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Nov 20, 2007 03:32 PM

Paris on a budget

Boyfriend is going to be in Paris next week. Staying near the touristy stuff (not sure exactly where) with no car and looking for places to eat that are inexpensive. Any type of food but the cheaper the better.

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  1. How little (or much) is 'inexpensive' for you?

    Without knowing that, not easy to make suggestions...

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    1. re: Dodo

      Its not me going, its my boyfriend and his friend, don't think they have a set budget but since they are coming from the US and the dollar declining, they are trying to save as much as possible.

    2. Believe me you do not want or need a car in Paris.

      For cheap, get a map and find the Rue Huchette / Rue de la Harpe area in the 6th near the Cluny / St Michelle metros. Plenty of cheap stuff on those streets.

      1. If your boyfriend and his friend is not familiar with eating in Paris, a good introduction is Time Out Guide to Paris. It lists good inexpensive places to eat as well as some good reasonably priced bistro. From the vagueness of your post, it is difficult to make any recommendations.

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        1. re: PBSF

          ...the other tip is to eat the "menu" or the "formula". These are the set meal options and will usually include a entree, main, desert or cheese course and maybe a glass of wine. They are usually good options and well priced. Better to eat a big lunch as many places will have good deals designed for workers as a sit down lunch is still quite typical, so the market is quite competitive. Head for the cheaper neighbourhoods 9eme, 10 eme, or around the universities in the 5eme.