The Best Budget Restaurants in Paris (2023)

Paris is the spiritual homeland of the gastronomically inclined, with world-class, Michelin-star restaurants located across the city. Thankfully, however, there are a number of high-quality budget restaurants here, so there’s no need to break the bank for good food.

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L’As du Fallafel

Restaurant, Middle Eastern

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You can’t visit Paris without stopping by the legendary L’As du Fallafel, a Marais favourite. Though small, this restaurant is a big name and is best known for its falafel wraps. The traditional chickpea fritters are cooked fresh and wrapped in soft pita bread, filled with the requisite creamy hummus, crunchy crudités and a touch of spice thanks to the harissa. While the restaurant has a seating area, many people take their order to go, allowing them to enjoy the dish while walking down the narrow Marais streets.

Trois Fois Plus de Piment

Restaurant, French

This award-winning Sichuan restaurant is the best place in Paris to get your chilli fix. The menu, which features traditional recipes from Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan region, has the best noodles in the city. You’re even able to choose your level of spice, from zero to five, allowing you to have a bit more control over your food. The bad news is those accustomed to the mild French palate will find that level two is already pretty hardcore. Try the dandan soup – minced pork, peanuts, chives, Chinese cabbage, garlic and vinegar – for an authentic taste of Southwestern China, and wash it down with a Tsingtao beer.

The Grilled Cheese Factory

Restaurant, French

The Grilled Cheese Factory is all about American fast food. It offers a range of American-style grilled cheese sandwiches that feature market-fresh French produce for a very Parisian take on comfort food. Thick-cut American-style bread is stuffed full of indulgent fillings such as mac and cheese with caramelised onions, smoked turkey with pepper sauce, and chèvre (goat’s cheese) with spinach and fig jam. Or skip the main and go straight for the grilled Nutella and mascarpone sandwich for dessert.

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Pizzeria Popolare

Pizzeria, Italian

Get ready for a date with an Italian in Paris. This location of Pizzeria Popolare opened in March 2017 to rave reviews. The concept? Great, authentic Italian food at affordable prices in a rustic-chic setting. The pizzas here are cheap for Paris, and the thick and creamy risottos are also reasonably priced. Pizzeria Popolare believes in sharing, caring and making sure its guests keep coming back for more. A street food tour in Naples – the birthplace of pizza – is included on our 10-day adventure to Southern Italy.

Ippudo Paris

Restaurant, Asian

With outposts from Sydney to New York, Ippudo really is world-famous for ramen. While its steaming bowl of freshly stretched noodles may not be the cheapest ramen you’ll find in Paris, it’s certainly the best. However, you’ll also find plenty of affordable options, such as its raijin wings (crispy chicken wings served in a sweet soy sauce) and hirata buns (sweet buns stuffed with marinated pork, fried chicken or an assortment of legumes).

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Bouillon Chartier

Restaurant, French, European

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Everything you need to know about the Bouillon Chartier is summed up in the first line on its website: “A restaurant doesn’t become a legend by accident.” Housed in a former railway station, this traditional brasserie is all about good food at a reasonable price. The menu is full of classic dishes, such as beef tartare, choucroute and even that most infamous of French dishes, andouillette sausage. The friendly, efficient wait staff will get you seated and served in no time, so don’t let the queue scare you off.

The Hood Paris

Restaurant, Asian

The Hood is described as a “hip coffee house and neo-bistro” by owner and MasterChef France 2015 winner Khanh-Ly Huynh. A coffee shop by day and apéro/bistro by night, it serves Asian favourites like bánh mì and congee alongside those café classics of granola, quiches and scones. All condiments, syrups, sauces and spices are made in-house, and the coffee is considered to be some of the best in Paris.

Le Cornichon

Restaurant, French

Le Cornichon is for the gourmand looking for a Michelin-star meal on a shoestring budget. Tucked away in the quiet streets of the 14th arrondissement, not far from Montparnasse station, you’ll pay a decent price for a three-course meal from a constantly changing seasonal menu. All Le Cornichon’s produce is sourced locally, so while its menu is available online, it’s not always up to date. Note that this isn’t a place for picky eaters as the small menu doesn’t shy away from the more traditional ingredients. Winter is the best time to visit for its additional game menu – think pigeon, venison and sweetbreads.

Oui Galette

Restaurant, Lebanese

Oui Galette is easy to miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Around the corner from the hustle and bustle of the Rue de Sebastopol, Oui Galette is a tiny Lebanese bakery specialising in arayes (pita sandwiches) stuffed with a variety of flavourful fillings. The base includes a garlic paste and finely chopped tomato and a meat of your choice. Culture Trip’s pick is the sojok (a spicy lamb sausage mince), but also on the menu are lemon chicken, curry chicken and cheese. Order on the spot and the guys will cook it on a hot plate right in front of you. Save room for dessert – Oui Galette stocks a variety of traditional Lebanese pastries as well!

