• Harriot Grinnell-Moore

How To Eat In Paris On A Budget


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Starting to doubt that there’s anywhere in Paris to eat without breaking the bank? Well don’t panic, because there are plenty of places and I’ve put a little list together below!

Some tips to keep in mind are that it will always be cheaper to eat at lunchtime, and many places do special lunchtime menus and offers so you’re really getting your moneys worth! Also, if you want to go for drinks (cocktails especially) look to hit happy hour, where cocktails will only cost you €6, most places operate at 17h-20h happy hour but in more tourist heavy spots you can find happy hour going on until 22h!

Remember that tipping in France isn’t common, like it is in the US, if you’ve had great service feel free to, I’d say the maximum to tip is 10%, anything more and you’re being very very generous! Equally, you can choose to just round up your bill or leave a couple of euros!

Don't forget that Paris has the most beautiful Boulangeries where you can pick up a few croissants for breakfast for virtually nothing! At the same time you could grab a baguette for under a euro and some cheese or ham from a supermarket and voilá, there you have Breakfast and Lunch for around €5! Paris also has beautiful street food markets, such as Marché des Enfants Rouge, Marché Bastille and Rue Cler, perfect for eating in Paris on a budget!

Finally, bear in mind, that the way that the arrondissements are drawn, just because you are in the 9th doesn't mean that the closest places to you are in the 9th, you could be nearer to some restaurants in the 2nd! So, here are a few of my favourite 'cheap eats'!

1st Arrondissement (Louvre and Tuileries)

Pizza e Mozza – 1 Rue des Innocents (Pizza)

Higuma – 163 Rue Saint-Honoré (Japanese)

Bistrot Victoires - 6 Rue la Vrillière (Traditional French Fare)

2nd Arrondissement (Bourse and Montorgueil District)

Le Moulin de La Vierge- Victoires – 10 Place des Petits Pères (Café, Patisseries)

Pizzeria Popolare – 111 Rue Réaumur (Italian)

Frenchie to Go - 9 Rue du Nil (Eat in and Takeaway - Light Bites, Burgers, All Day Breakfast)

3rd Arrondissement (Temple and Beaubourg)

BigLove – 30 Rue Debelleyme (Italian)

Le Traiteur Marocain – Marché des Enfants Rouges (Moroccan)

Breizh Café - 109 Rue Vieille du Temple (Crepes and Galettes)

L'Ilot - 4 Rue de la Corderie (Seafood)

4th Arrondissement (The Marais and Ile-St-Louis)

Le Mistral – 2 Place du Châtelet (Traditional French Fare)

MI-VA-MI Falafel – 23 Rue des Rosiers (Turkish)

L'as du Fallafel - 34 Rue de Rosiers (Turkish)

5th Arrondissement (The Latin Quarter)

Au P’tit Grec – 68 rue Mouffetard (Crepes)

De Clercq, les rois de la frite – 184 Rue Saint Jacques (Burgers and Real Belgian Fries)

Chez Gladines – 44 Boulevard Saint-Germain (Traditional French Fare)

6th Arrondissement (Luxembourg and Saint-Germain-des-Prés)

Maison Sauvage – 5 Rue de Buci 9 (Traditional French Fare)

Le Mabillon – 164 Boulevard Saint-Germain (Traditional French Fare)

7th Arrondissement (Orsay, Eiffel Tower and Invalides)

Le Petit Cler - 29 Rue Cler (Traditional French Fare)

Chez Germaine - 30 Rue Pierre Leroux (Traditional French Fare)

Café Constant -139 rue Saint-Dominique (Traditional French Fare)

8th Arrondissement (Champs-Elysées and Arc de Triomph)

Boco Mathurins- 39 Rue de Mathurins (Light Bites and Nibbles, Eat in or Takeaway)

Foyer de la Madeline - Place de la Madeleine, on the side away from the main door into the church, €5 membership fee required but a three course meal is only €8! (Traditional French Fare)

9th Arrondissement (Opera Garnier and The Grands Boulevards)

Pink Mamma – 20bis Rue de Douai (Italian)

