Last updated on May 26th, 2021 at 04:58 pm
Paris can be a pretty expensive city, however, if you travel here it doesn’t mean you’re trip have to be expensive. You can totally visit Paris on a budget. There is still plenty of amazing free things to do in Paris.
You don’t have to spend thousands of euros to make the most of the city and experience some amazing things to see and do in the French capital.
Paris is opulent with activities, there is so many that it can even be overwhelming to pick what to do if you’re new to the city and only have a few days. That’s why I decided to list down 50 free things to do in Paris to help you plan your trip to Paris if you’re on a budget but still looking for cool activities!
50 Free Things To Do In Paris
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Planning a trip in itlse fcan be overwhelming so is planing a trip to a big city, especially if you’re planning a trip to Paris on a budget (or not).
Therefore it’s always great to know the best free (or cheap) things to do in Paris in order to enjoy your vacation to the fullest.
Enjoying ourselves and spending an amazing time when you’re on holiday is always the best, so let’s get right into it!
PARKS AND GARDENS
Did you know that Paris while being a big city is still composed of 450 green spaces, be it gardens, parks or square. Of course the most beautiful parks and gardens in Paris are free to visit and some of them are a must-visit!
1.Jardin Des Tuileries
If there is one garden that is iconic in Paris, especially if you’re on Instagram then you must have seen it!
From beautiful sculptures to fountains and iconic green Fermob chairs. It’s a pleasure to chill in this garden located next to the Louvres.
Address: 113 Rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris
Metro: Line 1 – Tuileries
2. Jardin Du Luxembourg
Another famous garden with those iconic green chair (pictured above) where you can find the beautiful fountain de Medici!
Address: 15 Rue de Vaugirard 75291 Paris
Metro Line: RERB Luxembourg or L10 Notre Dame des Champs
3. Jardin Des Plantes
A beautiful garden dedicated to all kind of plants, where you can also find the museum of Natural History and a green zone.
It’s also a perfect spot to enjoy cherry blossoms in spring.
Address: 57 rue Cuvier 75005 Paris
Metro Line: L10 Jussieu or Gare D’austerlitz
4. Parcs Des Buttes de Chaumont
The fifth-largest park in Paris with a beautiful water area and a cliff with the Temple de la Sibylle on top to give you an amazing view over Paris Sacré Coeur and more!
Address: 76 Rue de Crimée 75019 Paris
Metro Line: L7bis Botzaris
5. Parc De La Butte Du Chapeau Rouge
A nice park located in the 19th arrondissement that gives a really nice view over Paris.
Address: 5 Avenue Debidour 75019 Paris
Metro Line: 7bis Pré St Gervais or L11 Place Des Fêtes
6. Parc Monseau
This park is one of my favourites as you can find a beautiful pond with some ancient columns there which add to the charm of the place.
Address: 35 Boulevard de Courcelles 75008 Paris
Metro Line: L2 Monceau or L3 Villiers
7. Parc Montsouris
A huge park perfect for a walk and enjoy plants located in the 14th arrondissement of Paris.
Address: 2 rue Gazan, 75014 Paris
Metro Line: Tram 3A Montsouris
8. Square Des Batignolles
This quaint square is the largest green space you can find in the 17th arrondissement of Paris.
Address: 114bis rue Cardinet, 75017 Paris
Metro line: L14 Pont Cardinet
Museums are inevitably something you think about when you think about Paris. However, there are not free to visit, well for most of them! You can still visit a few for free!
9. Victor’s Hugo House
10. Musée De La Vie Romantique
11. Petit Palais – Musée des Beaux Arts
12. Perfum Museum
More well-known museums are also free of access every first Sunday of every month. This is the case for the following one ->
13. Musée Du Quai D’Orsay
14. Centre Georges Pompidou
15. Musée National De L’Orangerie
16. Le Louvres
Of course, this is only a small list as those are free but with conditions, that’s why I don’t want to spend to much time on those as I focus mostly on all year round free things to do in Paris.
However, please note that if you’re a European citizen and under 26 years old at the moment of your visit, you can access most of the museums for free! That’s how I visited most of them without spending much.
There are many landmarks Paris is well known for, so, chances are you probably heard about a few of them but you might also discover some lesser-known landmarks of Paris that you can visit or see for free while you visit Paris!
17. Wallace Fountains
Did you know that you can drink the water from some fountain in Paris? One of the most famous models is the Wallace fountain! There is around a 100 in Paris.
18. Go up the rooftop of the Galeries Lafayette
Not exactly a landmark in itself, however, from the top of the
19. Père Lachaise Cemetery
One of the biggest Parisian cemetery and one of the most famous worldwide as well as you can find many celebrities (i.e Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf…) burried there. Each year it is visited by no less than 3 millions people and is one of Paris best landmark.
20. Eiffel Tower
I couldn’t make a list of the best landmark without including the most famous one in Paris, the Eiffel Tower. While climbing up the Iron Lady isn’t free you can admire it from underneath, from the Trocadero or walk around the Champs de Mars for free!
21. Arc de Triomphe
Inaugurated in 1836, it can be seen at the end of the famous Avenue des Champs Elysée and is dedicated to the armies of the Revolution and the Empire. The Unknown Soldier is also buried there.
Climbing up the arch isn’t free though if you want to get a panoramic view of Paris from the top terraces. It cost 13€ however admiring this impressive monument and soaking up the atmosphere of this famous avenue is free!
