Me and my BF will be visiting Paris for the first time for 4 days 3 nights. May I know which will be best area for us to stay? Maybe some major attractions. Thanks!
The 7th Arrondissment is a good area, especially near the Rue Cler (lots of good restaurants there). The Eiffel Tower is close by. There are Metro stations close to that area, too. A few of us (on our last trip to Paris) got some AirBnB & VRBO apartments there for quite reasonable prices! Another area is the Le Marais area, but that may be a bit pricier. It's close to the The Louvre, Notre Dame etc. If you want a hotel, look in those areas, too. Most of the Paris sights are along the Seine... it's all quite walkable.
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The 7th is very popular, but I like the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. We like apartments instead of hotels so the Marais in the 4th can be a place for good value.
It really depends on what you are looking for. We stayed in the 7th Arrondissement in a hotel and in the 11th in an Air BNB. The 7th was great after being jet lagged. Less congested. The 11th was much more diverse & bustling; we liked the vibe & great ethnic restaurants. LOVED our Air BNB! Gave us each some space. We were a 58 year old Mom & 23 year old son traveling to a wedding. Try a smaller museum one day, like the Rodin or L'Orangerie. The Seine bateaux mouches are nice at night, especially with jet lag or for an overview. Take a walk along the Promenade Plantée for a unique perspective. Don't miss the art work in the stairwell of the Abbessses (Metro stop in Montmartre).
Everyone has an opinion, but since you've never been there previously, I would suggest the following;
1) You want to stay near a Paris Metro station, their subway system is huge, goes everywhere and some of the stations give great access to the standard railway system. I would suggest somewhere near the The Louvre because the subway station is on the north side of the river very close to the museum.
2) Eiffel Tower Tour but be sure to get your tickets online before you go, because the lines to go up are huge and if you wait, you may never get a ticket! The view from the top of the tower is awesome !
4) Sacré-Cœur Basilica You can easily ride the subway to this fantastic church, be sure to walk about this area, because it is fascinating & scenic.
5) Palace of Versailles The buildings, grounds, etc, are amazing. Again, you need to get here early because the crowds in summer will be huge! The building tour is great, but be sure to walk in the gardens in back of the Palace - they are beautiful.
6) Musée d'Orsay On the south side of the River Seine, and within walking distance of the Louvre, this is a stunning museum even if you are not an art lover!
7) Dinner on the Seine - there are a number of boats that offer an evening tour of the river with dinner. Relaxing way to see Paris from the river.
You mentioned that you have only 4 days, so I may have given you too many things to see, but have fun, try the chocolate & great wine !
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