Things To Do In Paris

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Recently, I spent a week in Paris with a few girlfriends. I traveled to Paris years ago, however it was a very short trip and we had a hard time fitting in everything we wanted to see and do.

This time, we had 8 whole days to explore the city and I was determined to make the most of it. Fortunately for us, we had the assistance from an expert, Doni Belau from GirlsGuideToParis.com.

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Doni helped my friends and I plan an amazing adventure through one of the most easy-to-love cities I’ve ever visited.

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In fact, it inspired me to write my own Beginners Guide to Paris, based on my two experiences and how I like to travel.

Since my first visit was so brief, I thought I’d break down what I would do in Paris if I only had:  1 day to explore, 3 days to explore, 5 days, and up to seven days.

That way, no matter the length of your trip, I feel I’m giving you my best suggestions.

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Things To Do In Paris

1 Day in Paris

If you only have a single day in Paris, due to a long layover or business trip, I feel your pain.

That’s ok. You can still have a marvelous time from dawn until dusk, making the most of your day in (what I feel are) the most iconic parts of Paris, France.

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1st) Spend your morning in the Montmartre area. This is the original bohemian neighborhood of Paris, where famous artists like Van Gough, Degas, Piccaso, Renoir, and Matisse lived and developed their artistic style.

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The neighborhood is fairly commercialized now, but you will still find picturesque Parisian streets, cafes, bakeries and shops. Check out the modern local artists and street musicians. Make sure to work your way up and down the streets of Montmartre; there are hidden gems and photo-opts around every corner!

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Walk through the Basilica Sacré-Cœur overlooking Paris at the top of Montmartre. Then walk down to the Moulin Rouge at the base of the gritty Boulevard de la Chapelle.

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2nd) Visit the Eiffel Tower. Of all the monuments and architectural wonders in Paris, the Eiffel Tower is the most recognizable. You can see it from all over town, but it would be a shame not to visit it.

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However, do not spend waiting in a long line to go to the top. Whether you have one day in Paris or a month in Paris, I wouldn’t want to waste 2-5 hours of my precious time standing in line.

You can schedule a private tour through Easy Pass Tours with a guide to lead you up to the second level, with no waiting in line! Having a personal guide to share Eiffel Tower history is the best way to get the most out of your experience.

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Make sure to be at the Eiffel Tower at 8pm when the lights are turned on. The Eiffel Tower will shine all evening, however every hour on the hour, it will *sparkle* for five minutes.

It’s a great way to end your day in Paris!

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P.S. Walk by the Eiffel Tower every chance you get. It offers a new level of appeal with every angle and time of day.

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3 Days in Paris

Got a couple more days to spend in Paris? Fantastic!! Here’s what I would do…

Day 1) Spend a day in Montmartre and Visit the Eiffel Tower. (see above)

Day 2) Walk from the Louvre to the Arc de Triophme. Starting at the Louvre, there are several worthwhile sites along the almost straight shot to the Arc de Triomphe.

The walk itself is around 45 minutes, but you’ll spend longer exploring:

  • The gorgeous grounds of the Louvre.
  • The beautiful Jardin des Tuileries garden (Stop and have a coffee at one of the outdoor cafes.)
  • Place de la Concorde.
  • Avenue des Champs-Élysées passing the Grande Palace and Petit Palace and two famous theaters.
  • And finally the scenic view of the Arc de Triomphe Carroussel, the epic eight-lane round-about that circles the Arc de Triomphe.

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Make sure to go through the tunnel under the round-about and up into the Arc de Triomphe. There you have a fantastic 360 degree view of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower.

*Notice I didn’t mention going in the Louvre. Only do that if you are staying longer.

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Day 3) Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, then Get Lost in Paris.

This epic church is another must-see in Paris. Huge, solemn, and lavishly designed. It’s a good idea to visit Notre Dame Cathedral first thing in the morning before the lines get long. Hop in line right away while it’s short, and quietly tour the inside. Then make sure to walk around the cathedral from front to back to take in the impressive architecture and garden. Visiting Notre Dame is free! The cathedral is open from 9:30am to 6pm M-F and 9am to 6pm on the weekends.

