Paris is mostly known for its gourmet food, patisseries and Michelin star chefs. But the city has a lot to offer for those here on a budget. In this article we list down where you can find high quality cheap food in Paris!
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THE BEST CHEAP FOOD IN PARIS
An area where you can find some of the best cheap food in Paris is around Saint Michel. The area has a lot of choice and a 3 course meal can cost as little as 10€. The food is quite tasty and thanks to the large multitude of choice, there is something for everyone! If you’re travelling in a large group or with your family, the cheap rates make the area perfect for a restaurant meal.
You can also find some great crêpes in Paris in this area. One of the best crêperies is Crêperie Genia that has a menu where you can get a savoury crêpe, a sweet crêpe and a drink all for the price of 5€! Now that’s what we call cheap food in Paris!
If you are in the Belleville or Canal Saint Martin area, you should visit Le Bichat – a fantastic vegetarian restaurant with portions so big that they can fill anyone’s appetite! They also have vegetarian and gluten free options. It’s definitely some of the very best food that we’ve had the pleasure of trying on the cheap in Paris! You can find them here.
If you’re looking for a complete atmosphere, you can visit La Cantine de Belleville, a fantastic French restaurant where you can get a dish for as cheap as 12€ – the food is tasty and it’s very cheap! Open 7 days a week, you can find it here.
BUDGET BARS IN PARIS
One of the most affordable areas to buy a drink or find some of the best cheap food in Paris, Place Monge is popular with locals as well as travellers. You can find cheap bars, affordable restaurants with crepes, French food, Asian cuisine- whatever you fancy actually!
Rue Mouffetard near Place Monge, Photo Credit: travolution.com
Head to Belleville if you’re on the hunt for some of the best cheap food and drink in Paris. A pint of beer in this area costs 2.50€ – that’s an absolute bargain, trust me! The place is hip, full of youngsters and has a whole bunch of cool bars and restaurants as well! The area is in the North-East of Paris.
Happy Hours in Paris, Photo Credit: www.hipstersinparis.com
INSIDR TIP: A lot of bars in Paris will offer HAPPY HOURS where you can get a variety of deals on cheap food and drinks- 2 for 1, special price on cocktails- the deals differ from bar to bar. Don’t hesitate to ask the bar if they’ve got a happy ours deal on, especially during the early evening !
If you’d like more tips, read our article on free activities in Paris.