The Best of Paris: Paris Walking Guide

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After more than a hand full of visits to Paris over the past few years, I’ve come to learn that in order to know Paris one must visit often but never too often, so as to keep the love for Paris alive. Over the years I have also learned that the guidebooks are typically wrong and the best of Paris must be found beyond the overpriced cafes, beyond the “best” neighbourhoods (each offers their own unique flair) and beyond the French stereotypes.

I have also learned that to truly be a part of Paris you must walk. Thus for miles and miles I have walked all over Paris throughout the years and on my last visit I finally started to feel as though my relentless self-guided walking tours have finally come to cover the best that Paris has to offer. So if you’re looking for neighbourhoods to wander, below are my top highlights!


Paris Walking Guide

The Heart of Paris

There’s a lot to see in Paris by way of attractions, but you will soon find these are spread widely apart and a better plan of action is to wander at leisure, stumbling across the big names as you venture on. Starting in the 1st arrondissement, you will find plenty of charming cafes dotting Rue Rivoli, also known as the home address to the Louvre Museum. This street is also a mecca for international shopping brands, though there are plenty of prettier places to shop in Paris so better to leave the temptations until later.

After strolling past or through the Louvre (depending on your tolerance for queues), be sure to venture onwards through the Tuileries gardens. Here you can enjoy a light snack at one of the pop up stalls or carry on walking away from the crowds.

Near to the Louvre museum you will find a concept store that has become a destination in itself; Colette. Here you can find a range of goodies, from fashion through to tech gear. My favourite part of the store is the book selection as they offer a few hidden treasures in both French and English.

If you’re looking for dinner in the heart of Paris, try the typically French (and outrageously delicious) Racines – a classic but contemporary bistronomique.

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Le Marais

It was only in the last couple of years that I was properly introduced to Le Marais and only on my recent visit to Paris that I really started to explore this arrondissement more in depth. Le Marais is a renowned eating neighbourhood in Paris and thus best visited around lunch time so you can truly appreciate all the offerings.

Walking around the area without a mapped plan is typically the best way to see Le Marais. Be sure to make a pit stop at Place des Vosges to catch a little summer sun and if you’re looking for a sweet treat to accompany you, Carette have some of the best salted butter caramel macarons I have ever tasted.

Read more: A Complete Guide to Le Marais.

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For a very long time this has been my favourite neighbourhood in all of Paris. That is, of course, until I recently started to discover Le Marais after being taken out to dinner there by a Parisian, followed by staying in Le Marais on my most recent visit to Paris. But back to Saint Germain!

This area is renowned for its boutique shopping, particularly if you enjoy nabbing a vintage bargain. The area also has many cafes worth visiting, including the famous (and famously busy) Cafe de Flore &  equally famous Deux Margots.

Walking around the arrondissement, be sure not to miss the chance to stroll through the Luxembourg Gardens – some of the prettiest in the entire city. I find this area most enjoyable in the later afternoon, coupled with an afterwards visit to the Latin Quarter for a cheap evening meal.

Read more: A complete guide to Saint-Germain-des-Prés.


The Latin Quarter

I come to the Latin Quarter in Paris for one main reason: the food. The food in the Latin Quarter comes from all over the world (though really centres around Moroccan, Asian, and Middle Eastern cuisines), it is cheap and it is darn good.

You can’t go wrong with a street serving of falafel or a kebab, but if you’re looking for specifics:

Little Cantine – Jolly good burgers.

Maoz – Vegetarian falafel in pita bread or salad bowl.

Au P’tit grac – Desserts & Pastries.

La Maison de Verlaine – Typical French food.

Coutume Instituutti – The best coffee in the neighbourhood.

Chez Nicos – Crêpes.

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Ile de la Cité & Île St-Louis

Onwards and beginning to cross the Seine River, you will find yourself almost immediately in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, home to one of the best views in Paris if you are willing to withstand the queue to enter the towers (located on the left of the cathedral when facing it).

Also impressive and if you ask me not to be missed is Saint Chapelle, just a five minute stroll from Notre Dame and with the most impressive stained-glass windows you will find in Paris and perhaps all of Europe!

Although this is an incredibly small area to walk around, navigating your way through the winding streets and alleys will lead to hidden treasures. From Ile de la Cité be sure to wander onwards to Île St-Louis for arguably the best ice cream in Paris at Berthillon.

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No matter what the naysayers will lead you to believe, I am whole heartedly of the opinion that some of the best of Paris is still located in Montmartre. Sure, it is more touristic nowadays and many artists cannot afford the hiking rent, but remember there are two ways to see Montmartre:

The first is to wander the backstreets, get lost, find hidden gems, stop for coffee, bite into a crêpe while you stroll the streets and discover why this has for centuries been the Artist Quarter of Paris.

