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How to Spend 48 Hours in Paris, France

Eiffel Tower Paris

Paris is one of those places that surely lives up to its hype. How can you not be in total awe of the Parisian architecture, unique rooftops, amazing pastries, and the way the Eiffel Tower lights up at night? It’s one of those cities that keeps you coming back. I am guilty of not giving this city enough time though. I’ve visited twice in the last year, but each time was only for a few days. You need way more than 48 hours to truly experience Paris. But if you only have time to get a teensy tiny taste, then here are some impressive stops to check out along the way.

Favorite Stops in Paris

1. Jardin du Palais Royal– This garden had two stops that interested me, the lineup of trees and the striped columns.

Jardin du Palais Royal Paris

2. Arc de Triomphe– One of the most breathtaking views of the city!

Arc de Triomphe views

3. Montmartre– It’s a little further out, but a gorgeous area to wander. It has some of the most popular Instagram spots that I’m sure you’ve seen on your feed.

Montmartre Paris

4. Rue Crémieux– I loveeee this street!! I think it’s my favorite one in Paris, and it’s easy to see why.

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5. Le Marais– Thanks to Ckanani, I learned that this area was the best to stay in while planning my first visit. It became a favorite and I stayed there again the second time around. Plenty of doors, facades, cafes, etc. to photograph as you walk the streets. The trains will quickly get you to the rest of the city. It’s only about 3 miles from the Eiffel Tower.

Le Marais ParisLe Marais Paris

6. Île de la Cité- It’s a small island in the middle of the city near Notre Dame. It’s between Le Marais and Saint Germain area.

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7. Saint-Germain-des-Prés– Another fun area to explore by foot and with a camera in hand.

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8. Eiffel Tower– Of course, you have to make your way to the Eiffel Tower. I tried to have a picnic when I went back in May, but it was raining. It seems to rain a lot in Paris. It’s fun walking through different streets to see it from new angles. Don’t miss the nighttime light show!

Eiffel Tower Paris

Hotels I Recommend 

InterContinental Paris Le Grand– I booked this room with my free credit card points and got one of the most incredible upgrades and the best view we’ve ever had. Two balconies overlooking the city and a view of the Eiffel Tower. The hotel was wonderful, and if I could actually afford it I’d stay there again.

InterContinental Paris Le GrandInterContinental Paris Le Grand view

We even got to see the light show from our balcony!

InterContinental Paris Le Grand view

Hotel Georgette– This hotel had lots of good reviews, was very clean, affordable with a cool view, and in a good area.

Hotel Georgette Paris view

Airbnb– There are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to Airbnb’s. The prices are excellent and are in ideal areas like Le Marais or Saint Germain.

Restaurants Worth Trying

I have to admit, it was kind of hard to sit down for a full meal when I kept stuffing myself with pastries. Wouldn’t you do the same?

Le Temps des Cerises– A tiny little place with delicious food. Since it’s so small there may be a wait.

Le Saint Régis– I kept trying to get brunch here because I wanted to try their french toast (in France, I know so cliché of me) but I learned they only do that on weekends. We had a small breakfast anyway, and enjoyed our choices! I heard their dinner is good too.

Le Saint Regis

L’As du Fallafel– Oddly enough, this is the most popular place in Paris according to Yelp. There’s always a line, it moves quickly, and the fallafels are excellent. Note: They are closed on Saturdays.

L’As du Fallafel Paris

Pastries Worth Having

I could not physically eat as many macarons and croissants as I wanted. Trust me, I did my best. I just need to go back. It’s the only solution.

Du Pain et des Idées– Perfect croissant. Jorge wanted to try their pistachio escargot and became a huge fan!

Du Pain et des Idées Paris

Pierre Hermé– One of my favorite macaron shops in Paris.

Pierre Herme Paris

Carette– Another favorite for macarons, it’s really hard to choose between all of them. They’ve all done such an excellent job lol.

L’Éclair de Génie– This was our first time trying eclairs (what a perfect place to do it right?) And they were a lot better than I imagined. Now, I have to make a stop whenever I’m in Paris.

