EuroCheapo's Paris Eating and Drinking Articles

While Paris is famous for fine dining, the city offers budget travelers a long list of tasty options, as well. In the articles below you’ll find recommendations for everything from small, affordable restaurants to crepe stands and felafel joints. Plus, tips for saving on bars, groceries, and other essentials.

Also in our Paris guide:

• The best cheap hotels in Paris reviewed by our editors
• Articles about saving on Paris hotels
Free things to do in Paris and free outdoor activities
Practical tips to help you plan your trip
• Save on sightseeing and museums and shopping
• Saving on nightlife and entertainment
• Ways to save on transportation
Cheap flights from Charles De Gaulle and Orly airport

Paris Reinvents the Café

Paris Reinvents the Café

Earlier this summer the formerly scruffy Place de la République on the border of the 3rd, 10th and 11th arrondissements reopened after an 18-month renovation that attempted to make what had become a noisy, traffic-clogged, blighted urban crossroads into a place where Parisians and tourists would actually want to hang out. Baptized in honor of » Read more

The 3 Best Food Trucks in Paris

The 3 Best Food Trucks in Paris

In the last few years, the food truck phenomenon has finally reached a city known for its formal sit-down lunches, offering American-style street food with a French twist. Here are a few of Paris’ most loved food trucks. Le Camion Qui Fume Californian Kristin Frederick’s homemade buns and handcut fries make the burgers and frites » Read more

Why You Should Never Buy Water in Paris

Why You Should Never Buy Water in Paris

The quality drinking water in Paris is a precious resource that makes buying the plastic bottled variety a waste of funds, not to mention an obviously harmful gesture for the planet. The good news is that municipal Paris water tastes good. And it’s safe, free and widely available to locals and tourists alike. Drinking in » Read more

Half of Paris’ Boulangeries Remain Open in August

Half of Paris’ Boulangeries Remain Open in August

Those who dare to visit the city of Paris in August, that infamous month when Parisians do their holy best to get out of town, have likely been confronted by a shuttered restaurant or shop with an unapologetic note on the door saying that they will be back in September and expect to see you » Read more

Gourmet Picnic Ideas for Your Paris Hotel Room

Gourmet Picnic Ideas for Your Paris Hotel Room

To save on eating out or combat restaurant/waiter fatigue in Paris, sometimes it’s nice to stay in and enjoy a simple meal in your room. But we have watched one too many tourists wander through the dreary aisles of a French supermarket scavenging like lost urban seagulls for industrially made scraps when all of Paris » Read more

How to Save Money on Breakfast in Paris

How to Save Money on Breakfast in Paris

Breakfast in a Parisian café can be a lovely way to start your morning, but if you’re not careful it can also turn out to be a sorely overpriced treat. Here are a few pointers for enjoying the most important meal of the day without blowing your budget before lunch. Avoid the English-Speaking French Breakfast » Read more

Don’t Leave a Tip: Simple Savings in Paris

Don’t Leave a Tip: Simple Savings in Paris

Sometimes budget-minded travelers are so preoccupied with saving on big things like hotels and flights that they end up losing money in more stealthy ways, like spending unnecessarily by failing to embrace cultural differences. One way to avoid letting your trip to Paris burn a hole in your wallet? Think twice before you tip. Americans » Read more

L’Aperitif in Paris: 3 trendy “happy hour” spots for Cheapos

L’Aperitif in Paris: 3 trendy “happy hour” spots for Cheapos

After a day of meandering through Paris’ museums, trolling boutiques or pounding the cobblestones as you see the sights, there’s nothing quite like taking a load off and parking yourself at a corner café to partake in that most pleasant of French table traditions, “l’apéritif,” or “l’apéro” for short. The French cherish that time of » Read more

Paris: 7 cheapo food spots that do one delicious thing extremely well

Paris: 7 cheapo food spots that do one delicious thing extremely well

It’s market day and the Parisians go from the fruit stand to the cheese shop to the butcher – such a quaint way to shop, right? Well, actually, you’re just as likely to find Parisians going to the Monoprix or Carrefour supermarkets for a one-stop fix on all groceries, so this image is a bit » Read more

Paris in the Winter: Tasty and cheapo ways to stay warm in the drizzle

Paris in the Winter: Tasty and cheapo ways to stay warm in the drizzle

It’s cold.  It’s snowy.  It’s winter.  Hey, it’s Paris.  There’s no reason to stay inside even if the weather would suggest otherwise.  A few easy suggestions will still allow you to stroll the famous streets and avenues of Paris even if subzero temperatures try to foil your trip. 1. Dress the part It’s funny how » Read more

Paris: The best 1 euro coffee

Paris: The best 1 euro coffee

With so many chic coffee shops opening in Paris offering locally-roasted high quality brews, Cheapos might lament the loss of notoriously cheap café. But fear not! Paris’ City Hall workers took it upon themselves to crowd source places in Paris where €1 espresso still exists, reassuring locals and tourists alike. The results are in from » Read more

Paris: Favorite brunch spots, chosen by expats

Paris: Favorite brunch spots, chosen by expats

Le brunch is about as French as apple pie, yet it’s quickly becoming a trend for Parisians who dream of living life like Carrie Bradshaw.  But before you head out Sunday morning, be warned: Brunch in Paris is not the bottomless mimosa fest that you may know from New York or the scone-studded pancake-packed buffet » Read more

