One year ago I was lucky to find affordable roundtrip flights to Paris and 6 months later, my boyfriend and I made a second trip to our favorite city in the world. Our experience was a perfect mix of tourist-y must-dos and local gems and I wrote them all down in my journal to reminisce on the magical memories we made. This is an exact itinerary of what we explored in Paris that December, mixed in with my favorite restaurants, panoramic views and walking tours.

For the best walking tours, pick up a copy of Lonely Planet’s Pocket Paris book!

Day 1

Morning – L’Arc de Triomphe
Window shop your way down along at Champs-Élysées and stop for a delicious pastry at Ladurée 
Explore the beautiful Galignani bookshop
Stop for a pitcher of rich hot chocolate at Cafe Angelina tearoom and if you loved it as much as I did, grab some to-go in the gift shop!
Visit the Palais Garnier opera house
Take in the stunning views of Paris on the roof of Galleries Lafayette
Drink wine and eat a traditional French dinner at the local backstreet Parisian winebar, Floquifil 

(Reserve advanced tickets to Louvre online or get free admission with student I.D. the day of!)

Day 2

Spend the morning wandering the artsy streets near Sacre Coeur and Place du Tertre 
Get comfortable at a local cafe and people-watch overin Montmartre
Museum:  visit the salon where Chopin used to play music and other famous artists used to socialize at the free Musee de la vie Romantique
Request the tucked away table for 2 over a three-course meal at  Le Basilic

Cafe Amelie

Day 3

Jardin de Luxembourg
Museum: stroll along the outdoor sculpture gardens of the Musee de Rodin (combine tickets with Orsay – 15 euros)
Museum: spend the evening at the Musee d’Orsay

Musee d Orsay

Day 4

Become mesmerized by the Notre Dame (and take in the views from the top!)
Walking Tour: Experience the spots of the literary greats such as Hemingway, Kerouac, and Oscar Wilde along the Left Bank Literary Loop 
Bookshops: 7L Studio and Shakespeare and Co.
Visit the Louvre in the evening before closure


Day 5

Take side romantic meander along the Seine  
Have a warm and inviting afternoon meal at Cafe Saint Regis
Get some fresh air and take a stroll in the Tuileries Garden
Spend some time studying Monet’s large water lillie camvases at the Musee de L’orangerie in the evening


Day 6

Explore the Eiffel Tower in the early morning before the crowds arrive
Discover the history and hidden alleyways of the Latin Quarter
Stroll along Rue Mouffetard
Dinner at Le Casse-Noix
Take in a French film at Cinema La Pagoda

Day 7

Pick up some holiday gifts at the market along Champs-Élysées
Bookshop-hop at Librairie Ulysses and La Chamber Claire bookshop
Indulge your sweet tooth at Carmels sweet shop
Pick up a copy of Lonely Planet’s Pocket Paris and take a tour of the passage walks
Witness the sweeping views atop Le Printemps at sundown
Again, this is just a sample of my 7 day itinerary, while visiting Paris. All these spots I have personally visited and loved so much that I hope you can enjoy the experience as much as I did! 🙂
If you’re interested in seeing more of my photo diaries of Paris, visit this post!
This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.

A 7 Day Itinerary Guide to Exploring Paris France

January 9, 2018


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