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The Best Budget Restaurants in Paris? ›

The average cost of food in Paris amounts to approximately €45 per person per day. For those on a tighter budget, it is possible to spend approximately €25 a day to eat. For those who would like to indulge themselves and can afford more, I suggest planning approximately €65 per day.

Where to eat cheaper in Paris? ›

The Top 15 Best Cheap Restaurants in Paris
  • Bouillon Pigalle. Ah, Bouillon Pigalle, where great food meets affordable prices! ...
  • L'As du Falafel. ...
  • Breizh Café ...
  • Chez Gladines. ...
  • Deux Fois Plus de Piment. ...
  • Le Café du Coin. ...
  • Miznon. ...
  • Le Comptoir du Relais.
Aug 3, 2023

How much should I budget for meals in Paris per day? ›

The average cost of food in Paris amounts to approximately €45 per person per day. For those on a tighter budget, it is possible to spend approximately €25 a day to eat. For those who would like to indulge themselves and can afford more, I suggest planning approximately €65 per day.

Is it cheap to eat out in Paris? ›

We have been to Paris many times and learned that eating at restaurants and bistros near popular tourist attractions can be expensive. But there are several spots where your snack and meals only cost from 6 € to 15 €.

Where to eat in Paris without breaking the bank? ›

Where to eat in Paris without breaking the bank? 10 affordable spots in Paris that are actually good
  • Bouillon Julien.
  • 3. Cafe du Coin.
  • L'Alsacien.
  • Chez Gladines ( Butte Aux Cailles)
  • Les Parigots.

How to save money on food in Paris? ›

Paris on a Budget: 10 Tips to Spend Less For Great Food
  1. Eat out at lunch instead of dinner. ...
  2. Opt for 'une formule', which is a set menu. ...
  3. Order wine by the glass. ...
  4. Beware of sodas and sparkling waters. ...
  5. Go to the bar inside a café to have your coffee. ...
  6. Order “à emporter” ...
  7. Avoid “le brunch” ...
  8. Eat like a Parisian.
Jun 9, 2021

How to be frugal in Paris? ›

Cook at home or ask for take away food if you don't finish

Many times I would find myself having wine, cheese, cold cuts, and a baguette for dinner. If you don't finish your meal when you dine out don't be afraid to ask for your food to go. In Paris, it's referred to as “take away.”

Do I have to tip in Paris? ›

Tipping in France is not mandatory. Even though it is always appreciated, it's up to the customers to decide if they want to tip or not. Unlike other countries, the price of the service is included in the total cost of the bill. You will never be asked to tip, but it's common to leave one if the service was good.

How much is 1 croissant in Paris? ›

The average price of a croissant in Paris (out of over 100 bakeries) is €1.16. The most expensive one is in the 1st arrondissement and costs €1.75 in the Eric Kayser – Louvre Palais Royal bakery. The cheapest one can be found in the 13th arrondissement in the Pains et Passion bakery, for €0.90.

Are you supposed to tip in France? ›

Tipping is not required in France (although there are a few exceptions). You don't need to tip French waitstaff because they get a living wage and benefits. It is NOT considered rude to tip in France. There is no standard percentage for tips in France.

What are five rules for eating out at a restaurant in Paris? ›

5 Rules You Should Be Following in Paris to Eat like a Local
  • Eat at the right hours.
  • Look for table settings.
  • Get the menu fixe.
  • Understand the order of operations.
  • Take your time!
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Is it best to book restaurants in Paris? ›

Call in advance!

This is the biggest error I see in my clients. Don't expect to have a great meal in Paris without booking at least a day in advance. Sometimes for casual places, you can even call the same day for a dinner reservation (during the week).

How much is a good dinner in Paris? ›

One of the best meal deals in Paris is the three-course fixed price lunch menu. You can eat a great meal for 12-15€ at a restaurant that charges 30-45€ and up for dinner. Cafes are also great choices for a light meal. Cafe menus include salads and quiches for 7€ and sandwiches for 5€.

Is it rude to leave food on your plate in Paris? ›

French waiters are trained not to clear plates until every party is finished eating. It is not necessarily rude to leave food on a plate in Paris, but when someone is finished eating, they should place their knife and fork across their plate to indicate to the waiter they are done.

What is the must have food while in Paris? ›

French food is impossible to resist in the city of light. Famous foods in Paris include Croissants, Steak-Frites, Macarons and Fromage (i.e. Cheese).

What is the cheapest part of Paris? ›

The best areas in Paris on a budget are Montmartre, Belleville, Montparnasse, Batignolles and Salpêtrière. As a rule of thumb, the high-numbered arrondissements (districts in Paris are numbered until twenty) offer more affordable hotels.

Is food cheaper in France than USA? ›

The average grocery index is lower in France by 21%, so it is less expensive to go grocery shopping in France than it is in the USA.

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