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Best Budget Restaurants in Paris — How To Eat Cheap in Paris for €10-€25

Our favorite budget-friendly restaurants in Paris.


Parisians live to eat (and drink) so there is no shortage of amazing places to eat in Paris. Unfortunately, finding a cheap meal isn’t always easy—especially if you don’t want to settle for mediocre food. That’s why I interviewed a handful of locals to find their favorite budget-friendly restaurants in Paris and I threw in some of my favorite spots as well.

In this guide, I tried to list a wide range of restaurant options—from traditional French bistro classics and crepes to Mexican and Vietnamese. Most restaurants on this list offer main dishes priced from about €7-€15 so you shouldn’t have any trouble getting a good meal + drink for under €10-€25

Do you have a favorite budget-friendly restaurant that’s not on our list? Please leave a comment to let us know!

Quick Tips For Finding Cheap Eats in Paris

Seek Out Fixed Price Lunch and Dinner: Almost every restaurant has a fixed price menu — especially at lunch. It usually consists of a starter, main, and dessert — sometimes it’s a starter & main or main & dessert. This is a good way to have a solid meal at a good price.

Good Boulangerie = Good Sandwiches: Almost every solid boulangerie will have a solid sandwich as well. Even a simple ham and cheese sandwich on a baguette will be a very filling and cheap (€5-€8) lunch.

Double-Check Opening Times: Restaurants in Paris can have weird hours. Some are closed on weekends or mid-week, some are open late, and some only serve lunch. Some close down in August. Always double-check the hours.

Crepes Are Cheap And Filling: Street vendors all over the city sell delicious and filling crepes for €3.50-€8. You can’t go wrong with ham and cheese. Go for banana & Nutella crepes for a snack.

Best Budget Restaurants in Paris

Me working up an appetite as I eat my way through Paris on a budget.

Alright, here is the list of my favorite cheap places to eat in Paris—I’ve also included a few places my local friends recommended since there is soooooo much to eat in the city.

Grenier au Pain [Bakery / Sandwiches]

cheap restaurants in Paris - grenier a pain

I worked near two Grenier au Pain boulangeries so I’ve eaten a few dozen of their ham and cheese sandwiches. In fact, Grenier au Pain has won the “best baguette in Paris” award multiple times so you know their baguette sandwiches are going to be good. I’m also a big fan of their croissants and eclairs. I forget the exact price but I believe they have a sandwich+drink+eclair lunch special for under €7. Visit their website

  • Location: Multiple
  • 38 rue des Abbesses, 75018 (Main store – Montmartre)
  • 127 rue Caulaincourt, 75018 (Montmartre)
  • 33bis rue Saint Amand, 75015
  • 52 avenue d’Italie,  75013
  • 91 rue Faubourg Poissonnière,  75009

Le Petit Vendôme [Sandwiches + Classic French]

Le Petit Vendôme - Cheap restaurants Paris

A classic Parisian bistro that’s actually packed with Parisians. They are known for their sandwiches (€6.40-€9 takeaway only) — you’ll see the line stretching out the door at lunchtime. Some say it’s the best sandwich in Paris. You can also eat inside if you want classic French dishes — try the duck confit (€17). The place is always packed — especially at lunch.

  • Location: 8 Rue des Capucines, 75002

Maison Castro [Sandwiches]

Cheap Paris Restaurants - Maison Castro

Baguette sandwiches with a Mediterranean twist — featuring meats and cheeses from France, Italy, and Spain. A nice choice if you want something different than the standard French sandwich. Sandwiches cost €5-€7. Visit their website

  • Location: Multiple
  • 9 Rue Cadet, 75009
  • 47 Rue des Moines, 75017
  • 15 bis rue Alexandre Parodi, 75010
  • 114 rue de Belleville, 75020

Cosi [Sandwiches]

