17 Best free things to do in Paris

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It is always nice if the city is great for itself, as that means you don’t need to break your wallet to enjoy it. And luckily for you, Paris is exactly like this. Paris tourist attractions can cost you a fortune, but you can also see and experience a lot without spending one single buck.

 

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Walk around Parisian streets (Best free things to do in Paris)

Our list of best free things to do in Paris

1. See the Eiffel Tower

You cannot travel to Paris without seeing the symbol of it. The ticket to the top of the Eiffel Tower will cost you 17€/pp, but who said you have to go on top, right? We have decided to admire the Eiffel Tower without reaching its top and we don’t have any regrets. You should see the Eiffel Tower during the day and night. Seeing it, is for sure one of the best free things to do in Paris.

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The magnificent Eiffel Tower (Best free things to do in Paris)

2. Visit the museums

Paris has so many museums that you have difficulties which to choose from. You should definitely visit one or two, but if that’s not really your thing, you will save a bunch of money. If you cannot imagine traveling to Paris without visiting museums, make sure to be in Paris for first Sundays in each month, when some museums offer free entrances.

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The Louvre Museum by night (Best free things to do in Paris)

3. Be amazed when walking in churches

There are loads of churches in Paris, but there are two you should never miss when in Paris: The Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur. The fact that you can enter them for free, will definitely make you happy.

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The Notre Dame (Best free things to do in Paris)

4. Get away from hustle and bustle in parks

We visited Paris in February, but its numerous parks did make a big impression on us. We cannot imagine how beautiful they must be in full bloom. We loved the small park in Le Marais quarter – Place des Vosges.

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Place des Vosges Park (Best free things to do in Paris)

Tip: Stop at the local bakery or market, buy something for your lunch and bring everything to the park. Perfect for some romantic touch.

5. Admire Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees

This wide and long avenue is truly spectacular. This is more or less a place for someone with thick wallet, but don’t miss walking along it and having the views of Arc de Triomphe in front of you.

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Arc de Triomphe (Best free things to do in Paris)

6. Montmartre and the »I love you« wall

Nothing can bit the atmosphere in Montmartre. Narrow streets and bohemian vibe feel like being in a small French village. We loved to wander around Montmartre, which is mainly known for its square, full of painters.

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Montmartre (Best free things to do in Paris)

Don’t forget to visit the »I love you« wall, where you can read I love you in 80 different languages.

7. Make a selphie in front of the Moulin Rouge

Just underneath the Montmartre you will find the Moulin Rouge. The cabaret shows are one of a kind experience, but also pretty expensive. If the ticket for the show is out of your league, you can admire this world’s known building from the outside.

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Moulin Rouge (Best free things to do in Paris)

8. Imagine you shop till you drop in Gallery Lafayette

This shopping paradise is not only known in Paris, but all around the world. The prices there might make you dizzy, but you really have to see it from the inside. The main room with its glass dome looks absolutely amazing.

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Gallery Lafayette (Best free things to do in Paris)

9. Visit the grave of Jim Morrison at Pere Lachaise cemetery

If you are one of the Jim Morrison’s fans, you will definitely consider visiting its grave. Even if you are not a fan of him, a visit to this cemetery is very interesting. You will be able to find the tomb of Balzac, Moliere, Chopin and Oscar Wild there as well. Nevertheless, the place is also good for some different photo motives of Paris.

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Pere Lachaise cemetery (Best free things to do in Paris)

10. Walk on Promenade Plantee

If you like nature, you will like this promenade. It is made on formal train tracks. It is 4,5 kilometers long and locals like to use it for walks and jogging.

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Promenade Plantee (Best free things to do in Paris)

11. Travel back in time by visiting Arenes de Lutece

This old Roman amphitheater does not get lots of tourists, but it is very popular among locals. During warm and sunny days it is ideal for picnics or playing football in the arena.

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Amphitheater Arenes de Lutece (Best free things to do in Paris)

12. Lock your love at Pont des Arts

One of the cutes free things to do in Paris is for sure locking your love in the most romantic city in the world.

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Pont des Arts (Best free things to do in Paris)

13. Drop your jaws at the Concorde square

In the vicinity of the Pont des Arts lays the largest square in Paris. It is beautiful just to walk around it and see its attractions like fountains, big wheel, statues and Egyptian obelisk.

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The Concorde square (Best free things to do in Paris)

14.  Remember the victims of terrorist attack in St. Martin

No one will ever forget the terrorist attacks in Paris. You can visit St. Martin and pay your respect to everyone who was killed on this sad day.

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St Martin quarter (Best free things to do in Paris)

15. Explore Parisian metro stations

If you will be exploring Paris with a metro/underground, you will notice some of its artistic stations. We liked best the stairs at Abbesses station, which lead to Montmartre.

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Metro station Abbesses (Best free things to do in Paris)

16. Take a walk along the river Seine and explore the streets in Paris

If you’ll be in Paris, having a nice weather, don’t miss out on a walk along the river Seine from the museum D’Orsay to Pont de L’Alma. The riverside there was renovated 2 years ago and is full of free things to do – check them out. Don’teven miss walking around the city center and get to know its grand history.

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The Pantheon (Best free things to do in Paris)

17. Use free public toilets

We loved the fact that Paris offers a lot of free public toilets. If you are like us, exploring Paris all day long can be a drag if you cannot go to the toilet. And to top it all off, these toilets are being self-cleaned and disinfected every time someone leaves it. Way to go Paris!

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Public toilets (Best free things to do in Paris)

Paris is really full of free things to do. If you have enough time, don’t forget to visit the local markets and see the Louvre Museum and Pantheon from the outside, walk around the Versailles gardens and get to know the bohemian life in the Latin Quarter. Having so much free things to do in Paris, made our travel on a budget without any bigger fuss.

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4 Comments

  1. avatar

    Great list, Paris is an amazing city and has a lot to offer. I loved walking around the streets admiring the architecture of the houses , as well as the promenade along the Seine river.

  2. avatar

    This is a great article, and I think highlights the wonderful city that Paris is. Especially the parks. My GF and I were lucky enough to spend a month in Paris last summer, and taking a rug, picking up some amazing cheese, sandwiches and a bottle of vino to lay out, people watch and take in the atmosphere of Paris was a true highlight. AND the locals in the parks were always so friendly. It was a real way to appreciate the community.

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      Hi there,
      one month in Paris sounds like a dream come true! 🙂 We were there for 4 days only, but luckily we live just 2 hours flight from the city and it is easier to re-visit it. Oh and glad to see you like the article ;). Cheers, Nina

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