Eleven restaurants in Paris where you can eat well without going broke

The French capital is also a gastronomic capital, and you don't need to spend a million to enjoy it.

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Paris is expensive. Full stop. No debate there. But that doesn't make it any less wonderful. While wandering around and discovering all it has to offer, there are times when you'd rather invest more in museums, shows and a little shopping than in overpriced restaurants. But you have to eat, so here's a list of eleven delicious restaurants - six of them French - in different parts of the city, where you can feast without exhausting your wallet.

Recommendations before starting

Particularly if you will be in Paris during the summer, we highly recommend booking in advance to avoid the disappointment of not being able to find a place.

Remember that in France, people don't usually dine as late as in Spain and that many times the services close between 2pm and start at 7pm.

Chez Gladines

Originally this restaurant was dedicated to paying homage to French Basque food - not so different from Spanish Basque - with affordable prices and hearty dishes. Now they have transformed a little, and it is now possible to find the more typical French dishes on the menu. However, their specialities are a delicious duck confit and the veal escalope a la montañesa, which is huge and delicious.

There are three locations in different parts of Paris, but our favourite is the one in Saint-Germain, which remains more local, a little less touristy.

📍44Bd Saint-Germain, 75005 Paris

⏰ Monday to Thursday from 12:00 to 22:30 and from Friday to Sunday they close at 23:30.

👛Platillos between 11€ and 20€.

Brasserie Rosi

This is also a restaurant with more than one branch, but our favourite is the one just a stone's throw from the city's iconic Place de la Bastille. It's not the cheapest restaurant in the world, but it's a middle ground between fine dining and being able to eat on the rest of the trip. The dishes are carefully prepared, exquisite and well-balanced. The place is beautiful, very coquettish, and their cocktails are downright delicious. It is an excellent place to go before or after a show at the Opera Bastille, or after a stroll through eastern Paris.

📍 53 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine

⏰ Monday to Thursday: from 12.00 to 14.00 and from 19.00 to 22.30. Friday: from 12.00 to 14.00 and from 19.00 to 23.00. Saturday: from 12.00 to 15.00 and from 19.00 to 23.00. Sunday: from 12.00 to 15.00 and from 19.00 to 22.30.

Plates between 15€ and 20€.

Brasserie Des Prés

In the heart of Paris, in the alleyway where the oldest restaurant in the whole city is located, this Brasserie offers typical French dishes in a friendly, relaxed and cool environment. It's a great place to go for a drink on the terrace in fine weather, or to sit down to a feast of classics, such as beef tartare or onion soup (though beware of the season, they often don't serve it if it's not cold). One of the specials they offer are dishes to share, which are large portions of fish, meat or chicken. There are also vegetarian options (for one person) which, frankly, are delicious. With extravagant and cheerful tableware, the food here is very good and unpretentious.

📍6Cr du Commerce Saint-André, 75006

From 9:00 to 00:00. At weekends, they have a continuous service, so you can go without paying too much attention to the opening hours.

👛Platillos between 14€ and 35€.

Le Petit Bouillon Pharamond

This is a classic that stands out for its unbeatable prices and extremely Parisian setting. The history of this place is intertwined with that of the country: it began in 1832, when the Pharamond family, who came from Normandy in northern France, settled in the capital to "show Parisians the fashionable guts of Caen". From the outset, he was a resounding success and became part of local and foreign culture, appearing in films and novels. It was splendidly remodelled for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, and now stands almost as a museum of the golden age of this exciting city. Its menu offers the French gastronomic emblems, and its guts are kept in Caen fashion, of course.

📍24Rue de la Grande Truanderie, 75001

⏰From 12 pm to 12 am, continuous service.

👛Platillos between 7€ and 13€.

*\Reservations are not accepted and there are often long lines, so try to arrive at a good time and with patience.

La creperie Bretonne

Between Normandy and Brittany, two regions in northern France, there is a great dispute over the origin of the crepe, which is now an emblem throughout the country. In Paris, the debate is a bit of a mystery, but a street in Montparnasse has been dedicated to restaurants serving this simple delicacy. Sweet or savoury (if they're not for dessert they're called galettes), they're a great way to reward the body after walking the streets of Paris. Our favourite creperie is this one, La creperie Bretonna, with excellent service, an extensive menu and excellent choices and good prices.

