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Affordable Paris

A bargain-hunter’s tour of Paris.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview :  Bargains abound in Paris. For example, Louvre is free on the first Sunday of the month. So are the Musée d’Orsay, Pompidou,... more »

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Paris’s temples of fine dining at reasonable prices are its brasseries, a cross between a café and a restaurant where simple dishes start around $20. Traditionally brasserie menus lean heavily on German-influenced Alsatian cuisine, hence the signature dish, choucroutes (tangy sauerkraut, usually served with sausages and pork) and the... More

Paris’s temples of fine dining at reasonable prices are its brasseries, a cross between a café and a restaurant where simple dishes start around $20. Traditionally brasserie menus lean heavily on German-influenced Alsatian cuisine, hence the signature dish, choucroutes (tangy sauerkraut, usually served with sausages and pork) and the... More

Located in the center of Paris in a building designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, Centre Pompidou is the brainchild of President Georges Pompidou. Opened in 1977, the museums is home to more than 60,000 modern and contemporary works, making it one of the world’s largest collections of 20th century art. Pieces range from painting and... More

4. Hôtel de la Bretonnerie

From the grotto-like breakfast room to the duplex junior-suites under mansard roofs, the 29-room Hôtel de la Bretonnerie is a sampler catalogue of French fashions. Guest quarter décor ranges from cozy canopy beds and rustic exposed beams to elegant Empire-style furnishings to exotic Indochine appointments. No room will be accused of... More

5. Musée de l’Orangerie

Beyond Monet’s multipaneled and expansive Water Lilies ensemble, what makes this recently renovated space truly special is the regrouping of an exceptional collection of modern art. After being closed for six years, the skylit spaces are spare and monochromatic, allowing the works to shine. In one long, columned gallery, Cézanne and Renoir’... More

6. Musée d’Orsay

Across the Seine from the Tuileries Gardens, the Musée d’Orsay is Paris’s premier museum of Impressionism, displaying works from 1848 to 1914. Opened in 1986 with collections from the Louvre, the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, and the National Museum of Modern Art, the museum occupies the Beaux-Arts Orsay railway station, constructed... More

7. Palace of Versailles

In keeping with the spirit of the nature-loving Marie Antoinette, head gardener Alain Baraton stopped using chemicals on the garden grounds and reintroduced insects for pest control. Not only have his efforts brought about the return of swallows and the green woodpecker, but his practices have been adopted by other urban gardeners.

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8. Paris Museum Pass

Become a museum VIP and waltz right past the long lines with the Paris Museum Pass. It costs $45 for two days, $70 for four days, or $95 for six days; covers all admission fees (except special exhibits); and lets you bypass the lines at 40 top sights in Paris and 21 more in the surrounding region, from the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay to... More

9. Paris Museum Pass

Become a museum VIP and waltz right past the long lines with the Paris Museum Pass. It costs $45 for two days, $70 for four days, or $95 for six days; covers all admission fees (except special exhibits); and lets you bypass the lines at 40 top sights in Paris and 21 more in the surrounding region, from the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay to... More