Paris in three days for the first-time visitor

Paris, France: A city of romance, the arts, fashion, and arguably Europe’s best-known landmark in the Eiffel Tower. There’s enough here to keep you occupied for weeks.

Here’s how the first-time visitor can do Paris justice in just three days.

If you have a penchant for art throughout the ages, The Louvre is a must-see. Home to Leonardo da Vinci’s the Mona Lisa, The Louvre is the world’s most-visited museum. Book your tickets in advance from the museum’s website.

If impressionism is more your thing, the Musee D’Orsay is a good bet. With works by Renoir, Manet, and van Gogh, it’s far smaller than The Louvre, but it makes for an enlightening way to pass an hour or two.

Tripping into the workings of the mind of the master of surrealism, the Salvador Dalí museum can be found in Montmartre. Be prepared for a moustache overload.

For a contemporary art fix, the Pompidou Centre houses ever-changing exhibitions. The building itself is a quirky reflection of some of the works you’ll find within.

Parks and Walks in Paris

The Champ de Mars sits near the foot of the Eiffel Tower and makes a wonderful foreground or backdrop for those all-important tower photos. You can climb the Eiffel Tower itself, either on foot or by lift (elevator).

Wandering around Paris is a pleasure in itself, with an architectural wonder on seemingly every corner. Walk the Jardin des Tuileries to The Louvre, or take a leisurely stroll along the River Seine.

Cathedrals in Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral is famed for good reason with its imposing French Gothic style and scale. Crane your neck to the high ceilings and admire the intricate examples of stained glass.

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Notre Dame, Paris. Photo by Vincent Ramundo via

In Montmartre, make your way to the white wonder of Sacre Coeur Cathedral. Take note: You’ll need to keep walking to avoid the “bracelet artists” at the bottom of the steps.

To explore more of the pretty Montmartre neighbourhood, you could join a walking tour.

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Montmartre. Photo by Vincent Ramundo via

Shopping in Paris

If you have money to burn, you-re in luck: You can find all the high-end designers on the Champs-Élysées leading up to the Arc De Triomphe.

For smaller independent stores and boutiques housing jewellery, accessories, and more, head to Montmartre.

Tips for First-Time Travel in Paris

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While you’re in Paris, try out a few words of French: The service you receive will often be far improved, and English will suddenly be “remembered” by locals. The French will greet you politely before starting any transaction.

The metro (subway) is an easy way to get around and eye contact is the norm here (unlike London). For more on the Paris metro system, visit the Paris-by-train website.

The French are a stylish bunch. Handbags rather than day-pack rucksacks are the way to go for ladies.

Why Visit Paris?

Although famed for romance, Paris also has a lot to offer its non-loved-up first-time visitors. In three days you can get your fix of art, architecture, and landmarks, with a dash of shopping thrown in. All in all, the City of Light is a destination that will shine in your memory.

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