Eating cheap in Paris takes some concentration. With so many restaurants and cafes everywhere you look, it’s difficult to know if you’re getting the best deal. A good place to start is to decide what kind of food you’re in the mood for, and how much time you’ve got on your hands. The french are famous for their long meals and slow service, you’re supposed to sit and really appreciate your meal. But sometimes that’s just not an option! My go to food when I’m in a hurry is the falafel. My top two places are Babylone near Bastille and L’as du Falafel. Babylone is a bit cheaper at 5.5 euros, and they’ll make the falafel right in front of you, but L’as du Falafel, at 8 euros, is made almost instantly, and there’s always a line out the door. Both options fill you up without breaking the bank.
If you have a bit more time on your hands, there are a million and one restaurants you can try. French cuisine is known worldwide for its rich and delicate flavors, however, all of that attention comes at a cost. If you’re looking for cheaper cuisine, Indian food is one of my favorites. Passage Brady contains an entire row of Indian restaurants, each with someone waiting outside to give you the best deals. There are tons of options so you can always find something you like.
If you’re in the mood for the freshest of foods and a melding of cultures, there’s nothing like a Sunday at the Bastille market. Rows and rows of stalls fill the entire street, and as the day goes on prices get cheaper and vendors more generous. Any groceries you imagine can be found here, as well as delicious on-the-go snacks you can walk through the market with.