36 Hours in Paris
When you only have a stopover, 1 night and 2 days to explore one of the most famous cities in the world you have to nail it.
Eat & Drink
- Baguettes, Cheese and Wine
- One of the biggest museums in the world and home to the famous Mona Lisa. If you don’t have enough time to go inside just stand outside and laugh at all the people attempting the “hold the tip of the lourve pose”… and then do one for yourself.
Place de la Concorde
- There are beautiful monuments and buildings all around this city. You will stumble upon this one just strolling between the Lourve and the Champs Elysee
- The shopping street that favours the rich and famous and not kind to a backpackers budget.
Arc de Triomphe
- At the end of the Champs Elysee is my 2nd favourite Paris monument the Arc de Triomphe so grand and triumphant
- The famous cabaret. If you can afford to stretch the budget for a night definitely do it (but also book in advance) and if you can’t afford it like me just take a few snaps with the windmill outside. Still worth a visit.
- This basilica is impressive itself but it also sits on one of the highest points in Paris and looks out over the entire city. Take the time to also wander around the area with a baguette in hand and watch some Parisian street artists at work.
- Does not need an introduction or description just make sure you see it in both the day time and lit up at night. And as a sneaky tip stroll there via the river Seine and find the corner of the tower with the stair entrance, half the price and almost no queuing.
- They don’t call it the city of love for no reason. You will almost struggle to find a bridge that is not absolutely covered in padlocks with couples initials.
Notre Dame de Paris
- Yet another impressive cathedral, but seriously it is, go visit.
- Wind down after the whirlwind with a stroll through the gardens and reflect on the past 36 hours.
- Young & Happy Hostel
- One of the cheaper hostels in Paris, located in the Latin Quarter, staff were super friendly and an easy location to navigate around.
- St. Christophers Inn
- The recommended hostel by Europes Famous Hostels and I would guess a bit more of a young lively vibe.
- Obviously you can spend more than 36 hours in Paris and I would recommend it. Depending on how much time you want to dedicate to museums I would ideally go for 3 nights, squeeze in what you can, lap it up but then you will be ready to move on.