Paris for free! Museums, shows, concerts, sport, restaurants: top tips for free things to do in Paris!

“Yes, it is possible to go out in Paris without spending a cent! Paris offers plenty of things to do at zero cost, whatever it is you fancy – going out for a meal, playing sport, watching a show, visiting an exhibition or taking part in a treasure hunt. See below some of our Tips

                                    A free meal at a bar or restaurant

You can get a meal for free or for next to nothing in Paris. Some bars and restaurants offer customers a free meal on condition they buy a drink.

Once or twice a week, depending on the season, restaurants like Le Bouillon Belge,Le GrenierLe Tribal Café and Les Trois Frères serve up a free dish of couscous or mussels and chips. You’ll want to arrive early to make sure you get a table.

There is a craze for the Italian-style aperitivo in Paris.  These Italian bars serve free appetizers of the kind you would eat in Milan when you purchase a glass of wine or a cocktail. At Delizie, an aperitivo is on the house from 6pm on. Le Culture Rapide puts on a free buffet spread on Friday evenings. At the Lockwood, you can enjoy a free aperitivo until 8.30pm.

                             Free Exhibitions & Museums entrance fees

Until December 31 free entrance at Petit Palais for the exhibition : From Ingres to Polke

Some museums, like the Musée Carnavalet, the Musée de la Vie Romantique and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, offer free entry every day, all year round.

Other museums offer free entry on the first Sunday of each month, including the Musée d’Art Moderne, the Pompidou Centre and the Musée d’Orsay. Some museums, like the Louvre, the Conciergerie and the Sainte Chapelle, are free all year round for people under 26.

                                …………  and also

* A free HairCut! If you are under 30 years old, on Mondays and Tuesdays Toni & Guy Academie – 122 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, Paris 1er, ph.01-40201593 – offers all volunteers a free cut. email to book an appointemnet:

* Drink and fill up your bottle with free drinking water!   Public drinkinf fountains are free to use in several locations, including Square Lamartine in the 16th arrondissement, Place Verlaine in the 13th arrondissiment and Place de la Madonein the 18th arrondissement. The fountain in the Jardin de Reuilly in the 12th arrondissement wven provides sparking water.

                                          And if you speak French

* Learn more about the History of Paris, its Architecture, Painters and Art Heritage        The City of Paris organizes a free course given by teachers at the Ecole du Louvre for up to 600 attendees every Friday

* Enroll in a Cookery Course     The Fédération Française de Cuisine Amateur and the City of Paris organize free cookery workshops at several Paris food markets. Professional chefs who teach at hotel management schools give advice and share their know-how. Participants prepare dishes made with produce bought at the market. You must book in advance: limited number of places available ! On November 22 the French Federation of Food invites you to participate in cooking classes at 10 am, 11:15 , 12:30. These courses will be dedicated to “La cuisine des fetes” Marché Charonne, Paris 11e


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