What to see in Paris in one day

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Martí Micolau

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Paris, the romantic city par excellence, steeped in history and atmospheres difficult to find in other places in the world. Reasons why it has always been there preferred choice by tourists from all over the world who find in its corners a unique, unrepeatable breath that will hardly be forgotten.

The Parisian atmosphere is not found anywhere else and this is hardly a secret. The art, the beauty of its buildings, the romanticism of its bridges must be discovered at least once in a lifetime. If you have only one day available it will not be so easy to be able to discover the whole city, indeed we can also say that it will be an impossible task, but there are mandatory steps. Write this down Paris itinerary in one day.


  1. One day itinerary in Paris: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Paris: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Paris: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Paris: Morning

1 - Tour Eiffel and Champs-Élysées

We start from Trocadero, on foot or by Metro (lines 6 and 9). Parisian breakfast at the Boulangerie Bechu in 118 avenue Victor Hugo with local specialties and hot drinks for around € 10,00. From here we head towards the river to admire the Eiffel Tower from below. Climbing is not possible, unless you want to waste time and with only one day available we cannot afford it. After letting yourself be enveloped by the beauty of the fountains and the Parisian landscape, you can get on the bus or rent a bicycle to get to Place de la Concorde and do not miss the suggestive and famous Arc de Triomphe that can be reached by walking along the immense and always romantic ones Champs - Elysees. It is no secret that they are considered one of the most suggestive avenues in all of Europe, perhaps, without exaggeration, even in the world. You can then decide to walk the streets around the Traffic circle, the roundabout that represents the nerve center of the area. Here, shopping cannot be missed with the numerous shops and boutiques present. The change of scenery that will take us from the tall chestnut trees to the streets of fashion and chaos is evident, but also pleasant because it is part of Paris.

2 - Latin Quarter and Père-Lachaise

With the means it will be reached Boulevard Saint Germain to discover the fascinating Latin Quarter where the life of Parisian students and professors will meet, an experience that always has its charm. Here we will find many libraries. Once here, you cannot miss a visit to the Père Lachaise Cemetery, where people such as Modigliani, Comte, Proust and Jim Morrison rest. You can get there on foot or by bus (lines 60 - 69 - 102). A visit on foot also to the Belleville district, colorful and characterized by great vivacity.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 15,3 km / 3 h 21 min
  • Places visited: Trocadero (free), Eiffel Tower (free), Place de la Concorde (free), Arc de Triomphe (free), Champs - Elysees (free), Boulevard Saint Germain (free), Pere Lachaise Cemetery (approximately € 5,00 )
  • Guided tour of Pere Lachaise Cemetery Skip-the-line entry to the top of the Eiffel Tower
  • Where to have breakfast: Boulangerie Bechu, avenue Victor Hugo 118

One day itinerary in Paris: Afternoon

1 - Montmartre district

We get on the Metro (lines 2, 4, 12) to head towards the Montmartre hill where, before discovering its most suggestive corners, we have a lunch at the Montmartre tavern, in Rue Gabrielle 25, with about € 25,00 we can taste local specialties. Place du tertre it is the hub of the district full of tourists, artists and intellectuals. Not to be missed in Montmartre is certainly the Basilica of the Sacred Heart where only tourists can be found because Parisians prefer the Church of Saint Pierre, smaller and more intimate. From the terrace you can enjoy the most suggestive view of the city because it is the highest point in Paris after the Eiffel Tower.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,6 km / 1 h 13 min
  • Places visited: Montmartre hill (free), Place du Tertre (free), Sacred Heart Cathedral (free admission. Climb the dome € 5,00)
  • Montmartre and Sacred Heart tour with expert guide
  • Where to have lunch: Montmartre tavern, Rue Gabrielle 25

One day itinerary in Paris: Evening

1 - Opera and Madeline

The evening will be spent in the district of La Bastille, before dinner, however, we will dedicate some of our time to visit the famous theater ofOpera, built between 1860 and 1875. Another quick visit will be to the Madeline, a building that has a particular history behind it. Born first as a church, it was then transformed by Napoleon into a secular temple to celebrate his army.

2 - Dinner and Paris by Night

Arrived in Rue Oberkampf, one of the main places of Parisian nightlife where it will not be difficult to find restaurants and clubs with live music to spend a few hours in joy and company, we will stop to enjoy the evening. For dinner we choose the Café Charbon in Rue Oberkampf where we will consume Parisian food for about € 30,00. To conclude the evening in Paris, we will enter one of the numerous clubs in the neighborhood.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5 km / 1 h 5 min
  • Places visited: La Bastille (free), Opera (approx € 11,00), Madeline (free), Rue Oberkampf (free)
  • Visit of the Opera Garnier with an expert guide Dinner cruise on the Seine Mouline Rouge show with dinner
  • Where to dine: Café Charbon, Rue Oberkampf

Before leaving: useful tips

  • Always carry with you a guide that also indicates the lines of public transport that are very efficient in Paris - More info on how to get around Paris
  • To dress like an "onion" to be able to face the typical Parisian temperature changes
  • If you have little time it is recommended to use the subway because it is faster, but if you want to admire an overview of the city the bus is the best way
  • If you decide to extend your stay and enjoy Paris by night, you can consult our offers for accommodation in Paris.

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

Paris is not exactly a city that can be visited with attention and in detail in a single day, but with little time there are attractions to be avoided in order not to miss everything that can be discovered in a short time.

  1. Louvre. It is certainly one of the essential stops, but the lines are very long and it takes several hours to visit it - more info on the Louvre: tips, prices and how to get there
  2. Eiffel Tower. Majestic and to be discovered, it is the symbol of the city. Excluding the visit inside if you do not have time available - more info on the Eiffel Tower: how to get there, prices and advice
  3. Notre Dame Cathedral. The queue is long, especially to climb the towers, that's why it is advisable not to visit them - more info on Notre-Dame: how to get there, prices and advice
  4. Centre Pompidou. Another important stop, but the long line and the many things to see inside do not allow you to visit it if you only have one day available - more info on the Pompidou Museum: advice, prices and how to get there
  5. Palace of Versailles. The queue here is double, first at the ticket office, then at the security checkpoints. Often you can lose even more than an hour - more info on the Palace of Versailles: how to get there, prices and advice
  6. Catacombs. The line to visit them is already visible at the Denfert-Rochereau metro stop. Unthinkable to include them in a daily itinerary - more info on the Paris Catacombs: how to get there, prices and advice
  7. Orsay Museum. His masterpieces of Impressionism should be admired, but as with almost all Parisian museums, the queues with little time do not allow it - more info on the Musée d'Orsay: tips, prices and how to get there
  8. Saint-Chapelle. One of the most important examples of Gothic architecture, its long line, excludes it from our itinerary - more info on the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris: how to get there, prices and advice
  9. Montparnasse. An evocative district that despite the profound changes, in some of its corners has managed to maintain its ancient intellectual and cultural charm but which will be difficult to visit given the distance from the other attractions that we are going to discover and for the numerous things , cemetery, streets and alleys).

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