The City of Lights has plenty of romance to offer...which makes it one of the most expensive (and crowded) tourist destinations in the world. Looking for some budget-friendly romantic spots in Paris? Here we go!
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Recently, a couple of friends have asked me for tips for a romantic (yet budget-friendly) visit to Paris. So, naturally, that got the juices flowing and a blog post was born!
While Paris is undeniably romantic, and strolling its quaint street is a goal for many amorous and honeymooning couples, the global tourism boom has definitely increased the number of people looking to share similar experiences. And, on top of that, comes the expense of a high-end, global city that has been the center of world fashion for centuries.
Certainly, crowds shouldn't deter or intimidate you, as they can be easily avoided with a bit of preparation. And, I would argue, budgeting for Paris is as easy as finding free and reasonably-priced events and focusing your spending on events and experiences that matter most to you. Easier said than done, you say? Well, let's discuss my top 10 romantic things to do in Paris on a budget! And don't forget to subscribe to the blog emails, below, for my free, downloadable carry-on packing guide for Europe!
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Tips for Enjoying Paris on a Budget
Before we get to our list of romantic things to do in Paris on a budget, let's discuss a few good budgeting tips for Paris, generally.
Budgeting in Paris: French food doesn't have to be expensive
The French are serious about their food and wine. You can eat meals in Paris that will make your credit card melt in the machine. While those are amazing, there's no reason you can't enjoy Paris more cheaply. Picnics, cafes, and groceries are all great ways to experience French food without the added price of waitstaff, sitting down, expensive wine, etc. Put your money where you'll enjoy it most. Pick a couple restaurants you really want to try, and save your Euros on lunches. Be careful with restaurant recommendations - *always* check the menu before you go to get a sense of princes. Paris is an expensive city, and as food is important to the French, they do have a tendency to recommend places we might find expensive.
Budgeting in Paris: Picking the right museums
As we'll discuss below, museums in France actually aren't that expensive, on the whole. If you've spent time in London, or in the USA, you'll likely be pleasantly surprised. But remember, you don't have to go to every museum in the city. Pick the ones you truly want to see and enjoy your time there.
Budgeting in Paris: Seek out free venues
I've highlighted a few below. Churches (often), cemeteries, parks, and of course just walking, are free - and no less enjoyable for the savings!
Budgeting in Paris: Walk!
Paris's Metro is amazing (and not super expensive), but when you can, avoid taxis if you can reasonably walk. Walking in Paris saves *so much money* and you never know what you'll find on the way!
Romantic Paris on a Budget:
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