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The Perfect One Day in Paris Itinerary for 2024

Looking to spend one day in Paris but not exactly sure where to start? Yeah, not to worry because I totally get it.

After all, Paris is a truly magical city that is positively overflowing with iconic attractions like Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower.

Therefore, it can be difficult to know where to start when planning 24 hours in Paris.

Luckily for you, I’m a super savvy expert who know all about planning a trip to see Paris in a day.

Yeah, I’ve been traveling to Paris regularly for the past 6+ years and have perfected the art of planning a 1 day in Paris itinerary.

So, stop stressing and start living the one day in Paris itinerary of your dreams with this mega comprehensive post.

Because it really will contain everything you need to know about spending a glorious 24 hours in Paris.

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Where to stay for One Day in Paris

I’ll get the bad news out of the way now. Paris is expensive and budget options in the center of the city are hard to come by.

However, the good news is that accommodation will be the largest spend of your 24 hours in Paris. Once it’s out of the way you can budget for the rest of your trip expenses.

However, there are affordable options when you dig a little deeper during your one day in Paris – which is exactly what I’ve done. So, if you’re not sure where to stay in Paris, here are my picks for where to stay in Paris regardless of your budget.

  • Hotel Le Vert Galant (budget) – Situated in the 13th Arrondissement, this budget-friendly hotel is ideal for this 1 day in Paris travel itinerary. After all, the hotel has a homely atmosphere which is perpetuated through the cozy rooms and lush private garden. Rooms are also stylishly appointed with en suite bathrooms and tons of natural light. Best of all, the property restaurant dishes up delectable plats de jour and French wines.
  • Hotel Des Arts Paris Montmartre (mid-range) – This funky hotel in the “village” of Montmartre has a boutique vibe about it. And the best rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows that you can fling open for uninterrupted views amidst this hillock setting. With an emphasis on wellness, the hotel features a state-of-the-art gym, Swedish sauna, and spa facilities. Perfect if you’re hankering for a pampering session before starting your one day Paris itinerary.
  • Dadou Paris (mid-range) – The highlight of this luxurious 4-star hotel near the Arc de Triomphe is an indoor whirlpool with a movie screen where you can unwind after a busy day pounding the Parisian streets. If that’s not enough there’s also a Hamman on-site. Contemporary rooms also feature kooky pieces of art and each unit is individually styled.
  • Hotel Bel Ami (luxury) – This 5-star hotel is conveniently located for the first sight in this one day in Paris itinerary. Interiors are playful yet refined with an emphasis on comfort. Rooms and suites also come with supremely nifty things like espresso machines, posh toiletries, and fluffy bathrobes. All reservations come with the added perk of spa and fitness access too.

Tips for Getting Around and Saving Money During 1 Day in Paris

Sorbonne Chapel in the Latin Quarter

1. Plan ahead with skip-the-line tickets

Even if your 1 day in Paris is during the off-season, you should expect long lines at all of the city’s major attractions.

So, if you want to browse the collections at the Louvre or soak up the views from the Eiffel Tower, you are advised to reserve your tickets in advance, even when spending winter in Paris.

Pro Tip: You can also save time by booking one of the top bike tours in Paris. It’s a quick and easy way to see some of the top landmarks in Paris.

2. Dress appropriately

It’s an understatement to say that the French capital is one of the most glamorous cities in the world. Therefore, it’s highly likely that you’ll want to don your finest clothes when blitzing around Paris in a day.

But when you’re dashing from landmark to landmark in a pair of heels that are giving you blisters – and a skirt that in hindsight was probably not designed for anything more strenuous than lifting a glass of wine – you might regret what you’ve added to your Paris packing list!

Also, because Paris is a city for walking and you’ll want to cram in visits to as many sights as possible, you’ll need to dress comfortably and practically.

So yeah, a beret still counts – especially if you visit during the cooler months and spend winter in Paris.

3. Walk as much as possible

Despite its immensity, the center of Paris is relatively walkable. Plus, when you walk around, you’ll get to admire the city’s tremendous historical architecture.

Therefore, this one day in Paris itinerary has been crafted so that you can walk as much as possible – rather than spending big bucks on public transportation.

