How To Spend Three Days In Paris

How To Spend Three Days In Paris

Hey friends! I apologize in advance for this post, I wrote it after drinking a couple glasses of wine (it’s been one of those weeks..) so I have failed to censor myself as I usually try to do and am far too lazy to edit it. I hope you find it as funny as I do. Okay, you probably won’t but hopefully, you’ll find this somewhat helpful when trying to figure out how to spend three days in Paris! Besides that whole incident on the Eiffel Tower that I posted the other day, Paris was a dream. We stayed in the cutest Airbnb, ate delicious croissants, and drank damn good cups of coffee. The buildings were so Parisian (literally, there’s no other word), and everybody was so stylish! I can’t wait to return.

Since our wonderful Airbnb in Paris was located in Beaugrenelle within the 15th Arrondissement, we had easy access to many of the major landmarks – including the Eiffel Tower! With any city, I recommend booking your stay (where it’s in a hotel or in an Airbnb) in a location near the activities you want to do and the locations you plan on visiting.

Anyways, keep reading to find out how we spent three days in Paris!

How To Spend Three Days In Paris

Day One In Paris

We took our engagement photos!!! First of all, I never would have thought that I’d be getting married let alone having our engagement photos taken in PARIS. That was a dream come true. I haven’t seen all of them yet but here’s a sneak peek! I’ll create a post with all of them once I receive them. Chris’s sister, Jenna, is a very talented photographer and was awesome enough to take our photos :). She has her own blog as well – which you can check out here! Thanks, Jenna!! (if you read this lol).

After our “photo shoot”, our first official activity in Paris was to visit Arc de Triomphe. While this was only a 15-minute walk, my feet were so sore from the nonstop walking we had done while in London, that we ended up getting an Uber to the Arc lol.

"Paris is always a good idea." Audrey Hepburn was certainly right about that! Here's how you can spend three days in Paris! Click here to read what's worth the hype and what's not.

A view of the Arc de Triomphe while walking on the Champs Elysées.

The Arc de Triomphe is located on the deathtrap known as Place Charles de Gaulle, a massive road junction. Mothers, doctors, and the overall general public DO NOT RECOMMEND trying to cross this on foot. Our Uber had dropped us off at a nearby hotel and we spent a solid ten minutes trying to figure how the hell to cheat death and get across to the Arc. Well, it turns out, there’s a pedestrian tunnel that we finally found. Duh, amateurs.

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Speaking of death and what not, climbing all 284 steps up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe was my own personal hell. I’m not the most in shape person in the world, but I’m also not the most out of shape person in the world, and these steps fucking killed me. Pardon my French. Pun intended. When we finally reached the top, I was in so much pain that I didn’t even care about the view. I went straight to a bench and sat my ass down for a few minutes so I could try and remember how to breathe. Once I was breathing again, I stood up to look at the view and MY GOD IT WAS THE BEAUTIFUL VIEW I HAVE EVER SEEN and it made my pain disappear. Basically, the steps are a bitch but the view is worth it.

"Paris is always a good idea." Audrey Hepburn was certainly right about that! Here's how you can spend three days in Paris! Click here to read what's worth the hype and what's not.

My personal hell – climbing up the steps of the Arc de Triomphe

"Paris is always a good idea." Audrey Hepburn was certainly right about that! Here's how you can spend three days in Paris! Click here to read what's worth the hype and what's not.

On top of the Arc de Triomphe – it was very bright out that day lol.

Tip: Skip climbing up the Eiffel Tower and climb up the Arc de Triomphe instead. The Arc gives you the best view of the Eiffel Tower and Paris. If you climb the Eiffel Tower, you get an okay view of Paris but since it’s actually so high up and Paris is very flat, it’s hard to distinguish the buildings from one another. Also, you don’t get a view of the Eiffel Tower which is what people really want to see, let’s be real here.

After spending some time admiring the view, we made our back down the Arc and started our long walk down the Champs Elysées. We spent some walking around the Louis Vuitton store located there, where one wallet was literally more than my rent lol. Then, the hanger was starting to act up like a painful zit so our next mission was to find a place to eat.

We decided on the Bistro 25 and I got a cheeseburger, which I regret because it wasn’t that good. I was just looking at their menu now and wish I would’ve gone for the French Onion soup or for some sort of pasta. We also all tried escargot for the first time!! It looked absolutely disgusting but it was surprisingly delicious?! Basically, it was nothing but garlic flavored butter and when a food has ‘garlic butter’ in the name, I’m so down for it. If you follow me on Snapchat (hint, hint), you would’ve witnessed my reaction!

Once we were all fed and happy, we continued our stroll down the Champs Elysées (btw, this is like my favorite thing to say at the moment – it’s so fun to say and it just rolls off the tongue. I keep randomly saying it for no particular reason lol) until we made it to the Jardin des Tuileries. There, we sat at the fountain and enjoyed some downtime. I read a few chapters from Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone – which I had picked up at the Warner Bro’s The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour whilst in London – and I felt like a local at that moment. It seems like whenever there’s a nice day, Parisians take to the Gardens and enjoy some time in the sun.

