How to Visit Paris and Not Spend a Centime on Attractions

Travel is but one of the few expenses that will make you both richer and poorer at the same time. But what if I told you there was a way to avoid the dreaded post-trip bank statement? Paris, unlike other European capitals, is actually fairly easy to visit on a tight budget, contrary to popular beliefs. In addition to the city’s walkable-size (adios expensive taxi fares and metro tickets) and the many affordable dining options, there are also hundreds of free things to do in Paris that will both delight your senses and spare your bank account from a mild heart attack.

The 10 Most Obvious Free Things To Do in Paris

Free Things To Do in Paris
Free Things To Do in Paris

Galeries Lafayette

While it may seem odd to promote a high-end department store as a free activity, the Galeries Lafayette is perhaps the one stop that offers the best value with 3 different things to do! First off, marvel at the splendid stained-glass dome, a heritage of the Belle Epoque and Art Nouveau eras. Then, revel in French haute-couture at one of the weekly 30-minutes fashion show on the 7th floor (advance booking only via email or telephone at +33 (0)1 42 82 36 40). Lastly, go all the way up on the last floor of the store and enjoy gorgeous views of Paris from the terrace (open in summer only).

Free Things To Do in Paris

Jardin du Luxembourg

Created by regent Queen Marie de Médici in 1612 to complement her newly-built residence Palais du Luxembourg — since 1958 it has been the seat of the French Senate — these gardens are inspired by the widow’s Italian roots with lavish tree-lined promenades, lush flowerbeds and intricate fountains. It’s also one of the best places to enjoy an al fresco breakfast or lunch, procured at one of the many bakeries and shops in the area.

Free Things To Do in Paris
Free Things To Do in Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris

Unbeknownst to many visitors, entry to Notre-Dame-de-Paris is entirely free of charge, 365 days a year. The large medieval Catholic cathedral, often said to be the finest example of French Gothic architecture, requires very little presentation as one of Paris’ top attractions. This is where Napoleon I was crowned, where Joan of Arc was canonised and where Mary, Queen of Scots married Francis II of France.

Free Things To Do in Paris
Free Things To Do in Paris

Rue Crémieux

Upon scouting locations on Instagram, I stumbled upon this adorable rainbow-coloured city in what is otherwise a typically Haussmann-beige city. Welcome to Rue Crémieux, which is not without a striking resemblance to London’s Notting Hill. I couldn’t find any relevant information as to why the small stretch of street is so uncharacteristically colourful in comparison to the rest of Paris, but you should definitely visit nonetheless.

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La Défense

Why not spice up your Parisian getaway with skyscrapers, ultra-modern architecture and a fast-paced central square? Just a few minutes outside the city lies the most important business centre of Europe, La Défense, with gorgeous, colourful fountains and surprising buildings that you typically wouldn’t expect to find Europe, much less Paris.

Free Things To Do in Paris

The Seine banks

What is technically the only UNESCO listed site in Paris — surprising, right? — often goes under the tourist radar – sadly so, because it’s quite an amazing place to sit, relax and eat a macaron on a sunny day. It also offers a unique perspective of Paris. Take advantage of the new legislation that forbids car traffic on the most of the banks to have a romantic post-lunch stroll.

Free Things To Do in Paris
Free Things To Do in Paris

Free views of the Eiffel Tower

One does not have to pay expensive observatory fees to get smashing views of Paris. If your visit coincides with the free entry at Arc de Triomphe every first Sunday of the month, then you’re in luck; if not, there are other valuable options to consider.

