D, the list goes on! Besides, I only had 24 Hours in Paris and I needed to make the most of it!
Arc De Triomphe
Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
After living my best life and having the ultimate shopping experience, we finished the Champs Elysee’s strip to be presented by the outstanding Arc De Triomphe. It was so much bigger than I expected and the traffic surrounding it was something out of a film!
There is a brilliant and somewhat dangerous spot to take photos in between traffic lanes (you’ll see the spot, there is usually people queuing to get some epic photos for the gram!)
Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
This was one of my favourite parts of the trip, visiting the Louvre after sunset is rather beautiful. A large glowing pyramid surrounded by smaller versions of itself, the Louvre was very impressive! An extra bonus to going at night is you can see the Eiffel Tower all lit up in the distance. You can probably tell, that during my 24 hours in Paris, I never once got bored of seeing that beauty! Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to go inside the Louvre as we had reservations elsewhere. But I would highly recommend going in, even if its just to see the Mona Lisa!
Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
You all knew it was coming, I saved the best till last. Yes, the Eiffel Tower is breathtaking and yes I have enough photos of it to fill The Beauty Kingdom Instagram for the next year (or two). Before we went to Paris, I did plan one thing and that was tickets to go up the Eiffel Tower on Valentines Day. I couldn’t get tickets for the top but I managed to scoop up two tickets for the second floor.
If you guys ever get a chance to do this, you have to! We went up at 10 o’clock at night, it was pretty chilly but the magical views of Paris at night are spectacular. Also, we had the pleasure of seeing the tower sparkle on the hour whilst standing inside it! I can’t give you any info about the view or experience from the top, but I was so pleased with the view on the second floor, I didn’t feel disappointed at all! There is also a restaurant on the Eiffel Tower which would be an incredible experience too!
After being whisked down to the bottom on the Tower by lift (yes you don’t have to take the stairs to get up or down which is immense!) our time in Paris was coming to a close. We headed out for a real late dinner nearby which was lovely and not long after we let our heads hit the pillow! An extra day in Paris would have been perfection. I would love to go to the Moulin Rouge and Notre Dame but what a great excuse to go back hey?! I think we conquered a lot in our 24 hours in Paris!
Paris, we shall meet again…
I couldn’t recommend Paris enough to you guys. It is an amazing city, full of excitement and beauty. I’m already excited to visit again one day! So there we have it, my 24 hours in Paris.
I hope you guys have taken some travel inspiration from this post or if you have already been to Paris, what was your favourite thing to do or see? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time guys…
Lots of love…