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After visiting Notre Dame, spend the day wondering through some of Paris’ other charming neighborhoods. Explore the rest of  Ile de la Cité… the river island where Notre Dame is located. Then cross the bridge to the small river island of Ile Saint-Louis, with quaint streets and fun shops. Make sure to try the famous Berthillon Ice Cream Parlor, or the luxurious hot chocolate at La Charlotte de L’Isle!Berthillon - Things to Do in Paris - Planning Tips for 1 Day in Paris Up to 7 Days in Paris on ASpicyPerspective.com #travel

Saint-Germain-des-Prés is another fun neighborhood to explore. Walk along the Seine River to the Pont des Arts Bridge, then head back toward Saint Germain Boulevard. Meander, people watch, take in the local flavors, and discover other cathedrals and monuments.

When you’ve explored all the streets of Paris you can handle, take a cab (or Uber) back.

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5 Days in Paris

The extra couple days will allow you some time to take in more sites, and enjoy some specialized activities for fun memory-making!

Day 1) Spend a day in Montmartre and Visit the Eiffel Tower. (above)

Day 2) Walk from the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe. (above)

Day 3) Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, then Get Lost in Paris. (above)

Day 4) Visit a Museum or Go Shopping.

This is the day to decide whether you are an art lover or a shopaholic. Art lovers, visit either Musée d’Orsay or the Musée de Lourve. Both are enormous, stunningly gorgeous, and filled with priceless treasures. You can easily spend an entire day in either, and you can’t make a bad decision with either. Both are marvelous!

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Not an art lover? That’s ok. Spend the day shopping in one (or all) of Paris’ lavish shopping areas.

Depending on where you’re staying, head to:

  • Galeries Lafayette – A massive mall with a vibrant stained glass dome over the top.
  • Champs-Élysées  – Paris’ version of Rodeo Drive
  • Carrousel du Louvre  – An underground mall next to the Louvre
  • Rue de Levis Street Market – A fresh food and flower market with amazing edible boutiques and gift shops.

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Travel BuddiesTravel buddies Stephanie, Lauren, and Amanda.

Day 5) Take a Segway or Bike Tour. 

You’ve seen all the sites you can handle on foot. Now fit in the last few must-see locations at a faster pace. We took a marvelous segway tour with Fat Tire Tours, zipping all over Paris with our own personal guide. He shared fun facts, historical details, and even sang to us!

If you’re not a segway fan, take a bike tour instead.

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Once you’re finished, head over to Angelina on Rue de Rivoli for a pastry and hot chocolate!

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7 Days in Paris

You lucky dog! You are going to have such a marvelous time. Here’s what I would do…

Day 1) Spend a day in Montmartre and Visit the Eiffel Tower. (above)

Day 2) Walk from the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe. (above)

Day 3) Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, then Get Lost in Paris. (above)

Day 4) Visit a Museum. – With extra days, no need to choose! Now you can shop and visit museums. (above)

Day 5) Shop Til’ You Drop. (above)

Day 6) Take a Segway or Bike Tour, then go to Angelina. (above)

Day 7) Plan a Culinary Adventure!

There are all sorts of culinary activities you can experience in Paris. We took a foodie market tour with Succulent Paris, walking through fresh food markets and tasting local delicacies.

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Paris!!

We also took, not one, but TWO cooking classes in one day! We ployed through an in-depth Bistro Desserts class at Cook’n with Class… Just look at those souffles!

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Then later in the afternoon we took a Croissant Making Class at La Cuisine Paris. Imagine, fresh hot croissants, right out of the oven!

We had friendly and helpful instructors at both schools. My suggestion is to look at both and decide what class you like best, based on what’s available the day you have free.

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Or, you could plan your own culinary scavenger hunt.

Search online for the best locations to find your favorite french snack or treats (macarons, chocolate, caramels, various pastries…) then walk around town to taste-test them all!

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My Final Thoughts

Paris is the kind of city that makes you want to stay… To get lost down scenic little side-streets and not be found for hours. To imagine your life as a Parisian, sipping espresso and people watching from quiet outdoor cafes. Walking back to your third-floor apartment to sip wine out on your balcony. (Obviously this is not what all Parisians do, but we can dream.)

When you travel, it’s important to see and do the things that are most important to you, but it’s also important to RELAX so you can truly enjoy your time away from home.

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With that in mind, plan well while you are at home, then allow yourself to go with the flow while you’re traveling. Things don’t always work out the way you planned. Weather happens, traffic happens, life happens.

Just remember, it’s a joy to be in Paris, no matter the situation. Breath in the culture, and eat lots of chocolate!

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Travel Tips: It’s really easy to get around Paris if you have a good internet connection and google maps (or another mapping app.) If… you have a good internet connection.