And while you’ll sometimes need to use public transportation, all the details are provided for you below.

4. Choose where to eat in Paris carefully

When seeing the best of Paris in a day, you’ll naturally want to sample the best Parisian cuisine.

Therefore, this itinerary includes a ton of recommendations on where to eat and where to enjoy the best brunch in Paris.

However, if you stray from the route below or plan on spending an extended time in the French capital, prepare yourself and avoid tourist traps.

After all, busy areas near the major attractions are flooded with overpriced restaurants where the food is nothing to write home about and the service is meh.

So, try to sneak down local side streets if you’re after something more satisfactory or budget-friendly.

Especially since many Parisian restaurants offer set menus where you can get two or three courses for a reasonable price.

How to get to the Cty for Your 24 hours in Paris

Paris is served by two different airports: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) and Orly Airport (ORY).

Charles de Gaulle is the major international airport in Paris. It’s located 23 kilometers (14 miles) northeast of Paris and connects to the city center via the RER B Line. Expect the journey into the city to take around 30 minutes.

Orly Airport, in contrast, is actually closer to the city at a distance of 13 kilometers (8 miles) south of Paris.

However, the journey from the airport is a bit more of a hassle since you’ll need to travel to Antony station in order to hop on the RER B Line. Again, this works out to be around a 30-minute journey.

For those traveling to Paris from London, the Eurostar is a hassle-free solution. The train departs from St Pancras Station frequently on a daily basis and takes around 2.5 hours to get to Paris.

You will then arrive at Paris Gare du Nord in the 10th arrondissement, where you can connect to your hotel via metro, bus, or taxi.

As Eurostar tickets tend to exceed what you’d pay for a flight with a budget airline, it pays to book in advance and shop around for deals.

How to Get Around Paris

View of the Paris metro sign during  one day in paris

As mentioned earlier, Paris is super walkable. Therefore, you can save tons of money by following this one day in Paris itinerary and getting around on foot as much as possible.

However, even when planning a quick visit, you’ll still need to use public transportation from time to time.

Fortunately for your feet, Paris is well outfitted with a fabulous metro (subway) system. In fact, 16 lines connect the arrondissements and neighborhoods with the center of the city.

Plus, the metro is affordable, easy to use, and a fast way to get around. And while paper tickets have been phased out over recent years, the best way to use the metro now is to purchase a pass.

After all, The Paris Visite travel pass grants visitors unlimited use of all metro, RER, tram, bus, and SNCF Transilien routes in the city.

Plus, these passes are valid for 1, 2, 3, or 5 consecutive days and enable you to travel anywhere in central Paris (zones 1 to 3) or greater Paris (zones 1 to 5) too.

Prices start at 12 EUR for 1 day and increase as per the number of days required. So, feel free to purchase yours online or at RER stations in Paris.

If you need to take a taxi during your stay in Paris, make sure you have the Uber app downloaded. The ride-share app works in the city and is far cheaper than regular taxis.

The Ultimate One day in Paris Itinerary

And now over to the crux of this post.

Created with first-time visitors to Paris in mind, this itinerary takes you to all of the major sights and landmarks in Paris.

If you follow the itinerary as outlined below, you can walk between the majority of the points of interest with the occasional metro ride or Uber as needed.

My #1 pick for what to do in Paris 🥐 is this tour of the Louvre! You’ll get skip-the-line access, and can quickly/easily see all major highlights while enjoying exceptional commentary from an expert. 😀

1. Breakfast

Croissants on a plate with jam and macarons in the background on a purple tablecloth. One of the traditional foods in Paris.

When in Paris, eat as many croissants and crepes as humanly possible. And fortunately for you, you’ll be starting this one day in Paris itinerary in one of the most cafè-centric neighborhoods of all.

See, La Crème de Paris Notre-Dame is conveniently located near the first attraction on this itinerary (the clue is in the name!).

So, pick up a pastry or indulge in one of the signature crepes which are available in either savory or sweet varieties.

Also, do note that Saint-Michel Notre-Dame (Metro Line 4 or RER C Line) is the closest station to this breakfast cafè.

