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Guidebook Obonparis - 3 days in Paris


The most visited city and tourist destination, Paris. There are lots of things that you should not miss when you visit Paris. To make your trip in Paris more efficient and perfect, O'Bon Paris introduces you the best travel plan for 2 nights and 3 days. 

 

 

1. I LOVE YOU WALL (LE MUR DES JE T'AIME)

Before visiting Montmartre, when you exit the metro station Abbesses, you will see this blue wall in the small park. It is a popular photo spot as the word 'I love you' is written in 300 different languages, 1000 different times. 

How to go : Metro line 12 Abbesses. 

 

2. LA BASILIQUE DU SACRE-COEUR

One of the most well known Paris landmarks, the Sacre-coeur. It is located on top of a hill in Montmartre, which is actually the highest hill in Paris. After defeat in the Franco-Prussian war in 1870, they built this cathedral to atone for the sins as they believed the reason they lost was because of their spritual and moral sins. To reach the Sacre-coeur by foot you must climb a few sets of stairs but there is also a funicular lift available to reach Sacre-Coeur from the bottom of Montmartre hill, free with Navigo pass. 

How to go : 9 minutes walk from Metro line 12 Abbesses / Funicular is available from the bottom of Montmartre.

 

3. PLACE DU TERTRE

Tertre Plaza is a perfect place to see the daily lives of artists in Paris. A bit behind the Sacre-coeur, there is a plaza where artists sit and draw portraits or sell their drawings. There are restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops on both sides of street. 

 

 4. LAVINIA RESTAURANT (* 10% discount coupon)

In the heart of Paris, near Opera Garnier, there is a huge wine specialty restaurant called LAVINIA. On the second floor, they have the restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious meal with fantastic wine. The staff are all wine specialists. While getting information about wines from the staff, you can enjoy authentic French style meals. 

 

How to go : Metro line 3, 7, 8 Opera / line 8, 12, 14 Madeleine
Opening Hours : Mon-Sat 10:00-20:30
Price : 30-40euros

 

5. OPERA GARNIER

Opera Garnier looks like a giant wedding cake from outside. It is known as one of the most well built and luxurious buildings in Paris. Marble stairs and shiny hallways, giant chandliers, and the Chagall painting on the ceiling will leave you in awe. 

Opening Hours : Daily 10:00-17:00
Price : 12euros (8 euros under 25 years)

 

6. TUILERIES GARDEN (JARDIN DES TUILERIES)

In the center of the city, in front of the Louvre Museum, there is the beautiful Tuileries garden. There are tons of green chairs in the garden where you can freely sit to have some rest any time, but remember it is not permitted to sit in the grass here. Catrine de Medici, the princess of Medici family in Italy, demanded to build the palace and garden here when she got married with the French King in 1564. 

 

7. PONT NEUF

Pont Neuf, which means 'a new bridge' is located on Cite island where the Notre Dame Cathedrale is located. It was the first bridge made of stone in Paris and it is known as the longest and oldest bridge. It became famous through the movie 'The lovers of Pont Neuf'. Here you can see the love locks hung on the bridge, which the lovers often do to promise and 'lock in' their love. 

 

8. NOTRE DAME CATHEDRALE (CATHEDRALE NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS)

Built in Gothic style, many important events such as funerals of the head of state are held here. The cathedrale was once in danger of being destroyed as it was hugely damaged after the civil war. Victor Hugo, the French writer, wrote the novel 'Notre dame de Paris' and it became very well known. Because of his novel, people donated money to restore the cathedral, so it could be recovered. 

 

9. CHAMPS DE MARS

This large grassy area becomes full of Parisians and tourists on sunny days. Located just in front of the Eiffel tower, this is a perfect place to view the Eiffel tower while relaxing on the grass. Bring some snacks to enjoy the perfect Parisian picnic here. 

 

10. EIFFEL TOWER (TOUR EIFFEL)

It has been said that you must see the Eiffel tower at least once a day when you are in Paris. To make your first day in Paris even more romantic, visit the Eiffel tower at night. From sundown, on every hour, you can see the Eiffel Tower light up and sparkle for 5 minutes. During the summer time, the sun sets very late so plan to see it twinkle around 10:30pm.  

 

11. LA FONTAINE DE MARS

The name of the restaurant means 'Fountain of March'. The previous President of the United States, Obama, visited here to enjoy a French home-cooked meal. Located near the Eiffel tower, it is easy to find and offers great food which earned them a Michelin 1 star. As this resturant is very famous, you should make a reservation some days before you visit. 

Opening Hours : Daily 12:00-15:00, 19:30-23:00
Price : From 50euros per person (Entree+Main+Wine)

 

 

 

1. PALACE OF VERSAILLES (CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES)

Versailles Palace truly shows very well how the French royal family lived. The room of mirrors and well organized garden are absolutely beautiful. An audio guide tour is also available for you to get a more informed visit. 