  • Head to Trocadéro at any time of the day, although sunrise is arguably the most magical time to be there.
  • Wander in the colonnades made famous by the Inception movie and admire the view of the River Seine and the Eiffel Tower at the same time.
  • Go to the very top floor of Printemps department store on Boulevard Haussman and enjoy the free view of the Eiffel Tower, as well as Opéra Garnier and Sacré-Coeur.
  • For a classic shot of the Eiffel and the River Seine, head to Passerelle Debilly or from atop the steps of Rue de la Manutention. For a view of the tower from a distance, hike up Parc Belleville.
Père Lachaise Cemetery

At 110 acres, Père Lachaise is the largest cemetery in all of Paris and, thanks to a few noteworthy residents — Honoré de Balzac, Molière, Marcel Proust, Eugène Delacroix, Édith Piaf, Georges Bizet, Jean de la Fontaine, Maria Callas, Oscar Wilde, Frédéric Chopin, Jim Morrison — also the most famous. It was Paris’ first garden cemetery and as such, makes for a wonderful stroll through cobblestone alleys flanked by mature, leafy trees.

Free Things To Do in Paris

Jardin des Tuileries

The Tuileries, technically part of the Louvre, are wedged in the enviable 30 hectares along River Seine separating Place de la Concorde and the outstanding museum. Named after the tile factories that stood there before Queen de Medici built the palace in 1564 and were designed by King Louis XIV’s preferred gardener, André le Nôtre, who opted for a French formal style with strong cultural ties thanks to various Rodin and Maillol sculptures.

24+ Little Known Free Things To Do in Paris

Free Things To Do in Paris

Jardin du Palais Royal

The inner courtyard, flanked by lavish French gardens on one side and a grand palace — built for Cardinal de Richelieu, King Louis XIII’s chief minister and powerful bishop; he is often considered to be the father of the modern French society — on the other, is now home to the iconic striped Colonnes de Buren. It’s also home to one of my favourite coffee shops in Paris.

Musée Carnavalet

Nestled in the heart of Le Marais and opened since 1880, this fantastic museum depicts the history of Paris from its very beginnings to our day and is located in a lovely 11th-century mansion. Not to be missed for the hardcore Paris lovers or the neophyte.

Free Things To Do in Paris

Promenade Plantée

Forget New York’s High Line — the real deal is the Promenade Plantée, which existed long before its NYC counterpart. What used to be an elevated train track that used to link Place de la Bastille to Varenne-Saint-Mauris is now home to a beautiful, serene, linear 4.5-kilometres long park that’s especially popular with the locals. Keep an eye out for interesting pieces of street art.

Musée Fragonard

One of the few entirely free museums of the city! Dedicated to one of the oldest and most famous French perfumeries, the museum is located in a lavish Napoleon III townhouse and features a lovely ornate decor that will leave very few indifferent.

Free Things To Do in Paris
Free Things To Do in Paris

Covered passages

It wouldn’t be pessimistic to assume that it’s going to rain at some point during your time in Paris. And when it does, you’ll be prepared: head to the historic covered passages of central Paris, which have been around since the last 18th century. Some of my favourites include Passage des Panoramas, Galerie Vivienne, Passage du Grand Cerf and Passage Verdeau, where you’ll find anything from second-hand bookshops, theatres, hole-in-the-wall eateries and artist studios.

Butte Chaumont

Not just a huge poster in Monica’s and Chandler’s apartment, the Butte Chaumont really does exist and offers unobstructed views over Paris from an angle that few visitors get to see. The hike up the park is, unsurprisingly, very steep – it is called a butte, which is French for hill – but the reward far outweighs the effort.

Free Things To Do in Paris

Maison de Victor Hugo

Surprisingly, the permanent collection at Maison de Victor Hugo is free to visit for everyone. This is the home where the illustrious author lived from 1832 to 1848 and wrote his most acclaimed novel, Les Misérables, in large part before he turned to politics, got elected to the Parliament and was sent in exile to Guernsey for treason by Napoleon III.

