Paris restaurants cover an amazing range of prices as well as cuisine styles. While eating in Paris can be expensive (it is, after all, one of the great culinary centers in the world!) there are food options that won’t break the bank. Be sure to visit your neighborhood patisseries (pastry shops) and boulangeries (bakeries) where, in addition to the wonderful breads and pastries, you can also buy sandwiches and other take-out meals. In recent years there has been a growing “food truck” movement in Paris but unlike in the U.S. where this usually means low-quality “greasy spoon” meals, in Paris the standards are much higher. Camion qui fume (the Smoking Van) travels throughout the city to different locations, mostly for lunchtime. Otherwise, crêperies (serving, of course, crêpes) are an often affordable option. Bistrots and Brasseries are simple restaurants that often offer excellent, reasonably priced meals. Most restaurants will have a formule or fixed menu, typically during lunch time, which is a cheaper option. Avoid tourist sections of the city when seeking reasonably priced meal offerings. Likewise, Paris has an excellent selection of international cuisine (Thai, Indian, Lebanese, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Morrocan…and too many more to list!). Check out our always-growing list of restaurant recommendations below. And at the bottom of the list check out other online resources for finding the best places to eat!
The following codes are guidelines. All restaurants should display their menus at the entrance so you can have a sense of prices before sitting down. In France there aren’t as many surprises as one can have in other countries. All prices include tax and the tipping is included (although it’s appreciated if you give some extra change, particularly when you sit down for lunch or dinner).
€ = moderate prices | €€ = a bit pricey | €€€= a special meal
Restos U. (Restaurants Universitaires)
The cheapest option for students in Paris. Show your student card and you can get a three course meal for as little as 3.25 €. Some are only open for lunch. Consult the Crous website to get more information: https://www.crous-paris.fr/restauration/prix-payement-qualite-variete/ (Site is mostly in French).
- Assas | 92, rue d’Assas, 6e, Métro: Port Royal (RER B)
- Bullier | 39, avenue Georges Bernanos, 5e, Métro: Port Royal (RER B)
- Châtelet | 8-10, rue Jean Calvin, 5e, Métro: Censier-Daubenton (7)
- Ciseaux | 45, boulevard Diderot, 12e, Métro: Reuilly-Diderot (1, 8)
- Cité universitaire de Paris | 19, boulevard Jourdan, 14e, Métro: Cité Universitaire (RER B)
- Cuvier-Jussieu | 8, rue Cuvier, 5e, Métro: Jussieu (7, 10), Gare d’Austerlitz (5, 10, RER C)
- Dareau | 13-17, rue Dareau, 14e, Metro: St. Jacques (6)
- Dauphine | 2, boulevard Lannes, 16e, Métro: Porte Dauphine (2), Avenue Foch (RER C)
- Hôpital Bichat | 16, rue Henri Huchart, 18e, Métro: Port de St. Ouen (13)
- IUT | 143, avenue de Versailles, 16e, Métro: Chardon-Lagache (10)
- Mabillon | 3, rue Mabillon, 6e, Métro: Mabillon (10)
- Mamet | 5, rue André Mazet, 6e, Métro: Odéon (4, 10)
- Necker | 156, rue de Vaugirard, 15e, Métro: Falguière (12)
- Rabelais | 2, avenue de la Porte de Clignancourt, 18e, Métro: Porte de Clignancourt (4)
- Tolbiac | 17, rue de Tolbiac, 13e, Métro: Bibliothèque François Mitterand (14, RER C)
- All Paris neighborhoods | € | (sandwiches and quiches are usually cheapest lunch option to be found outside the Restos U. (Restaurants Universitaires)
Covered & Outdoor Markets
There are countless outdoor and covered markets in different neighborhoods in Paris, sometimes only once or twice a week and, for the covered markets, typically five or six days a week. In addition to these are a growing number of cultural venues which sometimes also offer food and drink options.
- Marché Raspail, Bd. Raspail, 6e, Métro: Notre Dame de Champs (12). Fresh fruits and vegetables, some take-away prepared foods. Sundays has mostly organic offerings.
- Marché Biologique des Batignolles, Bd. des Batignolles, 17e, Métro: Rome (2). The original Organic market in Paris.
- Marché des Enfants Rouges, 39 rue de Bretagne, 3e, Métro: Filles du Calvaire (8). A bit pricey for its fresh food stands but there’s a great atmosphere in this busy Marais market with lots of great options for lunch.
