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(This 4 Days Paris Itinerary was written by Samantha Karen of Sam Sees World. Follow all of her adventures on Instagram)

Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe. Therefore, it’s not surprising that you’d want to create the perfect, 4 days Paris itinerary before your visit.

I mean:

This iconic European city is filled with so much history, romance, beauty, sophistication, and character that it’s easy to get lost in the eternal magic of this mesmerizing metropolis.

And with so much to see, do, eat, and explore:

It’s hard (if not impossible) to see everything with just 4 days in Paris.

Trust me:

I’ve been to Paris 3 times and there are still so many amazing things that I’d love to explore and experience.

But:

That’s okay since I know that I will 100% be back soon.

Now, because of all my past, Paris experiences:

I wanted to share my perfect, 4 days Paris itinerary with you so that you can fall in love with this enchanting city, just like I did.

So:

If you’re visiting Paris for the first time, or tenth time, then this itinerary is perfect for you since it has the ideal balance of Paris top attractions with some of the city’s most intriguing, hidden gems. 

However:

Because Paris is so big, it’s best to explore this city in sections, as opposed to frantically dashing around town and wasting a bunch of time. 

That’s why::

For each day of this 4 day Paris itinerary, all of the listed activities are relatively close to one another and typically, within the same neighborhood (at least, as close as you can get in an enormous city like Paris).

But:

Please remember that is itinerary is just a suggestion. 

So:

If you really enjoy one attraction during your 4 days in Paris, then stay a little longer and skip the next one! 

I firmly believe that travel should be savored, and not just feel like you’re checking something off a giant to-do-list. 

So:

Sit back, relax, and use this post to enjoy yourself and your beautiful, 4 days in Paris.

The iconic beauty of the Eiffel Tower is a must see during your 4 day Paris itinerary.
The iconic beauty of the Eiffel Tower is a must see during your 4 day Paris itinerary.

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***Not sure where to stay in Paris? If you’re on a budget, Jo & Joe has a great location and fantastic customer service. It is a cross between a hotel and hostel and features fun, funky, and un-fussy, private rooms that start at $50 per night. However, if you’re looking for a hotel that is a bit more luxurious, then try the Hotel Opera Aida. This lovely accommodation sits in a quiet part of Paris that is still well located and within walking distance of several metro stations. Rooms here start at $130 a night and feature modern decor, spacious beds, LCD TVs, Wifi, air conditioning, and more. But, for an even more luxurious stay in Paris, try the posh, Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche. Centrally located in the Latin Quarter, with one of the best Eiffel Tower views in all of Paris, rooms here start at $210 per night and feature vivacious, red decor, with a vintage style bed and writing desk. Rooms here also include complimentary coffee and tea, plush bedding, free WIFI, and a 32 inch LCD TV.***

Paris Itinerary Day 1

In Paris:

Breakfast isn’t a huge meal. However, Parisians still absolutely love their pastries and carbs.

Therefore:

Let’s take this moment to delve a bit further into Parisian culture by starting the day off with a pastry and coffee from Angelina Cafe.

Home to some of the most unique, and delicious, pastries in the city:

Angelina Café is known for its iconic, Mont Blanc, which is a decadent pastary that is made of meringue, whipped cream, chestnut cream, and vermicelli (aka little noodles).

I swear:

It’s WAY better than it sounds. And if your sweet tooth is feeling a bit large today, you can also order one of their fabulous, hot chocolates to go with your pastry.

Located right beside the Louvre:

This cafe really is an icon and the perfect place to start your very first day in Paris.

Price Range: $$$ – Nothing in Paris is cheap. So while you do pay a bit more here, it’s worth it since you can taste the difference in the quality of their pastries.

After enjoying your pastry and coffee:

You’ll be ready to experience some of the iconic masterpieces at the Louvre, which is just a short walk from the cafe.

No 4 days Paris itinerary would be complete without a trip to Paris' most famous museum, the Louvre.
No 4 days Paris itinerary would be complete without a trip to Paris’ most famous museum, the Louvre.