Related:   This Is A Must Visit For Every Harry Potter Fan

Tip: If you find an empty chair around the Jardin des Tuileries, stick to it like glue because it’s very hard to come across one. Chris and I were lucky enough to find two right next to each other but apparently, that’s quite rare.

"Paris is always a good idea." Audrey Hepburn was certainly right about that! Here's how you can spend three days in Paris! Click here to read what's worth the hype and what's not.

After resting, we got an Uber back to our Airbnb so we could freshen ourselves up after a long day of walking. We ate a quick dinner and then headed to the Eiffel Tower.

I wrote a post all about my first experience visiting the Eiffel Tower, which is linked right below if you want to read more about that. There was a knife attack and a bomb threat if that gives you any idea as to how it went.

Related:   We Were Trapped In The Eiffel Tower.

Day Two In Paris

After a rough night with very little sleep, we had a scheduled tour of The Louvre bright and early. We met our tour guide under the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and spent the next five hours exploring the Louvre. The history behind it is as fascinating as the artwork on the inside! It was also amazing to see the original Mona Lisa! According to our tour guide, even though Leonardo was painting a portrait of Lisa del Giocondo, he actually painted her face in the same likeness as his gay lover. How cool is that? My two other favorite pieces of art were Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss, a sculpture by Antonio Canova and Venus de Milo.

"Paris is always a good idea." Audrey Hepburn was certainly right about that! Here's how you can spend three days in Paris! Click here to read what's worth the hype and what's not.

The Louvre. Royalty free stock image provided from

Tip: While a bit pricey (about $70 a person), book a private tour for the Louvre. The Louvre ended up being my favorite part about Paris, and I believe it was because we had a private tour guide. She made the history and the meaning so much more fascinating than what we would’ve discovered on our own.

Related:   My 10 Favorite Pieces In The Louvre.
"Paris is always a good idea." Audrey Hepburn was certainly right about that! Here's how you can spend three days in Paris! Click here to read what's worth the hype and what's not.

I wasn’t the only one who wanted to see the Mona Lisa…

"Paris is always a good idea." Audrey Hepburn was certainly right about that! Here's how you can spend three days in Paris! Click here to read what's worth the hype and what's not.

Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss.

After leaving the Louvre, we had a nice lunch in the park just outside of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. We then walked along the Seine River until we reached Notre Dame. When we got there, there was the longest line and I didn’t feel like waiting to go in lol. Plus, I really had to pee so I coughed up a Euro to use the public restroom nearby and sat down at the base of the statue Charlemagne et ses Leudes to write on the postcards I’ve been collecting throughout the trip so far while everyone else went inside to tour Notre Dame.

Tip: Do not engage with anyone who’s feeding birds or handing out birdseed at the Notre Dame or any other “touristy” location. Chris and I stopped for a second to watch this little boy play with the pigeons that were on his head and this lady forcibly opened my hand and placed some bird seed so the pigeons would land on it, even after I told her no. I dumped the food onto the ground and then she said I had to pay her a Euro! I did because I didn’t want to make a big deal about it when I really I shouldn’t have paid her.

"Paris is always a good idea." Audrey Hepburn was certainly right about that! Here's how you can spend three days in Paris! Click here to read what's worth the hype and what's not.

Notre Dame.

Once they had finished touring, we got an Uber back to an Airbnb and then ate a restaurant right across from our Airbnb. I’m not going to name it because I do not recommend going lol.

Day Three In Paris

Chris and I spent our last day in Paris at Disneyland! I’m going to write a whole separate post comparing Disneyland Paris to Disneyland Anaheim so I’m not going to say much here. It was fun though! One of the items on our bucket list is to visit every Disney park – this was only my second one and Chris’s third so we have a long way to go lol.

"Paris is always a good idea." Audrey Hepburn was certainly right about that! Here's how you can spend three days in Paris! Click here to read what's worth the hype and what's not.

So that is how you can spend three days in Paris! It was quick but eventful. I actually don’t feel the urge to return to Paris (right now anyway) because I believe we saw everything that we wanted to see and did everything that we wanted to do. I do believe that Paris should be on everybody’s travel list. However, next time we come to France, I definitely want to visit a smaller or less well-known city.

For a comprehensive list of off-beat things to do while in Paris, be sure to check out this post!

Have you been to Paris? If so, what would you recommend a first-time visitor to do?

Talk to you soon!

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Bri is the Harry Potter obsessed founder of Wondering & Wandering. When she's not blogging or traveling, you can usually find her in bed with a good book and a glass of wine.

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  1. August 28, 2017 / 7:00 pm

    I’m building my itinerary for my next Paris trip (Christmas!) and love all the restaurants you found – looking them up next and might add a couple to my own trip!!

  2. Momma To Go
    August 28, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    I Love Paris! Def want to return soon! I would love to go to DL Paris!!!

