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Best route for 3 days in Paris

What places do you suggest we must see in 3 days in Paris?

8 Answers

top answer by
Daphne from Paris

Hi Antonio, 
I suggest to visit Quartier Du Marais (not on saturdays) from Rue de Rivoli (south) to Rue de Bretagne (north), that's nice for half a day, don't forget to have lunch Rue des Rosiers at L'as Du Fallafel if you feel like or Café Charlot for a fancy/trendy lunch on a terrasse or Marché des Enfants Rouges where you can find different kinds of food, for all tastes. From there you can walk north along Canal Saint Martin. You will then reach Paris Est which is not the fanciest place in Paris but if you walk down Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis you will discover a whole different face of Paris, gathering many cool bars and restaurants, cheaper and more "underground". walking or taking the subway line 4 to Réaumur - Sébastopol will bring you in Rue Montorgueil, in the heart of Étienne Marcelquarter. Search for the Passage du Grand Cerf and other inner streets like this. 

For your second day, a visit Père Lachaise Cemetery can be very nice especially if the weather is good. the Opéra is also a must see - from there you can go for a bit of shopping at Printemps de l'Homme and Galeries Lafayette.

don't forget The Louvre ! if you have no time to visit it, the pyramide and the Tuileries are also really nice ! and from there you are just a few steps from Pont des Arts - very romantic - cross the bridge and go to the left along the quay to Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame through Rue de la Huchette.

if you wish to see Eiffel Tower take the subway to Trocadéro.
Enjoy !

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Quartier Du Marais (attraction)
  2. Rue de Rivoli (attraction)
  3. Rue de Bretagne (attraction)
  4. Rue des Rosiers (attraction)
  5. L'as Du Fallafel (restaurant)
  6. Café Charlot (restaurant)
  7. Marché des Enfants Rouges (restaurant)
  8. Canal Saint Martin (attraction)
  9. Paris Est (attraction)
  10. Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis (attraction)
  11. Réaumur - Sébastopol (attraction)
  12. Rue Montorgueil (attraction)
  13. Étienne Marcel (attraction)
  14. Passage du Grand Cerf (attraction)
  15. Père Lachaise Cemetery (attraction)
  16. Opéra (attraction)
  17. Printemps de l'Homme (attraction)
  18. Galeries Lafayette (attraction)
  19. The Louvre (attraction)
  20. Tuileries (attraction)
  21. Pont des Arts (attraction)
  22. Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame (attraction)
  23. Rue de la Huchette (attraction)
  24. Eiffel Tower (attraction)
  25. Trocadéro (attraction)
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answered by
Valerie from Seattle

Antonio, you have so many choices on this question from past answers, I'll do my best to give you my suggestions too!

Day 1: North of the La Seine:

  • The Arc de Triomphe is a must see, since it will give you a quick orientation to the layout of the city. Walking down the Champs-Élysées is also interesting, even if you're just window shopping!
  • Explore Basilique du Sacre-Coeur and Montmartre. If you're interested in it, go by the Moulin Rougeduring the daytime--the neighborhood can get dodgy at night.
  • Wander through Père Lachaise Cemetery to see famous graves in the French style, including Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison.
  • Visit Quartier Du Marais and have a meal at L'as Du Fallafel, one of the most famous restaurants in the area. Check the hours in advance, and be prepared to wait, but trust me it's worth it.

Day 2: Versailles:

Day 3: South of La Seine:

  • Start the morning by climbing the stairs at Notre-Dame de Paris. If you arrive early in the morning, the lines are short and the tower is cool, making the climb of 400+ steps much easier!
  • Explore the Les Deux Magots, Hemingway's famous haunt. Also check out Paroisse Saint Sulpice, where the Rose Line (original Prime Meridian) runs through the church.
  • Be sure to prepare to line up to go into the Catacombes de Paris. This is my FAVORITE tour in Paris, a great history lesson, and something I consider a must-do at least once in every visit!
  • Naturally, you must do the Eiffel Tower and walk along the Champ de Mars. If you're not afraid of heights, head to the top for a view of the entire city.

Have a wonderful trip!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. La Seine (attraction)
  2. Arc de Triomphe (attraction)
  3. Champs-Élysées (attraction)
  4. Basilique du Sacre-Coeur (attraction)
  5. Moulin Rouge (attraction)
  6. Père Lachaise Cemetery (attraction)
  7. Quartier Du Marais (attraction)
  8. L'as Du Fallafel (restaurant)
  9. Versailles (city)
  10. Palace of Versailles (attraction)
  11. Le Petit Trianon (restaurant)
  12. The Grand Trianon (attraction)
  13. La Seine (attraction)
  14. Notre-Dame de Paris (attraction)
  15. Les Deux Magots (restaurant)
  16. Paroisse Saint Sulpice (attraction)
  17. Catacombes de Paris (attraction)
  18. Eiffel Tower (attraction)
  19. Champ de Mars (attraction)
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answered by
John from Carlsbad (California)

