A Comprehensive 3 days in Paris Itinery for Muslim Traveller

An impromptu Parisian for 6 months last year, these are the most frequent questions that were posed to me: “What could I visit in Paris?” ,“Is there halal food?”, “Where do I stay?”

Indeed, I loved playing tour guide too when I was there, showing around friends and families the must-visits and getting them to taste the must-tries. Paris is a lot of walking, thus sport on your comfy shoes and outfit. Here is my proposed itinerary if you have 3 days in Paris, with options if you want to stay for longer:

 

3 Days In Paris Itinerary:

Depending on what you want to visit first, the first and second days’ itinerary are interchangeable, it’s totally up to you! This itinerary follows Summer Time (for prayer times). Also, do check Museums’ opening days. The Louvre, for example, is closed on Tuesdays. Gardens, too, have opening hours.

Click on the links for more information on location, opening hours, ticket prices, etc.

 

Day 1

09:00 – 12:00 : Musée Louvre (Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre Metro station)

12:00 – 14:00 : Jardin de Tuileries (Just outside Musée du Louvre, Picnic Lunch)

15:00 – 17:00 : Notre Dame and Pont des Arts (St-Michel Notre Dame station)

18:00 – 19:00 : Grande Mosquée de Paris (Censier-Daubenton or Jussieu station) [Zuhr & Asr prayers]

19:00 – 20:00 : Dinner at Grande Mosquée Restaurant, or restaurants near the Grande Mosquée (e.g. Almosaic, el Mayda restaurants; Salon de Thé & Boulangerie at intersections of rue Daubenton and rue Larrey)

Day 2

Barbès is an Arab district, at the foot of the Sacré-Cœur. There are many shops serving halal food and patisserie. Not only that, there is a mosque, Paris souvenir shops, numerous boutiques selling ‘bling-bling’ sequined long dresses like La Rose d’Orient (112 Boulevard de Rochechouart, 75018 Paris), suitable for Muslimahs.

Image source: theotherwayhome.com

The Barbès market is below its Metro station and is open every Wednesday and Saturday, 7am to 2:30pm

09:00 – 11:00 : Tour Eiffel and Champ de Mars (Trocadéro or Bir Hakiem station)

12:00 – 15:00 : Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées (Charles-de-Gaulle Étoile station) [Shopping]

Lunch at Le Confidential -5 minutes walk from Champs-Élysées, or grab some sandwiches/ patisseries/ salads from bakeries/grocery stores like Monoprix

16:00 – 17:00 : Islamic Cultural Institute –Rue Stephenson (Château Rouge station) [Zuhr & Asr prayers]

17:00 – 19:00 : Barbès (Barbès – Rochechouart station) [Shopping] [Dinner]

19:00 – 20:00 : Sacré-Cœur Montmartre (Anvers station)

Day 3

The third day: you should spend more time doing what you love most! I’ve listed options for the attractions that you could visit.

Chatelet is a shopping gem I was introduced to early during my stay in Paris. From chain retail outlets like H&M, Zara to Promod, Cache Cache, Jules, to vintage and second-hand clothing, Chatelet has everything. While Champs-Élysées is more luxury items, Chatelet is everyday, practical clothing, accessories, shoes, and bags.

Chatelet

09:00 – 12:00 : One of these museums:

Musée d’Art Moderne

Musée Quai d’Orsay

Centre George Pompidou

Foundation Louis Vuitton, or

Musée de l’Orangerie

Or, if you prefer shopping:

Galeries Lafayette

13:00 – 15:00 : Chatelet (Chatelet-Les-Halles station) [Lunch] [Shopping]

16:00 – 17:00 : Jardin Nelson Mandela at Chatelet too, or head to Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg or Odeon Station)

18:00 – 19:00 : Grande Mosquée de Paris [Zuhr & Asr prayers]

20:00 – 22:00 : Watch a play/theater

Dine at a halal French restaurant (e.g. Le 1818 restaurantLes Enfants Terribles, or walk along the Seine river.

If you have more days in Paris, perhaps you would want to visit Disneyland. The royal palace, Château de Versailles, is also worth a visit.

Accommodation:

You could find one that suits your needs at websites like Booking.com (do view the hotel’s own website after browsing) and Airbnb.com (contact owner and read reviews before booking).

Getting around:

You will likely take the RER (Paris train service) [other methods would be the bus and taxi] from Charles de Gaulle airport to the city, thus arm yourself with a transport (RER, Metro, bus, tram) network map of Paris from the RATP (train service provider) ticket office.

Food:

My favorites are:

  • Thai fusion food Le Wok Saint Germain (45 Rue Dauphine, 75006 Paris)
  • Sushi Kazoku sushi delivery (Bonus: they have Malay food. I have yet to try ordering in English, though)
  • Le Sahil Indian food, cheap by Parisian standards, and delicious (106 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris)

Almost all kebab and fast-food (fried chicken, burgers, paninis) shops that I have tried in Paris serve decent and tasty food. You could find one fairly easily in Paris.

Quick Resources:

(if the pages are in French, all is not lost! Use Google Page Translate :))

  1. Paris halal guide, with prayer times, food, mosque locations.
  1. Halal food in Paris.
  1. Finding a mosque or musolla near you.
  1. Planning your transport, directions for getting around, estimating travel time:
  1. If you can’t think of what else to do in Paris, you could always check out this website for what to do in Paris (today/this weekend/next month, etc)
  1. The essentials to visit when you are in Paris, from the Paris tourism guide.

 

Bon voyage et passez un agréable séjour à Paris! Happy traveling and enjoy your stay in Paris!