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Finding the best affordable restaurants in Paris can be challenging in the City of Light.
In a city with thousands of restaurants, it’s not easy finding the good ones that serve authentic French food at affordable prices.
Given that you have made it all the way to Paris, why not try local French cuisine that you may not have at home?
To get you started, we’ve put together our favorite 12 best affordable restaurants in Paris.
Paris is like our second home, and from our visits to the restaurants featured, we know you’ll have a delicious time at affordable prices.
Be sure to check out these restaurants the next time you are in Paris.
Map of Best Affordable Restaurants in Paris
Just a short walk from the Eiffel Tower, near the Luxembourg Gardens, or by Montmartre. You choose where you would like to dine. We selected the best cheap eats in “La Ville Lumière”, the City of Lights.
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The 12 Best Affordable Restaurants in Paris
1. Near the Eiffel Tower – Go to Le P’tit Troquet
If you are going to see the Eiffel Tower, you are in the 7th arrondissement (or neighborhood).
After walking around and admiring the Iron Lady built by Gustave Eiffel in 1889 for the World’s Fair, food will probably be on your mind.
For a traditional French restaurant with a reasonable price, see our recommendation below.
This quaint Parisian Bistro offers traditional French food in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Old-fashioned charm greets you in the interior with wooden tables and vintage decor.
Framed artwork and popular artistic objects on the walls create a rustic and cozy ambiance.
Small, with only about 30 tables this affordable restaurant in Paris is quite popular with neighborhood regulars.
What To Eat at Le P’tit Troquet Restaurant
Focusing on traditional market-fresh cuisine, you can expect a simple and seasonal menu.
The set menus especially for lunch are especially affordable.
You can choose a 2-course or 3-course lunch menu from daily specials written on a chalkboard menu.
On the daily menu, you’ll always find fresh fish, poultry, and a meat dish. The one unmissable dish is the traditional beef bourguignon or beef stew from Burgandy.
The dinner menu at Le P’tit Troquet is what we have savored, from the appetizer all the way to the scrumptious dessert.
This local favorite budget-friendly restaurant is a sure bet in the 7th arrondissement.
Address: 28 rue de l’Exposition 75007 Paris
Price: Lunch set menu ranges from €25 to €32 (approx. $27.96 to $35.79)
Pro Tips: Book in advance and grab an outdoor table on the terrace on a sunny day
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2. Next to Notre Dame Cathedral – Eat at Comme Chai Toi
Ever since the devastating 2019 structural fire, the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris continues to undergo renovations.
Set to reopen to visitors in late 2024, it continues to attract tourists who come to see the progress.
If you are in the area and looking for good food at an affordable price, cross the Seine and head to Comme Chai Toi.
I’ve known about Comme Chai Toi for years and dined at the restaurant a handful of times.
At the time, the menu was simple French cuisine, but after the pandemic, the concept changed, and it is now a Bistronome.
This is more of an upscale bistro-gastronomy restaurant. While not exactly cheap eats in Paris, we include the restaurant both for the unobstructed view of Notre Dame de Paris and the exceptional cuisine.
The ambiance is cozy with wood tables and tan-colored brick walls. For the best outdoor views, snag a table in the covered exterior offering views of Notre Dame Cathedral all year long.
What To Eat at Comme Chai Toi
Everything at Comme Chai Toi is homemade from the bread to the sauces. Using only fresh and seasonal produce, there is a focused commitment to using only high-quality ingredients from local producers.
The menu changes monthly, and the provenance of the ingredients is noted on the menu.
Meat lovers will love steak from purebred French cattle.
If you are looking to try French snails, they come from Maison Jacot Billey who has been working with Burgundy snails since 1935.
There is an extensive wine list available, and after answering a few questions, a bottle or glass that fits your personality and matches your meal will be recommended.
For the quality and views, Comme Chai Toi is a great option near Notre Dame.
Address: 13 Quai de Montebello, 75005 Paris
Price: Main dishes range from €27 to €44 (approx. $30 to $49)
Pro Tips: As you make your reservation, ask for a table in the covered exterior for a view of Notre Dame Cathedral.
3. In the Vibrant Le Marais District – Check Out Breizh Cafe
Le Marais is one of the oldest districts in Paris and one of the most popular quartiers in the city.
