The Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world.

Best Things to do in Paris

Paris in Four Days

Following is a four-day list of things to do in Paris along with some historical facts. When we visited in July, one of the things that I loved was the long days. Not only did the sun rise at 6:14 a.m., but it had set by 9:38 p.m. Therefore, we had plenty of daylight for exploring.

I recommend that you visit Rive Droite or Right Bank of La Seine, Rive Gauche or Left Bank of La Seine, the artsy 6th Arrondissement on the Left Bank, and Montmartre.

The 6th Arrondissement is my favorite because it’s full of restaurants where you can dine outside, and people watch. Also, you can find numerous bakeries, art galleries, and clothing and accessory boutiques in this district.

 Paris Day One

Leonardo Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa.
The Mona Lisa became famous when someone stole her.

Rive Droite or Right Bank of La Seine

Musee du Louvre

Take a half day guided tour of Musee du Louvre and check out Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa who became famous when someone stole her in 1911. Unfortunately, she was missing for two years.

Tuileries Gardens

Walk through the Tuileries Gardens that was created by Catherine de Medicis in the 16th century.

Place de Concorde

Visit the Place de Concorde where many faced the guillotine during the French Revolution. Today, the 3,300-year-old Obelisk Luxor marks the guillotine location.

Napolean's Are de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe rises from the west end of the Champs-Elysees.

Champs-Elysees

Arc de Triomphe

Walk the Champs-Elysees and lunch at one of the cafes. Work your way to the Arc de Triomphe that  Napoleon built.

 Paris Day Two

Rive Gauche or Left Bank of La Seine

Les Invalides houses Napoleon Bonapartes tomb.
Les Invalides was a former military hospital.

Les Invalides

Visit Les Invalides, formerly a military hospital, and visit Napoleon’s tomb. Also, don’t miss the World War II wings of the building.

Napoleon's tomb is is in Hotel des Invalides.
Napoleon Bonaparte’s tomb rests in Les Invalides.

Rodin Musee

Dante inspired Rodin to create The Thinker.
The Musee Rodin displays The Thinker in their garden.
Dante inspired Rodin to create The Thinker.
The Musee Rodin displays The Thinker in their garden.

Tour Rodin Musee and find The Thinker and The Gates of Hell that Dante’s Divine Comedy inspired. The Thinker initially represented Dante positioned over The Gates of Hell pondering the chaos of the damned.

6th Arrondissement

Head to the 6th arrondissement and relax at one of the many sidewalk cafes and people watch while sipping wine or cafe au lait.

 Paris Day Three

Paris Open-Air Markets

Visit one of the open-air markets like Raspail organic market where you can buy fresh bread, desserts, a variety of cheese, fruits, vegetables, meat, flowers, and more. Noteworthy,  Raspail is only open on Sundays but you can find additional markets and hours here.

Left Bank Shops and Restaurants

Peruse the multitude of shops and eateries on the Left Bank.

Les Deux Magots

Dine at Les Deux Magots, one of the oldest Paris cafes, where Ernest Hemingway,  Pablo Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre and many other renowned figures frequented.

Eiffel Tower

Visit the Eiffel Tower at night when it shimmers in gold.

The Eiffel Tower is 1,023 feet tall.
The Eiffel Tower illuminates the night.

Paris Day Four

Ile de la Cite

Notre Dame Cathedral

Take a half-day tour of the Notre Dame Cathedral and then hop in a cab to Montmartre.

Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France
The Cathedral of Notre Dame is an example of French-Gothic architecture.

Montmartre

Montmartre is one of my favorite neighborhoods because its full of artists, and it has a seedy side since it’s not too far from the red-light district. You should walk Montmartre where Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gough, Auguste Renoir and many other famous artists had lived.

Montmartre is known for art.
Montmartre in Paris, France offers spectacular views.

Sacre-Coeur Basilica

Montmartre, or “Mount of Martyrs,” was named because in the 3rd century the first Parisian Christians faced martyrdom where the Basilica of the Sacre-Coeur stands today. Walk up the 270 steps to the top for panoramic Paris views.

The Sacre-Coeur offers spectacular views of Paris, France
The Sacre-Coeur stands atop a hill in Montmartre in Paris.
The Sacre-Coeur basilica is located in Monmartre in Paris.
View of Paris, France from the Sacre-Couer is spectacular.

Place Du Tertre

Hire an artist to sketch your portrait at Place Du Tertre and browse through the local artwork.

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Salvador Dali was a surrealist.
 Salvador Dali sculpted Saint George and the Dragon.

Salvador Dali Museum

Explore the Salvador Dali Museum that “holds the largest collection of Dali’s art in France.”

Though there is much more to see, these are my top suggestions for four days in Paris. As mentioned, my two favorite places are Montmartre and the 6th Arrondissement. What are your favorite venues in Paris?

 

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38 thoughts on “Best Things to do in Paris

  1. Although i am a French citizen, i appreciate your suggestions to visit these particular spots! Well done!

  2. Thank you for putting together such an informative post! I missed a lot of these things during my Paris trips, and now I’m kicking myself. I have to plan another trip back soon so I can fit it all in!

  3. Great tips! I’ve only been to Paris once and I wasn’t able to go to some of places yet. Can’t wait to go back.

      1. Good ideas. There are also arcades with shops, nice in bad weather. And wonderful free evening concerts, marvelous small museums (and too much to see in short visits, of course). Good also to have a few polite expressions in French!

      2. We were not in Paris long enough and hope to return. Before we do, I would love your advice and I will note the details. Thanks again for following me!

  4. What a great list! We went to Paris for part of our honeymoon and we’re going back in a few months for our anniversary! I’m excited to start planning our trip. While we saw most of these things on our first trip, I’m definitely saving your post to reference as I start putting together our itinerary! We’re actually going to be there for a week, so there’s plenty to see!! #TheWeeklyPostcard

    1. Sara, we stayed in Arrondissement 6, and I loved the artsy atmosphere and the cafes and shops. Enjoy celebrating your anniversary in Paris. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  5. So much to do in Paris! I like the way you organized it. I do also love eating outside in Paris whether it is at a brasserie or picnicking, the people watching is great. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

    1. Anisa, thank you for your comment, there is nothing like sipping on French wine at an outdoor cafe in Paris and watching people stroll by. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  6. Beautiful post and a great itinerary. I have been to Paris so many times, yet I don’t think I have seen it all. I love the city. Enjoyed reading the post. #theweeklypostcard

    1. Ushasita, thank you for your comment. I agree there is so much to see. Next time I would love to visit the art shops. #TheWeeklyPostcard

    1. Jo, thank you, I love Pairs too. I especially liked that it didn’t get dark until after 10 p.m.!

  7. To steal Meg Ryan’s line from When Harry Met Sally: Yes, yes, yes, YES! We have a serious Travel Crush on Paris, and love every idea here. And completely agree with everyone who says it’s been too long since they’ve been in Paris. 🙂 Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard!

    1. RobRob, thank you for your kind words. On our next visit, I am looking forward to visiting some local haunts. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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