48 Hours in Paris; A Single Girl’s Guide to the City of Romance

Paris is an exquisite city that has often been described as ‘the city of romance’, ‘the city of love’, and the ‘city of lights’.

If you’re a single girl who is planning on spending forty-eight hours in Paris, then you’ll probably find that one of the most tricky parts of planning your trip is deciding what to see and what to miss during your stay.

Whilst Paris is known for its romantic settings and being the perfect destination to explore with your significant other, there’s plenty to do for the single gal wanting to show herself some love instead!

Must See’s In Paris

When you’re spending forty-eight precious hours in Paris, it’s a good idea to come up with a list of must-see attractions, so that you don’t leave feeling like you have missed out. Top Paris attractions include the Eiffel Tower, which is open every day from 9:30-23:00, where you can take a tour to the top of this iconic building to gaze in awe at the views of the city around you. After the Eiffel Tower, don’t forget to add other main Paris attractions to your itinerary, such as the Arc de Triomphe, which is open from 10:00-23:00 daily during the summer, and from 10:00-22:30 from October to March. Another must-visit is the Louvre Museum, a former royal palace which is home to the famous Mona Lisa. The museum spans over four floors with a huge collection of over 35,000 items, so have a list of the things that you want to explore to make sure that you don’t run over your time.

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Parisian Architecture

Along with the main attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, Paris has several famous architectural structures and buildings to explore. If you enjoy visiting historic churches, then you can spend some of your forty-eight hours exploring the Notre Dame Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece that’s located on a Parisian island surrounded by the River Seine. A building that took hundreds of years to complete, it dates back to the 13th century and is full of stunning stained glass windows and unique artistic expression.

The Cathedral is open from 8:00-18:45 during the week, and until 19:15 at the weekend. Then, head to Montmartre, where you can find the 19th century Sacred Heart Basilica, which was built by the French government after the Franco-Prussian war. The building features a huge medieval dome, which makes up the highest point in the city second to the Eiffel Tower, with some amazing views of the landscape. The Basilica is open from 6:00-22:30 every day.

Hit The Shops

Once you’ve taken in your fill of all the main attractions in the French capital, shopping should be the next thing on your list. In a city that is home to several big name designers and exquisite goods, you simply can’t leave without treating yourself to something new! To the north of the city, le Marché aux Puces is a popular flea market filled with unique and interesting goods, or if you’re hoping to come across some vintage finds, head over to the city’s vintage shops in the Marais.

Of course, you don’t want your whole forty-eight hours in Paris to be taken up by shopping, so if you only have time to visit one place, then head over to the famous French department stores, either Printemps or Les Galeries Lafayette. Here you can find a convenient ‘one stop shop’ for all the amazing products that France has to offer, including one of the largest perfume selections in the world.

Café Culture

In between shopping until you drop, and exploring the stunning architectural attractions in the city, don’t miss out on a chance to experience some of the traditional Parisian café culture. In Paris, you will find several cosy, independent cafes lining the streets, where you can stop for a coffee and pastries – many will even allow you to bring your own wine free of charge if you’re hoping to sample a particular French vintage. The perfect way to take a break during a long two days of exploring.

How would you spend forty-eight hours in Paris? Let me know in the comments.

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