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Things to do on Newcastle Quayside- sunset Quayside view

I've lived in Newcastle upon Tyne for fifteen years now. I moved here for university and just never wanted to leave! I was lucky enough to live right down next to the river Tyne for nine of those years and as you can imagine, in almost a decade, I spent many a weekend taking advantage of being in this gorgeous location right by the river.

There is always so much going on down on Newcastle Quayside and it's an area which always feels alive and buzzing. I would always recommend it as a great part of the city to head to if you are visiting our beautiful toon, so I thought it was about time I shared the top activities to enjoy in the area. From brunches to cat cuddles, modern art to food tasters, read on to find out the top things to do on Newcastle Quayside.

Things to do on Newcastle Quayside- view of sage

Indulge in a Delicious Brunch

Two of my absolutely favourite places for brunch in Newcastle happen to be down near the Tyne. Quay Ingredient was my go-to breakfast spot when I lived on the Quayside but it is pretty small so can be hard to get into. The cafe opens at 8.00am and arriving early improves your chances of getting a table so I'd advise getting down as soon as you can. The menu varies but expect a sophisticated take on your usual favourites, such as eggs benedict with duck or scrambled eggs with truffle oil.

Violet's Cafe is a charming little cafe with such good quality food and drink. I love their beautiful breakfast pancakes with berries, but everything I have tried has been excellent quality so it is well worth checking out if you are in the area. I love the decor as well as their delicious cakes and would definitely recommend a visit when you are on the Quayside.

Things to do on Newcastle Quayside- Violets breakfast pancakes

Visit a Cat Cafe

Who doesn't love an excuse for some kitty cuddles? I have two of my own cats now but I used to love heading to CatPawCino for a cuppa and some cake. This is a great thing to do if it is raining but also a nice coffee break any time you are down on Newcastle Quayside. It is £5 per person to enter which goes towards looking after the cats and I would advise booking a slot online as they do get busy. You could always chance it if you're walking past but you might find yourself with a long wait. The entry price doesn't include food but they have a nice, simple menu with toasties and sweet treats.

They have 8 resident cats and sometimes some foster cats join in as well. I find it a really peaceful, cat-friendly atmosphere and not cruel at all. I was worried about this before I visited but at CatPawCino they have strict rules to put the cats' welfare first and I definitely saw evidence of that when I visited. What a lovely place to spend an hour forgetting all your worries.

Things to do on Newcastle Quayside- CatPawCino

See Modern Art at The Baltic

I am definitely not claiming to be any kind of art expert but I have always really enjoyed visiting the Baltic Art Gallery. The building is an old flour mill which was converted into a six floor gallery in 2002 and remains an impressive building today. The exhibitions change regularly and they are always contemporary and thought-provoking. I find myself scratching my head sometimes as I really don't get what the art means, but that's a good thing as it's nice to lose yourself in something different!

Things to do on Newcastle Quayside- baltic gallery

It's one of my favourite places to head to alone and it's got a great floor with children's activities as well. Top tip: if you are meeting friends with toddlers for a coffee this is a great place to go as they can let off steam and then you can grab coffee and a cake in the lovely, child-friendly cafe downstairs.

I really like the shop on the left as you enter the building and would recommend popping in on your way in or out. It has some great Geordie gifts and quirky items which are different from other shops. It's a while since I have been, but the restaurant on the top floor always gets fantastic reviews. It's worth dining there for the views and architecture of the building alone, never mind the delicious food! Entry to the gallery is free but a small donation is suggested. Don't miss the viewing galleries to get an amazing view of the Quayside.

Things to do on Newcastle Quayside- view from the baltic

Try some tasty food at Quayside Market

The Quayside Market is on every Sunday from 9.00am - 4.00pm and has a mix of great independent traders. From beautiful handmade mirrors, to clothing, candles and leather goods, you will find lots of great stalls to browse. In recent years, the food part of the market has really expanded and it's now an excellent place to eat. It's my go-to on a quiet Sunday where you possibly overindulged a little the night before and need some tasty food to sort you right out. 

I've tried a few of the stalls now and recommend Acropolis Greek food, Tasty Thai deli, and of course the locally renowned Redhead's Mac 'n' cheese. Some of the food stalls further along dish out samples, so I would recommend starting at the Pitcher and Piano end of the market, enjoying a few samples on your way and ending with the hot food stalls at the other end. On a sunny Sunday there is nowhere I'd rather be than our gorgeous Quayside market so I would definitely recommend checking it out if you are in Newcastle on a weekend.

Things to do on Newcastle Quayside- Redheads mac n cheese

Enjoy live music at The Sage, Gateshead

That unusual silver building on the banks of the river is our gorgeous music hall, The Sage. I have enjoyed some great classical music concerts there but they host a mix of performers from Jamie Cullum to Status Quo. The best event I have been to was the Snowman at Christmas with a live orchestra, but they really have a good range of events which you can check out on the Sage's website.

