I’ve heard a lot of people say they’d love to visit Paris, but it’s too expensive. I found the opposite to be true. Sure, if you stay right by the Eiffel Tower or go to fancy restaurants it can be. There’s plenty of ways to save money in Paris though. Here are some of my tips!
Choose a hotel in a neighborhood away from tourist attractions.
Hotels will go up in price the closer they are to popular attractions like the Eiffel Tower or The Louvre. Save money and stay in an area that’s less crowded. Paris’ public transportation is incredible and have stops all over the city. Even if you don’t speak French, many of the stops correlate with what it’s dropping you off by (Eiffel, Louvre, etc.). On a nice day, get in some exercise and walk to your destination. Walking along the river is a scenic way to see the city.
Steer clear of expensive restaurants.
Paris may be known for exquisite meals, but I never set foot in one of their restaurants. Save money by buying a baguette, some cheese, and a bottle of wine from the local grocery store to have your own picnic. Take your food to eat on the Champ de Mars in front of the Eiffel Tower for a relaxing lunch or dinner with a much more scenic view than a restaurant.
Take advantage of the free attractions.
There are a ton of interesting museums and exhibits in Europe, but they can add up. Why not spend a day seeing all the sites that don’t cost money? You just have to know where to look. Here are just a few I found.
This seasonal exhibit was so fun! Every summer from the end of July until the end of August, sand, lounging chairs, and parasols are brought in along a few sections of the Seine River to create a “beach by the river.” There are even fountains and showers to cool off from the unbearable city heat. Cafes and food vendors pop up during this time along the beaches, and there’s even free concerts on select evenings. It’s a great way to get a taste of the beach in the city!
Pont des arts
This famous bridge has been featured in many movies with lovers putting their names on the locks. This tradition only started in 2008, although it’s not known where it started from. Unfortunately, the locks had to be removed from the original bridge due to the extreme weight of thousands of locks threatening to bring the bridge down. You can still see a section of the original locks on the side of the bridge though, and street vendors will sell you locks if you can manage to find a spot to put yours on.
Explore the history of Paris’ neighborhoods.
There is so much history in Paris, as you’ve probably gathered if you read my last two posts. My advice to make the most of your trip is to research an area first and learn the history, and then go see it in person. I decided to research the Saint-Germain-des-Pres neighborhood, which was known as the area many creative artists such as Hemingway and Picasso frequented. It was also the center of the existentialist movement. I was able to find cafes like the one below that were popular meeting spots back in the day.
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