What would you do if you have 24 hours in Paris?
And if you have been there done that with all the tourist attractions, how should you spend your layover in this beautiful city?
Perhaps you could take a look at The T List’s recommendations…
#1: Relax at Café Kitsuné
Recover from your flight with a cup of coffee (or matcha latte) and some baked goods. Located at near the Palais Royal Park, this is a good spot to people watch, rest and admire Central Paris.. before you start your actual walk around the city!
And this is nice hipster cafe for some prized Instagram shots.
Café Kitsuné: 51 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001 Paris, France
#2: Take a walk around the gardens
Take a leisurely walk around Palais Royal, towards the direction of Louvre. Depending on the time of the day, you would expect Louvre to be reasonably crowded. You could stop to browse an exhibition at Louvre, or continue walking towards Tuilleries Gardens.
I find it hard not to fall in love with the manicured gardens in Paris. Often located against the backdrop of magnificent historic buildings, seeing locals stopping by enjoying coffee at the bench, families playing at the playground or someone resting by the pond add some realness to this stunningly beautiful setting.
#3: Visit a museum
If Louvre is crowded and you have visited it before, check out the smaller Musée de l’Orangerie that is just right towards the end of the Tuilleries Gardens. This museum also houses part of Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies” collection.
Musée de l’Orangerie: Jardin Tuileries, 75001 Paris, France
#4: Pause for a street snack
If you are tired walking, stop by a street cafe or street store for a snack.. Perhaps a crepe?
This roadside crepe stall: Rue de Rivoli, near the Louvre
#5: Continue the walk along Seine River
Walk along the River Seine and relive the scenes of “Before Sunset”. You could cross the river, or walk towards Champs-Elysee.
#6: Join a Cycling Tour
There are several bicycle tour operators in Paris that offer 3 to 4 hour cycling tours around the city. You could choose the “Best of Paris”, “Off the Beaten Path” tour, or even one at night!
Such tours are not physically grueling, and it would be a different way to enjoy the city.
#7: Evening at Le Marais
Spend your evening at this lively neighbourhood which is a melting pot of historic Paris and hip, trendy stores and bars. If you are early, you could visit the recently reopened Picasso National Museum before dinner. The museum closes at 6pm.
Musée Picasso: 5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris, France
Hope you like this itinerary! How would you spend your 24 hours in Paris differently?