As any other capital, Paris is a huge city, but different from other metropoles, like London or Berlin, Paris still preserves all the charm of the Renaissance. Walking around, drives you back in time, you smell the fresh of the Belle Époque in each detail of the city, from its buildings, cafes or decorations.
Despite its classic atmosphere, Paris is full of life. It doesn’t limited itself to history and museums, but offer a whole new 21st century life. There are so many thing to do, that definitely you would need more than 3 days to have a complete experience of it. However, following this 3 days in Paris guide for beginners, it will be enough to see the most important points and have an idea of why people fall in love with this city.
3 Days in Paris as a Beginner
You can start your day by visiting the famous Notre Dame, there is a metro station called St-Michel Notre Dame that brings you right in front of it. Arriving there, you will probably need to wait in the line to get inside, but trust me, it worth waiting. The entrance is free. The interior is beautiful with some vitrals and statues decorating the cathedral. For a small fee, it is possible to climb to the top of Notre Dame, where you have a nice view of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower.
After leaving Notre Dame, you can explore the neighborhood a little bit. There is some local artists exposing their art alongside the canal. In a walk distance from Notre Dame, you find the St Chapelle, a famous chape but it is a less touristic spot in Paris, maybe because of its fee of €8, but it’s beautiful! At first when you enter it, you start asking yourself if it really worth €8, but as soon as you go up, you change your mind.
Take the metro again to the Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel Station takes you really close to it. A picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower is always a good idea during summer. Prepare yourself and buy some sandwiches on your way there. If you like panoramic views you can climb on the tower, but my suggestion is to pass it, as we will have another spot later where we gonna have an even better view, after all, what’s the point in having a view of Paris that you can’t see the most important touristic point of it?!
If you have the opportunity, don’t hesitate to take the Siene Cruiser. At first, it might sound like a too touristic thing. However, you will not regret it especially if you have only few days to see the whole city, with the cruise, you will see enough.
Time to explore some museums. If you are a big fan of museums, you might be willing to visit the Louvre, after all, it is the biggest museum in the world, and totally worth a visit. But it requires time, and if you have only 3 days in Paris, I don’t recommend you to visit it, especially in the summer, where the place is crowded and you need to wait for your turn to appreciate any piece of art.
Instead, you can pay a visit to the Musée d’Orsay, one of the most famous museums in Paris, and just a walk distance from the Louvre. It contains paintings, sculptures and other masterpieces by important artists including Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh.
Nothing stops you from admiring the Louvre from outside though. Visit the Jardin desTuileries, and head to the Place de la Concorde, where you can see the Obelisk, the Fountain des Mers and of course, the Big Wheel. The Place de la Concorde indicates the beginning of the most famous avenue in Paris, Champs Élysees, where you can find the finesses stores and if you go during the winter, it’s where you will find the best Christmas Market of Paris.
Prepare yourself because it is a huge avenue and it will be a long way until our next stop. Yeah, you guessed it right, the Arch de Triomphe. Finally, now you have the chance to get one of the best views in Paris, not everybody knows but you can climb in the Arc de Triomphe, and it is there that you have one of the best views of the city.
This is our last day in Paris, and assuming you might be tired, we will pick a simple routine, that will let us enjoy the Parisian nightlife a little bit.
Take the metro to the Montmarte area, head to the Sacre Coeur and climb its stairs. If you are smart, you can take de cable car until the church. I only found out about the cable cars when I got up there. From there, you have and amazing views from Paris, and it is free.
It will probably be crowded if you go during the summer, the entrance is free. Unfortunately it is not allowed to take pictures inside the church.
After visiting Sacre Coeur, you can take the cable car again, (or the stairs, you choice) and go have some fun around the neighborhood. Montmarte is one of the most beautiful neighborhood in Paris, and definitely the one with the best night life. Explore around, you will find stores selling all kind of stuff. There are many cafes where you can have a good meal.
As night approaches, go see the Moulin Rouge, another must-see point in Paris. During the night, the lights are on, which gives an absolutely new charm to the place. Unfortunately, the show’s prices are a bit salty.
If you are not tired yet, you can find a good bar in Montmarte, to enjoy the rest of the night in the best Parisian style. Or you can just run straight to your hotel to hit the bed.