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Last updated: 02 March, 2023
Expert travel writer: Anna Brooke

Where to go and what to see in Paris – a 3-day itinerary from destination expert and travel writer Anna Brooke.

Editor’s note – Anna has not included specific recommendations of where to stay each day unless it’s necessary. Instead, see the ‘Where to stay’ section in our Paris destination guide.

Reserve ahead for the Eiffel Tower. The views are unbeatable, but it’s always busy – so arrive between 9am and 11am when it’s quieter.

Hop on a boat cruise to see the glorious Les Invalides, Orsay Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral unfurl along the Seine. Then meander hilly cobbles around the Pantheon into Saint-Germain-des-Pres for dinner in quintessential La Cremerie (book in advance).

Eiffel Tower

Paris, Ile-de-France, United Kingdom (UK)

Gustave Eiffel’s eccentric, iron-clad tower built as a temporary exhibit for the World Fair in 1889, has views all over the city and has become iconic symbol of Paris.

Best for ages: 4+ | £23

The Pantheon of Paris

Paris, Ile-de-France, France

Originally an 18th-century church dedicated to Sainte Genevieve, now a grandiose mausoleum housing the tombs of France’s ‘great men and women’, including Voltaire, Hugo, and Marie Curie.

Best for ages: 18+ | £10

Spend the morning in the Louvre, admiring masterpieces galore including the world-famous Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. If you have time, walk a few minutes to the Orangerie Museum to see Monet’s Water Lilies.

Have lunch along rue Sainte-Anne in the Japanese Quarter, then wander up the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe.

Finish your day with dinner at ultra-hip Mondaine, a posh boudoir-like eatery with a cabaret vibe and live music.

Louvre Museum

Paris, Ile-de-France, France

The world’s most visited museum, a treasure trove of art from around the world. Admire the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and many, many more…

Best for ages: 16+ | £15

Rise early to take RER C to the magnificent Palace of Versailles. Reserve a guided tour and you’ll skip the waiting lines.

Return to the city centre after lunch and take the funicular up Montmartre’s hillside to the Sacré Coeur Basilica. The view from its base is stunning, but for wider cityscapes, climb to the top of its dome. End your day with some of the best roast chicken in town at Le Coq & Fils.

Palace of Versailles

Versailles, Ile-de-France, France

Ornate, opulent and entirely over-the-top, the Palace of Versailles is one of the world’s most lavish royal residences, with glorious gardens to explore alongside the gold-coated interiors.

Best for ages: 13+ | £18

View of the Sacre-Coeur from the bottom of the balcony on a sunny cloudy day

Basilica of the Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

Paris, Ile-de-France, France

The sugary-white domed church of Sacre-Coeur crowns Montmartre. Built in 1914, the interior is a feast of glittering neo-Byzantine mosaics.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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