On this post I am going to talk about affordable eating in Paris. Mind you, these are just a few as we ate our way through Paris, which we made sure to enjoy, so we ate more than we took pictures.
One of the things we love about the Parisian lifestyle (at least that’s what I call it), is eating at a park..with wine…in the middle of the day. Grabbing some fresh baguettes and charcuterie in any given corner and sitting at a park, or in this case, right below the Eiffel Tower, is my ideal meal experience. I wouldn’t mind doing that every single day.
We got some cheese and a fresh baguette from a couple of shops right near the Eiffel Tower and then stopped at a tiny convenience store and found some wine packed in individual cups. We walked on over to the grounds surrounding the iconic masterpiece that defines Paris and sat among students, locals and tourist that were enjoying the Spring sunshine.
One of the best places to go to pick up fresh groceries and fresh picnic items is along the Rue Mouffetard. Located on the 5th Arrondissement, close to the Latin Quarter, this lively area is packed with restaurants, shops, cafés and street markets, where shop owners are friendly and you can find just about anything.
We perused through all the different shops, from jewelry to clothes to seafood to wine. Again, we got fresh baguette, cheese, prosciutto and a bottle of wine, all from different shops. Its sounds like it could be annoying having to go from shop to shop to get everything, but that was the fun part. Getting to talk to each shop owner or seller and getting tips and recommendations from them on what to get made us feel like locals.
We sat in a nearby park bench on the edge of an old church and had our picnic.
On the Ile de la Cité we wanted to grab a quick bite in between visiting landmarks, and after walking out of several places because of the long wait we found this gem. Brasserie Les Deux Palais is located right across from the Palais de Justice de Paris, “Palace of Justice”. Sitting outside people watching while enjoying a snack, coffee or meal is the quintessential thing to do in Paris and this Brasserie has the perfect location for that.
I know what you guys are thinking, “these guys only eat ham and cheese sandwiches”, we don’t, I promise. But man, are they good!
When we went to Spain a few years back we had the best pizza we’ve ever had. So my husband had it in his head that we needed to try some pizza in Paris too. I did a quick search online before leaving the hotel and found Pizza Rossi which had great reviews. It is in a sketchy area of the 2nd Arrondissement where “ladies of the night” roam around even at 11am. But don’t let that deter you from coming here, they are harmless, although I wouldn’t be here after dark. The pizza was ah-mazing! The owners are true Italians and they make the biggest pies I’ve ever seen, even in Italy. They sure make some giant pizzas for such a tiny place!
See, I told you we ate things other than sandwiches. By the way, this is one pizza cut in half. We saw how big they were at the table next to us and took one look at each other in agreement that we get just one.
For dinner one night we were so exhausted that we wanted to stay close to our hotel for dinner so we ate at La Gauloise, just a block over on the 15th Arrondissement. We ordered a carafe of their house wine, which was actually really good. I believe I ordered Beef a la Française and it was very tasty. Their menu is a set price, for €24.50 you get an appetizer and entrée or entrée and dessert. Or you can do all three for €29.50.
In most restaurants, watch out for the person with the roses. They want you to buy them but they don’t say that, they just give them to you and expect money afterwards.
In the Montmartre area we wanted to grab a snack and stopped at the famous Le Consulat and shared a french onion soup, which was good but the atmosphere is what makes this place. It is a very lively area and the guitarist outside the neighboring pub encouraged everyone around to sing along.
I wasn’t able to take a picture of the iconic building because it was so crowded, so I borrowed it 🙂
above photo credit: Vaulter Auster
Last, but not least, the crepes!!! How can you go to France and not have crepes? It was my mission to have some. One night we met up with one of my first cousins, who lives outside of Paris and I hadn’t seen since we were very very little, and she took us to Creperie Josselin located in the Montparnasse area.
HOLY COW was this place good! And packed! Barely able to walk through the restaurant, we were sat at a tiny table that had to be moved in order to get to the booth seat on the other side. All tables were about an inch from each other, so you’re really eating with other people…like, really close. The crepes made up for that though. I had the Florentine crepe and I was in absolute heaven.
Sorry, I was almost halfway through it when I realized I needed to take a picture to remember this mouthwatering culinary masterpiece.
A little side note to end this post, but food related; we visited Maille, a well known mustard and vinegar shop in the 8th Arrondissement, kind of between the Jardin des Tuileries and the Palais Garnier. The entire store is covered with shelves upon shelves of over 50 different unique flavors of mustards and vinegars. I highly recommend bringing some home.