Paris on a budget

Paris, the city of love, lights, and… a reputation for sipping espresso in high-end cafes. But what if your wallet doesn’t scream “luxury”? We hear you! With our useful guide full of smart planning and local tips, you’ll discover the budget-friendly wonders the French capital has to offer, and you’ll see that Paris isn’t just about high fashion, fancy food, and luxury hotels. 

Take casual strolls, soak in the beauty of parks and gardens, marvel at the architecture, and window-shop in markets—all without the hefty price tag. Grab affordable bites, walk along the Seine, and discover how visiting Paris on a budget is possible for smart travelers.  

Curious about more than just savings? Dive into our Fun Facts Paris article to enrich your budget-friendly journey with intriguing tidbits about the city!

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to uncover more savvy tips and hidden gems that will make your Parisian adventure both memorable and budget-friendly! 👇🗼👇

🥐 Starter pack: a Parisian diet 

Indulge in baguettes, croissants, and éclairs for a real taste of Paris. A baguette is a steal at around €1, while heavenly pastries range from €2 to €4. Try unique French cheeses, grab a bottle of Bordeaux for about €10, and voila! A royal Parisian feast that’s also budget-friendly. 

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Savor the taste of Paris without breaking the bank: delicious French croissants that are as affordable as they are delightful!

🍷 Paris on the cheap: drink like a local 

Skip the pricey cafés on Champs Elysées and Saint-Germain. Head to local bars like Teddy’s Bar, Les Caves Populaires, My Baar, or Le Pantalon for affordable wine, cocktails and bites—in Paris, wine is often cheaper than soft drinks!  

🖼️ Museum marvels on a budget 

Best budget-friendly things to do in Paris, you ask? Well, Paris has many legendary museums, but tickets can be expensive. Pick great museums with free entry like: 

Le Petit Palais, a gem built for the 1900 Exhibition, now houses the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts. Enjoy 19th-century masterpieces by Monet, Sisley, Cézanne, and Modigliani. Don’t miss the quaint café in the garden court! 

For a dive into Parisian history, visit Musée Carnavalet in the Marais. Housed in two mansions, one once home to Madame Sévigné, the 17th-century diarist, it’s an amazing place with permanent exhibits and a lovely garden. 

Head to Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, a spacious museum dedicated to 20th and 21st-century art. Located in the Palais de Tokyo from the 1937 Universal Exposition, it has works by Picasso, Matisse, and other modern masters.  

Also check out Musée Bourdelle in the 15th Arrondissement. Home to sculptor Antoine Bourdelle‘s breathtaking creations, including bronze and marble sculptures, this museum is a must-visit near Montparnasse. Explore the gardens and studio where Bourdelle lived and worked, immersing yourself in art and history at no cost. 

Dive into history, art, and culture without spending a dime! 

Paris on a budget - Le Petit Palais building and some vegetation
Le Petit Palais: A testament to Paris’ stunning architecture that you can enjoy for free, proving elegance doesn’t always come with a price tag!

🏛️ Sightseeing: exploring Paris for free 

Walk around and explore timeless wonders that are 100% free: 

Paris on a budget - a view of the Tuileries gardens, a palace, a woman with a kid, statues, and a ferry wheel
Stroll through the serene Jardin des Tuileries, a perfect budget-friendly way to experience the natural beauty and art of Paris

For more budget-friendly adventures in Paris, don’t miss our article on Discovering the Beauty of Montmartre and Le Marais where charm meets culture at no extra cost.

🛎️ Stay in Paris the smart way

Now, wondering where to stay in Paris on a budget? Choose the MEININGER Paris Porte de Vincennes. It’s THE most affordable hotel in Paris that combines comfort and savings when you’re looking for budget hotels in Paris. Start planning your budget-friendly Parisian adventure today! 

Address: 37 Boulevard Carnot, 75012 Paris, France

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Located in the 12th arrondissement right by the Porte de Vincennes Metro station on Line 1, the MEININGER Hotel Paris Porte de Vincennes enjoys the best transport connections to the landmarks of the French capital. You can get to the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and Champs-Elysées using public transport quickly and without hassle.

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