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

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

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: The city’s best-dressed baguette sandwiches

Paris: The city’s best-dressed baguette sandwiches

It’s (sigh) time for another confession. On my very first trip to Paris years ago, I ate practically nothing but baguette sandwiches, both night and day. Even then, see, I was already a Cheapo in spirit! And soon I was hooked. Still after all these years, my love for the classic French “sammiches” (as my » 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: Tastes of America (for those homesick moments)

Paris: Tastes of America (for those homesick moments)

By Bryan Pirolli in Paris— I don’t want to be one of those American expats who shuns his country because he lives in Paris and American culture is just so, oh you know, gauche. I love America and, I admit, I get a little misty-eyed when I walk by the US embassy and see “Old » Read more

Paris: The shops, sights and cheap eats of Belleville

Paris: The shops, sights and cheap eats of Belleville

By Bryan Pirolli in Paris— Paris’ Belleville neighborhood is not exactly on the beaten path, but it’s a great opportunity for travelers to experience a less touristy side of the City of Lights. Of course the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre are must-see sights, but graffiti art and Vietnamese food can offer a different kind » Read more

Paris: The 5 best crepe stands in town

Paris: The 5 best crepe stands in town

By Bryan Pirolli in Paris— 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 » 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: 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: 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: 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 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

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

Paris: Restaurants for vegetarians, vegans, and travelers with dietary restrictions

Paris: Restaurants for vegetarians, vegans, and travelers with dietary restrictions

Going to a restaurant when you have some sort of dietary restriction can be difficult enough as it is, let alone when you’re in a foreign country where you may not speak the local language. Never fear, we’ll show you how to find restaurants in Paris where you can eat freely or simply communicate your » 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

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 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: The best in casual nightlife

Paris: The best in casual nightlife

For most tourists, Paris days are spent visiting museums and snapping photos of monuments. But what about Paris nights? After dining at your nearest brasserie, check out these local haunts in the best neighborhoods for casual nightlife. Along the canal In the summer months all the bars along the Canal St. Martin and the Bassin » 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: 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

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

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