But did you know there are also a lot of things you can do in Paris which are low cost or completely free!

So don't be put off by the cost, check out this list of the best free things to do in Paris and start planning a cheap break to the 'City of Lights' today.


1. Walk along the Canal Saint-Martin

Canal Saint-Martin, Paris

Once you head out of République metro station, within a couples of minutes you’ll be on the canal’s towpath - one of the best kept secrets of Paris.

The Canal Saint-Martin makes for a delightful wander (weather permitting) thanks to its quaint iron-footbridges, tree-shaded quays and quirky barges.

The streets surrounding the waterway are packed full of chic boutiques, bars and brasseries which deserve a visit, even if you are just window-shopping!

The canal is almost 3 miles long so be sure to wear some comfortable shoes and be prepared to see the authentic Paris.


2. Spend some time amongst the funky sculptures outside the Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou, Paris

The Centre Pompidou is designed in a post-modernist, high-tech architectural style so it does not have the appearance of your typical culture and leisure centre.

Scrap the pricey entrance costs and appreciate this marvel from the outside; besides, its courtyard is essentially a free modern-art museum as it features a mini sculpture park.


3. Pass an hour people-watching in Le Jardin du Luxembourg

Luxembourg Gardens, Paris

Think of the Luxembourg Gardens as the Central Park of Paris. Effortlessly stylish Parisian women reading a journal on a bench to young children guiding their motor boats across the garden’s pond, this green paradise really does feature all walks of the city’s life.


4. Climb the steps of Montmartre to admire the view from Sacré Coeur

View from Sacré Coeur, Paris

If you can make your way up the 300 steps to the basilica, this is the spot to capture the perfect cityscape photo with its views of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and thousands of typically Parisian townhouses.

Entrance into Sacré Coeur is also free so be sure to appreciate the serenity of the silence in the chapel – although you may be lucky enough to be there whilst their angelic choir is performing.

Stay vigilant with your money here though, as Montmartre is a common spot for conmen trying to scam you with their street-performer tricks.


5. After sunset, arrive at Trocadéro metro station 10 minutes before the hour

Eiffel Tower lights night

A two-minute walk from this metro station is the ultimate position to view the Eiffel Tower’s sparkling lights (which can be seen on the hour, every hour once the sun has set until 1am).

These illuminations are something that must not be missed and truly epitomise the magic of Paris.


Plan a Cheap City Break to Paris

If you’re planning a getaway to the City of Lights hopefully I have given you some ideas for places to visit without spending a fortune.

There really are hundreds of amazing free and low cost ideas for what to do in Paris, but sometimes its best to go explore the city for yourself to see what appeals to you. Or just get lost wandering the pretty city centre streets whilst people watching - this can be special and add to the experience.

If you would like to see more of the region view these easy day trips from Paris

Or be sure to check out France backpacker tours if you want to see more of the country. These tips for how to visit South of France on a budget will appeal for more budget exploring.

By Charlotte Day