There’s a misconception that Paris is expensive but that’s not entirely true. There are cafes, restaurants, and things to do in the City of Light that is relatively cheap – or free! This list shows you the top 10 things to do in Paris for free.
1. Watch the light show at the Eiffel Tower
When nightfall arrives, head to Trocadero for unobstructed views of the tower when it sparkles. The sparkling light show makes the Eiffel Tower twinkle in the night for approximately five minutes, every hour on the hour between sundown and 1am.
2. Visit the many beautiful gardens in Paris
Paris is home to many beautiful gardens located throughout the capital and the great news is that they’re free! Here is a list of some parks to check out:
- Jardin des Tuileries
- Palais-Royal Gardens
- Luxembourg Gardens
- Parc Monceau
3. Wander through the Père Lachaise Cemetery
4. See the Basilique de Sacré-Coeur
Located at the highest point in the city – Butte Monemartre – the Sacre-Coeur, also know as the Sacred Heart Bascilia of Montmartre, is one of Paris’ most iconic moments and offers panoramic views of the capital. Sacré Coeur is a Roman Catholic churn and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Basilica is open daily from 6am to 10:30pm. Entrance is free. However, be aware of men who try to approach you and offer to make a bracelet for you. They will ask for money in return.
From March to October, on the first Sunday of each month, Musée d’Orsay, Musée du Louvre, and Musée de l’Orangerie are free of charge! Take advantage and enjoy masterpieces and art work from a variety of artists throughout history. However, because this is a free event, expect huge crowds and long lines. I would recommend coming first thing in the morning.
Canal Saint-Martin is a 2.8-mile long canal in Paris, connecting the Canal de l’Ourcq to the river Seine. Skip the hustle and bustle of the Seine river and come to Canal St-Martin to have a picnic instead!
There are many districts in Paris and there is always something to explore in each! Take the time to wander through each of these popular neighborhoods to really get a taste of what Paris is all about.
- The Latin Quarter
- The Marais
- Saint Germain-des-Pres
Along the Seine River, you will find numerous stalls selling books. Called “Les bouquinistes”, these vendors sell secondhand books and Paris souvenirs. The stalls are easily recognizable by their worn out, green boxes. Browse around or grab a unique souvenir or two!
Arc de Triomphe is one of Paris’ most famous monuments, standing tall at the western end of Champs-Élysées. Built between 1806 and 1836, the arch is a honor to those who fought for France during the Napoleonic Wars. The names of the generals and wars found are engraved on the inside and at the top of the arch.