Local blogger New Girl in Toon recently shared her experience of a Royal Northern Sinfonia concert which is definitely worth checking out to give you an idea of what to expect. Even if you don't go to a concert at the Sage you are welcome to pop in for a browse of the shop and a visit to the cafe.
Things to do on Newcastle Quayside- Sage Gateshead

Admire the Gateshead Millennium Bridge

The stunning Millennium Bridge first opened to the public in 2001 as part of a competition to design a bridge to connect developments in Newcastle and Gasteshead. Out of 150 entries this design was the clear winner. It has been compared to a winking eye as it actually opens and closes to allow ships to pass. 

You can check the expected tilt times on the Gateshead Council website but they are subject to change. If you are lucky enough to catch the bridge opening it is a great experience, especially if you get yourself a seat outside the Pitcher and Piano bar on the river's edge!

Things to do on Newcastle Quayside- Millennium Bridge

Have a drink on the banks of the Tyne

As soon as there is the slightest hint of sunshine on Newcastle Quayside the Pitcher and Piano bar is immediately packed with a fantastic atmosphere. The outside seating gets really busy in the sun, but I would recommend heading upstairs to the balcony / terrace area if you spot any seats. I have often managed to grab a table up there when it is packed downstairs. It's one of my favourite bars in the toon and the best place for a nice drink if you are visiting the Quayside Market.

Things to do on Newcastle Quayside- Pitcher and Piano

In recent years we got the exciting new addition of By the River Brew Co on the Gateshead side of the Tyne. To access this bar and restaurant made of shipping containers, head over the swing bridge and you will spot it on the Gateshead side of the river. They have a fancy restaurant, Träkol, which you can read about on their site. I haven't tried the restaurant but I have had a few lovely afternoons enjoying drinks in the sun over there to wash down a tasty bite from their street food market.

I hope this has inspired you to visit Newcastle Quayside and given you a taster for some of the amazing things there are to do. Next time someone mentions that 'it's grim up north' promise me you will show them this post and encourage them to check out our fabulous city and north east region in general!

Top things to do on Newcastle Quayside

Things to do on Newcastle Quayside- sunset Quayside view

I've lived in Newcastle upon Tyne for fifteen years now. I moved here for university and just never wanted to leave! I was lucky enough to live right down next to the river Tyne for nine of those years and as you can imagine, in almost a decade, I spent many a weekend taking advantage of being in this gorgeous location right by the river.

There is always so much going on down on Newcastle Quayside and it's an area which always feels alive and buzzing. I would always recommend it as a great part of the city to head to if you are visiting our beautiful toon, so I thought it was about time I shared the top activities to enjoy in the area. From brunches to cat cuddles, modern art to food tasters, read on to find out the top things to do on Newcastle Quayside.

Things to do on Newcastle Quayside- view of sage

Indulge in a Delicious Brunch

Two of my absolutely favourite places for brunch in Newcastle happen to be down near the Tyne. Quay Ingredient was my go-to breakfast spot when I lived on the Quayside but it is pretty small so can be hard to get into. The cafe opens at 8.00am and arriving early improves your chances of getting a table so I'd advise getting down as soon as you can. The menu varies but expect a sophisticated take on your usual favourites, such as eggs benedict with duck or scrambled eggs with truffle oil.

Violet's Cafe is a charming little cafe with such good quality food and drink. I love their beautiful breakfast pancakes with berries, but everything I have tried has been excellent quality so it is well worth checking out if you are in the area. I love the decor as well as their delicious cakes and would definitely recommend a visit when you are on the Quayside.

Things to do on Newcastle Quayside- Violets breakfast pancakes

Visit a Cat Cafe

Who doesn't love an excuse for some kitty cuddles? I have two of my own cats now but I used to love heading to CatPawCino for a cuppa and some cake. This is a great thing to do if it is raining but also a nice coffee break any time you are down on Newcastle Quayside. It is £5 per person to enter which goes towards looking after the cats and I would advise booking a slot online as they do get busy. You could always chance it if you're walking past but you might find yourself with a long wait. The entry price doesn't include food but they have a nice, simple menu with toasties and sweet treats.

They have 8 resident cats and sometimes some foster cats join in as well. I find it a really peaceful, cat-friendly atmosphere and not cruel at all. I was worried about this before I visited but at CatPawCino they have strict rules to put the cats' welfare first and I definitely saw evidence of that when I visited. What a lovely place to spend an hour forgetting all your worries.

