The Ultimate Self-Guided Walking Tour Of Paris
These boots were made for walking! Time to pull on your most comfy pair of shoes because you’re going to get your 10,000 steps in today. Paris is one of the easiest and most beautiful cities to walk around. I suggest you familiarize yourself with the districts before you start roaming. This is my ultimate Paris walking itinerary.
Start your walk through Les Jardin Tuileries. Explore this beautiful garden area at your own leisure and be sure to snap some memorable photos!
The Louvre. Make your way to The Louvre Museum. It’s about a five-minute walk from The Tuileries Garden. Enjoy walking around the pyramid and checking out some of the beautiful architecture. Whether or not you actually choose to walk through the museum is up to you. It would take days to see everything in the museum so it might be something you want to dedicate more time to if you’re really dying to go inside.
Walk along la rive droite (the right bank) and cross Pont d’Arcole. Feel free to stop by Pont Des Arts along the way (the famous love lock bridge). Be sure to bring cash for an overpriced lock and bring your own sharpie!
Cross Pont d’Arcole onto the little island that is home to Notre-Dame Cathedral. Like The Louvre, it’s up to you if you want to go inside, but if you’re really interested in the history behind the cathedral, you may want to dedicate more time and come back a different day. Walk around the island and definitely go look at the back of Notre Dame. “Ooo” and “ahh” at the famous gothic architecture and don’t forget to notice the flying buttresses!
You’ll probably start getting a little hungry at this point. Think about stopping for a quick bite to eat! (Beware of the tourist trap restaurants. This area is saturated with them. Find a local restaurant in the Latin Quarter instead.)
Cross one of the bridges that take you to la rive gauche (the left bank). You will find yourself in the Latin Quarter of Paris. Feel free to deviate from the map here. Give yourself permission to put your map away for this part and get lost! Go in the shops, get ice cream, discover some hidden gems, and enjoy the maze of these narrow, cobblestone streets. Sometimes no plan is the best plan!
Your next mission is The Eiffel Tower. It’s about 2.5 miles away from The Latin Quarter. It’ll take you about an hour to walk there, but there’s a lot to see along the way. Don’t forget to walk by Les Invalides, a gorgeous and complex series of buildings holding the history of the French military.
At this point, you’re probably tired but if you’ve still got some energy, cross the Seine River one more time to reach Trocadéro for a gorgeous view of the Eiffel Tower.
Onward to the famous Arc de Triomphe! If you’ve got the strongest legs in the world after what you’ve already walked, go ahead and climb the Arc de Triomphe for a gorgeous Parisian view.
If you’ve made it this far, then you have earned a well deserved, indulgent meal. Walk 45 more minutes to Angelina for a delicious cup of hot chocolate and a pastry! Don’t forget to walk through Jardins des Champs-Élysées and pass The Palace de la Concorde.
Congratulations! You’ve completed your self-guided walking tour of Paris and have now reached Angelina located at 226 Rue de Rivoli. Put your feet up and happy indulging!
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