Tips On Planning Your Perfect Day In Paris
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Tips On Planning Your Perfect Day In Paris

Tips On Planning Your Perfect Day In Paris

A trip to Paris is always special; you can take a leisurely stroll down the famed Champs-Elysees and even catch the view from the top of the iconic Eiffel Tower. Full of history, iconic landmarks, and famous artworks throughout, the city also boasts an array of fabulous dining and shopping opportunities. We hope that this Tips On Planning Your Perfect Day In Paris post inspires you. 


Every traveler has their own different desires and wish lists, so what does your perfect day in Paris look like? Whether you’re a foodie, an avid shopper, or just want to experience the City of Light like a local, here are some key ideas to help make your Parisian day a perfect one.

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Visit the Eiffel Tower

The famed and iconic Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city and, perhaps, the world. Constructed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, the 894-foot tower first wowed crowds at the 1889 Exposition Universelle.


The tower consists of three levels, each with an observation deck. You could skip the long lines and get some exercise by opting to take the stairs—however, only the first two levels are accessible by stairs. To reach the third level, you’re going to have to purchase an elevator ticket to access it—however, the view from this observation deck is well worth waiting in the potentially long line.


When should you visit the Eiffel Tower? Well, first off, you get some spectacular views at any time of day, but a visit at night may be the best way to end a perfect day in the city. After all, there’s simply nothing quite like seeing Paris lit up at night from the top of the Eiffel Tower. A good tip to remember is to purchase your tickets in advance and skip some of the potentially long lines in the process.

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Stroll Down the Champs-Elysees


You can walk off a delicious meal and see some incredible sights on the famous street. Start your trek at the Place de la Concorde. The famous square is where King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and Robespierre all ‘lost their heads.’ The historical square is also close to the Tuileries Garden, another sight you don’t want to miss. The street ends at the Arc de Triomphe, and you can catch another stunning view from the top of it.


You will need tickets to reach the top of the arc, but it is a great way to get a bird’s-eye view of the famous street. If you get hungry on your stroll, stop in Laduree for some macarons. You can also grab a bite to eat in Tuileries Garden. Several cafes and restaurants call the garden home.

Tips On Planning Your Perfect Day In Paris

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Take a Trip to Paris’s Island


The Île de la Cité is a small island in the heart of Paris. The island is also home to Notre Dame Cathedral and Sainte-Chapelle. The Cathedral is slowly reopening after a devastating fire, but you can still see the gargoyles and get some great pictures outside.


Sainte-Chapelle is a short walk from Notre Dame, and the chapel’s stained glass display is one of the best in the world. If you time your visit right, you will experience an awe-inspiring site as the sunlight pours through the windows. To continue your perfect Parisian day, stop in Au Vieux Paris. Not only is the food delicious but the café is considered the prettiest in the city.

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Wander the Halls of Versailles


The breathtaking Versailles may technically be a chateau, but for most, it’s a stunning palace and the former home of King Louis XIV. For over a century, the ornate palace was the seat of the French government until it was returned to Paris after the French Revolution had ended


It’s important to note that you shouldn’t plan your visit on a Monday since the palace is closed. However, you can wander through the surrounding park and gardens; both are open daily with free admission. Tickets to the Versailles Museum also include nearby Trianon and Marie-Antoinette’s former estate. From gold edging to famous paintings, the palace is a nod to luxurious living at its finest, and wandering its halls gives you a taste of how royalty lives.


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Dine at a Rooftop Bar

Whether you are ending your perfect day in Paris or starting your magical evening, take time to indulge your taste buds at one of the city’s rooftop bars or restaurants. You can relax and watch the sun setting over the rooftops while enjoying a delicious meal crafted by some of the best chefs in the city. Some restaurants you may want to try include 43 Up on the Roof, Terass en Haut’e, or Le Perchoir—all of them have extensive food and drink menus for you to peruse and enjoy.

Experience Your Perfect Day in Paris

Having a perfect day in Paris is actually much easier than you may think, whether it’s your first time visiting the city or your 100th stay. When visiting, try to catch a nighttime view from the top of the Eiffel Tower or Arc de Triomphe. Afterward, take a stroll down the Champs-Elysee and work off a few calories from the rich French cuisine.

Don’t forget to take some time out to reflect on the city’s beauty in one of its many gorgeous royal gardens where you can enjoy and experience life like French royalty—this, and so much more, awaits you in the City of Light. We hope that this Tips On Planning Your Perfect Day In Paris post inspires you. Happy travels!

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