There’s nothing better than spending a summer in Paris. Marvellous architecture, vintage boulevards, colourful patisseries, luxury boutiques, street-side stalls selling art and antiques, charming cafes spilling out onto cobbled streets, and the towering Eiffel Tower—Paris is a feast for the senses and must be savoured slowly. But, if you have a limited amount of time, here’s how you can cover your bases in just 48 hours. By Priyanka Chakrabarti
VIEW FROM THE RIVER
Paris is the city of romance. And few things are more romantic than cruising on the River Seine in a glass-walled boat, sipping champagne and nibbling on French cheese. Starting from the foot of the Eiffel Tower, cruise through the city over two hours, immerse yourself in soulful music performances, and enjoy a delectable dinner spread—prawns marinated in coriander and Greek-style veggies with confit vegetable marmalade, salmon steak with artichokes, roast chicken with glazed baby turnips and more. The cruise passes by the most iconic Parisian monuments and architecture—everything acquires a different hue, a je ne sais quoi, when seen from the waters of Seine. bateauxparisiens.com
SHOP TILL YOU DROP
Located in the heart of the city, LE BHV MARAIS is surrounded by some of Paris’s most iconic monuments, including the Louvre. Established in 1856, this is one of the city’s most popular shopping hubs. From home decor to clothes, accessories to culinary steals, books to DIY material—LE BHV MARAIS is the one-stop shop for all your desires. A popular hangout among tourists and locals alike, this department store on rue de Rivoli in the 4th arrondissement offers six floors of exclusive experiences, including cafes and rooftop bars. We highly recommend Café Marlette—they serve the most scrumptious avocado salads and homemade iced teas!
FOR THE LOVE OF ART
If you are a fan of Van Gogh, you must visit Atelier des Lumières in Paris this year. The art gallery is hosting an immersive exhibition showcasing Vincent van Gogh’s greatest masterpieces. The digital exhibition submerges fans in the paintings. Van Gogh’s iconic works like The Potato Eaters (1885), Sunflowers (1888), and Starry Night (1889) are projected on all the surfaces of the gallery; set to music, the visuals make you feel like a part of the dynamic canvas. Find a corner for yourself and observe the Dutch painter’s singular brushstrokes play out—until December 31, 2019.
Cabaret is another experience synonymous with Paris. On Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Lido de Paris showcases some of the most talented dancers (Bluebell Girls), singers, magicians, acrobats, ice-skaters, and other performers under one roof. Entering Lido is like walking into a bygone era rife with Parisian opulence and entertainment. A royal blue carpet leads you to an arena with walls that are decked up with hundreds of tassels and gilded mosaics. The burlesque show and dinner experience promises an evening of eye-popping talent and flair. Show director Franco Dragone has curated a sensual and chic performance that is sure to leave you spellbound. Witnessing this ode to Paris is the perfect way to bid farewell to the city of romance.