How to do 48 hours in Paris

by - 4/13/2017 08:00:00 pm

So it's been a bit of a crazy week and I'm completely exhausted. After celebrating my 19th birthday (New York cheesecake all round!) I quickly packed my bags and the following evening me and my friend Molly hopped on the overnight coach to Paris. The coach was 7pm till 10am, we had two full days in Paris staying in an, you guessed it, airBnb for one night before we hopped back on the overnight coach 9pm till 9am. Sounded dreamy but the reality was exhausting!

Sacre Coeur Flower Shop

I'm not going to overload you with pictures of the Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur, Arc de Triomphe and all the other tourist destinations because there are millions of them all over the internet! Instead I want to share with you just a few photos from around the city. Like Copenhagen, we walked everywhere. Clocking over twelve miles both days (running on very little sleep I might add). We did all the classics but added in a few extras like the oldest chocolate shop in Paris where we, being the big spenders that we are, bought €1 dark chocolate animal lollies.

You can't go to Paris and not try the chocolate.

Parisian Street

Paris Lock Bridge

We had some amazing food including some serious croissants and baguettes. On the last day we were recommended a restaurant by a friend called 'Machu Picchu' which was Peruvian, totally weird but so so so good. We basically just spent the entire two days wandering around and occasionally just hoping to end up somewhere remotely close to where we wanted to go which is what I would fully recommend doing to anyone who ever decides to go to Paris. We used a website called Sygic travel to plot everywhere we wanted to go and work out which destinations were close together so we could get the most out of each day.

Let yourself wander around and get lost, it's the only real way to travel.

View from Eiffel Tower in Paris
Tips on how to love it in 48 hours:
Book early
Plan last minute so everything is fresh in your mind
Take an iPad if you're on the coach (I didn't think about this one but Molly was a lifesaver - so many good films. The coach is a loooong time)
Pack lightly and in a rucksack, you'll be carrying everything you need for two whole days - you can't leave anything anywhere because you're constantly on the move.
Keep everything important together. I used a plastic wallet and kept my passport, tickets, phone, headphones, charger, everything in it and put it to the bottom of my bag. Pickpocketing is really common. If anyone tried to take anything from the front pouch of my rucksack they'd only find underwear.
If you're on a budget, like I was, don't be stupid and reckless with spending. Budget your money and allocate a certain amount to each day or each meal (we only took snacks with us).

Don't be a reckless spender (unless it's on tea).

Parisian Flower Shop

Visit the smaller places because they're just as impressive as the landmarks!

I recommend:
The Botanical Gardens (Jardin des Plantes)
The Oldest Chocolate Shop (A la Mere de Famille)
The Decorative Arts Museum (Musee des Arts Decoratifs)

Parisian Chocolate Shop

Molly recommends:
The Picasso Museum
La Laduree (The home of French macaroons)
Tuileries Garden

La Laduree

Why you should do it:
You select the things you actually want to do rather than what you feel obligated to. For example, Le Louvre is gorgeous but it's huge and takes up a full day so if you plan to do that then the 48 hours is not for you.
→You cut out all the dawdling and time wasting that make you feel like you've wasted your holiday.
The obvious one is that it's cheaper but you still get a Parisian experience!

If I were to go again (which I hope to), I'd allocate an extra day for Le Louvre and just mill around there all day. I'd skip the Furstenberg Square (most romantic location in Paris apparently) because it really isn't all that but we had a laugh about it. Finally, I'd aim to try even more of the food because two days really isn't long enough for a foodie to experience.

Hope I've persuaded you to go to Paris in 48 hours or longer! It's an experience you won't forget. 

Paris in a budget in 48 hours

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  1. I traveled to Switzerland for only a weekend so I always really appreciate posts like this that lay out short vacation times! Great post and can't wait to visit Paris and use this!

  2. Did you try a chocolat chaud? So good!!

    1. Nope we didn't, i'll put it on my list for next time!

  3. I love spending a weekend in Paris (already been a few times and can't wait to go back!)
    These tips are great! My favorite thing's to do in Paris are having coffee in all the cute little bistros and strolling down the Champs Elysées <3

    1. Ohh yes, we did croissants on Champs Elysees on our first day, so gorgeous! Thanks for reading.

  4. Sounds like you had a lovely time there. I want to visit Paris one day, it's such a beautiful city. Also, thank you for your tips. I'm saving them for the future :) x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  5. Oh my ggg i love sweets!!!

  6. Ohh this makes me miss Paris so much! I stumbled across a few of these spots, and they were just so lovely. I love the locks on the gates, they are so unique and such a staple of the city. It's just such a romantic and gorgeous city to explore, thank you for the beautiful photos!

    Sending light & love your way,
    My Lovelier Days

    1. Yes, such a shame they had to take so many off because the bridge was falling down haha! I think Paris is a perfect place to go with a friend or SO because there's so really gorgeous spaces! Thanks for reading x

  7. I love your 48 hours in Paris! This is truly my favourite way to travel - I mean it's nice to see some landmark and history bits, but I love just exploring the everyday streets and feeling at one with them <3 btw, Happy belated birthday!! It seems like you already had a fantastic one ;)


    1. Thanks for reading! Aw thank you, I had a really great day x

  8. I'd love to go to Paris someday! Great post.

    1. Definitely go! It's not expensive either, we did this trip for about £150 altogether!

  9. I've not been to Paris for ages, your pictures are stunning!

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
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    1. Thanks Rosy! Treat yourself and book a few days there - i'll meet you because I definitely want to go again!

  10. Oooh, these photos are gorgeous! Happy belated birthday!

    Amber -

  11. Sounds like you had a great time. I loved your photos and tips.

    Gemma x