Between the medieval cobblestone lanes are restaurants, bars, trendy boutiques, museums, and more.
Some of the sights and experiences in the area include the Jewish Museum, the vibrant gay scene, Place des Vosges, the Pompidou Museum, and more.
For one of the best cheap restaurants in Paris, head to Breizh Cafe Le Marais.
Breizh Cafe is a creperie chain of restaurants selling high-quality crepes with products coming directly from Brittany.
The original Breizh Cafe is in the Marais, and you’ll find several locations all over Paris. While each one has a slightly different decor, you’ll enjoy a cozy environment and friendly staff.
You will not go wrong at Breizh Cafe. We’ve eaten at several of their locations in Paris and can always count on a quick bite at a good price.
What To Eat at Breizh Cafe
Breizh’s menu offers traditional French crepes from Brittany. The Galettes de Sarrasin, savory crepe, are made with buckwheat.
This type of flour grows in Brittany, and it is highly nutritious and gluten-free. We like the classic savory crepes which typically come with cheese, ham, and an egg. Though, there are many options to choose from.
For dessert, the sweet crepes are not to be missed. You can get one with caramel, chocolate, or even flambe Crepe Suzette with Grand Marnier.
In addition to wine and beer, you can also get Cider made with Brittany apples.
Address: 109 Rue Vieille Du Temple, 75003 Paris.
Price: Savory crepes range from €12 – €18 (approx. $13.37 – $20.06) and sweet crepes, €6 to €12.50 (approx. $6.69 -$13.90)
Pro Tips: The best way to taste it all is by sharing. We suggest ordering different galettes and sweet crepes to have a bit of everything.
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4. Checking out Place des Voges – Eat at Restaurant Le Bistrot des Vosges
Place des Voges is one of the most beautiful and oldest squares in Paris. It’s in the Marais district and worth leisurely strolling through.
Besides its history and architecture, Place des Voges was home to the famous French writer and poet, Victor Hugo.
Visit the free museum at number 6, and eat nearby at Le Bistro des Vosges.
Just a short walk away from Place des Voges and Bastilles is the brasserie, Bistro des Vosges.
The cuisine is from Aveyron in southern France, a beautiful village famous for the production of Roquefort cheese.
This is a no-frills restaurant with fast and efficient service. The menu features classic French dishes, and you can get a good meal at an affordable price.
What To Eat at Restaurant Le Bistrot des Vosges
The portion sizes are generous at Le Bistrot des Vosges, and the cuisine is quite hearty. We recommend sharing a few specialty dishes making it an affordable experience as well.
One of the must-try dishes is Aligot, made with a mix of mashed potatoes and fresh local cheese.
You will also find traditional French bistro classics like steak tartare, French onion soup, hearty salads, and more.
Pair your meal with a glass of regional wine or a local craft beer. This casual bistro is one of the best places to share plates while enjoying a delicious and affordable time in the City of Light.
Address: 31, Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75004 Paris
Price: Main dishes between €13 – €19 (approx. $14.48 -$21.16. Daily lunch special at €13,50 (approx. $15.04)
Pro Tips: Share plates to keep the prices affordable
5. Visiting the Catacombes – Eat at Le Petit Baigneur
The Paris Catacombs, a one-mile underground tunnel of old human bones, is a popular attraction.
It’s in the 14th arrondissement in the Montparnasse area, a district known for shopping and the famous Montparnasse Tower.
If you get hungry while visiting the sites in the area, here’s our recommendation for one of the best affordable restaurants in Paris.
Tucked on a little side street, this charming restaurant with rustic decor welcomes you.
The restaurant has been around since 2002, offering French homestyle cuisine, with a regularly changing seasonal menu.
There are a few outdoor tables available, though we like the vintage vibe in the interior.
What To Eat at Petit Baigneur
This little gem is quite popular with locals, and there is often a wait for a table. The menu is not extensive, and the focus is on the quality of the food.
Choose the set menu with an appetizer, main dish, and dessert for a good value. If you want to enjoy the traditional French bistro vibe and have a cheap meal, you can order just a main dish and something to drink.
Some of the house specialties to try include œuf mayo, a French egg dish, lapin a la moutarde or rabbit in mustard sauce, or beef sirloin with pepper.
The homemade fondant au chocolate or chocolate cake should not be missed.