Because this is one of the most iconic sites in the city:

Visiting first thing in the morning (like right when the museum opens) means that you’ll get there before the crowds and be able to take some photos before it gets busy.

However:

If you’re not a morning person, you can also try visiting late at night, on a Wednesday or Friday, when the museum is open until 10 pm.

Now:

Once you’ve finished admiring the exquisite architecture of the Louvre Palace, the lovely Napolean Courtyard, and the iconic glass pyramid that forms the entrance to this museum, head inside because this is where the real beauty of the Louvre lies.

Want to save time?

Try entering the museum through the secret entrance at Porte des Lions, which typically has shorter wait times than the entrance through the pyramids.

You can also purchase a skip the line, timed admission tickets to the Louvre since this is one of the most visited museums in the world, with queues that can easily take hours to trudge through.

Once inside:

Head straight to the audio guide kiosk since these guides, with interactive visual maps, not only help prevent you from getting lost, but they also provide you with fascinating information about some of the most famous pieces of art in the world.

However:

These stands also tend to run out of audio guides by mid-morning. Therefore, definitely procure one before you enter the actual museum.

From here:

Feel free to enjoy this vast museum, which is home to tens of thousands of pieces that span regions like Mesopotamian, Egypt, and Greece, and include masterpieces from artists like da Vinci (Be sure to visit the Mona Lisa), Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and more!

Trust me:

The depth and breadth of art that you’ll find here is truly staggering.

Now:

Because you have a limited amount of time here, select a few pieces that you absolutely must see and limit your visit to those points of interest since there is no possible way that you’ll be able to see all that this museum has to offer in just a few short hours.

By now:

You’ll probably be feeling a bit hungry and ready for lunch.

If so:

Then enjoy a scenic, 15-minute walk, along the Seine River, to the immortal, Latin Quarter.

This bubbly little Parisian neighborhood is filled with fantastic restaurants, charming cobblestone streets, and quaint souvenir shops that you’ll absolutely love.

However:

One of my all-time favorite neighborhood eateries is Pizza Sarno, a fantastic, family-owned, Italian restaurant that is a great place to sit down and enjoy large portions of delicious food, at a reasonable price.

Try either the lasagna or the pizza since both are amazing!

After lunch, it’s a quick 3-minute walk along the Seine to the iconic, Notre Dame Cathedral.

Notre Dame's awe-inspiring beauty before the tragic fire.
Notre Dame’s awe-inspiring beauty before the tragic fire.

Sadly though:

Since the devastating fire in April, you are no longer allowed to go near the building.

However:

You can still admire this masterpiece of French Gothic architecture from afar, with its magnificent towers and enchanting flying buttresses.

In so doing:

You’ll begin to understand why this alluring attraction is still at the spiritual and physical center of this amazing city.

***Since you can’t go inside Notre Dame Cathedral, definitely try to visit Sainte-Chapelle instead. This quaint little church is just an 8-minute walk from Notre Dame and sits inside the Palais de Justice. Completed in 1248, this Gothic-style chapel is known for its wonderfully beautiful, stained glass windows. Enter through the ground floor (pre-book your tickets to avoid long lines) and head upstairs to watch in awe as the sun hits these windows and lights the entire building up with a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors.***

After witnessing the magnificence of Notre Dame:

Take a leisurely, 30-minute stroll over to the awe-inspiring, Jardin du Palais Royal; an elegant green space that surrounds the fantastic neoclassical Palais Royal, which was constructed in 1633 by Cardinal Richelieu.

And while the Palais Royal is closed to the public:

These elegant gardens are not and are the perfect place to wander around and admire over 250 of Deniel Buren’s, black and white columns, as well as a trio of arcades that surround the garden and include Galeria de Montpensier, Galerie de Valois, and Galerie Beaujolais.

The beauty of Deniel Buren's black and white columns, which are found throughout Jardin du Palais Royal.
The beauty of Deniel Buren’s black and white columns, which are found throughout Jardin du Palais Royal.

