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My Paris Itinerary for Second-Timers (With Some of the Best Photo Spots!)

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As you know, planning a trip anywhere, but especially to a place with so much to see like Paris, is a lot of work. After sharing about my trip on Instagram, I’ve had requests to share my Paris itinerary and I’m more than happy to do so, because if it makes your trip even a little easier or better (or both) then it’s worth it.

As a repeat visitor, I think it’s wise to skip the main attractions if you already saw them and use it as an opportunity to explore more areas you didn’t get to visit previously. So on this itinerary, you won’t see any major attractions like the Champs-Elysées, Louvre, or the Eiffel Tower grounds.

Now, as a pleasure/business trip my itinerary is pretty specific and I did a lot of research to find the best things to do, places to eat, and most importantly, photo spots. 😉

But if you aren’t an influencer, Youtuber, content creator, avid Instagrammer, or even a photo-loving tourist, then you can just pretend all my photo spots are meant to be spots with good views instead. Ha!

I’m sharing my itinerary exactly as some wanted to know where I stayed as well, though not everything may apply to you, of course. I’ll make notes about what did & didn’t work too.

If you followed my travel saga then you know that delays and cancellations made me and my cousin miss out on a day and a half there, which was a huge bummer, but we still felt like we saw plenty in our 4 full days there.

It’s worth noting that everyone has different travel preferences. You may read my schedule and think I’m too detailed to have any real fun haha. But hey, in the past I used to put time stamps on everything so #growth!

Though really, my philosophy is that the better things are planned out the smoother it will go, even if you don’t stick to it exactly. It’s better to do research ahead of time and know the good places to eat and visit instead of finding yourself bored and lost!

Okay, here we go.

My Paris itinerary for Second-Timers

9:30 am– Flight lands in Paris
Go to hotel (Hotel Alfred Sommier – 20 Rue de l’Arcade, 75008 Paris, 30-40 minute drive (Uber) from airport)
Eat lunch at hotel, Les Caryatides’ restaurant, ($$$ make reservation at check-in)
Explore hotel, take pictures
Palais Garnier Opera House (9 min walk from hotel- 12 euro pp – Pl. de l’Opéra, 75009 Paris, France)
7ish pm– Dinner & sunset view of city at Perruche /Printemps ($$$ Printemps De L’Homme, 2 Rue du Havre 9ème étage, 75009 Paris, France, 6 minute walk from hotel)

Notes:

  • Our flight cancellation made us miss this day, but we did try to eat at Perruche another night and you need to make a reservation unless you want to eat at 10 pm at night. I’m hoping to be asleep for hours at that point so thank you, next. Though the views are really great and you can still walk up there and get a free glimpse!

DAY 1
Breakfast at hotel
10:00 am- Puces de Saint Ouen flea market (22 min drive – 87 Rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen, France)
Eat lunch here
Montmartre, Rue Lamarck (10 min drive from flea market – Start at Hôtel de Flore · Montmartre, Paris, 108 Rue Lamarck, 75018 Paris, France. Then put La Maison Rose, 2 Rue de l’Abreuvoir, 75018 Paris, France. It should have us walk down the street to Lamarck-Caulaincourt then on to La Maison Rose)
La Maison Rose
Lamarck-Caulaincourt
Dinner at Le Consulat (2 min walk from La Maison Rose – 18 Rue Norvins, 75018 Paris, France)
Back to hotel

Notes:

  • If you love thrifting and shopping secondhand, then this flea market is a must-see. Things are actually quite expensive so you probably won’t buy much (unless you plan to ship a 5,000 euro chandelier home), but it’s amazing to look at. Have euros if you plan to buy!
  • Montmartre is a super pretty neighborhood but can get run over by tourists quickly and the streets feel really cramped. If you can, try to go earlier or later in the day.
  • We didn’t end up eating at Le Consulat because it was so busy, but many say it’s worth it.

DAY 2
Breakfast at hotel & pics
Hotel De la marine(right next to Jardin des Tuileries, requires tickets and opens at 10:30am (2 Pl. de la Concorde, 75008 Paris, France)
Jardin des Tuileries (Pl. de la Concorde, 75001 Paris, France, 13 min walk from hotel)
Palais Royal (11min walk from gardens – Galerie de la Cour d’Honneur, 2 Rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris, France)
Lunch at Le Café Marly ($$$ 4 min walk from Palais Royal – 93 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France)
Musée d’Orsay
(15 min walk across the Seine or 10 min drive – 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris, France)
Café de Flore (4 min drive or 15 min walk – 172 Bd Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France)
Citypharma (3 min walk – 26 Rue du Four, 75006 Paris, France)
Jardin du Luxembourg (9 min walk – Luxembourg Gardens, 75006 Paris, France)
Dinner at Cafe Saint Regis (10 min drive – Le Saint-Regis, 6 Rue Jean du Bellay, 75004 Paris, France)
Back to hotel

