Three days may not be sufficient to fully explore the rich history and culinary delights of Paris. The capital of beautiful France, with over two millennia of stories to share, is a city worth savoring. Yet, if you aim to experience the essence of Paris in a short time, do it the French way: leisurely strolls through charming park pathways, pauses for coffee and pastries at quintessential Parisian cafés, and above all, indulge in your own pleasures.
Paris City Hall (Hôtel de Ville)
The square in front of Paris City Hall serves as an ideal starting point for your city exploration. From here, both Notre Dame and Cité Island are within easy walking distance. If you're familiar with the works of French literary greats like Dumas and Balzac, the square's historical name, Place de Grève, may ring a bell. It's a square with a rich past, where people once sought employment due to its gentle slope to the Seine, facilitating the unloading of riverboats.
In the Middle Ages, this square witnessed various historical events, from the formation of the first municipal body to grisly executions, including beheadings of nobles and punishments for those who attempted to harm the king. Fortunately, today, the square bears no reminders of its dark history, as the Renaissance-style Paris City Hall captivates the eyes and cameras of thousands of visitors.