Paris: Pack the perfect picnic with these meats from the butcher

Paris: Pack the perfect picnic with these meats from the butcher

Even though the summer has technically been in full swing for a while, cold weather and rainy days in Paris have suppressed the always anticipated picnic season. Fortunately, temperatures are creeping up high into the 70s F (wow!), teasing locals back out to the banks of the Seine and to parks with promises of wine » Read more

Pizza in Paris: Where to find Paris’ best pizza pie

Pizza in Paris: Where to find Paris’ best pizza pie

By Bryan Pirolli in Paris— When people ask how I ended up in France, I tell them I got stalled on my way to Italy and haven’t bothered to move.  It’s partly true – I have plenty of Italian blood in me and often feel the need to go “home.”  But Italy is well represented » Read more

Paris Restaurants: Where to find fresh, natural and organic cheap eats

Paris Restaurants: Where to find fresh, natural and organic cheap eats

By Bryan Pirolli in Paris— A culinary capital renowned for its elaborate pastries, steak frites, cheese and wine, Paris isn’t by any means perfect. Recent investigations revealed that many of those carefully prepared dishes that tourists dine on in restaurants are nothing more than reheated frozen meals (more on that here in English). Zut alors… » Read more

Paris Shopping List: 3 cheeses to try at the fromagerie

Paris Shopping List: 3 cheeses to try at the fromagerie

By Theadora Brack in Paris— Who doesn’t want to be a big cheese whiz? But with so many enchanting fromageries in Paris, how to make a cheese selection? Like hemlines, the variety of cheeses is seasonal and never-ever-ending. I have been there. So to help out, I’ve created a shopping list to use as a » Read more

Paris: 6 wine-buying tips for Cheapos

Paris: 6 wine-buying tips for Cheapos

By Bryan Pirolli in Paris— Few beverages seem as intimidating as wine. Images of blind tastings, snobbish conversations about vintages, and hefty price tags immediately come to mind. Coming to Paris, wine drinkers are like kids in a candy store. Affordable and delicious wine flows freely, but travelers can easily be duped. Whether you’re looking » Read more

Paris: A short list of cafés that actually serve good coffee

Paris: A short list of cafés that actually serve good coffee

By Bryan Pirolli in Paris— Paris is known for its café culture – lounging on a terrace all day long with a good book, some writing, and fantastic people watching. But when it comes to the actual café, the consensus among coffee-enthusiasts is that Paris doesn’t really brew the best cup of joe in Europe. » Read more

Paris: Favorite cafe, chocolate shop, and boulangerie “hangouts”

Paris: Favorite cafe, chocolate shop, and boulangerie “hangouts”

By Theadora Brack in Paris— ’Tis the season to be jolie, so I’ve decided to whip up a little something special for you, Cheapos. Here are a handful of my favorite hangouts in Paris. They’re all food-related and drool-worthy, but that’s no big surprise as I eat, love and pray daily for an abundance of » Read more

Paris: David Lebovitz reviews Paris’ best pastry shops

Paris: David Lebovitz reviews Paris’ best pastry shops

By Bryan Pirolli in Paris— Whether it’s a trendy rosewater macaron or a classic chocolate éclair, Paris is a pastry-lover’s destination. Knowing where to go and what to get, however, can be daunting with so many tempting options in front of you. Sometimes it’s best to turn to the professionals for a little bit of » Read more

Paris: Where to find the best burgers (à la francaise)

Paris: Where to find the best burgers (à la francaise)

By Bryan Pirolli in Paris— The long Parisian culinary tradition takes a sharp turn when it comes to the most quintessentially un-Parisian food, “le burger.” I can hear the groans of purists who wince at the very thought of ordering “un burger” in Paris. But for better or worse, the hamburger has become something of » Read more

Retro Paris: The perfect jazz lounge (for the price of a drink)

Retro Paris: The perfect jazz lounge (for the price of a drink)

“Mad Men” fanatics, lean in because this tip’s for you. Blame it on Paris‘ falling autumn leaves, but suddenly I’ve got a hankering for some good old-fashioned, toe-tapping, finger snapping, bodice riffing jazz. For the love of swanky-panky, what would Don Draper do? Putting on my stylish Peggy Olson thinking cap, I reached out to » Read more

Paris: The city’s tastiest ice cream, frozen yogurt and gelato

Paris: The city’s tastiest ice cream, frozen yogurt and gelato

By Bryan Pirolli in Paris— As the sun starts beating down on a July afternoon in Paris, one surefire escape from the heat is a walk to the frozen food isle of the grocery store. Walk past the frozen bags of spinach and boxes of frozen pizza and you’ll find the cure to even the » Read more

Paris: 5 summer drinks to try at the café

Paris: 5 summer drinks to try at the café

Few experiences in Paris are as rewarding as sitting at a café for hours with a single beverage, watching the world pass by. During the summer, the sidewalk terraces open and the street theater plays out in front of you. As long as you stay away from the most famous streets and tourist-laden cafés in » Read more

Paris: Beer shopping in Paris

Paris: Beer shopping in Paris

By Theadora Brack in Paris— I just revived my love for beer in Paris. Say it is so! This week let’s go brew shopping with Yohan Loiseau, beer enthusiast and television editor. Plus, like a true génie with a bottle, he’ll give a few magical cheese pairings, perfect for summertime picnicking. Lights! Camera! Satisfaction! FADE » Read more