Free Things To Do in Paris
Free Things To Do in Paris

Popular markets

Paris is not a market-driven town in the same way London is, for example, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting. Whether you simply want to flâner like the French do, shop for trinkets or discover new flavours, here are a few of my favourite markets in Paris (full list of markets in Paris is available here, in French):

  • Marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen: The largest flea market in Europe where you will find just about everything, from furniture to jewellery to odds and ends.
  • Marché des Enfants Rouges: Former orphanage (the name means “Red Children Market” because kids wore clothes donated by Christian charities) turned into food market with amazing Moroccan eateries
  • Marché d’Aligre: Known as the market who survived the Revolution, the atmospheric stalls sell produce from all over France.
  • Marché du livre: If you can read French or are simply fascinated by vintage books.
  • Marché Raspail: Open air market with 40 stalls filled with fresh produce, from vegetables to breads and cheeses.
  • Marché aux timbres: Browse vintage stamps and postcards from all over the world.
Hôtel de Ville

Welcome to the largest city hall in Europe! While most of the 16th-century building is closed to visitors for security reasons, there are many interesting exhibitions throughout the year, as well as free guided visits of the State Rooms (by reservations only).

Parc de la Villette open air cinema

If you can understand French or don’t mind reading subtitles, the open air cinema on the verdant lawns of Parc de la Villette is a great option for those warm, romantic Parisian summer nights. Each edition has a different theme; 2017’s is “cooking”, so if I were you I would bring along a few nibbles. Entry is free but it’s possible to rent deck chairs or blankets.

Parc Monceau

Amazingly overlooked by most tourists,17th-century Parc Monceau is one of Paris’ loveliest and most unique greens. Visitors enter through imposing gold wrought-iron gates and enter one of the few English-style gardens in France, whose curved walkways are dotted with Greek sculptures, a Rotunda, a Renaissance colonnade, Corinthian pillars, a Dutch windmill and even a large pond favoured by a myriad of birds.

Free Things to Do in Paris

Jardin des Plantes

Part of the Natural History Museum of Paris, this is France’s most significant botanical garden and, as such, includes four wings, twelve distinct gardens featuring 85,000 plants and a ménagerie. It was built four centuries ago by orders of King Louis XIII as a medicinal garden — some of the herbs planted at the time still exist to this day.

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

The eastern wing of sober yet bold Palais de Tokyo is Paris’ premier modern art museum. Dominating this portion of the River Seine with its austere concrete walls, it focuses on the various art movements of both the 20th and 21st centuries, featuring over 8,000 artworks — including household names like Picasso, Matisse, Duchamp and Modigliani, to name a few.

Musée de la Vie Romantique

Located in dodgy-meets-sexual Pigalle at the bottom of Montmartre, the quirky Romantic Life Museum is dedicated to the Romanticism art and intellectual movement that sprung all over Europe in the 1800s. The hôtel particulier where it is now located used to be the setting of weekly salons where great minds of the time, such as George Sand and Eugène Delacroix, met, painted, and exchanged ideas.

Petit Palais

The sumptuous Beaux-Arts Petit Palais was purposefully built for the 1900 Exposition Universelle (for which the Eiffel Tower was also erected), whose tympanum portrays the city of Paris, now houses a Museum of Fine Arts. Much like the Louvre, the galleries at Petit Palais are as grandiose as the artworks they house and are attractions in their own right. The collections are very diverse and span several centuries of visual art history; highlights include painters such as Fragonard, Delacroix, Monet, Cézanne, Rembrandt and Rodin, as well as an impressive collection of ancient Greek and Roman art.

Free Things to Do in Paris

Canal Saint-Martin

The 4.5-kilometres long canal located in east Paris was built by orders of Napoleon back in the early 19th century in order to supply the city with fresh water amidst growing concerns for public safety, notably cholera and dysentery, with the rapidly growing population. Funnily enough, the construction was almost entirely funded by a new tax on wine — only in France, right?! Nowadays, it’s a lovely area whose banks are lined with trendy cafés with sprawling terraces, bakeries and wine bars, and a popular place to watch barges navigate the locks.

