Since my last post about how to experience Paris the real way (read it here), I decided to also dedicate a more detailed post on what to do if you have a weekend in Paris. If a weekend is all you have, Paris could be a great getaway option to visit from anywhere in Europe. Paris is a unique and charming city full of sidewalk cafes, gleaming boutiques, world-class museums, and a fabled restaurant scene. There is no other city quite like it and since my last visit, I can’t wait to go again! Read on to see what you can do if you have a weekend in Paris.
How To Get There
Plane | Paris has two airports, Roissy Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to the north and Orly (ORY) to the south. If you decide to fly to Paris, public transport or uber will get you into central Paris quickly and easily.
Train | The train system is well connected within Europe with TGV from France, EuroStar from London and ICE from Germany etc. If you’re not sure which one to go for, a Eurail Pass can be a good option (note that this is only available to non-European citizens or residents). European citizens can use an Interrail Pass instead, available from Interrail.eu.
Car | Hire a car through a rental car company in your starting destination from Europe can also be an idea to drive to Paris comfortable and easily.
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Where To Stay
Airbnb | Even though Paris may be one of the most expensive cities in the world. You don’t have to spend a fortune on accommodations, especially if you rent a place through Airbnb. You can easily find listings located in the city centre and this can significantly save up on time and cost of traveling if your Airbnb is located near major sights and restaurants accessible by foot.
Mini Palais | Hands down one of the best places I’ve been to in Paris! We had dinner here with some good company and the food was divine… Don’t miss out on the best spot in the restaurant, when you reserve request for outdoor seating. You’ll thank me later!
Bread & Roses | Located in a very high end area of Paris, this is a great place for brunch of breakfast with delicious pastries and desserts! We sat outside the restaurant since the inside was fully packed, so try coming here just before lunch time.
Cafe La Maison | Popular among locals and tourists, this café has a great selection of fresh seafood and local produce that will be sure to meet everyone’s palette. Don’t forget to order their crème-brulee!
Season | If you looking for something healthy, go to Season for a breakfast acai bowl and a fresh sandwich or salad made with organic ingredients to start your day. This modern café is bustling and warm atmosphere with friendly staff.
Jardin Des Plantes | This is the main botanical garden in France, which includes four galleries of the Muséum. Spend an afternoon strolling through the garden and the botanical green house.
Grand Mosque of Paris | This place will immediately transport you to another world, the mosque is beautiful designed with a garden and foundations in the centre of the premises. Highly recommend!
Place Vedôme | The Place Vendôme has been renowned for its fashionable and deluxe hotels such as the Ritz and many luxury retailers within the square. It is also notable that the Place Vedome also served as an inspiration to Coco Chanel’s No.5 perfume bottle and octagonal cap.
Effiel Tower | The good thing about the iconic tower is the fact that you can view it almost everywhere in Paris. Experience this sight at the early hours of the day, when the streets are almost empty to enjoy a unique atmosphere here.
Merci | Located in the heart of the trendy neighbourhood of Le Haut Marais, this fashion and homeware concept store is a great place to look for souvenirs. The eclectic general store stocks the perfect selection to bring back home to your friends and family.
The Nose | With free perfume diagnosis services available, you can consult an in-store perfume expert to help you select a scent that best suits your taste from their large selection of perfume brands.
Sabé Masson | This is a great local brand to purchase solid perfume with nourishing oils in beautiful packaging. If you’re looking for gifts or birthday presents to buy for friends, look no further!
What To Wear
During summer time, bring out your summer dresses to twirl in! I’ve opt for a long maxi dress to keep my legs warm with the occasional breeze that comes through in Paris. As you may have read in my last post, Paris is best experienced through walking around the city so it’s important wear something stylish yet comfortable when you explore different areas. Note at that even in summer, Paris can get quite chilly at night so make sure to pack some thin layers to wear during the evening time!
If you had one weekend to spend somewhere, where would you go?
Photography by Ross Vickers.