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A girls weekend in Paris is the perfect way to spend some quality time with your girlfriends! With its picturesque streets, iconic landmarks, and charming cafes it has the right formula for a fun adventure.

We spent 4 nights in Paris and we loved every minute of it! It was a jam-packed few days and we did a lot of activities s0 I’ve compiled a list of 8 must-do activities for your next girls trip to Paris.

I’ve got you covered from sipping champagne atop the Eiffel Tower to indulging in the city’s famous patisseries. These activities are everything you need to get the girls together for a fun weekend!

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What to do on a girls weekend in Paris?

1. Enjoy a Night Out on the Town at a Parisian Cabaret

Paris is a city that is famous for its nightlife, and one of the most iconic forms of nighttime entertainment in the city is, of course, the cabaret. A night out at a Parisian cabaret is a must-do experience for anyone visiting the city, especially for a fun night out with your girlfriends!

One of the most famous cabarets in Paris is the iconic Moulin Rouge, located in the Montmartre neighborhood. The Moulin Rouge has been entertaining guests for over 130 years, and its signature can-can dance has become a symbol of Parisian nightlife.

Make sure to book your tickets in advance as tickets sell out quickly. And don’t forget to dress up and enjoy a glass of champagne as you immerse yourself in the glitz and glamour!

2. Explore the Hidden Speakeasy Bars of Paris

Paris is a city that is rich in history and culture, but it’s also home to the most unique and intriguing speakeasy bars in the world. Here are some fun ones that you should consider checking out on your girls trip to Paris.

Moonshiner – to enter, you must first walk through a pizza shop and locate the hidden door disguised as a walk-in refrigerator.

Little Red Door – is located in the Marais district. This speakeasy takes its name from the red door that leads you inside.

Lavomatic – will take you back to the roaring 20s and is located behind a laundromat and requires a secret code to enter.

Experimental Cocktail Club – is a dimly lit space that offers a sophisticated atmosphere and an impressive selection of craft cocktails.

A smiling woman holding a baguette and a cup of coffee in front of a Parisian bakery, embodying the casual Parisian breakfast culture.

3. Have a Picnic in a Beautiful Park or Garden

Paris is known for its stunning parks and gardens, and enjoying a picnic in one of these beautiful green spaces is a perfect way to relax and take in the natural beauty of the city. Pack some delicious French cheese, a fresh baguette, and a bottle of wine, and you’ll have the perfect Parisian picnic.

Popular parks and gardens in Paris:

Woman posing at the entrance of the Angelina Café in Paris, a renowned location known for its rich hot chocolate and pastries.
Angelina Paris Rue de Rivoli location

4. Indulge in a Croissant and Coffee at a Charming Cafe

Taking a moment to savor a warm, buttery croissant and a piping hot cup of coffee at a charming Parisian café is the perfect way to recharge during a day of sightseeing. With an endless selection of cafes to choose from, each with its own individual charm and personality, you can find cozy cafes on nearly every street corner.

Some of our favorite cafes include Angelina Paris and Le Cafe Marly. Angelina has the best hot chocolate in Paris, but we also enjoyed the food, the French toast was the most amazing thing I have ever put in my mouth.

Get to Angelina early as there is a line out the door. However, the line at the Rue de Rivoli location seemed to move quickly and the wait is definitely worth it. If you don’t want to sit down for a meal, you can skip the line to visit the shop and grab some hot chocolate and a macaron (or any other patisserie) to go.

But just so you know, don’t expect amazing food at Le Cafe Marly. The only thing that makes it worth it is the view. We didn’t really like their hot chocolate or coffee, so I recommend just ordering pastries and enjoying the scenery. If you do decide to go, try to get a table outside and go early to avoid the crowds.

Genni enjoying a cup of coffee with a view of the Louvre Pyramid and a bustling crowd in the background at Le Cafe Marly
At Le Cafe Marly, we didn’t have a table by the railing but there were some empty tables so we snagged a few pics.

