Top 5 Free Things To Do in Paris

If you are looking for things to do in Paris, not to worry!  There is always something to do in the City of Lights; whether you’re seeing the iconic sites, sipping drinks at the sidewalk cafes, or enjoying a croissant on the go, there’s something for everyone in Paris.  But being one of the most expensive cities in Europe, trying to stick to your budget can be a bit of a challenge.  

5 Free Things To Do in Paris

Walk La Promenade Plantée

Often imitated but never duplicated, the Promenade Plantée is one of the most stunning walkways in Paris, (if not the world).  Seamlessly blending architecture and nature, the elevated promenade is the perfect way to spend an afternoon strolling Paris, without the hustle of the busy street life below.  Begin your stroll on the 4.5 km walkway near the Bastille and see the beauty of Paris from a completely different perspective.  Oh and the best part about this walkway?  It’s free!

Things to do in Paris Promenade Plantee

See the Musee d’Orsay, or tour le Chateau Versailles

If you happen to be in Paris on the first Sunday of the month, then be sure to take advantage of all the freebies the city offers.  If you need to get your art-fix, then we suggest no other place than the Musee d’Orsay.  This museum houses some of Europe’s most prominent 19th and 20th century artworks, art lovers both old and new can wander the museum at their leisure, and what’s best, it won’t cost you a dime!

Shop in the famous flea markets of Paris

As the fashion capitol of the world, it’s impossible to pass up on the opportunity to rummage through the flea markets of Paris.  Of course in the hopes of finding the one-of-a-kind gem.  FlightHub recommends setting your fashion sights on the Marché aux Puces St-Ouen, or otherwise known as Clignancourt.  Open Saturday and Sundays from 9 am to 6 pm, frolic in the centuries-old maze of hidden shops and stalls.  Because of its popularity, it is strongly recommended arriving to the Marché earlier rather than later, to get a head start of your fashion hunt.

Enjoy a late night picnic at the Square du Vert-Galant

There’s nothing more Parisian than grabbing a baguette, bottle of wine (or two) and making your way down to the Square du Vert-Galant.  The perfect setting for those twilight laughs and stolen moments.  It is located in the quartier Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois of the 1er arrondissement.  This area is enjoyed frequently by tourists and locals alike, with children playing and laughing  and families spending quality time together.  Take the time to unwind and relax your way from day to evening here!

Paris Square du Vert-Galant

Soak up the  beauty of Jardin du Luxembourg

Make your way to the 6th Arrondissement and find yourself at the breathtaking and beautiful gardens of Jardin du Luxembourg.  It is recommended by Flighthub, as we all know how important it is to incorporate nature and green spaces into our daily living.  This was inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence.  The Luxembourg gardens cover over 25 hectors of perfectly manicured gardens, with beautiful statues to view.  It is open to the public and yet it is for free.  If you’re visiting with children, the park provides free puppet shows and animators to keep your children occupied, while you enjoy a game of chess or catch up on some light reading.

For more ideas of things to do in Paris, feel free to read about our Magical Christmas in Paris, or our What is a “must see” in Paris.

Things to do in Paris. Eiffel Tower Paris France

Organized Tours

There are also many organized tours for you to enjoy from being active on walking or biking tour, to enjoying a food or wine tour. There is so much to do and Viator has so many great offers for you.


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