The city of lights gets a bad rap for being notoriously expensive, but not everything in this city comes with a price tag. You can truly enjoy a quintessential Parisian experience without ever having to pull out your portefeuille. Just check out our list of some of the top 15 free activities in Paris to feel like you received more than your money’s worth.
- Take a Tour
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Think you have to pay a pricy ticket to get to know Paris? Fortunately, the tour group Sandemans New Europe is filled with expats willing to guide you around for free. Explore everything from Napoleon’s Tom to the Tuileries garden. Tours last about 3 hours.
- Explore Classical Museums
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By avoiding hectic tourist times you can explore some stunning French museums for completely free. Check out the Maison Européenne de la Photographie Wednesdays after 5 pm, or the Musée des Arts et Métiers that is free every Thursday after 6 p.m.
- Enjoy a Movie in the Park
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Fresh air and French films, is there anything better? Check out the Open-Air Cinema in Parc de la Villette for free monthly films. Be sure to pack a picnic and a decent bottle of wine for the full experience.
- The Paris Jazz Festival
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The summertime is the perfect time to enjoy live music in the streets of Paris. The annual Jazz Festival runs from June 7- June 26 and is completely free!
- Paris Quartier d’Été
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Enjoy circus acts, theater performances, and fashion shows throughout the city without paying a dime from July 14 – August 9th.
- Eat a Ton
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Samples, samples everywhere! Peruse the Rue Mouffetard and try everything from regional cheese to fresh baked bread!
- Take a Free Cooking Class
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The price of learning how to cook like a Parisian can be mighty high and for good reason…the food is amazing. Skip the bill and enjoy free, seasonal cooking demonstrations at Marche d’Anvers.
- Eat Dinner
No, really, you can get a free dinner in Paris. Just order a glass of wine from Tribal Café in Canal Saint-Martin from Wednesday to Saturday night. Let’s be honest…you were going to order the wine anyway.
- Have a Dance Party
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Come nightfall the City of Lights quickly becomes the city of tango, as dancers from all walks of life take to Tino Rossi Square for a full-on dance party. The celebration is part of the Paris Danses en Seine festival and will show you a side of Paris you’ve never seen.
- Enjoy a Glass of wine.. Or two
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Yes, you can even drink for free in Paris. Stop by La Dernière Goutte hosted by French Wine expert Juan Sanchez every Friday and Saturday.
- Cimetière du Père Lachaise
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Okay, so it’s a cemetery. Still, it is home to one of the most flourishing spots in Paris. Try to visit on November 1, a date reserved for Parisians to visit the graves of their loved ones.
- Cathédrale de Notre Dame
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One of the most infamous churches in the world is worth the stop. There’s no entry fee but you may want to buy a candle to light at the altar.
- Explore the Flea Market
Even if you don’t spend a euro there is plenty to see at the insanely large Marché aux Puces St-Ouen. There are unusual pieces that belong to every decade, and stories you will easily fall in love with.
- Enjoy a Free Concert
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On Sunday nights enjoy free classical concerts with the American Church in Paris. The concerts have been going on the early 1930’s and have become a Parisian tradition.
- Visit the Vineyards
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Nothing like visiting a vineyard during October harvest when the air is thick with the smell of freshly crushed grapes. Explore the Rue des Saules, where you will find the perfect marriage of city views with vineyard tranquility.
Just because you're traveling abroad on a budget, doesn't mean you can't have a great, memorable vacation. There are plenty of things to do and places to see that won't cost you a single penny - all you have to do is look!