Paris in 48 hours

How to spend two days in Paris

Paris, the city of love and lights is everyone’s dream destination. And while we would like to spend a lifetime there, sometimes a day or two is all you can fit in. So here are our insights into the amazing things to do with 48 hours in Paris. 

Day 1

Sunrise at Notre Dame

If there is one time to see this iconic monument with minimal crowds, it is at the break of dawn. Head out early to catch the stunning cathedral bathing in the warm orange glow of the early morning sun.

Musée du Louvre

Spend the morning exploring the treasures hidden away in Musée du Louvre. Either opt for a guided tour or get an audio guide to quickly visit its highlights without losing your way. These include the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and Michelangelo’s Dying Slave.

Musée d'Orsay 

A quick walk will get you to another spectacular museum of Paris, the Musée d'Orsay. Once a train station, the Orsay Museum houses some of the best works of impressionist artists like Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Lunch at Marché Raspail

Head over to the famous food market of the Left Bank, Marché Raspail, for an alfresco lunch. Delight in sinfully delicious lunch time goodies as you soak up the distinctly French vibes of this old market.

Evening at Père Lachaise

On the Right Bank of Paris, a short train ride away, lies the final resting place of some of the most celebrated artists of the world. Père Lachaise is home to the graves of Frédéric Chopin, Oscar Wilde, and Jim Morrison to name a few. A walk through this 110 acre tranquil cemetery is a humbling experience. 

Dinner at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée

To truly experience Paris, you must indulge in its haute cuisine. The 3-Michelin starred restaurant is the last word in French fine dining and will dazzle you with its Swarovski chandeliers and equally brilliant fare.

Day 2

Breakfast at Claus

Claus, the “breakfast shop”, is famous for its warm, buttery croissants, lip-smacking pancakes loaded with organic goodness, and granola topped with white cheese and fresh fruits and nuts, to name a few.    

Musée Rodin

Drop by the Rodin Museum to strike the customary pose at the foot of the world’s most famous sculpture, Auguste Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’.  Take a stroll through the museum to admire the maestro’s various other masterpieces like The Gates of Hell and The Kiss.

Lunch at 58 Tour Eiffel 

Dine within the crown jewel of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, at 58 Tour Eiffel. Enjoy fine French cuisine as you admire the spectacular views of the most romantic city bathing in warm daylight through wall-to-wall glass windows. 

Evening at Champs-Élysées and Place de la Concorde

Take an evening stroll around the prestigious Champs-Élysées to pick up stunning fashion from renowned French brands. If you feel up to it, walk all the way to Place de la Concorde at the end of Champs-Élysées avenue and admire the 3,300 year old Luxor Obelisk. Take a moment to imagine what this peaceful place must’ve been like during the French Revolution when a guillotine stood in the place of the monument. 

Seine cruise

View Paris in a different light, through its beautiful winding canals. Settle into your relaxing Seine cruise and watch as dusk slowly envelops this beautiful city. You’ll soon find out why it is known as the city of lights. 

Dinner and show at Lido de Paris

Words cannot describe the magnificence of a cabaret performance at Lido de Paris. The Bluebell Girls, the dynamic sets, and the grand costumes work in tandem to take your breath away during the two hours of burlesque. This is the perfect way to conclude your two wondrous days in beautiful Paris. 

If you still aren’t ready to kiss this dreamy city good night, you can spend the night strolling her historic streets and bridges, uncovering Parisian secrets hiding around the corners.