If you travel best of Paris in 3 days,sitting in a café and eating a pastry,make sure you’ve tried at least one of the city’s good pastries.
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Exploring a city like Paris is challenging as there are so many things to do. Hence, you should make use of any time-saving ideas you can find. This itinerary ensures you can enjoy most of the highlights of Paris in three days. The first day is all about classic Paris, the second is more of a trendy guide, and the third is all about getting to know the city on a local level.
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Day 1: The classic Paris
Catching a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower is the most Parisian thing to do. Begin your day going on an iconic photo walk along the Seine. For a Insta-worthy water mirror shot of the Eiffel Tower take a walk at Trocadero. Passerelle Debilly, a small passenger footbridge that was built for the 1900 World’s Fair, is one of the best places to take Instagram snaps of the Eiffel Tower.
A 40-minute walk along the Seine brings you to the world-famous Louvre Museum, with its iconic glass pyramid. There is no doubt that the Mona Lisa is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Louvre. The smiling muse is not all that the Louvre has to offer though. The Louvre is home to medieval ruins and priceless artifacts from around the world. A timed-entrance ticket to the Louvre is a good idea for those who want to make the most of their time.
After visiting the Louvre, continue downriver to Île de la Cité and Île Saint Louis. Île de la Cité, one of Paris’ earliest settlements, is as rich in history as its world-famous Berthillon ice cream. In the middle of spring, Île de la Cité (specifically Square Jean XXIII) is a fantastic place to see some of Paris’ best cherry blossoms. Another highlight of Île de la Cité includes one of the world’s most beautiful medieval stained glass windows in the form of Sainte Chapelle.
Enjoy the best sunset view of the city and don’t miss the trip to Arc de Triomphe.
Day 2: The Trendy Paris
The second day is all about wandering around the city’s trendiest neighborhoods and seeing where all the writers and artists’ favourite places to hang out in the twentieth century. If you want to go shopping and buy a wearable souvenir, Saint-Germain-des-Pres is the best place to go. It is also one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in the city for photography. This district features a plethora of coffee shops, numerous luxury hotels, countless antique stores, and the church of Saint Sulpice, which was featured in the Da Vinci Code. While you are in this neighbourhood, visit Café de Flore, as it has been frequented by many famous people, including Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Albert Camus.
Spend the early afternoon ascending the Paris Pantheon. There’s a lot to love about the Paris Panthéon, including its rich history and stunning architecture. It is the resting place of many famous French patriots, including Marie Curie and Voltaire. The Fouque pendulum, as well as many murals and frescoes depicting Paris’ patron Saint, Saint Genevieve, are among the highlights of the Paris Pantheon.
No Paris itinerary would be complete without a day trip to the Royal Palace of Versailles. The Palace of Versailles is possibly the most well-known château in the world. In the Middle Ages, Versailles began as a small hunting lodge, much like the Palace of Fontainebleau. All of this changed when Louis XIV turned it into Europe’s most extravagant palace. Other attractions in Versailles include the ‘Hameau de la Reine’, where Marie Antoinette would play dress-up, numerous museums, and a plethora of interesting architecture.
Day 3: The Offbeat Paris
After exploring the city’s more “touristy” areas, your third day in Paris will focus on getting to know the city on a more local level. Walk around Montmartre and soak up the 18th arrondissement’s vibe. Montmartre is the creative breeding ground, where you can still see artists painting en Plein air in places like Place du Tertre. Montmartre has a unique vibe that is not replicated anywhere else in the city—from the eccentric vintage and antique shops that dot the area to the numerous cobblestoned roads. It’s also home to the world-famous Sacré-Coeur, as well as a slew of secret spots in the 18th century that few people ever get to see.
The words ‘Wine’ and ‘France’ go well together and no wonder there are hidden vineyards throughout Paris and numerous secret villages. Many of these villages still have a “French village vibe” to this day. Butte Bergeyre, Cité Florale, and Square de Montsouris are some of the best places to visit in Paris to experience life outside of the Paris ambiance.