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Affordable lunch at Le Petit Plaisir

Affordable restaurants are highly in demand in Paris. It is possible to have a good meal in the city at affordable price. Taste French cuisine in cheap restaurants such as Le Petit Plaisir, Bouillon Racine, La Tourelle, Café Louis Philippe, Café du Commerce. It is difficult to find affordable restaurants in touristic high spots such as the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysées districts. Go for lunch. Order set menu, drink tap water and the house wine. Most restaurants are more expensive for dinner, when they don't serve the affordable set menus. Try the brasseries. Paris restaurant map. Restaurants in Paris.

Affordable and welcoming restaurant

Boualem and Yakob just opened le Petit Plaisir restaurant in the left bank a few metro stops away from Montparnasse and Saint-Germain-des-Près. These very welcoming brothers perpetuate the tradition of affordable restaurants for locals. Good cuisine made from fresh products, good French wine, very affordable set menu at lunch time, Parisian atmosphere.

If you would like to take your time and go off the beaten tourist track, rush to Le Petit Plaisir. This is Paris at its best.

Paris metro: Plaisance line 4. Map.

15, rue des Suisses
Paris 75014 France

Yakob will welcome you at Le Petit Plaisir
Yakob will welcome you at Le Petit Plaisir

Affordable restaurant Eiffel Tower

Café du Commerce is an affordable and spacious three floor restaurant, serving traditional French cuisine. Café du Commerce is located on a lively and distinctive street of the 15th arrondissement, two metro stops from the Eiffel Tower.

The Café du Commerce serves a selection of authentic recipes for you to discover including their poireau vinaigrette (leeks in vinaigrette), oeuf mayonnaise (eggs and mayonnaise) and of course, their quality Limousine meat.

Around 30 euros. 18.9 euros two set menu + café at lunch time. Metro: Motte Piquet Grenelle. Two metro stops from Eiffel tower. Map.

51 rue du commerce
Paris 75015 France

Café du Commerce is a cheap and high quality restaurant
Café du Commerce is a cheap and quality restaurant

Affordable restaurant left bank

Bouillon Racine represents over 100 years of culinary history close to the Sorbonne University in the heart of the left bank.

It was created in 1906 as a bouillon, the ancestors of Parisian brasseries serving food to working people. Its Art Nouveau setting made of carved wood, ceramics, mirrors and glass paintings, is one of the most beautiful in town.

Now listed as an historical monument, Bouillon Racine offers an immersion in the Paris of the 1900s. Where food is concerned, the chef Alexandre Belthoise has selected a subtle blend of modern day and more traditional dishes. Two course set menu at lunchtime during week for 17.5 euros. 3 course menu at 35 euros for lunch and dinner. Lunch review.

Paris metro: Cluny La Sorbonne metro station of Luxembourg metro station. Map.

3 rue Racine
Paris 75006 France

Bouillon Racine is on the left bank
Bouillon Racine is near Luxembourg Gardens

Tiny affordable restaurant left bank

We would like to be able to recommend many Le Petit Olivier, but there are few in central districts. In the lovely, trendy and expensive rue du Cherche-midi, this tiny and packed restaurant serves a good dish of the day and a desert for 10 euros. The chef, who also does the service, cooks traditional French disches, like baked sardines, smoked sausage and lentils or black pudding as daily specials. On the service side, no fuss. The best way to choose your dessert? “You get up, you look in the fridge. “Indeed, on the other side of a small corridor, banana chocolate fondants and speculoos mousse are waiting for gourmets. "The spoons are next," calls out the chef. For a bit, we would almost ask the neighbors if they want us to bring them something. Unbeatable. No web site. No reservation.

Le Petit Olivier
82, rue du Cherche-Midi
Paris 75006 France

Le Petit Olivier in left bank
Le Petit Olivier in left bank

Restaurant near Picasso Museum

In the heart of Le Marais, close to Picasso Museum, innovative and fresh French food with affordable set menu at lunch for 18.50 euros. Good wine glasses. Pictures.

The chef, Gil Rosinha, creates the dishes himself depending on the products which are available. The dishes are all thought out and diverse. They vary from a simple salad and soup of the day to fois gras in the style of pot au feu, passing by roasted duck breast with vanilla potato puree accompanied by a mango and ginger ratatouille, to a winter root vegetable selection cooked in butter, or a black angus burger. The wine list is huge, including a good range of reds, whites, sparkling wines and roses. Most are French, with the exception of a few specially selected Spanish wines. Metro: Hotel, de Ville station, line 1. Map.

72, rue Vieille du Temple
Paris 75004 France

Des gars dans la cuisine is a restaurant in Le Marais
Des gars dans la cuisine is a restaurant in Le Marais

Chartier, the low price legend

A legend in itself, Chartier is over 100 years old and still very much alive. The restaurant is dear to native Parisians, which might help explain why it is just as beloved by tourists from the world over. In 1896, the Bouillon Chartier was born out to provide a decent meal at a very affordable price and give customers good service in order to earn their loyalty. 50 million meals, and four owners later, the recipe is still every bit as much a success. The dishes are traditional but with a wide range of choices at frankly unbeatable prices. Enjoy leek vinaigrette, hard-boiled eggs with mayonnaise, vegetable soup or snails for starters; meat, fish or stews come next. The menu is a long one, the meals are authentic and the mains are around 10 euros. For dessert, ask for the famous home-made Chantilly cream. Chartier takes no reservations and if there’s a big line. Wait in line. It's worth it. Metro: Grands Boulevards station, line 8,9. Map. Close to Grévin Museum. Chartier opened in 2019 a second restaurant, Bouillon Chartier Montparnasse. Beautiful art nouveau decor.

