My first year as an expat in France was spent in Paris as a struggling English teacher plagued with visa problems.
I didn’t eat out a lot.
When I did splurge on something that wasn’t pasta, I wanted the yummiest possible food for the least possible cost.
Actually, I still want that. So now, whenever I’m in Paris, I hunt down the best cheap food I can find. These are some of my favorites so far.
I lived in Paris a whole year and never ate on Rue Saint Anne, famous for its Japanese ramen restaurants. Big mistake! Turns out, it’s delicious and cheap. At Higuma, 10€ bought me an enormous bowl of ramen plus a plate of gyoza. I waddled home with my stomach inflated like a balloon, and I couldn’t even finished the soup.
Le Camion Qui Fume
Haters gonna hate, but Le Camion Qui Fume is still awesome. Always get the barbecue bacon burger with fries (10€) and get there early to beat the line.
L’As du Falafel gets all the love, and even though it’s darn good, I skip the line and go wait in the shorter line at Chez Marianne. The eggplant is like butter, and the falafels still cost 5,50€ instead of 6€.
Frenchie to Go
Frenchie to Go is an affodable spin-off of the fancy-pants restaurant Frenchie. It is mega-hipster-y with very limited seating, but it is tasty and the pulled pork sandwich is only 10 euros, and that’s a win in my book.
My undying love for tacos has already been established. El Nopal is a hole in the wall, so get your tacos or burrito (7-8€) to go and eat along Canal Saint Martin like the cool kids do.
My favorite pizzeria in Paris, right off of Rue Mouffetard in the 5th. I figured it was a good sign when I heard the customers and the staff speaking Italian, and their pizzas are mouthwatering and affordable. They also have smaller snacks to take away.
What are your favorite cheap eats in Paris?
P.S. More things to eat in Paris here.