Address: 10 Rue de la Sabliere, 75014 Paris
Price: The 3-course set menu is €29 (approx. $32.28)
Pro Tips: Bookings recommended for large groups. Plan to wait for a table for small groups of 2 or 3.
6. In the Latin Quarter – Check Out Restaurant Chez Gladines
The Latin Quarter or Left Bank, has been traditionally known as the artistic and cultural part of Paris.
Café de Flore, Les Deux Magots, and the cafes and bars of Saint-Germain-des-Prés are some of the main reasons visitors flock to this area.
One of the best budget restaurants in the area is a local favorite, Chez Gladines.
Chez Gladines is a Parisian institution known for serving simple and hearty Basque-inspired cuisine at affordable prices.
The original location is in Butte-aux-Cailles, which was opened in the 1940s taking the name of the owner.
We visited the second location in Saint-Germain, and there is a third restaurant in Les Halles.
While there is outdoor seating at the Saint-Germain location, we recommend eating in the open and eclectic interior.
Along the wall are Basque icons, offbeat posters, yellow and black decor, and an unpredictable blend of hip and old-style.
The tables are hugged next to each other guaranteeing a conversation with your neighbors.
What To Eat at Chez Gladines
Come hungry to Chez Gladines as the portions are enormous. The dishes are heavy southwestern French classics which are perfect for sharing.
Rosemary got the house specialty, the Escalope de Veau Montagnarde, prepared with potatoes, veau, in a creamy cheese and mushroom sauce. My La 5 diamants house specialty salad was as filling and rich.
Other traditional specialties include poulet basquaise or Basque-style chicken and different preparations of duck.
The substantial portions and reasonable prices at Chez Gladines make it one of the best affordable restaurants in Paris.
Address: 44 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75005 Paris
Price: Local specialty main dishes range from €12 – €17 (approx. $13.36 – $18.92)
Pro Tips: For the ultimate cheat eats Paris experience, go for Sunday brunch and enjoy a set menu for under €10 (approx. $11.23). Advanced booking is recommended.
7. Near Les Halles, Between Montorgueil and The Louvre: Eat at La Fresque
Les Halles in central Paris is a popular shopping destination and also conveniently located to other attractions.
Nearby is Rue Montorgueil, a local market street worth visiting. And, the Louvre and Centre Pompidou museums are also in the area.
For traditional French cuisine at an affordable restaurant head to La Fresque.
This casual and welcoming French bistro-like restaurant has been a favorite restaurant of my Parisian friend for more than 30 years.
There is indoor and outdoor seating, and the excellent food and service make up for the dated decor.
What To Eat at La Fresque
French traditional dishes are what you can expect at this classic Parisian bistro.
The menu changes frequently with a focus on fresh quality ingredients and simple cooking.
The set menu is the best option for a delicious meal at an affordable price. You have a choice from a small selection of an appetizer, a main dish, and a dessert.
The fresh fish and veau meat dish were particularly outstanding on a recent visit. The short menu also features vegetarian options.
Be sure to make room for traditional French desserts like a flan Parisien and Panna Cotta that we savored.
For traditional French seasonal food at affordable prices and in the middle of Paris, La Fresque is a sure bet.
Address: 100 Rue Rambuteau, 75001 Paris.
Price: Lunch set menu €18 or € 23 (approx. $20 or $25.58). Dinner set menu €29 (approx. $32.25)
Pro Tip: La Fresque is open late for lunch making it perfect if you want to eat outside of the typical lunch hours.
8. Bien Eleve – Grands Boulevards
The Grands Boulevards, anchored by Palais Opéra Garnier and flanked by Galeries Lafayette and Au Printemps department stores is a popular area to explore.
If you get hungry while strolling down the wide avenues with shops, cafés, and restaurants, here’s our favorite classic Parisian bistro to check out.
Bien Élevé is a newer restaurant in the 9th arrondissement not far from the Folies Bergère.
In the area is the famous Bouillon Chartier, which at this time has become incredibly popular with tourists and never-ending long lines.
Skip the touristy experience and head to Bien Eleve which focuses on exceptional meat sourced from select farmers throughout France.
What To Eat at Bien Eleve
The name Bien Élevé translates to the Well Bred in English, referring to the quality of the meat-heavy menu.
The beef, the star on the menu comes from family-owned producers in Chateâuneuf, in the north of France.
