Paris is one of the most expensive cities in the world, but free things cost the same price in any city. I've rounded up a list of all my favorite free things to do in Paris, so you don't have to cheat on your budget to have a good time in the City of Lights!
1. La Promenade Plantée
One of the most beautiful inner-city walks you can take, and one that many people don't know about. For more information, read my post about it here.
2. Free Museums
Many museums are free throughout the year, but some of them are only free on the first Sunday of every month. For a list of all free museum days, visit this website.
3. Le Petit Palais
The permanent collections at le Petit Palais are always free, and even though it's a small assortment of paintings, the museum's geographical location makes it well worth a visit (it's next to the Seine, and a stone's throw away from the Champs-Elysées). For more information, visit my post here.
4. Les Jardins des Serres d'Auteuil
Next to the Bois de Boulogne (the Parisian equivalent to N.Y. Central Park), les Jardins des Serres d'Auteuil are always quiet, and they don't attract too many tourists. Read more about them here.
5. *Le Muséum de l'Histoire Naturelle
There's a catch with this one - you have to be under 26. This is a common trick with many public attractions in Paris, and one that's well worth looking into. Even if you can't get into this museum for free, though, you should still pay it a visit - it's probably my favorite museum in Paris. Read about my visit here.
6. La Petite Ceinture
Not for the faint of heart, this part of Paris is almost completely out of bounds. An out-of-use railway that has begun a slow conversion into a pedestrian path, la petite ceinture is a huge draw for the city's urban explorers. This was one of my favorite parts of Paris, and one that I would recommend visiting...if you're willing to do something that's not entirely legal. Visit my post about it here.
7. Picnics on the Seine
One of the most relaxing things you can do in Paris is to have a wine and cheese party on the Seine. If you sit near the Quai Saint Bernard, you'll have an amazing view of the sunset, and if you bring a wine opener ('tire-bouchon' in French), you'll be the most popular person in Paris. Stay for the sunset, and you can enjoy the company of spontaneous musicians, Parisians, and other late-night revelers.
8. Le Musée des Arts et Métiers
This museum is free to the public every Thursday after 6 p.m. Visit their website here.
9. Events at Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore
Arguably the most famous bookstore in Europe, Shakespeare & Company offers a lot of free events. There are Shakespeare readings (which you can participate in!), wine parties, and author visits. You can visit their website for more information.