48 Hours in Paris

10 must-sees and must-dos for authentic French experiences, food, drinks and accommodation 

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Heading to Paris this summer? We have a compiled our top spots to experience, dine, drink and stay at.

Experience

1. The Seine River Cruises

The Seine River Cruises by Paris Tours runs through the heart of Paris, providing undisturbed, unrivalled views of the city's iconic attractions including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Louvre. Revel in the sights of quintessential Parisian architecture and landmarks as you go on a sensory journey along the most charming boulevards of the River Seine. Select from an array of options -- a leisurely sightseeing cruise offering endless opportunities to capture postcard-worthy photos to a scrumptious dinner onboard accompanied with a glass or two of bubbly.

2. Moulin Rouge Show

Indulge in VIP treatment at the world-renowned Moulin Rouge cabaret show. Exclusively reserved for only 24 guests a night, breeze past the queue with your skip-the-line ticket and be greeted by a host who will show you to your VIP table in a private balcony providing unobstructed views of the stage. Sip on Billecart-Salmon Champagne and savour decadent Dalloyau macarons and chocolates while watching the dazzling 2-hour show.

3. Palace of Versailles

Embark on a culturally and historically immersive journey west of Paris in the Palace of Versailles. Choose to take a VIP Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters in a group of less than 16. Bypass the long queue with your priority access ticket and begin your visit by seeing two of the 17 rooms of the State Apartments – the Council Study and the King's Chamber. Next, visit the extravagant Hall of Mirrors lined with 357 mirrors on one wall and windows on the other. After these highlights, follow your guide beyond the velvet ropes to the Royal Quarters, which are usually off-limits, to see the rooms of Louis XV and Louis XVI.

4. Vaux-le-Vicomte Evening Helicopter Tour

Amidst the twilight rays, hop on a helicopter from Paris and take in sublime views of major Parisian landmarks such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower, en-route to the charming 17th-century castle that is the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. The helicopter trip takes 35 minutes, after which you'll tour the castle gardens by golf cart, visit the inside of the castle with an audio guide and sit down to a scrumptious 3-course dinner served with wine and Champagne before climbing into a luxurious limousine for the return trip back to your accommodation in Paris.

Dine

5. Le Jules Verne

Enjoy a truly luxurious 3-course dining experience at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Jules Verne, situated on the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Le Jules Verne offers contemporary cuisine, reuniting all the basics of classic French cuisine. Created from a selection rigorous selection of regional quality ingredients, it reflects the quest of excellence dear to Michelin chef Alain Ducasse. Beyond the spectacular view upon Paris, the elegant space created by interior designer Patrick Jouin, is an invitation to the dream.

6. Il Carpaccio

Looking for superb Italian food in the French capital? Head to Il Carpaccio, the only Michelin-starred Italian restaurant in Paris. Helmed by Pompeii-born chef Roberto Rispoli, it’s a spectacular space with equally impressive food. Il Carpaccio’s mouth-watering and sophisticated dishes are concocted from the freshest seasonal products according to tasty and traditional regional recipes from all around Italy. Rispoli, who once worked at Alain Ducasse’s La Trattoria Toscana, serves seasonal Italian fare inspired by family traditions. Think home-cooked meals presented in exquisite French fashion.

Drink

7. Experimental Cocktail Club

In true speakeasy fashion, this very-adored spot is behind an unmarked door, on a dimly lit, pedestrian-only alley. But beyond the appeal of being impossible-to-find, Parisians really come because they love the artful cocktails. More than a cocktail bar, the Experimental Cocktail Club is a legend. Indeed, when it opened in 2007, it truly revolutionized the bar industry in Paris and paved the way for the cocktail bar boom 5 years later. Most of the owners of the newer cocktail bars have previously worked at the Experimental Cocktail Club. If it weren’t for the ECC, Paris would probably not be the up and coming cocktail bar city it is today.

8. Danico

Danico is the bar attached to restaurant and hotspot Darocco, a large and chic 180 seat Italian eatery all housed in Jean Paul Gaultier’s former flagship location. Don’t hesitate to head straight through the busy trattoria to this bar hidden at the back or slip in via the Passage Vivienne side entrance. The menu itself is handy with an indication of glassware, method and flavor profile for each drink. It’s not surprising that the cocktails are well made and they focus on homemade syrups, etc. What makes Danico more of a stand out are some of the more unusual ingredients successfully incorporated such as Pandan syrup, soy sauce, and Japanese seaweed bitters.

Stay

9. Novotel Paris Les Halles

A short walk from Forum des Halles, Novotel Paris Les Halles is an ideal getaway for both business travellers and families. Contemporary design runs through the hotel, with rooms ranging from doubles to suites. Try their Secret Garden or “Jardin Privé”, an interior patio space which is available for private hire, whisking you away to a poetic landscape of lush greenery, a splendid escape from the Parisian crowd.

10. Mercure Paris Centre Eiffel Tower Hotel

Situated beside the Eiffel Tower, the Mercure Paris Centre Eiffel Tower Hotel is ready to provide love birds with the complete romantic getaway. Immerse in a mystical, dream-like, ambience brought about by the rich purple interiors, coupled with an enchanting view of the Eiffel Tower right out of your window.

Patrick A Fitzgerald

09 Jul 2018, 10:00 AM

A Native of Australia Patrick A Fitzgerald has been a stylist since the age of 19. This Fashion design graduate prides himself on keeping up to date with the latest trends and faux pas. This 29-year-old is currently based between Singapore and Melbourne where his splits his time equally between styling & writing.