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: 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

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: Where to get a smoothie

Photo by Letincelle&Soseau Feeling jaded after all those meals of steak frites and braised veal shanks? Pep yourself up with an ice-cold smoothie at one of the great new juice bars in Paris. Bob’s Juice Bar is located near the Canal St. Martin on the Right Bank. Run by an American filmmaker called Mark, it » 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 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: 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: 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: 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

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

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

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

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

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