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💖V-day Special: How to Visit Paris on a Budget💖

14/02/2019

 

I thought I’d hop on the bandwagon and do a Valentine’s inspired post. I feel like year upon year people are becoming progressively less and less bothered about this day of loooovee.

But, it doesn’t have to be all about loved up couples, bunches of generic red roses and tacky teddy bears it should be about spending time and expressing your appreciation to those around you…whether that be your bestie, a parent, sibling or your partner.

I’m not saying to drop everything and fly off on a romantic getaway to Paris – that would be way too stereotypical and very unrealistic – this post is here as inspo to take a trip with a loved one and to remind you to take time to spend time with those important people in your life…

 

W H E R E  T O  S T A Y

When booking my getaway to Paris, I found that there isn’t much in it when it comes to choosing between a hostel and an Airbnb apartment. The price range per night for both types of accommodation falls between £25 (dorm room in hostel) to £40 a night (entire flat on Airbnb).

So, if you’re planning to travel as a pair, I’d say opt for the Airbnb as I’ve found some for as little as £30 each a night and then you get you own entire space for about £5 more than you would in a hostel.

a r e a

I have only ever been to Paris once and stayed in the lovely Montmartre.

Home to the Sacré-Cœur and famous Moulin Rouge, Montmartre is a hilltop district in the North of Paris that has incredible views across the city. As it is a little further out from the centre, you’ll find that accommodation is a tad cheaper here.

Plus, travelling in only takes about 30-40 mins on public transport and will cost you €1.90 each way.

 

a i r b n b

When my boyfriend Joe and I went to Paris back in 2015, we stayed here (in Montmartre) – it came £160 for 2 nights (in June), so £40 per night each.

There are tonnes to scroll through, so I found a few other Airbnb apartments that I thought were a pretty good price, so will pop them here:

Central, near Avenue Champs Élysées – from £51 per night – entire flat.

North, East in Le Marais – from £57 per night – entire flat.

10 mins from Le Marais – from £66 per night – entire flat.

If you’re planning on a short stay – say a couple of night – check out the ‘Private Room’ option on Airbnb too. These tend to be cheaper, and from past experience, you get as much privacy as you would in and ‘Entire Flat’.

 

h o s t e l

Some people just love a hostel…the vibe, the friendly atmosphere and meeting a tonne of likeminded people soooo, I thought I’d add a couple (I have not stayed at either of them, but the reviews were all pretty positive).

Caulaincourt Square Hostel, Montmartre 

Dorms from – €26

Prive room from – €61 (€30.50 each)

Generator Paris Hostel 

Dorms from – €17

Private from – $78 (€39 each)

 

W H A T  T O  D O

r i v e r  s e i n e  c r u i s e

This is by far the best way to see all of the sites. You simply purchase a hop on hop off ticket whereby you can (as it says in the title) hop on and hop off as you please throughout the day.

It stops off at the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre Museum and Champs-Elysée to name a few. Plus, it involes crusing along the river which is a pretty cool way to see the city.

C O S T:

1 day pass – £14 | 2 day pass – £17 (Get tickets here)

 

e i f f e l  t o w e r

I’m aware that I don’t need to say much on this…if you’re in Paris you are 100% likely to see the Eiffel Tower if you like it or not.

So, instead of telling you to go and see one of the most renowned landmarks in the world, I will instead let you know where to get the best photograph with it…sit on the steps of the Palais de Chaillot (behind the fountains) or there’s a pretty good view from Ave de New York (on the other side of the Seine).

 

n o t r e  d a m e

My fave spot in Paris…I don’t know what it was, it just felt like you’d stepped on to the set of a movie or something – it is so grand and HUGE!

Plus, a bonus… it’s free to look at and is located right by the river where you can sit and dangle your legs over, watching the boats float by.

 

l o u v r e  m u s e u m

I’m sure you’ve seen photos of these glass pyramids all over Instagram, well they’re actually part of a museum.

Set just to the side of the museum, you’ll find Jardins des Tuileries – a perfect spot to sit and recharge.

T O P  T I P : Entrance is free for under 26s on Friday evenings

 

a r c  d e  t r i o m p h e

You can get to the Arc de Triomphe from the Louvre – just head down Av. des Champs-Élysées (frequently described as ‘the world’s most beautiful avenue’).

The roundabout surrounding the landmark is pretty chaotic, so be careful if you’re trying to snap a pic. You can also cross over to it to get a more close up look of the sculptures and engravings.

s a c r e  – c œ u r

Ah the sacre-cœur, THE best viewing point in Paris…forget the Eiffel tower, this is the place to go if you want to see the city from above (plus, it’s FREE).

As the second highest point in Paris, at the top of Montmartre Hill, this place was my fave viewpoint as you could actually see the Eiffel Tower. If you go up the Eiffel Tower, you don’t actually get to see the iconic cityscape of Paris because you’re on the most famous landmark!!

 

s a i n t  g e r m a i n  d e s  p r é s

I have included Saint Germain des Prés, as it is the most beautiful, classically Parisian area. If you picture a stereotypical parisian street, lined with fancy shops and enticing bakeries, this area is exactly that…a postcard perfect little spot…it will give you all the paris feels…

 

l o c k  a n d  k e y

Finally, it has to be done…the obligatory lock and key.

Although the main lock bridge was sadly removed (as the weight of the padlocks was apparently weighing down the bridge!!), I spotted a load of locks on other bridges and gates dotted around the city – so keep an eye out.

 

Have you been to Paris?

I’d love to know what your highlights were and if you have any more FREE things to do?

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