- Marché rue d’Aligre, Place d’Aligre, 12e, Métro: Ledru-Rollin (8). Also in the same Place is the covered Marché Beauvau which has many stands offering prepared foods for take-home. The fresh fruits and vegetable stands are among the best priced in Paris.
- Marché Bastille, Bd. Richard-Lenoir, 11e, Métro: Richard-Lenoir (5). The biggest outdoor market in Paris.
- Marché Rue Moufftard, rue Moufftard, 5e, Métro: Place Monge (7). Lots of tourists visit this market which drives prices higher than they are in less touristy neighborhoods but it’s a pretty neighborhood so can be fun to visit to take a look and less for getting a week’s worth of groceries.
- Marché Saxe-Breteuil, Avenue de Saxe, 15e, Métro: Ségur (10). Again, because of the touristy neighborhood (near the Eiffel Tower) the prices can be a bit higher but the selection is excellent.
- Marché St. Martin, 31 rue du Chateau d’Eau, 10e, Métro: Jacques Bonsergent (5). Covered market with some architectural vestiges dating back to the 18th century.
Food & Culture Centers
This section might be better placed among bars and nightclubs as these sites tend to be designed for the younger generations and there is often a party atmosphere in some of the following addresses. Some are more established and permanent (le 104) and others are more likely to come and go, opening in the late Spring when the weather warms up and then closing in the Fall.
- le 104, 5 rue Curial, 19e, Métro: Riquet (7). This alternative culture center was launched with the financial support of Paris (whereas others below often started more as buildings squatted and converted somewhat clandestinely in the beginning into public spaces.
- Ground Control, 81 rue du Charolais, 12e, Métro: Reuilly-Diderot (1,8). Next to the Gare de Lyon, a large industrial building owned by the SNCF (the national train company) which had been empty for countless years has been taken over and converted into something of a food and culture center.
- Le Point Ephémère, 200 Quai de Valmy, 10e, Métro: Jean Jaurès. Along the Canal St. Martin. Regular music performances, with bar/nightclub ambiance at night.
- Les Grands Voisins, avenue Denfert-Rochereau, 14e, Métro: Denfert-Rochereau (6, RER B). Focused more on visual arts than food but lots of young artists presenting their work.
- le 6b, 6-10 Quai de Seine, Saint-Denis, Métro: Gare St. Denis (RER D). Just North of Paris, Lots of art and music.
- La Halle Papin, 62, rue Denis Papin, Pantin, Métro: Aubervilliers-Quatre Chemins (7). Open during the warmer months.
Food trucks are a very recent phenomenon in Paris. Le camion qui fume was the first, established by Americans with extensive culinary training in France. Others have followed and typically they match the American style “food on the go” with the high standards of French cuisine. As most of these food trucks change locations daily, check out the following websites to see where they’ll be located each week.
- Le Camion qui fume | €€ | MK2 Bibliothèque, 132 avenue de France, 13e. The first “gourmet” food truck in Paris has been a huge success among Parisians and they’ve taken up permanent residence in the 13th arrondissement. However, check out their site to see where else their trucks will be in the coming days.
- Le Refectoire | €€ | French-inspired hamburgers
- Deux Filles un Camion | €€ | specializing in salads and ethnic dishes
- Cantine California | €€ | Organic ingredients in hamburgers, porc tacos, hand-cut fries, home-made shakes
- Goody’s | €€ | Offering late-night meals and snacks
- The Roomies | € | 14 rue du Cygne, Métro: Etienne Marcel (4). Hamburger joint in the style of 5 Guys. Menu starting at 12 €. (Fall 2016)
- Le Cochon à l’Oreille | €€ | 15 rue Montmartre, Métro: Les Halles (4, A, B). A throwback to the days Paris Populaire (working class Paris) when Les Halles was the Ventre de Paris (stomach of Paris) with open markets selling fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, fish. Wonderful Tile murals with scenes from the old market. Not overly expensive with meals starting at 15 €. (Fall 2016)
- Feu | € | 54 rue de l’Arbre Sec, Métro: Louvre-Rivoli (1). Chicken specialties, Formules: 10,50-13,50 €. (Fall 2017)
- Angelina’s | €€ | 226 rue de Rivoli Métro: Tuileries (1). Known for excellent pudding-like hot chocolate and decadent pastries. A bit pricey but nice as a special treat.
- Le Fumoir | €€ | 6 Rue de l’Amiral de Coligny Métro: Louvre-Rivoli (1). Pricey for meals but top quality hot chocolate.
