Summer is quite possibly our favorite season in Paris
: the weather is balmy, the parks
are lively, and a veritable feast of free and delightful activities open themselves up to locals and bon vivants. Here are 10 free things you can do to live it up like a Parisian this summer!
Street Art Spotting in Belleville
Known as one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in Paris, Belleville is also home to the most impressive street art in Paris. Be sure to check out the legal street art walls on Rue Dénoyez, which are completely covered in graffiti. Among the ever-changing walls of Rue Dénoyez exist small stores which support the growing artist community. After taking in the art, walk five minutes to Parc De Belleville. This sloped park has incredible views of the city of love with all the famous landmarks in eye-shot.
Rue Dénoyez, Paris, France
Open Air Dancing
Every night on Quai St-Bernard many people gather to dance along the banks of the Seine. Starting at 7 pm every night, dancers choose between different genres and five dance floors. The list includes tango, salsa, lindy hop, hip hop, and more. For those who don’t want to partake in the dancing, all are welcome to come, watch and enjoy the live music played all night long.
Quai Saint-Bernard, Paris, France
Musée D'Art Moderne
Musée D’Art Moderne
Paris’ Musée D’Art Moderne is a sister museum to Palais De Tokyo and offers free entrance to all permanent exhibitions. Within the walls of this museum, visitors can expect to see modern and contemporary art from the 20thand 21st centuries. Some of the highlights in this museum include works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonard.
11 Avenue du Président Wilson, Paris, France, +33 01 53 67 40 00
Every Friday night, Parisians gather at 10 pm to take part in a three hour skating ride of the city. Paris Roller leaves from the same spot every week at Place Raoul Dautry, but organizers change the course weekly to keep it fresh for regulars. With between 10,000 and 25,000 people partaking, this event is completely free, attendees are just asked to bring along their own rollerblades or skates.
PariRoller, Place Raoul Dautry, Paris, France
Free Wine Tasting at La Derniére Goutte
You can’t enjoy Paris without drinking French wine! Every Friday at 5 pm and all day Saturday starting from 11 am La Derniére Goutte welcomes people to come to their free wine tasting classes with the winemakers. Complete with free cheese, this is a great way to experience the food and wine culture of Paris on a budget.
La Derniere Goutte, 6 Rue de Bourbon le Château, Paris, France, +33 01 43 29 11 62
This temporary beach sees the banks of the Seine transformed into something entirely unrecognizable. Complete with 5,000 tons of sand, palm trees and deck chairs, Paris Plages offers a beach holiday in a city setting. Open at two different locations, beach goers can enjoy a range of free activities put on by organizers – including concerts, dancing, sandcastle sculpting classes, tai-chi and kayak polo. Paris Plages is guaranteed to provide free and entertaining fun for children and adults alike.
Paris Plages, Voie Georges Pompidou, Paris, France / Bassin de la Villette, Paris, France
La Promenade Plantée
First opened in 1993, La Promenade Plantée is a 4.7 km elevated walkway on an abandoned railway line. The tree lined walkway runs through most of the 12th arrondissement and is accessible from Rue Edouard-Lartet in Bastille. Beneath the Promenade Plantée is the Viaduc Des Arts – a line of small arts and crafts shops and designer boutiques.. Today this is a favorite sport for many locals, and has since gone on to inspire similar tree lined walkways on railway lines in New York, Berlin and London.
Promenade Plantée, (Coulée Verte René Dumont), Paris, France
Catch a Free Fashion Show
For those who want to experience the fashion capital of the world at its best, Galleries Lafayette put on a free fashion show every Monday and Friday at 3 pm. Demand is high for these high street fashion shows, so it’s recommended to book ahead by phone or email to ensure you get a spot! Once the show finishes, make your way up to the seventh floor of the store to check out the stunning views of the city from their rooftop terrace.
Galleries Lafayette, 35 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris, France, +33 09 69 39 75 75
Wander the Marais
Considered by many to be the trendiest neighborhood in Paris, the Marais is packed with second hand shops, galleries and Jewish restaurants. Le Marais offers a glimpse into what the once medieval city of Paris looked like, making it the perfect backdrop for some exploration. Some particularly lovely streets worth finding include Rue Du Temple and Rue des Francs Bourgeois – which leads to the oldest square in Paris, Place de Vosges. This historical square is a charming park enclosed by beautiful architecture. Be sure to make a visit to number 6 Place Des Vosges, the former house of French writer Victor Hugo. With free entry to all permanent collections, visitors can see where it is said he wrote many of his famous works, including Les Miserables.
Maison Victor Hugo, 6 Place des Vosges, Paris, France, +33 01 42 72 10 16
Cinéma En Plein Air
Running from the 22nd of July to the 23rd of August, Cinéma En Plein Air is a free open air cinema for movie lovers. This year’s program offers different genres on show to suit all tastes; visitors can expect to see The Shining, Beetlejuice, Moulin Rouges and Shutter Island on the line up. Visitors also have the option of renting deck chairs to watch in comfort, but are welcome to bring along their own blankets, cushions and picnic supplies – making this open air film fest one of the best free events of the summer!
Cinema En Plein Air, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris, France, +33 01 40 03 75 75