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Best eats in Paris in cheap and affordable prices


✍️ Despite their prices the most famous foods in Paris are:


French Croissants
(Cheap, yet very tasty):

You can start your day like a true Parisian and get yourself an all-butter croissant for breakfast.
Order your French croissants from true artisan bakeries.
A great option is La Maison d'Isabelle (located at 47ter Bd Saint-Germain, 75005 Paris - France), which recently received an award for Best Croissant in Paris (in 2018).
This place opens at 6am so if you find yourself arriving early morning in Paris, know that you can get the best croissant there.
From the same bakery you can order a delicious baguette too for breakfast.
See more of the baked delights you can eat there in their Instagram here




French Macarons
(delicate, airy shells made of almond flour and filled with a rich, savory tasteful cream):

Popular Macarons flavors include pistachio, chocolate, vanilla, fresh raspberry and salted butter caramel.
Yes, I know. Macarons aren't that cheap in Paris or anywhere else.
But a good Macaron for 3 euros per piece could be an experience to try while you are strolling around in Paris.
I highly recommend the famous Pierre Hermé for this (located in various neighborhoods around Paris - check the addresses here).
Pierre Hermé - the youngest - ever winner of the French Pastry Chef of the Year honor and one of the Richest Chef who was born in France (Pierre Hermé's net worth was $1-5 Million at the age of 57 years old) created his own brand in 1998 and his products are very famous since then wordwide, not only on Paris.
Its pastry shops in Paris are open daily from around 10:00 or 11:00 until 19:00.
Visit Pierre Hermé's site here to see more of his macarons selections, his pastries and their prices.




Onion Soup
(a famous, traditional, comfort food in Paris):

With caramelized onions and beef broths this local soup is served gratinéed with crusty croutons and a slice of Gruyère cheese on top.
Where you can find this delicious French soup?
You can order it from the Bistrot des Vosges (located at 31 Bd Beaumarchais, 75004 Paris, France) but if you want to have some other delicious French plates in affordables prices too, you can order it in the Bistrot Victoires (6 Rue de la Vrillière, 75001 Paris, France) or in the Bouillon Pigalle restaurant too (located at 22 Bd de Clichy, 75018 Paris, France).
For those two last bistrot / restaurant suggestions, their prices and their menus, read more on my tips below.




Escargots
(snails are a traditional food in France, where they're called “escargot”):

Although this dish is a favorite delicacy among the French, its the land escargots or snails that are most often eaten.
It has been said that over 500 million snails are eaten in France every year.
The classic Burgundy Snail recipe (“Escargots à la Bourguignonne”) has them cooked with garlic butter, parsley or thyme. The snails are then put back into their shells with the escargot butter.
In Paris you can order the traditional Burgundy Escargots —6, 12, or 36 snails in garlic butter — or you are given options to try the escargot cooked with different spices at the “L'Escargot Montorgueil” (38 Rue Montorgueil, 75001 Paris, France).
In the same Parisian restaurant you can also try tasty and tender frog legs, another traditional French dish.
Both of them are not moderate cheep but this restaurant is well known for both of these dishes and if you insist on having good local food - while you are in Paris, you should definitely give them a try.
You can visit the restaurant's site for more information on the menu and its prices or to contact them for an early reservation by clicking here




Frog legs or Cuisses de grenouille
(an extremely common delicacy in French cuisine):

Frog legs have been part of the national diet in France for over 1000 years.
Roughly 4,000 tonnes of frog legs are consumed every year in France.
Legend has it that the French started eating frogs' legs in the 12th century when cunning monks who were forced into a “no-meat” diet managed to have frogs classified as fish.
This delicacy is often grilled or deep fried and seasoned with butter, ginger, garlic, onion, parsley sauce, pepper and topped with a spritz of lemon juice.
In Paris you can order perfectly cooked slightly crispy frog legs with fenel puree (as a starter) for €11 at the notorious “Sacrée fleur Restaurant” (50 Rue de Clignancourt, 75018 Paris, France) a hidden gem in Montmatre.
In the same Parisian restaurant you can order delicious Foie gras or Entrecôtes, local onion soup, duck breast, crispy French fries and steaks to die for among other tasteful selections too but it's not in my selection for the Best cheap eats in Paris.
Prices are actually mid range here but well worth it and you can also have some cheap house wine.