It all depends on how much energy you have.  If you want, you can see a lot in three days.  Here is a map showing a long first day as detailed below:

Begin the day by taking the Metro or walking to the Pont Neuf Metro Stop.  Walk across the Pont Neufto the Île de la Cité.  When you arrive on the "bow" of the island, admire the Statue of Henry IV before entering the Square du Vert Galant, an intimate garden from which excellent photos can be taken of the river.  Walk from there to the Place Dauphine, a peaceful square in the very center of Paris.  As you enter the square, notice the Taverne Henri IV on your left.  This is one of my favorite wine bars/cafes in Paris.  If you should be doing this part of the tour in the afternoon, this is an excellent place for a light lunch and a glass of wine.  It is small and can be crowded with lawyers and others from the nearby government buildings, but it is very authentic and they serve good meat and cheese platters. Walk through the square and exit to your left on the rue de Harley, then turn right on the Quai de l'Horloge and walk along the river, enjoying the view.  You will see the Saint-Jacques Tower ahead and to your left across the river.  It is all that is left of a 16th Century church that was destroyed in the Revolution.  To your right is the very large La Conciergerie, where many prisoners awaited the guillotine during the revolution.  As you turn right on the Boulevard du Palais, notice the ancient clock on the side of the corner tower, the first public clock installed in Paris in the 14th century.  La Conciergerie is worth a visit of about 30 to 40 minutes.  Continue on the Boulevard du Palais to Sainte-Chapelle, a must-see.  After exiting, continue south on the Boulevard and turn left on the Quai du Marché Neuf and head to Notre-Dame de Paris, one of the premier sights in Paris.  If you have time and the inclination, duck into the Crypte archéologique du Parvis de Notre-Dame for a little archaeological history.   As you approach the Cathedral, notice the Statue of Charlemagne on the right and the Point Zéro des Routes de France, the point from which all distances are measured in France, in the center of the square.   Allow a good 30 to 40 minutes for the interior of the Cathedral and at least again as much if you are brave enough to climb the circular staircase up the tower.  It is only for the fit.  Upon exiting the Cathedral, head to your left, across the Pont au Double and turn left on the Quai de Montebello.  There are good views across the river to the side of Notre-Dame and there are Bouquinistes (Book Sellers) along the Quai, selling second-hand books and prints.  Turn left on the Pont de l'Archevêché and go back across the river.  The bridge is one of the great places to take photos of the Cathedral, and you will notice all the padlocks on the bridge as symbols of love.  (I thought it was cute when it first started, but now I'm not so sure.)  Stop at the Square Jean XXIII for more photos and sit under the shade of the trees in good weather.  Cross the Pont Saint-Louis onto the Ile Saint-Louis, one of the most charming areas of Paris.  Proceed down Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île with all its shops, cases and restaurants.  Grab an ice cream at Berthillon.  Double back and turn right on Rue des Deux Ponts and go across the Pont Marie to the Pont Marie Metro Station to end this part of the tour.

If you want to keep going, take the metro from the Pont Marie Metro Stop to the Palais Royal- Musee du Louvre Metro stop, then walk again from there to Le Palais Royal and its beautiful gardens. There are some interesting shops in the arcades and the flowers and fountains of the gardens are wonderful.  Walk back across the Place du Palais Royal and through the Passage Richelieu to the Louvre Pyramid and admire the Cour Carrée et Pyramide du LouvreIf you have time to spend a couple hours, see The Louvre.  Otherwise save it for another day.  Walk to and under Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and through the Tuileries Gardens.  Monet fans should not miss his large Water Lilly works in the Musee de l'OrangerieThey can be seen in 30 minutes, but you may want to stay longer.  Continue through the gardens to the Place de la Concorde to admire the ancient Egyptian obelisk.  From here you can either keep walking down Champs-Élysées or you can take the Metro to the Arc de TriompheThere are metro stops every few blocks so if you start walking, you can take the metro at the next stop if you get tired.  You can climb to the top of the Arch or just check out the flame at the bottom.  Finally, if you are up to it, you can take the Metro to the Le Defense Metro Stop and see modern Paris with an elevator ride to the top of La Grande Arche de La DefenseThere is a great view back up the Champs-Élysées with everything to the Louvre lining up.  It is especially nice late in the day.

