Best Things To Do In Paris For Free

Best Things To Do In Paris For Free

Fashion capital, City of Love… Paris has many names. And while fine dining can be hard on your pocket and touristic attraction fees could increase your budget, the French capital can also be done on budget.

Here is our guide on best things to do in Paris for free

1. Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. It is the most visited monument in France and is essential for every visitor. Entry is free to this monument. Stroll along the neighboring Seine to view it from a different perspective.

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris


2. Parc du Champ de Mars

A lift to the peak of the Eiffel Tower can increase your budget but you can witness this marvel from the Garden of Champ de Mars without spending a dime.   Champ de Mars has incredible flowerbeds and stunning lawns. Bring some wine, snacks to munch, blanket and your loved ones. Soak up in the sun and wait for the light show at dusk to set Eiffel tower twinkle.

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3. Basilique du Sacré Coeur

Basilique du Sacré Coeur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart) is the highest point in Paris and one of the most iconic landmarks of Paris. Featured in movies like Moulin Rouge and Amélie, this incredible beauty is worth all the hype. The view from its parvis of Paris is breathtaking and is beautiful both at day time and night time. 

Basilique du Sacré Coeur

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4. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

It is Paris’ steepest park. Visiting Parc des Buttes-Chaumont could be rough for your muscles but is equally rewarding to your senses. The hills are beautifully sculpted, with some incredible views of the city. At the heart of the park, there is an island with a Greek temple on the top of the cliff. You will also find some waterfalls and man-made caves in the park.

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont


5. Canal St-Martin

Canal St-Martin located in North East Paris is a picturesque district with 19th-century iron footbridges and waterways. Taking a walk here will take you back to the history. In recent years, the area has been transformed from a hidden gem to a trendy hot spot for tourists full of restaurants, cafes and bars. From fashion boutiques to contemporary art galleries, from pavement cafés to cocktail bars, Canal Saint-Martin offers a lot to keep your days in Paris busy. 


Canal St-Martin

Author: Offbeat Wanderlust


  1. It’s been a while since I’ve been back, so I’ll definitely check these out. The canal and the parc des buttes Chamont are so pretty, and very Parisian too!

  2. I had very mixed feelings about Paris. It was charming no doubt but I think itโ€™s overhyped! And so crowded. Nevertheless there are places which are very beautiful and I love cities with the old world charm which Paris does have, in parts ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice list of free things for someone on a budget.

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