Paris has plenty of tourist destinations for romantic couples, for people-watching or eating gourmet food. The City of Lights has an array of affordable eateries, bistros, and brasseries alongside French cafés at a corner of each cobblestoned street. When on a first-time visit to the 1st arrondissement of Paris, take your time to enjoy the highlights the city has to offer.
The city has world-class museums including the Musée du Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, which often sees long queues, during temporary exhibitions in particular. They are both worth visiting by advance booking tickets to skip the line, especially during peering crowds. As your tour starts, have an espresso or a croissant in the open air or on top of a rooftop restaurant facing the River Seine waterfront. Follow the below itinerary then for an absolute treat of the City of Lights.
Day One at the 1st Arrondissement
Consider starting your Paris walking tour at Place de la Concorde square, which will take you back and forth some of the best cityscapes. The public square in the Parisian district features an Egyptian monument in the center and is an ideal place to hang out with your crew. Attractions to include in your itinerary are the Musée de l’Orangerie, which is home to the “Water Lilies” painting of Claude Monet, and the Jardin des Tuileries.
If you head east via the garden towards the Louvre Museum courtyard and if you swing around, you can see Arc de Triomphe and the Grande Arche monuments in the backdrop. If you choose to continue the walk, head towards Pont Neuf bridge sailing over the Seine River and to Île de la Cité Island, which is home to Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Day Two at the 5th Arrondissement
An ideal place to start a Paris walking tour here is the Jardin des Plantes botanical garden featuring a zoo full of reptiles, leopards, and other endangered species facing extinction in the future. The garden is also home to the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, which was recently renovated. Adjacent to that historic museum in Paris is the Grand Mosque, visiting which is worth it in the evening for a mint tea under fig trees, which are lined up with fountains, mosaics, and pastries from Morocco.
If you want to taste French food, head to the Les Deux Magots café at Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the 6th arrondissement before you end your Paris walking tour at the Eiffel Tower.