Paris is a city famous for its breathtaking views and popular sights. You probably know how the Eiffel tower or the Louvre looks, even if you’ve never been there. No matter if you’re there for a chill vacation or crazy spring-break, Paris can satisfy everyone’s needs. If you’re ready to finally visit the city, you need to know about everything it has to offer.
You have plenty of opportunities to have fun if you can plan your trip properly. This 3-day itinerary will give you some ideas of how you can get a dose of everything in Paris.
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Before we start, let us give you the most useful tip. Start getting ready while you’re still at home.
The easiest means of commuting in Paris is public transportation. Yes, you can hail a taxi, but the traffic will be so brutal that you will want to get down and walk to all places. So, we highly recommend that you wear comfortable shoes. If you wear sneakers, no one would look at you differently.
If you’re working, make sure to turn off your work phone. If you’re in college, make sure that you have completed all pending assignments, so you are fully worry-free when exploring Paris. If there is little to no time to finish everything, try searching ‘write a paper for me on WritePaper to find academic professionals who can help you with that. These services can provide you with a sample essay meeting all your requirements, including formatting and citations.
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Day 1: The Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysee, and the Louvre
There is no arguing that the first thing you want to tick off is the Eiffel Tower. And the best view you will get is from Trocadero.
After taking the sight in, go down the stairs on either side to walk along the alley of fountains. If you are visiting in summer, you can even pack a picnic or buy an ice cream to enjoy.
Pont d’Iena/ Pont de Bir Hakim
You will be stopping at plenty of spots to take pictures. But make sure you cross the road carefully and walk towards Pont d’Iena.
Now, across the Seine, you will find several bridges, each with its own charm. But you might be remembering one particularly well if you have seen the movie Inception. If you want to go to Pont de Bir Hakim, you do not have to cross Pont d’Iena.
Instead, go down the steps to the bank of Seine and walk along the river. You can then go up to Pont de Bir Hakim. This is a spectacular spot for pictures.
From there, you can find the metro nearby to go to Champs Elysee.
Arc de Triomphe
You might already be familiar with the glorious Arc de Triomphe. The thing is, you can even climb this arc to get a spectacular view of Paris.
You can also walk along Champs Elysee and stop at a cafe for lunch. Bear in mind that if you are a student on a budget, these cafes might be a bit on the costlier end.
If you want to visit the Louvre, we suggest that you take a metro, because there is plenty of walking ahead. And make sure you have tickets beforehand. Even If you don’t, the glass pyramid and the historical building alone are reasons to stop by.
Hot Chocolate at Angelina
If you have the patience to walk through the Tuileries after the Louvre, then go to Rue de Rivoli. There at Angelina, you will find the best hot chocolate in Paris. And if you are lucky, you will find a shorter line in front of the shop. (Or weekdays would work too).
Rue de Rivoli is a long street, and you will find plenty of restaurants or cafes. So, take your time, relax while having a true Parisian meal and head back to your hotel to get some good sleep. You have more to see the next day.
Day 2: Notre Dame and Montmartre
Start your day at Ile de la Cite at Notre Dame. After the fire in April of 2019 April, the church is still under renovation, so you will not be able to go inside. But the view from outside is still pretty glorious.
Shakespeare and Company
If you are a bibliophile, then you must be familiar with the historic Shakesphere and Company. A bookstore that was pretty much the hang-out place of Hemingway and other famous writers in the 1920s. The place is still intact and is one of the few libraries in Paris where you can find English books.
From there, you can walk towards Saint Michelle, another church that is known for its glass windows. The view inside is quite mind-blowing and is an unmissable spot in Paris.
Note: If you are looking for a bridge with locks, you are out of luck. The weight from the padlocks was too heavy for the bridge to carry, and they have been removed. Yet, you will find the bridge along with the Seine, Pont des Arts.
Cross the bridge (take your pick) and walk towards the Latin Quarter. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants that will catch your eye and beautiful cobblestone streets. The neighborhood is known for being the student’s hub due to the proximity to Sorbonne.
After lunch, take the Metro to Montmartre to visit the Sacré-Cœur. Although the basilica is indeed the landmark there, Montmartre has plenty more to offer you. In fact, the view from the top is the best that you will get from Paris.
And the surrounding streets are quaint, offering you plenty of perfect backdrops for Instagram pictures. Walk around the cobblestone pathways, and you will come across many cute cafes and colorful buildings.
After all the walking, you are likely to be famished. But since you are already in Montmartre, you would not want to miss Pigalle. Here, you will find the streets lined with many adult shops and theaters. If you have some energy left, head over to one of the clubs for drinks or a cute restaurant for dinner.
Day 3: One Day Trips From Paris
Now that you are in Paris, you do not want to leave without visiting at least one of the best one-day trips on our list. A short train trip away, you will find yourself, in other words, both culturally rich and mesmerizing in beauty.
If you choose this one, we suggest purchasing a ticket in advance, preferably in the morning. Or else, you will find yourself waiting in long lines just to get in.
For those unaware, Versailles is one of the most significant landmarks in French history. It used to be the home of royals of France in the 1600s and 1700s. But the structure stands out for its ostentation. It is better if you see the rest for yourself.
Giverny is famous for Monet’s house. But even if you are not into art, the place is worth a visit just for the gorgeous garden. The village is also quite beautiful, and there are a number of cafes and restaurants that might interest you.
We also have another option for a day trip from Paris. This city is home to one of the world’s five Disneyland theme parks, and the other ones are in the US and Japan. So, if you are unlikely to go to one of the other resorts, you might want to dedicate one day to entertain yourself here.
While this 3-day Paris itinerary includes most of the notable landmarks and spots, feel free to switch it up however you want! The goal is to have a memorable time in Paris; however, you choose to spend it.