Trust me:

After a busy morning and afternoon, this is really is the perfect place to sit and people watch.

Now, because Paris is so expensive:

A great way to simultaneously save money and soak up some Parisian culture is to have a picnic along the Seine for dinner.

Therefore:

Just head to the nearest grocery store and purchase a nice crusty baguette, fresh brie, delicious meat, and, of course, cheap wine so that you can relax along the Seine like the locals do.

As you watch the people wander on by and enjoy the mesmerizing views:

You’ll begin to see under why Parisians love to sit along the river with a good bottle of wine and even better friends.

Paris Itinerary Day 2

Let’s start the day with a traditional French breakfast at Chez Ribe.

Located just 3 minutes from the immortal, Eiffel Tower:

This cafe is a great place to stop before seeing one of the most iconic structures in all of Paris, the Eiffel Tower.

A typical breakfast here, and in most of France really, consists of fresh juice, a croissant, French bread, and coffee.

Which is perfect since:

There really is nothing quite like having a croissant in Paris. Plus, you can get all this for under 10 Euros; a price that is pretty reasonable, at least by Parisian standards.

From here:

It’s just a short trip to the one monument that everyone wants to see while in Paris, the Eiffel Tower!

Constructed by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World’s Fair:

I’m still amazed by the massive size and scale of this exquisite, art nouveau structure every time I visit.

Therefore:

Definitely take some time to walk around and see the Eiffel Tower from a variety of different angles (and yes, there will be a ton of people here since I visited before sunrise and was still not the only one taking photos).

Looking for a truly amazing Instagram shot while you’re here? Then head over to Rue de l’Universite and snap a photo from here!

The amazing view of the Eiffel Tower  from Rue de l’Universite.
The amazing view of the Eiffel Tower from Rue de l’Universite.

You’ll get a beautifully unique perspective of the tower that both you and your followers will love.

Now:

If you want to ascend to the top of this 134-meter tower and enjoy some fantastic, panoramic views of the city, then definitely pre-purchase a skip-the-line ticket with summit access since lines to go through security and purchase tickets can be quite long.

Also:

Be sure to purchase a ticket with SUMMIT access since some, cheaper ticket options will only let you visit the second floor and not the highest observation deck on the tower.

***If you’re feeling ambitious, you can skip the elevator altogether and purchase a ticket to climb the 720 steps to the Eiffel Tower’s second floor. You can also visit just the base of the tower for free.***

Also:

Please be aware of the fact that final entry times can sometimes be more than 90 minutes prior to closing time.

Therefore:

Definitely double check final admission times and make sure that you can still ascend the tower when you arrive.

And if you’re feeling a bit peckish:

Not to worry because the Eiffel Tower has the 58 Tour Eiffel snack shop on the first floor, the Le Jules Verne restaurant on the second floor, a macaron bar, and a Champagne bar at the top, if you’re feeling really fancy (Yes, they’re all totally over-priced).

***If you decide not to ascend the Eiffel Tower, you can also use the morning to visit Palais de Tokyo. Just 10 minutes from the Eiffel Tower, this uniquely wonderful museum is home to an eclectic collection of modern and contemporary art that is fun to explore. Trust me, this museum is definitely one of the more unique things to do in Paris.***

However:

If you want to skip the overpriced food at the Eiffel Tower then head to Le Bosquet for some fresh and authentic French food served amidst a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

With an emphasis on fresh and delicious ingredients:

Dishes here elevate modern French cuisine to the next level, with playful twists on classic entrees like Confit of duck with new potatoes

And while all the food here is wonderful:

My personal favorite is the decadent, Ravioli au gratin. Served in a rich cream sauce, this entree is filling but not overwhelmingly so.

A truly fantastic way to unwind after your visit to the Eiffel Tower.

Once you’ve eaten lunch:

It’s just a quick walk to the Seine, where you can join one of the many enchanting river cruises that depart from here (purchase your tickets here).

A river cruise along the Seine is a great way to relax and enjoy one of a kind views of Paris.
A river cruise along the Seine is a great way to relax and enjoy one of a kind views of Paris.

