Planning a trip to Paris? Get some inspiration on what to do while you’re there with our idea of a perfect three-day itinerary. History, culture, entertainment, restaurants… Pack it all in at a comfortable pace and don’t miss a thing!
With its quirky museums, hip terraces and endless evenings, the city of lovers is also the city of friends. After all, Paris is a party city.
And you're on the guest list! On your first day, succumb to the charms of Paris village with a stroll along the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin. Bistro La Marine welcomes you onto its terrace for a coffee and a croissant, as you watch the locks open and close. You can even rent a boat to try navigating them yourself, or walk towards other banks to admire the barges at the port de l'Arsenal.
After saying hello to the angel of the Bastille, head to l'Industrie, an old-fashioned bistro where egg mayonnaise is elegantly served at the counter. In the afternoon, enjoy some culture and admire works by Picasso and Kandinsky at the Pompidou Centre, whose futuristic architecture, all steel and glass, unfailingly divides the Parisians. Then, visit a haunted house at Le Manoir de Paris, with its zombie butlers and vampire staff ... To regain your composure, head to the terraces of the busy street of Faubourg Saint-Denis. In a retro atmosphere, the bar of Le Fantôme lets you enjoy a Mojito or two between a couple of games of Street-Fighter or foosball.
In the evening, take a Bateaux-Mouche® for an effortless tour of the most beautiful monuments of Paris. After saying hello to the Eiffel Tower, climb the hill of Montmartre and dine at the kitchen garden of Père Thierry, where baked egg with foie gras is a speciality. Continue your evening on the steps of Sacré-Coeur, with a breathtaking view over the entire capital…
On your second day, discover the Cinémathèque de Paris, home to one of the largest collections of objects related to the 7th art. Next head to the heart of Paris and the Forum des Halles, completely renovated in 2016. Enjoy lunch under the glass roof at the very hip restaurant ZA, where, in 7 minutes, you can print off the book of your choice.
If you prefer more traditional editions, head to Saint-Michel, the district of students and booksellers. After making your choice, settle down for a bit of reading at the Salon du Pantheon, a cosy café hidden above the cinema of the same name, or the Fourmi ailée, a literary bar whose cocktails will seduce you just as much as its eighteenth century-style décor.
After a stroll in the Luxembourg gardens, go for dinner at Procope, in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Open since 1686, writers like Diderot or Verlaine have sat on its benches... To finish off your day, enjoy some jazz in one of the capital's most famous clubs, the Caveau de la Huchette, where most notably Sydney Bechet performed.
Your third day in Paris begins with a musical visit to the Philharmonie, which includes exhibitions relating to artists and contemporary music. Then head for the soul of Paris as you stroll along the famous boulevard Ménilmontant, one of the capital's most popular areas. It takes you to the heart of the Belleville district, for a lunch at Sainte-Marthe, on the square of the same name. A shaded terrace, colourful façades, antique shops and artists' studios: all of Paris is here in a few square meters!
In the afternoon, the charm continues with a walk in the Marais, the neighbourhood of friendly gay and hipster bars. Lovers of fashion won't forget the vintage clothes shops on Rue du Roi-de-Sicile for a long time …
In the evening, enjoy being elevated as you dine at Perchoir, on rue Crespin-du-Gast, one of the rooftops of Paris, where you can enjoy the view from the comfort of the sofas. The calm before the big party! Your stay in Paris takes you now to Pigalle, the birthplace of the french-cancan, where you can hang out and clink glasses at la Fourmi, with its wood décor and vintage-style zinc. The night continues at the Machine du Moulin Rouge, where you can dance at the Central or enjoy a drink in the Bubble Bar.
Your stay is over, but don't worry: the friendship you've celebrated in the capital is sure to last much longer, and you're bound to come back, if only to taste the macaroons from Ladurée, or to stroll along the Champs Elysees…