The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, L’Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, boat trips on the Seine, visits to Versailles, Montmartre, ﬂea markets – Paris has it all. Despite its endless possibilities, it may get quite expensive to take in all of its sights and culture, mainly when travelling in a group. Therefore, we’ve put together a list of some of the best things to do around the city completely for free.
Whether you’re an art-lover, food-lover, history buff or sports fan, France has much to offer, and our hostels in Paris provide the perfect budget accommodation for groups of all types.
Catch a movie
Make the most of summer evenings in Paris, perch on the grass with your friends and watch a free movie at the Parc de la Villette running all July and August. From indie movies to big blockbusters, film screenings offer a variety of flicks from all around the world, mostly broadcasted in English.
Free outings for museum buffs
Plan ahead and get the most out of the free first Sundays of the month to visit museums. This programme guarantees you free admission to some of the most popular museums and monuments such as the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay. And if you’re looking for a quirkier place, try visiting Albert-Kahn Musée et Jardins, a wonderful assortment of gardens in styles from around the worldand a perfect spot for photography buffs.
It’s a picnic time
Get a real taste of Paris’s bohemian vibe, grab a bottle of wine and some tasty treats from local market, Marché des Enfants Rouges, and enjoy the view of sailing boats passing by in the cosy park at the Square du Vert-Galant.
Keep in style
Head down to the Galeries Lafayette shopping centre on Friday afternoon and catch a free fashion show to get a taste of the French ‘la mode’. Even though it’s free, it’s still worth booking tickets ahead to guarantee that everyone from your group has a seat and a perfect view of all the glitz and glamour.
Walk La Promenade Plantée
Escape the crowds and discover the city from a different perspective by walking along the beautiful tree-lined pathway lining up by the old 4.5km long elevated railway. The path takes you up and down through the staircases and over the bridges, giving you a unique aerial view of the city and its diverse architecture.
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