How to go : RER C Versailles-Chateau RG station / Metro line 9 Pont de Sevres, and change to bus no. 171 and get off at Versailles Chateau Rive Gauche
Opening Hours(Apr-Oct) : Palace 9:00-18:30, Garden 7:00-20:30, Trianon 12:00-18:30
Opening Hours(Nov-Mar) : Palace 9:00-17:30, Garden 8:00-18:00, Trianon 12:00-17:30
Price : One day pass 20euros(Palace+Garden+Trianon), Palace 18euros

 

2. LE TRAIN BLEU (* 20% discount coupon)

A luxurious restaurant located in Paris' Gare de Lyon station. Having a history of about 100 years, Coco Chanel often visited here to enjoy meals surrounded by such a beautiful interior. The inside of the resturant is very warm and elegantly decorated with delicate carves, chandliers, and golden colors. 

 

How to go : Paris Lyon Station(Gare de Lyon) HALL 1 - Second floor
Opening Hours : Breakfast 7:30-11:30, Lunch 11:30-14:45, Dinner 19:00-22:45
Price : 30-50euros(Main + Dessert)

 

3. LE MARAIS

The most famous and hip place in Paris, le Marais. Down every small street and quaint corner, you will discover cute and cozy cafes, great restaurants and also some fashion shops. In this district you can visit the most famous select shop, Merci, walk around Saint Paul Village, visit the Pompidou center, Paris city hall, and Place des Vosges. 

 

4. LE BHV MARAIS (* 15% discount coupon)

Right next to City Hall in le Marais, you can visit this large department store with a welcoming atmosphere. From clothes, shoes, accessories, cosmetics, you can also shop stationeries, and home goods. 

How to go : Metro line 1, 11 Hôtel de Ville 
Opening Hours : Mon-Sat 09:30 - 20:00, Sun 11:00 - 19:0

 

5. LE SPICY HOME (* 30% discount coupon)

A french fushion restaurant near the Pompidou center and Les Halles shopping center. Adding some exotic spices in French food, they have created some new and exotic tastes. The restaurant is very cozy with reasonable prices. 

How to go : Metro line 4 Étienne Marcel or  Châtelet / Les halles 
Opening Hours : Daily 8:00-26:00
Price : Lunch set around 15 euros

 

6. BATEAU PARISIEN

Along the seine river, on the Bateau Parisien, you can see most of the famous landmarks of Paris sitting down. Try to go on the boat around sunset, this way you will see Paris by night with elegant yellow lights on. 

How to go : Metro line 6 Bir-Hakeim - 10 minutes walk (Departure location : Pont d’iéna)
Opening Hours(peak season) : 10:00-22:30(weekends, holidays until 23:00), departs every 30 minutes
Opening Hours(off season) : 10:30-21:30, departs every one hour
Price : 15euros

 

  

1. ARC DE TRIOMPHE

After Napoleon won the ultimate victory in the Austerlitz war in 1805, he demanded to make this arch to encourage the soldiers. From this arch, the streets are spreaded out to 12 different directions. Among them, is the Champs-Elysees which continues to Concorde Plaza. You can also go up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe and look down on to the Chamsp-Elysees and Eiffel tower. 

Opening Hours : Daily 10:00-23:00 (The last entrance : 30 minutes before closing)
Price : 12euros(6 euros for students,  free on the first sunday of each month, free for museum-pass holders)

 

2. AVENUE DES CHAMPS-ELYSEES

The Champs-Elysees is spreaded out from Arc de Triomphe and is well known as the shopping street with all kinds of luxury goods. Not only luxury goods, but you can also discover the Disney shop and the famous macarons shop, Laduree. 

 

3. CAFE DE FLORE

Located in the Saint-Germain-Des-Pres area, this cafe is world famous. Many French politicians, intellectuals and artists, including Albert Camus and Mitterrand, gathered here to discuss  their thoughts during the 20th century.

Opening Hours : Daily 7:30-25:30
Price : meal 10-25euros, drinks 6-9euros

 

4. DISNEYLAND PARIS (*10% discount coupon)

One of the most fantastic places in Paris, Disneyland! Disneyland Paris consists of two parks, Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studio. You can choose to visit either one or both parks. Meet Disney characters and enjoy various rides! The highlighting part of Disneyland Paris is of course Illumination show before closure. Do not miss the fantastic illumination show with marvelous fireworks. 

How to go : RER A Marne La Vallee–Chessy
Opening Hours : Park 10:00-20:00 / Studio 10:00-18:00
Price : 1 day 1 park from 53 euros / 1 day 2 parks from 73 euros (Ticket price varies on weekends, holidays, and rainy season)