Cosi - cheap restaurants Paris

A local favorite for great sandwiches at a reasonable price — plus it’s right in the center of the city so it’s less than a 15-minute walk from Notre Dame. Visit their website

  • Location: Multiple
  • 5 Rue des Filles du Calvaire, 75003
  • 54 Rue de Seine, 75006

Urfa Dürüm [Turkish/Kurdish Sandwiches]

Urfa Durum - Cheap Paris Restaurant

Amazing Turkish kebab sandwiches made with fresh homemade bread and meat cooked on skewers right in front of you. It’s also a favorite of Anthony Bourdain so don’t be surprised to see lots of locals and tourists lined up at dinner time. Sandwiches are 6-9.

  • Location: 58 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010

Mmmozza [Italian Sandwiches]


Italian sandwiches made with super high-quality meats and cheese (5-7). A solid option for lunch on the go.

  • Location: 57, rue de Bretagne 75003

Breizh Café [French Crepes]

breizh cafe cheap Paris restaurants

Breizh Cafe is on the top of every “the best crepes in Paris” list so it’s smart to make a reservation. Most savory crepes are7-12 and the amazing dessert crepes cost around 7-€10.

  • Location: Multiple

La Crêperie Josselin [French Crepes]

La Crêperie Josselin Cheap Paris Restaurant

La Crêperie Josselin is another crepe place that consistently makes the “best crepes in Paris” list — so you can’t go wrong. A savory crepe costs €10-€12 but there is a weekday lunch special that’s €12 for a savory crepe + dessert crepe + drink.

  • Location: 67 Rue du Montparnasse, 75014

Crêperie Plougastel [French Crepes]


In a neighborhood full of crepe places, Crêperie Plougastel is the standout. Savory crepes cost between €7-€10 and dessert crepes are about the same.

  • Locaiton: 47 rue du Montparnasse75014

Bistrot Victoires [French]

Bistrot Victoires Cheap Restaurants Paris

Bistrot Victories serves up tasty French classics at really good prices — especially considering its close proximity to the Louvre (where everything seems to be expensive and low quality). Duck confit and roast chicken are both less than 12… that’s hard to beat.

  • Location: 6 rue de la Vrilliere75001

Bouillon Chartier [Classic French]

Chartier cheap Paris eats

Founded in 1896, Bouillon Chartier is a massive old-school Parisian restaurant that’s now officially classified as a historic monument. You’re not going to get a gourmet meal here but it’s cheap (main dishes are €8-€12) — which is part of its charm. Stick with the simple/classic French dishes like chicken or steak + fries and enjoy the fun atmosphere.

  • Location: 7 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009

Café de l’Industrie [French Bistro]

Café de l'Industrie - Cheap Paris Eats

A fun and lively neighborhood French bistro/restaurant near the Bastille. It’s a large space so it’s good for groups (but also great for couples). Service is fast and prices are great — most main dishes are around 14. They also have a weekday lunch special for 12 (starter, main, and dessert).

  • Location: 15,16,17 Rue Saint-Sabin75011

Chez Gladines [Classic French]

Chez Gladines - Cheap Paris Restaurants

Another one of the rare French restaurants with a solid quality/price ratio that serves many French classics — lots of meat & potatoes, sauces, and cheeses. Their specialties like duck confit and basic steak are around €17 and Basque chicken is €14.

  • Location: Multiple

La Petite Rose des Sables [Classic French]

La Petite Rose des Sables - Cheap Paris Eats

Eating here is like eating at grandma’s house. It’s run by an old French couple who are some of the nicest people in Paris — you’ll probably even get a hug and kiss goodbye! Ohh and the food is classic homemade French. Beef bourguignon (beef stew) is only €14. The restaurant is tiny (it can only hold about 8-10 people) so try to make a reservation or show up 30 minutes before opening.

