You dream of the big vacation, but without the big budget. No problem, eParis has you covered. Paris can be a very expensive city for a tourist, but there are multiple ways to visit the city on a budget. One way is to find affordable hotels. Another is to find great ways to eat, but for cheap prices. The following is a list of eParis’ favorite restaurants and cafe’s that provide the best in Parisian cuisine, without breaking the bank.
The Broken Arm
12 rue Perrée 3e
Don’t let The Broken Arms collection of clothes, books, music, furniture and shoes deter you from grabbing a bit to eat at the in-house café.
Inside, wooden tables are arranged around a light-filled room full of green plants. Coffee comes from a La Marzocco percolator, and the morning patisserie selection includes perfect cookies and sinful blueberry cheesecake. For the remainder of the, a choice of cold dishes are offered that are priced between €7 and €16, which change according to the day’s inspiration and seasonal selection of produce. Choices include burrata des Pouilles with truffles, asparagus mousseline and wild asparagus, and a fennel velouté with green apples and almonds. |
74 rue des Gravilliers 3e
Bob’s Kitchen is a vegetarian canteen where everything is organic, and healthy. This small café offers salads, soups, bagels and futomakis as well as a trademark vegetable stew, a big bowl which combines a cunning mix of vegetables, seeds, rice and guacamole. Bob’s smoothies are made from vegetable milks, and are famed to be extremely delicious. The menu changes seasonally according to the best ingredients available at the market. The decor is welcoming and the prices are pleasingly low.
170 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis 10e
Saravanaa Bhavan is an 80 seat restaurant chain with branches in more than 10 countries, specializing in vegetarian dishes from Southern India. This quaint café offers fresh ingredients that put them above the neighborhood’s collection of greasy spoons.
The space is designed with sofas, black tables and big windows, giving it more of a Japanese vibe. The menu comes with helpful descriptions of the dishes to aid navigation for all the appeasing options.
If you want to try everything, share a whole bunch of dishes. If you only taste one dish, it is recommended you try the mutter paneer, which is a mix of peas, cheese, onions and spices.
128 rue de Charenton 12e
Le Réparate is micro restaurant by the Gare de Lyon that offers an above-average range of salads, sandwiches and traditional dishes, including a socca chickpea crêpe. The traditional Niçoise salad is a fresh and bright contemporary version, with mesclun, broad beans, artichokes and tomatoes. Dessert of lemon meringue tart, both sweet and citrus sour, is a must. You can sit in the window or get your food to go.
33 rue Lamarck18e
Soul Kitchen is a little canteen located near the Montmartre steps, managed by three charming, inspired chefs. Come and drink a creamy coffee and read the morning or at midday to eat lunch from an ever changing menu of homemade recipes made with organic local produce. In the afternoon, you can hang out with a pastry, or just sip a glass of red wine.
The Soul Kitchen is decorated with a birdcage with dozens of paper butterflies, an old typewriter, a big bay window, trays loaded with food, colored furniture and a huge chalkboard menu. There is a fabulous Granny’s pichade, a thick pissaladière French pizza with tomatoes and pesto. Add bowls of a colorful pasta salad, followed by tarte tatin and fromage blanc with plum jam. Prices range about €11.50 for a quaint meal.
Feature photo by McPig // flickr