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Free Paris: 11 free activities to do in Paris

The city of Love, the fashion capital, and the perfect place to have a picknick eating baguettes and drinking wine. Paris is one of my favourite cities in Europé and it’s a lot of people’s dream destination. Unfortunately Paris isn’t the cheapest place to visit, but that shouldn’t stop you from booking a ticket and heading over to the city of love. Here are 11 things to do in Paris – for free!

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

This iconic cathedral will probably be on most people’s bucket list when visiting Paris. Even though it will cost you to climb its twin towers, just entering is free. It’s also free to walk along the Seine and get an alternative view of this gorgeous cathédral.

Musée dÁrt Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Dive into French culture and the permanent collection of Paris’ Museum of Modern Art.

Marché d’Aligre

Like food? Like strolling around markets? This is the place for you. Find tons of flower stalls, mountains of cheese, baguettes, and artisan butchers.

Explore the Père Lachaise cemetery

Find over 100 acres of tombs, graves, memorials, and 69 000 ornate tombs. It’s the most visited cemetery in the world, and amongst those in the ground here you’ll find Oscar Wild and Jim Morrison to name two.

Basilique du Sacré Coeur

In the Montmartre district, you’ll find this white marble church, inside it’s decorated with gold mosaics and tower stained-glass windows. It’s free to visit the basilica, but if you want to ascend into the dome or explore the crypt there’s a charge.

Stroll through the Jardin du Luxembourg

Losing track of time and spending a whole day just wandering through this city park is quite easy, it’s the second largest park in Paris and the beautiful landscaped gardens are not to be missed. The garden was built in the 17th century and contains monuments, fountains, and statues.

Check out the love wall

When in the city of love, why not check out the love wall? The mural features “I love you” written in hundreds of different languages, making it the perfect place for those romantic pictures.

Check out a fashion show at Galeries Lafayette

If you’re interested in fashion and want a taste of it in the fashion capital, the Galeries Lafayette department store offer free shows every Friday afternoon. The show features professional models showing the store’s fashion collection, and if you want a seat it might be worth booking ahead.

La Promenade Plantée

The Promenade Plantée is an elevated footpath in Paris, it used to be a railway track, but now it simply provides a scenic walk through the city.

Canal St Martin

In the hipper part of Paris, you’ll find Canal St Martin. It’s the perfect place for a stroll, watching the graffiti painted walls, or having a coffee at one of the many coffee shops.

18-25 EU residents

If you happen to be between 18 and 25 and an EU resident you’re in luck. It has so many benefits here in Paris, for example, you can get into any national monument and museum (except temporary exhibitions) for free, just by showing your I.D card. This means you can climb the top of Arc de Triomphe, visit the Château de Vincennes, and get into the Louvre museum without paying.

This also applies to nationalities outside the EU if you have proof of long-term residency in the EU, i.e. A visa. Here you can find out more.

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  • Reply Marta Sierra June 29, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Keeping this on my to-do list when I live in Paris next year 🙂


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