  • Location: 6 rue de Lancry75010

L’Express de Lyon [French Bistro + Craft Beer]

L'Express de Lyon - Cheap Paris Food

L’Express de Lyon features two of my favorite things — simple french dishes and amazing craft beer. This place has some of the cheapest craft beer in Paris (discount if you drink at the bar) and it’s well off the tourist track so it’s a good place to hang with the locals.

  • Location: 1 Rue de Lyon75012

Frenchie To Go [Modern Breakfast/Lunch]

Frenchie To Go - Cheap Paris

A super hip 15-seat restaurant that serves a small, yet solid, menu for breakfast (all day) and lunch (12-4 pm) — as well as great coffee. Breakfast options consist of scones, breakfast muffins, eggs, yogurt w/ granola, etc. (€6-€12). For lunch, they have a Reuben sandwich (€14), Pulled pork sandwich (€14), Pastrami on rye (€14), Hotdog (€9), Lobster roll (€22), and Fish & Chips (€15).

Big Fernand [Burgers]

Big Fernand - Best Paris Cheap Food

Sometimes you just want a quasi-fast food burger and Big Fernand is one of the best places to get one in Paris. Are the burgers as good as your favorite burger place back in the US? Doubtful. But they’re still pretty solid. The “Bartholome” burger gets the most love. Burgers range from €11-€14.

They have multiple locations throughout Paris.

Joe Burger [Burgers]


I don’t know who Joe is but he makes a solid burger – and they’re super affordable. A burger + fries is €9.

  • Locaiton: 49 rue Descartes75005

Burger and Fries [Burgers]

Burger and Fries Paris Cheap Eats

It’s no secret what they serve here… yep, burgers and fries. This place reminds us of an IN n OUT or Shake Shack. A burger, fries, and drink combo only cost €11 so this is a good alternative to McDonald’s. Not bad if you’re in the area and want something quick & cheap.

  • Location: Multiple

Hank Burger [Vegan Burgers]

Hank Burger Paris Cheap Restaurants

Vegans rejoice because this is the place to get a great vegan burger — they even have a gluten-free option. Burgers start around €9 and they have a €14 menu (burger + fries + drink).

  • Locations:
  • 55 rue des Archives75003
  • 8 Rue Marguerite de Rochechouart, 75009

Pizza Julia [Pizza]

Pizza Julia - Best budget Paris

This mainly takeout pizza place serves some of the best pizza in Paris (they have awards to back it up). If it’s a nice day, we suggest taking your pie over to Canal St. Martin to enjoy some al fresco dining. Pizzas run about €12-€17 and they’re big enough to split.

  • Locaiton: 43 rue de Charenton75012

Pizza Rossi [Pizza]

Pizza Rossi Paris Budget Restaurants

Pizza Rossi is another great option if you’re in the mood for Neapolitan-style pizza. They have a few small tables but this is mostly a takeaway restaurant. Pizzas cost €10-€16—one might feed two people if you’re not super hungry. Ohh, and it’s located in a Red Light district (which is perfectly safe) so you might see some interesting ladies along the way.

  • Loncation: 24 rue Blondel75002

Schwartz Hot Dog [Hot Dogs]

Kraft Hot Dogs Paris Cheap Eats

And now for something completely different… hot dogs! These seriously good dogs have multiple topping options and prices range from €4-€6.50. It’s a great place to stop for a quick bite while you’re exploring the Marais neighborhood.

  • Location: 15 rue des Archives75004

L’As du Fallafel [Kosher Middle Eastern]

L’As du Fallafel - Paris Cheap Restaurants

As the name suggests, this restaurant is famous for its excellent falafel sandwiches (some say it’s the best falafel in the world and it’s in all the guidebooks). The standard falafel sandwich is 8 and the shawarma sandwich is 11. You can eat inside but the prices are much higher inside so order from the takeaway window and eat on the street.

There will be a line but it moves quickly.