- Téléscope | € | 5 rue Villedo, Métro: Pyramides (7, 14). Great coffee and snacks.
- Eathai | € | 12 rue du Cygne, Métro: Les Halles (4, A, B). Reasonably priced Thai food.
- Ace Bento | € | 18 rue Thérèse, Métro: Pyramides (7, 14). Korean restaurant in Little Tokyo near rue St. Anne; order a collection of sides and appetizers for under 10 €. (Fall 2017)
- Burgers & Fries | € | 1 Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle, Métro: Strasbourg-Saint Denis (4, 8, 9). Need a burger fix? This restaurant labels itself as fast and fresh. Some say they make the best hamburgers in Paris–and for only about 10 € for a whole meal. (April 2018)
- Filakia | € | 9 rue Mandar, Métro: Etienne Marcel (4). Greek food with excellent souvlaki as well as vegetarian options. Starting at just 8 €. (April 2018)
- Pizza Popolare | € | 111 rue Réamur, Métro: Sentier (3). Part of the small but good Pizza “chain” Mamma’s pizza. Each restaurant has its own style. This has good pizzas starting at just 4 €! (April 2018)
- Kanna Tanna | €€ | 43 rue des Petits-Carreaux, Métro: Sentier (3). Specialities from Sri Lanka. Crepes made from rice flour, curries of different levels of spiciness. Formule for lunch and dinner: 15 €. (March 2018)
- Boulettes Chef Sandwich | € | 27 rue Saint Marc, Métro: Richelieu-Drouot (8,9), Middle Eastern specialties. Sandwiches from 9.50 €, lunch formules starting at 14.50 €. (March 2018)
- GAG | € | 3 rue de Palestro, Métro: Etienne Maracel (4), GAG for Gras (fat), Alcool (alcohol) and Gluten; here you’ll find your very tasty old school foods at a reasonable price: 16 euros for lunch menu. (Feb 2018)
- Populare | € | 111 Rue Réaumur, Métro: Bourse (3). Real Italian pizzas starting at just 4 euros! Fresh products trucked in weekly from Italy.
- Fou de Pâtisserie | €€ | 45 Rue Montorgueil, Métro: Sentier (3). A bit more pricey for pastries but some truly excellent ones for a nice treat.
- Camion qui Fume (Restaurant) | €€ | 168 Rue Montmartre, Métro: Grands Boulevards (8,9). The first fixed restaurant space for the original Paris food truck.
- Salatim | € | 15 rue des Jêuneurs, Métro: Sentiers (3). Sepharade and Israeli specialties, affordable lunch spot.
- Mr. Zhao | € | 37 rue des Jêuneurs, Métro: Sentiers (3). Chinese lunch menu 8,50 or 11,50 €! (Summer 2017)
- Bisou | € € | 62 Passage des Panoramas, Métro: Grands Boulevards (9). Crêperie with all natural ingredients. Lunch time menu: 14 €. (Fall 2017)
- A Noste | € | 6 bis rue du Quatre Septembre, Métro: Bourse (3). Tapas restaurant, Each tapas starting at 6.50 €. (Fall 2016)
- That’s Life | €€ | 179, rue du Temple, Métro: Temple. Voted 3rd best Pizzeria in Paris for 2020 by Medea Cultural Association! (Feb 2020)
- Trois Fois plus de Piment | € | 184 rue Saint Martin, Métro: Rambuteau (11). If you like spicy Chinese food, this is your option (although for the less courage you can ask for a lower octane). Dumplings for about 5 €, Noodles and Pork for 10 €. (April 2018)
- Jixiao’s Buns | € | 91 rue Beaubourg, Métro: Arts et Métiers (3, 11). Mostly take-out but affordable Asian food near the Marais! Pan fried “buns,: a type of dumpling just 6 €; noodle dishes start at 7 €. (April 2018)
- Neighbours | € | 89 bd. Beaumarchais, Métro: Chemin Vert (8). New coffee shop style opened by two Australians specializing in crumpets. Weekend brunch can be crowded but weekday lunch is more manageable. Crumpets starting at 7.50 € (April 2018)
- Iemanjá | € | 12 rue Dupetit-Thouars, Métro: Temple (3). Brazilian restaurant with very affordable lunch menu: 11-15€ prix fixe, vegetarian options (Feb 2018)
- 404 | € | 69 rue des Gravilliers, Métro: Arts et Metiers (3). Moroccan restaurant.
