Follow our 1 day itinerary...
While many flock to Paris in the Summer, Autumn is when the city truly shines. The city’s tree lined streets lend themselves well for the season of falling leaves, giving you a picturesque backdrop to enjoy a day of wandering in France’s capital. Paris’ famed tourist attractions, mouth-watering treats and various arrondissements, can be enjoyed, whilst all rugged up during this season. Spend a day walking the avenues of Paris, soaking in famed sites and indulging in iconic French food, for the perfect Autumn day.
Everything in this itinerary is nearby and well thought out to make your day as relaxing as possible...
Illustration by Ellie Roberts
1) BRUNCH TIME: MARLON
Let's start with a bite to eat to fuel you for the day ahead. Get yourself to Marlon.
A lazy brunch in the heart of Paris is the perfect start to the day (and totally Parisian). While the city is , my pick is Marlon , for its central location and fantastic selection of Californian treats. Their menu is extensive and has something for everyone. Ranging from deliciously healthy acai bowls, to california tacos, or crowd favourites, eggs benedict and french toast.
Located in the stunning 7th arrondissement, you can get to Marlon directly with the 92 bus. It’s the perfect spot to start off a day exploring Paris’ famed streets and sites. This is where our itinerary starts...
2) AN AFTERNOON STROLL: AVENUE WINSTON CHURCHILL
While most Parisian streets are a joy to walk down, some simply stand out more than others. An 18 minute walk from Marlon, is Avenue Winston Churchill, and it reflects the elegant opulence that many equate with Paris. It is also home to the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, which were build for the 1900 World’s Fair.
You can drop into the Petit Palais to experience the City of Paris’ Fine Art Museum . Or take a quick pit stop in its garden, to rest your feet and soak in stunning views of the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides.
3) PERFECT PATISSERIES: LADURÉE
What is Paris without its mouth watering treats? The are as famous as their delectable treats. None do this better than LaDurée , their macarons are known all over the world and many travel far and wide to try them. The brand was born in Paris and it’s the perfect place to test out the multitude of different flavours that La Durée are known for (and bring back treats for loved ones back at home - or for yourself). It’s an Instagram worthy visit and their finely served treats taste as good as they look.
Just a short walk (14 min away) from Avenue Winston Churchill, La Durée Paris Royal will take you past sites such as Place de Concorde. The cafe is an experience itself- and one not to be missed on an idle Autumn day in Paris.
4) ENJOY THE GARDENS AND ART: JARDIN TUILERIES
Time to burn off those macarons. Jardin Tuileries is just an 8 minute walk from Laduree. There is no better stop in Autumn than this beautiful public park. You can enjoy a leisurely walk and see the all the colours of Autumn in this tree filled garden. Rest your feet by it’s east side pond and enjoy yourself like a Parisian by people watching in the park. If you are an art lover, the Jardin Tuileries is home to the Musée de l’Orangerie , where visitors can admire the works of Claude Monet. Entry is free for those under 18, and EU Nationals between 18-25 (otherwise it's 9 euros).
Feeling chilly? Pop into Angelina (1 min away) for one the best hot chocolates in the world - this rich chocolatey beverage is sure to warm you up. .
5) EIFFEL TOWER BY NIGHT
No site is more iconic to Paris than the Eiffel Tower, and it’s unique structure shines brightest at night. So, as the sun starts to set, it's time to make your way to its lawn to experience the Eiffel Tower’s light show.
A 5 minute Uber ride across the Seine river (or a 30 minute walk), you will find yourself at the base of the Eiffel Tower. You can take in the infamous light show for free and even pick up a crepe at a local vendor while you soak it all in. Ending your perfect Autumn day by the most iconic Parisian site.
6) DINNER WITH A VIEW
After a day of walking in the fresh Autumn air, it’s time for a warming meal to end your day. Sapori di Parma is a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower (9 min walk), without the huge price tag usually that comes with Paris’ 7th arrondissement.
While it might seem strange to eat Italian food in Paris, this small and cozy gem is a rare find. It’s combination menu lets you enjoy a main, a glass of wine and a coffee for only 15€. So you can end your evening, indulging without breaking the bank.