Free Things To Do in Paris: Good To Know

  • Good to know: several of Paris’ most exceptional venues can be visited free of charge at specific times or on particular days. For instance, most museums and national monuments are free to enter every first Sunday of the month (be aware, though, that a few of them only allow that in wintertime). Yes, there are going to be massive crowds, that’s a given. But I’ll gladly take a crowded Louvre than no Louvre at all.

  • Unless indicated otherwise, all museums part of Paris Musées are free to enter.
  • Also good to know: most national monuments in Paris are entirely free of charge for European residents under the age of 26. Make sure to have a valid ID with you and enjoy the free visit!

  • Note that most museums and art galleries offer free guided tours, based on specific collections or simply their most popular highlights.

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63 Comments on How to Visit Paris and Not Spend a Centime on Attractions

  1. Julika
    March 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm (6 years ago)

    Great list! The Promenade Plantée is definitely on my next Paris itinerary — I just love this idea of combining edgy urban elements with nature and art!
    And regarding the Galeries Lafayette terrace — I did go up there last November… so it might still be accessible during the winter as long as the weather is somewhat dry.

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      March 18, 2013 at 10:06 pm (6 years ago)

      Same here – talk about smart urban development. Also, good to know for Lafayette!

  2. Andrea
    March 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm (6 years ago)

    I definitely missed a few of these. Pere Lachaise is free and quite interesting if you feel like taking a little train trip…

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      March 18, 2013 at 10:06 pm (6 years ago)

      A little train trip? Not sure I get what train you are talking about.

      • Lorraine Slattery
        November 16, 2014 at 10:34 am (4 years ago)

        I totally agree. After at least 8 separate day trips to beautiful and enchanting Paris, I lived in Ramstein, Germany, the only time I was lost on the Metro was trying to get to the Orsay. Totally turned around!

      • Marie-Eve Vallieres
        November 18, 2014 at 4:44 pm (4 years ago)

        Glad you enjoyed Paris too Lorraine!

  3. Jenna
    March 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm (6 years ago)

    I love the Promenade Plantée and the Seine banks! I wanted to make it to Buttes Chaumont last time we were in Paris, but unfortunately, it didn’t work out. We recently stayed near the Hôtel de Ville, butI didn’t realize there were free exhibits. I’ll have to check that out, along with a few of the others next time! Thanks!

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      March 18, 2013 at 10:05 pm (6 years ago)

      You’re welcome! Can’t wait to check out the City Hall myself.

  4. Lizzie
    March 19, 2013 at 11:36 am (6 years ago)

    Great list! I’ve missed out a few items on the off-the-beaten path list – mainly because my two trips to Paris have been really short so I was racing around seeing the main attractions. When I go back I’ll have to check out some of the lesser-know places you mention :)

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      March 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm (6 years ago)

      Paris is always going to be there :)

  5. Edna
    March 21, 2013 at 10:01 pm (6 years ago)

    As someone who lives in Paris, I can tell you there is no better way to spend a sunny day than sitting along the banks of the Seine with friends, wine, sweets and some light guitar music wafting in through the background…

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      March 28, 2013 at 10:14 am (6 years ago)

      Now you just made me want to be in Paris all over again. Sounds like a fantastic day!

    • Tonya
      April 25, 2018 at 2:10 pm (10 months ago)

      We are planning a trip… is there a particular section that you like the most? Seems like a broad area

  6. Lil
    March 22, 2013 at 5:35 pm (6 years ago)

    Please don’t advise people to throw the key of locks into the river. It’s polluting the river, being left to rust in the water – not. good. In fact I wouldn’t even encourage people to put the love locks because the integrity of the bridges get compromised and the grill had to be regularly cut and changed…

    (Ps: it’s not a French/Parisian tradition by the way – it was something written in an Italian novel about a decade ago and somehow the idea spread from Rome to Paris – and elsewhere too…)

    Paris is fabulous so let’s keep it that way :)

    • Clare Laming
      August 2, 2014 at 5:09 am (5 years ago)

      The bridges actually cannot cope with the weight of all the locks either. It was a nice idea but now it has gotten out of control. I live nearby and it looks like an eyesore. I agree with you Lil. Stop polluting the Seine with your so-called love. Just kiss! ;-)

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      March 28, 2013 at 10:12 am (6 years ago)

      Could you believe that I didn’t know about that?

