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Free activities in Paris: budget proof tips

The Mona Lisa for no money at all!



You can do a large number of activities and sights in Paris for free. So thtat lovely weekend in the city of love does not have to cost you a fortune basically! With these budget-friendly travel tips, there is still enough money left for a romantic tête-à-tête. Oh oui!


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The rooftop of Galeries Lafayette: Paris from above


The Galeries Lafayette alone are worth the detour but the rooftop there also deserves a place into your top 5. The large terrace on the top floor overlooks the famous Opéra Garnier and the Grands Boulevards. And with a little bit of goodwill, you can also spot the Eiffel Tower in the distance. Click! You are more an Instagram worthy shot richer. Totally free of charge!


Galeries Lafayette - Boulevard Haussmann 40

Open on Monday until Saturday from 9.30 am until 8:00 pm and on Thursday until 9pm.


A nice rooftop alternative is the terrace of the Institut du Monde Arabe. It offers a wonderful view of the gently flowing Seine and the imposing Notre-Dame. To be truly honest here, I must add that this is not completely free. But for the price of a cafe noisette, this fantastic view is yours!


Institut du Monde Arabe - Place Mohammed V, 1

Open from Tuesday until Thursday from 10am until 6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 7pm. On Friday from 10 am until 9.30pm!



Le Marais: perfect for people watching




Le Marais is such a neighborhood where you can get lost in a tangle of streets, where one coffee house looks even more inviting than the other, where one facade is even more intriguing than the other and where you can live the locals on a Sunday afternoon. Start your walk at the photogenic Place de Vosges square and spoil your taste buds around lunchtime at L'As du Fallafel in the Jewish quarter. Another nice, not too expensive alternative: Le Marché les Enfant Rouges. Different food stalls with an international twist at democratic prices. Bon appétit!


Tip: pay special attention to the nice street art in this neighborhood!



Gardens and parks: picnic in style


Those who have had enough of the Parisian street noise can easily retreat to one of the gardens or parks from the city of love. Whether you come for a romantic walk or to stroll around your new French fashion attire, it will cost you nothing at all. Moreover, the options are countless. The Jardin du Luxembourg is an all-time favorite of many tourists, but other parks are also worth the detour.

I am thinking of Jardin des Plantes, Parc Monceau, Parc des Buttes Chaumont and Parc de Bercy. Did you know that the gardens of Versailles can be visited for free from November to March! Did anyone say picnic in style?





Top museums for free: culture for everyone

I had a nagging suspicion that a number of museums in Paris would grant free admission, but on closer inspection there are many more than I initially thought. So raise your art knowledge to unprecedented heights during a day of exploring museums. And from the money you did not have to spend there, you can buy amazing souvenirs afterwards! All good...


Always free (permanent collection)


Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Maison de Victor Hugo

Musée de la Vie Romantique

Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux Arts de la Ville de Paris


Free on the first Sunday of the month


Musée national d'art moderne - Centre Pompidou

Musée des Arts et Métiers

Musée d'Orsay


Free on the First Sunday of the month (from November until March)


Musée Rodin

Arc de Triomphe

Panthéon

Château de Versailles


Free on the first Saturday evening of the month


Musée du Louvre


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Montmartre beyond the masses: two for the price of one


Once you have left behind the Roman-Byzantine splendor of the Basilica of the Sacre-Coeur and the same scenario also unfolds for the Place du Tertre with its ubiquitous artists and restaurants - worth a few free snapshots - you can then willingly wander through the maze of streets that Montmartre has to offer. When the basilica is behind you and you pass the Place du Tertre on your left, continue straight ahead until you reach a quieter part. Tourist level: medium limited. Fun level: top


PS: the famous La Maison Rose is also located in this area!



Local yard sales and flea markets : great for street photography



Thank you Parisian. For fanatically hording books, antiques, knick-knacks and grand-mère (grand-ma) souvenirs. Because what is a weekend in Paris without a flea market or on a smaller scale, a vide-grenier ( “attic emptier”, similar to a garage sale)? No, in Paris they don't let important and less important objects accumulate dust. During a flea market or garage sale, all kinds of objects get a second life, or maybe a third or fourth. Ok, for this you have to take out your wallet but the contact with the locals, the intriguing messy stalls and the perfect street photography opportunities are priceless!


The so-called vide-greniers are more difficult to spot, but keep your eyes open in lesser-known neighborhoods at the weekend to spot them. For all other markets there is: brocabrac.fr