Things to do on Newcastle Quayside- CatPawCino

See Modern Art at The Baltic

I am definitely not claiming to be any kind of art expert but I have always really enjoyed visiting the Baltic Art Gallery. The building is an old flour mill which was converted into a six floor gallery in 2002 and remains an impressive building today. The exhibitions change regularly and they are always contemporary and thought-provoking. I find myself scratching my head sometimes as I really don't get what the art means, but that's a good thing as it's nice to lose yourself in something different!

Things to do on Newcastle Quayside- baltic gallery

It's one of my favourite places to head to alone and it's got a great floor with children's activities as well. Top tip: if you are meeting friends with toddlers for a coffee this is a great place to go as they can let off steam and then you can grab coffee and a cake in the lovely, child-friendly cafe downstairs.

I really like the shop on the left as you enter the building and would recommend popping in on your way in or out. It has some great Geordie gifts and quirky items which are different from other shops. It's a while since I have been, but the restaurant on the top floor always gets fantastic reviews. It's worth dining there for the views and architecture of the building alone, never mind the delicious food! Entry to the gallery is free but a small donation is suggested. Don't miss the viewing galleries to get an amazing view of the Quayside.

Things to do on Newcastle Quayside- view from the baltic

Try some tasty food at Quayside Market

The Quayside Market is on every Sunday from 9.00am - 4.00pm and has a mix of great independent traders. From beautiful handmade mirrors, to clothing, candles and leather goods, you will find lots of great stalls to browse. In recent years, the food part of the market has really expanded and it's now an excellent place to eat. It's my go-to on a quiet Sunday where you possibly overindulged a little the night before and need some tasty food to sort you right out. 

I've tried a few of the stalls now and recommend Acropolis Greek food, Tasty Thai deli, and of course the locally renowned Redhead's Mac 'n' cheese. Some of the food stalls further along dish out samples, so I would recommend starting at the Pitcher and Piano end of the market, enjoying a few samples on your way and ending with the hot food stalls at the other end. On a sunny Sunday there is nowhere I'd rather be than our gorgeous Quayside market so I would definitely recommend checking it out if you are in Newcastle on a weekend.

Things to do on Newcastle Quayside- Redheads mac n cheese

Enjoy live music at The Sage, Gateshead

That unusual silver building on the banks of the river is our gorgeous music hall, The Sage. I have enjoyed some great classical music concerts there but they host a mix of performers from Jamie Cullum to Status Quo. The best event I have been to was the Snowman at Christmas with a live orchestra, but they really have a good range of events which you can check out on the Sage's website.

Local blogger New Girl in Toon recently shared her experience of a Royal Northern Sinfonia concert which is definitely worth checking out to give you an idea of what to expect. Even if you don't go to a concert at the Sage you are welcome to pop in for a browse of the shop and a visit to the cafe.
Things to do on Newcastle Quayside- Sage Gateshead

Admire the Gateshead Millennium Bridge

The stunning Millennium Bridge first opened to the public in 2001 as part of a competition to design a bridge to connect developments in Newcastle and Gasteshead. Out of 150 entries this design was the clear winner. It has been compared to a winking eye as it actually opens and closes to allow ships to pass. 

You can check the expected tilt times on the Gateshead Council website but they are subject to change. If you are lucky enough to catch the bridge opening it is a great experience, especially if you get yourself a seat outside the Pitcher and Piano bar on the river's edge!

Things to do on Newcastle Quayside- Millennium Bridge

Have a drink on the banks of the Tyne

As soon as there is the slightest hint of sunshine on Newcastle Quayside the Pitcher and Piano bar is immediately packed with a fantastic atmosphere. The outside seating gets really busy in the sun, but I would recommend heading upstairs to the balcony / terrace area if you spot any seats. I have often managed to grab a table up there when it is packed downstairs. It's one of my favourite bars in the toon and the best place for a nice drink if you are visiting the Quayside Market.

Things to do on Newcastle Quayside- Pitcher and Piano

In recent years we got the exciting new addition of By the River Brew Co on the Gateshead side of the Tyne. To access this bar and restaurant made of shipping containers, head over the swing bridge and you will spot it on the Gateshead side of the river. They have a fancy restaurant, Träkol, which you can read about on their site. I haven't tried the restaurant but I have had a few lovely afternoons enjoying drinks in the sun over there to wash down a tasty bite from their street food market.

I hope this has inspired you to visit Newcastle Quayside and given you a taster for some of the amazing things there are to do. Next time someone mentions that 'it's grim up north' promise me you will show them this post and encourage them to check out our fabulous city and north east region in general!
how to see disneyland paris in one day- sleeping beauty castle
This is an advertisement feature in collaboration with Klook.

If only 6-year-old Melis could see me in 2020... I finally made it to Disneyland for the first time! I recently visited Paris for a romantic few days away with my other half as his Christmas present from me. Whilst a trip to Disney might not sound romantic to some people, he absolutely loves theme parks and I knew it would be an ideal part of his treat weekend away.