- Breizh Café | €€ | 111 rue Vieille du Temple, Métro: St. Paul (1) or Filles du Calvaire (8). Some consider this the best crêperie in Paris.
- Rose Bakery | € | 30 rue Debelleyme, Métro: Filles du Calvaire (8). Know for its great English style baked goods.
- Biglove Caffè | € | 30 rue Debelleyme, Métro: Filles du Calvaire (8). Good brunch, 8h-23h.
- Café Ineko | €€ | 13 rue des Gravilliers, Métro: Arts et Metiers (3). Vegetarian lunch and dinner Tues-Fri.
- Hank Vegan Burger | € | 55 rue des Archives, Métro: Rambuteau (11). Vegetarian.
- Jixiao’s Buns| € | 91 rue Beaubourg, Métro: Arts et Métiers (3, 11). Tiny restaurant with 3 tables (best to plan for take-away) but good and reasonably priced. Vegetarian options. Menus starting at 10 €. (Oct 2017)
- Eataly | €€ | 37 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, Métro: Hôtel de Ville (4, 11). Selected Second Best Pizzeria in Paris 2020 by the Medea Cultural Association! (Feb 2020)
- Miznon | €€ | 22 rue des Ecouffes, Métro: St. Paul (1). Very popular Israeli restaurant; getting seats not always easy but they have take out. Pita sandwiches from 9,50 €. (April 2018)
- Berthillion | € | 31, rue Saint Louis-en-l’Ile, Métro: Pont Marie (7). Best ice cream in Paris.
- Cacoa et Chocolat I | € | 63 rue de Saint Louis, Métro: Pont Marie (7). Gourmet boutique with a chocolate bar.
- Cacoa et Chocolat II | € | 36, rue Vieille du Temple Metro: Hotel-de-Ville (1). Gourmet boutique with a chocolate bar.
- Chez Marianne | € | 2, Rue Hospitalières St Gervais, Métro: Hotel-de-Ville (1 or 11). Large and inexpensive servings of Greek food.
- Crêperie Beaubourg | € | 2 Rue Brisemiche, Métro: Chatelet-Les Halles or Rambuteau (1, 4 or 11). Prix fixe for lunch under 10 €.
- Dans le Noir | €€ | 51, rue Quincampoix, Métro: Chatelet-Les Halles or Rambuteau (1, 4 or 11). For a special experience: eat entirely in the dark! No cell phones or other light up devices allowed. All the waiters are blind.
- L’As du Falafel | € | 34 Rue des Rosiers, Métro: St Paul (1). Very popular for students on a budget.
- La Taverne du Sergent Recruteur | €€ | 41, rue Saint Louis en l’Ile, Métro: Cité (4) or Pont Marie (7). A little pricier, but good prix-fixe.
- Le Petit Marcel | €€ | 65 rue Rambuteau, Métro: Rambuteau (11) or Les Halles (4). Nice, not overly-priced French-style brasserie, friendly service.
- La Caféothèque | € | 52 rue de l’Hôtel de Ville, Métro: Hôtel de Ville (1, 11). Excellent coffee.
- Le Loir et dans la théière | €€ | 3 rue des Rosiers, Métro: St. Paul (1). Charming café, great deserts, a little pricey.
- Bô | €€ | 8 rue de Poissy, Métro: Maubert-Mutualité (10). Caribbean Tapas restaurant; plate of 6 tapas: 30 €. (Dec 2018)
- Délice Jussieu | € | 4 rue Linné, Métro: Jussieu (7,10). Just outside the Garden des Plantes, a “kebab” with all fresh ingredients and not too heavy at a nice price: 6€ for a kebab, 6,50€ with frites! (Feb 2018)
- La Mosquée de Paris | € | Rue Fossés St Bernard, Métro: Cardinal Lemoine (10). Great place for wonderful middle eastern honey-based pastries and hot mint tea. Moroccan lunch also served.
- Le Petit Point | €€ | 1, Rue Petit Pont, Métro: Saint-Michel (4).
- Sugarplum Cake Shop | € | 68 rue Cardinal Lemoine, Métro: Cardinale Lemoine (10). Excellent American style treats.
