How to play the tourist in Paris for one day?

February 28, 2017 by Melissa Blaauwendraad

Tour Montparnasse view Paris

A one day visit to Paris .. short time to see the city you might think. Yes, it’s kinda short, but definitely long enough to see some amazing highlights of the city. You just have to make a plan. And I will help you with that!

Paris is the city of love, but also the city of fashion. At the moment, Paris Fashion Week is starting and probably the best time to visit the city. It is loaded with models, fashion designers and runway shows. But fashion week or not, Paris is always the place to be.

Of course it is understandable that you’re not always able to book a city trip. There is school or work and most of the time there are no free days to spend on a holiday. Whether you’re a model and you have short times during your visits for work, or you just love traveling but you’re to busy for a long trip. I have some good news for you. Why would you book an expensive, long trip to Paris if there is a possibility to see the city in one day? Thanks to trains like the Thalys and cheap flies nowadays, you can be in North Paris in less than 4 hours. For others it might be a bit more difficult, but with a good plan you can get the best out of one day in this beautiful city.

In the early morning your journey will begin.

As soon as you arrive at the Gare du Nord station you take the metro to Charles de Gaulle étoille. When you arrive, you’re at the beginning of the Champs-Élysées and opposite the Arc de Triomphe. Start your day off with some shopping in the most famous shopping district of Paris. You’ll succeed with or without a lot of money. Besides the Prada, Chanel and Louis Vuitton stores, there are also many Zara’s, H&M’s and Nike stores.

Chanel Boutique Paris Champ Elysee

When you walk down the Champs-Élysées you are going towards the Place de la Concorde where you can find a huge Ferris Wheel. If you’re not afraid of highs it is a must to take a ride!

When you walk further, you’ll arrive at the famous pyramids,  the Musée du Louvre! If you’re under 24 years old and you have a European passport, the access is free. Lovers of art can’t skip this. Also don’t forget to make some touristic pictures at the pyramids.  If you feel weird doing that thing with your finger on the top of the pyramid … don’t. You won’t be the only one.

Louvre Museum Paris

Next to the museum you can find the metro station. Now you have to take the metro towards Gare Montparnasse. Around this time it is probably lunch time. You won’t regret going to the ‘A Saint Malo‘ café (2 rue d Odessa, 75014 Parijs, Frankrijk). They have the best crepes and burgers for a reasonable price.

Food chocolat crepes montparnasse

After lunch, go to Tour Montparnasse. When you don’t have the exact address, don’t worry by thinking you won’t find it. Believe me, you can’t miss it. Tour Montparnasse is the tallest skyscraper in France and for 12 euros you can see the 360 degrees view from the deck of the building. When I went to Paris, this was one of the best views I had ever seen before. You can see the whole city and also have a drink or go ice-skating on the roof. It’s so worth your money. So, don’t miss it!

Tour Montparnasse

After you have seen this, you can go to the Eiffel tower or you can choose to visit the famous Cathédrale Notre-Dame. If you want to do the first thing you have to take the metro to Champ de Mars / Tour Eiffel and if you want to see the Notre-Dame go to Saint-Michael-Notre-Dame.

Eiffel Tower Paris Melissa Blaauwendraad

Notre Dame de Paris is a historic Roman Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité. Considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, Notre Dame is the home of the Catholic Archdiocese of Paris. A real eye-catcher and something that is worth seeing.

Notre Dame paris

After that you take the metro to the Champs de Mars / Tour Eiffel, to finally see the famous Eiffel Tower. At this time it’s probably at the end of the afternoon. You can admire the tower and take some awesome pictures. Around the Eiffel Tower there are many places to have dinner and when it’s dark you can see the Tower shine and sparkle.

Eiffel Tower by night

All photos: Melissa Blaauwendraad

When it’s time to go back home you can choose to walk back to the Arc de Triomphe past the Champs-Élysées or take the metro from the Eiffel Tower.

At the end of the day, you’ll probably exhausted. Luckily for you, you can relax in the train of bus on the way back home. Now you have seen a big part of the highlights of Paris and you’ve had an amazing day!

Tags: City tips, City trip, fashion week, France, Notre-Dame, paris, Tour Montparnasse

Melissa Blaauwendraad Content/Communication Intern at Modellist-ID Traveling is my biggest passion, the gym is my happy place, I love having a healthy lifestyle and my biggest interest is everything that has to do with the fashion industry. I hope I can get a bit closer to my goals by being a part of the Modellist-ID - team.


One response to “How to play the tourist in Paris for one day?”

  1. Kate Ostrom says:

    My Paris experience was through a Paris river cruise. Didn’t need to book a city trip or prepare an itinerary. The company did it for me. Had the best time exploring Norther France too as part of the package. I definitely recommend it to first timers in France.


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