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Most of my friends and family come by for three-day visits and whether it’s their first time in Paris or their 20th time, this itinerary always makes them happy to be in the city. Although it’s impossible to discover all of Paris within three days, this guide will give you a good impression of the city's treasures.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

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16 Places

Day 1

Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre (Sacre-Coeur)

Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites

Moulin Rouge

Bars & Clubs, Theatres, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Arc de Triomphe

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Champs-Elysees

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Paradis du Fruit

Restaurants

Le Bataclan

Theatres

Day 2

Pantheon

Architectural Buildings, Cemeteries, Religious Sites

Luxembourg Gardens

Gardens, Parks

Notre Dame Cathedral

Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals

Rue de la Huchette

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Eiffel Tower

Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Day 3

Place des Vosges

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Centre Pompidou

Architectural Buildings, Art Museums

Jardin des Tuileries

Gardens

Chez Gladines

Restaurants

Barrio Latino

Restaurants

Denise D's City Tips

  • Practical information about the metro, bus and RER network, including departure times and multi-day tickets, is found on the RATP website.
  • When the metro closes, the night buses start running. It’s a good network, accessible with your normal metro and multi-day passes. For Noctilien timetables, see the RATP website.
  • Cycle like a Parisian. Insert your credit card in a Vélib bike to take it wherever and whenever you want, cycling through the city. Be mindful of the traffic!
  • 18-25 year-old EU-citizens can get free admission to many Parisian museums and attractions. Check prices at the entrance.
  • Every first Sunday of the month, many Parisian museums offer free admission — expect long queues.
  • Be aware that drinking and eating on terraces is more expensive than in the bar or restaurant itself. Plus, the closer a restaurant is to a hotspot, the higher the prices will be.
  • Pay careful attention to your belongings, especially in metros and around tourist attractions.
  • Do not sign any petitions or papers from people without a badge, don’t play betting games and be mindful of tricks that distract you in order to steal your valuable possessions.
    Day 1
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    Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre (Sacre-Coeur)
    Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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    Denise D Says:

    The wedding cake on the balcony of Paris. This lovely Roman Catholic church is built on the Butte Montmartre, and as the highest point in Paris, it gives you a good view over the city. You can climb the 222 steps or take the funicular to reach the top. The Basilica was designed by Paul Abadie and Lucien Magne in Romano-byzantine style, and built to honor the 58,000 men that died during the Franco-Prussian War. The Sacré Coeur is situated in Montmartre, an idyllic and bohemian neighborhood full of lovely boutiques, restaurants and street art.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The entrance to the chapel is free; for the crypt and the dome there is a fee.
    • Do not let the salesmen at the funicular put a bracelet on your arm. They'll make sure you won’t take it off, and insist you pay for it.
    • Check out the artists and bohemian ambiance just around the corner at Place du Tertre.
    • At night the stairways are full of people hanging out, drinking, eating and singing.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 845 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth the Trip, Stunning 01/09/2015
    • Must watch 01/09/2015
    • Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre (Sacre-Coeur)
    Address:
    35, Rue du Chevalier-De-La-Barre - Montmartre
    Paris 75018
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 53 41 89 00
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 - 10:30
    Other:
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    Moulin Rouge
    Bars & Clubs, Theatres, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Denise D Says:

    At Boulevard de Clichy in the district of Pigalle, you'll find Le Moulin Rouge. This cabaret, well-known for its extravagant spectacles, is symbolic of the bohemian lifestyle and is of course the birthplace of the French Cancan dance! Whether you actually see a once-in-a-lifetime (albeit expensive) show or just walk around the exterior, the Moulin Rouge is a fun place and a must-see in Paris.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Even with purchased tickets, be on time. First come, first served.
    • The shows during the day are slightly cheaper than the evening shows.
    • If you book the show including champagne, you’ll get better seats.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 353 Nightlife in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Weak Sauce 01/09/2015
    • Tantalizing Experience 31/08/2015
    • Moulin Rouge
    Address:
    82 Boulevard de Clichy
    Paris 75018
    France
    Phone:
    33 01 53 09 82 82
    Other:
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    Arc de Triomphe
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Denise D Says:

    When you arrive at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, it cannot fail to make a huge impression on you — not only the building itself, but also its setting Place Charles de Gaulle (Place de l’Étoile), a roundabout famous for its heavy traffic. The Arc de Triomphe was built to honor the men who fought in the Napoleonic and the French Revolutionary wars: The names and places on the arch are of the French generals and army victories.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take the underpasses to access the Arc de Triomphe, do not try to cross the roundabout.
    • Visit the rooftop of the Arc for an excellent view over Paris and the Eiffel Tower.
    • Can you see the red star on the square pointing toward every street?
    • This Arc de Triomphe is part of the line of monuments called the Axe Historique, the middle arch between the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and the Grande Arche de la Défense.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 845 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • History here. 01/09/2015
    • Stunning monument with views to take your breath away. 01/09/2015
    • Arc de Triomphe
    Address:
    Place Charles de Gaulle
    Paris 75008
    France
    Phone:
    01 55 37 73 77
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 10:30
    Other:
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    Champs-Elysees
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Denise D Says:

    Shopping time! While you will not find many Parisians here (it is quite expensive and there are mainly chain stores), the most beautiful avenue in the world is still worth a visit. The buildings are beautiful and the little alleyways on both sides are full of bistros, bars and clubs to explore. Fans of the Tour de France may also know this place as the final stage of the race course!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The shops on the Champs Elysées are open until 10pm.
    • Every July 14, Bastille Day, a military parade takes place, and it is quite a show.
    • You haven’t visited Paris if you haven’t tasted a LaDurée macaron! It is worth the long lines here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 845 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Paris is Champs-Elysees 01/09/2015
    • The perfect afternoon walk 31/08/2015
    • Champs-Elysees
    Address:
    Avenue des Champs Elysees
    Paris 75008
    France
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    Paradis du Fruit
    Restaurants
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    Denise D Says:

    These chain restaurants are different, healthy and reasonably priced! There are now ten Paradis du Fruits in Paris and I personally love them all for their cocktails and smoothies. They serve large glasses, the fruit is fresh and you can mix them yourself. The dishes are mostly healthy and you can see the ingredients displayed and simply choose what you like the look of.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • If you come in for a drink or a meal, leave room for dessert. They are great!
    • Personal favorite dish: Flip Flap Saumon.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4,402 of 12,144 restaurants in Paris
    • Good dinner and dessert 29/08/2015
    • Healthy eat in Paris, mon dieu! 10/08/2015
    • Paradis du Fruit
    Address:
    47,avenue George-V
    Paris
    France
    Phone:
    01 47 20 74 00
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 14:00
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    Le Bataclan
    Theatres
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    Denise D Says:

    Concerts, spectacles, stand-up comedy during weekdays and club nights during the weekend, this multi-event destination has a lot to offer.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Sometimes you can get free passes on their website.
    • Sing along to the catchy French hits from the 90’s on their ‘We love the 90’s party’ night.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #540 of 845 things to do in Paris
    • Paolo Nutini at Le Bataclan was spectaculaire! 14/11/2014
    • In Flames @ Le Bataclan, October 12, 2014 19/10/2014
    • Le Bataclan
    Address:
    50 bd Voltaire
    11th
    Paris
    France
    Phone:
    01.43.14.35.35
    Other:
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    Pantheon
    Architectural Buildings, Cemeteries, Religious Sites
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    Denise D Says:

    This museum is really worth a visit. First of all, it is set in the lovely Latin Quarter of Paris, and second, the Panthéon is a mausoleum for the greatest French citizens. Some of the grands hommes you'll find here include Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Jean Moulin, Rousseau, Braille and Jean Jaurès. It is also famous for its Foucault pendulum (designed by Léon Foucault), which demonstrates the rotation of the Earth.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Keep in mind that the opening times can change based on the weather (raining or not).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #94 of 845 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent place. 01/09/2015
    • Don't leave Paris without this Amazing History 31/08/2015
    • Pantheon
    Address:
    Place du Pantheon
    Paris 75005
    France
    Phone:
    +33 01 44 32 18 00
    Other:
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    Luxembourg Gardens
    Gardens, Parks
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    Denise D Says:

    Next to the Panthéon you will find the Luxembourg Gardens — always a lovely spot to visit whether it’s winter, fall, spring or summer. Each season has its own unique charm. It’s one of the most beautiful parks in Paris and the perfect place to wander around, enjoy a picnic, get active with sports or just relax and admire this beautifully maintained city park. Nowadays the French Senate meets in the Palace situated in the gardens, so you never know whom you may be rubbing shoulders with in this green oasis.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The park is open from sunrise to sunset.
    • The nearest metro station is Odeon.
    • A free brochure is available on the Senate website.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 845 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful place in center of Paris - for various activities. 01/09/2015
    • Picnic Perfect 31/08/2015
    • Luxembourg Gardens
    Address:
    Rue de Vaugirard, Boulevard St. Michel, Rue Auguste-Comte and Rue Guynemer
    Paris 75006
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 42 34 20 00
    Other:
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    Notre Dame Cathedral
    Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Denise D Says:

    When you think of the Notre Dame Cathedral, it's likely you think of Victor Hugo’s 'The Hunchback of Notre-Dame,' set here in one of the most famous churches in Paris, located on Ile de la Cité. It is a French Gothic architectural marvel and was one of the first buildings to utilize the flying buttress. The famous gargoyles were designed as water spouts and its stained glass is just beautiful.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Visit the Cathedral during daylight hours — at night it’s impossible to see the lovely stained glass windows and other intricate touches.
    • The entrance is free, therefore it is often busy.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 845 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Truly Magnificent 01/09/2015
    • Another to do in Paris 01/09/2015
    • Notre Dame Cathedral
    Address:
    6 Parvis Notre-Dame
    Place Jean-Paul II
    Paris 75004
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 42 34 56 10
    Other:
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    Rue de la Huchette
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Denise D Says:

    The Latin Quarter is known for its restaurants, cafes, bistros and great student life — in particular, on the street Rue de la Hunchette. Come to this bright, happening part of the city any time of day and stay for a meal — while the food may not always be that amazing, the experience of the street is. This neighborhood is also home to the Sorbonne, one of world's first universities, and owes its name to the Latin language, which was the language spoken in the university during the Middle Ages!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Visit the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore for some English books with a French touch.
    • Rue de la Hunchette and Pot de Fer are very touristic. Walk a little further to eat in a peaceful, less crowed restaurant.
    • Try some French dishes like escargots (snails), pot au feu or boeuf bourguignon (beef stews).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #231 of 845 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Foodie Street 31/08/2015
    • Amazing 22/08/2015
    • Rue de la Huchette
    Address:
    Rue de la Huchette
    Paris 75005
    France
    Other:
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    Eiffel Tower
    Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Denise D Says:

    The Eiffel Tower ... Paris wouldn’t be Paris without this iconic landmark! I think the best time to visit the Eiffel Tower is at night, when it is illuminated. Start at Trocadero to enjoy the best view of the tower (it's always busy, so it may take a while before you can take your perfect photo), and then walk down the stairs towards the tower until you arrive beneath it. After you've admired it up close, walk further on Champ de Mars and pause for a drink in the grass (on summer nights) or a romantic walk (on winter nights).

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The tower twinkles on the hour, every hour, from nightfall till 1am. It’s magical.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 845 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful view on a sunny day 01/09/2015
    • so many tourists 01/09/2015
    • Eiffel Tower
    Address:
    5 avenue Anatole France
    Paris 75007
    France
    Phone:
    +33 892 70 12 39
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 - 11:00
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Place des Vosges
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Denise D Says:

    This lovely little park takes you back to the old 17th century Paris, and is set in the heart of the Marais. The square was built by Henri IV and is the oldest square in Paris. Its orange buildings are quite idyllic and known to be the popular homes of French politicians like Dominic Strauss-Kahn. A century ago, it was also the home of Victor Hugo. whose house is nowadays a museum and worth a peek if you have time. In the streets surrounding the square, you’ll also find the lively, unique atmosphere of the Marais just waiting to be explored.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Read a book on one of the benches like the Parisians do.
    • The park is very child-friendly.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 845 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best place for a stroll simply Paris at its best 31/08/2015
    • Bliss 30/08/2015
    • Place des Vosges
    Address:
    Place des Vosges
    4th arrondissement
    Paris 75004
    France
    Other:
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    Centre Pompidou
    Architectural Buildings, Art Museums
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    Denise D Says:

    Centre Pompidou (locally known as Beaubourg) is my personal favorite museum in Paris, and is also fun for a short visit. This big colorful block in the middle of the city is quite unique, being the largest modern art museum in Europe, with famous works by Matisse, Picasso, Warhol, and others among its displays. It's also home to an interesting library, numerous special exhibits and some active research centers. Of course if you want to visit the whole museum and take your time, it isn’t possible on a short visit, but with 2-3 hours to spare, you can see many of the great works and get a good general overview.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There are few queues here.
    • The exhibits here change often. Check the website for up-to-date information.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #108 of 845 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Modern & Contemporary shows on now 01/09/2015
    • Great art imprisoned in a pile of trash 31/08/2015
    • Centre Pompidou
    Address:
    Place Georges Pompidou
    Place Georges Pompidou
    Paris 75004
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 44 78 12 33
    Price range:
    $18 - $18
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    11:00 - 10:00
    Other:
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    Jardin des Tuileries
    Gardens
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    Denise D Says:

    The Tuileries Garden is located in the heart of Paris, next to the Louvre, and it's a great place to wander around. You can start with the Louvre itself — but bear in mind that it takes at least a week to see the whole of it and the queues are long! — or stick to the outside of the museum, with the pyramid of Pei, several expositions in the Tuileries, lovely sculptures and the Orangerie to explore.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring a scarf during the winter and sunblock during the summer.
    • The park ends on Place de la Concorde, the largest square in the city. During the Revolution, this was the square were the guillotine stood.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 845 things to do in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best place to Propose 31/08/2015
    • Fun Parc in the City 30/08/2015
    • Jardin des Tuileries
    Address:
    Bordered by quai des Tuileries
    pl. de la Concorde, rue de Rivoli
    Paris
    France
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 - 9:30
    Other:
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    Chez Gladines
    Restaurants (French, Spanish, Basque)
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    Denise D Says:

    The place to be for locals and tourists alike, this Basque restaurant is a hit in Paris, with its relaxed atmosphere, big tables, friendly prices and best of all, delicious food. Here the portions are large and original, and the convivial atmosphere makes for the perfect laid back evening in the 'real' Paris.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • They do not take credit cards. Bring cash!
    • I’m madly in love with their "Escalope de Veau Montagnarde."
    • Be on time, long queues are common.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2,427 of 12,144 restaurants in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of a kind 26/08/2015
    • A classic in la Butte aux Cailles 13/08/2015
    • Chez Gladines
    Address:
    30 rue des Cinq Diamants
    Paris 75013
    France
    Phone:
    01 45 80 70 10
    Other:
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    Barrio Latino
    Restaurants (South American)
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    Denise D Says:

    This four-story restaurant, bar and club is located at Rue du Faubourg St. Antoine, and is a great (if pricey) place to enjoy authentic Latin dishes and/or drinks, before dancing the whole night away to some top-notch salsa!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • It’s a chic place, so ladies and gentlemen, dress up!
    • Drinks are expensive like in every trendy club in Paris.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7,815 of 12,144 restaurants in Paris
    • Dinner and dance.. 24/08/2015
    • I Love this Place! 06/08/2015
    • Barrio Latino
    Address:
    46 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine
    Paris 75012
    France
    Phone:
    33-155788475
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    12:00 - 14:00
    Fri
    12:00 - 14:30
    Sat
    12:00 - 15:00
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