Paris is like London in the sense that it’s a big city but it’s also very walkable! Metro stops are everywhere but you quickly question your idea to get on at one stop and instead decide to walk towards the next and then before you know it you’ve practically walked your journey and seen the city properly rather than just seeing the underneath of it.
In my next few posts I’m going to give you 3 walking guides to Paris to ensure you hit all of the tourist spots as well as some more ‘local’ areas of the city. I’ll highlight which roads and points of interest I recommend that you pin on your map to see (whether that’s your phone or a paper map) and in-between these spots you can enjoy the joys of Paris, stopping in cafe’s for a coffee, a croissant, lunch or a glass of wine and taking little side streets that make you feel like a true Parisian!
So first up is: Walking from the Gare du Nord to the Eiffel Tower! Along with some details on my trip which may help you plan yours!
I visited Paris for the second time at the start of November with my best friend, I went on the Eurostar from London St Pancras (which is super easy and so much quicker and efficient than flying and cost just £60.00 return!) and I figured that as the Eurostar stops in one of Paris’s main train stations- Gare Du Nord, that it made sense to stay in this area too as we could quickly walk to our hotel, drop our bags off and then explore properly and then do the same when it was time to leave, rather than trek across the city with our bags.
We stayed at Hotel Peyris Opera which as a basic independent hotel and for £150.00 for 2 nights in a twin room we were happy with what we got, it was in a good neighborhood, well connected with transport and it was only a 20 minute walk from the Gare Du Nord.
Myself and my friend are most definitely walkers and on her Fitbit we worked out that in our 48 hours in Paris we walked 50km!
On our last day, unintentionally, we ended up walking from our hotel all the way to the Eiffel Tower, it was a lovely walk, especially on a Sunday morning when the city was just waking up and it ended our trip perfectly. It’s a walk that I’d be keen to do again if (or more like when!) I go back to Paris so here’s where i suggest you pin and head to so you can do the walk yourself!
Estimated Time: 2-4 hours
First off head towards Église Saint-Vincent-de-Paul which is a really pretty Roman Catholic church with some cobblestone paths going down the side of it. (It was raining the day I went past and I had my luggage on me, so there’s no picture, you’ll have to see how pretty it is for yourself!)
Your next pin should be the top/north part of Rue Montorgueil (also, Rue is Street is French, just so you know as you’ll be seeing this a lot!), so from the above, walk down any street that takes your fancy until you reach Rue Montorgueil, this street is a walking street, and has been described as the finest market and shopping street in Paris as it’s filled with restaurants, cafes, bakeries, shops, market stalls etc. Its nothing ultra fancy but this is why I liked it, it reminded me of the real Paris and you’ll actually see locals hanging out here which is always good.
As i said, we happened to do this walk on a Sunday morning so it meant that this road was only just opening its shop doors so I definitely want to go back again when it’s fully open and bustling with life!
Once you get to the bottom of Rue Montorgueil then take a right and you’ll come across Rue Montmartre (although don’t get confused with the actual Montmartre, that’s further North). We came across this road due to their Sunday market which is on from 7:00-15:00 and also on a Thursday 12:30-20:00 so if you’re there during that time then check out the local, fresh produce, if not then its worth taking a wander up the street anyway.
Be sure to head back down the street though towards the river, and keep walking straight down the gardens in front of you, down Rue Du Pont Neuf, until you reach the beautiful River Seine!
I walked along the North side of the river right along the bottom which was really nice as you’re away from the main road but you still get to see a lot of sights even though you’re further down.
Whilst walking along the river be sure to keep your eye out for the famous Love Locks. The Bridge Pont Des Arts was the famous bridge to hang your love locks on however due to the weight, in the middle of 2015 they took them all off and replaced the bridge sides with a clear screen however you’ll still find plenty along the river edges and on other bridges in this area.
After a few bridges and a bit more walking you’ll come to a bridge called Leopold Sedar Senghor and you can’t really miss it because it has lots of sections that go up and down it and this is the bridge that I suggest you take to get to the South side of the River where you then need to keep walking straight, away from the River (don’t worry you’ll see it again soon) as you want to head to the start of Rue Saint Dominique. This street starts of very quiet and gets busier the further up you get and for a while you really feel like you’ve really been thrown back in time to the old streets of the City!
Half way up you’ll come across a big road (as seen below) and the gardens of the Cathedral Saint Louis des Invalides which is a very impressive building and in the summer months you’ll find lots of people relaxing on the grass in front.
If you wish to detour to see it properly then do but be sure to head back to Rue Saint Dominique as you now get to the section where all the cafes, shops and restaurants are and continuously up this road you’ll see the top of the Eiffel Tower poking out from the buildings which will get closer and closer until you cross another main road and stumble upon the lady herself!
The Eiffel Tower is such an amazing sight, whether you’re seeing it for the first time or the 50th time so make sure you take lots of photos from all angles, relax on the grass nearby or on one of the many benches, enjoy the view and rest your legs!
From here, Trocadero metro stop at the top end of the gardens of the Eiffel Tower is a good metro stop to take you back to where you’re staying or onto the next part of the city that you’re visiting!
Tip – I have an app called Maps.me on my phone which I love as it’s really easy to pin all the points of interest, plus it has hotels, restaurants, shops etc detailed on it so consider downloading this! (This is not sponsored, I just love this app and its been saving my life since April 2014!)
Check out my second and third guide here: Canal Saint Martin to Luxembourg Gardens via Le Marais & Montmartre to the Eiffel Tower via The Louvre?
To SEE my trip to Paris then check out my Paris Vlog here!
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