The second is to walk up the stairs to Sacre Couer, snap a view of smoggy Paris, allow yourself to be conned into a cartoon drawing of your best-dressed-self and pay for an overpriced meal in the al fresco dining area.

I’ll leave it up to you! Somewhere between the two (leaning towards the former) usually works. Or, you can follow this route:

Take the metro to Abbesses station where you will enter the heart of Montmartre, make your way up the hill towards Sacre Coeur, wander back through the alleyways and stumble upon the Moulin Rouge, followed by an interesting stroll back to Pigalle metro station.

Read more: A Complete Guide to Montmartre.

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    May 20, 2016 at 3:26 am

    Just walked 75 miles around Paris for a week April. So much fun. It was my boyfriend’s first visit to my favorite city. He fell in love with everything. Can’t wait to go back!

    May 19, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    These are lovely photos. Make me want to go to Paris again. It was a lovely city.

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    May 16, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Lovely places & pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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    May 13, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    I want to go to Paris! Nice post!

    May 13, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Gorgeous photos! Love this guide – I’m bookmarking it for a future Eurotrip!

    May 12, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    Amazing guide for such a remarkable city!

    May 11, 2016 at 11:24 am

    I so wanted to vacation there. but in bali also beautiful and nice.

    May 11, 2016 at 5:49 am

    This made me want to hop on a plane to Paris tonight. LOL Thanks for a great post!

    May 11, 2016 at 12:05 am

    I just love Paris. Great pictures as well.

    May 10, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Bookmarking your guide! Hoping to make it to Paris some day soon 🙂

    May 10, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Paris is in my bucketlist for this year, thanks for sharing your experience with beautiful images.

    May 10, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    What an amazing walking guide, thank you so much, I have Pinned for when I make it Paris again!

    xx Kelly

    May 10, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks for a wonderful guide !

    May 10, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks for a wonderful guide !

    Kaili Willows
    May 10, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Paris is one of my dream destinations, and I prefer to walk cities when possible. Thank you for this great guide!

    May 10, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Such a beautiful city <3 I can't wait to go (hopefully) at some point in the next couple of years! I'm a massive fan of taking in the sites on foot! xx

    May 10, 2016 at 3:33 am

    I love all these little districts of Paris! Not one place I don’t love. Each has their own little charm and something different about them. 🙂


    May 10, 2016 at 1:58 am

    Great advices, I still have to visit the Ile de Saint Louis. I specially recommend to friends and relatives la Place des Vosgues, it’s going back in time to the Paris of the Musketeers

    jo silverman
    May 10, 2016 at 1:28 am

    A number of years ago I was staying on Rue Mahler on the edge of the Marais and decided to walk to the Eiffel tower. When I reached my destination I learned it was closed for the day due to a one-day strike by the staff. Along the way though I saw such wonderful sights and parts of Paris I would never have seen otherwise, and stopped for a wonderful lunch at a small cafe whose name I can no longer remember. The return trip to my lodgings was not by ”Shank’s Mare” however, but by boat.

    Brenda Mohammed
    May 9, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    I visited Paris in August 2014 and i agree that the best way to see Paris is by walking. My sister and her husband believe in reading maps, walking, and finding places of interest. Sometime they would read the maps wrong, we would walk for miles, and then have to turn around again in the direction we came from. We stayed at the Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacre Couer, in Montmartre. It was a lovely hotel and central to our activities. I wrote about this trip in my book, “Travel Memoirs with Pictures – Exploring the World,” available on Amazon. Your photos are fantastic. I love them.

    May 9, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Great post and great photos! I’ll follow your advice on my next trip to Paris.

    Tessa Browne
    May 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    These photos are so stunning, this is making me want to hop on a plane to Paris ASAP!

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    Alina Ermilova
    May 9, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    OMG so many beautiful places! Paris is a truly unique city!


    Rilee Jefferson
    May 9, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Wow! All of these photos are stunning!

    Rilee xx

    May 9, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Once again I will add this to my Paris list for when I finally get to visit the city of lights! Great photos as always Brooke, Xx

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    the adventurer
    May 9, 2016 at 11:22 am

    When I studied abroad in Paris I took a walking class where we would spend hours just walking around the city. Paris is such a beautiful city to walk around. I lived in Montmartre and yes you are right, you can still find the best of Paris through the streets.

    May 9, 2016 at 7:01 am

    Many thanks for this wonderful walk through Paris! I have never been to Paris and see once again that this is a big fail …
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    May 9, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Looks incredible! I want to visit Paris almost more than anywhere else in the world. Love your photos and your advice!

    Rachel Oliver
    May 9, 2016 at 6:24 am

    beautiful photos! definitely saving this post for walking ideas for Paris!

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