A weekend in Paris is magical and something I have always wanted to do. Of course, there are many towns and areas in France that are also worth exploring, but I’ve always felt drawn to see what the hype was about. After two failed attempts of planning this trip (which fell through due to Covid19), we managed to go third time lucky. Here are some tips on what to do in Paris.
Sit outside a cafe and people watch
Have you even been to Paris if you haven’t done this? Paris is filled to the brim with cafes on every sidewalk, order a coffee and a croissant (or a wine, you are on holiday, after all) and watch the world go by.
Have a Parisien Hot Chocolate
Je voudrais un chocolat chaud, s’il vous plaît! Following on from cafes, if you love chocolate then you will love their hot chocolate, it’s basically like drinking thick, creamy, melted chocolate with cream on top. We went to Cafe Carette, which is extremely popular and you might have to wait to get a seat. Note that the hot chocolate isn’t cheap, it is 11€ with cream but I have to say, it was worth it!
Visit Versailles Palace
If you have time, hop on the train (it takes about 45 minutes) to Versailles to see the palace. You can do this in the morning and be back in Paris by lunchtime. Book your tickets online in advance to avoid queues. The palace of Versaille is stunning, it was a joy to be able to walk around and explore. Also as there are generally less tourists around because of Covid19, we had some rooms all to ourselves!
We went on a Sunday morning and afterwards accidentally stumbled upon the market in the town square, perfect if you want fresh pain au chocolat or cheese after your tour in the palace.
Book a wine tasting at o chateau
For my birthday we booked a 2 hour wine tasting at o chateau. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, this wine tasting welcomed all and it was such a fun activity, we learnt a lot from it. Tip: I definitely reccommend booking the cheese platter to go with your wine!
Stay somewhere with a Parisien balcony
If you want to get the full experience, get a hotel or Airbnb with a typical Parisien balcony. Ours had two small balconies with a perfect view of the opera. I just love the views of Paris, it’s also perfect opportunity to buy a bottle of wine and drink it on the balcony, this saves a bit of money as well, as drinking out at bars and restaurants can be pricy!
I absolutely love France and Paris was really a magical city. The main thing to remember about weekend trips is, don’t stress yourself trying to see and fit everything in. Paris has a lot of musuems and other things to see so it’s best to prioritize what is important to you. The rest can always be seen the second time you visit.
Have questions about Paris? Let me know in the comments below