paris travel guide

Summer ‘24

Coordinates: Paris

July 11, 2024 • Will Watters • Kelly Watters

In the words of Anthony Bourdain, “Most of us are lucky to see Paris once in a lifetime. Make the most of it by doing as little as possible. Walk a little, get lost a bit, eat, catch a breakfast buzz, have a nap, try and have sex if you can, just not with a mime. Eat again. Lounge around drinking coffee. Maybe read a book. Drink some wine, walk around a bit more, eat, repeat. See? It’s easy.”

Use our quick guide below for a few enjoyable days in the City of Light.

Paris Icons

Normally, we take Bourdain’s advice and just explore and relax when in Paris, but if it’s your first time, there’s probably a few things you should see. Skip with the Eiffel Tower you’ll be able to see it from all around the city. To avoid long lines, book your tickets in advance or opt for the budget-friendly stair climb. Next, head to Notre-Dame Cathedral, where you can admire its gothic architecture and detailed façade  and maybe check out the Latin Quarter for solid cafes while you’re in the area.. Don’t miss the chance to visit Sainte-Chapelle nearby, a hidden gem known for its breathtaking stained glass windows. Finally, stroll down the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe, soaking in the grandeur of this historic avenue.
Wrap your afternoon/evening with a visit to Montmartre, a charming neighborhood known for its artistic history and bohemian vibe. Wander through the cobblestone streets and enjoy the stunning views from the steps of the Sacré-Cœur Basilica (hint - maybe bring some wine or a couple beers for sunset). Cap off the night with a possible DJ set at some of the up and coming clubs in the red-light-district-turned-hip Pigalle neighborhood.

Historic Walking Tour

Embark on a historic walking tour starting at the Île de la Cité, the medieval heart of Paris. Explore the majestic Notre-Dame Cathedral and then cross the Pont Neuf to reach the charming Latin Quarter. Here, you’ll discover the Musée de Cluny, home to medieval artifacts and the famous Lady and the Unicorn tapestries. Continue to the Panthéon, where France’s great minds rest. End your tour at the Place des Vosges in Le Marais, one of Paris’s oldest squares, perfect for a peaceful break amidst history.


Paris is a treasure trove of museums. Begin at the Louvre, where you can marvel at masterpieces like the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. Then, head to the Musée d'Orsay, housed in a former railway station, to explore its extensive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works by artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, and Degas. For modern and contemporary art, visit the Centre Pompidou. For a unique experience, don't miss the Musée de l'Orangerie, home to Monet's Water Lilies, and the Carnavalet Museum for insights into Parisian history. Keep these quick or you’ll burn yourself out on museums.


Indulge in Paris’s culinary delights starting with breakfast at Cafe de Flore, a favorite spot for a classic French breakfast. For lunch, explore Rue Cler market street and savor local delicacies from family-run shops. Dinner at Le Comptoir du Relais offers an inventive menu in an intimate setting. Don’t forget to visit Berthillon on the Île Saint-Louis for the most exquisite ice cream in Paris. For a traditional French dining experience, try Le Grenier à Pain in Montmartre, renowned for its award-winning baguettes and pastries.


Nowhere beats Paris for fashion. Begin at the upscale boutiques of Le Marais, where you’ll find unique fashion pieces and stylish accessories. Explore the historic covered passages like Passage des Panoramas for a mix of antique shops and specialty stores. Visit the iconic Galeries Lafayette for luxury shopping and a panoramic view from its rooftop terrace. Don’t miss the Saint-Ouen Flea Market, one of the largest flea markets in the world, offering vintage treasures and eclectic finds. For a local vibe, explore the charming shops along Rue des Martyrs. One of our absolute can’t-miss spots is Merci.

Local Culture

Immerse yourself in local culture by visiting the lively neighborhood of Belleville, known for its street art and multicultural vibe. Here, you’ll find La Recyclerie, a unique café and community space promoting sustainability and creativity. Explore the Canal Saint-Martin area for a taste of bohemian lifestyle, with trendy boutiques and cozy cafés. For a deeper dive into Parisian life, visit local markets such as Marché d'Aligre, where you can find fresh produce, cheese, and wine, and Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, a treasure trove of vintage books and antiques. Enjoy a game of pétanque at the Arènes de Lutèce, an ancient Roman amphitheater now a community space. For an off-the-beaten-path experience, visit the Petite Ceinture, an abandoned railway line turned urban green space, perfect for a peaceful walk and a glimpse of Paris’s hidden side.

Where to Stay

  • Le Pigalle: A chic boutique hotel with eclectic design and lively atmosphere.
  • La Maison Champs Élysées: Trendy and stylish, offering a unique blend of modern luxury and artistic flair.
  • The Hoxton Paris: Centrally located, ideal for comfort and vibrant social scenes.

Where to eat/drink

  • Cafe De Flore: Iconic café, perfect for people-watching and classic French breakfast.
  • Partisan: Trendy spot with innovative cocktails and contemporary cuisine.
  • Sevenly Heart: Cozy, offering delicious pastries and a great selection of teas and coffees.
  • Le Mansart: Relaxed vibe, craft beers, and delicious bar snacks.
  • Le Carmen: Former mansion turned cocktail bar, famous for opulent décor and live music.

Things to do

  • Jardin des Tuileries: Relax with wine and a baguette in this beautiful garden.
  • The Louvre: Quick tour to see masterpieces like the Mona Lisa.
  • Historic walking tour of Paris: Discover the city's rich history and architecture.
  • Montmatre for sunset: Enjoy the stunning sunset views over Paris.
  • The Centre Pompidou: Explore modern and contemporary art.
  • L’orangerie: See Monet's Water Lilies and other impressionist masterpieces.

Paris Essentials

Everything we took for Paris weekend travel

Limitless Merino Short-Sleeve Shirt

Evolution Pant Slim

Venture Crew

Limitless Merino Button-Down


Evolution Shorts

Evening at Seine

A captivating blend of dusky skies, twinkling lights, and a serene atmosphere meanders through the cobblestone paths and iconic landmarks.