The Perfect Paris Itinerary, All In One Day

A Note –

I’ve asked a few of my friends to pop in for a guest post while I’m busy soaking up all those newborn snuggles! I’m sure you follow most of these amazing women who will be sharing, but if you don’t you are in for a real treat!

Meghan and I have been online friends for what feels like forever! And we’ve had the please of getting together a few times over the last few years and it’s always such a *treat*. Meghan is just one of those sweet souls that you can’t help but love to be around. Plus, she is a Paris expert and has even started a company called Paris, Perfected where she plans your perfect Parisian getaway… a dream right?!

Today we are extra lucky, because she is sharing what her *ideal* 24-hours in Paris would look like… so do yourself a favorite and bookmark/pin this post. Trust me, if Meghan approves, you’ll want to put it on your must-do list, the perfect Paris itinerary!

The Most Perfect Paris Day

Guest post by: Meghan Donovan
founder of Paris, Perfected and creator of wit & whimsy

I first fell in love with Paris when I was a little girl. And my love for the city and the joy that it brings me—they’ve only grown as I have.

To this day, I still revel in my time in Paris. I love when Paris is covered in rose gold light. The quiet and soft mornings. When the air is filled with the smell of fresh bread. The city’s rose filled gardens. I love their keeping of age-old traditions. Their understanding of the sacredness in savoring each day. How each day is a gift to be enjoyed, loved and remembered.I still seek ways to add a dose of something française to my life each week. It’s led to a lifetime of discovery of ways to lead a meaningful, joyful and fulfilled life.

Paris itinerary

As the founder of Paris, Perfected I travel to Paris a couple times each year to scope out what’s on in the city, the best new restaurants, the sweets, the newest museums and so much more so that I can inform my clients on the best ways to spend their time in the City of Light. I also share a variety of Paris posts on my lifestyle site wit & whimsy, which I started back in 2005.

There is of course so much to see, do, and taste in Paris but if I had just 24 hours, here’s how I’d spend it…

A Paris Itinerary In 24 Hours

Morning – Hotel, Coffee, and Gardens

My perfect Paris day would start by waking up at my favorite hotel, Hotel Therese (my Paris, Perfected clients get free breakfast and a welcome gift here) and then I’d walk over to the gardens of the Palais Royal. I’d get a coffee at Cafe Kitsune or Telescope Coffee and enjoy it in one of the iconic green chairs that line the park’s gardens. Sitting by the fountain and soaking up the Paris sun is a favorite pastime.

Afternoon – Lunch, Sightseeing, and Shopping

I’d slowly make my way over to Le Marais on foot and wander, wander, wander. The Marais is my favorite neighborhood to get lost in. I’d get another coffee at Ob La Di and perhaps a croissant at Poilâne (Ina Garten’s favorite boulangerie!) before settling into an outdoor table at Cafe Charlot for their warm goat cheese salad and a crisp, cool glass of Sancerre. Situated on Rue Charlot, it offers wonderful terrace seating, great people watching and afterwards you can walk to Place Vendôme—one of the city’s most famous and beautiful neoclassical squares. It was commissioned by Louis XIV and was finished in 1721 and is a charming space tucked away in the city.

While in the Marais I’d be sure to pop into my favorite shops including Kerzon (the very best candles!), Papier Tigre, OFR Bookshop and Merci. 

Following lunch and shopping I’d head to Île Saint-Louis and get a Berthillon ice cream cone…my favorite flavor combo is chocolate and raspberry. I’ve been getting that combination since 1994! 

Meghan Donovan
Paris itinerary

Then it’s over to Île de la Cité. I’d pop into Place Dauphine before heading to the Left Bank to enjoy the Luxembourg Gardens. Not first before stopping into Pierre Hermé to pick up a few treats to enjoy in the park.

Then it’s onto the 7th arrondissement to pop into the Rodin museum—one of my very favorites. Not only is the home where Rodin lived stunning, but the gardens are also a delight to wander through.

Evening – Cocktails and Dinner

Before dinner, I’d grab a cocktail at Le Bar at La Reserve Hotel and then head out to one of my favorite meals in Paris always at Le Bistrot Paul Bert. Their steak frites and Grand Marnier soufflé are divine. This spot is quintessentially French and the perfect meal if you only have 24 hours in Paris.

Late Night – Eiffel Tower Sparkle

And of course, no 24 hours in Paris is ever complete without viewing the Eiffel Tower sparkle so I’d walk through the courtyards of the Louvre all lit up and get a peek at La Tour Eiffel sparkling before heading home for the day. 

A fulfilling and lovely day in Paris—one that I will never tire of.

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Meghan Donovan


Meghan Donovan

founder of Paris, Perfected
creator of wit & whimsy

Thank you, Meghan, for the perfect Paris itinerary!


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  1. What a perfect, little escape of joy. I bookmarked this post and can’t wait to circle back when we go to Paris *someday*. Thank you for sharing!

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