The Best One Week in Paris Itinerary: Where To Stay, Eat, and Play

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It’s well-known – Paris is always a good idea. Especially if you can spend a week exploring the city, the centerpiece of Europe and the embodiment of everything romantic, luxurious, and dreamy. You can spend the week getting lost in its pretty streets, photographing every beautiful sight that comes into frame, or being enveloped in its historical significance distinguished by countless monuments. No matter what sounds dreamiest to you, it’s all included in this ultimate one week in Paris itinerary (even though by the end of it, you’ll be wishing you could stay longer!)

Putting together a one week in Paris itinerary is near impossible; there’s just so much to do in Paris.

But of course, there are certain things you must see, as well as some hidden gems and pro tips sprinkled in between for those seeking a really special Paris experience.

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Where To Stay In Paris

There are seemingly endless accommodations in Paris to choose from, so I’ve narrowed down my favorites with the budget-conscious traveler in mind. At the same time, a trip to Paris is magnificent, so I don’t blame you if you want to go all out and upgrade your accommodation.

For me, certain neighborhoods like Saint Germain des Pres are so cozy and cute that I wouldn’t mind spending a little bit more to get my French-style fix!

Budget-Friendly Accommodations (Around $500-600 for one week)

Most budget accommodations are either going to be apartment rentals through Booking.com, Airbnbs, or hotels on the outer neighborhoods of Paris (like Canal St. Martin.)

Champs Elysees Apartment – I stayed in this exact apartment and it was very inexpensive for being in the city center!

Hotel Aston – Another great centrally located budget-friendly option.

Hotel Eiffel Turenne – Close to the Eiffel Tower!

Generator Hostel – Perfect for solo travelers, located near Canal St. Martin!

Mid-Range Accommodations (Around $700-$800 for one week)

Best Western Plus Latin Quarter Pantheon – Centrally-located in the Latin Quarter neighborhood, which is known for its bookshops, cafes, and student culture.

The ReMIX Hotel – Upscale modern rooms, but located on the outskirts of the city in La Villette, an off-the-beaten-path neighborhood with it’s own canal!

Hotel Residence Des Artes – In the heart of Paris & chic classical French rooms.

Luxury Accommodations (+$1,000 for one week)

There is no shortage of luxury accommodations in Paris, but these are my picks for the neighborhoods and views.

Holiday Inn Saint Germain des Pres – Rooftop views in one of the cutest Paris neighborhoods!

Citadines Saint Germain des Pres – Views of the River Seine, and again, one of the cutest Paris neighborhoods!

Residence Charles Floquet – Steps away from the Eiffel tower that you can see it from your window!


Full One Week in Paris Itinerary


Day 1: Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysee, Arc de Triomphe, Pont Alexandria, Garden Tulieres

Your first day in Paris will be a busy one because we are getting the big tourist attractions out of the way.

I would start a one week in Paris itinerary like this because, truthfully, you’ll probably meander back to these iconic spots again throughout the week. They are can’t miss areas of Paris, so it’s essential to put them at the top of the priority list.

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero.

When it comes to visiting the Eiffel Tower, there are a few great places to see it. Obviously you can walk right up underneath and across to the Champs de Mar park and maybe have yourself a small first-day picnic.

Or you can head to the iconic Trocadero to get some amazing photos.

I would actually recommend, if you’re willing, to go to the Trocadero on a separate day, at sunrise. That means an early wake-up call, but you’ll get to experience the magic of Paris without people. The only ones at the Trocadero will be photographers because they know the secret to getting an amazing photo without tourists!

If you’re looking for a great view over Paris, I would actually skip going to the top of the Eiffel Tower (although for some it’s on their bucket list.) Instead, go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe or a secret location I’ll tell you about for Day 3!

A fantastic place to eat with views of the Eiffel Tower is Cafe New York. It’s not too expensive and you can see the Eiffel Tower glitter larger-than-life from your quintessential French sidewalk dining table.

Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees

You’ll have to cross the River Seine if you are coming from the Eiffel Tower to get to the most famous shopping street in the world.

The Champs Elysees is glamourous, but it’s a lot more regular than you might expect. What really makes the street desirable is beautifully lined trees leading you to the again larger-than-life Arc de Triomphe.

Don’t try to cross the crazy traffic of the roundabout that surrounds it – instead, there is an underground walkway to reach the Arc de Triomphe and then an entrance fee of 13 euros to go to the top. I personally think it’s a better view of Paris from here than the Eiffel Tower because you actually get to see the Eiffel Tower!

Pont Alexandre III, Les Invalides, & Tuileries Garden

Walking down the Champs Elysees and away from the Arc de Triomphe, you will start to see some of the bridges that Paris is famous for.

Be sure to stop at Pont Alexandre III to take in another beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower! There are also amazing museum buildings nearby to this bridge that are incredible structures to take photos of.

The sparkling gold columns of the Pont Alexandre III bridge.

Walking across the bridge, you will see the flashy gold dome of Les Invalides. This striking building is home to several army museums and the tomb of Napoleon. Even if you don’t want to enter the museum, you can walk in the massive courtyard to get a better look at this building.

