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This one-day itinerary hits 14 different points of interest across Paris. The main stops of this walking tour are the headline museum: Musée d’Orsay (book ahead here) and the Louvre (avoid the lines by booking ahead). Then you’ll wind your way out to the 18th arrondissement, home of the Montmartre district where you’ll take in Sacré-Cœur and its surroundings. Lastly, a quick Paris Métro trip will take you out to the Arc de Triomphe (book tickets ahead) for some fantastic views.

Stop 1: Musée d’Orsay

While the Louvre is more famous, this museum built in an old train station features incredible collections of French artists such as Cezanne, Van Gogh, Renoir, and Monet. Book your tickets ahead of time.

a view of one of the main galleries of the Musée d'Orsay in paris

(image via Deniz Demirci)

Stop 2: The Louvre

It would take weeks to fully explore this giant museum, so we suggest hitting a few highlights and then picking a few rooms to explore. Help speed your way inside by booking ahead of time.

visitors crowd together to view a famous delacroix painting at the louvre

(image via Jean Carlo Emer)

Stop 3: Galerie Vivienne

If you need a short break for some food or refreshment, head over to Gallerie Vivienne, a charming luxury shopping plaza that’s worth a visit just to walk through it.

a view down one of the covered walkways of the gallerie vivienne shopping plaza in paris

(image via M. Hyann)

Stop 4: L’Oasis d’Aboukir

A few minutes away is the surprisingly interesting vertical garden. You don’t need to spend much time here, but it’s unlike anything you are likely to see again.

a view of l'oasis d'aboukir vertical garden in paris from street level

(image via Donald Wolfe)

Stop 5: Passage des Panoramas

Not too far from L’Oasis is another covered shopping arcade, this one from 1799, featuring incredible architecture and plenty of places to spend your Euros.

a famous paris covered shopping arcade

(image via Visit in Paris)

Stop 6: The World of Banksy Expo Paris

The World of Banksy Expo is an immersive exhibition showcasing an array of Banksy’s famous satirical artwork from graffiti to video to large-scale installations. It is recommended to book your tickets early before you go. Even if Banksy isn’t for you, a stroll up the historic Rue du Faubourg-Montmartre is worth your time. The quintessentially Parisian street is lined with historic restaurants, coffee shops, and businesses. A stop at À la Mère de Famille for some sweets is a must!

the entrance to the world of banksy in paris

(image via Anthony Webb)

Stop 7: Notre-Dame-de-Lorette (metro station)

For the next portion of our itinerary, we’re headed to Montmartre. To get there we will use the Paris Metro. A few blocks away from The World of Banksy Expo is the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette station (located adjacent to the church of the same name). Look for the streetlamp with the red “Metro” sign on it. You will take Line 12 (green) a few stops to the Abbesses station.

a metro sign for the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette metro station

Stop 8: Carrousel de Saint-Pierre

A short walk from the Abbesses metro station is the Carrousel de Saint-Pierre. It’s just a carousel, but it’s right beneath Sacre-Coeur, so it’s hard to beat if you want to go around in circles in front of a beautiful building.

the carrousel de saint-pierre at the foot of sacre-coeur in the distance

(image via Ondřej Novák)

Stop 9: Sacré-Cœur

For Paris, Sacré-Cœur is a relatively modern (1870-1919) church, but its unique style and position at Paris’ highest point make it a must-see.

a view of sacré-cœur in paris lit up at night in lights on top of montmartre

(image via Pierre Blaché)

Stop 10: Square Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet

The area around Sacré-Cœur can be quite crowded, but if you go around back, you’ll find a quiet park with views most people never see.

an ivy covered walkway in square marcel bleustein-blanchet with sacré-cœur in the distance

(image via Jan Levent)

Stop 11: Place Delida

Near Sacré-Cœur is a picturesque square dedicated to the French-Italian singer Delida. Quaint winding cobblestone streets surround the area. It’s a good photo op but skippable if you prefer.

a view down the cobblestone streets surrounding place delida in paris

(image via Kazushi Onuma)

Stop 12: Hôtel Particulier Montmartre

Between the famous Montmartre streets of Ave. Junot and Rue Lepic, you’ll find a somewhat secret hotel and a great place for a cocktail at the Le Très Particulier bar.

the funky interior of the bar of hotel particulier in montmartre paris

(image via Le Très Particulier)

Stop 13: Blanche (metro station)

This isn’t a sightseeing stop; it’s a way to get to your final destination on the list. A few minutes’ walk from the Hôtel Particulier is the Blanche Metro Station. As you enter, you can catch a glimpse of the famed Moulin Rouge. Take Line 2 (blue) to Charles de Gaulle-Étoile station.

a view of the moulin rouge from the blance metro stop in paris

(image via Patrick Colpron)

Stop 14: Arc de Triomphe

If you are looking for a lower-key yet spectacular attraction, look no further. The Arc offers amazing views from the top with smaller crowds than le Tour Eiffel. Book in advance to skip the ticket line.

a aerial view of the arc de triomphe surrounded by the city of paris

(image via Rodrigo Kugnharski)



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Jeremy Chrysler

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