Paris Travel Planner   Cheap Meals in Paris, France
Meals in Paris need not be expensive if you know how and where to eat.




The cheapest meal in Paris is street food, which tastes good, is satisfying, and costs little because you're not sitting down in a high-rent dining room. More...

Cheap Restaurants
Near St-Michel

First place you must learn about is a trio of streets on the Left Bank just southeast of Place St-Michel and the St-Michel Métro & RER stations (map).

Rue de la Huchette, rue de la Harpe, rue Saint-Severin and rue Xavier Privas are lined with inexpensive restaurants and food shops offering three-course meals for as little as 10€ or even less.

You can read more about these and other restaurant areas here. You might also want to learn about some of our meals and what they cost.

Take your choice of cuisines: French, Greek, Moroccan, Tunisian, Chinese, Thai, and more.

Check Drink Prices!

A warning is in order, however: be sure to check drink prices as well as food prices. As in many other cities, many restaurants make up for low food prices by charging more for drinks, such as 20€ for a bottle of wine that costs 3€ in a shop.

Keep in mind that you can always order un carafe d'eau (a flask of tap water) at no charge.

The Magic Pichet

If you want wine, look for pichet (pitcher) on the drinks list. This is the house wine, a drinkable and bargain-priced if unexciting vintage which you can usually order by the glass (12cl to 14cl), a small pichet of 25cl, a medium one of 50cl, or a full liter.

Even if you don't find it listed among the drinks, ask. Some restaurants offer pichets because their regular customers demand them, but don't advertise the offering. Occasional customers (like us), not seeing pichet listed with the drinks, may then order more expensive vintages.

Street Food

For times when your're feeling less hungry and more thrifty, there are the street food shops: crêpe booths, sandwich shops and souvlaki stands.


And of course there are Paris picnics, those memorable meal experiences where you put together the ingredients yourself at a boulangerie (bakery), patisserie (pastry shop), traiteur (gourmet shop), then find a spot in a congenial park or garden—of which Paris has an abundance. This easily solves the expensive-drinks problem because you can purchase whatever you like at retail-store prices. More...

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Cheap Restaurants in Paris, France

Rue de la Huchette (map), epicenter
of cheap meals in Paris, France.

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