The Ultimate Itinerary for spending 7 days in Paris
With a week in Paris, we've got you covered so you know how to spend it to make the most of your time
DAY ONE - GETTING YOUR BEARINGS
The first day of any trip should be about finding your feet. Take it easy and start your week in Paris with a recce of the area. Paris is fairly easy to navigate around, with 20 arrondissements making up the city. There are a few ways to get around by Metro, Uber or Velib, however we recommend starting your trip on foot. There really is nothing like taking a walk to discover a new city and in Paris, we assure you there is plenty to discover.
Make your way to the city centre and begin your walk at the Champs-Élysées. Straight away you'll be confronted with the impressive and iconic Arc de Triomphe. Your trip has begun. Take in the sweeping views of the city, then make your way down the Champs-Élysées to the Jardin des Tuileries - the oldest park in Paris. Admire the Louvre (don't worry, you'll be coming back) and head down the Rue de Rivoli to see more of the city.
Cross over to Notre Dame to checkout the impressive Gothic architecture and while your on the Île de la Cité, if you're up to it, check out the Conciergerie (a historic prison with museum of the French Revolution) and the Sainte-Chapelle.
From this point you can head to the Latin Quarter which is fairly touristy. Wind your way through the streets and get lost. Away from the main thoroughfare you'll find cafe lined streets that provide the perfect rest stop. Once you're happily caffeinated take a wander upstream along the banks of the Seine and head to the Jardin des Plantes. We imagine you'll be pretty exhausted by now so head back home for some R&R, tomorrow is going to be a big day.
DAY TWO - CULTURE VULTURE
Now you've found your feet, it's time to ingest some culture and with so many museums to choose from it can be difficult to know what to go for. For the real museum addicts out there, check out our definitive guide to the best museums in Paris.
Start the day with a coffee and pain au chocolat from an authentic Parisienne bakery and take this time to plan out which museums you want to hit. Maybe start with a trip to the Louvre, although even if you took the whole day you'd be hard pushed to get round. For a gallery that's slightly more feasible and will give you your modern art fix, try Le Centre Pompidou, where you'll find artists like Picasso, Rothko, Matisse and Giacometti.
Once you've had your fill, make your way to Marché des Enfants Rouges, the oldest covered market - a dream destination for foodies. Here you'll find a mix of cuisines, from Lebanese sandwiches, Japanese bento boxes to buckwheat crepes. Walk off lunch and head to the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, situated Northwest in the 19th arrondissement for a bit of downtime.
From the park, head to where the cool kids hang - Canal St Martin. The perfect little spot to settle down with a lovely bottle of beaujolais and let time go by, soaking up the real Paris. Head to Le Perchoir, for a huge rooftop bar with 360 degree views of the capital. Open till 1:30am most days it's a great place to spend an evening.
DAY 3 - LET THEM EAT CAKE
Although a whole week in Paris seems like no time at all, it would be a shame not to take a day trip to the enchanting Palace of Versailles. And it will take the whole day - this sprawling behemoth of a palace contains over 2,300 rooms to explore, but if you don't manage to hit them all you must visit the Hall of Mirrors, Le Grand Perspective, Marie Antoinette's bedroom and of course The Grand Chapel - simply breathtaking.
Once you've made it out of the labyrinth of opulent rooms and ornate chapels, take your time to experience the beautiful gardens. Wind your way along the grand canal which stands proudly between lines of symmetrical topiary and check out the fountains where in summer a musical show takes place. Inside the grounds you can find the estate of Trianon, which provided an escape from court life, as well as being the ideal romping ground for Louis XV to spend time with his mistresses. The real jewel in the crown has to be the Marie Antoinette's hamlet, which she had built to house peasant farmers to get away from the dramas at court.
The palace is open every day except Mondays. Grab "The Passport" for admission to the whole estate which includes entry to the palace, the estate of Trianon, temporary exhibitions, the gardens and park, musical fountain shows and the coach gallery. The easiest way to get to Versailles from Paris is on the RER C. When purchasing tickets, make sure to select Versailles-Château – Rive Gauche as your destination.
DAY 4 - SHOP TIL YOU DROP
"Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant," wrote the novelist Honoré de Balzac, was there ever truer a statement? Arguably the fashion capital of the world, it would seem silly to not dedicate a whole day to shopping.
To stay Parisienne chic, we would suggest heading to Paris Beaugrenelle, a new shopping centre in the 15th arrondissement situated close to the Seine and a 10 minute walk away from the Eiffel Tower. Here you'll find an array of shops from high-street to high-end, restaurants and a cinema too. If you're into design, there a lots of furniture shops too to keep you entertained.
Le Bon Marche was the first department store in Paris and is the epitome of Parisian chic. The architecture alone looks like something Coco Chanel would have designed. Found in the 7th arrondissement and again, fairly close to the Eiffel Tower, you can be certain to pick up something tres jolie.
DAY 5 - HEAD WEST
We hate to tell you, but a trip to Paris is not quite complete without a trip to the Eiffel tower. Book tickets in advance to avoid the queues if you can't face the stairs (we really wouldn't blame you). Originally constructed in 1889 as an entrance to the World's Fair it was initially criticised for its design but has gone onto become a culture icon.
Post Eiffel tower why not take a trip to the Musée D'Orsay for a dose of impressionism, or if you're after something a little different head across the river to the Palais de Tokyo, which showcases the talent of emerging artists from around the world. Whilst here why not eat at the Les Grands Verres one of the hippest spots to eat in West Paris.
DAY 6 - MONTMARTRE & PIGALLE
Montmartre is not what it used to be. It's sort of become the equivalent of Soho in London - what was once a cool bohemian place for artists and creatives is now an overcrowded and expensive tourist trap. The centre of Parisian tropes like Amélie and the Moulin Rouge, Montmartre has become a bit of cliché. However lose the cynicism and you can embrace the wonders to behold in the 18th arrondissement. Start with the Sacre Coeur and shake away the eye rolls whilst staring at this beautiful monument. Head to a quintessential cosy cafe like le Petit Moulin on 17 Rue Tholozé and check out the Moulin Rouge (it's smaller than you imagine.)
After this head to Pigalle, the party district and forget about this is your last night in gay Paris. We recommend La Fourmi for laid back vibes, DJs, and drinks.
DAY 7 - SOAK IT ALL UP
It's your last day in Paris, so make the most of it! Eat all the pastries you can handle and drink copious amounts of wine. If you fancy another museum, now's the day to leisurely head there and eek out the last remains of Parisian culture or history that you can. Head to a park or sit in a cafe for hours, watching life go by. If you're looking for a sight to see, head for a leisurely stroll around the Père Lachaise Cemetery where you'll find the graves of legends like Jim Morrison and Edith Piaf. Whatever you choose to do just remember "To err is human. To loaf is Parisian".