What are Chowhound places not to miss in Paris?
I'm going to Paris on a very short work trip. Where to go and what to eat on a budget. I'm a chowhound, not a foodie - so think - bread, cheese and a bottle of wine to eat on a bench with great people watching. Also would love to go to cook stores or food/cookery flea markets etc. Thanks!
Maggie - it is a really tricky question to answer unless you give us more info.
When are you in Paris, where are you staying, what do you like, what do you define as budget? There are potentially lots of good value places if we know the parameters (you should also search the board as there are lots of threads on budget eating and food/cook shops).
At the moment the best we can do is recommend park benches...!
No matter where you stay, you won't want to miss kitchen supply store Dehillerin. Go to www.e-dehillerin.fr
It's amazing, and takes a while to tour. We have nothing like it in the U.S. Every kitchen tool available anywhere is offered. Don't miss the basement, where a vast quantity of cookware is inventoried.
Dehillerin has the largest inventory of Mauviel commercial-grade copper cookware available anywhere. Prices have soared, but Dehillerin is still far and away the cheapest place to buy, especially with the refund of VAT. Pieces are very heavy to carry, but the minute you unwrap them at home, they're an heirloom.
For the budget conscious, you will probably see a lot of votes on this board for places like Chez L'Ami or La Regalade. Both are great bistros, but I'd make a reservation ASAP - because everyone knows they are great!
You won't have any trouble finding bread, cheese or wine, nor will you have any trouble finding a lovely spot to eat them in. I would vote for a sunset "picnic" along the Seine, and perhaps coffee and croissant in Luxembourg Gardens.
From your request, it sounds like you prefer a taco truck and Tijuana dogs to French Laundry or Guy Savoy. That being said.
L' As Du Falafel in the Marais for Falafel. There are actually a few great falafel places in a block or two.
Go to any roving street market, get a Roasted Bresse Chicken with the potatoes confit. I've actually had pretty good Paella at the street markets as well.
There are a number of bars around Paris that offer free Couscouse or Moules Frites as long as you keep drinking. The couscous usually comes out family style so you make friends. Unfortunately, I don't remember the names...
Berthillon ice cream for a walk away treat.
Up by Mont Martre is the roving Marche d' Afrique and you can get some great socca there and other items.
L As Du Fallafel
32 Rue des Rosiers, Paris, Île-de-France 75004, FR
31 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Ile, Paris, Île-de-France 75004, FR