Address: 1 Quai Saint-Michel, 75005 Paris, France

Hours: Open daily from 8:00 to 12:00 am, with extended hours until 2:00 am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Price: Croissants start at around €4.00 each.

How to Get There: Take line 10 to Cluny La Sorbonne station and walk from there.

2. Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

View of Motre Dame with a Christmas tree out front during your one day in Paris itinerary.

Stroll over the Pont au Double (or Petit Pont – both supply lovely views!) and in a couple of minutes, you’ll be at the first scenic stop on this 1 day in Paris itinerary.

See, Notre Dame Cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece that took almost two years to complete after work began in 1163.

The structure was then later subject to damage during the French Revolution which wasn’t addressed until after the publication of Victor Hugo’s immortal novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Sadly, Notre Dame was further devastated in 2019 by a horrific fire that shocked the world. And while efforts to restore the church are ongoing, at the time of writing, the interiors are still off-limits to visitors.

However, while exploring Paris in a day, it feels wrong to just pass this immortal place by. So, because a decent amount of scaffolding has been removed, steal a peek at the facade while you’re here.

There are also endless possibilities when it comes to photographing Notre Dame. At present, though, Square Jean XXIII remains inaccessible to tourists.

But, Pont au Double is the closest bridge and allows for a unique perspective of the towers.

Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France

Hours: N/A (closed as of now)

Price: Free

How to Get There: Take line 4 to Cité station and walk from there.

3. Ile de la Cite

Beautiful stained glass windows of Sainte Chapelle during your 24 hours in Paris itinerary.

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Ile de la Cite is the islet within the River Seine upon which the Notre Dame Cathedral stands. It’s tiny – you can actually walk the length of it in 20 minutes. Yet, it’s teeming with historic sights and stunning viewpoints.

Plus, either end of Ile de la Cite is punctuated with leafy parks that offer photogenic vistas across the river.

Plus, the Place Louis Lépine features a flower market that has a cool atmosphere even if you’re not planning on picking up any flowers for your hotel room as you enjoy Paris in a day.

In total, eight bridges connect Ile de la Cite with the Left and Right banks of Paris – with the westernmost structure, Pont Neuf, being the most iconic.

In fact, it dates back to the late 1500s and is the oldest remaining bridge in the city of love! And while there are many things to do in this area, a real highlight of Ile de la Cite is Sainte Chapelle, the neighbor of Notre Dame.

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Also an example of Gothic architecture, Sainte Chapelle was erected in seven years and served as a royal chapel.

Although there is an admission fee to enter, it’s worth it for the chance to ogle the stained glass windows.

Also, while Notre Dame is under restoration, Sainte Chapelle has become even busier. So, it’s advisable to pre-book your tickets now and arrive as early as possible.

Skip the line admission so can avoid the queuesSpace is small so can feel cramped
The stained glass is absolutely amazingGet a self-guided tour booklet
Get self-guided tour bookletNo audio/personal guide

Address: 10 Bd du Palais, 75001 Paris, France

Hours: Open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Price: €11.50 for adults.

How to Get There: Take line 4 to Cité station and walk from there.

4. Shakespeare and Co.

Shakesepeare and Co bookstore store front in Paris.

The next item on the agenda is one for the bookworms out there who want to experience one of the coolest hidden gems in Paris.

See, Shakespeare and Co. is an iconic independent bookstore that opened in the Latin Quarter of Paris in 1951.

However, the original shop – where Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce spent their days – was located in Saint Germain.

That branch eventually closed as a result of World War II. Then when George Whitman opened the Shakespeare and Co. of today, he named it in honor of Syliva Beech’s OG bookstore.

As a result, Shakespeare and Co. is now bursting at the seams with new releases and pre-loved tomes. And ss well as French titles, they stock English-language books and host regular author events and signings.

If you forgot to pack a book for your 1 day in Paris, seize the moment to fix that oversight!

Pro Tip: This place sells some great totes and notebooks that easily make for some of the best souvenirs from Paris. it’s also a narrow winding place to be prepared to feel a bit claustrophobic.

Address: 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France

Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm and on Sundays from 12:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Price: Free to look around.

How to Get There: Take line 10 to Maubert – Mutualité station and walk from there.

5. Le Jardin du Luxembourg

View of Jardin du Luxemborug during your one day in paris.

