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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.

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• 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
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Le Beaujolais nouveau est (almost) arrivé!

Sometimes you just can’t make it to Paris as often as you like.  Fortunately for us in late November, Georges Duboeuf was born. Georges Duboeuf, grand-pappy of Les Vins Georges Duboeuf, was the marketing maverick who christened the third Thursday of November as “Beaujolais Day” to celebrate that year’s release of Beaujolais nouveau red wine. This year’s celebration » Read more

Korean Comfort Food at L’Arbre De Sel in Paris

Fans of homestyle Korean cooking should make a beeline to L’Arbre De Sel, a tiny family-run gem in a quiet corner of Paris’ 15th arrondissement behind Montparnasse. At lunchtime you can take a “menu bamboo” for €9.50 and enjoy two mini potstickers followed a profusion of tiny potted plants and clusters of gossamer lights strung » Read more

Paris Vegetarian Restaurants: Our top three

Paris Vegetarian Restaurants: Our top three

Photo by sfsuperstar Paris can be a tough place for a vegetarian, what with all the force-fed duck livers and tartar steaks on restaurant menus. But while it is hard here for a vegetarian, there is hope. Scattered throughout the city are several vegetarian restaurants worth checking out. Our favorites: 1. Le Grenier de Notre » Read more

Paris: 5 pâtisseries to satisfy your sweet tooth

Paris: 5 pâtisseries to satisfy your sweet tooth

ASK Theadora Brack in Paris— DEAR Theadora: Next month I plan to visit Paris with my family. Do you have any pâtisserie recommendations? Or do you not nibble and tell? Your fan, Earl, New York, New York DEAR Earl: As a lover of sweets, I don’t just nibble and tell, Sweet-tooth, I nibble and yell! » 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: 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

A Good Parisian Pint at L’Academie de la Biere

Yes, Paris is a wine city. But if you’re looking for a good pint in the City of Light, l’Académie de la Bière is the place to go. It has a huge beer list, which includes most of the Trappist beers. Its menu items are decently priced, and its Happy Hour from 5 p.m. to » Read more

Paris: 6 favorite cheap restaurants in the Abbesses neighborhood

Paris: 6 favorite cheap restaurants in the Abbesses neighborhood

When it comes to love and chow in Paris, I’m as loyal they come, but I ain’t easy. Before it’ll catch my heart, any eatery had better possess a certain ambience, flattering lighting, an affordable menu, gastronomical consistency, and friendly service. If they recognize my devotion with a smile, a little wave or a complimentary » 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: 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: 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

Paris: Best cheap eats; Best chocolate eclair

Paris: Best cheap eats; Best chocolate eclair

Photo by Ian Hay Last Friday’s Le Parisien had a round-up of cheap and hearty canteens in Paris where you can get a meal for less than €10. Jot these down! 1. Regis, la soupe populaire. 35, rue Mauconseil, Paris 75001. Metro: Les Halles. Open for lunch and dinner on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Main » Read more

Paris: Cheap Indian food in La Chapelle

Paris: Cheap Indian food in La Chapelle

Some Parisian neighborhoods are well known for their falafel, some their dim-sum, and some for their couscous. But the neighborhood of Paris where you’re going to get the best dosa remains well under the tourist radar. If you have a craving for Indian food, head over to La Chapelle on line 2. When you exit » Read more

Paris: Cheapo Night Out!

Paris: Cheapo Night Out!

Paris can get, how do you say?, “trés cher.” After dining out in Paris for two nights last week, we were ready to give our wallets a break and try a Paris night a la Cheapo. A stroll for free After doing a bit of research, we mapped out a fun, Seine-side stroll from St. Germain des » Read more

Paris: The 5 best take-away crepe stands in town

Paris: The 5 best take-away crepe stands in town

When it comes to the all-time best street food in Paris, nothing beats the almighty crepe. Sure, the city’s donor kebabs are good and the falafel is downright addictive, but neither captures the French culinary genius quite like the crepe. With both savory and sweet varieties, a crepe is a necessary part of any Parisian » Read more

Paris: Delicious Italian meats and cheeses for less

Paris: Delicious Italian meats and cheeses for less

Best of all, everything is delicious! Meat-filled canneloni, cooked lasagne, fresh gnocchi, and orechiette are on display alongside a selection of cured hams including pancetta, speck, and mortadella as well as different types of salami. Other temptations include mozzarella di buffala, fresh ricotta, jars of olives and pesto, Italian yoghurts and olive oil. An interesting » Read more

Paris: Embracing your local wine shop

Paris: Embracing your local wine shop

By Theadora Brack in Paris— For the full-bodied love of the sparkling good life in Paris, don’t limit your vin blanc et vin rouge cravings and desires to the grocery store chains—it’s a misconception that specialty shops are always more expensive. In fact, they are more than happy to match any budget. So step away » 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: 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: 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

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

Paris: Free breakfast at the theater this Sunday

Paris: Free breakfast at the theater this Sunday

This Sunday (May 2007), catch a free breakfast at the Theatre du Rond-Point located in the heart of Paris in the 8th arrondissement from 9 a.m. until noon. All you have to do is sign up on the Web site. Dieticians will be available to offer advice on nutrition as you snack your way through » Read more

Paris: Free water at historic fountains (just bring a bottle!)

Paris: Free water at historic fountains (just bring a bottle!)

“When the well is dry, we know the worth of water, my friend,” quipped famed Francophile and frugality fan Ben Franklin. Fortunately, in Paris there are 108 “fontaines Wallace“ and three functional “puits artésien” (artesian wells). Situated around the city’s busiest squares and at intersections in each arrondissement, the water is free for sipping; all » Read more

Paris: Locals Pick Their Favorite Cheeses

Paris: Locals Pick Their Favorite Cheeses

By Theadora Brack in Paris— Big wheels do keep on turning in Paris! Like skirts, cheese is seasonal, and in France the variety is never-ending. So this week I’m taking it to les rues, and asking my favorite local Big Cheeses for recommendations and helpful tips, too. Here’s a shopping list to use as a » 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

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