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10 Best Eco-Friendly Things To Do In Paris

10 Best Eco-Friendly Things to do in Paris

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Paris is going green! In light of the upcoming COP 21 Conference on Climate held in Paris at the end of November, it’s time to talk about the eco-friendly side of the French capital. You may not know it or see it, but a lot of things have been done to minimize pollution in Paris.

Roads with heavy traffic have been changed to pedestrian walkways, the Vélib/Autolib public bike and car rental systems have become commonplace, and even bee hives have been placed on top of the Opéra Garnier! Even the Eiffel Tower’s sparkling lights stay on for 5 instead of 10 minutes, all in the name of conserving resources in Paris.

Without further ado, here are the 10 best eco-friendly things to do in Paris

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If you love biking, why not bike to discover one of the most beautiful and most visited cities in the world? And the easiest way to rent a bike is by using the public bike rental system Vélib’, which you will find just about anywhere in the city. For just 1€, you’ll be able to visit Paris on your own schedule and at your own pace.

Autolib’ is a similar concept, but involves small electric cars: Cheap, reliable, easy and very eco-friendly.

If you prefer visiting the city with a guide, Fat Tire guided bike tours in Paris (Versailles, too) offers bike tours by day and by night. Enthusiastic American native speakers will take you on a bike tour through the city’s iconic monuments while reducing your carbon footprint.

City Walks

With many neighborhoods that are as historical as they are unique, Paris is the perfect place for you to take a stroll and experience the city just like the locals do. Besides, Paris is not that big a city, and it’s relatively flat.

Walking tours are the best budget-friendly and eco-friendly answer to all looking to discover all that Paris has to offer, no matter the season, so check out one of our self-guided walking tours (cityneraries) and get out there!

Electric Tuktuk

Originally a small, Asian vehicle with 3 wheels, the Tuk Tuk is your best, most original eco-friendly alternative to the Parisian taxi.  It differs from its Asian counterpart because of its electric engine. It seats for up to 6 people, making it perfect to accommodate visitors who want to travel in an off-the-beaten-path way. The Tuk Tuk doesn’t disappoint when it comes to private hop on/hop off tours and/or unique, themed tours in Paris. 

Marin d'Eau Douce

For a fun activity when the weather is nice (from March to October), look no further than renting your very own electric boat from Marin d’Eau Douce. It's fun and really easy to steer.

Located on the Bassin de la Villette, the northern canal of Paris, it’s the best way to make sure you’re taking advantage of the great outdoors, without having a constant smell of fuel in the air. A true eco-friendly affair!


If you still consider yourself a kid at heart, why not sign up for a Segway tour in Paris? A tour guide will take you to all the best spots near the Eiffel tower, by day or by night. But between you and us, although the guide’s comments are really interesting, It’s all about the Segway. This 2 wheeled individual vehicle is so fun and easy to use, you’ll have a hard time stepping off it at the end of the tour! An ideal way to have fun and saving our planet at the same time.

Draw Paris

For those with a creative streak and an interest in seeing the city in a different way, Draw Paris is just the thing to do! Ditch the taxi, train and the bus and go on a guided walking tour that will permit you to see the highlights of Paris. With Draw Paris, you will create your very own souvenirs along the way, by drawing them with provided pencils and sketchbooks. Simple, friendly and green…

Theater in Paris

Sometimes, the best shows are the easiest ones. No special effects, no fancy decors and glittering costumes. All you need is a stage and good actors! With over 300 theaters and as many plays, Paris is definitely a cultural and theatrical city. Thanks to the surtitles developed by Theater in Parissome of the most popular French plays are now accessible to English speakers! Bye bye language barrier.

But if you prefer music, why not just enjoy a classical concert in the intimacy of the Saint Julien Le Pauvre church, one of the oldest ones in Paris. Concert in Paris organizes small concerts of the highest quality every day. 

Le Foodist

Taking a cooking or a baking class in Paris might have been something you have thought about doing. And it’s a great idea, because it’s highly entertaining and you can always use some acquired skills to impress your friends and family back home! But not a lot of cooking / baking classes take pride in using healthy and bio products. Le Foodist’s chef will take you to a local market and tell you exactly why he prefers choosing some products over others: it’s all about making our planet a better and healthier place.


You don’t want to cook and prefer having lunch or dinner in a restaurant? We can totally understand that (that’s what holidays are for), but if you want to do something for the environment, chose your restaurants carefully. There are quite a few organic (“bio”) restaurants in Paris that use exclusively local produce. It’s your guarantee for low carbon footprint and great taste.

Such restaurants/ cafés include Colette, Marlette, Pousse-Pousse, Cantine Merci and Rose Bakery


If you do want to start cooking, or if you want to bring back something tasty back home, there are many markets in Paris. Recently though, some of the markets have become entirely organic, while others have opened organic sections within the markets.

Marché Bio Raspail is the most famous organic market in Paris. It’s a bit on the pricy side, but all products are duly certified organic, and you might even bump into celebrities!

  • Boulevard Raspail, Metro line 12 – Notre Dame Des Champs, Open Sundays from 9am to 3pm

Marché Bio Batignolles is another 100% organic market in Paris.

  • Boulevard des Batignolles, Metro line 6 – Rome, open on Saturdays from 7am to 3pm

Marché Bio Place Constantin-Brancusi is a smaller, more intimate 100% organic market

  • Place Constantin-Brancusi, Metro line 13 – Gaieté, open on Saturdays from 9am to 3pm

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