You can find all the cookeries, from all around the world, in Paris. But you can also find any prices! And it’s sometimes hard to find a restaurant for a little budget easily. If you want to avoid finishing in a McDonald’s or in a high-gastronomic snobbish restaurant, this Top 3 of cheap restaurants in Paris is for you!
1.) Chic setting in the Latin Quarter: La Table des Bernardins
Who said that cheap restaurants in Paris always have an ugly setting? This restaurant is totally the contrary: you will eat here in a Cistercian convent from the XIIIth century, totally renovated by the city, which is absolutely beautiful! They also organize free visits between 10 am and 6 pm (Monday-Saturday), and between 2 pm and 6 pm on Sundays. The lunches are very cheap (only 9€90 for the dish of the day + dessert, or first course + dish of the day) thanks to the delicatessen Tables of Canaa, which are helping the local economy. I advise you to go there, it’s a secret spot for students but also for a lot of artists – and it’s not touristic at all. The only problem is that the restaurant is closed in the evenings. But for a lunch, it would be perfect! You can also just have a snack in the morning, or the afternoon, with some pastries or a café. Finally, if the setting is not wonderful enough for you (Which will probably not be the case), takeaway food is available. Bon appétit!
Le Couvent des Bernardins
20, rue de Poissy, 75005 Paris
Métro: Cardinal-Lemoine (Line 10)
Every day, 10 am – 6 pm (until 8 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays).
No reservation needed.
2.) A typical bistro for a lunch and for less than 20€: Au Passage
There is no secret: the cheap restaurants in Paris are more bistros than gastronomic restaurants! Au Passage is typical of these French bistros and restaurants: the room is little, it’s noisy and it’s so pleasant inside! The cooker is English but the cook is French and elaborated. It’s absolutely delicious and really cheap! For a complete lunch (first course + dish + dessert), count only 17€, it’s a very good spot in this quarter. It’s also English friendly and unforgettable if you are searching for a very French address! Not so far from the Marais, it’s a nice way to eat without paying a lot in a touristic restaurant. It’s the contrary here, because it’s almost hidden and impossible to find if you ignore the address! A reservation could be necessary.
1 bis Passage St-Sébastien, 75011 Paris
Métro St-Sébastien-Froissard (Line 8)
Monday – Friday 12 – 2 pm, and Monday-Saturday 8 pm – 11 pm
Reservation recommended: 01.73.20.23.23.
3.) Delicatessen between Montmartre and Gare du Nord for a little budget: Les Pipalottes Gourmandes
What a nice cheap restaurant in Paris! Les Pipalottes Gourmandes is just in the South of Montmartre and my favorite spot after a walk near to the Sacré-Coeur, or after arrival at the train station of Gare du Nord. The ambiance is very nice (looks like a tiny bistro, so cute!) and the waiters are adorable. The wines are delicious and very cheap. For lunch, you can have a dish + dessert for 16€90 and the portions are very generous – you will not be hungry after that! It is run by a family and everyone wants to give the best. The quality and the setting is cheap, and in a nice quarter: definitely a good address! If you fall totally in love with the products, it’s also a drugstore with good products. If you prefer the brunches, this one is particularly great for a nice Sunday morning. Don’t hesitate!
Les Pipalottes Gourmandes
49 rue de Rochechouart, 75009 Paris
Métro: Anvers or Poissonnière
Every day, 10 am – 9 pm (Brunches on Sundays between 10 am and 3 pm)
The last piece of advice I can give you is to go in restaurants only for the lunch: during the evenings, the prices can be more expensive!