Paris city offers a plenty of attractions for every kind of person, be it a nature lover, an adrenaline junkie, an architecture enthusiast, a foodie, or a romantic couple. In short, the French capital has something in store for everyone. No wonder, Paris has got various names for it, some of the most popular ones being the City of Love, the City of Lights, the Fashion Capital, the Foodies’ Paradise, and the Mythical Heaven.
Usually, most people have a misconception that they will have to literally break their bank in order to enjoy the popular attractions here. Little do they know there is a wide range of unique and tempting things in the city that you can enjoy for free of cost. It is recommended to ask your Paris tour guide about such free attractions and try to include those in your tour itinerary in order to make you trip budget-friendly. Below is a list of free things that you must see on your Paris city tours and let yourselves seduced by its utmost charisma.
Notre Dame Cathedral
There will be hardly any traveler, who has not heard about the Notre Dame Cathedral, which is one of the iconic beauties in the French capital. You can enter this medieval construction for free of cost and enjoy the gothic styles and gargoyles that the edifice boasts. In order to boost up the overall traveling experience, just take a stroll along the Seine River nearby and enjoy the stunning view of this astonishing structure. This is, in fact, the best way to relish the pointed apse and naturalistic monument of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Note that you will have to buy tickets in order to climb the twin towers of the cathedral.
Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen
Even though Paris is considered the Fashion Capital, most people will be able to do only window-shopping here because of their limited budget. However, there are some really cheap flea markets in Paris too, which are sure to sweep you off your feet. Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen is one such marketplace that houses a number of independent stalls. You can wake up the shopaholic in you and marvel at the antique tapestries, brass-dividing bells, bearskin rugs, vintage clothing, books, furniture pieces, souvenirs, toys, and whatnot. The price range of stuff here will be already cheap, but you can crack even better deals if you are a pro in bargaining.
Parc Du Champ De Mars
One of the most popular attractions in Paris city is obviously the phenomenal Eiffel Tower and you cannot wrap up your Paris city tours without a visit here. However, it will be a bit expensive to climb up the steps of the Eiffel Tower and to enjoy the panoramic view of the city from the top. As an affordable option, you may see the tower from a different angle; the view from the ground is also good enough to give you goose bumps. In Parc du Champ de Mars, you can see enchanting lawns and flowerbeds that are manicured well with a noticeable precision. This is one of the best spots to enjoy a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower – just bring a blanket, your favorite wine, and food, and find yourselves a spot here to watch the Tower twinkling in thousands of LED lights under the night sky.
One of the main things that almost every traveler looks forward to while touring Paris city will be the wine tasting experience. Similarly, the authentic French dishes are also irresistible. Located at the 12th arrondissement, Marché d’Aligre will be a great option for all the foodies out there. The finest local products that are exhibited in this food market are sure to give a feast to your eyes as well as your taste buds. Some of the yummiest things that you can see at Marché d’Aligre on your Paris city tours include mountains of cheese, a variety of baguettes, authentic wine shops, artisan butchers, aromatic flower stalls, etc.
If you want to discover the true Parisian life, exploring the Musée Carnavalet will be a good option. This museum is dedicated entirely to the history of the French capital. Musée Carnavalet covers everything from the ancient origins of the Parisian culture to the present sophisticated fashion capital city. There are around 580,000 objects on display in this gallery, and while exploring this amazing museum, you can see delicately constructed baroque interiors, ancient French furniture pieces, and many more aesthetic wonders without spending a euro. The main highlight here is the rooms that display the beauty of French interiors during different periods. The easiest mode of transportation to Musee Carnavalet is by using metro lines 8 and 1.