There are not enough words to describe how much I love this beautiful city. Paris is probably my favorite place on earth for a number of reasons – the food, the architecture and the culture. Not to mention the slightly cheaper prices on Celine or YSL which I may or may not have gone a bit overboard with.
Spending 4 days in the city of love was definitely not enough time, I highly recommend at least 1 full week to see everything Paris has to offer.
Covering the Basics
- Eiffel Tower
- Probably one of the most iconic structures in the world, this is an obvious visit if you’re coming to Paris. If there’s one thing you’re supposed to do in Paris (and there are a lot of must-dos), it’s to sit your ass in front of this tower if you’re not going up it.
- It’s extremely packed – I tried going a bit before sunrise and there were already a ton of humans – ranging from engagement shoots, to modeling shoots to everything in between. The best place for the view is Trocadero at Palais de Chaillot. This is where all the instagrammers and bloggers go for their step pic.
- Unfortunately, there was construction for the Olympics during our time there, so this ugly crane was in the way.
- The Lourve
- You can easily spend 3 hours inside the Lourve. Famous for housing the Mona Lisa (which is surprisingly small), the Lourve can be a maze for first timers. Wear some comfortable shoes and get lost in all the art this magnificent palace has to offer.
- Close to the Lourve is Palais Royal which is beautiful and definitely worth making a quick stop.
- Notre Dame Cathedral
- Made famous by Quasimodo the hunchback of Notre Dame (JUST KIDDING). Definitely worth a stop by! Entrance is free and it’s gorgeous inside. This medieval cathedral feels like you’ve stepped back in time.
- Arc de Triomphe and Sacre Coeur
- The Arc de Triomphe is not my favorite tourist attraction because it’s extremely crowded on the Champs-Élysées and it’s more of a shopping area. However, the Chanel store is on Avenue Montaigne and who can complain about that.
- Laduree is also here if you want to get your macaroon fix (which I did).
- The Sacré-Cœur Basilica is lovely and offers a great view of the city. I highly recommend coming up here in the mornings before it gets crowded.
- Palace of Versailles – a must visit. Crowded and packed with tourists is an understatement. Buy your tickets in advance. Can’t stressed this one enough. Not only is there a line to buy tickets, there’s an extremely long line to get in. It would be useful to understand when the peak hours are for tour buses so you could avoid them at all costs.
- The Palace itself is so grand, I bet King Louis wiped his ass with bricks of gold.
- Public Parks – there many free public parks in Paris which I absolutely loved. A couple that come to mind – Jardin du Luxembourg, Place De Vosges, Tuileries Garden
- Croissants – We ate 5 croissants in 4 days. I miss it everyday.
- Du Pains et des Idees – also known for their escargot pastery
- Des Gateaux et du Pain
- Comptoir Gana
- Aux Peches Normands
- And lastly – Escargot – can’t forget trying snail in France!