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Paris is a beautiful experience at any time of year, but going in winter allows you to see the city as a local. This guide goes beyond the well-known sights to give you a taste of the city that few travelers see, organized in three days: historic Paris, artistic Paris, and local Paris.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

34 Places

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34 Places

Day 1

Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris

Architectural Buildings, Theatres

Sainte-Chapelle

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Churches & Cathedrals

Conciergerie

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites

Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris

Architectural Buildings, Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites

Tours de la Cathedrale Notre-Dame

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Churches & Cathedrals

Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Ile Saint-Louis

Islands, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

Libraries, Gift & Speciality Shops, Points of Interest & Landmarks,

Rue de la Huchette

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Latin Quarter

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

Musee De Cluny

Art Museums

Saint Germain des Pres Quarter

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Neighbourhoods

Abbaye de Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Churches & Cathedrals, Sacred & Religious Sites

Cafe Les Deux Magots

Restaurants

Trocadero

Neighbourhoods

Eiffel Tower

Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Day 2

Louvre Museum

Architectural Buildings, Art Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Musee d'Orsay

Art Museums

Centre Pompidou

Architectural Buildings, Art Museums

Musee de l'Orangerie

Speciality Museums

Musee Rodin

Speciality Museums

Musee Marmottan Monet

Speciality Museums

Montmartre

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

Churches & Cathedrals

Le Relais Gascon

Restaurants

Cafe des Deux Moulins

Restaurants

Day 3

Le Marais

Neighbourhoods

Place des Vosges

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Musee Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris

Speciality Museums

L'As du Fallafel

Restaurants

Rue Montorgueil

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Parc Monceau

Parks

Musee Jacquemard-Andre

Art Museums

Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac

Art Museums, Speciality Museums

274beckyk's City Tips

  • It's a good idea to buy a 3-day Metro pass or a couple "carnets" (groups of 10 discounted tickets) for this itinerary.
    Day 1
  • Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris
    Architectural Buildings, Theatres
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    274beckyk Says:

    Start your Historic Paris day off in a grand fashion at the gorgeous opera house. Dripping in Belle-Epoque style, Opéra Garnier rivals Versailles for opulence. Do a quick tour of the opera house. Even if the theater itself is closed for a rehearsal, you can imagine yourself in "Phantom of the Opera" while strolling the regal public spaces.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth the money 18/04/2019
    • A Night At the Opera 17/04/2019
    • Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris
    Address:
    8 Rue Scribe
    Place de l'Opéra
    75009 Paris
    France
    Other:
  • Sainte-Chapelle
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    274beckyk Says:

    Alternately, you can get a little earlier start if you start your day at the stunningly beautiful Sainte-Chapelle. One of the few remaining bits of medieval Paris, the chapel is breathtakingly beautiful. The chapel is tucked behind some government buildings, so it can be a bit hard to find. After you do find it, climb up the spiral staircase and you arrive in the upper level surrounded by original stained glass - gorgeous! It is my favorite sight in Paris, bar none. A true must-see!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You can buy a museum pass or tickets ahead online to save time, but you still have to stand in line at the security check.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Get there early 17/04/2019
    • Stunningly Beautiful! 17/04/2019
    • Sainte-Chapelle
    Address:
    8 Boulevard du Palais
    75001 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 53 40 60 80
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Conciergerie
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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    274beckyk Says:

    While not a must-see attraction, the Conciergerie is very close to the Sainte-Chapelle, and it has an interesting history of its own. It was the original royal palace from the Middle Ages, although few of the rooms are furnished anymore. One other bit of history attached to the building: Marie Antoinette was imprisoned here.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #198 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    • Pleasant visit Former Palace turned Prison & Law Courts Marie Antoinette Cell 16/04/2019
    • Lovely historical architecture 09/04/2019
    • Conciergerie
    Address:
    2 boulevard du Palais
    75001 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 5 59 68 40 83
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris
    Architectural Buildings, Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites
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    274beckyk Says:

    The grande dame of all Paris churches, Notre-Dame de Paris is an obligatory stop while in the city. Notre-Dame is a perfect counterpoint to the Sainte-Chapelle just down the road: grand vs intimate. In my opinion, the exterior of the cathedral is actually more impressive than the interior, with beautifully carved sculptures and delicate embellishments. Be sure not to miss one of the best parts of the cathedral, the back side where you can see the gothic flying buttresses in all their glory.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Dress modestly here out of respect, although you probably won't be prevented from entering in shorts.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing building 18/04/2019
    • Th wonderful and powerful place in Paris 18/04/2019
    • Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris
    Address:
    6 Parvis Notre-Dame
    Place Jean-Paul II
    75004 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 42 34 56 10
    Other:
  • Tours de la Cathedrale Notre-Dame
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    274beckyk Says:

    If you have a little extra time before lunch, you may want to climb the towers of Notre-Dame. Be aware that the line can be quite long even in winter, so you will need at least an hour for a climb. You get a striking vantage of some of the cathedral's statuary along the way, as well as a view of the cross-shaped roofline and delicate spire. Well worth the several hundred steps, but an ambitious climb not for those with mobility issues.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • To brave the cold wait in line, grab an (overpriced) hot cocoa from a nearby stand.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just a stunning place to visit but review now redundent as burnt down 15/04/2019
    • Incredible but dark 31/03/2019
    • Tours de la Cathedrale Notre-Dame
    Address:
    Rue du Cloitre Notre-Dame
    75004 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 44 54 19 33
    Hours:
    Sun
    07:45 - 19:30
    Mon - Sat
    07:45 - 18:45
    Other:
  • Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    274beckyk Says:

    A relatively unknown sight, the Deportation Memorial is absolutely worth a quick 10 minute stop. After visiting Notre-Dame, walk around the back of the cathedral to the tip of the Île de la Cité and follow signs underground to the memorial. Inside is a tiny lightbulb for every Jewish citizen deported to Nazi camps during World War II. Come here for a moment of quiet contemplation to honor French Holocaust victims. A profoundly moving sight marking one of the darkest periods of modern history.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Free and open during most of the day, but be aware it's closed Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Often overlooked but vitally important 09/04/2019
    • Not to be missed 12/02/2019
    • Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation
    Address:
    Square de l'Ile de France
    75004 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 46 33 87 56
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Ile Saint-Louis
    Islands, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    274beckyk Says:

    Ile Saint-Louis is just off the tip of Ile de la Cité behind Notre-Dame. The island is one of the most expensive and desired neighborhoods in the city, so come here for a little bit of luxury. Shop some of its pretty boutiques, have a fancy lunch here, or just grab a crêpe (or ice cream cone in warmer months) to go and stroll the tiny island's pretty lanes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quaint island in the center Paris 17/04/2019
    • Loved walking along rue Saint Louis en L Ile 14/04/2019
    • Ile Saint-Louis
    Address:
    44 rue Saint Louis en L Ile
    75004 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 43 54 69 75
    Other:
  • Shakespeare and Company Bookstore
    Libraries, Gift & Speciality Shops, Points of Interest & Landmarks,
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    274beckyk Says:

    Make a quick detour to Shakespeare & Company for a time-warp experience. The best English-language bookstore in Paris is piled floor to ceiling with books of every genre. You could easily get lost for an entire afternoon here, but it's enough to wander the maze for a few minutes and grab a quick book for the plane ride home.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Get a spot in the cozy reading room upstairs if you can.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 61 Traveller Resources in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice collection of books but Avoidable. 16/04/2019
    • Nice except staff 14/04/2019
    • Shakespeare and Company Bookstore
    Address:
    37 rue de la Bucherie
    Quartier Latin
    75005 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 43 25 40 93
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Rue de la Huchette
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    274beckyk Says:

    If you didn't have a fancy lunch on Ile Saint-Louis, grab a bite here. While Rue de la Huchette is totally touristy, it has a great selection of restaurants with any cuisine you could want. Don't expect terribly innovative food, just solid standbys and good-value fixed-price menus.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The Moroccan restaurants here were my favorite cuisine.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #252 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    • The street to Visit for fun fun fun night out 15/01/2019
    • A very old and lively street with many informal restaurants 28/12/2018
    • Rue de la Huchette
    Address:
    Rue de la Huchette
    75005 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 6 27 13 46 28
    Other:
  • Latin Quarter
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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    274beckyk Says:

    The Latin Quarter, just across the river from Ile de la Cité and Notre-Dame, is worth a stroll even in winter. While it's not a deal-breaker if you miss the Latin Quarter and the area is fairly touristy now, there are some nice shops and pretty buildings in the area.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice afternoon visit 04/04/2019
    • Perfect Place for Budget Student Eats, Busy Area, Jazz Bars 02/04/2019
    • Latin Quarter
    Address:
    Quartier Latin
    75005 Paris
    France
  • Musee De Cluny
    Art Museums
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    274beckyk Says:

    The Cluny Museum is the one must-see sight if you make it to the Latin Quarter. The museum is one of the most underrated and fascinating in the city. Part of the Cluny building contains ruins of the ancient Roman bath complex built here, and another part shows the abbey built on top of the ruins. The museum is filled with medieval art - much more interesting than it sounds, trust me. The highlight is definitely the stunning "Lady and the Unicorn" tapestries, which alone are worth the price of admission.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #74 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth seeing for the Virgin and the Unicorn tapestries 10/04/2019
    • Wait until it re-opens fully 04/04/2019
    • Musee De Cluny
    Address:
    28 rue du Sommerard
    75005 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 53 73 78 00
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$5
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    09:15 - 17:45
    Other:
  • Saint Germain des Pres Quarter
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Neighbourhoods
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    274beckyk Says:

    Either take the Metro a couple stops or stroll down the grand Boulevard Saint Germain for a taste of this trendy neighborhood where real Parisians love to shop. If you're here in January or February, take advantage of the sales at the many lovely boutiques or the grand Bon Marché department store. Shoppers could spend all afternoon in this neighborhood.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of the two best district of Paris (6th and the 5th). 14/04/2019
    • Great area 13/04/2019
    • Saint Germain des Pres Quarter
    Address:
    Place St-Germain-des-Pres
    75006 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 45 61 11 46
    Hours:
    Mon
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
  • Abbaye de Saint-Germain-des-Pres
    Churches & Cathedrals, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    274beckyk Says:

    This lovely church anchors the neighborhood that shares its name. If you still have daylight after your full day of sightseeing, make a quick last stop here before dinner. The church was part of a medieval abbey complex, although the other buildings have since vanished. Inside the church is richly painted as all churches were once upon a time. It's fascinating to see what churches actually looked like for medieval pilgrims, and you still experience that sense of awe they must have felt looking at the beautiful paintings.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #86 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unique Church on the Left Bank 14/04/2019
    • Built in the 6th century! This church is stunning! 15/02/2019
    • Abbaye de Saint-Germain-des-Pres
    Address:
    3 Place Saint Germain des Pres
    75006 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 55 42 81 33
    Hours:
    Mon
    09:00 - 20:00
    Tue - Sun
    08:30 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Cafe Les Deux Magots
    Restaurants (French, Cafe, European)
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    274beckyk Says:

    Parisian café culture winds down a bit in the winter, but try to visit at least one nonetheless. The Café les Deux Magots is a quintessential Paris café where Sartre and Hemingway once dined. Today it's much more touristy so don't expect revolutionary food, but a meal here is more about the experience and the history. Or perhaps just grab an expensive cup of coffee, sit inside, and just watch the crowds drift by.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,957 of 15,678 restaurants in Paris
    • Loved my visit here! 18/04/2019
    • Tourist trap 16/04/2019
    • Cafe Les Deux Magots
    Address:
    6 Place Saint-Germain des Pres
    75006 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 45 48 55 25
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:30 - 01:00
    Other:
  • Trocadero
    Neighbourhoods
    See more photos
    274beckyk Says:

    Finish off your historic Paris sightseeing day with a view of everyone's favorite Parisian sight: the Eiffel Tower. My favorite way to see the tower is from the Trocadero observation platform, then walk downhill to see the tower up close. Be sure to come here at least once in the evening so you can see the Eiffel Tower sparkle at the top of the hour.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you can time your visit for dusk, you can get both daylight and nighttime pictures of the Eiffel Tower.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sat on the bench and drank a bottle of Wine while the Eiffel Tower Delighted 17/04/2019
    • Fabulous Photos 16/04/2019
    • Trocadero
    Other:
  • Eiffel Tower
    Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
    See more photos
    274beckyk Says:

    While everyone sees the Eiffel Tower from far away, be sure to walk up close to the tower to see its impressive engineering. The complex crossbars and pretty iron embellishments are actually incredibly interesting (although to be honest I could take or leave the tower in other respects). The tower always has long lines to ride the elevator up, but you can buy tickets ahead of time online (book a week in advance at least). Otherwise, plan on at least an hour in line even in winter.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you don't buy tickets ahead of time, the line to climb to the first or second platforms is always shorter, but expect a strenuous climb.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gorgeous by day, Magical by Night 18/04/2019
    • Great experience, yet long line 18/04/2019
    • Eiffel Tower
    Address:
    5 Avenue Anatole France
    75007 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 (0)8 92 70 12 39
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$25
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 23:45
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Louvre Museum
    Architectural Buildings, Art Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    274beckyk Says:

    Choose one of the following for your second morning: the Louvre, the Orsay, or the Centre Pompidou. One of the world's greatest museums, the Louvre is a must-see your first time in Paris. The art and artifacts here cover just about every country and time period up to the 19th century. It can be an exhausting visit, though, so you should devote an entire morning or afternoon here. Although you could see something new every time you visit, if it's not your first time in the city maybe try one of the smaller, less-overwhelming art museums.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Enter the museum from the underground mall/Metro stop to see the inverted pyramids.
    • If you need a bite after all that walking, there are some good-quality fast-food restaurants on the second story of the Louvre's small underground mall (on the way to the Metro).
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Direct access confusing but great museum 18/04/2019
    • Great history 18/04/2019
    • Louvre Museum
    Address:
    99 rue de Rivoli
    75001 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 40 20 50 50
    Hours:
    Wed
    09:00 - 21:45
    Thu
    09:00 - 18:00
    Fri
    09:00 - 21:45
    Sat - Mon
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Musee d'Orsay
    Art Museums
    See more photos
    274beckyk Says:

    Choose one of the following for your second morning: the Louvre, the Orsay, or the Centre Pompidou. The Musée d'Orsay is my favorite art museum in Paris. I love the Impressionist art here! Along with the core group of artists are some lovely post-Impressionist and art nouveau pieces, so the collection just verges on the modern. The building itself, a former train station, is lovely too; be sure to find the original station clock on one of the upper levels.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you opt for an afternoon visit here, you can get discounted tickets an hour or so before closing.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best Museum in Paris 18/04/2019
    • Impressive Museum 18/04/2019
    • Musee d'Orsay
    Address:
    1 Rue De La Legion d'Honneur
    75007 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 40 49 48 14
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    09:30 - 18:00
    Thu
    09:30 - 21:45
    Fri - Sun
    09:30 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Centre Pompidou
    Architectural Buildings, Art Museums
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    274beckyk Says:

    Choose one of the following for your second morning: the Louvre, the Orsay, or the Centre Pompidou. If modern art is your thing or if you've already seen the Louvre and the Orsay, broaden your art horizons here. Expect lots of weirdness and just enjoy the art without trying to figure it out. The collection ranges from early modernist paintings (think Matisse and Picasso) to cutting-edge contemporary works. The Pompidou building is justifiably famous, with all the pipes located on the exterior and color coded according to their function.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • If you enter from the square around back, you might be able to avoid some of the entry line, especially on free days.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #124 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Always so interesting 17/04/2019
    • Terrible experience with cloakroom completely ruined my visit 17/04/2019
    • Centre Pompidou
    Address:
    Place Georges Pompidou
    75004 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 44 78 12 33
    Price range:
    US$18 - US$18
    Hours:
    Wed
    11:00 - 21:00
    Thu
    11:00 - 23:00
    Fri - Mon
    11:00 - 21:00
    Other:
  • Musee de l'Orangerie
    Speciality Museums
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    274beckyk Says:

    Choose 1-2 smaller art museums to finish off your Artistic Paris day. The Orangerie Museum, just at the other end of the Tuileries Garden, is convenient if you saw the Louvre in the morning. The highlight of the Orangerie is undoubtedly Monet's gigantic "Water Lily" paintings. Eight of his lovely lilies fill two oval-shaped rooms. It's fun to trace the changing light in each painting in the series. Downstairs are some other Impressionist and later paintings.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you plan on doing a lot of museum sightseeing, buy a museum pass to save money. Buy your pass here at a smaller museum to avoid long lines elsewhere.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • In Love with this Museum 18/04/2019
    • Don’t miss this special museum 18/04/2019
    • Musee de l'Orangerie
    Address:
    Jardin des Tuileries - Cote Seine
    75001 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 44 77 80 07
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Musee Rodin
    Speciality Museums
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    274beckyk Says:

    Choose 1-2 smaller art museums to finish off your Artistic Paris day. If you love sculpture, look no further than the Rodin Museum. Rodin was the greatest sculptor since the Renaissance, and you can admire all his most famous works here. Even if you just opt to see the gardens and not the full museum, you can see "The Thinker" and "The Burghers of Calais" among other gems.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The gardens are cheap to enter - just a couple euros - and you can see just about all of the major works.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Master delivers 17/04/2019
    • Hidden Gem! 17/04/2019
    • Musee Rodin
    Address:
    79 rue de Varenne
    75007 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 44 18 61 10
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 18:30
    Other:
  • Musee Marmottan Monet
    Speciality Museums
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    274beckyk Says:

