Complete Guide to Paris: 3 Days in Paris Itinerary

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

  • The Marais for a Romantic Stay
  • South Pigalle for a Trendy Stay
  • Montmartre for a Classic Stay
  • Saint-Germain-des-Prés for a Luxury Stay
  • Canal Saint-Martin for a Foodie Stay

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:

  1. Hotel Bachaumont in 2nd arrondissement
  2. The Hoxton in 2nd arrondissement
  3. Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile in 17th arrondissement
  4. Drawing Hotel in 1st arrondissement
  5. 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.

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

  1. Falafels, shawarma & kebabs at L’As du Fallafel – 32-34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris, France
  2. Fries at De Clercq, Les Rois de la Frite – 169 Rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris, France
  3. Crepes at Au P’tit Grec – 68 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris, France
  4. Vegetarian at Tien Hiang – 14 Rue Bichat, 75010 Paris, France
  5. Traditional Jewish baked goods, sandwiches & groceries at Sacha Finkelsztajn – 27 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris, France
  6. Kurdish Sandwiches at Urfa Durum – 58 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris, France
  7. Ramen at Higuma3 locations in Saint Anne, Palais Royal and Opéra
  8. Hot Chocolate at Angelina – 226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
  9.  Sandwiches at Chez Alain Miam Miam – 26 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris, France
  10. Morocaan at Le Traiteur Marocain – 39 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris, France
  11. Pastries at Du Pain et des Idées – 34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris, France
  12. Pho at Kok – 129 bis Avenue de Choisy, 75013 Paris, France
  13. Hutch Hot-Dogs House bar – 61 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris, France
  14. Tacos at El Nopal Taqueria– 5 Rue Duperré, 75009 Paris, France
  15. Le Relais De l’Entrecôte4 locations
  16. Noodles at Happy Nouilles – 95 Rue Beaubourg, 75003 Paris, France
  17. Le Petit Cambodge2 locations
  18. Burgers at B&M Montmartre – 8 Rue des Martyrs, 75018 Paris, France
  19. Street Crepes at Any Street Vendor
  20. Café Kitsune in the Palais Royal Garden.
  21. Boneshaker Doughnuts – 77 Rue d’Aboukir, 75002 Paris, France
  22. Crêperie Chez Suzette – 17 Rue de la Huchette, 75005 Paris, France
  23. Le Consulat Restaurant – 18 Rue Norvins, 75018 Paris, France
  24. La Maison Rose – 2 Rue de l’Abreuvoir, 75018 Paris, France
  25. Odette – 77 Rue Galande, 75005 Paris, France

A Complete Guide to Paris, France

 

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

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!

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12 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
      Author
      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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

    • Jennifer
      Author
      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!

    • Jennifer Bui
      September 1, 2019 / 11:46 pm

      Thats great to know, thanks so much for the tip!

  4. November 17, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    Great post1 I love how you set it up- so easy to read and understand! I saved this to refer back to is next time I plan a trip to Paris <3
    xx
    Courtney || https://courtneylivin.com/

    • Jennifer Bui
      September 1, 2019 / 11:46 pm

      Im so glad it could help!

  5. June 28, 2018 / 2:07 am

    I am heading to Paris later this year. I love the inclusion of restaurant suggestions in your post. I am going to try a couple of these when I visit and have bookmarked it. Thank you!

    • Jennifer Bui
      September 1, 2019 / 11:45 pm

      I hope they went well, let me know if you have any other recos !

  6. Sreehitha
    October 23, 2018 / 2:33 am

    How much money will take to this whole trip ……

    • Jennifer Bui
      September 1, 2019 / 11:45 pm

      it really depends on your budget, I went to Paris as apart of a 6-week Europe tour and spent next to nothing and once again as a working professional on a 10 day trip. Paris can really be done on any budget!

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