One Week In Paris

Greetings from One Week in Paris!

Thrilled?

You should, as there is a lot to explore.

We are excited to share with you our best insider tips to spend One Week in Paris.

We introduce you to all the information about Paris and the unique experiences that the city offers.

Paris, the city of love!

It is one of the most popular spots in Europe and world wide.

Known for its Eiffel Tower, the poetry, Notre Dame, its Romance.

1. Paris for Beginners

Paris is a big city.

No surprise here.

It can be overwhelming with all its different districts, the sights to see, the accommodations, and transport.

With all our information you will be able to spend one marvelous week. Here are the basics you need to know:

Population: 2.1 million

Currency: EURO €

Best time to visit: Paris is beautiful all year long. We prefer spring time with May and June, and again September and October. This time of year it is usually less crowded, less expensive, and the weather is lovely.

Summer in Paris can be very hot, up to 40 degrees, while the winter can be very cold.

Accommodation: The city is loaded with great luxury hotels to middle-ranging hotels and budget hostels. You can also find good apartments.

Find more details in our where to stay in Paris section below.

Public Transport: The best way to get around is Metro, bus and bikes. The bus and metro is very well connected.

Safety: While Paris is generally very safe, you can find many pickpockets. Physical violence, meaning robbery is very rare. Pickpockets are usually only after your wallet and smartphone.

Pay attention especially in tourist hot spots like Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Notre Dame and the Louvre.

The introduction guide to Paris by Lonely Planet is a fab resource to get a good insight on sights to visit, and what to consider.

Let us get into details now.

2. Where to stay in Paris (and what area to avoid)

Paris is big, so we need to explain a bit the districts first. We added all districts on a map for better planning.

  • 7th Arrondissement – Eiffel Tower
  • City Center of Paris
  • 8th Arrondissement – Chic (and Local)
  • 10th Arrondissement – Restaurants and Bars
  • Montmartre with Sacre Coeur
  • 11th Arrondissement (Hipster Area)
  • Le Jardin du Luxembourg Area
  • 13th Arrondissement – Students Area

You will find all the main sights in Paris below, put on a map.

Staying at the city center is a bit more pricey; and totally worth it!

You will find all areas on the map below with all the neighborhoods.

We modified the neighborhood areas adding only the interesting areas when visiting Paris (not the real neighborhood limitations).

Here you have also our personal recommendations for the different travelers.

1. Luxury Hotel in Paris

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2. Best Family Hotel in Paris

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3. Romantic Couple Accommodation

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4. Apartment

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5. On a Budget – Hostels in Paris

Hostels are the cheapest accommodation in Paris. They are especially popular for young backpackers.

  1. Generator Paris – best for solo-traveller
  2. Les Piaules – best for couples
  3. St. Christopher’s Inn Gare Du Nord – best for party

Find the 3 best hostels in Paris, all compared by location and facilities.

3. Itinerary for 7 days

When spending a week in Paris, you can explore the French capital and its surroundings.

If you bring enough time with you, you can even take a trip to the coast line.

We are currently working on our itinerary for 7 days.

(coming soon)

4. Food and Restaurants in Paris

Ohh and of course, a trip to Paris is not complete without tasting the Parisian cuisine.

Our favorite resource to find restaurants in Paris is TimeOut. Here they list 100 restaurants in Paris.

Another great list has Eater. This article also puts all restaurants on a map.

Fancy a tasty brunch?

Check out OuBruncher, a website dedicated only to test and list places for Brunch in Paris.

Our favorite brunch places in Paris are:

  • ISANA
  • We are Juice Kleber
  • Gros Brunch

For cafés, we love to check this insider guide by pariswithme.

5. Things to do in Paris

Let’s have some fun. Besides climbing Eiffel Tower, admiring Louvre Museum and the Montamartre District, there is much much more.

Here are 27 fun things to do in Paris.

Traveling with kids to Paris? Here’s a list of 26 family-friendly things to do.

Looking for more quirky, unusual stuff? Check this blog.

6. What To See in Paris

There are plenty of things to see in Paris, no surprise, right?! But fear not, it is less overwhelming than you might think.

Many attractions are actually very close to each other.

Important to know: Many sights require a ticket.

I recommend getting your ticket as soon as possible, since some of them can be sold out easily.

Below you find a list of the tickets you should purchase as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

Here is quick overview of what we consider important to visit in Paris:

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Montmartre, the Artistic neighborhood
  • Louvre Museum
  • Champs Elysees Shopping Mile
  • Basílica del Sacré Cœur
  • Jardin du Luxembourg
  • Moulin Rouge

My absolute favorite way to see Paris is by a vintage car.

You can actually rent a vintage car with driver. The driver will take you around the city to all the main sights like Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame.

A unique way to see the city! They also offer a night tour; beautiful!

Book your Vintage Car Tour here

Vintage Car Tour in Paris

7. Tickets you have to buy beforehand

If you do not want to waste your time queuing instead of enjoying, I do totally recommend you to buy the following tickets in advance:

For visiting Montmartre you won’t need any ticket.

8. Day trips from Paris

A week in Paris is quite a lot of time; and of course certainly enjoyable and worth it!

If you have more time and want to spend some time outside of the city, here’s a few day trips from Paris we absolutely love.

8.1 Palace of Versailles

Just a short 30 minutes train ride from the central station in Paris you can admire the world famous Palace of Versailles.

For sure, you’ve heard about this sight before.

It was the former residence of France’s famous Sun King in Versailles.

The building itself and its gardens are the absolute highlights here to visit!

In total, this is half-day trip, and should take you around 4 hours in total.

My best tip: Book your skip the line ticket before and get an audio guide!

Personally, I am big fan of exploring these type of huge areas on my own pace.

The audio guide walks you through the history, the meaning behind it, and a few open secrets.

Would you like a guided tour? Check out the 90 minutes guided tour of Versailles here.

Book your Versailles Ticket + Audio Guide here

Find all Palace of Versailles Tours here.

Palace of Versailles in Paris

8.2 Disneyland Paris

Fun fun fun!

You can make your kids and yourself super happy by spending a full day at Disneyland Paris.

  • Over 50 Attractions (from Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars)
  • meet your own and your kids Disney idols
  • Amazing Live Shows
  • more highlights by date (e.g. Christmas)

8.3 Mont Saint Michel

Truth be told, I would not do only a day trip from Paris to Mont Saint Michel.

It is almost a 4 hours journey by train.

My best tip: Stay here for one night, and enjoy the scenery. It would be too far in my opinion to come here only for a day.

The area has a lot more to offer as well, especially in summer.

Day trips from Paris: Mont Saint Michel

8.4 Chateau de Fontainebleau

Only 60km out of Paris, you can visit the unique Chateau de Fontainebleau.

A beautiful, princess-like Chateau; it could be right out of a movie!

You can actually enter the castle and wander around.

You can also take it a step further and take a balloon ride around the area. The castle is also used as wedding venues too.

Opening hours: The castle is open every day except on Tuesdays, on the 1st of January, 1st of May and 25th of December from 9:30am.

Please always check the official website for updated opening hours.

The entrance here is 11€.

You can either rent a car to get to the castle or join a day trip tour directly from Paris to Chateau de Fontainebleau.

Bare in mind, when calculating costs for renting a car, there’s quite high highway tolls in France.

Book Day Trip to Fontainebleau here

Chateau de Fontainebleau

9. Contact us

Any questions?

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10. All our articles on Paris and France

Last but not least, here are all our articles about Paris and France as a country.

Just dig and get into the details.

We always keep this guide updated.

We’ll add more interesting links whenever we come across new information we liked.

Safe travels, you deserve it!