Artsy Fartsy à Paris: 5 free activities for the creative explorer

If you think getting lost in the Louvre, wandering through Musée d’Orsay and emptying your wallet as you go is the only way to enjoy the arts in Paris, you’re missing out. Some of the best creative ventures in this city are actually the freebies, you just have to know where to find them.

Here are my top 5 (free!) Parisian activities for the artistic explorer:

Door, 59 Rivioli

1. Artists’ studios six stories high at 59 Rue Rivoli. 

This place is an endless treasure trove of living art. The artists who work here open their doors to the public Tuesday through Sunday, showcasing their work as they create it. There is always something new, and the artists are always ready for art talk. Métro: Châtelet

2. Slam poetry at Au Chat Noir. 

Every Monday night, Spoken Word Paris hosts an open mic event for poets, musicians, comedians and all-in-one performers. Entry is free, and if you get there before 9 pm, you’ll be able to catch the bar’s excellent happy hour. Métro: Parmentier

Tunnel Matt and Flora snap a photo

3. Take a graffiti tour of Belleville, one of Paris’s most happening neighborhoods. 

I got to do this a couple of weeks ago with some friends. Check out my post here to get some good tips and see my photos! 

4. Go to see an exhibit at the Jardin du Luxembourg. 

The Luxembourg Gardens have two free art exhibits: The first is along the gates on the outside of the gardens, where different photography exhibits are posted throughout the year. The second can be found inside, on the northwest corner, across from the little rose garden. Both are open to the public, and always evolving. Métro: Notre-Dame-des-Champs/St. Placide

La Seine

5. Go out for a night of dancing along the Seine at Quai Saint Bernard. 

If it isn’t raining, you can count on the many passionate dancers of Paris Danse en Seine to be tangoing, salsa-ing or folk-ing in one of the 3 amphitheaters at Quai Saint Bernard. Go and watch the dancers or join in yourself! La folie continues until midnight. Métro: Jussieu

This is only the beginning. If you have your own favorite freebies in Paris, share them in the comments below and I’ll add them to the list! 

Enjoy your creative adventure,





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2 responses to “Artsy Fartsy à Paris: 5 free activities for the creative explorer

  1. Thank you!! We’re heading to Paris this fall. I’ll keep this email to guide us to the out-of-the-way surprises we need to see while we’re there. Looking forward to hearing more about your Parisian experiences.


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