22. Place Vendôme / Place de La Concorde
Those two plaza are located in the 1st arrondissement and the 8th arrondissement of Paris and are on a short walking distance from each other.
On place Vendôme you can admire the Vendôme Column it is also a great area to do some window shopping as you can see a lot of designers stores and particular hotel with beautiful architecture all over the place (it’s also one of the best area to admire Christmas Lights in Paris).
A 14min walk from there will take you on Place de la Concorde where you can admire two monumental fountains and the Obelisque of Luxor right next to the Tuileries Garden.
23. Cimetière du Montparnasse
Another cemetery worth visiting in Paris, while it is less ostentatious than Père Lachaise it is still a great landmark to enjoy a stroll and had beautiful flowers in spring and summer. You can find a lot of intellectuals buried there such as: Simone de Beauvoir, Samuel Beckett and more!
24. Les Invalides
Le Dôme des invalides is a baroque architecture style building ignaugurated back in 1687. It is another awe-inspiring landmarks of Paris with a huge esplanade to take a walk. Besides the dome, you can also find two churches.
You can also see hundreds a rabbits roamin around freely in the garden of the Invalides!
You can visit the museum part, which is the museum of the Armies for 14€.
25. The Wall of Love
Located in Montmartre at the bottom of the Sacrée Coeur, you can find an endearing wall paint in a square where it is written “I love you” in no less than 250 different languages.
26. Statue of Liberty
Did you know that Paris has its own Statue of Liberty?
Located in the 15th arrondissement on the Île aux Cygnes near the Grenelle bridge, you can admire a small replica of the statue gifted to the U.S.A to commemorate the alliance between the French and the USA during the American Revolution.
27. Arènes de Lutèce
A lesser-known area of Paris that you can visit for free is the Arène de Lutèce. Yes, there is a colloseum inside Paris. Located in the 5th arrondissement you can visit it for free.
Palais-Royale is composed of a beautiful garden with a fountain (like a lot of parks in Paris) and right next to it you can find a beautiful art installation called “Les colonnes de Buren” which is also a great instagram photo spot!
29. Open Air Sculpture Museum
Located in the 5th arrondisement and open 24/7 you can find an open air museum with various sculpture to admire.
While some of the places listed here could have easily made it into the landmarks category of the top free things to do in Paris, I thought it was better to give all the beautiful churches and cathedral of Paris a proper section.
Here are some of the best religious monument to visit in Paris:
30. Eglise Saint-Augustin
31. Basilique du Sacré-Coeur
32. La Madeleine
33. Paroisse Saint-Eustache
34. La Sainte-Chapelle
35. Cathedrale de Notre-Dame
Also not a christian place but Paris has an amazing Mosquee that you can visit, not free but really beautiful and full of wisteria during spring so you might want to consider adding it to your list!
Last but not least one of the most iconic Cathedral in France and in the world, Notre-Dame de Paris.
AREAS TO EXPLORE
Paris isn’t a huge city, compared to New-York city for example, Paris is only 105km² while NYC is 826km² but there is still so much to check out between the right banks and the left banks and the many different historical of the city
36. La Coulée Verte
A 4.7 km elevated linear park built on top of a former railway which is one the best walk you can take in Paris in my opinion and of course it’s free to visit!
Address: 1 Coulée Verte René-Dumont, 75012 Paris
37. Le Marais
One of the trendiest area in Paris and the best place to go shopping if you’re looking for some gorgeous pieces to bring back home.
It is probably one of the most iconic neighbourhoods in Paris. It can be seen in so many movies about Paris and has so much history and amazing landmarks that Montmartre is definitely a must-visit when you’re in Paris!
Just be careful about those common scams.
39. Butte Aux Cailles / Cité Florale
Have you ever thought that you could be in Paris but feels like you’re in a little town in the South of France at the same time? Well if you explore those two locations then it’s possible. Paris is actually full of tiny ‘villages’ that will give you an off the beaten path experience.
40. Ile de la Cité
This islet is pretty much the centre of Paris, it used to be a medieval city which is also where you can find the beautiful Notre-Dame, this area of Paris feels like a step back in time as some of the cobblestones road and path still feel ‘old’ compared to some other area of Paris!
BRIDGES AND COVERED PASSAGES
For the last part of this list of the best free things to do in Paris, I will be covering all the best bridges & covered to check out during your vacation in Paris.
As you know Paris is divided into two parts by a river called “La seine”, and if you didn’t know, well now you do, so it’s no surprise that you can find many stunning bridges in the city!
Here are some bridges to admire if you’re in Paris:
41. Pont Des Arts
42. Alexandre III
43. Pont de L’alma
44. Pont de Bir-Hakeim
45. Debilly Footbridge
46. Pont d’Iéna
Another famous thing about Paris worth seeing around the banks of the Seine beside the Bridges is “The bouquinistes”.
One another amazing thing that you can find scattered through Paris covered passages. They are the perfect places to explore and shop or get a snack when it’s raining in Paris. And they’re also wonderful to admire and free!
Here are somme covered passages to check out:
47. Passage des Panoramas
48. Galerie Vivienne
49. Passage du Grand-Cerf
50. Passage des Princes
And that’s a wrap on the best 50 free things to do in Paris if you’re budget, you still get to see some amazing parts of the city and experience it fully without spending too much money, a win-win situation!
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50 Free Things To Do In Paris