Foie gras
(made from the 'fat liver' of a duck or goose):

Foie gras is a popular and well-known delicacy in French cuisine.
Its flavour is described as rich, buttery, and delicate, unlike that of an ordinary duck or goose liver.
There are three qualities of Foie gras served in restaurants and bistrots in France:
Foie gras extra, foie gras first quality and foie grass standard and they come in various prices.
Foie gras price starts at about 8 Euros per portion.
Another notorious restaurant option to try a goof foie gras - except fro the restaurants mentioned above - is “Le Comptoir de la Gastronomie” (see its site here) and their Foie gras starters costs around 19€ - 21€.

Most of the above restaurants aren't though the Cheap Eats in Paris I've promised you.
Let's skip them and see where you can have affordably breakfast, lunch or dinner in this wonderful city, shall we?



Yes, show me some cheap options right away

No, I want to read “The most famous foods in Paris” again


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Sirloin steak with thyme served at Bistrot Victoires



Lily's Tips:
Eat cheap in Paris:

The cheapest tasteful options to eat in the City of Lights


✍️ Right above I mention some of the traditional French foods to taste while you are in Paris.
Few of them, like croissants or other bakery products are cheap and could be in the list below too.

• You can have one more look in the above selections or continue here to find out all the other cheap - eat options.


“Midi 12 Restaurant
(12 rue la Fayette, 75009 Paris France, near to the French Opera and Gallery Lafayette,
Tel.: +33 9 50 12 24 24, midi12.com)


A cute small French restaurant with very nice atmosphere.
Small still very tasty crepes and galettes (French salty crepes made of Buckwheat - Gluten-free).
Not the cheapest prices but with this taste and service it’s a great value for money.
Gluten-free selections from the menu are always available as they serve those wonderful galettes.
Great selection of cold and hot drinks too and many none alcoholic alternatives.
The stuff of this small restaurant is so polite and welcoming for the guests.

PRICE RANGE:
€8 - €25

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday
11:00 am to 9:30 pm

Restaurant's map:
Click here to see its location

Public Transportation:
Subway: Chaussée d'Antin - La Fayette (M7 et M9)
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“La Petite Rose des Sables” Restaurant
(6 rue de Lancry, 75010 Paris France)

Authentic French home made food at its best!
You’ll get to try typically French, homemade and fresh food, great local wine, a cozy ambience and get to know a lovely waitress/owner.
The owner is more than welcoming and they are offering you free treats to taste while you are waiting to be served. Great portions at very reasonable prices.
You get more than what you pay here.
This place is highly recommended.
What you need to take care in advance:
Better arrive early or before it opens if you want to get a table soon and skip the waiting queue that follows afterwards.

Restaurant's map:
Click here to see its location

Open days and hours:
From Monday to Saturday
(Used to) 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
(Currently) 7:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Every Sunday it's closed

Tel: +33 1 40 18 35 30

Nearest METRO station stop:
Metro République and Metro stop Jacques Bonsergent
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“Bistrot Victoires”
(6 rue de la Vrilliere, 75001 Paris France, paris-bistro.com)

This hidden gem of Paris is a small cozy restaurant - bistrot about 10 minutes walk from the Louvre museum and 15 minutes from the Opera.
I suggest to try either the Duck or the Canard Confit, their French onion soup (if you like soups this is very tasteful) and definitely have some Profiteroles for dessert. Lovely local beer (Gallia)
1 person will pay from 10-20 euros depending of what he/she eat and drink.

Bistrot Victoires Address:
6 Rue de la Vrillière, 75001 Paris, France (bistrot's map)

Opening hours:
Every day from 10.00 am - 11.00 pm

Tel: +33 1 42 61 43 78
Website: paris-bistro.com

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“Au P'tit Grec” Crêperie, Paris
(68 rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris & 25 rue Saint Denis, 75001 Paris)

Located only 10 minutes walk from the Louvre museum.
Wonderful crepes in cheap prices, big portions and friendly staff.
Best proposal is to try the sweet crepes rather than the salty ones.
Things to remember before visiting this small restaurant: There are big queues if you arrive late.
Despite their name the food is not the Greek food most of the people have in mind (like gyros, souvlaki, mousaka etc) but it’s the quality and the portions of the Greek crepes (in very affordable prices for Paris) so you should definitely give it a try.
Crepes prices varies from 2.5 (for a sweet Nutella crepe) or 3.5 euros (for a salty ham crepe for example) to 7.5 euros for salty crepes. Feta cheese is the Greek cheese suggested in many salty options.

