Paris is a bustling destination with a seemingly endless range of highlights. With more than 6,000 streets crisscrossing the city, it’s easy to get lost in the charm of Paris. If you’re headed to the City of Lights, you’ll find plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment awaiting in the French capital. Use this itinerary for a well-rounded start to your stay.

Mid-Morning: Brunch at Ellsworth

The French are not traditionally breakfast people, so if you like to start your day with a hearty meal, go ahead and sleep late so you can wake to one of the city’s decadent brunch offerings. Ellsworth is a wildly popular pick thanks to dishes like the French toast with apricots and pistachios and the chocolate pecan scones with maple glaze. Start the morning off right with a fresh glass of orange juice, mimosa, or Bloody Mary. Très bien!

The Louvre in Paris.

Noon: Explore the Louvre

The Louvre is open every day except Tuesday (if you’re visiting on Tuesday, try the Musee D’Art Moderne instead). Easily identifiable from the stunning glass pyramid at the entrance, this art museum is brimming with cultural delights. From rare antiquities to 19th-century paintings, you’ll find a stunning array of memorable sights. The most famous of these is the mysterious Mona Lisa. If you’re chafing against those restrictions on touching the art, just head to the Tactile Gallery. The Louvre offers an entire exhibit of replicas that you can poke, stroke, and touch to your heart’s content.

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The Champs-Elysées in Paris.

Afternoon: Stroll the Champs-Elysees

The Champs-Elysees is Paris’s most popular avenue, stretching from the Place de la Concorde’s obelisk to the majestic Arc de Triomphe. Thought more affordable establishments have popped up on the boulevard in recent years, you can still browse the likes of Hugo Boss and Louis Vuitton here. Enjoy lunch at Le 68 Guy Martin, where the menu is inspired by perfumes and caters to all your senses. Leave room for a macaron from Laduree for a sweet finish.

The Catacombs in Paris.

Late Afternoon: Tour the Catacombs

Due to the limited ground space in Paris, traditional graves became impossible to maintain by the 18th century. The city’s answer to its overcrowded cemeteries was to construct miles of catacombs in the limestone quarries beneath the city. A portion of the catacombs are accessible to tourists for 45-minute tours. You’ll descend 130 steps into the small five-foot-high tunnels and ascend 83 steps to reach street level again at the end. If you’re after a fascinating departure from the traditionally chic and polished face of Paris, this is a must-see.

Evening: Dine at Monsieur Bleu

The art deco design of Monsieur Bleu is almost as much fun to look at as the diners themselves. A favorite for people-watching, Monsieur Bleu will deliver on both taste and social entertainment value. Impossibly chic, the restaurant will make you feel like the upper crust of Parisian society no matter what you choose from the menu.

Whether you’re in Paris for a day or a week, you’ll find no end to the delights — the only obstacle will be where to begin.