A Complete Guide to Paris, France: How to See Paris in 3 Days

A Complete Guide to Paris France - How to See Paris in 3 Days

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When I think of a European Adventure, Paris France always comes to mind. Maybe it was Hollywood’s perception of it, maybe it’s because it seems to everyone’s dream city, or maybe it’s the fact that I was a Gossip Girl Fied and wanted to be Blair Waldorf, but there is never a time that I don’t want to go here. So I wrote this post hoping to help you on your Paris adventure, so here’s A Complete Guide to Paris, France: How to See Paris in 3 Days.

I always hear mix things about Paris, some people love it and some people don’t. Personally, I loved it, but I can also understand why people don’t Paris like any major city has its flaws and it’s ugly bits, but I personally think it’s those ugly bits that aid to the city prettiness. Cause you can’t have the pretty without the ugly.

Without further ado here is my: Complete Guide to Paris, France.

When is the Best Time to Go to Paris, France

I would always recommend Paris in the Winter cause you definitely don’t get the crowds, but I can’t image Paris being bad any time of the year. But here is a temperature guide for you if the climate is a big factor for you.

What Neighbourhood To Stay in  Paris, France

We stayed at an Airbnb Chatelet Station, and it was hands-down one of the better traveling decision I ever made. I say I, because if you couldn’t already tell I like to plan things to a T, just check out my other guides:

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The exact Airbnb we stayed at isn’t on the market anymore but it was this one in case you wanted to know. WE loved it we were nearly walking distance away from everything, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame. It was glorious being so close and it’s amazing that there were a ton of great food options around us!

Day One: Exploring the Classic Paris, France Sights

Breakfast: Wake Up Early & Pick a Cafe

Grab a CAFÉ AU LAIT and buy yourself a croissant, eclair or any other french pastry that suits your fancy because you’re in Paris and its time to start your day.

Activity: Eiffel Tower

When we were here, we opted to walk to the Eiffel Tower after grabbing some coffee and ALOT of pastries (and sandwiches). Our walk took about 40 mins. To some, this might have been seen as wasted time but to us, it wasn’t. On our walk over we saw the love lock bridge and a million of other Parisian things that we would have missed if we opted to take the metro or cab.

Also, pay to go up the tower, you are only there once so do it! We went the first time and didn’t pay to go up, I regretted it so the second time we had to and to me, it was totally worth it.

paris in 72 hours - eiffel tower

Photo credit: Gypsea Lust & Do You Travel

Brunch: Prêt A Manger

You just spent some serious cash to climb up some stairs and ride an elevator, opt for a cheaper “brunch” because boy oh boy is lunch gonna cost ya.

Activity: Arc De Triomphe

When we first came here, we came in on the side and when I saw the Arc De Triomphe I thought it was weirdly shaped, top heavy almost. But we were silly and realize that we walked in on it weird. So that’s a tip if you wanted one.

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

Lunch: Laduree

It’s expensive, but you in Paris, if it’s too pricey for you on this trip just grab some maroons, take some pictures and grab sandwiches or baguettes from a nearby cafe and pretend that’s where you really ate.

Activity: Avenue des Champs-Élysées

Window shopping in the best possible way. As pretty and lux all the stores looked, I loved going into every single one and just touching and looking at things. Usually, I would be apprehensive about going into fancier stores because the sales associate can be standoffish. But the best part about going into a fancy shop on Champs-Élysées is that all the associates are too busy and distracted to notice you touching and trying on everything in sight!

Activity: Musee d’Orsay

If you aren’t much for window shopping check about the Musee d’Orsay.

Dinner: Le Relais De l’Entrecôte

Apparently, this is the place to eat at. To keep real, I have never eaten here, simply because Angus actually doesn’t eat beef. I heard about it because Marianna Hewitt from Life with Me mentioned in one of her vlogs (yes she does Youtube too!)  and it look delicious, so next time I might just ditch him and eat here.

Travel to Paris in the Winter | Eiffel Tower at Night

Activity: ALEXANDRE III & Seine River

Go for a walk along the Seine making sure to pass the Alexandre III bridge on your adventure. There is close to nothing better than Paris by night.

Dessert: Street Crepe

Just pick a place that still open and grab a crepe, you can’t come here and not get a crepe. Well I know I can’t I ate one practically every single day!

Day Two: A Walking Tour of Paris, France

Breakfast: Le Saint-Régis

It doesn’t have to here, just go somewhere that opens and looks like they make good pastries and coffee, you’ll be golden with any place you choose.

