France is luxurious, edgy, and classic. These come together in the capital, Paris, and are expressed through fashion, gastronomy, and art. While you could spend weeks in Paris and still not experience everything, we picked out a few highlights we believe are essential to your first visit if you only have 24 hours in Paris.
This is the largest museum in the world, and home to famous paintings and sculptures like the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. The Louvre was residence for the kings of France but after the fall of the empire, the beautiful building became a museum. You need to buy tickets to enter the exhibitions but the architecture of the palace and the iconic glass pyramid outside are enough to take your breath away.
Although this street is crowded with tourists, who can resist shopping in France? Along the avenue you can find small cafes, restaurants, and even fast food. Among the variety of stores you can find here, there is Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Sephora, Hermes, Valentino, J.M Weston and many more. Visit Laduree, where you can find the best macarons in over 100 different flavors.
Arc de Triomphe
Located on the west end of the Champs-Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe is a memorial for all who fought for France especially in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. In 1920, the remains of an unknown soldier where placed underneath the Arc and an eternal flame is lit every evening to commemorate the soldiers that died in both World Wars. You can climb to the top of the monument for the best view of many French landmarks.
Live like couture designer Coco Chanel and visit the chic cafe, Angelina. Order the richest cup of hot chocolate you will ever taste; it is composed of three cocoas from three different places in Africa. Austrian founder perfected it for his daughter in law, Angelina, and the recipe for the delicacy remains a secret to this day. This cafe radiates classic Parisian sophistication.
If you want a quick break from the glamour, head to the most frightening place in Paris. The catacombs were established in 1810 as a hygienic solution to the overflowing cemeteries, and in 2018 an entrance was made, signaling where the macabre tour starts. It’s better to buy tickets online before arriving to guarantee entrance. This is certainly not a sight for the faint hearted, but if you make it through there’s a gift shop at the end.
No trip to France would be complete without seeing the Eiffel Tower. It took two years to build, and since then the historic landmark became a visual representation of Paris. You can walk the multiple levels of the tower, but they also offer an elevator that takes you straight to the top. Whether you choose to visit during the day or night, it’s a memorable view.
Finish off your Parisian adventure with a visit to the world known cabaret while sipping on a glass of champagne. Dancers perform every night on the brightly lit stage with fabulous costumes. The red carpet at the entrance will make you feel like a celebrity, and you’ll be entertained from the moment the red curtains draw back.
These are a few out of the hundreds of attractions that Paris offers its visitors. It will be love at first sight with this French city, and you will not wait to go back, when you have more than 24 hours in Paris.