3 of the Best Free Attractions – Paris
Enjoy the good life in Paris with our guide to places that won’t cost you a cent, from wide open spaces to a cozy corner
RIVER SEINE, 5th-7th
The City of Light has no shortage of enchanting places to walk through, but the banks of the River Seine are among the most appealing.
The long, paved quayside along the Left Bank extends for several kilometres from the lie de la Cite – where Notre- Dame Cathedral stands – all the way to the Pont de l’Alma, gateway to the Eiffel Tower.
You can rest your feet at one of the barge cafes, which are open all year and are a perfect place to contemplate the beauty of the Seine.
PARC DES BUTTES- CHAUMONT, 19th
Created by Baron Haussmann and his engineer Jean-Charles Alphand in time for the 1867 Exposition Universelle, this park is an oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of central Paris.
One of the largest green spaces in the city, the 25-hectare park has plenty to attract visitors: giant cedars, palm trees, a waterfall, an island topped with a temple to Sybil, and a couple of grottoes, complete with (artificial) stalactites.
The vast, rolling lawns are ideal for a spot of sunbathing or a picnic en famille, and the steep slopes allow visitors to enjoy stunning views over Montmartre and the rest of Paris.
MUSEE DE LA VIE ROMANTIQUE, 9th
Soak up some love and affection at this small but delightful museum dedicated to two artists from the Romantic era: writer George Sand and painter Ary Scheffer.
The green-shuttered villa lies at the end of a tree-shaded alley in the Nouvelle-Athenes quarter and houses objects from the mid-19th century when notable figures such as the artist Delacroix and the composers Chopin and Liszt attended salons here.
End your visit in the charming garden and enjoy tea and cake in the cafe while soaking up the romantic ambience.