Le Richer - 2 Rue Richer (Traditional French Fare)

Gustave Claps – 21 Rue Henry Monnier (Burgers, Wraps, Sandwiches)

Chartier - 7 Rue de Faubourg Montmartre (Traditional French Fare)

10th Arrondissement (Canal St-Martin)

Tien Hiang – 14 Rue Bichat (Vegan)

Urfa Dürüm – 58 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis (Kurdish Sandwiches)

El Nopal tacos & burrones – 3 Rue Eugène Varlin (Mexican)

11th Arrondissement (Bastille and Oberkampf)

East Mamma – 133 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine (Italian)

Le Bastille – 8 Place de la Bastille, 24hr (Traditional French Fare)

Ober Mamma – 107 Boulevard Richard Lenoir (Italian)

PNY Oberkampf - 96, rue Oberkampf (Burgers)

12th Arrondissement (Bercy and Gare de Lyon)

Chez Papa 12 – 40 Boulevard de la Bastille (French Southwest Fare)

A la Biche au Bois - 45 avenue Ledru-Rollin (Traditional French Fare)

Nous 4 Restaurant - 3 Rue Beccaria (Southern French Fare)

13th Arrondissement (Chinatown and National Library)

Chez Papa 13 – 27 Rue de la Colonie (French Southwest Fare)

Chez Gladines - 30 Rue des 5 Diamants (Basque Country Fare)

Le Prétexte - 111 Rue de Tolbiac (Traditional French Fare)

14th Arrondissement (Montparnasse)

Chez Papa 14 – 6 Rue Gassendi (French Southwest Fare)

15th Arrondissement (Porte de Versailles and Aqua Boulevard)

Chez Papa 15- 101 Rue de la Croix Nivert (French Southwest Fare)

Le bistrot d'Andre - 232 Rue St Charles (Traditional French Fare)

Au Dernier Métro - 70 Boulevard de Grennelle (Café)


16th Arrondissement (Passy and Trocadero)

Victor - 101 bis rue Lauriston (French Seasonal Cuisine)

Brasserie de la Poste - 54 rue de Longchamp (Traditional French Fare)

17th Arrondissement (Place de Clichy)

Mamma Primi – 71 Rue des Dames (Italian)

Pistache Le Petit Apéro -24 Rue Boursault (Tapas)

18th Arrondissement (Montmartre and Pigalle)

Bar à Bulles – 4Bis Cité Véron (Brunch and Tapas)

L’Eté en Pente Douce – 8 Rue Paul Albert (Traditional French Fare)

La Cantine de la Cigale - 124 Boulevard Rochechouart (French Food with Asian Twist)

19th Arrondissement (Buttes-Chaumont and La Vilette)

Chez Papa 19 – 13 Rue du Pré St Gervais (French Southwest Fare)

Le Pavillon des Canaux - 39 quai de la Loire (Lighter Fare)

La Péniche Antipode - 55 Quai de la Seine (Homemade and Traditional Fare)

20th Arrondissement (Belleville and Père Lachaise)

Le Baratin - 3 rue Jouye-Rouve (Home Cooking with Argentinian Twist)

Brasserie Tabac Saint Germain - 120 Rue de Bagnolet (Traditional French Fare)

Popine - 108 Boulevard de Ménilmontant (Pizza)


Outside of central Paris:

Boulogne-Billancourt (Rolland Garros stadium, Parc des Princes Stadium and my quartier!)

Au Bureau – 14 Boulevard de la République ('Pub Grub')

Les Saveurs du Maroc – 12 Route de la Reine (Moroccan)

Plantxa – 58 Rue Gallieni (French)Le Pré en Bulles – 78 Avenue Edouard Vaillant (Traditional French Food and Lighter Fare)

750g la Table – 98 Avenue Edouard Vaillant (French)

La Defense (La Grande Arche)

El Karim – 10 Place des Reflets (Moroccan)

Levallois- Perret

Numero 21- 21 Rue Président Wilson (Traditional French Fare)

If you have a favourite 'cheap place' or want to share with me how you found any of these places, please do! Bon Appétit!

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