Notes:

  • Besides baked goods and treats, I don’t actually love French food that much as I’m not the biggest fan of seafood, tartare (raw beef), raw eggs on my pasta, or undercooked meats. Most restaurants or cafes are like this. That being said, Le Café Marly was still pretty good. A little expensive, but it has the famous Louvre cafe view.
  • Did not make it into Musée d’Orsay. The line was too long during the middle of the day. Either get tickets ahead of time or go right when they open.
  • We didn’t end up eating at Café de Flore because it was too busy. Because we’ve eaten there previously, we didn’t try to go back.
  • Because we skipped Café de Flore we also skipped Citypharma (I wanted to pick up french beauty products). Thankfully, there is an abundance of pharmacies and most of them carry beauty products.
  • Got too tired that day so we did room service for dinner instead of Cafe Saint Regis.

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DAY 3
Breakfast at hotel
Trocadero– Early morning Eiffel tower pics (12 min drive from hotel)
Avenue de Camoëns– Eiffel tower views & pics (6 minute walk from Trocadero)
Rue de l’Université– Eiffel tower views & pics (4 min drive or 15 min walk over the Seine and past the eiffel tower – 225 Rue de l’Université, 75007 Paris, France)
Rue Saint Dominique (6 min walk – 149 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris, France)
Rue Cler (Connects with Rue Saint Dominiqu. Just walk down Saint Dominique and look at street signs as we go and we should see Rue Cler)
Lunch at L’Avenue($$$ 5 min drive – 41 Av. Montaigne, 75008 Paris, France)
Pont Alexandre III Bridge(10 min walk – Pont Alexandre III, 75008 Paris, France)
Stroll along the Seine toward Carette Caffe for Afternoon Tea(28 min walk – Carette, 4 Pl. du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75016 Paris, France)
Dinner at Au bon accueil
($$ 4 min drive or 10 min walk – 14 Rue de Monttessuy, 75007 Paris, France)
Go back to Trocadero and see the Eiffel tower at night

Notes:

  • Even at a decently early time in the morning, Trocadero was busy. Go before 7 am if you want to beat crowds! Also, they boarded up most of the wall that gives the iconic view of the Eiffel tower behind you, FYI. This view/spot is not as cool anymore.
  • Really not impressed with L’Avenue and do not recommend it.
  • We went off schedule the rest of the day after lunch. We did some shopping near the hotel and grabbed dinner at a nearby cafe. There is an abundance of cafes so you will never be without a place to eat!

Day 4
Breakfast at hotel
Musée National Picasso(11 min drive – 5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris, France)
Pierre Hermé for macarons(5 min walk – 4 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris, France)
FREE’P’STAR– thrift store – 4 stores – Uber to first store then should be able to walk between the stores – go in this order: 

  • (6 min drive – 66 Rue Saint-Antoine, 75004 Paris, France)
  • (5 min walk – 20 Rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris, France)
  • (7 min walk – 61 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris, France)
  • (7 min walk – 51 Rue Saint-Denis, 75001 Paris, France)

Lunch at La crêperie des Rosiers(5 min drive or 11 min walk – 33 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris, France)
Musee Rodin(12 min drive – 77 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris, France)
Dinner at Pink Mama(make reservation, 15 min drive – 20bis Rue de Douai, 75009 Paris, France)

Notes:

  • Art lovers will hate me, but I didn’t love the Picasso museum. Mainly because I’m not a big fan of Picasso’s work. But if you like his style you may like this place.
  • We skipped the macaron and crepe place because we got them elsewhere.
  • The Free’p’star thrift stores are….a whole nother vibe I’ll just put it at that. The prices are decent so worth checking out. Keep your eyes peeled because this thrift store route will take you across so many other second-hand and vintage stores too.
  • I didn’t take my own advice and make a reservation for Pink Mama so we didn’t end up eating here.

Maybe Next Time:

  • Maybe 3rd time is the charm to finally see the Palace of Versaille. Our time lost in Paris meant we had to cut some things out and this was the furthest attraction. I wasn’t able to go my first time to Paris either!
  • Drinks at the Ritz Paris
  • Marché des Enfants Rouges or La Grande Epicerie to get food for a picnic
  • Passage des Panoramas
  • Café Kitsune
  • Le Train Bleu
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Paris itinerary for Second-Timers
Carolyn Arentson
Carolyn is the founder and creator behind My Chic Obsession. When she's not dreaming up new content, you can find her watching a funny tv show with her husband, raising her two boys, or planning her next trip to Paris.