Someone has rightly said that “A bad day in Paris is still better than a good day anywhere else”. And one doesn’t need any further explanation of why this marvelous city is one of the most visited and iconic cities in Europe.
Ever since I came to know about this city of lights, Paris was always there on my wishlist. Finally, I made it possible and spent the most cheerful and memorable 4 days in Paris. The trip was full of exciting landmarks, gorgeous views, rich history, appetizing cuisines, and much more.
I have since moved to Paris and I would love to share my Paris Itinerary with you, for a perfect 4 days in Paris. So, I created this practical guide with the best places to visit and best things to do while in Paris.
But first, check out this short slideshow with the highlights of Paris
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Paris Itinerary: 4 Days in Paris – What to See & Do
Day 1 of a 4-Day Paris Itinerary
Are you excited to get started with your first day in Paris? Let’s start this short trip to Paris, and your 4 day itinerary!
1. Visit the Notre Dame
Yes, even after the recent devastating fire, the Notre Dame deserves to be number one on this Paris itinerary. The city is working hard on rebuilding this incredible cathedral and therefore deserves all the attention it can get.
Many of you must have heard about the Notre Dame in the Disney movie or in Victor Hugo’s novel. Well, this gothic cathedral is one of the most visited places in Paris. Make your way to this 12th-century church and picture what it was like before the fire: its architectural beauty, ornate towers, and stain glass windows. Let’s hope it will be restored to its former beauty soon!
2. Visit Sainte-Chapelle & Conciergerie
Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie are two beautiful historic sites that can’t be missed on any Paris itinerary.
The Conciergerie is a Medieval royal palace that became a revolutionary tribunal and one of the principal places of detention during the French Revolution. Its most famous prisoner was Marie-Antoinette.
The Sainte-Chapelle was intended to house precious Christian relics, including Christ’s crown of thorns, acquired by Saint Louis. It is beautiful and you just have to admire the stained glass windows here.
You can buy a combined ticket that gives you access to both these sites. And don’t worry, you won’t regret spending your money.
Note: If you are lucky enough to be in Paris during the European Heritage Days these beautiful sites can be visited for free.
3. Spend Some Time in the 5th Arrondissement
Next up on your 4 day Paris itinerary, head towards the 5th Arrondissement. This part of Paris is packed with outstanding Parisian cafes and shops.
Don’t forget to visit the very renowned Latin Quarter, situated on the left bank of the Seine, around the Sorbonne. Check out some of the popular places here: Odette (a famous pastry shop), the Pantheon (an imposing church building dating back to 1790), and Shakespeare and Company (a popular bookstore).
If you love a traditional Parisian breakfast, tempting pastries or just want to stroll around a charming, vibrant neighborhood, this is a part of Paris you shouldn’t miss.
4. Go for a Relaxing Stroll in Jardin du Luxembourg
Once you’re done exploring the 5th Arrondissement, walk towards the southern border and visit the Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens).
This is an Italian-styled garden that encompasses the beautiful Luxembourg Palace. You will surely be amazed to hear that the garden has been there for 400 years and has always been open to the public.
While at Jardin du Luxembourg, walk through the amazingly manicured pathways, relax and unwind by the Medici fountain, and check out the vintage toy sailboats in the pond in front of the palace.
5. Have Something to Eat at Treize Bakery
After hours of exploring Paris, you might want a snack. Stop by the wonderful Treize bakery, located right next to the Luxembourg Gardens. Here you’ll find some of the best French Classics, with a little Southern US twist.
Have a seat on their terrace, relax, and enjoy the food! And if you happen to be here during the weekend, make sure you try their pancakes. They are to die for!
Day 2 of a 4-Day Paris Itinerary
Of course you can’t miss the famous Eiffel Tower when visiting Paris, so day 2 of this 4-day Paris itinerary starts with that!
1. Get to the Eiffel Tower Early
Get up early (even if you’re not a morning person) and make your way to the Eiffel Tower. Experience the beautiful sunrise out here… I promise you won’t regret getting up so early!
Tip: you can get a better view of the Eiffel Tower from the top of the Trocadero (across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower). Unfortunately, since the Eiffel Tower is the number one thing to see in Paris for most people, it is crowded around here even early in the morning.