L’Éclair de Génie Paris

Eric Kayser– More croissant perfection. I did not get tired of the flaky buttery crust.

Ladurée– Probably the most famous macaron shop in Paris. We actually didn’t visit because we always get Laduree in NYC, and I wanted to try new places. But if you haven’t been, then I recommend it.

Cafes Worth Visiting

Loustic– Jorge loved the coffee here! I was having a very hard time finding a cafe that served coconut milk so I sadly wasn’t able to try any of the coffee.

Ob-la-Di– Great coffee and greater avocado toast.

Matamata Coffee Bar– Another good option for a cappuccino on a really cute street.

Stay Connected in Paris

If you only have a few days (even if you have many more) don’t waste time trying to find wifi, make sure you stay connected with a hotspot! It’s a lot cheaper than international data plans. Trust me, it’ll make your days in Paris SO much easier. We used HIPPOCKET WIFI and had a flawless connection the entire time we were there. It was great to use for directions, Yelp reviews, social updates, etc. They shipped it for free to our hotel which also included a free return envelope, just had to drop it in any local mailbox. You can actually use this wifi anywhere in France and many other countries in Europe, so definitely check them out and avoid unnecessary fees back home.

pin for later!

Thank you to HIPPOCKET WIFI for sponsoring my hotspot while in France. As always, all opinions are my own. 

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14 Comments

  • Reply Anonymous January 26, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    I loved it!!! I really need to start planning my voyage to Paris and will definitely look for all these amazing places you recommend. Thanks for all the beautiful pictures you shared, they really inspire me and make me feel closer to this great city I always talk about with my students. I loved the Rue Crémieux, all the pink and pastel colors, it’s so cute. Thanks again for all you do and for letting us feel and live what you lived. Lots of love!!💖

    Kenia

    • Reply This Darling World January 27, 2018 at 10:42 am

      Thank you for the kind words 🙂 And yay! I’m glad you liked it, Paris is really something special you’re gonna love it when you go. The Rue Crémieux is a dream! xoxo

  • Reply Sarah January 27, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Beautiful pictures and great tips about Paris! I too loved staying in Le Marais. It’s such an easy going, pretty neighborhood.

    • Reply This Darling World January 28, 2018 at 12:19 am

      Thank you so much!! Yes I agree, very easy going and soo pretty!!

  • Reply Vanda January 27, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Great tips and beautiful pictures! Visiting Paris in February so this is going to be useful 😉

    • Reply This Darling World January 28, 2018 at 12:21 am

      Thank you, Vanda!! Yay glad it can useful, you’re going to love the city!

  • Reply Katherine January 27, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Eat all the pastries, baguettes and cheese, drink all the wine, and visit lots of second hand book shops. 🙂

    • Reply This Darling World January 28, 2018 at 12:22 am

      Haha love it!!! Aren’t their pastries ridiculously good?! Can’t wait to go back.

  • Reply Cassie January 27, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Love Paris. I went twice with friends last year and had such a great time. It’s one of those cities, though, where there are too many hotels, restaurants, cafes etc to recommend. So much is great….except the bad one that gave me terrible food poisoning in summer. Shame on you naughty Parisian restaurant!

    • Reply This Darling World January 28, 2018 at 12:25 am

      I agree they have so much good stuff that you’re not even sure where to start! And LOL sorry about the food poisoning, what was the name of the naughty restaurant so I can avoid it!?

  • Reply Kay January 28, 2018 at 12:20 am

    You hit all of my favorite spots – and even a few new ones! But there’s always a new cafe or patisserie to discover! Definitely adding Ob-la-Di to my list!

    • Reply This Darling World January 28, 2018 at 12:27 am

      I agree! There are so many good options it can be a little overwhelming that’s why we just gotta keep going back!

  • Reply Kristen Kellogg January 28, 2018 at 8:49 am

    Lily! This is a magical post! I can’t wait to go again now thanks to your guide xoxo

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