With a slightly heavier bag, you can tackle a 15-minute walk to your next sight by following Boulevard Saint-Michel.

Once here, you’ll find that Le Jardin du Luxembourg is a 17th-century garden. that is a pleasure to see.

Plus, until the French Revolution shook things up in town, entry was only permitted to royalty. Nowadays though, all are welcome.

And that’s awesome since this magical green space consists of flower plots, fountains, and stunning ponds. On a kookier note, there is a replica of the Statue of Liberty here too.

Also, note the Palais du Luxembourg in the northmost corner of the park. This former royal residence is now the seat of the French Senate.

And while the gardens are free to all, if you want a tour of the palace interior, you’ll need to keep an eye on the website since open days are extremely limited.

Pro Tip: Art lovers spending more than 1 day in Paris might want to return and visit the Musée du Luxembourg.

Address: 75006 Paris, France

Hours: Opens daily between 7.30 am and 8.15 am and closes daily between 4.30 pm and 9.30 pm depending on the season.

Price: Free

How to Get There: Take line 10/4 to Odeon station and walk from there.

6. Take a Stroll Along the Seine to the Tuileries and the Louvre (Optional)

a view of boats sitting in the Seine in Paris.

If you’re not big into gardens then skip the Jardin du Luxembourg and walk along the Seine instead.

After all, visiting the Seine, aka the river that runs through the city, is an essential part of any Paris itinerary in 1 day.

So, enjoy a 30-minute walk along the right side of the river as you move from Cité to the Tuileries.

Highlights along the way include Pont Neuf (or the oldest bridge in Paris), Pont des Arts, Les Invalides, and the Eiffel Tower.

You’ll eventually end at the Tulleries and can then enjoy all that the Louvre has to offer.

Trust me, this place is worth a visit during your one day in Paris itinerary just to see the building alone since it was built first as a royal palace for French royalty.

Yeah, and then King Louis XIV had to go ruin it all when he moved everyone to Versailles.

7. Lunch

Seeing as you’re cramming a lot of sights into your 24 hours in Paris itinerary, make today’s lunch a quick one.

So, stop by La Cuisine de Philippe, which is located just a couple of minutes away from the northern entrance to the Luxembourg Gardens.

This intimate eatery specializes in soufflé and it’s a tough choice between a classic cheese or dark chocolate variation. In fact, you might have to order two (Go on, live a little. You deserve it)!

If you’re not wild about soufflé then the restaurant also offers a comprehensive menu of other delectable French specialties.

Address: 25 Rue Servandoni, 75006 Paris, France

Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm and again from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

Price: They offer a starter, main course, dessert, and one glass of wine pre-fixe menu for just €23 per person.

How to Get There: Take line 10/4 to Odeon station and walk from there.

8. Jardin des Tuileries

View of the Tuileries Garden during your 1 day in Paris.

As time is of the essence when exploring the highlights of Paris in a day, hop on the metro at Rennes. Line 12 (green) will drop you off at Concorde where you’ll find the Jardin des Tuileries.

Catherine de Medici commissioned the Tuileries Garden in 1564 as a setting in which to host lavish banquets and garden parties.

And, believe it or not, this green space is actually situated atop the former site of a tile factory – a fact that goes a long way towards explaining the origins of this garden’s name.

Then, the gardener André Le Nôtre eventually re-landscaped the gardens in 1664 in the same French formal style that you’ll see today.

Also, following the French Revolution, the gardens were opened to the public. As a result, this space is brimming over with floral displays, ponds, fountains, and sculptures as well as art installations.

Meanwhile, the Musée de l’Orangerie in the western quarter of the gardens exhibits the works of Claude Monet.

Additionally, the landscape of the Jardin des Tuileries changes drastically with the season. So, this botanical oasis is truly spectacular during spring when the flowers are in bloom and in fall when the foliage comes alive with vibrant red and orange hues.

Plus, be sure to remember that the Jardin des Tuileries sits adjacent to the Place de la Concorde.

It’s actually largest public square in Paris and is marked by its Egyptian obelisk that dates back over 3,000 years.

Ans if you take the metro as detailed above, make sure to spare 5 minutes to take in the sights and crane your neck at the obelisk.