    Choose 1-2 smaller art museums to finish off your Artistic Paris day. If you love Monet and the other Impressionists, this could be a good follow-up to the Orsay. It's a small museum outside of the historic core of Paris, so it can be a bit hard to find. The trek is worth it, though, when you can see the varied art here: Impressionists plus decorative objects and furnishings, medieval illuminated manuscripts, and even some modern temporary exhibitions. Monet's "Water Lily" paintings are tucked off in a side hallway, so be sure to explore all the galleries before you leave.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Make a mental note of the area around the Metro entrance - it's not super obvious which direction to take when you are leaving the museum.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing art! 18/04/2019
    • A Brilliant Display of Impressionist Paintings 13/04/2019
    • Musee Marmottan Monet
    Address:
    2 rue Louis Boilly
    16th Arrondissement
    75016 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 44 96 50 33
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    10:00 - 18:00
    Thu
    10:00 - 21:00
    Fri - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Montmartre
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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    274beckyk Says:

    Finish your art-filled day by browsing the neighborhood historically populated by Bohemians, artists, and free-thinkers. Away from the strip clubs and cheesy trinket shops, Montmartre is actually a charming neighborhood to explore. Just wander around the backstreets and enjoy the charming squares with artists painting and doing caricatures for the tourists. Maybe you'll even come across the only remaining windmill in the city.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Memories of Toulouse- Lautrec 18/04/2019
    • In love 17/04/2019
    • Montmartre
  • Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    274beckyk Says:

    Sacre-Coeur is Montmartre's top sight, and it's a must-see while in Paris. Take the funicular up the hill if you don't want a strenuous hike up several hundred stairs. The exterior of the basilica is nice enough, but the interior is the really special sight: the whole ceiling is covered in a glittering Byzantine-style mosaic. It's simply stunning.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take the funicular for just the cost of a Metro ticket to save yourself lots of stairs.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spectacular architecture 18/04/2019
    • Really worth visiting! 18/04/2019
    • Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
    Address:
    35 Rue du Chevalier-De-La-Barre
    75018 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 53 41 89 00
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Le Relais Gascon
    Restaurants (French)
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    274beckyk Says:

    Have dinner at this Montmartre gem of a restaurant far from the tacky tourist schlock of the area around Montmartre's Metro stops. Eat like a local: come here for hearty food that is reasonably priced and tasty.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The "giant salads" here are amazing, piled with tons of yummy fried potatoes.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #407 of 15,678 restaurants in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Top Quality 08/04/2019
    • Great food, great value 06/04/2019
    • Le Relais Gascon
    Address:
    6 rue des Abbesses
    Montmartre
    75018 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 42 58 58 22
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$31
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Cafe des Deux Moulins
    Restaurants (French, Cafe)
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    274beckyk Says:

    This bar was featured in the movie "Amélie," so it's a fun experience to have a drink or two here. This is a fairly low-key bar for Montmartre, so those looking for a crazy club might want to look elsewhere. However, come for the live music if you're in town on a weekend.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6,777 of 15,678 restaurants in Paris
    • Amelie Experience 13/04/2019
    • Ripped off with the a la carte menu 24/03/2019
    • Cafe des Deux Moulins
    Address:
    15 rue Lepic
    75018 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 42 54 90 50
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun
    07:00 - 00:00
    Mon - Thu
    07:00 - 01:30
    Fri - Sat
    07:00 - 02:00
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Le Marais
    Neighbourhoods
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    274beckyk Says:

    Start your last day, Local Paris, in my favorite neighborhood in the city. The Marais is a charming place to stroll, but there are plenty of shops and boutiques to duck into if it's a cold winter day. Just get lost in the neighborhood's back streets to enjoy a morning like a local.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Start at the St Paul Metro stop and work your way north and west.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Real Paris! 18/04/2019
    • cosy area with a lot of possibilities 15/04/2019
    • Le Marais
    Address:
    Le Marais
    3e Arrondissement
    75003 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 9 52 89 24 05
  • Place des Vosges
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    274beckyk Says:

    Place des Vosges is the prettiest and most central square in the Marais. Its uniform buildings create a harmonious backdrop for the small park in the middle - great for picnics on slightly warmer days. It's fun to browse the small art galleries and boutiques in the first-floor arcade.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can also visit the Victor Hugo house museum located here, although it's probably only interesting for his devoted fans.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • iWas there, to chat, as nobility used to do four-three centuries ago 18/04/2019
    • Beautiful! 17/04/2019
    • Place des Vosges
    Address:
    Place des Vosges
    4th Arrondissement
    75004 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 48 87 94 07
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
  • Musee Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris
    Speciality Museums
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    274beckyk Says:

    The Carnavalet isn't a must-see museum, but it's worth an hour or so if you're already in the Marais. The building is one of the neighborhoods beautiful mansions, with a lovely courtyard to boot. The history exhibits inside are mildly interesting (a little light on English descriptions of things), but worthwhile since the museum is free.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Make it a point to find the art nouveau room inside - gorgeous!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #121 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • go as soon as you can after it re-opens! 26/06/2018
    • Perfect for Paris Historians 20/02/2018
    • Musee Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris
    Address:
    16 rue des Francs Bourgeois
    75003 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 44 59 58 58
    Other:
  • L'As du Fallafel
    Restaurants (Fast food, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli)
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    274beckyk Says:

    One of my favorite restaurants in Paris, l'As du Fallafel is a Marais institution. Located in the heart of the Jewish quarter, the restaurant is surrounded by tasty Jewish bakeries if you need dessert too. Anytime you come here, the takeout window will have a line - that's how great it is. You may want to sit inside in winter, but if it's nice take your food to go for a picnic in a nearby park. All their dishes are good, but the falafel sandwich is my absolute favorite, and it's a great vegetarian option!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Get the falafel sandwich. You won't be sorry!
    • If you take your food to go, it's a bit cheaper than sitting down to eat.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1,074 of 15,678 restaurants in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent shawarma and falaffel 17/04/2019
    • Great Falafel Meal in the Heart of the Marais District 14/04/2019
    • L'As du Fallafel
    Address:
    34 rue des Rosiers
    75004 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 48 87 63 60
    Price range:
    US$11 - US$23
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    12:00 - 00:00
    Fri
    12:00 - 15:00
    Other:
  • Rue Montorgueil
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    274beckyk Says:

    For a little post-lunch snack, do as the locals do and shop at a market street. Rue Montorgueil is near the Marais, within walking distance if it's a nice day. The street is lined with all sorts of specialty shops: cheese, meats, bread, fresh produce, and most anything else you could want. Like the locals, you too can assemble everything you need for a dinner picnic here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lively Market Street 15/04/2019
    • A foodies' paradise! 07/01/2019
    • Rue Montorgueil
    Address:
    Rue Montorgueil
    75001 Paris
    France
    Other:
  • Parc Monceau
    Parks
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    274beckyk Says:

    Spending the afternoon in a park is a quintessentially Parisian thing to do. If you did indeed assemble a lunch or dinner picnic on Rue Montorgueil, eat it here in the most beautiful park in Paris. This is one of the few parks where you can actually walk or picnic on the grass, so on nice days it fills up quickly with locals. There are nice areas for kids to play too, such as a sandbox and a small pond. The surrounding neighborhood has some pretty buildings, so that's worth a stroll too.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gorgeous pond and a small and intimate park 16/04/2019
    • Beautiful park 13/04/2019
    • Parc Monceau
    Address:
    35 boulevard de Courcelles
    75008 Paris
    France
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Musee Jacquemard-Andre
    Art Museums
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    274beckyk Says:

    The Jacquemart-André Museum gets my vote for the best small museum in the city. It's a wonderful private collection hanging just as it did in the owners' home. The museum is filled with original furnishings and lovely art, and the double spiral staircase inside is stunning. The Renaissance rooms are the best part of the museum, so don't miss them.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is a nice little café on the grounds.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #52 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A glimpse of a wealthy Paris family home. Very stylish. 16/04/2019
    • Stunning former private mansion 14/04/2019
    • Musee Jacquemard-Andre
    Address:
    158 boulevard Haussmann
    75008 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 45 62 11 59
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
    Art Museums, Speciality Museums
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    274beckyk Says:

    A fantastic lesser-known museum, Quai Branly showcases so-called primitive art from around the world. The art isn't at all unsophisticated, but rather the collection contains traditional arts and handcrafts from groups all over Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. It's organized by region, so it's fun to see the similarities and differences between the regions. Great for families too with interactive exhibits.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 2,516 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Displays 13/04/2019
    • Wow - what a "mysterious" setting for the collection! 03/04/2019
    • Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
    Address:
    37 quai Branly
    75007 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 56 61 70 00
    Price range:
    US$12 - US$12
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 19:00
    Tue - Wed
    11:00 - 19:00
    Thu - Sat
    11:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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