Is two nights (2.5 days) enough time to see a decent number of places in Paris? What are some must-sees?
Personally, I would say no, it is absolutely not enough time but that's probably because it's my most favorite place on the planet. That said, here are a few of my favorite places there:
Hopefully you can find a few things on this list you'll be into--I don't want to overwhelm you with too much to do!!!
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Hi. For a first time in Paris, I advise you the following must see.
I suggest you to wear good shoes and walk around the city, you'll make the most of it and will taste the atmosphere of this beautiful Capital.
For example, you can start from Arc de Triomphe and walk down the Avenue des Champs-Elyséeswhen you arrive at the Le Grand Palais, which stands in front of Le Petit Palais (you can enter and have a look at it, it's really nice) you can turn toward the river and see the beautiful Pont Alexandre III and keep walking on the "quais" to see Musée d'Orsayor you go back to Avenue des Champs-Elysées and you keep walking towards Place de la Concorde, which is beautiful, then you just cross the street and you are at the Jardin des Tuileries which is the park of Louvre Museum. You will arrive just in front of the Pyramid which also marks the entry of the museum.
If you still have feet and strength, you can have a look at the museum, but with just 2 days, I'd skip it. Take a break have a good "parisien", classic sandwich jambon beurre -which I love :) - and then walk on the side of the river, towards Île de la Cité, it won't take long.Once you'll be at Pont Neuf, you'll see Notre Dame Cathedral, amazing and for free, you can visit it , even if you see a long queue outside, it goes quickly. You also might want to take a picture of the background from Pont des Arts ,you cannot miss it is the bridge with all the lockers and where people go playing music.
Remember that Ile de la cite is the heart of Lutece, the first Paris, you find yourself on the oldest part of the city, where everything began!
If you still have the time just cross the bridge and have a look at the Hôtel de Ville.
Second day start from Montmartre (careful with bags, belongings and people stopping you to propose stuff and games) , you can go there walking from metro stop Abesses, the area is beautiful and you will find a different Paris than the elegant one you saw the previous day. Then you can walk down to Pigalle for a quick look at the Moulin Rouge .
Take the metro, you'll need to change once the line. G to Bastille, walk towards Place des Vosges, you'll enter Le Marais, my favourite spot with Abesses. have a look at a map and walk towards Centre Pompidou. Then take a metro to Trocadero, and there, Eiffel Tower stands. Remember that from 6pm it shines for 5 minutes and it's breathtaking. You're not far from Les Invalides maybe you can take the metro and have a look from the outiside.
Ok, it should be enough! The third day, you'll be tired just take a metro and go admire the Opéra de Paris Garnier, Galeries Lafayette are just behind it and you can go shopping. Or leave the shopping and go to the Panthéon, it's worth a tour inside.Next to it you can see the Law Faculty of La Sorbonne.
Alternatives to this beautiful walk I detailed, are:
- take a "peniche", from Pont de l'Alma, it's a very good way to enjoy Paris with a little bit of history explained by the guide.
- Take one of those 2 floors buses, with the drop off, drop on option. It will guide you to the places I mentioned before, with a little explanation, and you will preserve your feet. I think that for a 2 days tour it's the best option, you will miss a bit the Paris atmosphere but see a lot of things.
To eat good French is difficult and you will find a lot of tourists menu,which simply don't taste good.
To me, The only one worth mentioning and really good, and with reasonable prices ( you can have a good menu at 25 euros, drinks not included) is Autobus Imperial. It looks like very elegant but atmosphere is relaxed and people are young and nice. Good authentic French cuisine. they are near Place du Châtelet at Rue Mondetour, And one last thing, this restaurant is near my favourite church, Église Saint-Eustache. Worth a visit.
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First off, 2.5 days in Paris will be fantastic (I would spend 1 day or 3 weeks in Paris)... while a lot of people will say its not enough and be correct, any time spent in Paris is worth it. On previous answers, Courtney is absolutely correct about Le Marais. This is a neighborhood and a great place to spend time and my personal favorite part of Paris... You need to see the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, but if I had to choose between the big attractions and The Louvre Le Marais, Le Marais would win, for sure.
If you are there during the day and want an inexpensive bight, there are a couple of great falafel places that are great value. The famous place is L'as Du Fallafel, but I personally like a place a few doors down towards Rue Vielle du Temple. At nightime, Le Marais is even better. For dinner, I like Le Coude Fou , but there are a bunch of good cafes and bars: Petit Fer à Cheval is a tiny place with big time character on one of my favorite streets in Paris, the aforementioned Rue Vieille du Temple, which is dotted with bars, cafes, and boutiques. If Au Petit Fer a Cheval is too crowded, there are other good options all around, including La Belle Hortense, which is literally right across the street (30 and 31 Rue Vieille du Temple, respectively), and Les Philosophes which has a great location on a corner for sitting outside and people watching.
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No, 2 days is definitely not enough, but you can still enjoy a 2-day trip in Paris. Courtney's tips are great, but you will have to choose what you like best. Paris is best enjoyed with a mix of culture and food, a glass of wine in hand and an eye on the beautiful and rich history of the city.