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Aug 21, 2008 12:39 PM

Grad student in Paris

I'll be traveling to France for a conference mid-Sept and will be staying in Paris for a weekend. My goal for the weekend is not only to visit museums and flea markets but also to eat my way through the city (with a restricted budget, unfortunately!)
I'm a female grad student and will be traveling solo. My food budget is ~ 50-60 euros/day.
I'm an adventurous eater and like to try new things.

I would appreciate it if you could recommend any good/must eats in the city.
I may stay in the Marais neighborhood, but will walk long distances for good food. :P
Also, I would like to purchase some jamon, cheeses, foie gras, and other specialty items (chocolate, macarons...the list goes on..) to bring back to the US. Any suggestions on where I can buy these without breaking the bank? Also, are there any restrictions on any of these foods?


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  1. hi, i'm a grad student living here so i've spent a lot of time trying to find inexpensive good food! here's a recent thread on the topic:

    1. Here's one "authentic" wine bar/bistrot" I can recommend:
      Le Rubis
      10, rue du Marche St Honore 75001
      Everything there is basic, even the decor, but the food is fresh, tastes great and is very, very reasonable.
      It's the kind of place "where the locals go to".
      In the evenings they only serve charcuteries/cheese & wine.
      PS: avoid the downstairs toilet!!

      I can also suggest Cafe Constant and Les Cocottes.
      Details are on: and (for les cocottes).

      I suspect there might be import restrictions for cheese into the US, but I am not sure.

      1. For macarons, lots of people flock to Laduree and Pierre Herme. They both have several locations in the city.
        For chocolates, my favourite is Michel Chaudun at 149 rue de l'Universite 75007.
        Another very popular destination for those with a sweet tooth is Gerard Mulot:

        1. "I would like to purchase some jamon, cheeses, foie bring back to the US.....also, are there any restrictions on any of these foods?"

          The internet is a wonderful research tool.....

          1. For bringing back food items back to the US, I would check the US Custom's website. From my experiences and my friends, most customs officers will generally overlook a small amount of raw milk cheeses that are aged for less than 60 days; those aged over 60 days are no problem. And I usually let them know if they ask. Most meat, including cured meat products, are strictly prohibited and they enforce this very strenuously. Fois gras products in cans are generally ok but not in cryovac. Also no plants or fresh fruits.