📍 56 Rue du Montparnasse, 75014

⏰ From 11:46 to 23:00, every day.

The most expensive one costs €12.50, but it's a huge plate of chicken and cream. You can find some for 3,50€.

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Le Chalet du Parc

Away from the more touristy parts of Paris, but on the corner of one of the most beautiful parks in Paris, this restaurant is a very local and quiet option for dining in the French capital. Montsouris is one of the four parks built during Napoleon II's renovation of Paris, and at its southwestern end is this Chalet, which offers delicious burgers (hard to find in this city, by the way) and good pints for reasonable prices.

📍28Bd Jourdan, 75014

Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 1:30 and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 1:30. Meal service is interrupted between 14:00 and 19:00.

👛Platillos between 10€ and 20€.

Mi-Va-Mi

In the heart of Le Marais, in the Jewish quarter, this restaurant has the best falafels in Paris. Most people tend to go to the restaurant across the street, which has become very famous on social media, but after a thorough (and delicious) study we concluded that Mi-Va-Mi is better, and there is never a long queue.

If the weather is nice, it's best to order takeaway (which is cheaper) and head with pita and chips to the edge of the Seine or one of the nearby parks for a picnic.

📍 23 Rue des Rosiers, 75004

Sunday to Thursday, from 11am to 11pm. Friday and Saturday, until 23:30

👛 7€ per falafel pita.

Miznon Canal

Our favourite branch of Miznon is opposite the Canal Saint Martin, in one of the coolest areas of Paris. Here you can eat pitas with untraditional fillings. One of the favourites is boeuf bourgignon, which is constantly coming out of the open kitchen and onto the tables. Starters are also very good, with delicious hummus and roasted cauliflower that will make those who dislike vegetables reconsider. The beers are also good, and the ambience invites you to have a beer or two.

📍 37 Quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris

Sunday to Thursday from 12:00 to 00:00 (the kitchen closes at 16:00 and reopens at 19:00) and Friday from 12:00 to 15:00.

👛Platillos between 8€ and 15€.

Station Krishna

In south-east Paris, this remains a well-kept secret. A block and a half from Place d'Italie, Station Krishna has Indian food that should have earned many Michelin stars by now. Unpretentious, they offer food from both northern (the best known) and southern India. In the vegetarian options (of which there are many and delicious) you can choose two different dishes and sample more flavours. Our favourite is the Baigan Bartha, made from aubergine.

A tip: The Fork app offers great discounts when you book at this restaurant through its platform.

📍 16 Rue du Père Guérin, 75013⏰ Sunday to Thursday, from 11:45 to 14:30 and then from 19:00 to 22:30; Friday and Saturday closing at 23:00 👛 Dishes between 15€ and 18€ 👛 Dishes between 15€ and 18€ ⏰ Sunday to Thursday, from 11:45 to 14:30 and then from 19:00 to 22:30; Friday and Saturday closing at 23:00 👛 Dishes between 15€ and 18€.

Higuma

The rue de Sainte-Anne, just a few steps from the Opéra Garnier in Paris, is a parade of Japanese gastronomy. Higuma is a great choice of restaurants, but one that never fails is Higuma. It has a very extensive menu, but we recommend the menu that includes gyozas and ramen, which will leave you with little room for matcha ice cream for dessert.

32bis Rue Sainte-Anne, 75001Every day from 11:30 to 22:00, with breaks from 14:00 to 18:00 The menu costs 13€.

Deux fois plus de piment

This restaurant serves delicious Chinese food, and above all, extraordinary noodles. Its name alludes to how spicy its broths can be, which are ordered according to the level of spiciness tolerated, with five being the maximum. Warning: virtually no one (not even Mexicans) gets past the second. The menu has plenty of options - although only two are vegetarian - so you'll be spoilt for choice.

📍 133 Rue Saint-Sébastien, 75011

⏰ From Tuesday to Saturday, from 12:00 to 14:00, then from 18:30 to 20:30.

👛 Plates between 10€ and 20€.

by Sofia Viramontes
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