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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.

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Paris Lunch Deals: 5 tasty set menus from €12

Paris Lunch Deals: 5 tasty set menus from €12

Now that the busy summer season has come and gone, the city is starting to settle back into its everyday rhythm. This means you’ll find the people of Paris scattered across lovely terraces around lunch time, stopping by for déjeuner à prix fixe. These meals, often a daily special or a traditional French dish, will be » Read more

Paris: 6 breakfast pastries to try that aren’t croissants

Paris: 6 breakfast pastries to try that aren’t croissants

We all hear about the croissant and its rich little brother the pain au chocolat, but these are not the only breakfast items available at the bakery. Parisians aren’t about to dive into an éclair or creamy millefeuille for breakfast, but they do have other options. Skip breakfast in the hotel to save a few » Read more

Paris: Favorite cheapo restaurants and cafes that remain open in August

Paris: Favorite cheapo restaurants and cafes that remain open in August

We’ve made it again—it’s summertime in Paris! As you may already know, this means Paris has become somewhat of a ghost town. Now that August has hazily rolled over the City of Lights, all the locals have headed to their chateaux in Normandy or their hotels on the Mediterranean. What’s left? All of the tourists, » Read more

Dining in Paris: Five dishes to try before you leave town

Dining in Paris: Five dishes to try before you leave town

I hate writing about food. Suggesting someone a restaurant or a café is like trying to suggest a favorite color to someone. Just because I like a place, doesn’t mean you will, even if the food is stellar or the service above par. I’ll leave you all to battle it out on TripAdvisor. Instead, let’s » Read more

AntiCafé in Paris: Unlimited coffee, Wi-Fi and snacks for €4

AntiCafé in Paris: Unlimited coffee, Wi-Fi and snacks for €4

Sometimes, traveling in Europe can seem like a constant struggle to find good Wi-Fi. Maybe you have to check your flight details, or plan the next leg of your trip. Maybe you need to upload some photos or just shoot an email to your family back home to let them know you’re doing great. Maybe » Read more

Traditional Parisian dining on a budget: The classic Chez Chartier

Traditional Parisian dining on a budget: The classic Chez Chartier

Housed in an ornate, mirror-filled 19th-century hall with mile-high ceilings and tiled floors, le Boullion Chartier is certainly a classic Parisian restaurant. How many restaurants can say they have a history dating back to 1896 or even their own Wikipedia page? While normally these Belle Epoque-style bistros will cost you a pretty penny, Chartier is » Read more

Coffee in Paris: New cafes serving up tasty drinks from talented baristas

Coffee in Paris: New cafes serving up tasty drinks from talented baristas

The coffee scene is changing in Paris. Gone are the days when all Parisians dined at fancy bistros and sipped on bitter Café Richard espresso. Now it seems like every time you turn around a new trendy café has opened that’s serves a decidedly hip clientele. But most importantly, at many of these spots the » Read more

L’As du Fallafel dishes up the best €6 meal in Paris

L’As du Fallafel dishes up the best €6 meal in Paris

Looking for a tasty bite to eat in Paris without breaking the bank? Unfortunately, that’s a pretty tall order in this city, where it’s hard to find a meal for under €10 that isn’t McDonald’s. It almost feels wrong to eat at a fast food joint in Paris, one of the culinary capitals of the » Read more

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

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