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4 Days Paris Itinerary
I have been to Paris now several times. I feel quite fortunate to be able to say that and know that I have spent several vacations exploring this gorgeous city. Each visit back opens my eyes to new discoveries and hidden treasures. You know that feeling when you go somewhere and you think, “I feel right at home here. I love this place so much that I could move here and happily live”? Some people get that feeling at the beach. I get that feeling the moment I settle into Paris.
This most recent trip I went with my Mom, and our good friends, a fellow mother/daughter duo. This meant long dinners and relaxed walks. Much different then exploring with kids. So, this is my 4 Days Paris Itinerary with the caveat that it is best for older kids or grown-ups.
I’ve noted some great dinner options throughout. I really like having dinner reservations for most of my trips these days. This serves as an anchor in my day and I love anticipating a great meal! For breakfast I always find a nearby café for a coffee and croissant and people watch, lunch I tend to grab on the go.
Where to Stay
First up, you need a place to sleep! Where to stay is of course relative to your budget and preferences. I’ve stayed in several neighborhoods throughout Paris and have even rented an apartment for a week where we cooked and stayed in more. That said, going with my Mom meant I was looking for a nice boutique hotel with a bar and within walking distance to the Metro. We stayed in the outskirts of the St. Germain area. I love this neighborhood location within the city. It is close enough to walk to some attractions like Notre Dame but still has an authentic neighborhood vibe that isn’t overly touristy. There are lots of great food and boutiques to wander through! Here are two great budget friendly boutique hotel options. I can personally say that both are lovely.
Hotel & Spa La Belle Juliette
We went in March and got a deal for 3 nights and the 4th was free!
Hotel Des Grandes Ecoles
Pretty and in a great location!
Typically your first day in Europe is a blur. You often arrive in the morning with jet lag. At least I do! Hopefully you can take a nap at your hotel and freshen up. If not, let them store your luggage and force yourself to explore. After all, with only four days a croissant and coffee should get you motivated!
Walk down the Champs Elysees, window shop and grab lunch. End at the Arc de Triomphe, you can’t miss it. Make sure to walk up and soak in the view! If you still have energy grab a baguette and some wine and have yourself a happy hour on the lawn of the Eiffel Tower. A great way to experience the vibe of the city!
Arc de Triomphe tour
Les Deux Magots
6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris, France
Close to the hotel and great Steak Frites. Perfect for then crashing afterward!
€12 each, €6 additional for tour guide if available on the day
This is THE museum to visit! It has all of the classics that will warm your heart to see in person. Degas, Van Gogh, Renoir, you name it! I vote to skip the Louvre and just walk but they infamous pyramid. And then visit and take your time with the Musee d’Orsay. I am still day dreaming about seeing Starry Night in person!
Visit anytime for free, you can also do a Tower tour for €10 each which is pretty neat. Book your tour the day of on the JeFile app in advance. This line can be long!
Sainte-Chapelle is a hidden gem worth visiting. It’s close to Notre Dame and all that stained glass is jaw dropping!
Shakespeare and Company bookstore
Nearby and so cute! Visit this iconic shop for the photo opp alone.
Dinner at Juveniles
Freshen up at your hotel and then head out for dinner. I recommend Juveniles. A cute intimate restaurant and wine bar that was recommended to me. What a gorgeous meal we had! Afterward we weren’t quite ready to go back so we headed to Willie’s Wine Bar around the corner for an after dinner drink. It was full of personality and so fun! The Uber app seamlessly got us back to our hotel after a night out!
9am – 12pm
To see a more behind the scenes look at Paris, we recommend making time for a walking tour. We did the Hidden Gems tour that we booked through the Marriott Moments site (https://moments.marriott.com/things-to-do/V28Hi3Z1SSAaM3aHp832A-paris-walking-tour-secret-sites-and-hidden-gems). We walked through several neighborhoods hearing the history and current landscape of each. My favorite part was stopping for a full cheese tasting at a cheese shop that was so deliciously decadent and authentic. This was a great experience and worth making the time to do!
Spend your afternoon exploring the neighborhood of Montmarte and Sacre Coeur. This is a more bohemian hood full of artists. You may be exhausted from all that walking so while it’s free, it is also worth it to pay to take the tram up all those stairs. Once up, the view of Paris is spectacular!
Note that there are no guided tours but you can download the audio guide in advance from the Tupuy app. We recommend doing this to make the most of your trip to Sacre Coeur
Dinner at Poulette
Once again we had another great meal after a quick rest beforehand! This small restaurant is so pretty it screams INSTAGRAM and the food was delicious. I felt very authentically French here even though I’m pretty sure they saw me coming as a blonde American a mile away!
Seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle at night is spectacular. It’s a bucket list item that you simply MUST do! It sparkles on the hour for five minutes. At 1am it sparkles and then goes completely dark. Take a stroll and position yourself for a great view along the River Seine and enjoy!
Never have I been so overwhelmed by art. Walking into the Musee Orangerie to the water lilies the way Monet designed was breathtaking and well worth the visit. I’m still speechless over it.
This is the final afternoon. Perfect for hitting up crepe stands, sitting at a café’ to people watch or shopping. We highly recommend a visit to Angelina for macaroons and hot chocolate and for shopping try either Le Galeries Lafayette or Le Bon Marche for the full Parisian department store experience.
If shopping isn’t your thing, take these final hours to go up the Eiffel Tower or visit the Pompidou museum for modern art. You can’t go wrong with any of these options!
Relais de l’Entrecôte (Steak Frites)
20 Rue Saint-Benoît, 75006 Paris, France
Another great French bistro restaurant that is near the St. Germain neighborhood. This will allow you to get back to your hotel and pack up for your morning flight with ease.
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