When Klook got in touch to ask if we'd like to work with them on a day trip to Disney I found myself almost jumping up and down with joy in my office! It would round off our trip perfectly and finally I could see this magical place with my very own eyes.

Booking our tickets

We booked our tickets using Klook's handy app which I have used a few times now and find very quick and easy to use. As a real bargain hunter, something I love about Klook is the certainty you have that you are getting a great price. If you find a cheaper ticket for the activity you have booked, they will refund double the difference. For most activities you can show a mobile voucher which is easily accessed through the app. It's just very easy and convenient to have everything in one place rather than having to book through various companies.

We had one day tickets for both Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios which we knew would be quite a bit to fit into one day but we were determined to see as much as possible during our short break to Paris. Let's be honest, it wouldn't be one of my weekend trips away without packing in absolutely everything!

how to see disneyland paris in one day- walt disney studios entrance

Getting to Disneyland from central Paris

It was so easy to get to Disneyland Paris from the centre of the city. It could probably be done as a day trip whilst staying in central Paris but it would be a long day if you wanted to get to the park for opening and stay to see the closing fireworks.

I booked us an Air B'n'B (paid for ourselves) near Val D'Europe station which is one RER stop away from Disney and very convenient. I'd recommend doing something similar to save on Disneyland hotel prices if you just want to go for one day.

We got the RER from Paris centre which takes 40 minutes. We arrived early, hoping to get breakfast in Disney village, but found that most of the food outlets didn't actually open until 10.00am which was when the park itself opened at the time of year we visited. Always check opening times for the dates you intend to visit as it is different throughout the year.

We ended up in Starbucks which was nice but not what we had planned - something to note if you plan to get there early and maximise your time. I would love to try Annette's Diner if I had more time in future, the menu looked amazing.

We decided to work our way round the main Disney park before lunch, Walt Disney Studios in the afternoon and then back to Disney for the closing fireworks.

how to see disneyland paris in one day- annette's diner

Morning in Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Rides and Shows

As soon as we arrived we were greeted with views of the beautiful Disneyland Hotel (I am determined to stay there one day!) and just loved how it looked in the bright blue sunshine.

The weather was bright and sunny for the whole time we were at Disneyland Paris and it made our day. Everything looked so gorgeous in the sunshine. We were very lucky to get this weather in February but I would highly recommend visiting in spring / summer if you can as I can imagine it isn't very fun dashing between rides on a cold and wet day.

how to see disneyland paris in one day- Disneyland hotel

We headed into the main park first and dashed straight for the Phantom Manor ride which we got on with only a five minute queue. I'd recommend doing a ride you really want to go on as your first priority as this will undoubtedly help you to avoid longer waiting times later in the day. As you can see below, the blossom was just starting to flower on some of the trees so it really did feel like spring!

how to see disneyland paris in one day- phantom manor ride

As it was half term when we visited, queues were fairly long so we didn't go on all the rides. This suited me just fine as I am not a massive thrill-seeker and much prefer interesting rides with things to look at, rather than big roller coasters! Fast passes are a great way to maximise your time as you get a specific time to return to a ride and get to go in a much shorter queue, the Disney site has all the information you need about how the fast pass system works.

My absolute favourites were the Pirates of the Caribbean and the iconic 'It's a Small World' ride. We managed to watch the Frozen parade, find the hidden dragon under the castle, and just like that the morning was over. 

Lunch in Disneyland Paris

We decided to have lunch at Au Chalet de la Marionnette, (paid for ourselves). This was such a highlight of our day!  I expected quick service food to be a bit basic if I'm honest, but the hot dogs had such a nice flavour, with a lovely soft bun and piping hot, crispy fries. I was very impressed and would recommend this restaurant, especially as it is a very quick option when you are trying to see Disneyland Paris in a day.

how to see disneyland paris in one day- quick service hot dogs

Afternoon in Walt Disney Studios

Walt Disney Studios Rides and Shows

After lunch, we headed straight to Walt Disney Studios which was also included in our day tickets which we booked through Klook. It was really quick and easy to gain entry to the other park. I loved walking through Walt Disney Studios and taking in all the themed restaurants and shops.

The sun continued to shine throughout the afternoon and I thought the park looked completely gorgeous bathed in golden light! I couldn't stop snapping away and taking in all the different rides.

how to see disneyland paris in one day- buzz lightyear

As part of our time in Walt Disney Studios, we went to the Frozen show which was happening as part of Disney's current theme, which regularly changes. I wasn't sure what to expect but it was really good fun, I had to stop myself singing along to Let It Go, of course!

how to see disneyland paris in one day- frozen show

My favourite ride in this park was Ratatouille and I would definitely recommend it for kids and big kids alike. As we didn't have much time left and queues were starting to build, we decided to go in the 'single rider' queue and just sit separately on the ride. This works well if you don't mind sitting with random groups to save a long time queuing.

