After Switzerland, we were on to Paris. We spent the first day sightseeing around the city. As I didn’t think to bring my camera the first day and it died the next 😭 , 80% of my photos of Paris and France were taken with my iPhone. At least camera phones have come a long way. My favorite part about Paris, apart from seeing the eiffel tower sparkling at night, was the food. Big surprise! Read on to see my 3 day Paris itinerary.
3 Day Paris Itinerary
The first night we ate a restaurant that we walked to from our hotel and we all agreed it was very delicious and probably our favorite restaurant over all in Paris so food-wise we started off on a really good note. Also, breakfast out is one of my favorite activities, but I learned it’s even better in Paris (or more realistically- any vacation spot). There’s just something about good food while you anticipate a fun day ahead. Our breakfasts in Paris did not disappoint, especially the coffee. ☕️
Okay, before I get too off track with remembering all the delicious food I ate in Paris, here was our Paris itinerary, which included 3 full days (plus an evening before and morning after):
Afternoon/Midday: We took a train ride from Interlaken, Switzerland to Paris. This was a beautiful ride especially the first 30 minutes. The views of the Alps were gorgeous. We rode the train in the middle of the day and grabbed sandwiches in the train station to eat on our way.
Evening: We arrived in Paris in time to check into our hotel, Hotel Europe, and then walked to have dinner at La Petit Cler, which as it turned out was our favorite dinner in Paris. We got to see the Eiffel tower on the way to dinner, but after we ate we felt pretty tired and spent most of the evening resting and taking it easy.
We started off with breakfast out and then spent time sight seeing. The sights we saw:
- Arc de Triomphe
- Notre Dame de Paris
- Walked through the Latin Quarter
- Walked around the Seine River
- Paris’ Love Lock Bridge
- Tuileries Garden (outside The Louvre)
On day two of our Paris itinerary we took a day trip via train to Giverny, known as Monet’s village, about an hour from Paris. This was an amazing experience and I definitely felt like I was in one of Monet’s paintings.
- The Louvre – The world’s largest museum. While you could spend days here looking at everything, we spent about half a day. Just pick the exhibits that interest you most and don’t forget to see the Mona Lisa and her 5 guards.
- Eiffel Tower and Park – We spent some time seeing the Eiffel tower and park area during the day and came back at night to see it glittering.
On day 4 we got one last breakfast and then took a train out of Paris into the Netherlands. All in all, I enjoyed getting to experience Paris and a taste of the French culture.
Paris Quick Guide
Lodging: Hotel Europe – It was close enough to walk to restaurants and the Eiffel Tower. The rooms were small, but nice and it was a more budget friendly option that was still in a desirable location.
Food Finds: Our favorite restaurant was La Petit Cler. In general, we found that the Latin Quarter had some really good food featuring specials that included appetizer, entree, and desserts for reasonable prices.
What we Did: Eiffel Tower (at night was my favorite), Giverny (Monet’s village), The Louvre, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Latin Quarter, and lots of good dinning and coffee!
Tips: Most restaurants have English menus if you ask or that they will bring you when they realize your American. We found the restaurants were better away from major attractions (i.e. Don’t eat at a restaurant right outside the Eiffel Tower park.)
I hope this post gave you a few simple ideas for your Paris itinerary, whether you’re there for three days or three weeks. If you want to read more about our little trip to Europe, check out my posts on Giverny, Switzerland, and Ireland.