Amidst picturesque, panoramic views of the city:

Guests aboard this fantastic, hour-long cruise can enjoy a fun and engaging, onboard commentary that details the fascinating history of top Paris attractions like the Grand Palais, the Louvre, Notre Dame, Musée d’Orsay, and more.

Along the way:

Savor a complimentary glass of champagne as you admire the city’s intoxicating beauty from a truly unique perspective.

Once your cruise has ended:

Disembark and head back towards the Eiffel Tower, as you make your way towards Trocadero metro station.

From here:

Board metro line number 9 and get off at Franklin D. Roosevelt Station.

Upon exiting the station:

You’ll find yourself at the bottom of one of the most famous streets in all of Paris, the Champs-Elysees.

Take a stroll up this historic Parisian boulevard and marvel at the opulent grandeur of the historic architecture that surrounds you.

Continue past the many designer stores that sit along this affluent avenue and take in the exquisite views of the Tuileries and the Arc de Triomphe.

If you have time:

Definitely stop by Laduree’s for some of the most delicious macarons in all of Paris (you can also get your pastries to go if you’re not hungry right now).

Once you make it to the top of the avenue:

You’ll come face to face with the majestic, Arc de Triomphe.

Take some time to marvel at the intricate carvings and ornate beauty of the Arc de Triomphe.
Take some time to marvel at the intricate carvings and ornate beauty of the Arc de Triomphe.

Commissioned by Napoleon in 1836:

This monument was created to commemorate the French military victory at Austerlitz.

Today:

This beautifully sculpted victory arch still stands as a symbol of Paris and as a home for the tomb of the unknown soldier.

Buried here in 1921:

This grave was created in remembrance of the 1.3 million French soldiers who lost their lives during WWI.

Everyday, at 6:30 pm:

The tomb’s eternal flame is continually rekindled to ensure that the memory of these brave soldiers is never forgotten.

To access the arch:

Do not take your life into your hands and attempt to cross the massive roundabout that surrounds this Paris landmark.

Instead:

Use the multitude of pedestrian tunnels that will take you safely underneath the roundabout and to the base of the arch.

Yet:

No visit would be complete without climbing the 284 steps (don’t worry, you can take the elevator too), to the viewing platform at the top of the arch.

To avoid waiting on a line that never seems ends:

Be sure to purchase your Arc de Triomphe tickets in advance so that you can quickly and easily visit the viewing platform, as well as the accompanying museum.

Once at the Top:

Savor some of the most exquisite views in all of Paris. Not only do you get a fantastic, panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower, but you can also enjoy a unique, bird’s eye view of the legendary Champs-Elysées; truly one of the best photo ops in Paris.

After all that climbing, I bet you’re feeling pretty hungry.

If you are:

Then you’re in luck because the Champs Elyses is home to a multitude of exceptionally beautiful and incredibly delicious restaurants that admittedly, are also a bit of a splurge.

But a worth while one for anyone who loves food.

So, if you’re looking for some of the most deliciously refined Italian cuisine in all of Paris, then Ristorante Tosca is the place to be.

Run by expert chef Vito Grippa:

All of the food here is fresh, simple, elegant, and packed with refined flavor that is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

Which is understandable when you learn that all of their ingredients are imported directly from Italy.

Therefore:

When dining here, expect iconic, Italian ingredients like ricotta, truffle, lemon, and olive oil, that are presented in a unique, but strangely familiar way that is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. 

To get the most out of their menu:

Consider ordering either the asparagus salad with quinoa black truffle soufflé or the linguine with clam sauce, both of which are on their set, prix fixe menu, where you can order an appetizer and an entree or an entree and dessert for anywhere between 40 and 50 Euros.

Also:

Don’t forget to save room for rich, freshly made desserts like traditional Tiramisu or Pannacotta and Caprese almond cake served with fresh cream of aged banana.

Definitely pure decadence at its absolute finest.

