Notre Dame Cathedral
One of the most visited attractions in Paris, Notre Dame is free to enter although it does cost if you wish to climb the towers.
Champ de Mars
A lift up the Eiffel Tower can be expensive whilst the queue can eat into your day. Champ De Mars is an expansive lawn expanding from the base of the Tower, that offers arguably the best photo point of the Eiffel Tower. For a cheap alternative of a romantic restaurant, why not pick up a bottle of wine, some bread and cheese and enjoy an evening watching the Eiffel Tower light up and twinkle above you.
A trendy area near not the edge of the river, Canal St-Martin is a picture of Old Paris with its beautiful houses and boutique restaurants. Take a stroll around this area to relax and take in ‘chic Paris’.
Learn to cook
We love to cook but courses around the world (especially in Europe) can be so expensive! The Fédération Française de Cuisine offer hour-long cooking courses in various green markets and fairs around Paris. Lessons are in French but anyone can sign up and follow along.
This is another popular attraction that is free to enter and admire the stained-glass windows and gorgeous interior, although climbing into the dome or exploring the crypt does cost extra but was closed for security reasons at the time of writing. You can also enjoy a beautiful view of the city from the top of the steps of Montemartre.
Paris have introduced more and more affordable eating options but why not head to a bar that offer free food whilst you drink. Le Bouillon Belge, Les Trois Freres, Le Penty, Tribal Cafe, Le Syndicat, La Cordonnerie, Le Grenier, Le Culture Rapide and Lockwood all offer free food on selected evenings throughout the week.
Paris’ Museum of Modern Art
Ok so you may not be able to find the Mona Lisa here but the Museum of Modern Art is free to visit and displays some interesting paintings and sculptures.
Père Lachaise Cemetery
Home to the final resting place of Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, George Bizet and Chopin, the cemetery is worth exploring whilst in the city and is free to enter.
Jardin du Luxembourg
Covering 23 hectares and situated among the Luxembourg Palace, Jardin Du Luxembourg is a stunning garden, ideal for a morning stroll.
Learn about Paris’ History at the Musee Carnvalat which is free to enter, although you can donate €5 to support the museum.
A stunning church with gorgeous towering stained glass windows; worth a visit and completely free.
A Roman Catholic Church, designed as a temple to glorify Napoleon’s army. The church is still used for services as well as weddings, funerals and even a restaurant.
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
Escape the city and visit one of the biggest free spaces in Paris. The views of the city are stunning and the park is home to waterfalls, caves and a suspended bridge.
Head to the Marais district to browse vintage shops, visit the Jewish Quarter or follow the trail of Louise XIV.
Jardin des Plantes
A botanic garden near Metro Jussieu, offers free enter to the park but charges extra for entrance to its zoo.
A smaller park full of statues of French gets such as musician Chopin and writer Guy De Maupassant.
Place Des Vosges
Located in the Marais District. the Place Des Vosges is the oldest planned square in Paris and consists of two stunning pavilions as well as a municipal museum that was the home of Victor Hugo; author of Les Miserables.
A park and museum complex home to the Science Museum (Cites des Sciences), an IMAX theatre, Le TARMAC (music venue), exhibit hall, small theatre, outdoor movie theatre and even an equestrian enter. Explore the park and enjoy the attractions available.
An enormous 17th-century church made popular from its appearance in the Da Vinci Code movie. Admission is free, with its obelisk, asymmetrical towers and Visconti’s 19th-century fountain, all worth a visit.
Watch a free movie
During the summer months, head to La Peniche Cinema found in the Parc de La Villette for a free movie or concert held every Friday and Saturday.
Paris is an amazing place with so much to see and do but head to a free attraction once or twice to save some money and enjoy a different pace and atmosphere. These attractions are generally not as busy and can add variation to your trip.
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