After a few rides it was time for a bit of retail therapy and a coffee. I could have gone mad in the shops but the fact we only had a rucksack each as hand luggage managed to stop me buying too much.

The shops were better around Disneyland Main Street (pictured below), so with hindsight I'd advise planning to do most of your shopping in that park. I did feel that with one day it was tricky to fit in shopping as well as rides so it's good to plan time for that well-deserved retail therapy!

how to see disneyland paris in one day- main street

Dinner at Bistrot Chez Rémy

Whilst we were in Walt Disney Studios we had dinner at the Ratatouille themed restaurant called Bistrot Chez Rémy which we paid for ourselves. We had booked this in advance and heard people being turned away on the day, so I would recommend making a reservation for your evening meal if you only have a day and there's a certain restaurant you want to eat at.

I didn't love the restaurant and after being spoilt in central Paris (check out my review of the best unlimited steak frites restaurant ever) the food just wasn't up there. It was fine, and my meal was swapped when I told the waiter, but I wouldn't rush back to this particular restaurant. It was the only part of the day which wasn't totally perfect!

how to see disneyland paris in one day- bistrot chez remy

Back to Disneyland for Fireworks

Time was ticking on by this point so we decided to head back to the main Disney park so I could look at a few more shops before the closing fireworks display. I didn't really know what to expect from the display at all. There was so much more to it than just fireworks and I think I even had a little cry at one point!

I'm not sure how I've managed to live under some kind of rock and miss how good this display actually is, but it was the highlight of our visit and such a memorable end to our day in Disneyland Paris.

how to see disneyland paris in one day- closing fireworks display

Thank you Klook for making a childhood dream come true, and all I can say is that I cannot wait to take my own children to this special place some day. If you are wondering if you can see Disneyland Paris in a day, and if it's worth it without kids, then I would wholeheartedly say that it is. As soon as you enter the park it's like going back to your childhood and completely switching off. Who doesn't need a bit of that magic once in a while?

If you are planning a visit to Paris then make sure you read about my visit to the Eiffel Tower with Klook as this is another unmissable activity for your trip!

how to see disneyland paris in one day- girl in front of castle

How to see Disneyland Paris in one day

how to see disneyland paris in one day- sleeping beauty castle
This is an advertisement feature in collaboration with Klook.

If only 6-year-old Melis could see me in 2020... I finally made it to Disneyland for the first time! I recently visited Paris for a romantic few days away with my other half as his Christmas present from me. Whilst a trip to Disney might not sound romantic to some people, he absolutely loves theme parks and I knew it would be an ideal part of his treat weekend away.

When Klook got in touch to ask if we'd like to work with them on a day trip to Disney I found myself almost jumping up and down with joy in my office! It would round off our trip perfectly and finally I could see this magical place with my very own eyes.

Booking our tickets

We booked our tickets using Klook's handy app which I have used a few times now and find very quick and easy to use. As a real bargain hunter, something I love about Klook is the certainty you have that you are getting a great price. If you find a cheaper ticket for the activity you have booked, they will refund double the difference. For most activities you can show a mobile voucher which is easily accessed through the app. It's just very easy and convenient to have everything in one place rather than having to book through various companies.

We had one day tickets for both Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios which we knew would be quite a bit to fit into one day but we were determined to see as much as possible during our short break to Paris. Let's be honest, it wouldn't be one of my weekend trips away without packing in absolutely everything!

how to see disneyland paris in one day- walt disney studios entrance

Getting to Disneyland from central Paris

It was so easy to get to Disneyland Paris from the centre of the city. It could probably be done as a day trip whilst staying in central Paris but it would be a long day if you wanted to get to the park for opening and stay to see the closing fireworks.

I booked us an Air B'n'B (paid for ourselves) near Val D'Europe station which is one RER stop away from Disney and very convenient. I'd recommend doing something similar to save on Disneyland hotel prices if you just want to go for one day.

We got the RER from Paris centre which takes 40 minutes. We arrived early, hoping to get breakfast in Disney village, but found that most of the food outlets didn't actually open until 10.00am which was when the park itself opened at the time of year we visited. Always check opening times for the dates you intend to visit as it is different throughout the year.

We ended up in Starbucks which was nice but not what we had planned - something to note if you plan to get there early and maximise your time. I would love to try Annette's Diner if I had more time in future, the menu looked amazing.