2. Go For a Stroll or a Picnic at Champ De Mars
Once you’re done sightseeing from Trocadero, head towards this beautiful long Champ De Mars Park, which is just on the other side of the Eiffel Tower.
This park is a famous picnic spot in Paris, mainly because of its nice open areas and mind-blowing Eiffel Tower views.
Tip: do beware of pickpocketers and souvenir hawkers while wandering around these areas.
3. Have Breakfast or a Snack at Le Petit Cler
If you did manage to get up early to catch the sunrise at the Eiffel Tower, you have probably missed breakfast. If so, the very renowned Le Petit Cler is my breakfast recommendation.
This café and restaurant is located just a few blocks from the De Mars Park. It is such a cute, quiet place full of local Parisians. Check out their covered patio, which is the perfect, relaxed place to take a break from exploring Paris. And if you didn’t make it out here early enough for breakfast, stop by for a snack, a coffee, lunch or even dinner.
4. Don’t Miss the Place de la Concorde
This is one of the prettiest plazas in Paris. Place de la Concorde is not only about wonderful architecture, gorgeous fountains, and the Luxor obelisk, it is also a place rich in history.
The Place de la Concorde is the square in Paris where Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI were put to death at the time of the French Revolution. Make sure you spend enough time exploring this area, learning more about French History.
5. Allocate Enough Time for the Louvre
You could easily spend an entire afternoon at the Louvre. The place is that amazing!
But, if you don’t want to spend half an afternoon of your short trip to Paris at the Louvre, there is a solution. Visit the Louvre’s website and decide what exhibitions and what parts of the Louvre you want to see. Doing this before you get there will save you a lot of time!
And if you time it right you can watch the beautiful sunset at the Louvre pyramid.
6. Have Dinner at Crêperie Little Breizh
Once you’re done exploring the Louvre and as your second day in Paris is coming to an end, head to Crêperie Little Breizh and have a delicious crepe for dinner.
This place is very popular though, so keep in mind that if you don’t get here early it will be crowded.
Day 3 of a 4-Day Paris Itinerary
1. Start Your Day at the Palais Royal
Try to get to the Palais Royal early and it will be a calm and peaceful start of your third day exploring Paris. Get your mandatory cup of coffee, just sit back there in the quiet garden while sipping on your morning coffee.
After spending some time here, visit the stunning façade of the palace on your way to the very popular white and black columns in the courtyard.
2. Climb the Arc De Triomphe
Another mandatory site on any Paris itinerary. The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris, standing in the center of Place Charles de Gaulle, surrounded by twelve busy avenues.
The Arc de Triomphe is an incredible piece of architecture that deserves all the attention it gets. Do go up to the rooftop to enjoy the amazing panoramic views and stop halfway first to visit the history museum.
Beware of the traffic, it can get pretty crazy here!
3. Enjoy the Sunset at Sacre Coeur
If you are looking for a great sunset spot in Paris, the lawn of the Sacre Coeur is it.
The Sacre Coeur is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is the second most visited monument in Paris. The basilica stands at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city.
You can climb up to the dome of the Sacre Coeur for an incredible view over Paris. But, if you want to watch the sunset from the dome, get there early to secure yourself a good spot!
Day 4 of a 4-Day Paris Itinerary
This is the final day on the 4 day Paris itinerary and there are a few more things I wouldn’t want you to miss.
1. Start With a Good Breakfast at Your Local Patisserie
If you haven’t already, on your last day in Paris you definitely need to try some classic French pastries. Find a boulangerie close to where you are staying, have a croissant and start your last day in Paris the way the French do.
2. Visit the Musee D’Orsay
If you love French artists or if you want to admire the unique architecture of this place, Musee D’Orsay can be a good choice for your last day in Paris.
The building that houses this museum was originally a railway station that was transformed into an art gallery. Nowadays the museum is home to amazing works by Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, Renoir and many more.
While you are here, do visit the 5th-floor clock tower for some picture-worthy views of Paris.
3. Check Out the Catacombs, If You Dare!
The Catacombs of Paris hold the remains of more than six million people in a small part of a tunnel network built to consolidate Paris’ ancient stone mines. It was created in an attempt to find a solution for the city’s overflowing cemeteries.
Nowadays it is a somewhat strange, yet very popular tourist attraction.
I hope you enjoyed this Paris 4-day itinerary!
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