I'll put up days 2 and 3 in the future.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Pont Neuf (attraction)
  2. Île de la Cité (attraction)
  3. Statue of Henry IV (attraction)
  4. Square du Vert Galant (attraction)
  5. Place Dauphine (attraction)
  6. Taverne Henri IV (attraction)
  7. Saint-Jacques Tower (attraction)
  8. La Conciergerie (attraction)
  9. Boulevard du Palais (attraction)
  10. Sainte-Chapelle (attraction)
  11. Notre-Dame de Paris (attraction)
  12. Crypte archéologique du Parvis de Notre-Dame (attraction)
  13. Statue of Charlemagne (attraction)
  14. Point Zéro des Routes de France (attraction)
  15. Pont au Double (attraction)
  16. Pont de l'Archevêché (attraction)
  17. Square Jean XXIII (attraction)
  18. Pont Saint-Louis (attraction)
  19. Ile Saint-Louis (attraction)
  20. Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île (attraction)
  21. Berthillon (attraction)
  22. Rue des Deux Ponts (attraction)
  23. Pont Marie (attraction)
  24. Le Palais Royal (restaurant)
  25. Place du Palais Royal (attraction)
  26. Passage Richelieu (attraction)
  27. Louvre Pyramid (attraction)
  28. Cour Carrée et Pyramide du Louvre (attraction)
  29. The Louvre (attraction)
  30. Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel (attraction)
  31. Tuileries (attraction)
  32. Musee de l'Orangerie (attraction)
  33. Place de la Concorde (attraction)
  34. Champs-Élysées (attraction)
  35. Arc de Triomphe (attraction)
  36. La Grande Arche de La Defense (attraction)
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answered by
Damian from Rosario


In Paris there are many things to see and do.
Depends on the interest you have to know, but if you want to tour the most interesting places.

I recommend this route:

- Day 1: Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, MontmartreBasilique du Sacre-Coeur and Moulin Rouge.

- Day 2: Notre-Dame de Paris, Latin Quarter, Luxembourg GardenLes InvalidesChamp de Mars and Eiffel Tower.

If you want to go to the The Louvre, just do it outside because you take too long to cross it.

- Day 3: Palace of Versailles.


On day 1 I think you have time to go somewhere on Day 2, as it is longer.

I set up the route to gain time because of the proximity between one place and another, so you can walk, knowing and contemplating the city.

Good trip!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Arc de Triomphe (attraction)
  2. Champs-Élysées (attraction)
  3. Montmartre (attraction)
  4. Basilique du Sacre-Coeur (attraction)
  5. Moulin Rouge (attraction)
  6. Notre-Dame de Paris (attraction)
  7. Latin Quarter (attraction)
  8. Luxembourg Garden (attraction)
  9. Les Invalides (attraction)
  10. Champ de Mars (attraction)
  11. Eiffel Tower (attraction)
  12. The Louvre (attraction)
  13. Palace of Versailles (attraction)
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answered by
Gaelle from Paris

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain (attraction)
  2. Montmartre (attraction)
  3. Buttes Chaumont (attraction)
  4. Parc de la Villette (attraction)
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answered by

The Louvre, Versailles, Basilique du Sacre-Coeur (and its view of Paris below), Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower (the tower lights up every night, on the hour, and the best place to see the light show is Place du Trocadero across the street), Sainte-Chapelle with its stained glass windows, Arc de Triomphe (view from the roof up many stairs is beautiful), escargots at a sidewalk cafe on the Champs-Élysées. There is so much to see. I don't know how much you want to try to see in just 3 days, but these are my favorites. It is my favorite city!!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. The Louvre (attraction)
  2. Versailles (city)
  3. Basilique du Sacre-Coeur (attraction)
  4. Notre Dame (attraction)
  5. Eiffel Tower (attraction)
  6. Sainte-Chapelle (attraction)
  7. Arc de Triomphe (attraction)
  8. Champs-Élysées (attraction)
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answered by
Belinda from South Carolina

Alot depends on what your interests are. Art, gardens,food, churches,medival or military history ...? It is all available 

A hop-on/hop-off bus is a good way to get an overview

I like to get a guide book of the city I am visiting and with a map and metro map decide the best route to see my 10 must see sites.

Part of the enjoyment of Paris is people watching from a cafe or garden seat so allow time for relaxing

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answered first by
Nilufer from Istanbul

would you like to check my blog out? I am a fan of Paris and you may find many attractions for Paris in three different parts. Enjoy Paris is simply beautiful

Paris Part I 

discovering Paris city center in one day by being informed about where to stay, L’open tour (hop-on hop-off), Ferris Wheel and Eiffel Tower…another day in Disneyland Paris

Paris Part II

Le Chateau experience from 1118s Vaux de Cernay, Sacre Coeur, Montmartre, Moulin Rouge Cabaret story and La Défense wait here for you

Paris Part III 

spending one day with full of picturesque, historic, joyful Paris corners, boutiques

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Eiffel Tower (attraction)
  2. Disneyland Paris (attraction)
  3. Sacre Coeur (attraction)
  4. Montmartre (attraction)
  5. Moulin Rouge (attraction)
  6. La Défense (attraction)
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