We decided to work our way round the main Disney park before lunch, Walt Disney Studios in the afternoon and then back to Disney for the closing fireworks.

how to see disneyland paris in one day- annette's diner

Morning in Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Rides and Shows

As soon as we arrived we were greeted with views of the beautiful Disneyland Hotel (I am determined to stay there one day!) and just loved how it looked in the bright blue sunshine.

The weather was bright and sunny for the whole time we were at Disneyland Paris and it made our day. Everything looked so gorgeous in the sunshine. We were very lucky to get this weather in February but I would highly recommend visiting in spring / summer if you can as I can imagine it isn't very fun dashing between rides on a cold and wet day.

how to see disneyland paris in one day- Disneyland hotel

We headed into the main park first and dashed straight for the Phantom Manor ride which we got on with only a five minute queue. I'd recommend doing a ride you really want to go on as your first priority as this will undoubtedly help you to avoid longer waiting times later in the day. As you can see below, the blossom was just starting to flower on some of the trees so it really did feel like spring!

how to see disneyland paris in one day- phantom manor ride

As it was half term when we visited, queues were fairly long so we didn't go on all the rides. This suited me just fine as I am not a massive thrill-seeker and much prefer interesting rides with things to look at, rather than big roller coasters! Fast passes are a great way to maximise your time as you get a specific time to return to a ride and get to go in a much shorter queue, the Disney site has all the information you need about how the fast pass system works.

My absolute favourites were the Pirates of the Caribbean and the iconic 'It's a Small World' ride. We managed to watch the Frozen parade, find the hidden dragon under the castle, and just like that the morning was over. 

Lunch in Disneyland Paris

We decided to have lunch at Au Chalet de la Marionnette, (paid for ourselves). This was such a highlight of our day!  I expected quick service food to be a bit basic if I'm honest, but the hot dogs had such a nice flavour, with a lovely soft bun and piping hot, crispy fries. I was very impressed and would recommend this restaurant, especially as it is a very quick option when you are trying to see Disneyland Paris in a day.

how to see disneyland paris in one day- quick service hot dogs

Afternoon in Walt Disney Studios

Walt Disney Studios Rides and Shows

After lunch, we headed straight to Walt Disney Studios which was also included in our day tickets which we booked through Klook. It was really quick and easy to gain entry to the other park. I loved walking through Walt Disney Studios and taking in all the themed restaurants and shops.

The sun continued to shine throughout the afternoon and I thought the park looked completely gorgeous bathed in golden light! I couldn't stop snapping away and taking in all the different rides.

how to see disneyland paris in one day- buzz lightyear

As part of our time in Walt Disney Studios, we went to the Frozen show which was happening as part of Disney's current theme, which regularly changes. I wasn't sure what to expect but it was really good fun, I had to stop myself singing along to Let It Go, of course!

how to see disneyland paris in one day- frozen show

My favourite ride in this park was Ratatouille and I would definitely recommend it for kids and big kids alike. As we didn't have much time left and queues were starting to build, we decided to go in the 'single rider' queue and just sit separately on the ride. This works well if you don't mind sitting with random groups to save a long time queuing.

After a few rides it was time for a bit of retail therapy and a coffee. I could have gone mad in the shops but the fact we only had a rucksack each as hand luggage managed to stop me buying too much.

The shops were better around Disneyland Main Street (pictured below), so with hindsight I'd advise planning to do most of your shopping in that park. I did feel that with one day it was tricky to fit in shopping as well as rides so it's good to plan time for that well-deserved retail therapy!

how to see disneyland paris in one day- main street

Dinner at Bistrot Chez Rémy

Whilst we were in Walt Disney Studios we had dinner at the Ratatouille themed restaurant called Bistrot Chez Rémy which we paid for ourselves. We had booked this in advance and heard people being turned away on the day, so I would recommend making a reservation for your evening meal if you only have a day and there's a certain restaurant you want to eat at.

I didn't love the restaurant and after being spoilt in central Paris (check out my review of the best unlimited steak frites restaurant ever) the food just wasn't up there. It was fine, and my meal was swapped when I told the waiter, but I wouldn't rush back to this particular restaurant. It was the only part of the day which wasn't totally perfect!

how to see disneyland paris in one day- bistrot chez remy

Back to Disneyland for Fireworks

Time was ticking on by this point so we decided to head back to the main Disney park so I could look at a few more shops before the closing fireworks display. I didn't really know what to expect from the display at all. There was so much more to it than just fireworks and I think I even had a little cry at one point!

I'm not sure how I've managed to live under some kind of rock and miss how good this display actually is, but it was the highlight of our visit and such a memorable end to our day in Disneyland Paris.

how to see disneyland paris in one day- closing fireworks display

Thank you Klook for making a childhood dream come true, and all I can say is that I cannot wait to take my own children to this special place some day. If you are wondering if you can see Disneyland Paris in a day, and if it's worth it without kids, then I would wholeheartedly say that it is. As soon as you enter the park it's like going back to your childhood and completely switching off. Who doesn't need a bit of that magic once in a while?

