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How to Spend a Week in Paris

Updated: Jun 1

View of the Eiffel Tower
Tour Eiffel

From the daily baguette runs and copious amounts of wine, to the charming Parisian alleyways and mornings spent people-watching whilst sipping coffee at cafés... from standing at the Sacré-Cœur and looking down at the bustling neighborhoods, to strolling along the Seine while admiring the city's stunning architecture, Paris, you are exquisite.

I visited Paris mid-August with Kevin. His dad's side of the family lives throughout Paris, and they generously provided accommodation for us. The duration of our trip was one week. Here are a few places I recommend checking out and some tips to help make planning your trip a breeze!

View of Luxembourg Gardens
Jardin du Luxembourg


Things to do in Paris

Paris is brimming with sights, historical locations, and museums housing some of the world's greatest masterpieces (like... you guessed it—the Mona Lisa). Give yourself enough time to fully take in everything this city has to offer!

Eiffel Tower: Our first stop was the Eiffel Tower. It was mind-boggling to see an iconic landmark I'd only previously seen in movies and books, in person. Tip: Check out the Eiffel Tower during the daytime and at night, as it becomes draped in gold sparkling lights. Buy your tickets to get to the top the tower in advance to avoid waiting in a long line.

Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile: This historical monument sits at the center of twelve straight avenues and can be accessed by Avenue des Champs-Élysées. It bears significant French history, and the inside of the arch is entirely engraved with the names of those who fought in the Napoleonic Wars. Tip: Visit the Arc de Triomphe at night as well as during the day.

Rue de Crémieux: This is a picturesque pedestrian street lined with pastel-colored homes.

Notre-Dame Cathedral: Admire the intricate details and architecture of this famous cathedral.Tip: The line to enter typically appears long, but don't let it discourage you from entering—it moves very quickly.

Jardin du Luxembourg: This is a lively, beautifully maintained garden where you'll find both tourists and locals.

Montmartre: Visit this neighborhood to find cobblestone alleys, charming shops, street artists, and an abundance of cafés.

La Basilique du Sacré Coeur: This church is perched atop the highest point in Montmartre. Go up to the Dome for panoramic views of the city—which can be accessed via 300 steps up a narrow, spiral staircase.

Palais Garnier: This is one of the world's most recognized opera houses. You might recognize it from its dramatic, grandiose staircase (hence, its name—the Grand Staircase). While you're there, visit the Grand Foyer, a massive room fully adorned in gold, and lined with chandeliers and paintings. Tip: Purchase your tickets for this spot in advance.

Other spots to visit: Louvre Museum, Pont Alexandre III, Le Marais, Panthéon

Bars and speakeasies: Le Mauri7, Lavomatic (a speakeasy with the appearance of a laundromat), Moonshiner

View of Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe

View of Rue Crémieux
Rue Crémieux

Grand Foyer at Palais Garnier
Grand Foyer at Palais Garnier


• Get to your destination early because popular spots will quickly become crowded.

• If you are visiting in August, note that Parisians are on holiday during this time. Contact restaurants to ensure they are open during the time of your visit.

• Take the subway—their subway system is fairly easy to navigate. And, of course... walk! It's the best way to explore the city's nooks and crannies.



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