Activity: Notre Dame + Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

When I went here the line to climb up was unfortunately really long so we had to skip out, but I have wanted to come here since reading Anna and the French kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

Be on the looked for Point Zero, the point where everything is measured in Paris! And stop into the  Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, it should be right around here.

paris france 2017 - a complete guide to paris

photo credit: Conde Nast Traveler

Brunch: Les Rois de la frite

The grown up thing is to eat fries for a meal right?

Activity: Jardin du Luxembourg

There nothing like strolling through an amazing garden that helps you pretend that you are a star in some incredible french film.

Lunch: Au P’tit Grec

Eat here, it’s great!

Activity:  Tuileries Garden+ Ferris Wheel

To me, Paris is very much about the walking experience so go around the garden and up the Ferris Wheel, hopefully, you timed it right and caught the sun setting while you were up there. Can you tell I have a thing for sunrises and sunsets?

Dinner: Happy Nouilles

Happy Noddles makes for a happy Jennifer.

mona lisa at the louvre | Travel Paris in the Winter

Activity: The Louvre

Okay here me out, I know everyone says to come to the Louvre early and you should if you want to cause you can beat the line but we went, close to closing was better. The Louvre was nearly empty, its like we had it to ourselves, while everyone else was heading back to their hotels or to dinner the Louvre was nearly empty and it was glorious.

Pro tip: when you buy a ticket, its an all day ticket so go in the morning if you don’t think you can make in back in the evening, but do come back if you can!

Ps: it’s closed on Tuesdays!

Dessert: Hot Chocolate at Angelina

Apparently, it’s worth the wait, we didn’t have time to wait, but boy would I.

Day Three: The Best Views in Paris, France

Breakfast: Marché Bastille

It’s A FOOD MARKET. And best food market hands down, come early but make you come when they’re open, depending on the season the hours vary.

Activity: Go to Another Market

If you are looking for a flea market go to Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen. For an art and antiques go to Hôtel Drouot or Brocante des Abbesses.

Brunch: Gustave Claps

If you’re still hungry grab a bit at Gustave Claps

Activity: Explore Montmartre and go up the Sacré-Cœur

Known as one of the coolest neighborhoods, you can find post dedicate to the neighborhood that is written much better than I can explain, but if you are in the neighborhood go up the Sacré-Cœur

Lunch: B&M Montmartre, b&m burger

Would it be a guide from me without a mention of a burger place? The answer is no it wouldn’t because burgers are my favorite food.

Activity: Moulin Rouge

WATCH SOMETHING or just go here, cause Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?

Dinner: Le Petit Cambodge

Did you know that the French reigned over Vietnam for quite some time, that why the lanuage is so similar? So it isn’t surprising to see a lot of Vietnamese restaurants here.

Activity: Sunset at Printemps Haussmann or Galeries Lafayette Haussmann

Picture of Sunset at Printemps Haussmann in Paris France

Whether it’s before dinner or after dinner make sure to catch the sunset on one of the rooftops, both views are relatively the same, I favor Printemps Haussmann more simply because of the angle we got to see it at but Galeries Lafayette Haussmann was equally as amazing!

Dessert: Street Crepes

Why change a great thing?

A Complete Guide to Paris, France

So that bring 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!

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5 Comments

  1. March 5, 2017 / 5:59 am

    Great list and great photos. The Louvre looks particularly stunning in the snow.

    I’m also glad to see the Sacre Couer on the list. I was a little afraid you’d leave it out :). It’s by far my favourite part of Paris and I agree the neighbourhood is wonderful

    I was with a Parisian at the time and he took us to get some onion soup there, laden with lots and lots of stringy cheese.

    Chris from beinganomad.com

    • Jennifer
      March 18, 2017 / 11:33 am

      I missed out on french onion soup when I was in Paris, both times. The idea to eat french onion soup in France never occurred to me!

  2. March 5, 2017 / 8:02 am

    Great post! I, like you absolutely loved Paris, but only after my second visit. 🙂 The first time I was really excited and had hight expectations and I was very disappointed, because it looked crowded, dirty, gloomy and unfriendly. And the second time I went was freezing cold and rainy, but despite that – for some reason I absolutely fell in love with it! Don’t know why? Maybe because I didn’t go to the same touristy places, or perhaps I wasn’t expecting too much… No idea. Maybe it is one of those cities one has to keep visiting and discovering new things about. 🙂

    • Jennifer
      March 18, 2017 / 11:32 am

      I totally 100% agree, when I hear people say they didn’t like Paris the first time, I always try and push to give the city another chance. I do think it’s been really built up in the movies but in person it’s still amazing, it can fo from old and ugly at times to breathlessly beautiful!

  3. March 7, 2017 / 8:49 am

    Have you been to Paris in August? It’s the best time to go because Paris feels practically empty since the locals head south for their holiday!

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