6. Explore the Local Flea Markets
There are plenty of flea markets for you to peruse in Paris including the Village Vintage, Clignancourt and Vanves as well as the Porte de Montreuil. If you are an antique buff there is the Foire de Chatou held in October and March. You will be able to find cafes, antiques, fine wines, art and other such goodies at the local flea markets,. But be sure to get there early, they start when the sun rises and usually close up by 1 pm. The early bird gets the worm, or the best wine!
7. Sample Free Wine at Local Wine Tastings
Both casual and experienced wine connoisseurs will enjoy free sampling at some of Paris’ finest wine shops. They offer wine courses, as well as free wine and cheese tastings on Friday evenings and during the day Saturday.
8. Be a Part of the Art Scene at the Le Centquatre
From the late 1960’s until 2008, this gorgeous 18th century building was abandoned. But in the last 8 years, it has undergone an outstanding renovation and rebirth. It is now one of Europe’s top venues for modern art. You will be able to experience dance, music, cinema, theatre and visual arts all in one historic venue. There are live concerts during the evenings on weekends and there are vintage shops and even a bookstore as well as restaurants and a gourmet cafe.
9. Take a Romantic Stroll Around the Canal St-Martin
You have not experienced Paris at its finest until you have strolled along the breathtaking Canal St Martin with its picturesque bridges and canals. It is truly a site for the photographer in you and the perfect place for a romantic picnic for two.
10. Wander Aimlessly Through Parks and Gardens
It’s just not a visit to Paris without a stroll some of the magnificent parks and gardens. Be sure to check out the Jardin du Luxembourg with its tennis courts, orchards, an apiary and Paris oldest carousel for the kid in you. Also stop by the Jardin des Plantes which is the most popular botanical garden in Paris. It also houses the Museum of Paleontology as well as the world’s oldest zoo.
There you have it! Some of the best things to do in Paris: for free! So pack your bags, book your hotel and your flight and brush up on your French! Paris is waiting for you!