Top 7 Free Places To Visit and Things To Do in Paris

Paris is a dream, a purpose, a feeling! And do you know what I love the most about this city? There are so many free things to do and places you can visit where you are going to feel just as good as a first-class tourist. What I’m trying to say is that even though you may not want to spend a lot of money for a weekend in Paris you can still enjoy it in a way you won’t regret.

Here is how you can enjoy Paris without paying a penny a.k.a. the top 7 free places to visit and things to do in Paris:

1. Champs de Mars: Glazing the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Ladies and gentelmen, the one and only – Eiffel Tower!

Just sitting in front of the Eiffel Tower feels like you’re in heaven. I remember having a quick snack in the perfectly mown grass in Champ de Mars and thinking “I’m living my dream”. In my opinion there is no better way to feel Paris than standing in front of the Eiffel Tower and glazing it for hours. I did the same thing in the evening and the day after just because I couldn’t get enough of Paris’ magic

2. The Tuileries Garden: On the way to the Louvre

Tuileries Garden

Tuileries Garden

If you’re headed to the Louvre remember that quote: “Life is a journey, not a destination”. On your way there note that Tuileries Garden is a perfect spot for a 30′ or an hour rest before the Mona Lisa. I think these gardens are the best free attraction in Paris because you can see many locals there just enjoying their day so why don’t you do the same.

3. Seine banks: Perfect for a snack


Seine river and a view of the Eiffel Tower. What else do you need?

Walking from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre can be exhausting. This is where Seine comes in. Seine banks are ideal place for a brunch or a snack. It’s peaceful and quiet and harmonious. It’s what I like to call a Feng-Shui place.

4. Notre Dame: Feeding the pigeons

Notre Dame de Paris

Feeding the pigeouns in front of Notre Dame de Paris

The next free place you can experience a bit different. After all you’re not the only living thing on Earth so why don’t you feed the pigeons in fron of Notre Dame de Paris as well. You also might capture a great shot of you and your new buddies and show it off on social media.

5. Luxemburg gardens: Time to rest

Luxemburg Gardens

Luxemburg Gardens in Paris

If you (just like me) decided to walk the whole distance between the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame and Sorbonne, you might feel a bit dizzy. I know exactly what you need: the Luxemburg Gardens. They are free, they are nice, they can give you the best you can get from Paris. There are many chairs around the pond and you may also witness a pond boating contest. Trust me, it’s worth it!

6. Sacre Coeur: Enjoy a free concert and a stunning view

Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur and the view from its stairs.

Sacre Coeur is a favourite place for musicians to promote their new songs, albums. Also there are many street performers in front of the basilique. So you can’t go wrong if you spend an hour or two there. And the view of the whole city is just going to take your breath away.

I still remember one of my best days in Paris. I went for a walk in Monmartre and climbed the stairs to Sacre Coeur and then a free concert made my day perfect.

7. Champs-Elysees: Window shopping

Champs Elysee

Feel like a billionaire on Champs-Élysées

There’s no better way to feel rich in Paris without giving a penny than walking on Champs-Elysees. A walk through the day and another one by night would make you happier than you think.


Have you evere been to Paris? What was your favorite place there?

If not, which of the above places you think are going to be your favorite?

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Travel blogger and tourism graduate from Bulgaria, working in the field of Digital Marketing and PR for travel brands.

Latest comments
  • Great ideas. Thanks for sharring 🙂

  • I love free things to do, especially different ones like lots of street musicians and feedin pigeons. I’m going to be in Paris in November so I’ll definitely be checking all these out. 🙂

  • All of those places are pretty cool, but soo crowded with tourists. And endless lines to Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur suck!

    I would add La Defance to your list – not the usual views of Paris, but I liked there a lot 🙂 Promenade de Plantee, Citroen park and Bois de Vincennes. All free and awesome too 🙂

  • Great suggestions for Paris! We love doing all of this, such a beautiful city 🙂

  • During my only week in Paris every museum was closed because of strikes so I took advantage of a lot of these free sightseeing opportunities!

  • I was in Paris last year… and we did EXACTLY what you posted. I lovvveeeddd Paris!
    We also did the free walking tours that are so popular in Europe. I would highly recommend that. (Well… they’re not technically all that free… you do have to tip the guide.)

  • WOW! So many amazing things in different places can be done in Paris without spending a single penny? Amazing! I was planning to visit Paris soon. Thanks for this blog. It would be much cheaper to travel there and enjoy with family and friends now.

  • more we see/read about paris it feels less. its such a beautiful city thats why people call it a city of love. a lot of my friends has already visited here, now its my turn. see you soon paris.

  • This is such a beautiful city! I definitely look forward to visiting and your post is very useful, I’ll bookmark your site for future reference.