The grand Les Invalides, home to military museums and the tomb of Napoleon.

Back over the bridge, keep walking and eventually, you’ll run into one of Paris’ beautiful parks, Tuileries Garden. This is the perfect place to take an afternoon stroll or sit, to devour some macarons, and to pretend like you live in Paris!


Day 2: The Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, Pont Des Artes

The Louvre Pyramid is a gorgeous photo spot in Paris!

On day 2, I recommend spending your entire morning exploring the Louvre museum. This museum is so big it would take hundreds of days for you to be able to see each piece of art.

Of course, the most famous painting in the Louvre is the Mona Lisa. She’s kept behind a glass wall and is ogled over by huge crowds every day. Wait patiently to make your way up to the front (or just try to get there as early as you can!)

After spending your morning at the Louvre, you will be right next to one of my favorite streets in Paris, Rue de Rivoli. It’s a great street for shopping but also for some of Paris’ treasures like Librairie Galignani and Angelina’s.

I highly recommend sitting for an afternoon snack at Angelina’s – macaroons and white hot chocolate, to be exact. It’s rumored to be the best hot chocolate in the world and I completely agree!

Also near to this area of Paris is the iconic lock bridge or Pont des Artes. Every so often, locks have to be removed from the bridge to avoid the danger of it collapsing due to the weight added by the locks. It’s definitely a sweet sight with the Eiffel Tower in view and reminds you again why Paris is the City of Love.


Day 3: Saint Germaine des Pres, Luxembourg Gardens, Paris Cafe Culture

The pretty Spring blooms in Saint Germain des Pres.

The neighborhood of Saint Germaine des Pres is everything you imagine when you think of Paris – wrought-iron balconies, cream-colored buildings with ornate facades, and a cute cafe on every corner.

On this side of the Seine, the best thing you can do is have a day of exploring little streets and enjoying the little moments.

Some of the cutest streets of Saint Germaine de Pres include

While you are in the area, stroll into Luxembourg Gardens to enjoy a baguette (or two) for a snack.

Take in the sunset or have an afternoon snack in the Jardin du Luxembourg.

As I mentioned, there’s a cute cafe on every corner, but there are two of Paris’ oldest and most famous cafes on a special corner right across from each other.

You must visit Cafe de Flores and try their profiteroles. You’ll have the incredible, almost spiritual, experience of dining in the same room as Pablo Picasso once did, as well as many other famous thinkers, artists, and writers.

French pastries are a must for your Paris bucket list!

If you’re up for a second-afternoon Parisian treat, step into Cafe Les Deux Magots – right across the street! This is the other famed cafe in Saint Germain des Pres, frequented again by many famous intellectuals like Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.


Day 4: Versailles

The beautiful Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles.

A one week in Paris itinerary would be incomplete without a day trip and Versailles is easily the top choice. Other ideas for a day trip are Strasbourg, Disneyland Paris, and Normandy.

But Versailles is truly a can’t-miss site just outside of Paris. Everyone knows of the Palace of Versailles – the glittered in gold home of King Louis XVIII.

I highly recommend visiting the Palace of Versailles website, as there are many factors that could determine what time is the best for you to visit. For example, on Mondays, the Palace is closed but the gardens are open every day of the week. Or, on Fountain Show days, tickets cost more.

So there are multiple things to consider that will take some extra trip planning ahead of time.

There are several ways to reach Versailles. You can book a tour from Paris to take you there and that will usually include a guide to walk you through the palace and grounds. The average price for a tour from Paris to Versailles is

Or, you can DIY your trip by taking a train or car to the town of Versailles and exploring the palace and grounds on your own.

A ticket to visit all of Versailles costs between 20 and 27 euros depending on the day, while to visit only the palace costs 18 euros.

A ticket for a tour guide is an extra 10 euros.

The gardens of Versailles are free and open to the public.

If there is one thing I can recommend, it is to explore beyond the palace! The grounds of the Palace of Versailles are extremely beautiful and huge. You will spend lots of time roaming and exploring, so I recommend setting aside an entire day for a Versailles day trip.


Day 5: Montmartre

Montmartre is an eclectic and cozy neighborhood in Paris.

One of Paris’ most charming neighborhoods is the 18th arrondissement, Montmartre.

This charming fairytale neighborhood is situated on a hill overlooking Paris, so if you don’t want to walk, opt for taking the metro or paying for a taxi. Paying for a taxi is expensive, so I would avoid it when you can, but I understand those who are trying to avoid the ascent to Montmartre!

In Montmartre, there is much to explore, but the obvious to-do is visiting the Sacre-Couer. This church sits atop the highest point of the hill, like a beacon overlooking the city of Paris. Its picturesque viewing point is one of the best in Paris.

Details of the Sacre-Coeur overlooking Paris.

You can take a cable car or walk up to the Sacre-Couer.

If you can, I recommend waking up early to see the sunrise at Sacre-Coeur. I know that’s a lot of exercise for an early morning, but the experience is worth it!

