Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. When you only have two days to see some of the greatest icons in France, you have a lot to pack in.
If you’re wondering what to do on a short trip to Paris so you don’t miss anything, we’ve rounded up some of the must-see places to visit in Paris in 2 days.
This guide has everything from the Eiffel Tower to see the great impressionists at the Musee d-Orsay.
The Eiffel Tower
If you only have a short trip to Paris planned, you absolutely cannot miss the Eiffel Tower.
Whether you’re looking to see the top at night or enjoy one of the surrounding restaurants to take in the view, there are several great excursion ideas to see the Eiffel Tower in more ways than one. These excursions are also great ways to skip the line.
This world-famous icon is something that you just have to see no matter how long you are in Paris and no matter how many times you go back.
Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe
The Champs-Elysees is the most famous avenue in Paris. When you need a break from lines and tourists, take a stroll down this wide avenue and feel the hustle and bustle of the city.
As you walk, stop for a coffee, pop in a shop, have a glass of wine, or just enjoy an evening walk.
At the west end of the Avenue, you’ll see Napoleon’s tribute to himself known as the Arc de Triomphe which sits like a crown over the avenue below.
At the top, you will find one of the most breathtaking views of Paris. Go at sunset for a view you will never forget.
Enjoy Breakfast in the Mouffetard Quarter
If you’re looking for a quick breakfast before you start your day, walk around the Mouffetard Quarter. You can stroll the streets and sit and enjoy a quick breakfast and coffee at one of the quaint cafes.
Many restaurants are open early and they offer, breakfast, fresh-baked bread, and pastries through brunch if you end up sleeping in.
When you’re done, head down the Rue Mouffetard for a walk on one of the oldest streets in Paris.
The Latin Quarter
After leaving the Mouffetard Quarter just a short walk up the winding Rue Mouffetard will take you to a busy marketplace. The Rue Mouffetard will take you to the farthest end of the Latin Quarter.
The Latin Quarter is where Paris University and the intellectual quarter of Paris is located.
For lunch, stop here for some cheese and wine at the local specialty shops. You will notice along your walk some of the oldest storefronts in Paris. Some of these stores were painted in the 16th century.
In the Latin Quarter, you will also find Place de la Contrescarpe and the site of the Roman-Gallo coliseum known as the Arnes de Lutece.
No trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to the Louvre. While the Louvre is one of the largest collections of fine art in the world, if you are only in Paris for a short trip, you’ll actually be able to see one or two wings in two to three hours.
No list of where to go on a short trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to the Musee d-Orsay. The Musee d-Orsay is home to the largest collection of early modernist art in the world.
At the Musee d-Orsay, you’ll find the works of Gaugin, Monet, and Degas among many others.
Boat Tour on the Seine
If you’re looking to take a little rest from the action and still see some sights, consider one of the evening cruises down the Seine. This river flows through the city of Paris offering some of the best views.
During the busy season, you can typically catch a boat ride every 30 minutes or so. Go at night to see the city’s glittering lights at their best.
Even if you only have a couple of days in Paris, an afternoon trip to Versailles is a must. Versailles is roughly 12 miles from the city center of Paris.
While it is around 40 minutes to an hour from Paris, depending on how you travel there, you won’t want to miss this exquisite chateau and gardens.
The Palace of Versailles was the main royal residence until the start of the French Revolution. You will see breathtaking rooms designed by King Louis XVI, a hamlet built for Marie Antoinette, and the sprawling palace gardens.
Lunch on the Street
If you’re looking for a quick lunch, visit one of the many amazing street cafes. With a limited amount of time, lunch at a street café is just what you need.
You can have a quick sandwich, a pastry, fresh fruit, and cheese, with a glass of wine and be on your way.
If you have time for a little rest, have a coffee, tea, or a glass of wine while taking in some people watching.
While you’re in Paris, your trip must include some Gothic architecture. Although Notre Dame Cathedral is closed due to a tragic fire, it is still well worth it to walk by and see the exterior.
Close to Notre Dame is the Sainte-Chapelle also known as the Kingdom of Light. This Gothic marvel is one of the prettiest chapels in Paris. The chapel was built by King Louis IX in the 13th century.
At Sainte-Chapelle you will also see one of the finest collections of stained glass in the world.
The Best Places to Visit in Paris in 2 Days
When you only have a quick trip to Paris planned, there is still plenty you’ll be able to pack in while also enjoying a little downtime at a street café.
Some of the places to visit in Paris in 2 days include the iconic Eiffel Tower, Versailles, the Louvre, and the quintessential cafes of Paris.
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