  7. Laura @Travelocafe
    March 25, 2013 at 8:19 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh, this is a great Paris guide. Thank you. I have been already three times in Paris, but I am sure I will end up there again… great tips.

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      March 28, 2013 at 10:12 am (6 years ago)

      Glad you like this, Laura. Hopefully you’ll be in Paris soon!

  8. Donna K
    July 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm (6 years ago)

    Thanks for the amazing tips! Heading there in august, so this couldn’t come at a better time, Merci!

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      August 6, 2013 at 11:12 pm (6 years ago)

      Great, glad I could help Donna :)

  9. Jeff
    January 14, 2014 at 8:18 am (5 years ago)

    Père-Lachaise Cemetary was one of my favorites. Spent one afternoon walking through with my granddaughter, the history is amazing. We took a few notes from some of the more interesting gravesites and looked up more info on the net when we got home. Great history lesson for both of us.

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      January 15, 2014 at 10:45 am (5 years ago)

      Cemetaries are such interesting places to visit, especially in European capitals. Glad you enjoyed it!

      • Kathy
        December 13, 2014 at 6:56 pm (4 years ago)

        I was reading all the comments. Im leaving for Paris Saturday with my daughter and her friend. They are stationed In Germany. Is the tour bus that great? I’m just excited to go there and take a beautiful picture to remember this day with my daughter.. My Christmas present from my son-in-law, Tell me what not to miss. ‘

        Thank you,

      • Marie-Eve Vallieres
        December 27, 2014 at 12:40 pm (4 years ago)

        Tour buses can either be great or awful – in the end, it really depends on your travel style. If you would rather not walk everywhere and want to stick to the main attractions, then I say go for it! But in Paris, everything is so walkable I would say just walk and take in the beautiful architecture. If all else fails, metro tickets are suuuper cheap.

  10. Natasha Foulon
    January 17, 2014 at 1:19 pm (5 years ago)

    on the way to visit Montmartre, be sure to take the small funiculaire (lift) and enjoy the views on your way up. Taking the metro be sure to stop at Abbesses where you have a beautiful metro sign and the ‘I love you-wall’ in a nearby garden.
    In front of the Notre Dame (pretty great with the gargouilles (or waterspitters) the original middle of the city stone is positioned. When you read 120km to Paris, it means 120km to this stone. And whilst walking on the Seine riverbeds, visit the Isle of the Swans (Ile des Cygnes) and look for the replica of the Statue of Liberty. The Flame of Liberty (only the flame but in real size as in the US) can be seen near Pont de l’Alma.

  11. Clare Laming
    August 2, 2014 at 5:16 am (5 years ago)

    If you like food markets and want an even better (cheaper) mint tea go to Le Marché des Enfants Rouge in the north of the Marais quarter. Be careful though, the entrance is tiny. A blink-and-you-miss-it type scenario. Great post!

  12. armida
    September 2, 2014 at 8:54 am (4 years ago)

    Its grate things to do in Paris. The gorgeous Sacre Coeur basilica is in itself a major tourist attraction which should be explored in about half an hour, with free entry. Sacre Coeur, Montmartre – up to an hour or a whole evening. If you’re coming for the evening, bring some food and a bottle of wine and watch the sun set amongst the crowds, some of whom will bring guitars and music and start a party on the steps.

