Free Things to Do in Paris

in City Guides, Sightseeing, Travel Tips

Paris is a spectacular city, and while it is expensive to stay and eat here, there is so much to see and do that you can have a great time without spending a penny on attractions. Here are five free things to do in Paris.

1. Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette - Photo: nttoan93

Paris is perhaps the world’s premier fashion city and you can see some amazing designs in this haute couture city for free. As long as you reserve ahead of time the Galeries Lafayette will not cost you anything to attend and the building in which it is hosted is worth the price of admission itself. Oops, sorry, there is no price of admission. Email welcome at for reservations.

2. River Seine

The Seine River and Eifel Tower - Photo: Vincent Montibus

The Seine River and Eifel Tower - Photo: Vincent Montibus

Take a stroll along the River Seine. You can go at your own pace and you don’t have to pay to be on a boat with a bunch of noisy people. Along the banks of the Seine you will see many incredible attractions including the Pont Neuf, the Place de la Concorde, Notre Dame, the Musée d’Orsay and the Eiffel Tower. All you have to do is resist the temptation to stop in the numerous wonderful cafes and bars along the way. Instead why not have a picnic at the Ponts des Artes which offers incredible views of the City of Light.

3. Louvre Museum

Louvre Museum - Photo: Massimo Carradori

Louvre Museum - Photo: Massimo Carradori

The Louvre is definitely worth visiting; though avoid queuing for ages to see the Mona Lisa, this massively hyped artwork is less impressive in real life. Free entry is available on the first Sunday of each month and to students, anyone under 18 and the disabled, as long as they have the necessary proof. Alternatively you can just walk around the fountains and courtyards outside; the building is among the marvels of European architecture.

4. Père Lachaise Cemetery

Oscar Wilde's Grave - Photo: S.MI5

Oscar Wilde's Grave - Photo: S.MI5

See the gravestones of some of the great artists of the 20th century, including intellect Oscar Wilde and rock star Jim Morrison. The Perè Lachaise cemetery is located in the 20th arrondissement and is a fabulously atmospheric place to take a walk.

5. Moules Frites

Moules Frites - Photo: **Mary**

Moules Frites - Photo: **Mary**

Pay for a drink and get a free meal. You can’t leave Paris without trying the Moules Frites, mussels with chips. At places such as Le Tribal Café at 3 Cour des petites Ecuries, it is possible to pay for a pint of beer (about three euros) and get a plate of wonderful steaming mussels to go with it. The offer applies after 9pm on Wednesday and Thursdays.

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If you are into walking big cities like I am you will be glad to know that Paris is a perfect city to go for long walks. Walking is a great way to see any city, it’s good for you and doesn’t cost a cent.


I did a free walking tour with Sandeman – – so much and informative.


First Sunday on the month is free entrance to all museums.
Photo museum in Marais is for free on Wednesdays after 17.
All parks are gorgeous and for fee.
Parc floral de Paris on weekdays except wednesdays and weekends on high season is for free

Elle B

Does Paris have free bicycles?

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