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Looking for ways to save on your trip to Paris? Keep reading for our budget hotel picks, and articles on ways to save on Paris’ best affordable restaurants, bars, shopping, and much, much more.

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• The best cheap hotels in Paris reviewed by our editors
• Articles about saving on Paris hotels
Free things to do in Paris and free outdoor activities
Practical tips to help you plan your trip
• Save on sightseeing and museums and shopping
• Saving on nightlife and entertainment
• The best affordable restaurants and bars
• Ways to save on transportation
Cheap flights from Charles De Gaulle and Orly airport

The Seine Gets a Makeover

The Seine Gets a Makeover

The banks of the Seine river in Paris are a listed World Heritage site. In June, a month before Paris Plages set up shop in two locations along the river, the city returned a once car-clogged stretch of picturesque Left Bank riverside land to pedestrians. “Les Berges,” the more than three-year, 35 million ($47 million) » Read more

To Save on Shopping in Paris, Don’t Ignore This Tourist Perk

To Save on Shopping in Paris, Don’t Ignore This Tourist Perk

One of the benefits of being a tourist is the 12% tax refund that is available to non EU-residents who plan on shopping while on vacation in Paris (and throughout most of Europe). There is a minimum purchase and a bit of paperwork to fill out, plus you will need to leave extra time at » Read more

How to Keep Your iPhone Safe in Paris… and What to Do If It Gets Stolen

How to Keep Your iPhone Safe in Paris… and What to Do If It Gets Stolen

More than half a million iPhones are stolen every year in Paris, and a majority of thefts on public transport, whether by pickpockets or more hands-on violent thieves, are targeted at iPhone owners. Here are some common sense tips about how to protect yourself before you leave for Paris, how to hamper a thief’s chances » Read more

Gourmet Picnic Ideas for Your Paris Hotel Room

Gourmet Picnic Ideas for Your Paris Hotel Room

To save on eating out or combat restaurant/waiter fatigue in Paris, sometimes it’s nice to stay in and enjoy a simple meal in your room. But we have watched one too many tourists wander through the dreary aisles of a French supermarket scavenging like lost urban seagulls for industrially made scraps when all of Paris » Read more

Make Every Penny Count in Paris

Make Every Penny Count in Paris

We’ve given suggestions on how to avoid racking up ATM fees and offered an argument against indiscriminately using credit cards while traveling with your American wallet in Paris. To help you combat the stress of handling loose euro change and avoid ending up with an unused pile of centimes at the end of your trip, » Read more

How to Save Money on Breakfast in Paris

How to Save Money on Breakfast in Paris

Breakfast in a Parisian café can be a lovely way to start your morning, but if you’re not careful it can also turn out to be a sorely overpriced treat. Here are a few pointers for enjoying the most important meal of the day without blowing your budget before lunch. Avoid the English-Speaking French Breakfast » Read more

3 Ways to Save Money Riding the Bus in Paris

3 Ways to Save Money Riding the Bus in Paris

The Paris Métro is quick and efficient, but when time isn’t an issue, we prefer riding the public bus. Wait times are longer and despite the dedicated bus lanes, traffic can slow you down. But you can step off easily if something catches your eye, and the big picture windows are a perfect way to » Read more

Paris: A Cheapo Day in the 20th Arrondissment

Paris: A Cheapo Day in the 20th Arrondissment

For those who have been to Paris and feel like they’ve seen it all, head to the city’s 20th arrondissement for a change of pace. While not necessarily an “it” place to go, it’s just this lack of luster that makes it appeal to locals as a place to live and hang out. To see: » Read more

Two Paris Hot Spots Film Buffs Shouldn’t Miss

Two Paris Hot Spots Film Buffs Shouldn’t Miss

This film-loving city in the land where cinema was invented is home to a handful of state-subsidized cultural institutions dedicated to preserving the history of French film and document the city’s past and present. Open to the public, these collections offer an inexpensive, entertaining way to revisit classic films and get some perspective on Paris » Read more

Advice on Using Credit Cards in Paris

Advice on Using Credit Cards in Paris

Many people prefer to pay for everything with plastic, to keep tabs on spending, accumulate rewards points or not have to hassle with ATMS or making change. But a brilliant system for managing your budget on home turf doesn’t always work when traveling in Europe, and hidden costs from using your American credit card abroad » Read more

Free Ways to Cool Down When Paris Heats Up

Free Ways to Cool Down When Paris Heats Up

Average temperatures in summertime Paris hover at a reasonable 77 degrees Fahrenheit, which is one of the reasons that air conditioning in the French capital is considered more luxury than necessity. But Paris weather can be as moody and unpredictable as a French man in love. And when temperatures soar, this means that traditional urban » Read more

Paris Goes to the Beach July 20-August 18

Paris Goes to the Beach July 20-August 18

In the summer of 2002, newly elected socialist Mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoë transformed the banks of the Seine into a sandy beach. The philosophy behind this spectacular gesture? To provide an urban oasis and a gathering place for cash-strapped Parisians on a staycation as well as the hordes of tourists who flock to the » Read more

