(Without Spending a Memorable Amount of Money)
Bienvenue a Paris!
Here you are, almost at the end of your Euro trip and very much at the end of your finances.
You’re in one of the most beautiful cities in the world and you want to experience as much as you possibly can on a budget of… well, not a whole lot. No problem, for there is plenty to see and explore for free.
Ahhh, Paris. You can smell the fresh baked bread and delicious pastries around every corner. If you’re looking for that classic Parisian ‘eat a croissant and drink coffee for breakfast’ lifestyle, head on over to Blé Sucré.
Blé Sucré – 7 rue Antoine Vollon, 75012 Paris, France
This is a classic French Café which is recognized to have the best croissants in the city. This café is well priced, but if it’s too costly to purchase one yourself, enjoy the smells and possible samples that this beautiful bakery has to offer. I would say @apester07 recommends the Croissant Au Buerre.
When you're eating the best croissant au buerre in Paris, you savor every single bite. I've never had a croissant so perfectly made with a crispy, flaky crust. Inside is perfectly moist (😉) and slightly sweet. We bought a few more for later and now thinking about how we can make a pit stop here everyday until we have to go back home.
If you’re all filled up on coffee and pastries, it may be time to go see the sights.
Musée de la Vie Romantique – Hotel Scheffer-Renan 16, rue Chaptal
This museum was home to writer George Sand and painter Ary Scheffer, providing a romantic flash back to the artists’ time living in the home with their lovers, Chopin and Delacroix. If you require more caffeine, you can pick it up at the museum’s garden café.
Admission: Free entry to permanent collections
Jardin Du Luxembourg – 75006 Paris, France
The gardens cover 25 hectares of land and are split into French gardens and English gardens. The terraces include lush lawns, 106 statues, chestnut groves, ponds, forest, playgrounds, orchards, rose gardens, honey production, The Orangerie, The Pavillion Davioud, and the 1630-built Fontaine des Médici.
The cultural programme is characterized by free photography exhibitions on the garden railings, the Honey Festival, art expeditions, and concerts in the bandstand.
Fontaine des Médici – 75006 Paris, France
This Italian fountain located within Jardin du Luxembourg, was built in 1630, and was originally created for Maria de’Medici, Queen of France. The fountain consists of ‘Polyphemus surprises Acis and Galatea’, ‘Diana’, and ‘The Basin’ .
Musée Zadkine – 100bis Rue d’Assas, 75006 Paris, France
This museum is dedicated to the work of Russian sculptor Ossip Zadkine (1890-1967). He grew up in Russia, lived in England, and debuted his artwork in Paris. In this studio, he lived and worked through 1928-1967. The museum opened in 1982 to conserve the live-in studio feature of the location, as well as to honour Zadkine’s career.
Admission: Permanent collections are free in temporary exhibition periods.
Petit Palais, musée des Beaux-arts de la Ville de Paris – Av. Winston-Churchill , 75008 Paris, France
Great museum to get out of the line ups at the Louvre. The museum features a 2-level cafe with an outdoor space and a nice bookstore, with books of art and touring destinations. It is located right at the metro station (Clemenceau) and is regarded as an architecturally stunning building.
Admission: Free Admission to the Permanent Collection. Additional cost for certain exhibits – Full Rate – 10 euros, Half Rate – 7 euros
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Now that you have seen the art and lounged in the park, it’s probably getting to be time to eat again. I would head to the Parisian hub of…
Montmartre – île de France
This historic neighbourhood consists of steep and cobbled streets, historic walking areas, neighbourhoods, a thriving art scene, and landmarks that deserve to be fully explored. Chances are you’ll hear some live music on your way through moulin rouge, or walking to the famous Basilica Sacre Couer.
Place des Abbesses – Montmartre, Paris, France
Recognized as the best metro stop for Montmartre, as well as being the only station with a surviving art nouveau canopy, complete with lights and signs. This charming square features niche cafe’s, street markets, and ethnic restaurants. It’s located in the centre of Montmartre, and if you’re wandering the narrow streets, you’re bound to arrive here.
Le Mur Des Je T’aime – Square Jehan Rictus, Place des Abesses, 75018 Paris
This location is renowned for its ‘Love Wall’ / ‘Le Mur Des Je T’aime’. The mural features “I love you” written in hundreds of different languages and has become a prime spot within Montmartre to sneak in a romantic photo. The wall was imagined by Frederic Baron, who began to collect ‘I love you’s’ in 1992, then teamed up with caligrapher and artist, Claire Kito to create it. Visit the mural for free while on your way to the Sacré-Coeur Basilica.
Place du Tertre – Monmartre, Paris, France
In the heart of Montmartre, you can find Place du Tertre where the 20th century art scene was booming. This location was home and workplace to countless legends in the art community, those who lived while art was still pure and highly regarded. Now it is filled with portrait sketchers and caricaturists trying to pay tribute to the artists before them, such as, Picasso, Soutine, Derain, Modigliani, and Van Gogh. In local shops you can find wall plaques which identify the buildings famous artists once drank coffee in, or peed in the washroom, etc..
Crêperie A L’Ouest – 20 rue du Ruisseau, 75018 Paris, France
A crêperie with unique combinations and fresh ingredients. Such combos include chorizo, melon, and sardines for the summer season. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as accommodates vegetarian and gluten free options. Split a crêpe and enjoy the many flavours at an affordable price.
La Tiborna – 19 rue Durantin | Montmartre, 75018 Paris, France
This restaurant has the food and ambiance to make it feel like home. It is a quiet and cozy place to enjoy a delicious glass of wine and experience Paris with a Portuguese twist. Guests have been impressed by the use of organic and high quality ingredients at a reasonable price.
Favourite: Pastel de Nata
Prices: Plate of cheese – 6 euro, Petie Mixed board of Iberian cold cuts and cheeses – 9 euro, Chocolate speculoos with whipped cream – 4 euro
Café Tabac – 1 B rue Ravignan, 75018 Paris, France
Customers have called this classic Husband and Wife run Parisian Café, a quaint and comfortable gem. With genovese beans imported from Australia, it upholds high quality coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, and hot chocolate. It is hip, trendy, and just off the tourist track.
Favourites: flat white latte
Prices: average 9-10 euros
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont – 1 Rue Botzaris, 75019 Paris, France
Marche aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves Flea Market – Av Marc Sagnier & Av Georges Lafenestre | 14e arrondissement, 75014 Paris, France
Pont Neuf – île de la Cité, Paris, France
Square du Vert-Galant – 1 Square du Vert Galant, 75001 Paris, France
This cosy park is set in the western tip of the Île de la Cité and can be accessed by taking stairs down from Pont Neuf (where you can find the wall of love locks). From the island, you can see boats sailing by from either side as you look out at the Seine, while enjoying a basket picnic on the grass. While the sun sets, you may even see some sparkling tea lights floating down the stream. The whole park really provides a Parisian bohemian vibe with just a touch of magic.
Now this is the place to finish off your memorable day. Have a glass of wine, watch the sunset over the river, and cheers to the memories made in Paris.
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Written by: Nicole Roach
Featured photo curtesy of : @paulinemmy