£20 IN... PARIS
Paris. City of Love. City of Lights. City of needing to extend your overdraft after a long weekend there.
Here’s how to survive Paris on £20…
Museums can be spenny in Paris, but you can see history, culture AND dead people at the Père Lachaise Cemetery. It’s the biggest in Paris and home to Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison and Moliere. Give Oscar Wilde a smooch from all of us.
Continue the freakayyy Paris vibes with a (legal) stroll down an abandoned railway. La Petite Ceinture (little belt) is open to the public in the day, and is one of the greenest walks in Paris.
In the summer, Paris goes collectively mad and starts dancing in the street - well, all along the banks of the Canal de l’Ourcq. There’s tango, tap, accordion line dancing… just pluck up the courage to join in, mon ami.
Under a Fiver
‘That’s probably just what the dodo thought when it was packed onto a cargo ship destined for obliteration.’
Extinction is no laughing matter, but it is kinda fun at the Dodo Manege carousel. Hop on the back of a dodo or aepyornis (us neither) for a couple of euros and think about life.
Yah, yah the Sacre-Coeur. Blah blah, views over Paris. But if you do it right - at sunset with a bottle of wine - it’s one of the nicest spots in the city. You can get wine that won’t turn you blind for less than a fiver, and the French will judge your bottle choice anyway so might as well get a cheapy.
Under a Tenner
For the best hot choc of your little life, get to Cafe de Flore. It’s famous through all of France for being a pot of slurpy, chocolatey beauty. It costs £6 (and no regrets).
Happy hours are your friend for drinking glasses of vin rouge on the cheap in France. But for a bar you’ll want to spend all night in, splash £7 on a cocktail at Comptoir General. Part Franco-African mansion, part teenager’s bedroom, all character.
Paris is more known for champagne and oysters than cheap eats, but you can get down and dirty with a lamb dürüm at the insayyyne Urfa Durum - £6.50.
Under Twenty Quid
With a little more cashish you can hit up France’s better (read: more niche) museums. L’Espace Dali is a whole crock of weird, surrealist shit. It’s amazing. £10.
For an art experience close to touching heaven, wrap yourself in Monet’s water lilies room at the Musee d’Orsay. £10.50 or free for under 25s.
Get Parisian gritty at the Catacombs, an underground labyrinth full of the remains of over 6 million people. Ah, the city of love. Price: £15 and your souuuuuuuuul (probably).
Doing Paris on the cheap lets you see its weirder, grittier, colourful side. What’s not to love?