Pyramids of Louvre
24 Hours in Paris
Only have 24 hours to spend in Paris? No problem. Let me help you prepare in advance (because winging it just won’t cut it this time). Don’t miss your chance to visit some of the best spots in Paris. Follow my lead and you may just have the best 24 hours of your life.
Lets start with transportation. If you’ve ever taken a taxi in New York then you’ve probably heard of Uber, a chauffeur-like service that will pick you up and get you where you need to be without the hassle of hailing a cab or dealing with a shady driver (or should I say less shady?). Well Paris has something similar, but better, called Le Cab. This new white glove chauffeur service will pick you up in a Peugeot car and have you where you need to be at a fair price in the knick of time. Not only is it the best way to get around the city, but most of the drivers resemble a young George Clooney. Need I say more?
If you prefer to get some exercise in and walk everywhere, please keep in mind the streets of Paris resemble that of a labyrinth. So be sure you have cell service because you’re going to need your good old friend, Google Maps. And if you haven’t mastered French just yet, you can count on this handy friend to direct you in your native tongue. That’s reassuring.
Now we move on to lodging. Paris can be very tricky if you are on a tight budget. Hotels are either very expensive and offer minimal square footage or they’re affordable but absolute shit (pardon my French!). Luckily, I’ve had the opportunity to travel a lot over the years, but regrettably I have to admit there isn’t much available in a decent price range. Because I want to help, let me let you in on my best-kept secret, Boutique Hotel Relais Saint Germain. At around 250-350 euros, you’ll receive quality service from a friendly staff, and a cosy beautiful room. And the best part, you ask? A delicious and memorable complimentary breakfast, perhaps the best in Paris. Just thinking of their freshly baked croissants, cafe au lait and assortment of breads and baguettes with homemade jams makes me drool. Their dinner menu is also incredible and if you are a hotel guest you will have no problem to get a table there. And the location is unbeatable. Stay at Hotel Relais and you’ll be walking distance from just about every popular St. Germain spot.
Now that we’ve covered breakfast, lets move on to lunch (because you’re really here to eat right?). Go all out and put your best attire to use. Show off your style, work that sweet charm of yours and live, even if only for a moment, like a celebrity. When you lunch at L’Avenue that is exactly what you’ll do and you might recognize quite a few special guests such as Kim Kardashian, Jean Dujardin and Beyoncé. But it’s not the crowd that makes this Parisian wonder, but their phenomenal menu. The fresh, spicy tomato juice is to die for. And the avocado tomato salad and steamed dumplings, again I’m drooling at the thought.
When you finish stuffing yourself with all of these delicatessens you may agree its time to burn off a few of those calories. What better way than a scenic stroll along the Seine River while admiring the breath taking views? And make it more than just a moment by stopping at the bridge and writing your initials or a special note on a lock. It will be a memory you never forget.
But your day isn’t over and there are still memories to make. Lets move on to french toast, shall we? No, I don’t mean its time for breakfast again (although I know I wouldn’t mind). I mean it is time for a champagne toast at the Bristol Hotel. Natalia Vodianova, the supermodel, is a frequent guest here and if you’re the type who likes to see and be seen then you’ll certainly enjoy happy hour at the Bristol.
After some champagne it is time to treat your body. If it’s rejuvenation you seek, then allow me to share the best spas around. At the Ambassade of Beauty of Biologique Research on Champs, Elysees will eliminate, smooth and lift all of your face wrinkles and imperfections without the use of a knife. Or ask for Marlene, who has golden hands, and after 90 minutes of pure ecstasy she will have reduced years off of your visage for only Euro 150.
And with perfect skin, comes perfect hair right? Head to the Leonor Grey hair spa at 15 Rue Tronchet, 75008 Paris, France +33 1 42 65 32 26. Their 60 minute hair treatment is the most relaxing and rejuvenating experience my hair has ever had and it was followed by a Mexican hair straightening treatment that did not overheat or damage my hair. Check it out and I promise 40 minutes later your hair will be shiny, straight and ready for your next Parisian adventure.
If you are in the mood for shopping, Le Bon Marche has a lot to offer. If it’s art you prefer, you must visit the Mona Lisa at Louvre. I must confess that after twenty years of visits to the city of lights I have yet to make the trip over there. I know, shame on me. But I promise to make that visit on my next trip. Maybe you can let me know how it is?
Moving on. My favorite thing to do in Paris is browse the local pharmacies. There I love to shop for shower gels, cotton balls (the softest you will ever find), wooden q-tips, the incredibly scented Soupline fabric softner, my favorite Caudaline Vigne perfume and so much more. But if you aren’t much of a shopper and find yourself hungry yet again, then you must visit Pierre Herme. They have incredible pastries, macaroons, hazelnut cake, millfoie, and lots and lots of chocolate. It can be pricy but the experience is so worth it.
To end your day, you’ll need the perfect dinner. I recommend La Societe or Hotel Costes where the most beautiful people come to wine and dine. No matter which you choose, I am sure you will be impressed with the menu, decor and surroundings offered at both places. And don’t stress out deciding between the two. Coincidently, it’s the same owner serving the same menu at both places, but you’ll find the experience to be completely different.
Lastly, don’t forget to take plenty of pictures of the Eiffel Tower to show your friends upon your return home. You’ll want evidence of your amazing day in Paris.