The city of love, Paris is an incredible and vibrant city full of amazing sites, no wonder it’s always ranked in the top 10 most visited cities in the world every year! If you’ve never been to Paris before, then this is the perfect itinerary for a first-timer, as it covers the main tourist attractions.
I’ve been to Paris twice, firstly, I went for a few days back in 2015 in February and my second time in Paris was just a few weeks ago, over Easter weekend in 2019. Some of the main sites I visited on the first time and didn’t return to on my next visit, but here’s the perfect way to spend three days in Paris!
When in Paris start with baked goods, specifically a croissant! There are plenty of bakeries around the city, so stop in a traditional one and pick up a Pain Au Chocolat to start your busy day, you’ll need all the energy you can get!
The first thing that springs to mind when you think of Paris is the Eiffel Tower, standing at over 300 meters, it’s a must on a visit to Paris. If you want to go up the Eiffel Tower, I’d recommend booking in advance as it can become quite busy. Prices start from €10 euros, and it depends on which floor you’d like to go up to and whether you’d like access to the lift as to how much your ticket will cost. You’ll get an incredible view of the city!
If you don’t want to climb, there are some lovely areas around for you to get a good snap! My favourites are Trocadero and Rue de l’Universite, they’re less busy and give you a view of the Eiffel Tower rather than a view of the city.
While you’re around the Eiffel Tower I’d recommend booking onto a lunch cruise, my friends booked us onto the Bateaux Parisiens as a birthday present, and I’d highly recommend it! There are a few options to pick from and the three-hour trip takes you by many of the famous landmarks. The food was incredible, the drinks were flowing, the staff were friendly and the singers added to the perfect atmosphere.
After you’re full of wine and food, head to the Louvre. There are different exhibitions all of the time, so head to their siteto see what’s on when you visit. When you’re there seeing The Mona Lisa is a must, get a cheeky selfie with one of the most famous paintings in the world!
Head for some cocktails in one of the most vibrant cities, it will depend on where you’re staying to where you head to. Some of the best ones include; Experimental Cocktail Club, Bluebird and Gravity Bar!
To start your day I’d recommend finding Angelina’s (there are seven in Paris, so you won’t be far!). I’d recommend getting the Angelina Breakfast, for €29.50 you can get a hot drink (I’d highly recommend the Angelina Hot Chocolate, it’s PURE chocolate!!), fruit juice, pastries, eggs and fruit salad, which will keep you going all day!
If like me you love shopping, you have to make time for hitting up the shops! Champs-Èlysées is the most famous street in Paris and is filled with incredible shops, from Zara and H&M to Louis Vuitton and Tissot and of course Sephora! It leads to the Arc De Triomphe too which is another famous monument in Paris, you can even climb to get another great view of Paris!
After you’ve shopped ‘til you’ve dropped, hop onto the RER and get off at Denfert-Rochereau which is the closest train station to the Catacombs. It’s interesting, creepy and an impressive sight so if you do have the time to make a visit, I’d highly recommend! You can reserve a ticket online to avoid the queues as it can get quite busy, it’s €29 for a ticket online with an audioguide.
Spend the evening finding the perfect French restaurant, why not try some snails too?!
On my initial visit to Paris, I never visited Montemarte due to time, so it was one of the must-visit places we wanted to visit the second time around. There are a number of ways you can get to Montemarte and the Sacré-Coeur, on my visit we departed at Anvers. To get to the top, you’ll have to climb around 300 stairs, it sounds a lot harder than it actually is and the views of Paris are definitely worthwhile.
Grab a Pimms, a nice glass of wine or an Aperol Spritz, there are some lush little restaurants, so if the weather is on side, sit outside and watch the world go by.
After a leisurely stroll around Montemarte, the Moulin Rouge isn’t a long walk (it’s all downhill too, so bonus!). It is quite expensive, unfortunately, if you’re wanting to grab the show I’d suggest the latest show (11 PM) as it tends to be cheaper. If you don’t want to fork out, just seeing the theatre is enough.
Then head to Pink Mamma which is only a four-minute walk from the Moulin Rouge, it’s a bloggers dream! It’s very instagrammable as well as having an extensive yummy menu!
You can’t have a visit to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower lit up by night, the lights come on just after sunset and every hour on the hour, the lights will do a little dance! There are many great places to have a good view of the Eiffel Tower, but my suggestion is to head to Trocadero again as you can get a great view of the light show. There are plenty of places to grab food around this area too, we went to Iolanda which is an Italian, which I’d highly recommend!
I hope this blog has given you some ideas on how you can spend an incredible and jam-packed three days in Paris! It’s one of my favourite cities as there really is so much to do. Is there anything you’d recommend people do on a visit to Paris? Let me know in the comments!