From the article: Top Budget French Restaurants in Paris
With the economy in a tailspin, lots of travelers are looking to see the world while working with much leaner budgets. Paris has gained a reputation as gastronomic gem, but the sad reality is that you often have to pay a lot to get a truly great meal here, and finding a good budget restaurant that offers tasty fare for lean prices can be a challenge. For those of you who have found that ideal budget restaurant in the city of lights, feel free to share your experience with readers below. Share Your Favorites
- This restaurant was completely budget friendly, and had totally awesome cooking!! Never tasted a better burrito in my life!!!
- —Guest petra
Fajitas in Paris
- After reading about it in Travel and Leisure magazine, we visited a delightful Mexican restaurant called Fajitas, in the 6th arrondissement, only steps from Pont Neuf on Rue Dauphine. A friendly place where Amy, an American from Massachusetts and Miguel, her Mexican husband, serve authentic Mexican cuisine and fantastic margaritas. It's perfect for lunch as it is between the Louvre and Notre Dame. Dinner is always busy with happy crowds of both natives and tourists enjoying the great food. Dress is casual, as is the decor. The fajitas, their signature dish, are unsurpassed, and the yummy fruity, ice creamy, liqueur flavored desserts are worth the calories. An all-around treasure.
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- We're in love with L'Ecurie, on Rue de Ste-Genevieve de la Montagne in the 5th. It's a remnant of a bygone era, but in a good way! A glass of complimentary sangria is on the house, and the "formules," at 17euro each for three courses, are reasonable. The steaks are grilled wonderfully, and the sauces are rich and delicious. The house red wine is very good, and even the salads are really nice. And the ambiance is amazing... it's like eating in a tavern out of a movie set in the 1500s, except without the stabbing scene that always seems to take place in such movies. One word of warning to the ladies: the bathroom is also out of the 1500s -- a good ol' fashioned hole in the floor. Stopping for coffee at a nearby cafe right after dinner is my typical solution to the problem.
A Fabulous Find in the 4th!
- For the budget traveler who doesn’t want to be reminded he’s dining on a budget, Le Framboisy is as wonderful as it is affordable. The food is made with care and the owner takes pride in serving quality wines that won’t break anyone’s bank. She also loves to walk you through the wine list to help find just the right wine for your meal. The host, Francoise, is as charming as she is helpful. For any traveler who might be a little intimidated because they don’t speak French or might not be familiar with the cuisine, there’s no worry here. Francoise speaks several languages and will happily go over and explain the entire menu board. Just a 2 minute walk from Metro Saint Paul at 16, rue Charlemagne, Le Framboisy is simply a nice place to be. Also, great outdoor seating and no one rushing you out of your chair as you relax with your glass of wine in this terrific French restaurant. --Greg A., USA
- —Guest grega1
Gentle prices in the 6th
- I had a lovely, affordable lunch recently at Le Trait d'Union in the 6th arrondissement, at 122 Rue de Rennes. A lively and stylish cafe/bar, it has a nice, fusion-y Franco-Asian ambiance, a very friendly vibe, and good, dependable French food (with a few Asian notes like stir-fries, etc.) And it won't break the bank.
- —Guest Kitty Parigi