Free things to do in Paris

  • By Mary A
  • Top Destinations
  • 14.08.2016

Paris, France, still is a dream destination for many tourists. Everyone expects to pay a lot of money to visit this super romantic city. However, not many visitors expect to find free things to do in Paris. If you would like to visit here and are on a budget, perhaps the next list will help you save money and help you have an incredible experience.

Visit the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
This cathedral is well known all over the world thanks to its architecture. Visiting Paris without dropping by this place would be a shame especially since visiting it free of charge. Remember that climbing the twin towers of this medieval building is not free of charge.

Visit the Cimitière du Père Lachaise
You have several reasons to visit this graveyard, if you don't find the place too creepy or morbid. One of them is to see the resting place of Jim Morrison, but keep in mind that his grave is now protected against the thousands of fans visiting every day. Other important people buried here are Balzac, Proust, and Oscar Wilde. If seeing the graves of well known writers and artists, is not your thing, you can still drop by to admire the beautiful landscape.

Visit a market place
You actually have 2 market places to go see for free. The Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen is perfect for window shopping, even if the antiques you see might look nice in some corner of your house. There are many interesting pieces to see here, but better save your money for the visit to the Marché d’Aligre. This is the place where you stop if you're hungry and want to eat some nice cheese or see some artisan butchers at work.

Take a stroll in a park
you have at least 2 parks to check out if you want to breathe in more fresh air. Parc Monceau is one of your choices and it offers the possibility of seeing and taking pictures of many other famous people. This time, they are immortalized as statues, therefore the experience will feel less weird. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is the place where you go to burn a few calories, as well as getting  a bad calf-pain as this is a steep park.

Visit a museum
There are many museums that can be visited for free. Musée Cernuschi, Musée Carnavalet, and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris are just some of them. You'll learn more about the French culture, Paris' history, or  admire some Asian art, originating more in China than any other Asian country.

Hiking might not be the right word here, however while walking on La Promenade Plantée you might have the impression you're doing just that. This road is 4.5 km long and it sits high above the busy city, therefore you might also want to have the camera ready to snap a few pictures. This path stands out because it has many lush green archways, offering a lot shade from the sun and inspiration to start a new hobby.