Top 5 free Paris activities anyone can do
Beautiful, romantic and historic, Paris is one of the most popular destinations in the world for travellers. But between high-end designer shops and mouthwatering restaurants, a trip to the City of Lights can quickly get expensive. Luckily, there are a number of brilliant free things to do in Paris if you know where to look, so here are our top recommendations from a local—whatever your budget.
See the city from Sacré-Coeur
Why pay to go up the Eiffel Tower when you could get a panoramic vista for free in Montmartre? Walk (or take the funicular) up the steps leading to the beautiful Sacré-Coeur church in north Paris, and you’ll find yourself facing a sweeping view across the whole city.
Visit the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen
This famous antique market on the outskirts of the city is a haven for bargain hunters looking for a little homeware inspiration. It's packed with incredible finds from gilded furniture fit for a palace to retro 1970s teapots.
Have a picnic by the Canal Saint Martin
Tree-lined and trendy, Canal Saint Martin in the 10th arrondissement is the favoured local spot for picnics during the summer months. Pick up some cheese and wine nearby and sit on the canal bank as the sun goes down for a truly Parisian experience.
Explore Le Marais
This Instagram-friendly neighbourhood is known for its independent boutiques, cosy cafes and tiny medieval streets, making it perfect for a day of budget exploring. It’s also home to the impressive Musée Carnavalet, where you can find out all about the history of Paris.
Check out a free event
From open-air film screenings to festivals like Fête de la Musique, Paris has an action-packed schedule of free events all year round, so check the listings to see if any coincide with your visits.