9 Things To Do In Paris That Are Absolutely Free


Nur Amirah •  Mar 31, 2017

La Ville Lumière or should I say, the City Of Lights - Paris is rich with culture, literature, fashion, well-known designer bags (hint: Longchamp), artisanal pastry and ooo French boys! Being part of France, most of you may think that Paris will burst your bank. But trust me, you’ll change your mind after reading this, so go ahead and add Paris to your bucket list☺️

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P.S Newly Weds, haven’t you heard that Paris is also the City of Love?

1. Free Walking Tours - Sandeman’s New Europe

If you're wondering how to explore Paris on your own, and fear getting lost in the process, we've got great news for you. Sandeman’s New Europe organises a free walking tour each day. With over 5 million travelers since 2004, the tour guides are definitely in the know about all things Parisian!

The best part is that all tours are in English and will last about 3.5 hours - covering all of Paris' key attractions. It therefore comes as no surprise that tourists love these tours so much☺️

2. Take a stroll along River Seine

Come on, we all couldn’t stop singing ‘La Seine’ after watching A Monster in Paris. How could you miss a visit there, then?? The River Seine is located in the heart of Paris, only a few minutes away from popular attractions!

The best time for a stroll would be in the evening, where you can immerse yourself in the beauty Paris' sunset has to offer.

3. Watch a film at Parc De La Villette

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Parc De La Villette is one of the largest parks in Paris. But the park does not only offer gorgeous greenery. You can watch a film here for free!

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If you’re looking for a movie-and-chillevening, this open-air cinema is the place for you? Do note that this only runs from 12th July till 20th August this year.

So what chu waiting for? Grab your popcorn for the best cinema experience ever!

4. Visit the Grand Mosque of Paris

Don't let the simple exterior of this mosque make you undermine the beauty this mosque has to offer. The Grand Mosque of Paris is the largest mosque in France, and the third largest mosque in Europe?

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Stepping into the compounds of this mosque will transport you to another world - almost like Morocco! A fun fact is that during World War II, the Grand Mosque of Paris served as a shelter for Jews! The intricate design of the mosque's interior, however, seem to perfectly mask its history.

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Indulge in halal food at the Café de la Mosquée de Paris, a North African cafe and tea room located within the mosque. The cafe design, in addition to the amazing food it serves, makes it the perfect place to relax in the peaceful setting of the mosque!

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5. Explore rustic Montmartre

With it’s medieval themed streets, even Parisians patronise Montmartre! It's home to Paris' hidden gem - the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre.

With these charms, you’re definitely up for an adventure!

6. Immerse yourself in books at Shakespeare and the Company

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Shoutout to bookworms, we've found the perfect place for you! Shakespeare and the Company is an authentic Parisian bookstore, which was a refuge for legendary writers such as Scott Fitzgerald! Now, the shelves are home to popular autobiographies which avid readers seek for.

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Here, you can get up close and personal with renowned authors - for free! Most events take place in their library, at their ground level or outside the bookshop?

#HHWT Tip: Arrive at least 15-30 minutes early to get a seat as spaces are limited.

7. Take a stroll at Luxembourg Gardens

If you’re looking for a quaint and relaxing place to relax in, Luxembourg Gardens is the place for you. It a 23 hectares garden built by the widow of King Harry IV.

On weekends, the park becomes a vibrant place for picnics, sports and families with young children. If you’re lucky, there might even be free performances at the gazebo!

8. Attend a fashion show at Galeries Lafayette

A fashion show in Paris for free? Yes please! Galaries Lafayette holds free fashion shows featuring the latest fashion trends. Though it's a small fashion show, it's an experience not to be missed.

The fashion show is 30 minutes long and runs every Friday at 3pm, so don't miss it!

9. View the Eiffel Tower from Pont Alexandre III

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A trip to Paris is not complete without a visit to the iconic Eiffel tower! Instead of paying tons of money to go up the tower, how about just experiencing it for free☺️

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This is the place to get a good shot of the entire Eiffel tower from far?

And there you go! Remember to include these in your itinerary, or better yet - change the paid activities in your itinerary to these free ones?