20 of the Best Free Things To Do in Paris

Parc du Champ de Mars

  1. Enjoy a picnic at Parc du Champ de Mars while enjoying a view of the Eiffel Tower
  2. See the Eiffel Tower at night and watch the scheduled amazing display of lights
  3. Visit museums like The Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and Centre Pompidou among others on free admission days
  4. Take a stroll along the Seine riverbank
  5. Browse books at the stalls along the Left Bank of the Seine
  6. Explore and marvel at the architecture of the Notre Dame Cathedral
  7. Watch artists at work and immerse yourself at the vibrant scene at Place du Tertre square in Montmartre
  8. See the cityscape from Sacré-Coeur basilica
  9. Discover more of the city one neighborhood at a time. Some of the best places to start include Batignolles, the Latin Quarter, Le Marais, Montmartre, Montorgueil, Montparnasse, and Saint-Germain-des-Prés among others.
  10. Window-shop at Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen
  11. See the tombs of literary greats and other iconic figures in art, architecture, music, theatre, and politics at Cimitière du Père Lachaise and Cimitière du Montparnasse
  12. Explore the food markets and see the wide array of local produce and artisanal products for sale
  13. Take a look at the scrumptious offerings at the many artisanal and gourmet food shops in Rue Mouffetard
  14. Go birdwatching at Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
  15. Sit at the water’s edge at Canal St-Martin while enjoying a leisurely snack
  16. Walk along the pathways of La Promenade Plantée while enjoying its scenic views
  17. Reconnect with nature at one of the city’s many beautiful parks and gardens like Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Bois de Boulogne, Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin du Luxembourg, Jardin des Plantes, and more.
  18. Watch live musical performances during La Fête de la Musique
  19. See the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre in Arènes de Lutèce
  20. Keep walking. Because in Paris, there is always something worth discovering when you take the time to just walk around.