One Night in Paris

One Night in Paris

Short on time doesn't have to mean short on #culture. #Paris is known world over as a culture capital, but what if you only have one night to spend in the city? Here's how to have an incredible traditional #experience (with advice from a trendy Parisian), even if you only have #24hours.

You have only one night in Paris. Here’s how to make the most of your time there by cramming the best Paris has to offer into 24 hours. This itinerary was put together with the help of my friends who lived in Paris for a year when they heard I had 24 hours to kill in their favourite city.

11am - Marché Rue Daguerre

Visit my favourite french farmer’s market. This really is a market for locals, the kind that you can only know about from having friends who lived in Paris for a year and did their grocery shopping here.

1pm - The Foundation Louis Vuitton

Who thought Paris could get even more amazing than it already was? This place only opened last year and it is a must visit. Frank Gehry architecture porn + outlandish views + Andy Warhols + a fun fair. Without a doubt, the Foundation Louis Vuitton has jumped right to the top of my favourite things to do in Paris list.

3pm – Marais

You can’t go to Paris without visiting the beautiful Marais, even if you only have 24 hours. Le Marais is the closest you will get to the feel of medieval Paris and the hippest part of the city. Wander the small crooked lanes that are awake with bars, restaurants, hotels, fashion and wine boutiques, old world bread shops, art galleries and museums all crammed into one small area.

5pm - Le Palais Royal

The Louvre? All the cool kids are going around the corner instead to see Le Palais Royal - an awesome permanent art installation just behind the Louvre (that you can actually sit on). Go check it out.

6pm – Sip champagne on the Seine

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 68 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1st arrondissement, Paris, France
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This only took up one hour of my time and 55 euros from my wallet. And I got to do two things I love at the same time: drink champagne and cruise down a river.

7.30pm - Jardin des Plantes

Pre-dinner drinks in the enchanting Jardin des Plantes? Entrance to this centuries-old botanical garden is free, and for a fee of 4 euros for students and 6 euros for adults you can have a wander through the giant greenhouses. I can’t think of a better place to sip on a glass of vino, can you?

9pm - Higuma

My favourite meal in Paris is Higuma’s ramen and gyoza 11 euros special. Pro tip: Parisians eat late, so if you go any earlier you’re quite likely be the only one sitting in the restaurant.

10pm - La Nuite Blanche

If you only have one night to spend in Paris, try make it coincide with La Nuit Blanche - a free annual 7pm 'til 7am arts festival on the first Saturday of October. For one night only, art takes over the entire city. Wander through art museums until the sun comes up tomorrow morning.

4am - Hôtel France Louvre

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 40 Rue De Rivoli, Paris, France
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This hotel had everything I was looking for:

Fantastic location, tick. (Ideal for when you only have 24 hours in a city)

Close to major attractions, tick. (Hello, it’s close to the Louvre)

Quaint and perfectly Parisian, tick.

Affordable, tick. (Leaving me more euros to do awesome things in Paris)

11am, next day – The Paris kitchen

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If I had one more day in Paris (which I didn’t), I definitely would have spent my whole day doing this. The website promises “eating and drinking your way through the Paris food scene with vivacious Southerner Wendy Lyn – who opens her little black book of the best food and wine connections and shares their addresses to put savvy curious travelers in the know, fast.” There’s no better way to experinece a city than like a local. I’m sold and booking my next trip as we speak.

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