Arguably one of the most architecturally aesthetic cities in the world, fitting the abundance of Paris' landmarks into 24 hours seems challenging. Are you up for it?
A very Kozy breakfast
Sweet tooth for breakfast? Grab a crepe laden with speculoos and banana, the French equivalent of the addictive lotus biscuit spread, for a petit dejeuner on the go. Looking for a sit-down meal? Head to Kozy Paris. This healthy breakfast and brunch destination is far from boring. For a flat price of 23 EUR, indulge in a fresh juice or scrumptious smoothie, a tea or coffee, or try the infamous white mocha topped with Chantilly cream and white chocolate buttons. With plateaus of french toast, pancakes and eggs benedict, this Instagrammable hotspot is the perfect pick-me-up to get you on your way. Situated a few minutes walk away from Boulevard Haussman, stop here and fill your stomach before exploring this magical city.
Next, head to Galeries Lafayette. This enchanting shopping center is glowing in Rococo splendour and sports a stunning domed roof, beautifully designed and ornate with a multicolored patina. Home to haute designers and unique French labels, this shopping centre is a must-visit even if you don't want to spend the cash. It's located near the Opera metro station, and this magnificent neighborhood is as exquisite as it sounds. Boasting incredible architecture such as the Royal Academy of Music, this area of Paris even shows off its extravagant taste with its Starbucks! With marble columns, huge glass mirrors and an intricately decorated roof adorned in striking gold and black embellishments, have your morning cup of coffee the Paris way. Be sure not to miss the Opera Garnier itself: one of Europe's most exquisite theaters, and an iconic symbol of Paris.
A tour around the Place de Vendome
Make your way from opera to Place de Vendome. Immerse yourself in the ornate architecture of Paris' cityscape while absorbing the city's rich culture. Place de Vendome's square is replete with a multitude of designer shops, world class hotels including the Ritz, and lavish cars. Feeling hungry? Make your way to Café Marly. Situated directly opposite the Louvre's dominating but beautiful structure, indulge in a carby pasta and a rich chocolate fondant to satisfy both your sweet and savory tooths while trying to take in the dumbfounding facade of one of Paris' most impressive landmarks.
Île de la Cité, s'il vous plaît
Burn off the calories by heading to Notre Dame. Situated in the Seine on Île de la Cité, become the ultimate tourist by exploring what the area has to offer. Wait in line with the other visitors to get into Paris' most iconic cathedral, and once inside marble at the vaulted ceilings and candle-lit Gothic architecture. When you're finished, go find the line for Saint Chapelle. Located inside the city courthouse a quick eight minute walk from Notre Dame, this chapel isn't free, but the stained glass ceilings on the second floor are worth every penny and every minute standing in line.
Fancy a refreshment? Have an ice cream at Amorino. This isn't your ordinary scoop. Choose from the array of mouth-watering flavors, topped with a macaroon. Shaped into a flower, this yummy ice cream tastes as good as it looks. Made from organic ingredients, it would be rude not to indulge in this scrumptious alternative!
After strolling around Île de la Cité, you'll most likely have gotten hungry. Head to Alcazar in St-Germain-des-Prés. This incognito restaurant is pleasing to the eye, and its menu is just as tasteful. With its interior furnished as a modern garden, head up stairs where you will be directed by neon lights to the bar, or indulge in Alcazar's decadent cuisine such as duck confit that falls off the bone.