I get it! How do you spend only three days in Paris and feel like you’ve seen enough of the city to go home and tell your friends ‘I’ve been to Paris‘? The trouble is, the city of lights is just so vast and there is so much to explore!
But if you plan it right, three days in Paris can be just the right amount of time. Besides, even a brief trip to the city is magical…
I’ve just stepped off the bus home from a couple of days in the city and while there, I packed in as much as I possibly could! From snapping the Eiffel Tower to visiting the Louvre, you can check out some of my favourite pictures from the trip on my Instagram.
Visit the Eiffel Tower
What is more Parisian than catching a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower?! Start your day off with an iconic photo walk along the Seine. Start at Trocadero (metro line 9) and you’ll be greeted with a stunning water mirror shot of the Eiffel Tower. From there, head east towards Notre-Dame and Île de la Cité.
One of my favourite places to take photos of the Eiffel Tower is Passerelle Debilly, a small passenger footbridge that was first opened for the World’s fair in 1900.
Ever since then, it’s accommodated millions of pedestrians, all eager to get a better view over the Eiffel Tower and Seine river. The light from this bridge is perfect around sunset. It’s worth noting that it’s pretty lovely during the day too…
Check out the Louvre
After walking along the Seine for about 40 minutes, passing iconic sites such as the Alexandre iii bridge and the Tuileries garden, you’ll reach the world famous Louvre with that iconic glass pyramid.
When you think of the Louvre, your first thoughts are probably of elbowing your way through selfie sticks to catch a glimpse of the Mona Lisa. But the Louvre museum offers so much more than a maybe smiling muse. Home to medieval ruins and plenty of priceless artifacts from around the world, the Louvre also happens to be the largest museum in the world.
Explore Île de la Cité
After visiting the Louvre, head on further down the river toward Île de la Cité and Île Saint Louis. As one of the first places in Paris to be inhabited, Île de la Cité is as rich in history as the flavour of its famous Berthillon ice cream. Pick up a lemon sorbet, wander around Notre Dame and maybe even take a peek at the Gravestone Courtyard in Paris (26 Rue Chanoinesse).
Paris’ Chicest neighbourhood is the place to go if you fancy heading to the shops and splashing out on a wearable souvenir. It also happens to be one of the most picturesque neighbourhoods in the city for taking photos. If you’re looking to capture some photos with no people in them, the earlier you go out, the better!
Go up the Panthéon
You can’t visit Paris and not check out the city from above at least once… The Paris Panthéon has everything you want from a Parisian attraction: culture, history and a whole lotta beautiful architecture. It’s the final resting place of great French patriots such as Marie Curie and Voltaire.
Most days, there are guided tours up the dome of the Panthéon where you can spy 360 degree views of the city from above.
Read more: Best Panoramic Views of Paris
Having explored the more ‘touritsty’ parts of the city, your third day in Paris is going to be more about getting to know the city at a local level.
Wander around Montmartre
Of all the things to fill your time during your three days in Paris, I highly recommend walking around Montmartre. I promise you, you won’t regret it! As the haunt of actors, writers and artists alike for decades, Montmartre has become a breeding ground of creativity. From the quirky vintage and antique shops that dot the area to the numerous cobblestoned roads, Montmartre has a completely unique vibe that’s not replicated anywhere else in the city.
Plus, of course, it’s also home to the famous Sacré-Coeur.
Explore the Hidden Vineyards
The words ‘Wine’ and ‘France’ are a pretty good pairing. That’s why I was so excited when I discovered that there are hidden vineyards throughout the city. A complete guide to the hidden Paris vineyards can be found here.
Pick up a pastry (or two!)
What activity is possibly more Parisian than sitting in a café and munching on a pastry? If you’re spending three days in Paris then this is an activity that you have to try! Before you leave the city of love, make sure that you’ve at least tried one of the many tempting pastries that the city has to offer…
From Montmartre, head down towards Opera. At the department store Printemps (which literally means ‘Spring’ in French), there’s the chance to get on a real Parisian rooftop to do some sight seeing from above. Here, you can also pick up an expresso for €2. It’s the perfect place to sight see, catch up with friends or even write a blog post!