Top 10 free things to do in Paris
Good Europe tour packages can burn a whole into your savings so it’s always a good ideas to plan activities that don’t cost anything but are high on value. Here’s the top 10 free things to do in Paris that Europe Packages don’t always include.
- Not everyone can a seat for the Paris Fashion Week but you can definitely get a taste of la mode every Friday afternoon at the Galeries Lafayette department store. Professional models strutting the runway and displaying the store’s fashion collection is a treat for fashion aficionados. Book the free shows to ensure that you get a confirmed seat. Contact the store in advance to get yourself a ticket.
- Paris is one of the best places to see in Europe for international film buffs and you can watch a free film at the open-air cinema at the Parc de la Villette during July and August and usually follows a particular theme.
- Thanks to the free first Sundays programme, you can visit some of the most popular museums and monuments in Paris for free – If you get your timing right. One of the places to see in Europe for history and culture buffs – the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay are part of the programme as well some smaller quaint spots such as the Albert-Kahn musée et jardins and the Musée de l’Assistance Publique, which celebrates the history of hospitals in Paris.
- Everyone loves romantic photo opportunities. The Love Wall in Montmartre in Paris – the city of love, features “I Love You” scrawled in hundreds of different languages, draws countless visitors looking for Instagram glory.
- Get a taste of the real Midnight in Paris, bohemian vibe, at the Square du Vert-Galant with a bottle of wine in the evening. This lovely park situated on the western tip of the Île de la Cité, can be reached by taking the stairs down from Pont Neuf. During summers, the park is dotted with people relaxing on the grass, enjoying the view and watching the boats sail past on either side of the island.
- La Promenade Plantee is a tree-lined walkway on an old elevated railway line in east Paris. The 4.5km trail is a wonderful way to explore the city, taking you up and down staircases, across viaducts, above the streets. The walkway also runs over the Viaduc des Arts, a bridge in which the arches are now occupied by galleries.
- Notre Dame cuts a dominating figure on the Île de la Cité in the middle of the Seine. The gothic buttresses and incredible stained glass windows make it as much a treat to see from the inside as out.
- Paris’s largest cemetery, with over 100 acres of graves, tombs and memorials and 69,000 ornate tombs is the most visited cemetery in the world. Oscar Wilde’s and Jim Morrison of The Doors are buried here and draws thousands of fans each year.
- Visit the studio of Constantin Brancusi, in the same square the Pompidou Centre’s main museum and exhibitions, but is free. Visitors can get an impression of the space in which Brancusi worked, as well as see some of the work that helped redefine modern sculpture.
- Paris’s many parks are beautifully landscaped and are perfect for a day spent reading a book or enjoying the wonderful greenery and breeze.