The beef is sustainably raised as are all the other products used at the restaurant.
Serious meat lovers will enjoy a selection of beef aged for at least 40 days. Meet cooked perfectly is served un-fussy on the plate, and the accompaniments come served separately.
There is also an impressive wine list which the friendly staff can help pair your meal with a glass or bottle.
For non-meat eaters, there is a vegetarian option on the menu, and a fish dish offered daily.
You’ll get nothing but high-quality ingredients at a reasonable price at Bien Eleve.
Address: 47 Rue Richer, 75009, Paris.
Price: Lunch 2-course set menu €22 (approx. $24.48). Dinner 3-course set menu for €41 (approx. $45.63)
Pro Tip: Go for lunch for an even more affordable restaurant experience in Paris. Advanced booking recommended.
9. Exploring Montmartre – Eat at Le Coq et Fils
Montmartre is the second most visited area in Paris after the Eiffel Tower. Perched on a small hill with magnificent views of Paris, this charming village is rich in history and culture.
In the cobblestone alleys, find local stores, hidden cafés, artists, and the famous Sacre Coeur Cathedral.
It is worth spending a full day exploring this picturesque part of Paris. When you get hungry check out Le Coq et Fils, a Paris restaurant with a unique concept.
Poultry is the protagonist of the menu at Coq et Fils. The full name of the restaurant is Le Coq et Fils – the Poultry House.
While you immediately think of chicken dishes, the menu is broader and includes guinea fowl, duck, and creative egg dishes.
Le Coq et Fils remains one of our favorite concept restaurants.
Chef Antoine Westermann who previously run a three-star Michelin restaurant in Alsace, opened the restaurant with a focus on heritage breed chicken and poultry.
This welcoming atmosphere with high-top stools and large communal tables is a wonderful dive into amazing poultry dishes.
AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST TIP: It is worth exploring Montmartre at a deeper level with a local guide. Taking a food tour is a delicious way to explore the local restaurant scene while learning the area’s rich history. See more in our article Montmartre Food Tour: How To Eat Like a Local In Paris Top Neighborhood
What To Eat at Le Coq et Fils
Chicken and poultry, slowly cooked and roasted to perfection is what you can expect at Le Coq et Fils.
While the chicken is fantastic, go for the other heritage breed birds you don’t often eat. Fowl or Pintade is one of our favorites, and these full birds come large enough to share.
Pair your meal with a green salad, homemade fries, or the gratin de macaroni.
Vegetarians will also find a dedicated menu with seasonal produce.
Address: 98 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris.
Price: Get the daily lunch special for €19 (approx. $21.14).
Pro Tip: Sit at the bar and enjoy an entertaining time watching the chefs prepare the birds.
10. Near Moulin Rouge – Eat at L’ascension
Since the late 1800s, the Moulin Rouge has been associated with glamor, elegance, romanticism, and love.
Today, the Moulin Rouge continues to attract visitors to spectacular cabaret shows.
Around the area are boutiques, cafes, other cabaret shows, and Montmartre is not too far off.
For a local gem in the neighborhood, we recommend L’ Ascension, a short walk away from the metro stop, Place de Clichy.
I had known about L’ Ascension for a while and was quite thrilled to dine there recently. The chef’s reputation and affordable prices had me interested.
The restaurant has a laid-back atmosphere and a large window taking up one side of the restaurant.
The interior is slick and modern with a stone wall with framed art pieces from the chef’s travels.
What To Eat at Restaurant L’ Ascension
Chef Amar Chalal focuses on simple, market-fresh cuisine of the highest quality. After leaving a previous Michelin-star restaurant where we worked, he embarked on a world journey before opening his own restaurant.
While the menu at L’Ascension is traditional French bistro classics, there are hints of spices and ingredients inspired by his travels.
In addition to traditional meat dishes, you’ll also find fresh fish and vegetarian options. We savored a simple, and perfectly seared steak served with seasonal vegetables.
Along with an excellent recommendation for regional French wine. One of the things we enjoyed about the restaurant was the accessibility of the chef.
Even while busy, he was friendly and always made sure we were enjoying our meal.
If you are near Clichy, this is one of the best affordable restaurants to go to.
Address: 67 rue de Clichy, 75009, Paris.
