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May 17, 2009 09:07 AM

Low-cost Paris bistro lunches

I'm going to be in Paris for several days at the end of May and beginning of June, and I'm trying to build up a list of affordable lunch places. I'm most interested in French places (classic, modern, regional or Spanish- or Italian-inflected) with set menus (appetizer, plat du jour, dessert) for around 10 euros, give or take a euro or three. Can be anywhere in the city, but should be, you know, delicious!

I'll throw out one I went to last year that I really liked (and which is no secret): La Gazzetta, near the Marché d'Aligre. Very precise Basque-influenced cooking: fresh, bright, light flavors, chic interior, and the lunch menu was 14 euros (the high end of what I'm looking at). Very satisfying meal!

Also, I guess I should ask this: Is there any way to an enterprising tourist to acquire the "lunch tickets" that French employers distribute to their employees?

Looking forward to hearing your ideas—and then tasting them!

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  1. The Euro ain't worth what it used to be.

    You'll have a tough time eating out for falafels and a drink on that goal.

    But, I hope to hear that I'm wrong and will read all posts.

    1. I don't know any place that wll meet those requirements.

      1. the best 14 euro lunch in paris is at Quedubon. it even includes coffee. weekdays only
        19 rue du plateau in the 19th near buttes chaumont.