Updated September 2019
When I think of going on a European Adventure, Paris always comes to mind. There is never a time that I don’t want to go here. So I wrote this post hoping to help you with your Paris adventure, so here’s A Complete Guide to Paris, France: A 3 Days in Paris Itinerary.
Without further ado here is my: Complete Guide to Paris, France.
When is the Best Time to Go to Paris, France
Honestly, there isn’t a bad time to go, even in winter Paris is lovely. but if I were to recommend, I would say
- April – Early June
- September – November
It’s really not to avoid crowds but because, when it comes to big cities, I just dislike sightseeing in the heat of summer.
Where to Stay in Paris
The Best Neighbourhoods in Paris
Best Hotels in Paris in 2019
Currently, my favourite place to book hotels is Agoda, its consistently been the cheapest place that I have found hotels in Paris and my favourite site to use. I’ll usually look here first (in a private browser) and if I’m feeling paranoid that it’s cheaper elsewhere ill just use Google Hotels or Kayak to double-check rates to make sure I’m getting the best price. Some of the most standout hotel’s I found were:
- Hotel Bachaumont in 2nd arrondissement
- The Hoxton in 2nd arrondissement
- Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile in 17th arrondissement
- Drawing Hotel in 1st arrondissement
- Hotel Mathis in 8th arrondissement
Best Airbnbs in Paris in 2019
I’m not going to play pretend here, personally, when it’s just to the two of us, I prefer staying in hotels but I if I were travelling in a larger group or needed a kitchen, Airbnb is where it’s at.
Airbnb’s in Paris (and in general) are hard to “recommend” since there is only of it’s kind so once it’s gone it’s gone. But I thought it still might be worthwhile to show you what my top Paris Airbnb’s for 2019.
- Charmant petit studio parisien au cœur du Marais, catégorisé chambres d’hôtes in 3rd arrondissement
- LOUVRE 2: UPPER CLASS SUITE – RUE SAINT HONORE in 1st arrondissement
- Lovely Loft Saint-Germain des Pres in 7th arrondissement
- St Lazare : 2 pièces refait à neuf – Bail mobilité in 8th/9th arrondissement
- A 2 pas des Gares du Nord et Est in 10th arrondissement
What to do in Paris for 3 Days
Day One: Sight Seeing the Classics
Eiffel Tower – When we were here, we opted to walk to the Eiffel Tower from our hotel after grabbing some coffee and pastries. Also, pay to go up the Eiffel tower, you are only there once so do it! Also make sure you explore the area, here is some of the most instagram-able photos to take around the effiel tower.
- Trocadero Square mainly the Staircase and Gardens (across the Seine River)
- The Carousel – In between Trocadero Gardens and Eiffel Tower THAT carousel you see in nearly every photo.
- Champs de Mars – especially if you are here spring/summer.
- Love Lock Bridge – If you are up for it, walk from the Effiel Tower so you can see the million of other Parisian things
- Arc De Triomphe -You can also pay to go up here, but I would save my cash for other views unless you really want a view of Avenue des Champes Elysees
- Avenue des Champs-Élysées – Others, may disagree but literally the best part about going into all the luxury stores on Champs-Élysées is that all the associates are too busy and distracted to notice you touching and trying on everything in sight!
- Musee d’Orsay
- ALEXANDRE III & Seine River – Go for a walk along the Seine making sure to pass the Alexandre III bridge on your adventure.
Day Two: A Walking Tour of Paris, France
- Notre Dame – Be on the lookout for Point Zero, the point where everything is measured in Paris!
- Shakespeare and Company Bookstore – It’s really close and worth stopping in!
- Jardin du Luxembourg – The only thing more perfect than this would be having a coffee in hand while strolling through this garden.
- Tuileries Garden
- Ferris Wheel – it’s in the gardens
- The Louvre – hear me out, I know everyone says to come to the Louvre early to avoid lines, but we went in the day and evening (the pass you buy is actually an all-day pass). We went 1.5 hours before closing and it was nearly empty.
Day Three: The Best Views in Paris, France
- Marché Bastille – it’s a food market, depending on the season the hours vary.
- Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen for a flea market and Hôtel Drouot or Brocante des Abbesses for art and antiques.
- Explore Montmartre and go up the Sacré-Cœur
- Moulin Rouge – watch something or don’t or just go here, cause Voulez-vous coucher avec moi? (jk thats highly inappropriate since we don’t know each other)
- Sunset at Printemps Haussmann or Galeries Lafayette Haussmann – Whether it’s before dinner or after dinner make sure to catch the sunset on one of these rooftops for free. Both views are relatively the same, I favour Printemps Haussmann more simply because of the frame we got to see the effiel tower in.
Where to Eat in Paris in 2019
- Falafels, shawarma & kebabs at L’As du Fallafel – 32-34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris, France
- Fries at De Clercq, Les Rois de la Frite – 169 Rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris, France
- Crepes at Au P’tit Grec – 68 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris, France
- Vegetarian at Tien Hiang – 14 Rue Bichat, 75010 Paris, France
- Traditional Jewish baked goods, sandwiches & groceries at Sacha Finkelsztajn – 27 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris, France
- Kurdish Sandwiches at Urfa Durum – 58 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris, France
- Ramen at Higuma – 3 locations in Saint Anne, Palais Royal and Opéra
- Hot Chocolate at Angelina – 226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
- Sandwiches at Chez Alain Miam Miam – 26 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris, France
- Morocaan at Le Traiteur Marocain – 39 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris, France
- Pastries at Du Pain et des Idées – 34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris, France
- Pho at Kok – 129 bis Avenue de Choisy, 75013 Paris, France
- Hutch Hot-Dogs House bar – 61 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris, France
- Tacos at El Nopal Taqueria– 5 Rue Duperré, 75009 Paris, France
- Le Relais De l’Entrecôte – 4 locations
- Noodles at Happy Nouilles – 95 Rue Beaubourg, 75003 Paris, France
- Le Petit Cambodge – 2 locations
- Burgers at B&M Montmartre – 8 Rue des Martyrs, 75018 Paris, France
- Street Crepes at Any Street Vendor
- Café Kitsune in the Palais Royal Garden.
- Boneshaker Doughnuts – 77 Rue d’Aboukir, 75002 Paris, France
- Crêperie Chez Suzette – 17 Rue de la Huchette, 75005 Paris, France
- Le Consulat Restaurant – 18 Rue Norvins, 75018 Paris, France
- La Maison Rose – 2 Rue de l’Abreuvoir, 75018 Paris, France
- Odette – 77 Rue Galande, 75005 Paris, France
A Complete Guide to Paris, France
Photo credit: This is Glamorous
So that brings me to the end of my guide if you are looking for more cheap eats, check out Buzzfeed’s list of 27 cheap eats in Paris, I love them and the food is always great. Also, Pinterest is always a great resource, you can follow my Paris Travel Guide board if that suits your fancy. If there are any other cities you want a guide on please let me know!