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First Timer’s Guide to Paris: What To Do and See In Four Days

It is not surprising that Paris is one of the most visited cities in Europe. Paris, France is famous for its fashion, romanticism, history and beauty. Jazmin’s first time in Paris was at 13 years old with her mother, and immediately knew then that Paris is a city is an unforgettable city that keeps on calling.

We finally went back together and it was truly a honeymoon paradise. Every time in Paris feels like the first time in this wonderful city. We stayed for four days and it is not enough time, Paris has so much to offer to any type of traveller, not just the romantics. 

What you should know before going to Paris:

1. French people do not all speak English or like to speak it as much so it is a good idea to learn some French sayings, even though the majority of locals do understand English. 

2. You can walk, take the metro or rent a car in Paris.

3. The best time to visit Paris is during the shoulder seasons. May, September and October are the best months as crowds are lower and it is not too hot or cold. 

4. Most of the stores accept credit cards but it is essential to carry some cash with you for emergencies. In France they use the Euro. 

5. Tipping is not required in Europe as it is in the United States. Normally you can leave one euro and that is ok.

6. As any tourist destination be aware of your surroundings and be careful with pickpockets. 

7. You need to try escargots, crêpes and every flavor macarons. 

What to do in 4 days in Paris

Day 1: Visit the main landmarks of Paris

The best way to start your morning and trip to Paris is by enjoying a delicious croissant near your stay. Paris has loads of little bakeries (Boulangerie) and pastry (Patisserie) shops that will take your breath away.

The first day explore all the main landmarks of Paris including the Arc de Triomphe, the most beautiful bridge of Paris “Pont Alexandre III”, and of course the Eiffel Tower.

The Eiffel Tower

Visiting the Eiffel Tower is a must in Paris as the most iconic landmark in the city. We recommend seeing it both during the day and at night as the tower shines with sparkling lights at sunset. We have never been up the Eiffel Tower due to long wait times, which we regret. We have heard that it is quite an experience and worth doing once. On the grounds surrounding the tower there is plenty of green space and is a good spot for a picnic. 

Tip: Make sure to check out the opposite side of the Eiffel Tower park and go to Palais de Chaillot to get a different perspective of this beautiful landmark.

The Louvre Museum

It is the world’s most famous museum with arguably the most famous work of art that is not painted to a ceiling, the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci. It is always crowded but it is a museum you cannot miss. Buy your tickets in advance to skip the line and go early in the morning so you can get the most of your visit. Our favorite spot is the glass pyramids outside the museum. 

Jardin Du Palais Royal 

Across from the Louvre is the Jardin Du Palais Royal, which used to be the royal palace. 

Day 2: Explore Montmartre

Montmatre is a must see neighborhood in your trip to Paris. It is definitely an off the beaten path destination even though each day it is becoming more and more popular. The main attraction in Montmartre is the beautiful Sacre-Coeur Basilica.

Walk around Montmartre

Montmartre is definitely one of the coolest and more vibrant neighborhoods in Paris to walk around and just get lost exploring. This neighborhood is on a hilltop and is full of cafes, art, and boutiques. This part of town was where Van Gogh and Picasso spent most of their time.

It is easy reachable by metro. You can either take the stairs to the top or take the Montmartrobus.

  Tip: Here you can visit the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, Moulin Rouge, La Maison Rose and the Sinking Building.  

Visit the Sacré-Coeur Basilica 

The beautiful Sacre-Coeur Basilica is located on a hilltop making it one of the best spots in Paris for a panoramic view of the whole city. Try to get as early as possible to the basilica to avoid tourists and get the best experience. The entrance to the Sacre-Coeur Basilica is free, and it is open from 6 AM to 10.30 PM.

Take a cool photo at the Sinking House

One of our favorite places in Montmartre is the Sinking House. It is located on the top of the hill next to the Sacre-Coeur Basilica. It is called the Sinking House because it looks like if the house is sinking into the ground.

Enjoy a show at the Moulin Rouge

Attending to the cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge is one of the most unique experiences in Paris. We also love going during the day to take a nice photo of the entrance. 

Day 3: Visit Paris major landmarks II

On your third day in the city make sure you check out other of the main landmarks in Paris, such as the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Notre Dame Cathedral

The Notre Dame Cathedral is a medieval Catholic Cathedral that you can visit for a small fee. Its beautiful interior is definitely worth visiting even though there are other nearby churches that are just as beautiful and free to enter.

Arc De Triomphe

Out of all the city gates in Europe, The Arc De Triomphe is the most famous and recognizable one. You are allowed to go inside and all the way to the top of the arch for stunning views of the Champs- Elysees and the city itself. 

Walk down Champs-Élysées

Champs-Élysées is the avenue where all the most luxurious and expensive stores are located in Paris. It is bustling center of tourism where you will find everyone exploring. 

Take a photography break along the Seine

From different places along the Seine River you will get amazing views of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Musée d’Orsay, Pont Alexandre III, the Grand Palais, lock bridge, and more.

Day 4: Day trip to Palace of Versailles

Day trip to the famous Palace of Versailles 

Versailles is one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe and is located less than an hour away from Paris. Versailles is easy accessible by renting a car in Paris or by train. It used to be a royal palace and today is a beautiful museum with majestic gardens. The building is magnificent and each room will make your jaw drop. 

Where to stay in Paris

Hôtel De Nantes

We stayed at the Hôtel De Nantes, located at 3 Rue Boulay, Paris. While the hotel is near the edge of the city center, it is only two blocks from the metro stop, so a relatively decent location. The cost of a room ranges from 38 to 60 euros, depending on the number of beds and in-room accommodations. We had a washbasin in our room, but shared a toilet and shower with the whole floor.

There were no issues waiting to shower, as the hotel was not too busy. We highly recommend this hotel as the accommodations are comfortable and the staff is friendly. It is much cheaper than staying in the center of the city, but its proximity to the center of Paris makes it just as convenient.

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