Address: Pl. de la Concorde, 75001 Paris, France

Hours: Open daily from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Price: Free

How to Get There: Take line 1/8/12 to Concorde and walk from there.

9. Musée du Louvre

View of the louvre during 24 hours in Paris.

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Gradually wander your way eastwards through the Jardin de Tuileries and you’ll soon feast your eyes upon the next attraction on this one day in Paris itinerary.

And it’s a magical one since the Louvre is easily the most famous museum on the planet!

Truth be told, when you’ve only got 24 hours in Paris squeezing a trip to the world’s largest art museum is a tad challenging.

After all, it houses somewhere in the region of 380,000 artifacts and over 30,000 masterpieces of art.

However, you should at least pause to survey the pyramids and take in the facade.

See, the main building was established in the late 12th century as a palace and military facility.

Then, It wasn’t until 1793 that the museum was founded. Meanwhile, despite their legendary status, the pyramids are still relatively new – recently added in 1987 by the Chinese-American architect, I. M. Pei.

Now, visiting the Louvre realistically warrants a half-day. But even as part of a quick visit, you can swing by and check out the likes of the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and Liberty Leading the People.

Per usual, book your skip-the-line ticket in advance to avoid long lines!

Alternatively, you can book this amazing 3-hour tour now.

Not only does it include skip-the-line entrance to the museum but you will get to museum highlights like the “Mona Lisa”, Renaissance masterpieces from Caravaggio/ Michelangelo, the “Venus de Milo” and “Winged Victory of Samothrace” with an expert guide.

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This way you’ll better appreciate all of these incredible works and won’t have to worry about getting lost while trying to find the best artwork in the museum.

Because, yes, the Louvre is hella big and easy to get lost in during your 24 hours in Paris.

Trust me, this tour is the way to go since you are short on time but also want to get the most out of your visit.

Plus, you’ll even get to learn about the history of the building itself, as a Royal Palace, in the Apollo Gallery before seeing the stunning, Second Empire Decor of the world-famous Napoleon Apartments.

Pro Tip: Arrive early since it will take some time to go through security, even if you already have a ticket.

The Louvre also has extended hours until 9:45 pm on Wednesday and Friday nights. And while they’re currently suspended, this is a great time to visit – especially if you only have one day in Paris.

You can also check out some of the best arcades Paris has to offer while you’re here since they are well-located nearby.

Skip-the-Line entraceA bit more expensive
Tons of context so you can appreciate what you’re seeingPick up not available
Can quickly and easily locate/see all the museum’s major highlights
Get a headset to help you hear the tour

Address: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Hours: Open Wednesday through Monday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Price: €15 for on-site tickets and €17 for tickets purchased online.

How to Get There: Take line 1 to Louvre – Rivoli station and walk from there.

10. Check out the Latin Quarter, The Pantheon, and Saint-Germain-des-Prés (Optional)

Sorbonne Chapel in the Latin Quarter

If you’re not a big fan of museums and want to take a hard pass on the Louvre then you can always head to the Latin Quarter after you pass the Louvre.

Just take Line 7 to Place Monge station and see where Roman life was born in Paris. In fact, it is believed that Paris’ own Roman Forum was built right atop rue Soufflot.

And if you want, enjoy a free visit to the Arènes de Lutèce during your one day in Paris itinerary and learn all about a Roman theatre that was constructed in the 1st century so that spectators could enjoy gladiatorial fights.

Next, continue to The Panthéon and admire a temple that is constructed in honor of all of the most famous people of France.

Yeah, you’ll see these people interred in a subterranean crypt and learn about the famous contributions that they made to the world.

Just don’t leave without seeing Foucault’s Pendulum since it was used to demonstrate and explain how the Earth rotated.

Next, be sure to grab some food before heading to Saint-Germain-des-Prés during your one day in Paris itinerary.

It’s easily one of the prettiest neighborhoods in Paris since it’s filled with cobblestone streets, gorgeous cafes, and incredible art galleries.

Pop into the Romanesque Saint-Germain-des-Prés Church before grabbing a latte to do a bit of people-watching at one of the cafes on Rue de Buci.