Once you’ve finished dinner, take a short, leisurely stroll down the Champs Elysèes and towards the Seine, where you can admire the mesmerizing, Beaux Arts style, Pont Alexandre III bridge.

Visit Pont Alexandre III bridge and enjoy this amazing piece of historic architecture with a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower in the background.
Visit Pont Alexandre III bridge and enjoy this amazing piece of historic architecture while you enjoy a view of the Eiffel Tower in the background.

This fabulous, late 19th century, deck arch bridge not only connects the Champs-Élysées quarter with Invalides and the Eiffel Tower, but it is also widely regarded as the most ornate bridge in the entire city.

Classified as a French monument in 1975:

This bridge provides you with a beautiful view of Les Invalides (a building that is home to the various museums and monuments that are associated with French military history) and is the perfect place to end day 2 of our 4 days Paris itinerary.

***While you’re here, please watch out for pickpockets since they frequent this area.***  

Paris Itinerary Day 3

Let’s embrace a more Parisian way of life and start the day with a simple, yet delicious, coffee and croissant from Le Grenier à Pain.

Known for baking the best baguette in all of Paris:

This iconic, French bakery now has more than thirty stores across the globe and is a perfect place to try traditional Parisian bread, pastries, coffee, and more.

Therefore:

Take some time to savor your warm, flakey, freshly baked croissant before heading out to our first stop of the day, Montmartre, one of the most famous districts in all of Paris.

Known for its charming cobblestone streets, stunning basilica, tragically chic artists, and quaint bistros, no 4 days Paris itinerary would be complete without a trip to the 18th arrondissement in the north of Paris.

Now, truth be told:

One could easily spend several days meandering through the exquisite nooks and crannies of this village-like neighborhood (check out this detailed walking tour of Montmartre to learn more).

However:

Since you only have 4 days in Paris, here are just a few things to do in Montmartre that will help you better appreciate the unrivaled beauty and amazing history of this enchanting section of Paris.

So, let’s start with a visit to the immortal, Sacré-Coeur Basilica.

Perched atop the Butte (hill in French) Montmartre, this all white cathedral is accessible via funicular, from Place Saint-Pierre, or by climbing the many steps along the Square Louise Michel.

Once at the top:

Walk towards the forecourt of the church and enjoy some of the most amazing, unobstructed, panoramic views in all of Paris.

After admiring the exquisite views all around you:

Walk inside this grand masterpiece of Romano-Byzantine style architecture (it’s free to enter) and marvel at the stunning stained glass windows, the Mosaic of Christ in Glory (the largest mosaic in France), and the assortment of exquisite architectural details found within one of the most beautiful buildings in all of Paris.

However:

The real hidden treasure here is the view from the dome of the basilica. Ascend 300 spiral steps and enjoy one of the most amazing panoramic views in all of Paris while getting up close and personal with the largest bell in France, La Savoyarde.

If you can:

Try and arrive right when the church opens, at 6 am, to avoid the crowds and have the basilica virtually all to yourself.

***Desperate for a photo of the sinking house of Montmartre? Then walk to the left side of the stairway (hop over the railing if need be) and look straight ahead. From here, turn your camera so that the bottom of your photo is parallel with the slope of the hill. Snap your photo and TADA, you now have a hot of the sinking house of Montmartre.*** 

After exploring the church:

Stroll through the narrow, cobblestone alleys of Montmartre, stop in one of the many picturesque cafes, and enjoy the beauty of Montmartre’s bohemian past and present.

Be sure to take some time to stop and stroll through the beautifully charming Parisian neighborhood of Montmartre.
Be sure to take some time to stop and stroll through the beautifully charming Parisian neighborhood of Montmartre.

While here:

Definitely take a moment to stop by the Place du Tertre and stroll through the immortal plaza where dozens of local artists gather every day to paint and draw caricaturists for inquisitive tourists.

