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what to do in Paris in 3 days

Are you planning your next vacation in Paris, but you have little time? In this post we try to give you some advice on what to see in Paris in 3 days. To visit the French capital in such a short time get ready to walk a lot. Get comfortable shoes and find out about the various public transport season tickets so you can rest a little while sitting on the bus or on the subway when travelling from one part of the city to another. Ready? Let’s start with our itinerary to visit Paris in 3 days.

Day One: From Pigalle to the Sacred Heart

We want to start these 3 days in Paris with a bang and to do so we have to start from one of the most characteristic areas of the French capital. We have decided to recommend you to spend this first day between Pigalle and Montmartre.

Pigalle

If you get off at the Blanche metro stop, you will find yourself immediately in front of one of the symbols of Paris: the Moulin Rouge.

You have arrived in the district of Pigalle, which has always been the red-light district of the French capital. Boulevard de Clichy is lined with an almost endless series of sexy shops, men’s clubs and even a Museum of Eroticism.

Basilica of the Sacred Heart

From Pigalle it will not be difficult to reach the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, one of the symbols of the city.

You can reach it by climbing the many white steps or, if you want to save some energy, by taking the famous funicular.

Once at the top, after contemplating the magnificent view of Paris from here, a visit to the interior is a must. Free entry.

Montmartre

A few steps away from the Basilica you will find yourself in the heart of Montmartre, home to more or less famous artists. Van Gogh, Modigliani and Picasso lived here and still today, in its small squares, aspiring painters and street artists are inspired by the particular view of this district.

If you want a caricature, go to Place du Tertre.

Food tour

If you want to make the first of your 3 days in Paris perfect, you could take part in one of our food tours in the Montmartre district. Among the particular streets of this district, in fact, there are still many typical and authentic places where you can taste the excellent pate, the famous French cheeses and the refined duck, before diving into the delicate traditional sweets.

Day Two: From the Louvre to Trocadero

The second day of your stay in Paris should be spent among some of the most famous places in Paris: get up early in the morning and get ready to walk.

Louvre Museum

The visit to one of the most famous museums in the world should be organized in advance, otherwise you’ll risk wasting a lot of time.

First, consider buying your tickets in advance to avoid queues at the ticket office. Secondly, think about the works you absolutely want to see, so that you don’t risk wandering aimlessly through the many corridors.

In the Louvre Museum, you can’t miss, of course, Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, Samothrace’s Nike and Cupid and Psyche by Canova.

If you’re afraid of wasting too much time, think about booking a guided tour: this way you’ll be on the safe side!

Place de la Concorde

Once outside the Louvre Museum, cross the magnificent Jardin des Tuileries and continue to Place de la Concorde, one of the most majestic squares in the city and one of the most important symbols. It is essential to name it to those who want to know what to see in Paris.

This is a perfect spot to have a magnificent view over the Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe.

Champs-Elysées

At this point walk to the most famous street of the city: you can walk or take a bus, it’s up to you to choose. Our suggestion is to go by bus for a bit of the journey and then get off once you arrive in the shopping area.

Cartier’s windows, Dior, Hugo Boss’s, Louis Vuitton’s and Lacoste’s are intertwined with the more accessible Disney Store’s windows, H&M’s, Zara’s and Abercrombie & Fitch’s: it’s a great time for some shopping!

Arc de Triomphe

At the end of the Champs-Elysées you will find yourself in front of the Arc de Triomphe, the monument erected by Napoleon in 1806 to celebrate his victory in the Battle of Austerlitz.

Today it is possible to climb to the terrace of the Arc de Triomphe to admire a beautiful view of the city and the Eiffel Tower.

Tour Eiffel

From the Arc de Triomphe you can easily reach the symbol of Paris through a few metro stops.

If you want to get into this famous monument we advise you to book tickets before: the queues are always endless!

Trocadero

If, on the other hand, you put aside the idea of visiting the Eiffel Tower, our advice is to go to Trocadéro, a monumental area from which you can enjoy an incredible view over Paris!

Third day: from the Latin Quarter to the Orsay Museum

We have reached the last of your 3 days in Paris, but the things to see are not finished yet! For this day too, get ready to walk!

The Latin Quarter

The first suggestion we can give you is to start your itinerary from one of the liveliest districts of the city: the Latin Quarter. It is a young and fun place, frequented by students and professors of the various institutes that are concentrated right here, such as, for example, the famous Sorbonne.

Do not miss the Pantheon, burial place of some famous historical figures such as Voltaire, Marat and Victor Hugo.

Notre-Dame Cathedral

A few steps from the Latin Quarter is the Île de la Cité, the islet on the Seine where the beautiful Notre-Dame Cathedral stands.

Unfortunately, the church is temporarily closed to the public after the disastrous fire of April 2019, but we recommend you to come here to admire it even from the outside.

Marais

The route continues through the streets of one of the Parisians’ favourite districts: the Marais. What was once a marshy area is now one of the classiest areas of the city.

Not to be missed is Place de la Bastille, a symbol of the French Revolution.

The Orsay Museum

To round off your 3 days in Paris, we suggest you to visit the Orsay Museum: more than a visit, this will be an experience! Inside of what was originally a railway station, today are housed some of the most beautiful paintings by artists such as Cezanne, Gauguin, Monet and Van Gogh.

As with the Louvre, the suggestion is to buy tickets in advance so not to waste time queuing up at ticket offices.

These were our tips on what to see in Paris in 3 days. We hope that they will be useful for you to organize your short stay in this magnificent French capital.

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SELENE

Laureata in Lettere e in Comunicazione e Culture dei Media, ama scrivere e raccontare. Il primo viaggio l'ha fatto che aveva solo due mesi e mezzo e da allora non si è più fermata. Ogni suo viaggio è accompagnato, ovviamente, da più assaggi della cucina locale! Oggi racconta questo e altro sul suo blog "Viaggi che Mangi" e nel frattempo scrive per altri portali.

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