  13. Franca
    December 27, 2014 at 7:08 am (4 years ago)

    Great list, I wish I knew about some of these places and activities whilst in Paris. Next time I guess ;)

  14. Indira Castillo
    January 3, 2015 at 11:21 pm (4 years ago)

    Im going to London in april and im planing on going to Paris (because once you are there is a must isn’t?) im going alone and my friend been trying to scare me that is to expensive to go… this list will help me.. i know if im not there even just to walk those beautiful streets i will regret it :) thanks for posting!

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      January 8, 2015 at 10:22 am (4 years ago)

      Well yes, Paris and London can be expensive but they don’t have to be if you plan ahead. There are a ton of super cool, clean and modern hostels and heaps of inexpensive restaurants. Let me know if you need more tips :-)

      • Deborah
        December 28, 2017 at 7:10 pm (1 year ago)

        my daughter is taking me to Paris the last few days of June 2018. we will have very little money to spend. any suggestions of inexpensive places to eat with decent (or good!) food and hopefully a bit of Parisian experience would be appreciated. thanks!

      • Marie-Eve
        February 19, 2018 at 10:49 pm (12 months ago)

        Le petit cambodge 20 Rue Alibert
        Chez Imogène 25 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
        Bistro Victoires 6 rue La Vrillière
        Le Petit Cler 129 rue Saint-Dominique
        Bouillon Chartier 7 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre
        Raviolis Chinois 11 Rue Civiale
        Nanashi 31 Rue de Paradis
        Astier 44 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud

  15. Dave Smiley
    January 4, 2015 at 7:41 pm (4 years ago)

    Spent an afternoon at the pere lachaise cemetery , very interesting ,easy to get to by the metro , then found a great pizza place down the street . Loved paris going back for a second visit

  16. Jahnese
    February 8, 2015 at 12:58 pm (4 years ago)

    This is extremely helpful. I am going to Paris for my 30th birthday and I have no clue what to expect.

  17. Nicolene Venter
    February 11, 2015 at 1:22 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you for the list. Can you recommend any good hotels or places to stay.

  18. Anna
    March 21, 2015 at 8:11 am (4 years ago)

    Thank you for the awesome list! I can’t wait to go back to Paris and try some of these out. It’s not free, but I had to include my favorite stop from my Paris travels, the Musée d’Orsay. Much more enjoyable art than the louvre, in my opinion, this museum focuses on French impressionism. There is plenty of Monet, Manet, Degas, and VanGogh, all inside a beautiful re-done train station. Just gorgeous!

    • Marie-Eve
      March 31, 2015 at 8:16 am (4 years ago)

      I love the interior at Musée d’Orsay! The clocks are amazing.

  19. Wanda Sykes-Moore
    April 22, 2015 at 10:33 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m about to make my sixth trip to Paris. Three were with friends that I planned for and escorted so of course they had to see the major attractions. Each time we managed to catch a really spectacular service at the Cathedral of Note Dame. There are at least two services on Sunday mornings. Just be mindful that it’s a real mass and we’re expected to act accordingly. I’m not Catholic but it was very spiritual and I was in awe of all the pomp and circumstance.

  20. Moira Leonard
    July 3, 2015 at 10:26 am (4 years ago)

    My forever favorite was le Musée de l’Orangerie! I don’t remember the cost to get in but Monet’s murals are incredible.

    • Marie-Eve
      July 9, 2015 at 5:36 pm (4 years ago)

      I wish I could say I have been! It seems like a wonderful museum.

  21. Laura
    July 31, 2015 at 8:03 am (4 years ago)

    AWESOME TIPS! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Marie-Eve
      August 3, 2015 at 11:48 am (4 years ago)

      Happy to help, Laura!

