Somebody Help This Poor Poor Girl: Paris on The Cheap

My sister and I are going to be in Paris for four nights. We’re looking for cheap eats in Paris.

I sent her my favorite Relais de l’Entrecote in Saint Germain. Sit on the patio and people watch as you dine on bistro-style steak, frites, salad, profiteroles, and red wine. With the current exchange rate, the price for two will run about 50 Euros ($66). (photography by moi.)


  • Amy B

    The Latin Quarter! They have fixed price menu’s on chalkboard stands (so you know what you are getting into) – and everything is wonderfully delicious. I had some of the best duck of my life in the Latin Quarter, and it wasn’t expensive. I think for a 3 course dinner they range from $15-$30. This was probably 5 years ago…not sure if things have changed, but we loved eating there! Also, go to Cacao & Chocolat for a hot chocolate! This hot chocolate changed me!!

  • Hazel

    I wouldn’t go to Paris if you paid me. Skip those American haters and go to Spain or Italy.

  • MWH

    Love, Love, Love Relais de l’Entrecote – they also have a location on rue Marbeauf near the Champs d’Elyssee. Also try Le Pre Verre, a wine bistro located in the Latin Quarter at the corner of rue Thenard and rue Sommerard, 1 block south of blvd St Germain and 1 block east of rue St Jacques.

  • Matt
  • Matt

    oh, and make sure you get a table downstairs in the cellar.

  • Calibabs

    Caf� du Mache’: You are now on the corner of My Favorite! The Cafe du Marche’ is one of the most popular cafe’s in the neighborhood, with a covered area outside where you can eat winter and summer. Get there early, as you cannot reserve; it becomes very crowded especially with the chic people of the quartier. There are a number of daily specials on blackboards, at reasonable prices. It’s a fun place to sit and people watch.

    Café du Marché
    38 Rue Cler, Seventh Arr.

  • Paul Draper

    Gourmet Magazine, 1/08 did an entire issue on this subject. I think it’s all available on the net, but you are welcome to borrow my copy.

  • Stephanie

    Ditto on Relais de l’Entrecote, Nancy. OMG I seriously crave that place on a regular basis! It’s a place I never miss whenever I’m in Paris!! 🙂

  • ddd

    Relais de l’Entrecote is a must!! Why can’t Dallas have one!!

  • ClaireBear

    Au Fil Des Saisons was our favorite restaurant when we visited Paris last spring. The food was stellar, service was friendly, and the atmosphere was hole in the wall and perfectly paris. By far the best meal I’ve had in Paris, even going to a three Michelin star establishment (Taillevant) on a previous trip. The value of the meal was fantastic. Three courses for around 35 euros per person. For a smaller budget, it is a great value.

  • lk

    La Creperie de Josselin on the Rue de Montparnasse is wonderful. It can be terribly busy but we a lot of fun.

    I would also recommend macarons from Pierre Herme or Laduree and ice cream from Berthillon on the Ile Saint Louis. The ice cream is amazing.

  • Jennifer

    The poor girl is me! Thank you so much for all of your wonderful suggestions. Last time I was in Paris, I simply ate my weight in crepes (always a good idea) or ducked into a little bistro near my hotel. I can’t wait to try some of these places. I’ll be there tomorrow around noon, and I’ve got three days/nights to eat.