If you are planning a visit to Paris then make sure you read about my visit to the Eiffel Tower with Klook as this is another unmissable activity for your trip!

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Le relais de l'entrecote best unlimited steak frites

I am just back from a couple of days in Paris and I don't think I've ever indulged in quite as much amazing food and drink in a weekend break before. From cheesy French onion soup, to the softest baguettes and pastries, to the smoothest glass of Chablis I've ever had, everything was fantastic. 

However, one meal completely topped them all, which tells you how good it must be for me to declare it the absolute best restaurant in one of the top foodie cities in the world!

Le Relais de L’Entrecôte: the absolute best steak frites you'll ever try, and even better, the food is unlimited! I saw this place mentioned numerous times on Instagram and just knew it had to be part of our short and sweet Parisian experience. Read on for my review and what to expect when (and I mean when, not if) you add this dream of a place to your Paris itinerary.

Le Relais de L’Entrecôte: Locations

You can find Le Relais de L’Entrecôte in numerous locations in France and Switzerland, but it started in Paris and is undeniably traditionally French. We dined at the Marbeuf location, not far from the Champs-Élysées but there are two others in Paris, and a restaurant in Geneva and Zurich also. You can see all their locations here.

The street the restaurant was on was very pretty, so if you do need to queue for an hour or more (entirely possible, but hopefully avoidable if you follow my tips in the next section) then it is a pleasant place to wait.

Le Relais De L'Entrecote champs elysees

Le Relais de L’Entrecôte: Tips

I had no idea the food was going to be unlimited at Le Relais de L’Entrecôte (is unlimited steak frites not the actual dream?!) so we made the mistake of having a decent sized breakfast before we visited at 12 noon. If I'd known I would have definitely eaten less beforehand so my first tip is to go really hungry!

The queues are notoriously long but we read on Time Out to try and get there 15 minutes before opening (12 noon for the outlet we visited). We did this on a cold February Monday and a reasonable queue had already formed. Luckily as soon as the doors opened at 12 we were let in as part of the first sitting, and there were a few spare tables so you could possibly arrive at 12 and be seated immediately.

All I would say is, if you don't want a long queue then I'd recommend visiting close to opening if you are able to or do be prepared for a long wait (which is seriously worth it).

Le relais de l'entrecote interior

Le Relais de L’Entrecôte: The Food

Oh, the food. The steak was one of the absolute best I have ever tasted and my mouth is seriously watering whilst I am writing this.  There is no menu in the restaurant and all you will get asked upon being seated is what you would like to drink and how you'd like your steak. 

They have a great wine list but I have to admit we both went for a coke as we had indulged quite heavily in local wine the night before... 12 noon just felt a little early for us to start again on this occasion!

Le relais de l'entrecote starter salad

Everyone starts with a walnut mixed salad with a French mustard dressing, which was very tasty. You also get a large basket of beautiful bread. I would recommend going easy on this so you can make the most of the unlimited steak and fries which will be coming next. 

Oh how I wish I had known it was going to be bottomless steak as I scoffed greedy handfuls of this warm bread washed down with huge mouthfuls of coke!


Onto the main event and it was as good, if not better, than it looks.

Le Relais de L’Entrecôte use some kind of top-secret, special sauce on the steak which is green and utterly delicious. I have no idea what it is other than it has a garlic taste, definitely a meaty element to it and some kind of butter. It's quite hard to describe so you'll just have to get there and enjoy it for yourselves!

The steak was so tender and I loved how it was already sliced so it was really easy to eat.  The frites are double-cooked and completely delicious, crispy and golden. Perfect for dipping into the secret sauce!
Le relais de l'entrecote steak frites

After a few minutes of eating,  the black-and-white uniform clad waitresses will start to bring round silver platters full of extra steak, frites and sauce. Feel free to fill your boots as much as you like and they will come round a few times, it really is unlimited so don't be shy.

I read that the desserts are fantastic but I am much more of a savoury fan so I was happy to fill my boots with steak frites and leave desserts on this occasion. If you have been and tried the desserts then please let me know what they were like - I am perfectly happy to have a good excuse to go back.


Le Relais de L’Entrecôte: Final Thoughts

For me, any Parisian experience would be incomplete without a good steak and I can't think of a better place to have a traditional, unlimited steak frites meal.  I really want to go back to Paris for more food and this restaurant would be top on my list to re-visit so I think that says it all!

It is not a cheap lunch- we paid €33 per head for the standard menu and a coke, but it is an experience I promise you won't forget in a hurry. I hope this has given you enough of a reason to go and try Le Relais de L’Entrecôte, please let me know in the comments if you try it so I can get serious steak frites envy!

