What to do in the City of Lights for free [update]
Paris isn’t known as a cheap destination. Indeed, it is not. Whether it´s a museum entry or
However, Paris is also loaded with things to do that won’t cost a sou (old French coin). So come with us to know Paris without spending tons of cash.
Eiffel Tower surroundings
The 357-meter tower built for the Universal Exhibition of 1889 is Paris’ main symbol. It’s visited by nearly 7 million people every year and has paid entrance. However, just the tower’s surroundings are a must-do in Paris – and for free. You can have a picnic at the Champ de Mars, walk around Trocadéro or simply watch the tower’s night lights – that is simply amazing! Not to say you can take stunning photos as the Eiffel Tower in the background makes the most instagrammable spot in Paris!
Basilique du Sacré Coeur
This palatial white marble church crowns the lively Montmartre area in the 18th arrondissement. Its inside is festooned with gold mosaics and transcending glass windows. Get ready to listen to the world’s heaviest bells in churches. Visiting the basilica is free, however, there’s a charge to go to the dome or the sepulcher.
Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
Famous for its gothic style, especially its gargoyles, this monumental symbol of Paris is a must-visit for travelers. However, after the tragic fire that destroyed it last April 15th, the Notre Dame will not be open for visitors until it’s restored (actually, if you’d like to contribute to its restoration, you can do so by clicking here). Even not being open for interior visits, you can appreciate it from the outside, which is also worth-doing in Paris.
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
For a dreamlike perspective of French culture, jump into the collections of Paris’ Museum of Modern Art. From the bolshy cubism of Braque to Matisse’s artists, there’s certainly something to lift your spirits. The museum is at Alma-Marceau, metro line 9.
Dive into the smooth states of Constantin Brancusi’s sculptures with a free visit to his studio. It’s just in front of Center Pompidou. The Romanian artist, a pioneer to modern art, become famous with acclaimed works like The Kiss, and this Brancusi workshop is a privileged look into his brilliant mind.
Jardin des Tuileries
It´s probably the most beautiful park in Paris. So stick a glamourous cool vibe to your trip by wandering around this garden between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde. Track in the dainty strides of Marie-Antoinette and see where Napoléon build his arch while enjoying the Parisian air.
The lively Marais area is heavenly for an unpretentious pretentious Sunday walk. Pursue the tracks of Louis XIV, hit the Jewish quarter or essentially take a look at cool vintage shops. Get there by metro République (line 3 or 11), Hôtel de Ville (line 11) or St-Paul (line 8).
This previous squat, now a non-profit residence for artists, is located at Rue de Rivoli between the Louvre and Châtelet. It houses 30 artists’ studios and people, in general, are welcome into the workshops from Tuesday to Sunday in the afternoon. This is an awesome opportunity to get a look at the Parisian artistic scene
Built in 1900 for the World’s Fair, the Petit Palais has one of the free lasting art collections in Paris. The amazing collection spans from the antiquity, the Middle Ages, the French and Italian Renaissance and Flemish and Dutch artworks. The French take shows Monet, Renoir, Delacroix, Toulouse-Lautrec and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. The Belle Époque building itself is a masterpiece that deserves being enjoyed. You get to the Petit Palais by metro: Champ Elysees – Clemenceau. It’s open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10h to 18h.