7, rue du Faubourg Montmartre
Paris 75009 France

Bouillon Chartier is the cheapest brasserie in Paris
Bouillon Chartier is the cheapest brasserie in Paris

Café de la Tourelle near Notre-Dame

Parisians like us can miss La Tourelle for years. The local who recommended it to us hesitated. If more people know the place, it could change the wrong way. No web site. No thrills. They focus on food the old way and serve delicious home made French dishes at more than affordable prices. 19 euro set menu.

For more than 100 years, Café de la Tourelle has been a neighborhood restaurant for working Parisians. While the place has changed hands a few times, most recently in 2000, nothing much has changed. There is nothing hip about La Tourelle. No trendy menu, no cute server, no floral arrangement. Even the address, though in a highly touristic district near Notre-Dame, is on a quiet side street off the busy Boulevard Saint-Michel. The outside looks staid and forgotten. Get in and try it. Metro: Saint Michel line 4. Map. Close to Notre-Dame. No web site.

Café de la Tourelle
5, rue Hautefeuille
Paris 75006 France

La Tourelle is an authentic and cheap French restaurant
La Tourelle is an authentic and cheap French restaurant

Affordable restaurant Notre-Dame

One of our favorite restaurants in town. We are regulars.

On the banks of the Seine river, overlooking Ile Saint-Louis and Notre-Dame, Café Louis Philippe is an affordable Paris restaurant with terrace. One of the cutest restaurants in town, Café Louis Philippe is what you imagine a Parisian bistro is: striped awnings topped with flower-laden window boxes, wrought iron lanterns, a bustling terrace and a forest of greenery offering a rare bit of privacy and seclusion.

Excellent two course set menu for lunch at 17.5 euros. Metro: Pont Marie station, line 7. Map.

66, Quai de l'Hotel de ville
Paris 75004 France

Café Louis Philippe, a cheap restaurant near Notre Dame
Café Louis Philippe is in Le Marais near Notre-Dame

Restaurant Champs-Elysées

The Champs-Elysées are not the ideal district for affordable restaurants. Moreover, the value for money is usually low. It is therefore worth mentioning that a few restaurants strive to provide good food for affordable prices. L'Alsace is probably the best choice. Like all brasseries in town, l'Alsace serves sauerkraut, seafood, beer and Alsace wines. The restaurant is open 24/7 seven days a week. The two course menu at 19.90 euros is served for lunch and dinner and the quality is excellent. There is also plenty of choice à la carte, but it will naturally cost extra money.

39, avenue des Champs-Elysées
Paris 75008 France

L'Alsace is an affordable brasserie on Champs-Elysées
L'Alsace is an affordable brasserie on Champs-Elysées

Affordable restaurant in Le Marais

Managed by chef Mauro Colagreco - three stars for its restaurant Le Mirazur, in Menton in the French Riviera – Grandcoeur is set in a beautiful paved courtyard of Le Marais. It boasts a quiet terrace. The dining room, part of a former posting station, has rough stones, exposed beams and marble tables. Without fuss, but precise and demanding, the cuisine, prepared by chef Nino La Spina, is tasty, gourmet, refined. Each dish is a small discovery, an invention that highlights carefully selected seasonal products. The goal of GrandCoeur: create a warm, generous and accessible place to live with the quality of a great kitchen. Discover this Mediterranean cuisine with a warm touch of Southern Italy. 23 euros two set menu at lunchtime on weekdays.

41, rue du Temple
Paris 75004 France

Grandcoeur in Le Marais
Grandcoeur in Le Marais

Affordable restaurant Le Louvre

Higuma is a well known institution in town. Two cheap and very simple restaurants near the Opera and Le Louvre, serving traditional Japanese food, such as ramen, donburi, itamemono, gyozas and ramen. No sushis or sashimis.

The ramen are excellent: bowl of broth made from soybean paste with fresh pasta, bamboo shoots, pork, bean sprouts or bowl of salt based broth with fresh pasta, lots of various vegetables. The stir-fries (itamemono) are delicious, especially the large bowl of rice covered with pork, squid, various vegetables in Japanese sauce.

Try the often busy Higuma rue Sainte-Anne, near Le Louvre, in the Japanese restaurant street.

27 Boulevard des Italiens
Paris 75002 France

32 Bis Rue Saint-Anne
Paris 75001 France

Enjoying lunch at Higuma
Enjoying lunch at Higuma before visiting Le Louvre

International restaurants in Paris

As in many large cities around the world, most very affordable restaurants in town are Asian or oriental. They change rapidly making it hard to propose a selection.

You will find many good and affordable vietnamese and chinese restaurants around avenue d'Ivry (map) in the 13th arrondissement chinese neighbourhood.

Rue Sainte-Anne (map) close to the Louvre, has many good and cheap Japanese restaurants. Higuma is the best known.

We are regulars of Les Pâtes Vivantes (46, rue du Faubourg Montmartre near Grévin Museum, 3 rue de Turbigo near Les Halles) specialized in Chinese noodles and Mian Fan (124, boulevard du Montparnasse, 20 rue Mogador near Department stores, 15 Bvd Montmartre near Grévin Museum, 40, rue Saint-Georges) serving tasty Asian fusion food.

There are many affordable greek and lebanese restaurants around rue Saint-Séverin (map) near Notre-Dame Cathedral and Rue Mouffetard near Le Panthéon.

Mian Fan serves Asian fusion food
Mian Fan serves Asian fusion food

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