Pro Tip: Another great place to see during 1 day in Paris is the Place de la Contrescarpe.

It’s a vibrant little spot where you can try tons of street food and see where Hemmingway rented his first apartment at 74 Rue Cardinal Lemoine.

11. Palais Garnier

Interior of Palais Garnier.

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The opera house Palais Garnier is a marvel that is often skipped on typical Paris itineraries.

But for anyone who loves beautiful architecture, this gem should be included as part of your Paris trip.

Because while admiring the facade is one thing, you’ll be truly astounded once you step inside and see the staircase, carvings, and frescoes that adorn the halls here.

In fact, the internal decor of Palais Garnier features the busts of some of the most famous figures from the world of opera, as well as mythological figures, and allegorical sculptures.

“This Opera house is absolutely amazing! So beautiful and well preserved. From the floors to the ceilings it takes you back to a time I’ve not seen in my lifetime. If you’re a fan of Phantom of the Opera this tour is even that much more special. The costume displays are lovely. We took the self guided tour and used the headset the iPad type display which was easy to follow and provided a lot of historical information. Surprised the ticket cost was low.”

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So, regardless of whether you’re an opera aficionado, theater luvvie, or simply appreciate the finer things in life – this building is sure to impress you.

And while you can visit independently with a multimedia audio guide, the professionally guided tour is the best way to uncover the history of this intriguing building that was inaugurated at the request of Napoleon III.

It’s also easy to walk here from the Musée du Louvre to the Palais Garnier. In fact, it’ll take you 20 minutes when following Avenue de l’Opera.

Also, feel free to speed the process up by taking Line 7 (orange) from Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre and alighting at Opèra.

Get skip-the-line accessThe last entry is 45 minutes before they close
The audio guide is not included but €6.50Last entry is 45 minutes before they close
Stunning building that mimics Versailles

Address: Pl. de l’Opéra, 75009 Paris, France

Hours: Open daily between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Price: Tickets are €14 per person.

How to Get There: Take lines 3/7/8 to Opéra station and walk from there.

12. See the Eiffel Tower

View of the Eiffel Tower

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Got the feeling something was missing from your one day in Paris Itinerary?

All in good time – because the Eiffel Tower is the perfect spot to round off your day in Paris. Also check the sunset times associated with your trip dates and aim to arrive at the monument just in time for golden hour.

As it takes an hour to walk to the tower from the Palais Garnier, it makes sense to hop on the metro.

So, take Line 8 (yellow) from Opera and alight at La Motte – Picquet Grenell. You’ll be at the base of the tower in under 10 minutes flat.

You could also use the 30-minute journey to brush up on your trivia. See, construction started on the Eiffel Tower in 1887 and it took two years to complete the landmark that registers at a neck-tilting height of 330 meters (1,083 feet).

Although it was erected to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution, the tower wasn’t warmly received and it took decades to earn its status as an emblem of romance.

In particular, the green Champ de Mars provides stellar views of the tower. For a different perspective though, you can wander over the Pont d’Iéna.

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There is also an elevator on hand to whisk you up to the summit of the tower. If you’re traveling to Paris on a budget then you can hitch a lift to the second floor and then walk the rest of the way.

Personally, though, I’d 100% do the tour since you learn a ton of cool things about the building and get access to the very top.

Not gonna lie, the views are incredible and your super friendly tour guide (shout out to Antoine) can take some mega epic photos of you too from the second floor.

Way better than going it alone since you need to climb a lot of stairs to get to the top.

And for an extra plush 24 hours in Paris, you can head up to the summit alone and enjoy some bubbly while taking in the sweeping city views around you.

Because once at the top, you’ll see the streets and lights of Paris unfold beneath you. Also, be sure to book your tickets in advance to avoid insane lines.

Skip-the-line accessExpensive
Get to learn about the history of the buildingMeeting point can be difficult to find
Can enjoy summit access, stellar views, and champagne too if option selected
Meeting points can be difficult to find

Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Av. Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France

Hours: Open daily from 9:30 am to 10:30 pm.

Price: Tickets for adult summit visits start at €26.80

How to Get There: Take line 6/9 to Trocadéro station and walk from there.

