For those living in the UK, it’s easy to forget how lucky you are being so close to much of Europe. With various travel links like short flights, ferries and the Eurostar, short weekend getaways are easily do-able. Just before Christmas, I spent one day exploring the city of Paris, somewhere I’d been meaning to visit for so long. This guide should help give some inspiration into how you can spend 12 hours in this beautiful city.
We arrived into the city at about 10:30 am and headed straight to Angelina cafe to try their world-famous hot chocolate!
I honestly could not recommend this café enough. I’d read so much online about their hot chocolate and their amazing pastries, so when I found out I was going to Paris this was number one on my list. Needless to say, the hot chocolate more than exceeded my expectations, and if you’re looking for a sweet treat to go with it, I highly recommend the Mont Blanc.
Angelina cafe is right near the Louvre, so that was the obvious next stop. We didn’t go inside the Louvre on this trip, but instead admired it from the outside.
From the Louvre, we walked to Notre Dame. After taking advantage of the photo opportunities at the Notre Dame, we stopped at a little café nearby to grab a coffee and escape the cold. The cafe we stopped in can be seen on the left of the Notre Dame in the picture below.
After our cafe pitstop, we hopped on the metro out to the Catacombs of Paris. We found the metro the easiest way to get around the city, and for only €12 for an unlimited day pass, it’s the cheapest option too. You can buy a day-pass at the machines inside any metro station. Unfortunately, when we got to the Catacombs they had closed due to the rioting, despite saying online that they were still open. We were both gutted as this is something we had really been looking forward to!
Missing out on the Catacombs, however, did mean that we could get to the Eiffel Tower whilst it was still light. Unfortunately, by the time we got there, the heavens had opened up and it was pouring with rain! We ended up soaked through, cold, and also failed to get any half decent pictures of the tower.
Galeries Lafayette is a huge department store, with a mixture of shops. From Topshop and Urban Outfitters to Gucci and Off-white, there is something for everyone. We spent ages wandering around and marvelling the incredible Christmas decorations.
Given our time restraints, I feel that we managed to see quite a lot of Paris in 12 hours! If we’d had more time in the city, I would have liked to visit Montmartre, Arc de Triomphe and the Christmas Markets!
If you’ve visited Paris before, what was your favourite part?