Dream Destinations: 48 hours in Paris

If there’s one thing we Unicorns love more than events, it’s travel.

Last week, we were lucky enough to deliver an event in one of our favourite cities, the city of love; Paris. Even though we often find ourselves in beautiful destinations producing events, there are rarely large windows of free time that we can use to explore our surroundings. Therefore, we wanted to provide some inspiration for how to make the most of Paris in only 48 hours - whether this is pre/post event, or on a weekend getaway.

Day 1

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Evening: Take the Eurostar out of St.Pancras early evening. With two trains an hour you’re not limited for choice. If you can escape the office early and make it on the 5pm train, you can be in Paris before 8.30pm and ready to go straight for a late dinner.

Dinner: On top of our ‘must-try’ list is Pink Mamma Paris - Head here for incredible stonebaked pizza and the dreamiest of desserts. The setting is simply an Instagram dream.

Party: Pink Mamma Paris is right in the heart of the Montmartre Quarter of Paris and only a stone’s throw from the Moulin Rouge. If you’ve got the energy to dance the night away, La Machine du Moulin Rouge is where you need to be. We’re talking champagne bar, dance floor, and concert hall spread over 4 floors, all under one roof.

For those not interested in a late night, you are only 15 minutes walk from the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Take a wander down here to see the cathedral in all its glory, crowd-free.

Hotel: Finding somewhere to stay in the right location at the right price can often be the biggest challenge when it comes to booking a quick getaway, especially in Paris! We love The Telegraph’s best hotels list, which can be found here. Whatever your budget or preferred location they’ve got your back.

Day 2

Morning: Take the Metro to Cité and head straight to the Notre Dame. The Cathedral is free to explore but adult access to the towers costs €8.50. Be sure to get here early before it gets too busy.

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Brunch: Brunch at Cafe St. Regis is a must on any trip to Paris. You’ll find this chic hangout just over the Saint-Louis Bridge connecting the Seine’s two islands. For those with a sweet tooth, order the pancakes. You won’t regret it.

Afternoon: Walk off those pancakes with a 20 minute stroll to Le Louvre. If you’re 18-25 and from the EU, you can even get in free!

After an afternoon of art, it’s time for a sugar fix. Get yourself over to Ladurée just round the corner from Rue Saint-Honoré for a plate of macarons, or a full Afternoon Tea if you’re feeling fanciful!

You’ll need the energy to keep you going for some late afternoon shopping on the Champs-Élysées.

End your shopping spree for a quick photo stop at the Arc de Triomphe before heading back to your hotel to drop those bags and refresh for dinner.

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Dinner: Depending on your mood (and possibly how much shopping you’ve done) we have two options for you.

If you’re feeling extravagant, make a 9pm reservation at 58 Tour Eiffel. For €95 you’ll not only get views of the city from the 1st floor, but a welcome glass of champagne, starter, main, dessert, wine, water and coffee. What more could you want?

For a more casual, cosy dinner, and some of the best burgers around, dress down and check out Big Fernand. They’ve got veggie options, too.

Evening: If you opted for a more casual dinner and it’s a clear night, be sure to head over to the Eiffel Tower for incredible nighttime views. Head back to the ground on the hour to watch the tower light up and sparkle.

If you choose to check out the Eiffel Tower earlier in the day or are tight on time, pre-book your tickets to go up. This is essential for avoiding the worst of the ticket queues.

Day 3

Morning: After a full day on Saturday it’s only fair to have yourself a lazy Sunday morning.

Once you’ve had your morning coffee, head over to Boulevard Haussmann to the dreamy Galeries Lafayette department store. With a rooftop panorama you can see across the city in daylight, and with 24 restaurants and cafes inside there are plenty of options to refuel for lunch.

Afternoon: For your last afternoon in Paris why not try your hand at a parfumerie workshop at none other than the Musée du Parfum, or if the kitchen is more your vibe why not try one of La Cuisine’s Parisien baking and patisserie classes? Choux, Eclairs, Tarts, or Mille Feuille tickle your fancy? - You name it, they’ve got it down.

Depart: With Eurostar, there are trains almost twice an hour from Gare du Nord, so when you drag yourself away from the city, you’re only a couple of hours from home. You could even use the questionable Wi-Fi on the train to plan your next weekend getaway!

So, when are you planning your trip? Message us @Unicorneventltd on Twitter to share your own Paris gems, or to suggest a destination for our next '48 hours in...'

Izzie Barnard