Le relais de l'entrecote best unlimited steak frites Bill


Best unlimited steak frites in Paris: Le Relais de L’Entrecôte

Le relais de l'entrecote best unlimited steak frites

I am just back from a couple of days in Paris and I don't think I've ever indulged in quite as much amazing food and drink in a weekend break before. From cheesy French onion soup, to the softest baguettes and pastries, to the smoothest glass of Chablis I've ever had, everything was fantastic. 

However, one meal completely topped them all, which tells you how good it must be for me to declare it the absolute best restaurant in one of the top foodie cities in the world!

Le Relais de L’Entrecôte: the absolute best steak frites you'll ever try, and even better, the food is unlimited! I saw this place mentioned numerous times on Instagram and just knew it had to be part of our short and sweet Parisian experience. Read on for my review and what to expect when (and I mean when, not if) you add this dream of a place to your Paris itinerary.

Le Relais de L’Entrecôte: Locations

You can find Le Relais de L’Entrecôte in numerous locations in France and Switzerland, but it started in Paris and is undeniably traditionally French. We dined at the Marbeuf location, not far from the Champs-Élysées but there are two others in Paris, and a restaurant in Geneva and Zurich also. You can see all their locations here.

The street the restaurant was on was very pretty, so if you do need to queue for an hour or more (entirely possible, but hopefully avoidable if you follow my tips in the next section) then it is a pleasant place to wait.

Le Relais De L'Entrecote champs elysees

Le Relais de L’Entrecôte: Tips

I had no idea the food was going to be unlimited at Le Relais de L’Entrecôte (is unlimited steak frites not the actual dream?!) so we made the mistake of having a decent sized breakfast before we visited at 12 noon. If I'd known I would have definitely eaten less beforehand so my first tip is to go really hungry!

The queues are notoriously long but we read on Time Out to try and get there 15 minutes before opening (12 noon for the outlet we visited). We did this on a cold February Monday and a reasonable queue had already formed. Luckily as soon as the doors opened at 12 we were let in as part of the first sitting, and there were a few spare tables so you could possibly arrive at 12 and be seated immediately.

All I would say is, if you don't want a long queue then I'd recommend visiting close to opening if you are able to or do be prepared for a long wait (which is seriously worth it).

Le relais de l'entrecote interior

Le Relais de L’Entrecôte: The Food

Oh, the food. The steak was one of the absolute best I have ever tasted and my mouth is seriously watering whilst I am writing this.  There is no menu in the restaurant and all you will get asked upon being seated is what you would like to drink and how you'd like your steak. 

They have a great wine list but I have to admit we both went for a coke as we had indulged quite heavily in local wine the night before... 12 noon just felt a little early for us to start again on this occasion!

Le relais de l'entrecote starter salad

Everyone starts with a walnut mixed salad with a French mustard dressing, which was very tasty. You also get a large basket of beautiful bread. I would recommend going easy on this so you can make the most of the unlimited steak and fries which will be coming next. 

Oh how I wish I had known it was going to be bottomless steak as I scoffed greedy handfuls of this warm bread washed down with huge mouthfuls of coke!


Onto the main event and it was as good, if not better, than it looks.

Le Relais de L’Entrecôte use some kind of top-secret, special sauce on the steak which is green and utterly delicious. I have no idea what it is other than it has a garlic taste, definitely a meaty element to it and some kind of butter. It's quite hard to describe so you'll just have to get there and enjoy it for yourselves!

The steak was so tender and I loved how it was already sliced so it was really easy to eat.  The frites are double-cooked and completely delicious, crispy and golden. Perfect for dipping into the secret sauce!
Le relais de l'entrecote steak frites

After a few minutes of eating,  the black-and-white uniform clad waitresses will start to bring round silver platters full of extra steak, frites and sauce. Feel free to fill your boots as much as you like and they will come round a few times, it really is unlimited so don't be shy.

I read that the desserts are fantastic but I am much more of a savoury fan so I was happy to fill my boots with steak frites and leave desserts on this occasion. If you have been and tried the desserts then please let me know what they were like - I am perfectly happy to have a good excuse to go back.


Le Relais de L’Entrecôte: Final Thoughts

For me, any Parisian experience would be incomplete without a good steak and I can't think of a better place to have a traditional, unlimited steak frites meal.  I really want to go back to Paris for more food and this restaurant would be top on my list to re-visit so I think that says it all!

It is not a cheap lunch- we paid €33 per head for the standard menu and a coke, but it is an experience I promise you won't forget in a hurry. I hope this has given you enough of a reason to go and try Le Relais de L’Entrecôte, please let me know in the comments if you try it so I can get serious steak frites envy!

Le relais de l'entrecote best unlimited steak frites Bill


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