Mars Field, Eiffel Tower (without climbing), and The Invalides. First Night in Paris: Montmartre and Moulin Rouge
– Opéra Garnier – Galeries Lafayette (for shopping) – Printemps Department Store – Place Vendôme – Musée de l’Orangerie – Seine River Cruise (evening)
Explore Beyond the Tourist Hotspots: While iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Louvre are must-sees, Paris is also rich in hidden gems. I recommend exploring lesser-known neighborhoods like Le Marais, Canal Saint-Martin, or Belleville. These areas offer a more authentic Parisian experience with unique shops, quaint cafes, and vibrant street art. Don't miss the local markets such as Marché des Enfants Rouges.
Savor the Culinary Scene Like a Local: Paris is a gastronomic paradise. Instead of dining in tourist-heavy areas, venture into bistros and cafes where locals eat. Try traditional French dishes at neighborhood brasseries. Visit a local bakery early in the morning for freshly baked croissants and pastries. Explore the artisanal cheese shops, and don't forget to enjoy a leisurely drink at a sidewalk café. Also, exploring the food markets, like the Rue Cler or Bastille Market, can offer insights into the local culinary culture.
Utilize Public Transportation and Walk I suggest using the city's extensive public transportation system, including metros and buses, for efficient travel. It's cost-effective and allows you to experience the city like a local. Moreover, Paris is a city best explored on foot. Walking through different arrondissements (districts), you'll discover charming alleys, historic architecture, and picturesque streets inaccessible by car or public transport. Additionally, consider a bike tour or renting a Vélib' (Paris’s public bike-sharing system) for a different perspective of the city.