One of the most captivating cities in the world, Paris is full of museums, parks, shops, and attractions for visitors. Paris, however, is one of the most expensive places to visit in Europe but don’t let that put you off. Here’s how to make the most of this capital city on a shoestring budget.
Get your walking shoes on
Paris is a very walkable city with some amazing views of the big attractions. You can follow the banks of the River Seine, stroll through the Tuileries Gardens with views of the Eiffel Tower, and explore the cobbled streets of Montmartre. Do check out the Paris Velib rental bikes in the city centre where you can get 30 minutes cycling for free and a day pass costs less than 2 Euros.
Visit the Museums
No visit to Paris is complete without seeing at least one museum. Some like the Petit Palais are free. You can learn about the history of Paris at the Musèe de Carnavalet or check out your literary knowledge at the Musèe de Balzac. On the first Sunday of each month museums like the Louvre are free, but get there early to avoid the crowds.
Pack a picnic
Whilst the restaurants in Paris are a highlight you can save money by heading to the supermarkets and bakeries to stock up on bread and cheese for a picnic in the parks. You’ll find beautiful places to dine out in the Jardin de Luxembourg or along the Seine and still be able to eat superb French food alfresco.
Soak up the atmosphere
Places like Notre Dame Cathedral are free unless you want to climb the towers. As one of the highlights in Paris this is a must. Do walk round the markets in Paris where you’ll see incredibly beautiful displays and be tempted to buy. Don’t forget to look around you as you walk the streets. There are memorials everywhere which tell the history of this great city from resistance fighters in World War Two to the reminders of La Belle Époque.
Paris is bursting with things to see and do. And you can do it on a budget.