5. Visit the Iconic Eiffel Tower and Take in the Views

No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the iconic Eiffel Tower. We lucked out and got a free climbing tour with ExperienceFirst included with our Go City Paris Pass.

Our group was small and the tour guide gave us some cool tidbits about the tower, like how it was originally painted red! The guide took us up to the first and second floors, but we decided to splurge and pay the extra 15 euros each for the lift to the summit. Trust me, it was totally worth it.

To secure your spot for the climbing tour, you’ll want to reserve a preferred time slot on the ExperienceFirst website as soon as possible since the tours tend to fill up fast. It was at this time that we upgraded our tour to include the lift to the summit.

With ExperienceFirst, we didn’t have to worry about purchasing tickets separately – all we had to do was show up with our Go City Paris Pass and they handled everything else for us.

It’s quite a trek to get to the first and second floors, but don’t worry, there are plenty of restrooms and places to grab a bite to eat or drink on each floor. And once you make it to the summit, you can treat yourself to some caviar and champagne if you’re feeling extra fancy!

My mom and I taking a selfie with the aerial view of Paris and the Seine River from the Eiffel Tower.
View from the summit of the Eiffel Tower

6. Explore the Artistic Masterpieces at the Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum is one of the most famous and iconic museums in the world, and it’s a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Paris. Located in the heart of the city, you’ll find some of the most famous and significant artistic masterpieces in human history like the “Mona Lisa”.

But be warned the Louvre is huge. It used to be a palace and you can spend weeks there without seeing everything there is to see. We spent 3 hours on one floor and I was exhausted.

As one of the most famous museums in the world, the Louvre can be quite busy, but make a reservation in advance and pick up a museum pass which can be included in your Go City Paris pass. By entering the museum through the Carrousel du Louvre (below the pyramid), which is a shopping mall that has the museum entrance at the end, you can skip the crowds that usually enter from above.

My mom and I taking a selfie in front of the Mona Lisa painting at the Louvre Museum.
Taking a selfie in front of the Mona Lisa

7. Take a Boat Cruise on the Seine River

One of my favorite ways to experience the beauty of Paris is by taking a boat cruise along the Seine River. The Seine flows through the heart of the city, and a boat tour offers a unique perspective on some of Paris’s most famous landmarks.

We took a roundtrip cruise on the Seine from near the Eiffel Tower which was also included in our Go City Paris passes. During the Seine River cruise, we enjoyed stunning views of famous landmarks while taking some much needed time to sit and relax.

There are many different types of Seine River cruises available, from short daytime tours to romantic evening dinner cruises. Some tours even include live music or entertainment, which can add to the ambiance, making it a great girls weekend activity.

My mom and I enjoying glasses of red wine, toasting in a cozy wine cellar at Les Caves du Louvre
Wine tasting tour at Les Caves du Louvre

8. Learn about French Wine

French wine is pretty famous. Did you know that Champagne can only be called Champagne if it’s made in the Champagne region of France? Yep! So if you find yourself in France for a girls weekend in Paris then it’s the perfect opportunity to learn more about the wine culture and traditions and also sip a little while you’re at. 😉

Wine has been an integral part of French culture for centuries, and there are many different regions throughout the country that produce unique and delicious varieties of wine. One of the best ways to learn about French wine is by taking a wine tasting tour.

On our mother daughter trip to Paris we took part in a complimentary wine tour at Les Caves du Louvre also courtesy of our Go City Paris all inclusive passes. Included was a sample of 3 wines and a tour of their historic royal cellar while learning all about French wine. It was a fun experience and at the end of the tour, they will help you choose wine from their traditional French wine shop, Ô Chateau, which you can take with you or have shipped to your home.

Facade of Les Caves du Louvre in Paris, a wine store showcasing its entrance with elegant blue decor and golden signage.

Is Paris good for a girls trip?

Paris is an excellent destination for a girls trip, it has a unique blend of culture, history, food, and fashion. One of the reasons why Paris is such a popular destination is its reputation for romance, beauty, and elegance.

