As always, we only had a few days for this trip and so we wanted to make the most of every second. I hear a lot of people say things like, “Unless you have a full three weeks to spend in ______ then it’s not even worth it.” That literally makes zero sense to me, because three days in Paris will always be better than no days in Paris! So while I will not pretend like we had enough time to fully explore this magical city, I will tell you that it was one of the best long weekends of my entire life. Here is what our three days in Paris looked like:
- Check in to hotel – we used two free-night certificates and stayed at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme
- Stop by Eric Kayser for baguettes and chocolate croissants, then Ladurée for macarons
- Walk to the Eiffel Tower – we made the most of our route and made a bajillion stops along the way. We saw the Louvre, the Paris Ferris Wheel, plus lots of cute side streets and a couple of parks.
- Lunch at Le Petit Cler – make sure to order the duck confit!
- Eiffel Tower – you can really personalize this experience and make it as long or as short as you want! You can wait in line and go up to the top, or just walk around and underneath it. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures!
- Champs-Elysees – I would definitely recommend seeing it all lit up at night.
- Dinner at any creperie you find on your walk home! Our favorite savory crepe is mozzarella, pesto and tomato, and our favorite sweet one is bananas with nutella.
- Sit-down breakfast at Angelina – the most adorable restaurant I have ever been in. The food is a bit overpriced, but the experience is more than worth it. Plus the hot chocolate is like liquid gold and the waiters treat you like royalty!
- Uber to The Palace of Versailles – our most favorite thing we did on the entire trip was rent bikes at Versailles. Just past the main palace, down the dirt pathway, and on the right side of the canal is a little rental kiosk. We had the bikes for several hours and explored the entire grounds. They come with locks, so you can chain up the bikes while you go inside of each palace and building you come across. I would highly recommend buying the ticket that gets you into everything – the palace, the gardens, and the Estate of Trianon!
- Lunch inside of the estate or at one of the creperies right outside of the main entrance.
- Night cruise on the River Seine – we cruised with Vedettes du Pont Neuf and would highly recommend it! The cruise is only 10 euros and lasts an hour. They show you all of the beautiful monuments built along the river and provide history of the city. You even get an up-close view of the Eiffel Tower sparkling at night!
- Spend the morning exploring the city! We took an Uber to Rue Crémieux to get my pictures of the colorful street. We took the long way home and saw the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Queen Elizabeth flower market, so many old churches and government buildings that I can’t even remember the names of them all, fun streets, libraries, the university, Luxembourg Gardens, and so much more! We had so much fun wandering the streets and admiring the unique architecture. Every terrace, bistro and alleyway is beautiful, so you really can’t go wrong no matter where you decide to walk!
- Lunch at Relais de l’Entrecôte – best steak and frites in Paris!
- Cooking class at Le Foodist – this was my second favorite thing we did in Paris. Making croissants and chocolate croissants from scratch in the coziest Parisian kitchen with the sweetest husband-and-wife-baker duo was an experience I will never forget! They even send you home with a box full of fresh, warm croissants – yum!
- “Picnic” dinner at the hotel – we went to a local supermarket and picked out some salami, cheese and pesto to go with fresh baguettes from Eric Kayser. This was quite possibly the best (and cheapest) meal we had all weekend!
- One more banana and nutella crepe for dessert, plus a night walk through the city.
While 3 days in Paris is obviously not enough time to see the whole city, it is definitely a good starting point. We left feeling like we had seen everything we wanted to and we had ZERO regrets about going “all that way” for “so little time.” We fell completely in love with Paris in three days and we can’t wait to go back again soon!
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