As you will be visiting Europe’s most expensive city, it’s not as easy to travel to Paris on a budget. However, this doesn’t necessary mean that you can’t enjoy the city without getting broke. Like in any big city there are tricks to be spare; have lunch in a restaurant (15€) rather than dinner (30€) or take the metro instead of calling an Uber.
What else? There are lots of FREE things you can do in Paris!
Here are our favorites:
Unfortunately we don’t have warm weather so often in Paris, but when we do, we catch up for the lost time!
Paris Plages is the biggest event in the city to celebrate summer. From early July until the end of August Seine River Banks are transformed to real beaches with deckchairs, sandy grounds, parasols, live music, … and participation is for free. Get some baguette from the nearest boulangerie, its fillings from the nearest grocery and enjoy Paris Beaches.
Free Food in Bars
Ordering a drink in Spain will get you a filling dish of tapas and in some regions of Italy it will even give you access to *huge* buffets within aperitivo hours. These are amazing – and cheap – ways to eat that saves from having dinner.
Neither of these are common in Paris … but there is an exception to every rule:
Francis La Butte – free fries or a plate of saucissions (dried French sausage) when you order a beer/wine every day from 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Lockwood – free Italian aperitivo every day from 6pm
Tribal Café – free moules frites (mussels & fries) on Wednesday and Thursday after 9pm
Just order a drink and enjoy your complimentary food! Bon appétit ?
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Free Museum Sunday
Paris is the city of artists and not surprisingly, cultural activities are highly encouraged.
In the capital we categorize museums in three categories; free, free on the 1st Sunday of every month, free on the 1st Sunday on specific periods. Plus, most of the museums are free for the European youth under 26 years with the presentation of a valid ID.
Free Museums – No matter when!
Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, Petit Palais, Musée Carnavalet, Musée Cernuschi, Gaîté Lyrique, Musée Bourdelle, Musée de la Vie Romantique, Musée Cognacq-Jay, Maison de Balzac, Musée Zadkine, Mémorial de la Shoah.
Free on 1st Sunday of Every Month
Musée d’Orsay, Musée de la Grande Guerre, Musée de l’Orangerie, Centre Pompidou, Musée Guimet, La Conciergerie, Musée Cluny, Arts et Métiers
Free on 1st Sunday from October to March
Musée du Louvre, Sainte-Chapelle, Arc de Triomphe, Panthéon, Notre-Dame de Paris (Towers), Musée du Quai Branly, Musée Rodin, Versailles Palace (November to March)
Cimetière du Père Lachaise (Père Lachaise Cemetery)
The Père Lachaise Cemetery is famous for all the well know people buried there. Edith Piaf, Frédéric Chopin, Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde being few there are more than 70,000 tombs. Sized and shaped as telephone boots the burial chambers represent all funerary art style from Ancient Mausoleums to Haussmann and Gothic style. Of course as any graveyard, it’s completely free to go in and explore Père Lachaise Cemetery.
You will see street art all around the capital! The right bank is a heaven for street art lovers however the left bank quickly catches up with the 13th district of Paris! Here are some streets and their districts where you can feast your eyes with colorful graffiti, shiny Invader mosaics, minimalist drawings and much more. A friendly reminder; all these masterpieces are regularly replaced by another mural or fresco and there is always something new to discover.
- La Place Igor Stravinsky (right next to Pompidou Center)
- Rue de Verneuil
- Rue Saint-Maur
- Rue Oberkampf
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- Rue Riquet
- Rue Ordener
- Rue Germaine Tailleferre
- La Villette
- Rue de l’Ourcq
- Rue Laurence Savart
- Rue Cascades
- Rue Dénoyez
- La Belvédère de Belleville
The Fnac Live Festival
Yes, you are reading it right! An absolutely free festival right in the heart of Paris has been organized by the retail chain Fnac ever since 2010. The festival takes place in the City Hall, Hôtel de Ville and its halls. In the past years Fnac Live hosted 180 performances and entertained over 630 000 spectators.
For this year Sting, Shaggy, Petit Biscuit, Gaël Faye and Asaf Avidan are some of the confirmed performers. The 8th edition is going to take place on July 5th, 6th and 7th at Hôtel de Ville and yes it will be for FREE (crying).
Villette Sonique will celebrate the music that raises notes and colors of spring! For 5 days over 30 artists will be playing at Villette Sonique Festival, but the free ride will be on 26 and 27 May. To enjoy international underground music in open air, we are invite you to bring your best mood on the grass of Parc de la Villette.
Open Air Cinema in la Villette
Free events in La Villette is not only limited with music festivals. In fact, La Villette’s Open Air Cinema, Cinéma en Plein Air de la Villette offers 26 different free movies in 26 days in the French capital. All the movies are screened in their original language with French subtitles, so you don’t have to worry about not knowing more than ‘oui & non’ in French. La La Land, Yellow Submarine and The Jungle Book are three of the films that you can watch from July 18th until August 19th.
Cathedrals, Churches and Basilicas
Religious sites in Paris are like gorgeous museums and luckily you don’t have to spend a dime for most of them. When in Paris, you shouldn’t be missing the Notre Dame Cathedral, Sacré Coeur Basilica, Saint Sulpice and Saint Eustache Churches. A visit to any of them would give you vast insight of city’s heritage. However, beware that you will have to pay for going on the Towers of Notre Dame and on top of Sacré Coeur for the breathtaking Paris views!
Here We Are by Burberry
As the city of arts, Paris offers lots of cultural activities; likewise, free exhibitions are spread all over the capital.
However, if you are wondering where the heart of exhibitions is, the correct answer would be Le Marais! In this trendy district you will find an infinite number of galleries, if you’re an art fan, this is a great place to be on your trip. Keep your eyes open as you might run into the exhibition Here We Are by Burberry, a Guerlain exhibition, vintage photo exhibitions and so on…