But Paris isn’t just about fashion and romance. The city also has a rich cultural history, with numerous museums, galleries, and landmarks to explore. It’s the perfect backdrop for photo ops, it’s not hard to find a great photo spot away from crowds.

So, if you’re looking to stroll through the city’s picturesque neighborhoods, enjoy a glass of wine or coffee at a local café, and indulge in delicious cuisine, a weekend in Paris will do the trick.

Woman striking a pose under the ornate archways of a Parisian building, capturing the essence of French architecture.
So easy to find photo ops in Paris away from crowds. This was at the Louvre Museum

Is it worth going to Paris for a weekend?

Absolutely! Paris is a city that’s worth visiting for any length of time, even just a weekend. While it’s true that you won’t be able to see everything the city has to offer in such a short time, you can still make the most of your visit by planning and prioritizing. Plus, there’s something exciting about trying to fit in as much as possible in a short amount of time!

One way to make the most of your time in Paris is to focus on what interests you the most. Whether it’s art, food, history, or something else entirely, you can’t go wrong in Paris. And don’t forget about the convenience of a city pass, purchasing a Go City Paris pass can give you access to multiple attractions for a discounted price so you can make the most out of your time.

So again, YES! A weekend trip to Paris is absolutely worth it. You’ll come away with unique experiences, incredible memories, and the desire to come back for more.

If you’re on a budget check out my post on how to plan a weekend trip on a budget before you start planning your trip!

Is Paris good for a mother daughter trip?

Yep, Paris is definitely known as a city of love, but you know what? It can also be an awesome place to visit with your mom! When I took my mom to Paris for the first time, we had a blast exploring the city together and making some unforgettable memories. Seeing her face light up when we caught our first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower was a moment I’ll never forget.

Whether you’re interested in art, history, or simply strolling through the city’s beautiful gardens and parks, Paris is the perfect destination for a mother daughter trip. You’ll make cherished memories with your mother or daughter and a newfound love for an amazing city.

My mom standing in front of the Eiffel Tower on a clear day, with a smile, capturing a quintessential Paris moment.
My mom in front of the Eiffel Tower on our mother daughter trip to Paris

What is the best area to stay in Paris for a weekend

Choosing the perfect area to stay in Paris for a weekend trip can make a big difference in your overall experience of the city. While there are many neighborhoods in Paris that offer their own unique charm and area attractions, some areas are better suited for a short stay than others.

Of course, the best location for you will depend on what you plan to visit and whether you intend to use public transportation. For example, during our recent visit to Paris, we wanted to stay within walking distance of the Louvre Museum and other popular tourist spots.

That’s why we chose to stay at Novotel Paris Les Halles, located just behind the Châtelet–Les Halles transit station with easy access to both the Paris RER and Metro lines. We found the Navigo weekly pass, which we purchased once we arrived at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, to be a convenient and cost-effective way to travel around the city.

Our Go City Paris Pass also included a Big Bus Tour which allowed us to easily explore the city. I love a good hop-on-hop-off bus when I visit a new city because it allows us to discover at our own pace and get off at any stop that piqued our interest.

The bus tour also included an audio guide that provided interesting commentary and information about the history and significance of each location we passed. It was definitely a convenient and efficient way to explore Paris during our weekend stay.

The illuminated facade of Novotel hotel at night, shining in the urban landscape of Paris.
Novotel Paris Les Halles

Ready for your girls weekend in Paris?

Paris is undoubtedly a city that captures the hearts of travelers from around the world. From its charming cafes to its iconic landmarks, Paris is a destination that offers something for everyone.

Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway with friends, a romantic escape with your partner, or a memorable trip with your mom, Paris is a perfect choice.

And with the Go City Paris Pass, you can enjoy many of the city’s top attractions without the hassle of long lines or separate ticket purchases. Our experience in Paris was truly unforgettable, and we highly recommend this magical city to anyone looking for an adventure.

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