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10 Free Things to Do in Paris, France

Following on from last months, ‘10 Free Things to Do in Los Angeles, USA’  we turn our attention to the most romantic city in the World, Paris. The French capital has become a lot more than a place to propose or celebrate an anniversary. Today it boasts many culture elements, like monuments and museums. Plus, the French food culture is something you must experience at least once in your life.

But like many major cities it can be on the expensive side. If you follow these 10 activities you will save a penny or two, or rather a euro.

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1.Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris

Explore the city’s famous Catholic cathedral for free, from 7.45am until 6.45pm. With an audio tour you can discover the real-life stories and myths surrounding the Cathdral and all about the Notre Dame bees.

Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Place Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris


2.La Promenade Plantee

If you enjoyed the High Line of New York City, then this is right up your alley. The 4.5 km man-made path of La Promenade Plantee, is located within the 12th arrondissement of Paris. By stepping onto the path, you will be rewarded with city views, gorgeous foliage, a tranquil pool and you will literally be able to smell the roses. Non-stop it’ll take you about 90 minutes to complete, but you’ll definitely want to pause for photographs.


3.Enjoy the Paris Parks

The French capital is home to many great parks and gardens. Be sure to spend some time admiring them and relaxing on the green.  Our favourite parks are Jardin du Luxembourg, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and Tuileries Garden.

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4.Sandemans Walking Tour

For those who don’t want to explore alone book yourself onto the free Sandemans New Europe walking tour. Over the course of 3 hours you will see some of Paris’ iconic landmarks, hear epic stories about the city of love and take some amazing photographs. Tour depart 4 times, daily from the Place Saint-Michel.

5.Explore Le Marais

Spreading through the 3rd and 4th arrondissements of Paris, Le Marais, is also known as the historical district. It was once the ‘it’ neighbourhood for the French aristocracy, however, now it a trendy area, filled with top boutiques and designer stores. But it still has plenty of grand architectural buildings for you to admire.

6.Basilique du Sacre Coeur

The second most visited attraction of Paris, is the Sacre Coeur, a catholic church dedicated to the heart of Jesus Christ. It is free to enter and admire the church, it’s open every day, from dusk till dawn.

Address: 35 Rue du Chevalier-De-La-Barre, Paris 75018


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7.Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

The Modern Art Museum, is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am until 6pm. The permanent exhibits focus on modern and contemporary art from the 20th and 21st centuries and they are free to view. However, the special and temporary exhibits are not.

Address: 12 avenue de New York, Paris 75116

8.Cimitiere du Montparnasse

Visiting a cemetery might not sound like great fun. But death is part of everyone’s life and visiting a cemetery can be a great way to learn about a new culture. If you are a fan of French poet Charles Baudelaire, Nobel Prize winner Jean Paul Sartre and/or French writer Simone de Beauvoir, their tombs are here. Feel free to show your respects.

Address: 3 boulevard Edgar Quinet, 14e, 75014 Paris

9.Walk along Canal St-Martin

This 4.6 km long canal is a beautiful walk, that includes beautiful buildings, quaint coffee shops and boutiques. But, in recent years the underbelly of the canal has become more interesting, especially for the locals. The canal is cleaned every 10-15 years and people rush to walk along the canal floor in search of fascinating treasures. The next clean up is planned for 2030.

Start point: Paris Place de Stalingrad (Bassin de la Villette, Canal de l’Ourcq)
End point: Paris Quai de la Râpée (entrance lock from Seine)


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10.Eiffel Tower

No list related to Paris is complete without mentioning the iconic Eiffel Tower. You are probably thinking that it can’t be on this list because it costs money to visit it. While this is true, you do need to buy a ticket to enter and the higher up you want to go the more expensive it is. But it is totally free to enjoy its beauty from the ground.

Address: Champ de Mars, Paris 75007

We suggest finding a great spot to see the tower in all its glory at night because when it is lit up the true romance of Paris is awakened.

If you enjoyed reading this article, check out our other ‘10Free Things to Do‘ articles. Each month we will add one more city to our growing series. So, come back soon!

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