10 Free Things To Do In Paris, France

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I visited Paris on my birthday when I was only making a few hundred dollars a month as an au pair. I had to find a way to visit the city on a budget. The trip was special and I didn’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to make the trip amazing. 

The museums (even the Louvre) offer several free days throughout the year. Paris is also known for hosting many free concerts, and many of the historical monuments cost nothing at all to visit.

Below are 10 awesome FREE things to do in Paris.

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1. Parc du Champ de Mars

If you don’t want to spend money going up the Eiffel Tower, plan to spend a few hours relaxing at Parc du Champ de Mars.

Visit a bakery and grab a bottle of wine before you arrive, and enjoy an evening under the Eiffel Tower.

This park is absolutely stunning at night, but deserves a trip during the day, too.

Location: 2 Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur, 75007 Paris, France

2. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is Paris’ steepest park.

While here, enjoy nature and greenery in the area.

This is the perfect park for bird watching or relaxing and watching the parks waterfall.

Location: 1 Rue Botzaris, 75019 Paris, France

3. La Promenade Plantée

The La Promenade Plantée is a 4.7 km elevated park.

You’ll get spectacular views of the city as you are perched up a few stories up.

Location: 1 Coulée verte René-Dumont, 75012 Paris, France

4. Canal St-Martin

Over 4.5 km long, the Canal Saint-Martin connects the Canal de l’Ourcq to the Seine River.

If you feel like spending a little money, you can take a small cruise through the canal or simply dine in at a restaurant alongside the canal.

5. Jardin des Tuileries

Located near the Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries is a garden created in 1564.

The area is filled with beautiful architecture, a Ferris Wheel, ponds, statues, and more.

It’s the perfect area to relax and get some quiet time before you head into the more touristy areas of Paris.

Location: 113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

6. Free Museums

Paris has several free museums to visit throughout the year.

Here is a comprehensive list of all of the museums you can visit in Paris

A few of these museums include:

7. Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

Also known as “Our Lady of Paris”, Notre-Dame is a Catholic cathedral and is known for its French Gothic architecture.

While you’re here, the Notre Dame is a must see. Visiting is free, but it costs to climb the bell tower.

Make sure to take your camera and take photos of the sculptures and stained glass while you’re here.

This area gets quite crowded, so arrive as early as possible. (This goes for any Paris attraction).

Location: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France

8. Place des Vosges

Also known as the oldest planned square in Paris, Place des Vosges is a hot spot for younger Parisians.

Though it was once an expensive square to live in during the 17th century, it is now a public area that both Parisians and tourists can visit.

Grab some food and make sure to enjoy some fresh baked goods and a bottle of wine at the square.

Location: Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris, France

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9. Churches

Paris has several must-see churches to visit during your trip.

After visiting Notre Dame, make sure to visit the other spectacular churches in Paris.

Some of these include:

  • Sainte-Chapelle
  • Église St-Germain-des-Prés
  • St Paul St Louis
  • Église St-Sulpice
  • Sacré-Cœur

10. Porte de Clignancourt

Paris has several flea markets filled with antiques and other items that are a must-see during your Paris trip.

One of the most popular flea markets is Porte de Clignancourt and is known to be the largest antique market in the entire world.

Approximately 150,000 visitors visit every weekend, making it a popular spot for both tourists and Parisians.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. I’ve never to Paris. But from what I’ve heard, the reviews aren’t too great. It’s too touristy. They say the surrounding country side and smaller cities are much nicer.

    1. Alexis

      I wasn’t a huge fan, but I didn’t spend enough time there!

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