10 free or very affordable experiences in Paris. Paris is great and all, but visiting all the attractions can be costly and if you are traveling with your family it will be even costlier. Fortunately, there are many ways you can spend time in Paris enjoying its sites and spend nothing or close to nothing. Here are our suggestions for 10 free or very affordable experiences in Paris:
1. Walk along the Champs-Élysées
Almost 2 km long, this grand avenue is a backbone of central Paris. It is lined with shops, both retail and high end, cafes and restaurants. It is very popular with tourists as it connects several landmarks along the way, and it is most popular walking route. You can enjoy nice stroll and window shopping and feel the rhythm of central Paris.
2. Visit Trocadéro Square
One of the most photographed (and Instagrammed) location in Paris, this square has great view of Eiffel Tower and the city and it is itself beautify designed. It is perfect for a short walk or to just sit and enjoy the view.
3. Walk through Parc du Champ-de-Mars
Beautifully landscaped park where Eiffel Tower is located is large green area which will give you opportunity for relaxing walk. You will be able to take some more photos of the tower and surroundings.
4. Wander the bohemian streets of Montmartre
Walk around bohemian quarter, and have a coffee and a croissant, pass by famous Moulin rouge, and get lost in these streets of the old town. There are many small shops with souvenirs and handmade art to look at.
5. Discover covered passages of Paris
Go on an exploring mission to discover hidden (and not so hidden) covered passages in Paris. Many passages through the old buildings of Paris were re-purposed and refurbished to host small shops, restaurants, cafes and galleries and it is great to discover them and see something new and different. Here you can find many of them.
6. Walk around Jardin du Luxembourg
Enjoy nice walk through this garden, inspired by famous Boboli Gardens in Florence and located between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter. It has many activities offered both for adults and children. It is also very popular for photoshoots.
7. Walk the banks of the river Seine
Recently refurbished and renovated banks of Seine River and perfect for long walks, crossing bridges (more than 30 of them!) or just sit on a side and enjoy a view of river and people walking by. This is great calming experience between hectic running between attractions and landmarks.
8. Wander through Jardindes Tuileries and look at the sculptures
This original palace garden is open for public and has over 200 sculptures scattered around. That will keep you busy for hours, just to explore and admire all those works of art. This is another great pace to take amazing photos.
9. Take a city tour with a public bus!
Instead of paying steep price for tour bus, take a local regular bus and pay few Euros only! Routes 63 and 87 will pass by many city famous landmarks. Visit www.ratp.fr for route maps, schedule and prices. This can be great solution for moving around central Paris as well.
10. Treat yourself with a coffee on a famous rooftop
Printemps Rooftop Cafe and Terrace will give you incredible 360-degree views of Paris. Don’t miss this during nice weather as it is one of the best views of Paris. You will have great opportunity for photo shoot.
There are, of course, many other things you can do in Paris for virtually no cost and it will take several articles like this to cover it all. We will try and update this post with affordable experiences in Paris whenever we discover something new. Enjoy!
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