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If you only have time for two days in Paris, these are the must-see places I recommend. With a weekend in Paris, you can visit all of these places. Each one was spectacularly beautiful and took my breath away. Like literally. A weekend in Paris is a perfect trip for any time of the year. As Audrey Hepburn says “Paris is always a good idea.” If you’re looking to even dress a little Parisian, you should check this out. I spent eight days in Paris. That was a bit much for me, so if I were to do it all over again, here’s what I’d recommend for what to see in Paris in 2 days.

Visiting Notre Dame Cathedral

I went on the Notre Dame tower tour and climbed all the way up! I have to say climbing Notre Dame tower was a lot less scary than the Eiffel Tower. Partly because it is enclosed so it wasn’t as daunting. However, Notre Dame tower has a spiral staircase so those were a bit tricky (I have no idea how the girl in a dress before me did it). There is an excellent view of Paris from up here, really worth it!

An interesting note, all the gargoyles are different and there’s thousands of them. They are so well crafted and have stood the test of time, they impressed the heck out of me. I don’t remember being too thrilled with the interior of the church, but that’s worth a look while you’re there. You don’t have to pay the Notre Dame Cathedral price if you’ve got the Paris Museum Pass. You can also go underneath and see some of the city ruins with the Pass.

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Sainte Chapelle’s Incredible Stained Glass

After seeing so many churches while in Europe I didn’t think anything could surprise me, Sainte Chapelle did! It is honestly the most beautiful church I have ever seen. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. The Sainte Chapelle stained glass surrounds the church, telling one of the Bible stories. It’s hard to see in the picture, but each section has an image representing part of the story. They have been restoring it by cleaning the stained glass with Q-tips! I wouldn’t want to have that job. Try and go on a sunny day to get the full effect. If you got the Paris Museum Pass, you don’t have to pay the Sainte Chapelle entrance fee. The church is super close to Notre Dame, making it easy to get to when you’re limited on time for your weekend in Paris!

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Napoleon Apartments at the Louvre

The Louvre, everyone told me to get there early and they were right. I got there just after opening and hardly anyone was there. Headed straight to the Mona Lisa, then to Venus. I recommend doing that first since that’s what everyone is there to see and it can get rather crowded. Don’t forget to get a map at the front, else you’ll get lost as I did. I have to say I wasn’t all that impressed by Mona or Venus. Probably since I’ve seen them in soooo many textbooks and across the interwebs.

However, I was seriously impressed with the Napoleon Apartments. You could throw one heck of a party in there! The Napoleon Apartments were absolutely gorgeous! I didn’t get the audio guide here, which may have improved the experience. If you’re really invested in art, I’d say get the audio guide. The Louvre was also on the Paris Museum Pass. You could spend a good amount of time here if you’re really interested in art, I really only went for the famous pieces. If you’ve got a few days in Paris, you could probably spend at least a full day here.

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Arc de Triomphe!

The Arc de Triomphe is beautiful, but a bit tricky to get to. You have to find the underground tunnel in order to get close to it. If I remember correctly, this tunnel is on the west side of the Arc. Don’t try to run across the traffic, it’s way too dangerous. When I was there they had a ceremony going on for the veterans. I didn’t really get too much info since it was hard to hear, and all in French.

You can go on top of the Arc for an amazing view, but it’s another set of spiral stairs. Tired of stairs, my Aunt and I opted to just enjoy it from the ground. The Arc actually looks bigger in person, which kind of shocked me. The design on it alone is worth the trip. So much detail!

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A Weekend in Paris

As these locations are somewhat close together, so doing Paris in two days is completely possible. Make sure to build yourself a map to help you get around. I hope this helps you when you’re on your way to your weekend in Paris as these are definitely the highlights of what to see in Paris in 2 days. If you have say 4 days in Paris, I would actually recommend getting out of Paris and seeing some of the rest of France.

Let me know how it goes in the comments below. Au revoir!

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Michelle Jensen is a twenty-something traveler, occasionally solo, you’ll find road tripping across the U.S. or hostel-hopping in Europe. Currently residing in Los Angeles, CA with a day job in Television.


  1. Elle so nice to hear that you felt the same way about Paris as me. We too visited at the end of our vacation, after 6 full days in the UK. I was exhausted by then as well. I tried to enjoy it as much as possible, but the food was bleh and I guess it was just too much hype. Of course it was gorgeous, but I was still in wonderlust with England! xo

    • I actually spoke to an Englishman the other day and he was on the same page as us! I was surprised, thinking they’d be more compatible since they’re closer. I had some great pasta and macaroons! The bread products there are amazing! I think I put too much hype into it as well. I’d like to go to Italy next, but I’d like to go with someone this time. England is the best! I hope I get to work there one day!

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