New Free Walking Tour App for Paris-Loving Cinéphiles

New Free Walking Tour App for Paris-Loving Cinéphiles

Perhaps in part because Paris has been a backdrop for so many films, it’s impossible to stroll through the city without occasionally believing you have wandered onto a movie set. Cinemacity is a new free app produced by the city of Paris in conjunction with Arte TV that allows movie geeks to turn any Paris » Read more

Don’t Leave a Tip: Simple Savings in Paris

Don’t Leave a Tip: Simple Savings in Paris

Sometimes budget-minded travelers are so preoccupied with saving on big things like hotels and flights that they end up losing money in more stealthy ways, like spending unnecessarily by failing to embrace cultural differences. One way to avoid letting your trip to Paris burn a hole in your wallet? Think twice before you tip. Americans » Read more

Inexpensive Ways to Enjoy Bastille Day Weekend in Paris

Inexpensive Ways to Enjoy Bastille Day Weekend in Paris

Here are some budget-friendly ideas for how to celebrate French independence if you find yourself in the nation’s capital for Bastille Day this weekend. Warming Up Every year, Bastille Day (July 14) kicks off with the fireman’s brigade ball on the evening of July 13, where you can go and dance the night away (until » Read more

3 Paris Pharmacies That Sell French Beauty Products for Less

3 Paris Pharmacies That Sell French Beauty Products for Less

Models, beauty editors, bloggers, make-up artists and celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow are always obsessing about the French pharmacy and its legendary selection of cult beauty products. These secret weapons aren’t overpriced luxury items sold in department stores but no-nonsense everyday staples that can be found in every French person’s medicine cabinet (and in every make-up » Read more

How to Score Discount Movie Tickets in Paris

How to Score Discount Movie Tickets in Paris

Going to the movies is a no-brainer of a cheap date pretty much anywhere in the world. But France is the birthplace of cinema, and the Lumière brothers invented the concept when they held their first paid public film screening in Paris in 1895. Today the French are Europe’s number one movie-going population (and in » Read more

An Ephemeral Garden at Paris’ Hotel de Ville

An Ephemeral Garden at Paris’ Hotel de Ville

Every year since 2006, the sprawling plaza in front of Paris’ city hall has been transformed into an ephemeral garden, offering a shock of verdant relief in the heart of this eternally gray city. The Paris municipal crew responsible for maintaining the city’s 480 gardens, 20 cemeteries and the 100,000 trees lining its avenues and » Read more

How to Avoid ATM Fees While Traveling in Paris

How to Avoid ATM Fees While Traveling in Paris

UPDATE: As of 2014, Bank of America now charges 3% on withdrawn cash using the Global ATM Alliance. So while you can still save the $5 fee for withdrawing cash abroad using a Global ATM Alliance machine, B of A now charges you 3% on withdrawn money, making what was once a welcome customer service » Read more

Cheap Summer Film Festivals in Paris

Cheap Summer Film Festivals in Paris

If Hollywood is the movie-making capital of the world, Paris is the world’s mecca for cinéphiles. And while there are plenty of ways to save on big-screen entertainment all year round in Paris, summer is especially kind to film lovers, with a handful of annual events that exist for the sole purpose of making it » Read more

Paris River Cruises: Which bateaux mouches is the best deal?

Paris River Cruises: Which bateaux mouches is the best deal?

The “bateaux mouches,” Paris’ pleasure boats, are a surefire way to spend an hour or so any evening or night. The Seine is best experienced by night, when monuments are illuminated and feet are generally tired and ready for a break. Originally from Lyon, these boats have been a top attraction for tourist since the » Read more

Paris: 10 reasons to visit Paris this summer

Paris: 10 reasons to visit Paris this summer

Planning a trip to Paris this summer? Your won’t be alone–or wanting for things to do. From “beaching it” along the Seine to exhibits of Titanic proportions, the city offers summer visitors plenty of opportunities to relax, indulge, learn and be entertained. Here’s my list of 10 reasons to visit Paris this summer: 1. Paris » Read more

Paris: Our “under the radar” list of the 12th arrondissement’s best budget hotels

Paris: Our “under the radar” list of the 12th arrondissement’s best budget hotels

The upbeat 12th arrondissement of Paris is in a constant process of reinventing itself and today constitutes one of the city’s most modern districts, with several upscale urban renewal projects to its name. A predominantly business and residential district, the 12th was traditionally regarded as one the less touristy quarters of Paris. Today, however, visitors » Read more

10 money-saving tips for first-time visitors to Paris

10 money-saving tips for first-time visitors to Paris

Your first time in Paris can be stressful, to say the very least. Among the stresses encountered when planning the trip is anticipating the costs–how much is this trip really going to cost, and what can you do about it? Like most major cities, Paris can be quite pricey, especially for first-time visitors who don’t » Read more

Only in Paris: A New Guide to the French Capital

Only in Paris: A New Guide to the French Capital

Is it even possible to write a fresh word on Paris? “La ville lumière” is Europe’s most celebrated destination for tourists and it has attracted a galaxy of fine travel writers. The dust had hardly settled after the Napoleonic Wars before a flood of English-language guidebook writers descended on the city. Edward Planta’s 1814 guide » Read more