Spend the rest of the day exploring Montmartre, from its little boutique shops to Moulin Rouge to the famous Le Maison Rose Cafe.


Day 6: Ile de La Cite, Le Marais, Galeries Lafayete

Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most stunning locations in Paris, there is no doubt about it. Entry to the 1,000-year-old church is free and it’s a must-do for your one week in Paris itinerary.

Nearby, I recommend visiting some pretty unique locations in Paris, including the Shakespeare & Company Bookstore, as well as Odette Cafe.

Peruse through old novels in the heart of Paris and then grab a coffee and profiterole snack at Odette. Make sure you head to the tiny second floor and grab a seat near the window, looking out to Notre Dame.

Cross back over the Seine to explore a vibrant neighborhood of Paris, Le Marais. It was once the Jewish quarter of Paris and now boasts eclectic boutiques, restaurants, and is home to stunning architectural buildings around every corner.

Moreover, make your way to the Galeries Lafayette for a special experience! You may think it’s just a shopping mall, but it’s the most luxurious shopping mall in the most luxurious city in the world – so it’s a tourist attraction all on its own.

Be sure to walk onto the glass platform that stretches out into the rotunda to see the glistening glass ceiling from directly below. You could also head to the rooftop for a panoramic view of Paris, but I have a hidden gem spot for that!

Down the street is Printemps, another high-end shopping mall. On the rooftop is a restaurant called Perruche. It will cost you an arm and a leg to eat there, but anybody can visit the rooftop and take in this stunning (hidden gem) view of Paris!

The view from the Printemps rooftop will make you fall in love with Paris all over again.

Slip to the right after exiting the staircase or elevator and catch a glimpse of the Place de Madeleine, Paris rooftops, and Eiffel Tower!


Day 7: La Bastille & Paris’ Most Colorful Street

There are a few ways you can wrap up the perfect one week in Paris itinerary.

You could revisit some of the places you’ve already seen, let’s face it, there’s no amount of time spent in Paris that is long enough!

Or, you can explore another neighborhood! If that’s calling to you, then this is my suggestion.

Place de la Bastille is on the edge of Paris’ city center, and the monument in its center is the exact spot the Bastille prison used to be. Bastille Day is celebrated on July 14th in Paris, the day on which in 1789 the Bastille was stormed and became a turning point in the French Revolution.

The square is now a bustling center where you can people watch and get an idea for local life in Paris. However, nearby to Place de la Bastille is somewhere you will probably only find tourists – in a good way!

Rue de Cremieux is now known as Paris’ most colorful street. It’s a small road of boldly painted houses begging to be the background for your next Instagram photo!

It’s inconveniently located quite far from the city center, so that’s why it is worth making half a day for visiting Le Bastille and this cute colorful street!

Some FAQs About a One Week Paris Itinerary


When Is The Best Time To Visit Paris

The best time to visit Paris is the shoulder season. That would be April-May or September-October.

The winter is quite cold, although it is lovely to see Paris decorated for Christmas. Even spring months as late as March require you to pack coats and sweaters!

Use apps like PackPoint to get details on the weather and other useful things to pack depending on your destination.

The summer is the busy tourist season, so main attractions like the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and Versailles can be very packed, as well as more expensive for entry.


Getting Around Paris

To keep a one-week in Paris itinerary budget-friendly, avoid taking taxis in the center of the city. It’s much cheaper to use the metro instead!

Paris is a huge city, so things that look walkable on the map just aren’t. That’s why it is best to organize your itinerary based on the neighborhoods or arrondissements, that you want to see.

You will still be doing a lot of walking though. So, pack comfy shoes (take it from me who was pretending she was at Paris fashion week when really her feet were blistering.)


Photography Tips For Paris

If you’re planning a one week in Paris itinerary, then you have to document it in photos!

I put together an entire guide on how to get the most Instagrammable photos in Paris so that you can add these spots to your bucket list & know exactly where to find them!

Extra Helpful Tips for Visiting Paris

  • Whenever you get the chance to use the bathroom at a restaurant you are eating in, use it! You often have to pay for public bathrooms (1 euro) and they are not as easy to find as you may think. Use the app Flush to locate public bathrooms when you are in a pinch!
  • On that note, France uses the Euro as currency. Nearly everywhere will accept credit cards, but have some cash just in case you are in a pinch.

Final Thoughts On a Perfect One Week in Paris Itinerary

Honestly, the best one week in Paris itinerary is whatever is your own. You can be the person who goes to every museum, the traveler who sits at cafes and people watches, or the Instagrammer creating beautiful photos on every street.

There is so much to do that Paris will ultimately tell you how to spend your week once you arrive.

Make a list of bucket list things to see, places to eat, and neighborhoods to explore. Beyond that, my best advice is to let Paris show you around!

Don’t plan every single day to the minute, but also don’t wing it. There’s so much fun in exploring Paris on your own. But you also make sure you get those bucket list experiences checked off!

What is your favorite thing to do or see in Paris? What are you most looking forward to?

Don’t forget to Pin this itinerary for reference!

Paris is one of the best cities in the world and I can’t wait for you to explore it!

XOXO

Michela

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