If you have time:

Other top attractions on Montmartre include the Museum of Montmartre (learn about the neighborhood’s eclectic history and see paintings, documents, and an assortment of other memorabilia that commemorate Montmartre’s Bohemian past)., Clos Montmartre (one of the oldest and last vineyards in Paris), Le Bateau-Lavoir (the historic building where Modigliani and Picasso lived and worked), La Maison Rose (Pink building that was once frequented by many famous 20th century painters), Lapin Agile (one of the oldest cabarets in Paris), LeMoulin de la Galette (one of Montmartre’s last windmills), and Montmartre Cemetery (a beautiful cemetery where artist Degas and writer Alexandre Dumas were both buried).

Next, it’s just a 17-minute walk to the Paris’ world famous, Moulin Rouge.

The world famous red windmill that is now synonymous with the most iconic cabaret in all of Paris, the Moulin Rouge.
The world famous red windmill that is now synonymous with the most iconic cabaret in all of Paris, the Moulin Rouge.

Immortalized in Toulouse-Lautrec’s posters and later in the film of the same name starring Nicole Kidman, this immortal, Parisian cabaret shines beneath a 1925 replica of its iconic, red windmill.

While I’m not a huge fan of the legendary show that is held here nightly (if interested, book well in advance and dress up (so no sneakers)), definitely stop by and take some photos before you head off to lunch.

After taking in the vivid, red beauty of this historic windmill:

Walk about 5 minutes to Pigalle metro station. Once here, board metro line number 12 and get off at the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette.

After you exit the metro:

It’s about a 10-minute walk to La Taverne, in the 9th arrondissement.

This lovely Italian bistro is the perfect place to sit and enjoy lunch since they have a beautiful outdoor patio and serve an assortment of delicious, Italian dishes that include pizza, pasta, salad, and more.

Personally:

I loved the Caprese tomates et burrata which is a traditional Caprese salad that is elevated to the next level with rich burrata, fresh vegetables, and a wonderfully flavorful vinaigrette that definitely pulls the whole dish together.

After lunch:

Stroll through the 9th Arrondissement and see what this magical part of the city has to offer.

Along the way:

You’ll see the one and only Paris Opera House, the Palais de Garnier.

Done in neo-Baroque style architecture:

This stunning opera House was designed by Charles Garnier and completed in 1875.

Today:

This building remains open to the public (Do book your tickets in advance to avoid a long line. Also get the accompanying audio guide to enhance your visit) and welcomes visitors to step inside and marvel at the opulent decor of the exquisite stage, stunning balconies, divine salon, and enchanting library.

While inside:

You can also visit several temporary exhibits as well as some permanent display cases filled with unique costumes that were once worn by former performers.

After exploring one of the most alluring buildings in all of Paris:

Stroll over to Boulevard Haussman, where you will admire two of the most famous stores in all of Paris, Printemps and Galeries Lafayette.

The beautiful view of Paris from the rooftop bar at Galeries Lafayette.
The beautiful view of Paris from the rooftop bar at Galeries Lafayette.

Personally:

I adore Galeries Lafayette since they have a fantastic, rooftop bar, with sweeping views of the Eiffel Tower, as well as an amazing, ground level food court where you can devour desserts from pastry icons like Jean-Paul Hevin, Jacques Genin, Sadaharu Aoki, and more. (The rooftop bar and dessert court are located in separate Galeries Lafayette buildings).

So:

Take some time to relax and enjoy a world-class pastry with your mesmerizing, and totally free, panoramic view of Paris.

Now, if you’re hungry:

You can always head to a local store and grab a crusty baguette, fresh brie, and delicious red wine, for an enchanting picnic beneath the Eiffel Tower.

To get to the Eiffel Tower:

Just board metro line number 9, at Havre – Caumartin station, and take the train all the way to Iéna.

Once here:

Find a quiet spot to lay down your blanket and unpack your goodies so that you can watch the setting sun beneath the tower’s twinkling lights.

It truly is a once in a lifetime experience.

The beautiful view from the clock on the top floor of the Musee D'Orsay.
The beautiful view from the clock on the top floor of the Musee D’Orsay.

