Paris is a notoriously expensive city, but you can still enjoy a good meal in the city even if you are on a shoe-string budget. You just need to do a little research to find out what to eat in Paris on a budget. There are plenty of good and affordable meals whether you’re looking for a traditional French meal or something a little more exotic.
There’s a Patisserie and Brasserie literally on every corner of the city. Just let your nose guide you and you won’t be more than a street away from one at any given time!
There are plenty of Parisian treats that are inexpensive which you can buy, including brioches, bread, croissants, and Pain au Chocolat; a croissant with strip of dark chocolate running through the middle.
Ethnic food in Paris is affordable. You can eat cuisines from different parts of the world including the Middle East. France, and particularly Paris, has a strong Arabic influence which has extended to the cuisines, in turn offering one of the best food bargains. Dining at Moroccan or Lebanese restaurants is highly recommended, for something truly Franco-Algerian, try out Zerda Cafe on rue René Boulanger.
You should always be on the look out for set menus. They are usually posted right outside restaurants. They have set prices and they offer three-course meals at good pricess. The variety of dishes you can eat is limited but you will get to save and have a good meal. Cafes, brasseries and bistros also have delicious dishes that are cheap, and are a good option if you’re on a tight budget. They are always cheaper compared to ‘haute cuisine’ restaurants.
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There are some things that you should know as a tourist so that you can save. The restaurants near the tourist hotspots are generally more expensive and should be avoided. You can eat inexpensive meals just a small distance from where all the action is taking place, without feeling ripped off by poor quality food or small portions. Once you follow these tips you will know what to eat in Paris, and you will save a substantial amount of money that you can use on other things!