We love visiting Paris, but many times visitors to this incredible city only have a few days to enjoy it. We’ve found by staying in a specific neighborhood and limiting our adventures to that general area, we are able to more fully enjoy a few things, rather than trying to cram too many in. Here’s a guide to having a fun few days in Paris, France for first-time visitors:
Champs Elysees Although filled with a lot of tourists, we love the Champs Elysees as it also contains a lot of real Parisan life. The InterContinental Paris Avenue Marceau is on a lovely street right off the Champs Elysees. We always love InterContinental service and the hotel offers some terrace suites for those who wish to enjoy a more luxurious experience.
EIffel Tower The tower is a must-see for first time visitors and we are always amazed by the sheer size. For those who like climbing, the chairs are a cheaper and less crowded option to get to the middle level. I recommend a lunch at Le Jules Verne restaurant, on the middle level. It’s now one of the city’s best restaurants since chef Alain Ducasse took over a few years ago. Restaurant reservations also get you tower access and the ability to bypass the lines at the base.
Arc De Triomphe The arch was erected by Napoleon in 1836 to celebrate his war victories. The Arc De Triomphe can be visited and there are exhibits inside. The roof terrace is also open and offers postcard views of the city. Adult admission is 9.50 EURO.
The Louvre There is just so much here, it’s best to start with a guided tour. The museum offers the Louvre Masterpieces in English at 11:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. every day except Tuesday (when the museum is closed). The 90 minute tour hits all the big, famous works of art and gives a good overview of the collection and the buildings.
Walking One of the best parts about staying in the core of the city is to just explore the area by foot. There are so many small streets and little things to discover. Even strolling the Champs Elysees, a Paris tradition is a great way to spend an afternoon. Be sure to check out L’Atelier Renault, an interesting exhibition space and restaurant featuring new developments from the French automaker.
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