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What To See And Do In Paris In 3 Days

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I wouldn’t usually recommend rushing Paris, as it is a city that needs to be explored slowly and appreciated a little bit at a time. But that isn’t always the case, and if you only have a short amount of time, like three days, then let’s build an itinerary that will help you get a glimpse of the city of lights and fall in love with Paris, as I have.

How to Build an Itinerary for 3 Days in Paris

Need more time? No problem! Let’s start building a Paris itinerary with a few top travel tips to help you maximise your time in Paris.

2. Purchase tickets online to skip long lines for major attractions, especially in high seasons like summer or during special events.

3 Download convenient apps – my recommendations are City Mapper, Currency Converter, Safetywings, Klook, booking.com and Airalo

5 Remember to check the museum schedules before planning your visit, as many museums in Paris are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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My Favourite Travel Resources to Build a Paris Itinerary


Are three Days Enough?

Absolutely not! More than three days in Paris is needed to appreciate and explore everything this incredible city truly offers. Paris is a city rich in history, culture, and art, and rushing through its iconic landmarks and charming neighbourhoods in just three days would not do it justice.

To fully experience Paris’s magic, you need more time to wander its beautiful streets leisurely, visit its world-renowned museums, savour its well-known cuisine, and immerse yourself in the romance and vibrant energy that permeates the city.

Allowing for extra time allows the opportunity to embrace spontaneous discoveries and genuinely connect with Paris’s essence beyond its famous attractions. More time in Paris provides a deeper understanding and appreciation of the city’s allure, making it an unforgettable and enriching experience.

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What to Pack for Paris for Any time of the Year

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Smart casual clothes
  • Comfortable cross-over bag for easy access
  • Water bottle
  • Scarf/wrap for women
  • Hat for sunny days
  • Camera/phone/power chords
  • Powerbank
  • Tripod for those perfect Paris photos
  • toiletries
  • Sunglasses
  • Jacket (the coverage will depend on the time of year)
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Best Time To Visit Paris

The best times to visit Paris are spring (April to June) and fall (September to November) when the weather is mild and the city is less crowded. During these seasons, you can enjoy outdoor activities, explore charming neighbourhoods, and visit iconic landmarks without the extreme summer heat or winter cold.

Paris is known for its beautiful cherry blossoms in the spring and colourful foliage in the fall, creating a picturesque backdrop for your visit. Travelling during these times also allows you to take advantage of various events, festivals, and cultural activities that showcase the city’s vibrant spirit.

Paris Cafe

Exploring Paris: The Convenience of Biking Around the City

Biking around Paris is incredibly convenient and a great way to explore the city’s iconic landmarks and charming neighbourhoods. The town offers a bike-sharing program called “Velib’,” with numerous stations throughout Paris, making it easy to find and return bikes as you please.

Cycling allows you to navigate through traffic more swiftly than other modes of transportation while providing a unique perspective of the city’s architecture, parks, and bustling streets. With dedicated bike lanes and paths, getting around Paris by bike is convenient and a fun and environmentally friendly way to experience the city.

Boat trip down the Siene

3 Days in Paris: The Perfect Itinerary for Your First Visit

Day 1:

Morning: Start your day with a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral. It is worth visiting for its stunning Gothic architecture and historical significance. The cathedral was closed for reconstruction after the fire in 2019, and the reopening date has yet to be announced.

Lunch:– I recommend trying the charming restaurants on Île Saint-Louis near Notre Dame Cathedral. The area offers a variety of dining options, from quaint cafes to gourmet restaurants, providing a delightful experience amidst the historic surroundings.

Notre Dame Paris

Day 2:

Afternoon:– I highly recommend visiting Tuileries Gardens before Lunch. This gorgeous park is known for its beautiful landscaping, historic significance, and serene atmosphere. It offers a peaceful escape in the heart of Paris. It was built by Catherine de Medicis, the widow of King Henri II, and it served as a royal garden.

Moulin Rouge

Day 3:

Then, head down to Champs-Élysées for a little retail shopping (or at least window shopping) at some of the flagship stores of international brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Guerlain, and Sephora.

Evening:– Wrap up your trip with a delightful dinner at a traditional Parisian brasserie and savour the last moments of your first visit to this incredible city.

View from the top of Eiffel Tower Paris

Where to Stay in Paris

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  • Paula Barreca Barnes

    So 17 years ago, my husband and I set off with our little family in tow, embarking on a short-term assignment in Taiwan. Although without any knowledge of expat life or the Taiwanese culture, we took the chance and decided this would be an exciting little adventure; little did we know it changed the direction of our lives forever.

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