We all had different internet providers and found our connections sketchy in different areas of town. Check with you internet provider before leaving town to determine your best option. Another solution is to purchase short-term internet access when you arrive at an Orange or SFR store. With a good internet connection, you can plug in your destinations and easily adapt to the public transportation… or call an Uber!

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P.P.S. If you need help planning your trip to Paris, check out GirlsGuideToParis.com!

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There you’ll find countless tips and insider information. You can book a gorgeous Parisian Apartment and get a discount card for attractions and transportation.

You can even learn how to make killer Parisian cocktails before you leave!

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(We stayed in one of Doni’s fabulous apartments in the gorgeous Ile Saint-Louis neighborhood. You can book the same apartment as us!)

P.P.P.S. Wondering where to eat in Paris? I’ll share my top restaurant picks very soon!

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16 comments on “Things To Do In Paris

  1. Stephanie @ Plain Chickenposted October 31, 2015 at 11:08 am Reply

    Great pictures! I had so much fun on our trip! Loved getting to see all your photos. I want to go back right now and do it all again!

  2. Susanposted November 1, 2015 at 4:25 am Reply

    My friend and I spent a half day just walking Paris and eating desserts and pastries. You didn’t even need to look them up online. Just walk and look where the locals are going. I’d consider it a perfect Paris day!

  3. Anna Avanesovaposted November 2, 2015 at 5:12 am Reply

    Wow..!! Very nice Post & beautiful pics. Really Paris is a God gifted City. There are so many place with amazing view  are available in Paris. All are available in Paris which will give you refreshment and relaxation.

  4. Christina @ Christina's Cucinaposted November 2, 2015 at 12:59 pm Reply

    I was just in Paris for a day (I know, poor me) exactly a month ago, today! I agree that it’s the kind of city that just makes you want to stay longer! Although I’ve been there several times, there’s always so much more to see. Love your photos which just make me want to jump back on a plane and go back again!

  5. Rachelleposted November 2, 2015 at 1:50 pm Reply

    One of my favorite cities!  It’s so big, I feel like there’s something new to see each time I go.  Thanks for the tips on the cooking classes!  Those pastries look to-die-for.

  6. Jenniferposted November 3, 2015 at 8:23 am Reply

    I love Paris! I’ve taken a class with Cookn’ With Class too, but I learned how to make one of my favorite desserts – macarons. It was a lot of fun and I had a generous portion of macarons to take home after the class.

    I’d add to visit Paris’ only remaining winery. You can get a tour by visiting the tourist office in Montmartre.

  7. Amanda Paaposted November 5, 2015 at 9:53 am Reply

    wow, what a great guide to paris! i think you covered just about everything and now i need to start planning :) the eiffel tower has been on my bucket list – so what am i waiting for? :)

  8. Taraposted November 6, 2015 at 9:33 am Reply

    Stunning pictures, brings back lots of memories as I been to Paris three times. Love the city!! Thanks for sharing this amazing post!

  9. Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmetposted November 8, 2015 at 10:30 pm Reply

    Such a great post, love how you’ve broken it down based on the length of the stay, so helpful!  I grew up just 5 hours from Paris and so every time I visited I only spent a day or two.  That was fine since I lived so close and could visit often, each time focusing on something different, but if I were coming from a distance it would have driven me nuts only having one day to spend there!  The great thing about Paris though is that, like London, it’s a city where you can only spend a single day and still see and do plenty of amazing things.

  10. Liz @ The Lemon Bowlposted November 10, 2015 at 3:10 pm Reply

    I loved following your trip along via social media! I was in Paris in 2001 but haven’t been back since. Hope to go back soon!

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  12. Jane Duncanposted March 5, 2017 at 12:17 pm Reply

    If you’re staying longer, buy the No Worries Paris guidebook. All things in it are free. Available in print or ebook with maps. Great for smartphone walking. Order on Amazon. 

    • Unknwn 3posted August 11, 2017 at 6:52 am Reply

      Ur Post is Awesome!Which Camera Did U use for taking this pictures…

  13. Abbeyposted July 27, 2017 at 1:44 pm Reply

    Quick question for you!! Did you find or buy a map before you went? If so, where did you get it at?

    • Sommerposted July 31, 2017 at 3:58 pm Reply

      Hi Abbey! You can pick up a free city map at any tourism office in Paris. Mainly, we just relied on our Google Maps App. :)

  14. Liz Shineposted August 2, 2017 at 3:49 pm Reply

    I loved Ur post. YOUR photos Are just Amazing!Which camera Did u use for taking This Vivid Photos?