Price: The lunch set menu is between €22 to €28 (approx. $24.48 to $31.15). Main dishes at dinner start at €22
Pro Tip: Go for the lunch menu to make the experience even more budget-friendly
11. Exploring Mouffetard – Eat at Le Perroquet
Rue Mouffetard known by locals as La Mouffe is a cobblestone-paved foodie haven. You’ll find all kinds of fresh products and fine foods. You’ll find one of the oldest cheesemakers in Paris, exceptional chocolatiers, wine shops, and much more.
While rue Mouffetard is a must-visit in Paris for food lovers, it can be difficult finding an affordable restaurant away from the tourists and crowds.
If you are up for walking, after looking around rue Mouffetard, head over for lunch at Le Perroquet.
Le Perroquet is a casual restaurant with a cozy atmosphere, wood furniture with outdoor tables spilling onto the sidewalk.
The short menu is very affordable it features a homemade dish of the day that we recommend.
The staff is attentive, and the food is delicious and copious.
What To Eat at Le Perroquet
You’ll not go wrong with anything on the menu. On our most recent visit, we opted for the seasonal salads, which were incredibly fresh and large enough to share.
In addition, you’ll also find fish and meat dishes proposed every day. The atmosphere is laid back, and it is the kind of restaurant where you can linger leisurely over your meal.
For the budget conscious, this is one of the best affordable restaurants in Paris.
Address: 25 Av. des Gobelins, 75013 Paris
Price: Salads range between €14 – €16 (approx. $15.58 – $17.80) and meat dishes at €22 (approx. $24.48)
Pro tip: Reservations are not necessary though go outside the peak hours to enjoy a comfortable eating experience outdoors
12. Not Far From Parc Monceau? Head to Le Bistrot du Passage
Known as one of the most attractive parks in Paris, Parc Monceau is a hidden enclave for those seeking peace and quiet from the hectic pace.
Across the park is the 17th arrondissement, non-touristy neighborhoods made up of office buildings and residential apartments.
For a taste of traditional French cuisine in a “real” Parisian neighborhood, make your way over to Le Bistrot du Passage.
Tucked away on a pedestrian-only side road or passage, this colorful bistro will welcome you.
This neighborhood was my old stomping ground as a student, though I discovered the restaurant much later.
The atmosphere is friendly, and the vibe is very local. The best part is the traditional French dishes at reasonable prices.
What To Eat at Le Bistrot du Passage
Beef carpaccio, homemade foie gras, and fresh salads are some of the seasonal items you will find on the menu.
Regardless of what season you visit the restaurant, you’ll be assured of great food using high-quality fresh ingredients.
For the main meal, during our visit, we went with the beloved French classic, Steak Tartare.
Made with raw steak, finely chopped shallots, cornichons, capers, and a little Worcestershire sauce, it was perfectly seasoned and tasted divine.
Your meal will not be complete without dessert. Le Bistrot du Passage makes a delicious “brioche perdue”, a twist on the classic French pain perdu (french toast) dessert.
This delightful “brioche perdue” was accompanied by a scoop of vanilla ice-cream and it was simply sublime.
Offering a local and traditional French food experience, Le Bistrot du Passage is one of the best affordable restaurants in Paris.
Address: 14 Passage Geffroy-Didelot 75017 Paris
Price: Main dishes between €16 and €22 (approx $ 17.80 and $24.48)
Pro Tips: Great place to plan for a party or eat with a group. The restaurant has a private room to accommodate larger groups
FAQs – Best Affordable Restaurants in Paris
How Much Does it Cost to Eat in Paris for Dinner?
While the price varies depending on the restaurant, an average main dish can start at €22 (approx. $24.48).
How Much Does it Cost to Eat a Day in Paris?
While it varies by restaurant or eatery and how many meals in a day, a single person can set aside about €30 (approx. $33.38) per day. However, if you prefer a quick bite or street food, the amount could be much less.
Is Lunch Cheaper Than Dinner in Paris?
While there is no rule, many restaurants in Paris offer a weekday lunch special at a cheaper price than dinner.
Do you have any best cheap restaurants in Paris to add to this list? Please let us know in the comments below.
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Claire is co-founder of Authentic Food Quest and a lover of simple and exquisite cuisine. Since 2015, with her partner, Rosemary, she has been traveling the world as a digital nomad, creating content about local food experiences.
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