See their menu here: auptitgrec.com
Phone: +33 6 50 24 69 34
Email: info@auptitgrec.com

Crêperie address:
68 rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris & 25 rue Saint Denis, 75001 Paris
Google map:
Click here to see its location
Visit for more information: auptitgrec.com

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Φιλέτο ψαρονέφρι με θυμάρι σερβιρισμένο στο Bistrot Victoires
Bouillon Pigalle Restaurant Paris - Photo: doitinparis.com



“Bouillon Pigalle” Paris
(22 boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris France, Tel: +33 1 42 59 69 31)

This restaurant is located close enough to the Pigalle station.
Traditional French cuisine with good local wines (by the carafe) and a lot of emotions. Limited vegetarians dishes though.
Tasty French classics dishes (like onion soup, beef steak with potatoes frites, traditional pork sausage with mashed potatoes, sea scallops or foie gras and duck confit with garlicky potatoes) at good and reasonable prices (not a Michelin star taste though but worth the visit if this isn’t what you are seeking for).

Things to know before visiting this restaurant:
No reservations. I am warning you, there could be lots of queueing.
Most of the times its too crowded inside (so quite noisy too) and there is a big line wait outside that (usually) moves very quickly as the restaurant is very large and if you're only 2 people you'll be put ahead of the bigger groups.
Sometimes you might experience some delays with the service.
On the top, there is a huge heated terrace with 100 places overlooking Pigalle. A dream.

Public transportation:
Métro station Pigalle
Google map - Bouillon Pigalle:
Click here to see its location

CUISINES: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, French
Restaurant menu: bouillonlesite.com
Opening Hours: Everyday of the week from 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM
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You can also try the “Bouillon République” too in the 39 Bd Du Temple, 75003 Paris France - close to Métro République station, for a more relaxed experience (see its exact location here)
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or the old and famous “Bouillon Chartier” for traditional French food at a low price, in a noisy but historically interesting restaurant (located here).
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“Le Petit Bouillon Pharamond” | Paris
(24 Rue de la Grande Truanderie, 75001 Paris, France)

Beautiful restaurant, decorated in a classic Parisian style, in the heart of Paris, so simple and cheap, yet so good.
“Le Petit Bouillon Pharamond” is really cozy and social.
The food is tasty - not for a a Michelin star, though the menu offers a great variety of traditional French cuisine’s food.
A dinner for two with three courses plus wine might get you a bill under €60 and that's for Paris restaurants is quite rare.
The menu is short but varied, the food is simple and delicious and the service is friendly.
Don't miss escargots, onion soup, bœuf bourgignon - beef tartare and confit de canard.

Things to know before visiting this restaurant:
No reservations. You need to arrive early or be prepared to queue though it's definitely worth the wait.
Excellent value for money.
After leaving this restaurant, both your pocket and your stomach will be supper happy!

Public transportation:
Métro station - Étienne Marcel stop
Google map - Le Petit Bouillon Pharamond:
Click here to see its location

Cuisines: Traditional French cuisine
Restaurant's site: petitbouillonpharamond.com
Opening Hours: Everyday of the week from 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM
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Bistrot • Restaurants • Bakeries in Paris in my article:

“La Maison d'Isabelle, “Pierre Hermé”, “Bistrot des Vosges”, “Bistrot Victoires”, “Bouillon Pigalle restaurant”, “L'Escargot Montorgueil”, “Sacrée fleur Restaurant”, “Le Comptoir de la Gastronomie”, “Midi 12” Restaurant, “La Petite Rose des Sables” Restaurant, “Bistrot Victoires”, “Au P'tit Grec” Crêperie Paris, “Bouillon Pigalle” Paris et “Bouillon République”, “Bouillon Chartier”, “Le Petit Bouillon Pharamond”.







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