Paris: a 6-Day Guide to the City of Lights

Bonjour, my loves! After spending a magical week in Paris, France, I have some trends to share with you for both your wardrobe and your itinerary! There is so much to see in this beautiful city, but it is very possible to see at least most of the big hot spots in a week. Don’t believe me? Check out my step by step guide below (and, of course, outfit details will be included as well)!

Day 1: Dinner at L’Escargot Montorgueil

I arrived in Paris in the afternoon, so between the 7-hour flight and the jet lag I was tired to say the least. But, there’s a reason why Paris is called “The City of Lights;” it literally never sleeps. So, why should I? With that state of mind, I threw on a mini pink dress with a slight opening in the back and a pair of heels (for the record, the ONLY time I wore heels this entire trip) and made the short walk from my hotel, Les Relais des Halles, over to L’Escargot Montogrueil for my first authentically French meal. This restaurant is as historic as it is beautiful, and the food was far from disappointing. If you get a chance to go there, I highly recommend ordering their famous escargot; because although I wasn’t a huge fan (for obvious reasons), it’s the best you’ll find in Paris and you truly do need to try it at least once. Also, if you want to get really fancy with it, they have escargot dipped in edible gold (talk about an Instagram dream come true).

Day 2: The Notre Dame

The second day of my trip was easily the most eventful, and can absolutely be done in one day! Start your day at the Notre Dame, where you can find Point Zero, the place where Paris was first built and branched out from there, along with stained glass, sculptures, and so much more. Along your walk, check out the art on the sides of the River Seine (which is a tourist attraction in itself). From there, make sure you stop by Shakespeare & Co. for a vintage book and some incredible coffee. Swing by the Latin Quarter for a drink and some appetizers, and check out Odette Bistro if you’re a coffee addict like myself. Last, but definitely not least, make sure you check out Saint Chapelle Church, the floor to ceiling stained glass windows will take your breath away.

For this day I decided to wear a maxi floral dress with flowing layers finished off with a little lace at the trim. It was chic and feminine for springtime weather, and covered my legs since showing legs and shoulders is forbidden if you want to step into the Notre Dame. Make sure you bring a light sweater also!

Day 3: The Louvre

The Louvre is a must-see if you’re visiting Paris. The glass pyramid structure is absolutely stunning, and I didn’t realize until I arrived at the Louvre that the pyramid is surrounded by a palace with detailed, grand architecture. Once you make your way inside the museum, make sure you see the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and the Statue of Winged Victory. Of course, there is enough art in the Louvre to keep you busy for weeks, but those were the pieces that stuck out to me the most (even though the Mona Lisa is actually really small and you can’t get closer than 10 feet away from it).

After you’re done walking through the Louvre, stroll down through the Tuileries Gardens towards the Champs-Élysées for some shopping and lunch. You’ll pass by the iconic Ferris wheel before ending you’re walk at the Arc de Triomphe, which is absolutely gorgeous.

My outfit for the day started with a modern off-the-shoulder white peplum top with an angled edge at the bottom. I finished off the outfit with a pair of black jeans, black flats and a pink and white silk neck scarf, because is there a better place to wear a neck scarf than Paris?

Day 4: The Luxembourg Gardens and the 2CV Tour

Start day 4 at the Café Flore (sorry, I couldn’t resist the rhyme). But, in all seriousness this cafe is one of the most historic in Paris and has omelettes and hot chocolate that are to die for. From there, check out the Luxembourg Gardens for a picturesque view of one of Paris’ few nature spots, complete with a mansion, of course. Lastly, finish off the day with a 2CV tour of the entire city of Paris, all in a tiny vintage car cute enough to have in pictures along with the scenic views of the City of Lights. You’ll see the city’s different districts, learn everything there is to know about the beautiful place around you, and you’ll get a front row seat to the Eiffel Tower’s light show.

For this day’s outfit, I took a little inspiration from the Luxembourg Gardens and wore a black off-the-shoulder dress with puffed sleeves and a flower embroidery. I fit right in with the atmosphere in the best way possible!

Day 5: Printemps Haussmann Rooftop (and Shopping!)

Take a day to relax for a minute, because at this point A LOT of walking has been done. But, don’t waste the whole day! Make your way towards Printemps Haussmann, which is basically Paris’ version of Saks or Bergdorf Goodman. Stroll around the massive department stores, and make sure you check out the surrounding area as well, it’s one of Paris’ best shopping districts. Once you’re done splurging, make your way to the 7th floor of Printemps Haussmann and enjoy some dinner and a glass of wine on the iconic rooftop. The food is (almost) as good as the view, and it is the perfect place to watch the sunset over this gorgeous city.

For the later part of this day, I decided to wear a suede tan pencil skirt and a light beige lace cropped top. This look was elegant and sophisticated while simultaneously fun and flattering, the perfect look for a rooftop dinner.

Day 6: The Eiffel Tower (finally!)

I know you’re probably thinking, “why did you wait so long to see the Eiffel Tower?!” But, there was a strategy behind my (im)patient waiting. First of all, I thought it would be nice to save the best attraction for last. Second of all, I strategically went on a week day as opposed to a weekend, and although of course it was crowded, I imagine it would’ve been MUCH more crowded if it was on a weekend. Anyway, the Eiffel Tower was completely worth the wait. It is beautiful, breathtaking, and is everything I ever dreamed it would be. It truly was one item checked off of my bucket list. Make sure you go under the tower and, if you can, make your way to the top. Unfortunately, when I went the wait time was 5 hours (yes, I said 5 hours!) so I wasn’t able to. My best suggestion is to go first thing in the morning during the week because, from what I heard, it is an amazing view. After that, make your way towards a fountain that overlooks the Eiffel Tower and an adorable carousel for an Instagram-worthy view.

For this day I saved my favorite dress for last: a blue and white checkered dress with a bow at the top and a flared bottom. This dress was perfect for the day; it epitomized springtime and matched my setting of carnival (thanks to the carousel – oh, and the cotton candy) mixed with world famous monument.

Okay, everyone, you have my wardrobe and my trip itinerary! I know Paris sounds like a big commitment, but it is truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. It’s unbelievable that such a spectacular place exists, and it truly is an experience that you will never forget. So, take a few days off work and find so cheap tickets and an Airbnb, because the City of Lights is waiting for you!

Until next time (bon voyage!),

Katherine

P.S. – Check out some more scenic moments from my trip below!

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