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Paris for 12 Days in August - Need Cheap Eat Suggestions!

I will be traveling to Paris with my boyfriend Aug 18-30. He speaks French and has spent a few years in France...not much in Paris, but knows the city some. We are both graduate students so price/budget is a major concern, but will likely splurge on occassion on the trip.

We are partial to street and Ethnic food, and will also most likely try anything. I know some restaurants are likely closed due to our travel time. We will be likely staying in the 15th but will be exploring all over Paris given that we have the time, so location is not a major issue.

All suggestions are welcome. Thanks for your time!

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  1. Took a trip last summer with my two sons and found a few great cheap places:

    As du Fallafel
    4th/ 34 rue des Rosiers (St Paul)
    Great Falafels and they cost less if you take them to go. Worth the long lines. Around 6 -10 euros.

    Chez Marianne
    4th / 2 rue des Hospitaliers St-Gervais (St-Paul)
    Wonderful Mideastern Food. You can build your own combo plate as large or as small as you like from over two dozen choices. . Great outdoor dining. So good we ate there 4 times. Price about 15 euros. Can be very busy at times. A true bargain.

    Paradis du Fruit
    17th/ 32 av de Wagram (Ternes)
    Great salads, stir-fry and fruit dishes. Open very late. Other locations all over Paris.

    Cremerie Restaurant Polidor
    6th/ 41 rue Monsieur-Le Prince
    Wonderful food in a 150 year old restaurant all under 20 euros. The duck was great.

    Creperie Ulysee en Gaule
    28 rue Cler
    Great crepes. 3-10 euros.

    enjoy your trip.

    1. Go to Des Gateaux et du Pain for croissants, pastries, etc. It's a brilliant shop. You can locate the specifics via the Internet.

      1. I'm going to toss out a very old name of a very ordinary bistro that is very special. Machon d'Henri is in the heart of the touristy 6th, cheek by jowl with many lively tourist oriented restaurants and bars. This little (24 seat) room serves up classic bistro stuff almost 365 days a year. It is open 7 days at lunch and dinner. Over the years, we have come to recognize many locals who eat here almost daily as well as chat with tourists from around the world. There is a printed menu of very basic staples plus an extensive chalkboard with some dozen additional starters and mains. Written in French, but someone near you will help translate as will the sweet waiters. Wine is availably by bottle or by "pot", house wine served in slightly over half-bottle portions. Starter, main, dessert, wine and coffee, probably around 40€ a person, but you can order only two courses or even less if you want.

        Machon d'Henri, rue Guissarde http://maps.google.com/maps/place?hl=...

        1. Many cafes serve quite decent food; and remember, tiered pricing is the norm. In the touristy fith and sixth I have seen three price levels. Eating and drinking at the bar can make sense. Then there are the upscale cafes like Cafe Constant and Le Castiglione, where you can just order a salad, with no pressure to order a full meal. Don't try this at the typical bistro; their economics require a two or three course order.

          1. Check out the other "cheap eat" suggestions down screen, for instance:
            7.0 Frenchie, 5, rue du Nil in the 2nd, 01 40 39 96 19, closed Sundays, Mondays and Tuesday lunch, “menus” at lunch at 16 for 2 dishes and 19 € for three - dinner menus for 27 or 33 €. (Bill = 31.20) Currently nigh impossible to get a rez.

            6.8 Le P'tit Caillou, 2 rue Maleville in the 8th,, closed weekends and Monday nights, with lunch formulas at 22 (2 courses) and 25 (for 3), a la carte 41-51 E (Bill = 47.50 E)

            6.5 Le Charbon Rouge, 25, rue Marbeuf in the 8th,, open 7/7 with a plat du jour at 15, forced, 3-course menu at 23,50 (salmon) and a la carte about 40-50 E (Bill = 43.30 E)

            6.5 L'Agrume, 15, rue des Fosses Saint-Marcel in the 5th,, closed Sunday and Monday night, with a daily special costing 11, lunch formula at 16 and a la carte 35 (Bill = 30 E)

            6.4 Chez Grenouille, 52, rue Blanche in the 9th,, closed Saturday lunch and Sundays, lunch menus at 15 and 25 and a 40 E carte. (Bill = 49.25 E)

            6.2 Le Marcab, 225, rue de Vaugirard in the 15th,, open 7/7, has a confusing set of menus for 16, 25 and 35 € (Bill = 34.70 E)

            6.0 Le Reminet, 3, rue des Grands-Degres in the 5th,, now open 7/7, lunch menu 14 € except weekends, a la carte 40-50 €, (Bill = 38.50 E)

            5.8 Aux Provinces, 37, rue Cambronne in the 15th,, closed Saturday lunch and bottles of wine for a most reasonable price plus 8 E corkage, two dishes are 18 and three 24 E (Bill = 40 E)

            5.8 Les Petits Plats, 39, rue des Plantes in the 14th,, closed Sundays, lunch formula 15 and evening 32, a la carte 25-35 € (Bill = 31.50 E)

            5.8 Le Restaurant, 42-44 rue d'Assas in the 6th,, closed Saturday lunch and Sunday night, has a lunch menu at 18 and a la carte 30-35 €. (Bill = 43 E)

            5.8 Le Bouchon et l'Assiette, 127, rue Cardinet in the 17th, closed Sunday and Mondays, has a 3-course "menu" at 33 E on weekdays but three courses anytime are only 36 E anyway. (Bill = 39 E)

            5.5 Le Gaigne, 12, rue Pecquay in the 4th,, closed Tuesday, menus are 16 and 22 and wines begin at 14 €. (Bill = 42 €)

            5.5 La Gazzetta, coordinates well-known, in the 12th, 5 courses for 38 and 7 for 50 € (16 and 19 € at lunch) (Bill = 35.75 E)

            5.5 L'Alchimie, 34, rue Letellier in the 15th,, closed Sundays and Mondays, menus 23 and 28, a la carte 35 E (Bill = 40.50 E)

            4.5 23 Clauzel at the same address in the 9th where 3 quite acceptable courses are 18.50 and a half-liter of acceptable Bordeaux was 14.50 E. (Bill = 28.15)

            1. Paris is a great city to find cheap eats; I've been here studying for a month now one thing has become a staple. Un sandwich kebab (ou grec) avec frites. Most places its 5 euro for both and will fill you up for most of the day. All of the places with kebabs/grec sandwiches will also have all kinds of other greek/mediterranean choices to choos from, and if sandwiches aren't your thing; all the places will have the same meats in whats called an Assiete de whatever meat you want which will come with a salad fries and couscous as well. All the places are generally standard. In this city if it smells good just go for it, and walking around here is never a bad thing its absolutely maqnifique.

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              1. re: frostmo

                yummy! where do we find un sandwich kebab ou grec avec frites? my son is allergic to tree nuts so we would need to check if it was safe for him. we are coming there in july. thanks!

                1. re: moi

                  It sounds a little funny, but literally ALL OVER. My favorite place is near the Montparnasse Bienvenue Metro, but for the most part all the greek/turkish places are pretty comparable. Just look for the signs with the roasting kebab meat on them and there you are! Wish I could tell if they were allergine free or not. Have fun in Paris, you'll love it!

              2. Have a look on David Levobowitz's blog and Dorie Greenspan's blog. They both have a wealth of information on Paris.

                1. We've never really pinned down what is "cheap." But Chez Grenouille in the 9th, one of my Top Ten for 2010, does 2 courses for 20 and 3 for 25 and will be open in August except for the first week. Pix at John Talbott's Paris. PS Ate there today, terrific!