  3. August 29, 2017 / 12:39 am

    I love Paris and I noted all your food tips. (Never get enough of French cooking…)

    • August 29, 2017 / 1:02 pm

      The food was amazing!!

  4. Ha Truong
    August 29, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    Love Paris. I visited Paris for 5 days in February 🙂 The weather wasn’t good that time though, so I guess I will visit anther time.

    • August 31, 2017 / 1:05 pm

      That’s a bummer to hear 🙁 I hope you make it back there soon and the weather will be perfect!

  5. Therie
    August 29, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    A whole day spent in The Lourve and a day-trip to Versailles would be a dream! Would love to know if you can recommend a fairly cheap accommodation in Paris?Thank you!

  6. August 29, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    Beautiful. Makes me so wistful for Paris. Thanks for the little mental vacation. 🙂

    • August 30, 2017 / 12:40 am

      Hahaha you’re welcome 😉

  7. August 29, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    This is a great guide! I did most of these things in Paris too! I miss it and would love to go back 🙂

  8. August 29, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    I’ve travelled many places, but not yet Paris. Maybe this is the inspiration I’ve been looking for!

    • August 30, 2017 / 12:54 am

      I hope it has!! It was amazing!

  9. August 29, 2017 / 6:35 pm

    I’ve been seeing so many Paris posts this weekend, it’s really making me want to visit so bad!I hope you had an amazing time! 🙂

    • August 30, 2017 / 12:54 am

      I hope you make it there soon! Thank you! 🙂

  10. August 30, 2017 / 12:41 am

    I traveled to Paris many years back. Absolutely loved the city.

  11. August 30, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    I may be headed to Paris in a couple of weeks so this comes at a perfect time!

    • August 31, 2017 / 12:39 am

      I hope you have fun!!!

  12. September 19, 2017 / 8:18 am

    Hey Bri, thanks for the tip on climbing the Arc de Triomphe instead of the Eiffel Tower. Makes a lot of sense! 😄

    • September 19, 2017 / 6:32 pm

      Your welcome! It is by far the best view of the city.

  13. Danielle
    September 19, 2017 / 8:35 am

    That’s exactly how I feel– I saw all the major attractions and would love to visit a smaller French city. But heading back next month because my boyfriend’s never been haha! So maybe next time. I do want to get a guide through the Louvre this time, seems like it made it a lot more meaningful for you guys!

    • September 19, 2017 / 6:30 pm

      The Louvre is so big that I feel without a travel guide you will get lost and miss some of the cooler things. Perhaps once we go a couple more times then we could risk it without one.

  14. September 19, 2017 / 9:40 am

    I am making my plan to visit Paris end of this year. Your post is really going to help me out in arranging and planning this up ahead. Thanks alot for sharing 🙂

    • September 19, 2017 / 6:28 pm

      And thank you for reading it means a lot to me!

  15. September 19, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    Great tips! Paris is such an amazing city full of new surprises around every corner, even to veterans visitors to the city.

    • September 19, 2017 / 6:28 pm

      I can’t wait to go back again :).

  16. September 19, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    Your pictures from Paris are beautiful ! Definitely makes me wanna go back. I didn’t get to see the Louvre or Disneyland Paris so definitely adding those to my list for next time !

    • September 19, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      Definitely get a travel guide for the Louvre. Very expensive but very worth it.

  17. Victoria
    September 19, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    Paris is my favorite and being able to get so much done in 3 days is even better. Thank you for sharing!

    • September 19, 2017 / 6:21 pm

      So much to do but It’s great to get it all done.

  18. September 20, 2017 / 12:04 am

    ‘Paris is always a goof idea’ so true. I have traveled to Paris twice, had endless fun and while reading your post I recalled my each memory. Thank you for sharing.

  19. September 20, 2017 / 1:46 am

    France looks great and what a cool way to spend 3 days. The Louvre looks amazing – I would love to check it out one day!

  20. September 20, 2017 / 5:56 am

    Paris is such a beautiful city! I would spend an entire day in Montmartre, just hopping from cafe to cafe and enjoying the local art scene. Your itinerary is great as well, you have done quite a few main attractions without putting too much every day and just enjoy fully the sights you’ve visited. I didn’t know you could go up the Arc of Triumph.

  21. September 20, 2017 / 10:05 am

    Waaw what a great tour, 3 days are not enough to visit the whole Paris for sure. Glad to see that you visited the Louvre Museum is one of my favourites, Disneyland is so fun for you. looking forward for your next trips.

  22. October 23, 2017 / 11:28 am

    When we do citybreaks be tend to do a LOT of walking and don’t use public transport all that much. So for us, Paris’ Metro Carnet (book of 10 tickets) is perfect. Two great things about them:

    1: They don’t expire so any leftover tickets can be kept & used for the next time you visit Paris.
    2: They’re 10 individual tickets so you can hand tickets to friends who’re travelling with you and you both benefit from the cheaper price per ticket.

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