The Perfect Summer Day in Paris

I only spent a few days in this city, but I dare say I have found the perfect day in Paris, France.

So, if you are traveling, or planning to travel to Paris, here is a little itinerary for an absolutely dreamy day. I would go back and live it all again in a heartbeat!

To start your day…

Wake up early and go to a museum! We went to the Louvre and it seems like everyone else did too. It far too crowded to really enjoy and see everything you wanted to. If I could do it again, I would go to the Musée d’Orsay. If you love the impressionist painters such as Cézanne and Monet, you would enjoy Orsay more than fighting to catch a glimpse of the very crowded Mona Lisa.

After that, walk to the Palais Royal ( it is right next door to the Louvre) and see the sculpture gardens. The garden was by far the most beautiful I had seen, tucked away in the heart of Paris. It was secluded enough to where it wasn’t so crowded and it seemed to be where all the locals passed their afternoon. If you can spare some time, bring a book, lay out by the fountain, and just soak it all in. It really is the perfect scene. Along the gardens, there are a few restaurants and cafes for lunch. We grabbed a coffee at Cafe Kitsune and a pastry from the bakery next door.

To end your day…

Okay so here I have two options that are equally as lovely! It all depends on what view you want to enjoy of the Eiffel tower. There are a lot of restaurants that are around the eiffel tower but one that has garnered quite a few recommendations was Monsieur Blue. Wherever you go, make sure to make a reservation!

For a panoramic view of the city, have dinner at the one of the cafes or the rooftop restaurant at Printemps. It is one of the most beautiful malls I have been too with a lot of luxury brands and the perfect place to pick up some souvenirs. It was really hard to not buy anything I couldn’t take back with me.


If you are still looking for more recommendations for Paris, here (and here!) are a few guides that I have come across that have helped me navigate the beautiful city, (all written by very talented photographers as well!)