However:

If you’re in the mood to do a bit more sightseeing, then hop aboard the number 68 bus, at Opera-Scribe, and take it all the way to the Musee d’Orsay (about seven stops).

Ideally:

Try to visit on a Thursday evening when the museum is open until 9:45 pm. Otherwise, the museum normally closes at 6 pm (and free to all visitors on the first Sunday of every month).

Before you visit though:

Be sure to reserve your skip-the-line, entrance tickets since this museum is one of the most popular in Paris and routinely has a line of people waiting to get in (Also, splurge and get the audio guide since it’s 110% worth it).

As you walk inside:

Stop and admire the exquisite, art-nouveau railway station that is now home to a vast collection of pieces done in impressionist, post-impressionist, and art nouveau styles (between 1848 and 1914).

And while this museum is home to some fantastic sculptures, decorative art, and graphic art, you’re really here to see the museum’s impressive collection of contemporary paintings.

Located on the top floor of the museum, to the left as you walk in:

This part of the building is home to the world’s largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art, featuring the works of masters like Manet, Monet, Cézanne, Renoir, Degas, Pissarro, Van Gogh, and more.

If you have time after your brief foray into the world of impressionist art:

Definitely stop by the museum’s lovely cafe, which serves delightful food amidst a beautifully decorated topiary that is continually bathed in natural sunlight.

Paris Itinerary Day 4

For our final day in Paris:

Let’s make our breakfast extra special and head over to Treize Bakery, a quaint little eatery that uses high-quality, seasonal ingredients to create decadent, breakfast dishes like pancakes with spiced apples and Treize Benedict with poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, roasted tomatoes, and mushrooms, with a freshly baked, buttermilk biscuit.

The perfect way to start your day, especially if you want to sleep in a bit since this bakery doesn’t open until 10 am.

And if you’re looking for something a bit lighter:

Then try their fresh greek yogurt with homemade strawberry rhubarb compote and delicious, house granola.

A breakfast that truly is light, refreshing and totally delicious.

***You can also grab a pastry or piece cake to go and enjoy breakfast amidst the beautiful gardens of Jardin du Luxembourg.***

After you finish breakfast:

Let’s get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and explore one of the most beautiful gardens in all of Paris, Jardin du Luxembourg.

As the second largest park in Paris:

This green space definitely has a lot to offer.

Therefore:

Take some time to experience the magnificent beauty of this place as you wander past the quaint chestnut groves, the iconic French Parliament building, the vibrant gardens, the enchanting apple orchards, and the giddy school children who are happily sailing their 1920’s era sailboats along the calm waters of the Grand Bassin.

Along the way:

Stop and marvel at a vivacious children’s puppet show at the Theatre du Luxembourg.

Or:

Take a spin on the carousel as you let this ethereal, oasis of greenery transport you back in time, to an era when ladies wore full-length dresses, gentlemen donned top hats, and horse-drawn carriages ruled the streets.

Let the charm of Jardin du Luxembourg transport you back to a simpler time.
Let the charm of Jardin du Luxembourg transport you back to a simpler time.

After you’ve had your fill of nature:

It’s just a short walk to Eggs & Co., a modern little cafe with bright white walls, chic black tables, and light, country-style chairs.

As the name suggests:

Many of the delicious dishes here include eggs, like my personal favorite, the Oeufs Bénédictine, salade, fromage frais aux herbes.

Better known as Eggs Benedict, this entree is served with a side of salad and an order of cheese fries!

Trust me:

Not only is this menu item tasty, but it will also keep you energized as you continue on with this 4 days Paris itinerary.

After you’re finished lunch:

Take a short walk to the Bonaparte – Saint-Germain bus stop and get on bus number 95.

Once on board:

Continue riding the bus for 9 stops and get off at Saint-Paul station, where you’ll find the exquisite Parisian neighborhood of Le Marais.

Also known as SoMa (South Marais):

This fabulous, Parisian neighborhood, in the 4th arrondissement, is brimming over with hip boutiques, modern art galleries, quaint streets, and charming parks.