  • Location: 32 Rue des Rosiers, 75004

Chez le Libanais [Lebanese]

Chez le Libanais

This tiny (mostly takeaway) Lebanese restaurant is located in the Latin quarter/Saint Germain and serves up delicious wraps and shawarma on fresh-made bread. Most wraps/shawarma only cost 6-8.

Location: 35 rue Saint Andre des Arts75006

Pho 14 [Vietnameese]

pho14 best cheap food paris

The best pho in Paris (I’ve been there multiple times). This is a bustling no-frills restaurant filled with locals and in-the-know tourists. Super quick service. There might be a line during popular times but it moves quickly. A large bowl of Pho is around €9 and a bottle of beer is cheap — it’s hard to find a better deal than that.

  • Location: Quartier Chinois 129 avenue de Choisy75013 (but they have a few new outposts locations)

Kunitoraya [Japenese]

Kunitoraya best cheap paris

This authentic Japanese restaurant is known for the best udon bowls in the city (around €15-€25) and Japanese fried chicken. It’s a great option for a gloomy Paris day.

  • Location: 5 rue Villedo, 75001

Kodawari Ramen [Japanese / Ramen]

Kodawari Ramen - Cheap Paris food

The lines coming out of Kodawari should tell you that this place knows how to make some tasty authentic ramen. The vibe inside is also pretty cool. A bowl of ramen will run you about €14-€19.

  • Location:
  • 29 Rue Mazarine75006
  • 12 Rue de Richelieu, 75001

Higuma [Japanese / Ramen]

Higuma - cheap paris

This no-frills Parisian institution serves heaping bowls of fresh and authentic ramen for super cheap prices — some of the cheapest eats in Paris. Ramen is only around 8-11 and a meal (ramen + side goes for about 12-14). Expect a line but it moves quickly so don’t sweat it.

Tien Hiang [Asian Vegan/Vegetarian]

Tien Hiang - Budget Paris

A nice local favorite that’s a vegetarian and vegan’s dream come true. Almost all the main dishes are 7-10 — so it’s easy on the wallet as well.

  • Location: 14 rue Bichat75010

Bien Bien [Thai]

Bien Bien Paris Cheap Restaurants

Another one of Paris’ best Thai restaurants. It’s a small restaurant and it does fill up quickly but the service is fast. They also own the Thai restaurant next door (called Bien 2 — same menu and prices).

Location: 30 bis, rue Bergere75009 Paris

Thai Spices [Thai]

Thai spices - Cheap Paris Restaurants

Great little Thai spot in the center of Paris that gets solid reviews for its red and green curry. The main dishes are around €18.

  • Location: 5-7 rue de l’Ave Maria75004

My Noodles [Chinese]

My Noodles - Cheap Paris Eats

Tasty homemade noodles, spring rolls, and pot stickers. It’s close to the Luxembourg Gardens so it’s a great place to stop if you’re in the area. The main dishes are €9-€14.

  • Location: 129 boulevard du Montparnasse75006

Bululu Arepera [Venezuelan]

Bululu Arepera - Budget Paris Restaurant

Chow down on Arepas (corn-based bread served hot and filled with pulled meat, beans, cheese, vegetables, and sauce) in this cute little Venezuelan spot away from the tourist trail. Arepas are €8/each.

  • Location: 20 Rue de la Fontaine du But, 75018

El Nopal [Mexican]

El Nopal Paris - cheap food Paris

It’s next to impossible to find good Mexican food in Europe but El Nopal is a rare exception. This little spot is takeaway only but it’s near Canal St. Martin so you can eat there. Three tacos are about 10.

Buono Sano Bello [Italian]

Buono Sano Bello - Cheap Paris Restaurants

A solid Italian place off the tourist track. They serve lots of fresh homemade pasta dishes at a decent price — main dishes cost around 11-16.

  • Location: 14 rue de la Villette75019

That’s all for now!

Do you have a favorite budget-friendly restaurant that’s not on our list? Please leave a comment to let us know!

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