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Five things to do for free in... Paris


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As the City of Light and the City of Love, Paris is a place you could spend a year in and still have places to explore.

Besides the obvious visits to the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre, or a walk in Saint-Germain-des-Près, here are five things you can do for free in France's capital.

Père Lachaise Cemetery

As the biggest cemetery in Paris, Père Lachaise serves as the resting place of renowned figures such as Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde and Edith Piaf, and makes for a surprisingly lovely stroll on a sunny day. It’s easy to get lost in between its 70,000 burial plots, so I recommend downloading one of the available GPS apps beforehand that allow you to choose which tombs you wish to visit and guide you through the cemetery.


Musée d’Art Moderne

All the Musée de la Ville de Paris are free (besides temporary exhibitions). The Museum of Modern Art is a must for art lovers and contains paintings of Delaunay, Matisse, Buren and the impressive La Fée Electricité by Raoul Dufy.

Galeries Lafayette Haussmann - La Terrasse

This department store’s rooftop terrace provides a stunning view of Paris. Although a café and restaurant are at your disposal, you can soak up the sun and view for free. The Coupole overlooking the inside of the store is also a sight in itself. 


Jardin du Luxembourg

Although smaller than London’s Regent’s Park or Hyde Park, Paris contains some green areas worth strolling around in. Le Jardin du Luxembourg is located in the Saint-Germain-des-Près neighbourhood of the city. It is home to the Luxembourg Palace, which now houses the French Senate, as well as the Medici Fountain and the Fountain of the Observatory. Other green areas in Paris include Le Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, le Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin des Plantes, and Le Parc Monceau.


Shakespeare and Company

Even if you don’t buy any books, this English bookshop is still worth a look for its charming, eclectic style and its reading room upstairs, where you might run into the resident cat. The shop also houses aspiring writers or artists in exchange for their help in the bookstore.





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