  22. Donna
    January 2, 2016 at 1:01 pm (3 years ago)

    My husband & I spent 3 weeks in Paris during the summer of 2013, & one of my favorite places was Luxembourg Gardens. The grounds are vast & there’s so much there to delight any age. We rented an apartment nearby, & I loved starting the day with an early walk along the dirt paths- it was an absolute pleasure to enjoy the numerous flowers, trees & sculptures (including a small model of the Statue of Liberty & figures of many of France’s former queens along with many other well known historical figures). This is a place where people hang out & play- sailboats can be rented for children to float on the reflective pool, & there’s a playground, pony rides & a wonderful old time puppet theater. Many people come here to relax & exercise- it’s a hot spot for walkers & joggers as well as tennis enthusiasts & boules players. For art lovers, there’s a gallery & a small museum (I saw an exceptional Chagall exhibit as well as an amazing show of local talent). For music lovers, concerts are performed in the park’s gazebo. After my walks, I’d often buy a crepe at one of the garden’s stands (there are also two restaurants), sit on one the benches & people watch- a great place for this.

    The gardens were a favorite place of Hemingway & Gertrude Stein, who lived nearby.

    As you can tell, I’m absolutely sold on this wonderful place. Also check out the beautiful Cemetary at the foot of Monmartre, where a number of luminaries, including as Degas & Nijinsky, are buried.

    • Marie-Eve
      January 6, 2016 at 3:46 pm (3 years ago)

      LOVE the Luxembourg Gardens. Children were playing with sailboats too last time I was there. Thanks for the trivia :-)

  23. jenn
    January 8, 2016 at 2:05 am (3 years ago)

    Someday I will be having pictures together with these amazing places. I LOVE PARIS<3 Thanks for sharing :)

    • Marie-Eve
      January 12, 2016 at 5:34 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes you will! Paris is such a wonderful city.

    • Marie-Eve
      April 29, 2016 at 12:16 pm (3 years ago)

      You should! It’s a great time to visit :-)

  24. Salvatore
    June 2, 2016 at 3:56 am (3 years ago)

    So beautiful. This looks like a no-fail spot for photographers.

    • Marie-Eve
      June 2, 2016 at 6:29 pm (3 years ago)

      It truly is! Paris is a classic.

  25. Anto
    December 11, 2016 at 1:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Parisian here! I would add to these recommendations:

    * Hang out with artists that will make works of art for you, right in the middle of Paris! There’s a 6 story building, 5 minutes away from the Louvre Museum that you can visit for free and engage with the artists as they’re doing their works. 58 rue rivoli

    * Visit the sewer system. The entrance is right off the Eiffel Tower, and features the story of Paris told through the eyes of the development of the water system. “Visite des egouts”!

    * Go out for drinks with a parisian (this is self promotion!). We take a small group of travelers (maximum 7), start at a popular wine bar with locals, and then we visit 2, 3 more spots, depending on what the group wants to do! Cocktails, Dancing, live music, beer, all away from the crowds.

    Enjoy my beautiful city!

    • Marie-Eve
      December 12, 2016 at 11:08 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks for the rec, Anto!

  26. Shifi Shah
    April 11, 2017 at 7:33 am (2 years ago)

    Beautiful, but expensive city to visit, but your suggestions make it easier to explore without burning a hole in the pocket.

    • Marie-Eve
      April 26, 2017 at 4:46 pm (2 years ago)

      Absolutely! If you’re going to spend money on one thing in Paris, let it be food!

  27. Zoe
    June 3, 2018 at 11:39 am (9 months ago)

    I completely agree! We’re going to Paris in a few months, and I studied abroad there for a semester 14 years ago – (most of) the best parts of Paris are free! Save your Euros (and time) for the few sites that are absolute musts for your particular interests – I love Monet, so Musee de l’Orangerie is a must for me! But just exploring, getting lost, and finding your own magical moments is the best part of any trip.

  28. Kathie
    September 26, 2018 at 7:39 am (5 months ago)

    One of my favorite spots in Paris is the Musee de Cluny: a tapestry that is in remarkable condition (The Lady and the Unicorn), an amazing medieval collection, a medieval inspired garden, Roman baths downstairs and for Potter fans – the gravestone of Nicholas Flammel!


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