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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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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

12 things worth splurging on in Paris

12 things worth splurging on in Paris

Grocery store chains may be your best bets for cutting costs while living in Paris, and they’re perfectly fine and dandy for long-term stays, but what if you’re visiting for just a week or two? Well then, I say, live it like it’s your last! Visiting one of the finest food capitals of the world, » Read more

Cheap Happy Hour Cocktails in Paris

Cheap Happy Hour Cocktails in Paris

photograph by Melanie Clatanoff Finally, a decent bar on the rue de Rivoli! The Benjamin is a typical French café with a downright decent happy hour. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every night, all cocktails are 50% off. The two-person cocktails are the best deal. They normally cost an outrageous €22 (hey, this is » 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

Paris Cheap Eats: 8 great picnic spots

Paris Cheap Eats: 8 great picnic spots

When the weather turns warm, Parisians picnic. Sure, some stray as far as the terrace of their corner café, but many flock to parks, gardens and river-side quais to enjoy their beloved city. For cheapos, picnics have the added advantage of being easy on the budget. Here are our steps for procuring and perfecting the » 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

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

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

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

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

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

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: 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

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 Cafeterias: To “flunch” or not to “flunch”?

Paris Cafeterias: To “flunch” or not to “flunch”?

How would you like to “flunch” together? Curious name aside, the flunch cafeteria chain in France offers a Cheapo-friendly lunch and dinner option to travelers not afraid to grab a tray and get in a line. But are cafeterias your thing? The cafeteria conundrum Without shame, I admit to being a fan of cafeteria food. » Read more

Paris Cheap Eats: Beyond baguettes at the boulangerie

Paris Cheap Eats: Beyond baguettes at the boulangerie

For many people, living in Paris (or just visiting) conjures up visions of buying fresh baguettes and croissants every morning at the local “boulangerie.” But those delightful bakeries offer so much more than breakfast breads! They can also serve as a Cheapo-friendly lunchtime resource! Here’s our guide to the boulangerie’s “other” baked goods, thinking beyond the baguette… More “pain,” » Read more

Paris Dining: Tasty (and cheap) meals from other cultures

Paris Dining: Tasty (and cheap) meals from other cultures

By Liz Webber in Paris– Just like any modern metropole, Paris is a vibrant blend of cultures and people. Along with other immigrant groups, those from the former French colonies of Algeria and Vietnam have made their mark on the capital, creating new communities in their adopted home. One (rather tasty) way that Cheapos can » 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 Macaron Taste Test: Ladurée vs Gérard Mulot

Paris Macaron Taste Test: Ladurée vs Gérard Mulot

By Theadora Brack in Paris Who’s the top macaron in Paris? Two names I often hear during heated gastronomical debates in my circle are the historic old school favorite Ladurée, and the flashy newcomer Gérard Mulot. While both are certainly splurge-worthy, I’ve often wondered if one had a bit of an edge over the other. » Read more

Paris meets North Africa: Tastes of Morocco and Tunisia

Paris meets North Africa: Tastes of Morocco and Tunisia

By Bryan Pirolli in Paris— Recent events in the Maghreb may have cut your trip to Egypt or Tunisia short, but fret not. Here in Paris a flourishing North African population shares its culture in plenty of delicious and delightful ways. North African nations of the once-mighty French empire, including present-day Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria, » 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

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

Couscous with a View at Le Moucharabieh

Museum restaurants tend to be overpriced and lacklustre. “Le Moucharabieh,” the self-service restaurant at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, is a refreshing exception to the rule. A plate of excellent mezze—hommous, aubergine dip, and vegetable salad with a crunchy walnut yogurt dressing—is €4. A plate of couscous with chicken, merghez sausages, and vegetables » Read more

Paris Tip: Local aperitifs and the locales to match them

Paris Tip: Local aperitifs and the locales to match them

Paris is made up of more than just good wine. And locals here know not to ignore the other French cylindrical dandies of the drink world. Give us your liqueurs, your full-bodied bitters, your anisés and wild gentians! The mind reels with all the other possibilities. Drink specials Here’s a short list of apéritifs—along with » Read more

Paris Tip: The best tarte in town!

Paris Tip: The best tarte in town!

Looking for the best tarte in Paris? For a delectable inside scoop, I asked a baker’s dozen friends to name their favorite boulangerie or pâtisserie. Nearly everyone in Paris is both food critic and advocate. So, while visiting the City of (De)lights, take advantage of the gastronomical convictions of the knowledgeable locals. Hint: Look for » Read more

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