Once home the city’s Jewish quarter:

You can relive this neighborhood’s vibrant past with a stroll along Rue des Rosiers, a street that was once at the epicenter of Jewish life in Paris.

Today:

You’ll find a variety of Jewish restaurants, high-end clothing stores, and vintage shops where you can do some window-shopping while snacking on hamantaschen from a local Jewish bakery or while savoring a falafel and smoked eggplant filled pita sandwich from the ever popular, L’As du Fallafel.

However:

If you can’t possibly stomach eating again, then wander over to the oldest planned square in all of Paris, Place de Vosges.

During your 4 days Paris Itinerary, definitely stop by and enjoy the beauty of Place de Vosges.
During your 4 days Paris Itinerary, definitely stop by and enjoy the beauty of Place de Vosges.

This elegant little park is the perfect place to relax after a long walk through the busy streets of Le Marais.

So:

Take a moment to rest on one of the many picturesque benches here and admire the square’s four beautiful fountains, rows of meticulously trimmed trees, and the enormous bronze statue of Louis XIII in the center.

If you have time:

Also try to visit the Maison de Victor Hugo, a small building that was once home to Victor Hugo; the famous, French author who wrote the iconic novel, Les Misérables.

Today:

This building is a small, free museum that is open to the public. Visitors can step inside and see mementos from Hugo’s childhood as well as several fully furnished rooms that accurately reflect the building’s decor at the time of the author’s residence.

Another fantastic museum in the Le Marais neighborhood is the Musee Picasso.

Recently reopened in 2014 after extensive renovations:

This museum sits inside the historic, 14th-century Château Grimaldi, a former hotel that was once Picasso’s painting studio between July and December of 1946.

Today:

This gorgeous space has been converted into an extensive museum that currently displays over 5,000 works from Pablo Picasso (think lithographs, paintings, drawings, ceramics, etc.), including a vast collection of photos of the legendary artist himself.

Also on exhibit here are pieces from the artist’s private collection, including paintings done by artists like Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, and more.

However, like most museums in Paris:

This one is incredibly popular. Therefore, definitely pre-book your tickets if you want to avoid a long wait to get in.

If you have time after your cultural sojourn:

Check out some other neighborhood highlights, which include the spacious Jardin Anne Frank (Anne Frank Garden), the Église Saint Paul-Saint-Louis (the first Jesuit church in Paris, which was built in 1627), and the Musée des Arts et Métiers (science and technology museum housed in an old abbey).

***Are you a fan of Instagram? If you are, then take a 15-minute walk to Rue Crémieux. This adorable little Parisian side street is filled with vibrant, pastel-colored homes that are the perfect backdrop for some amazing Instagram photos.*** 

Some of the vibrant, pastel-hued homes that you'll find along Rue Crémieux.
Some of the vibrant, pastel-hued homes that you’ll find along Rue Crémieux.

Let’s finish off your trip with an exceptional meal at Café Barge.

Just a quick, 11-minute walk from Rue Crémieux:

You’ll find that this former barge has been transformed into a posh, shiny, and ultra-glittery eatery that permanently sits, nestled along the Seine.

Here, amidst the festive, party-like atmosphere (this restaurant turns into a club that is open until 2:00 am on weekends):

Guests can enjoy fantastic views of the river while savroing divine, French fusion cuisine that is definitely worth the high price tag.

Of all the dishes served here though:

My favorite is definitely the Picanha de bœuf, légumes verts, sauce gingembre et noix de cajou, a delicate plate of beef that is served with a flavorful, ginger cashew sauce, and a side of sauteed green vegetables.

A dish that is truly to die for, making this the perfect way to conclude your 4 days Paris itinerary!

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There you have it, the perfect 4 days Paris itinerary!

Tell me, what did you think? Did you enjoy my 4 days in Paris? 

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About Samantha Karen

Samantha Karen is the founder of the travel bog Sam Sees World. She is on a mission to seek the new and unknown so that she can document her experiences and inspire others to travel around this wondrous world. 

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