Paris is well known for being one of the world’s most expensive cities. While finding Cheap Things to do in Paris can be difficult, there are a few great (and cheap) options for you to do while in the city. From dancing to museums, there are some great places where you can have a great time without breaking the budget! So, here is our list of the Top 10 things to do under 10€.
Top 10 Cheap Things to do in Paris
1. Go to a Museum: 9€
Many entrance fees into Paris museums typically cost over 10€: Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and Centre Pompidou. However, there is one amazing museum located just a few steps away from the Eiffel Tower that can serve as an oasis away from the busyness of Paris—the Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac Museum! Tickets generally cost 12€ but INSIDR readers get a special 25% discount bringing the price down to only 9€!
What does your 9€ treat you to? Apart from being able to walk through the Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac museum’s wonderful gardens, each entrance ticket allows you access into the permanent and temporary exhibitions! And sometimes, the museum puts on more than 1 temporary exhibition at a time!
The museum is so large and expansive with art and relics from all over the world that you can easily spend your entire day here. Don’t worry about getting hungry either as you can enjoy a full meal at their on-site Café Jacques that has an unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower.
|INSIDR Tip: To save even more money, you can pack a sandwich with you and enjoy your meal at one of the sitting areas in the garden!|
Address: 37 quai Branly, 75007
2. Go Sightseeing on a Public Bus: 1.90€
Many of Paris’s public buses can take you to different monuments in the city. This makes it an easy way to get to each place and a cheap alternative to paying for a tourist bus. Here are some of the best buses to take to see the top spots in the city:
Line 28 gives you great views of the Seine, Ecole Militaire, Assemble Nationale, the Avenue des Champs-Elysées and the Grand Palais! Another great bus route is Line 38 has great views of the Notre Dame, the Quartier Latin and the St-Michel district and the Seine. One of the best ones to see a lot in is Line 69: it gives you views of a lot of Paris famous monuments like the Louvre museum and Musee D’Orsay, the Seine and it gives you access to famous neighborhoods like Le Marais and Saint Germain des Pres. It also ends at the Champ de Mars where you can get a chance to look at the Eiffel Tower!
3. Watch a French film with English subtitles: 9,50€
Ever wanted to know what they are saying in those French films? Then you must attend one of the film screenings by Lost In Frenchlation. They showcase famous old and current French films with English subtitles! They often have a drink and food event before the screening where you can mix and mingle with other anglophones! You can check their website to see when and what the next screening is!
4. Go on a free walking tour of the city: 0€
Going on a walking tour is one of the best ways to get to know a city. Luckily Paris has many and a lot of them are free! You can sign up to go on them at many hostels or through their websites. Discovery Walks do all kinds of tours and in different areas of the city with guides who know Paris extremely well! They have neighborhood tours, art tours food tours and more! It’s a great way to learn about and walk around Paris! While the tours are free tipping of any amount is encouraged!
5. Enjoy a picnic in Paris: <10€
This is perhaps one of the most authentic ways to enjoy lunch in Paris. Just choose one of Paris’s amazing parks or go to the Seine. Then you can go to a nearby boulangerie and pick up a delicious sandwich they are usually from 3-8€ and you can then go to a grocery to pick up a drink and other little snacks.
If you are in Paris during winter a picnic may not be the best choice so you can try cheap food locations in the city. One of the cheapest things you can enjoy for a meal is falafel in the Marais! Your meal will be delicious, filling and under 10€. A few of them also have indoor seating! Just try to go early! Many of these falafel shops are on Rue des Rosiers.
6. Enjoy a night of Jazz Music: 0€
Jazz is a great way to spend an evening in the city. You can spend your night listening to great music while sipping on good drinks, what could be better! However, it can often be a bit expensive to pay for the ticket and drinks. Luckily one of Paris’s most famous jazz club Duc de Lombards has free entry for their late-night jam sessions after 11:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays! Many of their famous artists and their bands stay after their performance to play live jam session. You can look at their schedule to see who is performing on their website.
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Address: 42 Rue des Lombards, 75001
7. Explore Paris by Bike or Scooter: from 2€
Paris has many forms of transport all around the city. Two that have grown very popular in recent years are scooters and bikes. You can rent a bike from the city’s Velib service. You will notice their stations all around the city and all you have to do is sign up before and use a special card or use your Navigo card! The best part is most rides are only 1€ -2€. Another option is for to use one of the city’s many scooter companies. You will see scooters on their own in various parts of the city and all you have to do for all of them is to download their app and put in your card information. Then you can start riding! Prices vary but one ride is not usually more than 3€.
8. Watch a stand-up comedy in English: 5€
You can enjoy some English stand up comedy while in Paris at Le Paname. They have English comedians who perform regularly and there is no entrance fee! You just have to buy a drink that is 5€. It is a great way to get some laughs in and not spend too much money! You can check out the up-coming acts on their website.
Address: 14 Rue de la Fontaine au Roi, 75011
9. Get a 360-degree view of Paris: 10€
Wanna see Paris from above? You can get a 360° view of the city in the gothic tower called Tour Saint Jacques. Built-in the 16th century, the tower used to be the bell tower of Saint-Jacques. Despite the church being destroyed after it was sold in the revolution the tower still remained. It is easy to get to as it is ideally located near Chatelet. It is also in a beautiful and small park where you can have a picnic before or after! It is one of the cheaper 360-degree views in the city but to get to the top you have to climb 300 stairs.
Address: Square de la Tour Saint-Jacques, 75004
Book tickets here
10. Join a dance class: 0€
For a fun activity that is free, you can go to the dance classes put on by Gros Calin Debout. They specialize in teaching and rehearsing the dance moves of Bachata. It is very fun and the instructors are really friendly! Their classes take place at Place de Republique and you will be joined by a lot of people who will be doing it for the first time like you! Trust us though it will be very fun! You can look for the next event on their Facebook page.