Eating Cheap in Paris: 8 dinners for €10 or less

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Enjoy famous falafel, crepes and classic French fare in Paris. Photo: Tom Flemming

Paris has a reputation for being romantic, fashionable, and as most are quick to add, expensive. While the food is almost always quite good, a nice dinner in the City of Lights can run up quite a tab.

We highly recommend treating yourself to a classic French meal at least once during your stay, but for those other nights when you’d like to reign in your budget, it’s wise to have a few cheap and delicious options in mind. And remember, if you want to splurge, you can always go for a nice prix-fixe lunch. There are

And remember, if you want to splurge, you can always go for a nice prix-fixe lunch. There are several great lunch deals ranging from €14-23 that will fill you up in style, and help you save later with a light dinner.

With that in mind, here are eight trusted Paris dinner spots, all of which can be enjoyed for less than €10.

1. L’as du fallafel: Delicious Middle Eastern eats

A Paris classic and perennial cheapo favorite in the Marais, L’as du fallafel attracts foodies from all over the world. And for good reason! The falafel sandwich here is simply fantastic, and at around €6, it’s one of the best deals in Paris. The only downside: Be prepared to wait in a line (but it moves quickly).

32-34 Rue des Rosiers
4th arrondissement
+33 1 48 87 63 60
Metro: Saint-Paul (Line 1)

Related: Top affordable Paris hotels in the Marais

Breizh Cafe

A tasty crepe with potatoes, smoked herring and caviar at Breizh Cafe. Photo: Thom Wong

2. Breizh Café: Savory and sweet crepes

A short walk from L’as du fallafel, Breizh Café serves up some of the best crepes in Paris. Paris food expert and cookbook author David Lebovitz loves the buckwheat versions with egg, ham and cheese. Try a savory one for around €9-10, and you’ll be full and happy all night!

109 Rue Vieille du Temple
3rd arrondissement
+33 1 42 72 13 77
Metro: Saint-Sébastien – Froissart (Line 8)

3. Krishna Bhavan: Spicy Indian food for less

Paris may not be known for its Indian food, but this place is a great option if you’re looking for something to spice things up. At Krishna Bhavan, you can enjoy a hearty dish, side, and drink for €10 around the corner from Gare du Nord.

24 Rue Cail
10th arrondissement
+33 1 42 05 78 43
Metro: La Chapelle (Line 2)

Higuma

Higuma is a cozy and cheap Japanese hang out on Rue Sainte-Anne. Photo: Donna

4. Higuma: Well-priced Japanese menu

Rue Sainte-Anne in the 1st arrondissement is home to many tasty Japanese restaurants that serve a range of budgets. Higuma offers the perfect balance of delicious food and low prices. A bowl of ramen here starts at only €7.50 and most dishes are under €10.

32 bis Rue Sainte-Anne
1st arrondissement
+33 1 47 03 38 59
Metro: Pyramides (Lines 7 and 14)

Related: Cheap hotels near the Louvre

5. Bistrot Victoires: Tasty salads and French fare

A perennial favorite, Bistrot Victoire is classic, cozy and ideal for those traveling on a budget who want to enjoy authentic French cuisine. Try any of their amazing salads for €9 each.

6 Rue la Vrillière
1st arrondissement
+33 1 42 61 43 78
Metro: Bourse or Sentier (Line 3)

Chartier

It’s hard to beat the atmosphere and the prices at Chartier. Photo: Richard

6. Chartier: Classic French on a budget

A tried and true budget eater’s paradise, Chartier serves up no-frills classic French food at crazy good prices. We love it so much, we wrote an ode to it on our blog. Mains range from €8.50-13.50, an exceptional value in modern day Paris.

7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre
9th arrondissement
01 47 70 86 29
Métro: Grands Boulevards (Lines 8 & 9)

Related: Cheap Paris hotels in the 9th arrondissement

7. Candelaria: Cocktails and tacos

A key player in the Paris bar scene, Candelaria is also home to some of the best (and only?) tacos in the city. For about €6 per taco, you can save on dinner before heading back to the bar to splurge on their amazing drinks.

52 Rue de Saintonge
3rd arrondissement
+33 1 42 74 41 28
Metro: Filles du Calvaire (Line 8)

Le Comptoir General

You can relax in style and about the price of your food at Le Comptoir Général. Photo: Brett Renfer

8. Le Comptoir General: West African food and a cool vibe

Packing a cool bar, thrift store, hair salon, museum, and more into one space, Le Comptoir General is also home to some delicious and affordable West African and Caribbean cuisine. Try the assiette africaine for €10, and then stay for cocktails!

80 Quai de Jemmapes
10th arrondissement
+33 1 44 88 24 48
Metro: Jacques Bonsergent or Goncourt (Lines 5 or 11)

Note: This post was updated on December 14, 2016 with new links and information.

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