13. Dinner

View of Sacré-Coeur from a Montmartre cafe.

La fin! Well, almost. Because after a jam-packed 1 day in Paris you’ve earned yourself a French feast.

So, if you’re ravenous and want to eat dinner near the Eiffel Tower, head to Au Bon Accueil.

Considering that it’s a 5-minute walk from the landmark, the prices are reasonable, the food is fantastic, and the service is exemplary.

The menu is subject to change per season but you can expect a choice of decadent pates, steak and tartare mains, and classic French desserts.

However, the views of the Iron Lady from the sidewalk terrace are worth a visit alone!

But, if you really want to make more of a night of it, head to Montemarte. This hilly Left Bank neighborhood is where you’ll find the Sacre Couer and Moulin Rouge.

It’s also known for its fabulous restaurants and nightlife that spills out onto the streets.

Immortalized in the movie Amelie, cafè des Deux Moulins is the place to dine or drink wine late into the night -especially if you want to visit one of the most famous cafes in Paris.

Or, at least, sample the famous crème brulée in Montmartre.

Alternatively, you can head to La Taverne de Montmartre where traditional snails and steak take the top spot on a sumptuous menu filled with French cuisine.

14. Seine River Cruise with Dinner

Boat cruising along the Seine River in the evning.

⭐️ Rating: 4.6/5.0 (3591 Reviews) Price: $118.99 per person Duration: 2.5 hours 📍Meeting Point: Port de la Bourdonnais Operator: BATEAUX PARISIENS – SEINO VISION Details: Read more on Get Your Guide Now!

Depending on how exhausted you are, you may want to end your one day in Paris itinerary with a luxurious, once-in-a-lifetime dinner cruise on the Seine River.

And there is no better cruise than this one right here. See, you’ll start by boarding a unique, panoramic sightseeing boat for special, glassed-in, unobstructed views of Paris as you glide on the water.

Next, enjoy a sumptuous 3+ course meal as you admire Les Invalides, the French Parliament, the Musée d’Orsay, the Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame.

A delicious dinner, with amazing views of Paris!! We recommend upgrading to sit alongside the windows- we were so glad we had paid a little extra for that! The service was excellent and we enjoyed meeting the couple next to us, who were also traveling from the U.S. The directions and check-in were easy to follow.”

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And while you have many dining options to choose from, the Etoile Service is perfect.

Not only will get a lovely seat in the center of the boat but you’ll start off with a glass of Kir white wine.

You’ll then dig into an incredible meal that includes a starter, main course, dessert, and a bottle of red/ white per four people.

I mean, there are pricier options but I feel like this is more than enough food. Plus, the views are awesome from anywhere on the boat.

Therefore, that’s a WHOLE lot of value packed into one amazing cruise that you just cannot afford to miss.

So, really end your Paris one day itinerary with a bang and book this deluxe cruise experience now!

Pros Cons
All-inclusive a la carte meal with many menu optionsNo pick-up or drop off services
Cozy atmosphere with live entertainmentNot really a guided tour so just enjoy dinner and admire the scenery
One-of-a-kind views of the city
Vegetarian options available

My #1 pick for what to do in Paris 🥐 is this tour of the Louvre! You’ll get skip-the-line access, and can quickly/easily see all major highlights while enjoying exceptional commentary from an expert. 😀

One Day in Paris Itinerary FAQs

What to Do if you Only Have 1 day in Paris?

If you only have one day in Paris you should visit:

  • Notre Dame (from outside)
  • Cité and Sainte Chapelle
  • A stroll along the Seine
  • The Latin Quarter
  • Saint-Germain-des-Près
  • Climb up the Eiffel Tower
  • Night Seine River Cruise with Dinner

Is it Worth it to go to Paris for One Day?

A day in Paris is definitely not enough time to see all of the incredible things that the city has to offer. But, it is enough time to see some major highlights and get a feel for this amazing city.

After all, Paris is the type of place where you could spend months and not see everything that it has to offer.

Can you Cover Paris in One Day?

No, there is way too much to see so you definitely can’t cover all of Paris in a day.

How Can I see the Most of Paris in One Day?

Follow the above one day in Paris itinerary and you should be able to make the most of your 24 hours in Paris.

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