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Cheap areas to stay in Paris

Paris is synonymous with luxury, but you’ll still find plenty of cheap areas to stay, full of no-frills accommodation well suited to city explorers traveling on a budget. The 10th arrondissement, a dynamic hub of activity centered around 2 key railway stations, Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est, is scattered with inexpensive hotels. Montmartre, a bohemian area close to Gare du Nord, similarly boasts plenty of cheap 2-star hotels and backpacker-friendly hostels. You’ll even find cheap accommodation in Paris’ central 1st and 2nd arrondissements.

Cheap hotels in Paris

The Generator Paris Hostel, in the 10th arrondissement, offers cozy, affordable shared or private rooms with free WiFi and a communal bar lounge, all at cheap prices. The Citadines Maine Montparnasse, meanwhile, boasts great bang for your buck – enjoy inexpensive private ensuite rooms with TVs and free WiFi. There’s also a tranquil shared garden. The Hotel France Albion, in the 9th arrondissement, is a fine option for a central stay on a budget, providing simple but sleek modern rooms with private bathrooms, and the option of an in-house breakfast.

Where to find cheap food in Paris

You’ll find plenty of casual, easygoing cafés and restaurants serving quick-and-easy omelets and indulgent crepes in the Montmartre area, slightly away from the Sacre Coeur. If you’re craving some quick Asian cuisine, visit the hip area around the Sorbonne, beneath the Seine. Here, cheap Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants abound, serving spicy soups and noodle dishes. If you’re spending most of your time in the 1st and 2nd arrondissements, the side streets away from the key sightseeing areas are dotted with affordable bistros and bakeries.

Cheap things to do in Paris

Many of Paris’ top architectural marvels charge for entry, but you don’t always need to see their interiors to experience their magnificence. The Notre Dame is a key example of this – stroll along its exterior and see the intricately patterned stonework reliefs of its 2 looming Gothic towers. Similarly, you can appreciate the immensity of the Eiffel Tower’s silvery iron latticework architecture from the outside – the flowery green park surrounding it provides perfect picnic space, too. Another key Paris monument is free to see – the Arc de Triomphe, based at the end of the Champ-Elysees boulevard. This towering Neo-Classical stone arch, emblazoned with graceful statues, commemorates the French soldiers who fought in the Napoleonic and Revolutionary wars. In Montmartre, meanwhile, stop by the Sacré-Cœur, an early 20th-century white stone basilica crowned by 3 smooth domes.

Cheap ways to get around in Paris

The cheapest way to get around Paris is by foot. Paris’ center is deceptively small – if you’re a keen walker, you’ll be able to navigate much of the central city and its top sights by strolling through the labyrinth-like streets, grand gardens, and along the banks of the shimmering Seine. Besides walking, Paris’ underground metro network snakes throughout the city – tickets are inexpensive, especially if you buy a book of 10 at once. Paris’ public buses are also a cheap and efficient way to get around.

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