Paris on a Budget – The 100% Free Guide
If you’re a student, on a tight budget, or simply saving for that damn-it-why-does-it-have-to-be-that-expensive Birkin bag, you will certainly appreciate this 100% free guide to Paris. The City of Light is full of costless pleasures, right there at the reach of your hand (without the necessity to take out your wallet). Have a look here:
For the intellectual crowd there’s of course the free admission every first Sunday of the month to the most renowned cultural institutions such as: the Louvre, the Pompidou Centre and the Musée d’Orsay. Most of us won’t be aware however that Paris offers a multitude of museums free every day, all year round, including: Maison de Balzac, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Musée des Beaux Arts de la Ville de Paris to name a few. For an extensive list click here.
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2. Classical Music
Enthusiasts of classical music will be happy to discover that Paris opens its doors to free listening at Église Saint-Merri every Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 4 pm. Not to mention the American Church in Paris which offers countless free concerts and recitals. In summer, you’re free to enjoy open air piano concerts in the Jardin du Luxembourg every Sunday starting from June 12th until July 10th.
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3. Auction house Drouot
Here’s an eBay alternative to consider. For more than four centuries, this French institution has been offering public auction sales of fine furnishings. Free exhibitions of objects for sale take place the day before the sale from 11am to 6pm and the morning of the sale 11am to 12pm. A treasure hunt experience like no other, guaranteed.
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4. Parks and gardens
Have a stroll in one of the most beautiful green corners of Paris completely free of charge. Discover Jardin de Luxembourg, Jardin de Tuileries, Parc Monceau, Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes. Admire the Eiffel Tower from Champ-de-Mars without having to climb a single stair, or visit the breathtaking botanical garden at Jardin des Plantes.
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Awaken the scholar in you and browse through two million of historical volumes in one of greatest cultural buildings of the nineteenth century. Described as “a temple of knowledge and space for contemplation” this cultural venue attracts not only Parisian students but also a crowd of international book worms.
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6. Free wine tastings at La Derniére Goutte
If you’re a lover of exquisite wine (like I am) this is an absolute must while on your visit to Paris. La Derniére Goutte has become legendary for its free winetastings. Winemakers from all around France visit the shop throughout the year showcasing their wines and answering questions for beginners and professionals alike. Check website for availabilities.
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7. Open Air Cinema
Fans of great cinema will certainly enjoy Cinéma en Plein Air at Parc de La Villette celebrating its 26th edition this year. The screening schedule mixes classic films from great directors (Kubrick, Hitchcock, Tati, Godard, Cukor, Wilder) and some of the best releases of recent years, including films by Hayao Miyazaki, Michael Haneke and Bertrand Bonello.
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Try your hand at pétanque (you know, the national sport of playing with your balls) in one of the numerous places spread throughout Paris: Jardins du Palais Royal, La Place Dauphine or L’Esplanade des Invalides. Don’t worry if you don’t succeed at first, you can always try again on your next visit to Paris.
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