- Nossa | € | 1 rue de l’Eecole Polytechnique, Métro: Cardinal Lemoine (10). Portugese restaurant specializing in chicken dishes. Lunch menu with quarter chicken for 10 €. (Fall 2017)
- Mimi | €€ | 105 rue du Cherche Midi, Métro: Falguière (12). Neapolitan style Trattoria with some of the best Italian ingredients! Main dishes from 13 €. (March 2019)
- Ippudo | € | 14 rue Grégoire de Tours, Métro: Saint Germain des Près (4). Best known for its ramen but there are plenty of options under 10 €: Rice bowls for 8 €, Rajin Wings for 7 €. (April 2018)
- Ducky’s | € | 157 bd du Montparnasse, Métro: Raspail (4, 6), Port Royal (RER B). If you like rotisserie chinese food that isn’t too expensive, here’s a place to try. Lunch formules from 9 to 12 €; hard to beat those prices. (March 2018)
- Kodawari Ramen | € | 29 rue Mazarine, Métro: Odéon (4,10). Chinese Ramen specialist, starting at 12€. (Nov. 2017)
- Fajitas | € | 15 Rue Dauphine, Métro: Odeon (4). Mexican food.
- Cacoa et Chocolat III | € | 29 rue de Buci, Métro: Odéon (4) or Mabillon (10).
- Ladurée | €€ | 21, Rue Bonaparte, Métro: St-Germain-des-Pres (4). Macarons!
- Le Petit St. Benoit | € | 4 rue St. Benoit, Métro St-Germain-des-Pres (4). Affordable French bistrot.
- Patrick Roger | €€ | 108 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Métro: Odéon (4). Excellent although somewhat pricey chocolate shop.
- Le Petit Olivier | € | 82 rue du Cherche-Midi, Métro: Vaneau (10). Rare to find an affordable restaurant in the 6th arrondissement; 10 € menu for lunch and dinner.(Fall 2017)
- Auberge “d’chez eux” | €€ | 2, Ave de Lowendal (behind Les Invalides) Métro: Ecole-Militaire (8). Authentic French food.
- La Petite Chaise | €€ | 36, rue Grenelle Métro: Rue du Bac (12). French cuisine.
- Buddha Bar | €€ | 8 Bis, Rue Boissy d’Anglas, Métro: Concorde (1 or 8). Sometimes hot spot for celebrity spotting.
- Café L’homme | €€ | 17, place de Trocadero, Métro: Trocadero (6 or 9). Amazing view of the Eiffel Tower.
- La Maison du Chocolat | € € | 225 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Métro: Ternes (2). If you’re looking for a special chocolate this is a good place to start.
- Père et Fish | €€ |67 rue du Faubourg Poissonière, Métro: Poissonière (7). Reasonably priced fish meals; fish burger 12 €, lunch formules 13-18 €. (Dec 2018)
- OMA | € |44 rue Rodier, Métro: Cadet (7). Affordable Korean options from 10 to 13 € (May 2018)
- le Bien Venu | €€ | 23 rue Buffault, Métro: Cadet (7). Japanese and other Asian specialities. Starting at 12 €, Lunch menu: 16-19€. (Nov. 2017)
- Sizin | €€ | 47 rue Saint Georges, Métro: Saint-Georges (12). Turkish specialties, lunch formules: from 16 €. (Fall 2017)
- O’ scià | €€ | 30 rue le Peletier, Métro: Les Halles (B, 4). Pricy but good neapolitan pizzas: 12-16€)
- La Pizzetta | €€ | 22 Avenue Trudaine, Métro: Anvers (2). Excellent pizzas.
- Rose Bakery | € | 46 rue des Martyrs, Métro: St. Georges (12). English style baked goods.
- Otium | € | 56 rue de la Rochefoucauld, Métro: Pigalle (2) Saint Georges (12). Vegetarian, reasonably priced lunches.
- Pidé | € | 10 rue des Petites Ecuries, Métro: Chateau d’Eau (4). Turkish restaurant serving pidé, a turkish style pizza. Lunch and dinner menu from 11 €. (March 2019)
- Naupekien | € | 28 rue d’Enghien, Métro: Bonnes Nouvelles (8,9) Vietnamese restaurant with reasonable priced menus for lunch and dinner, starting at 11,50 €. (March 2019)
- Sur Mer | €€ | 53 rue de Lancry, Métro: Jacques Bonsergent (5) Fish specialist. Expensive for a full meal but they have some sandwich options for lunch that are only 9 €. (Dec 2018)
- Enkor | € | 69 rue de Chabrol, Métro: Poisssonière (7). Cambodian market food with affordable prices to match. Sandwiches from 7 €, lunch formules: 8,50-13 €. (May 2018)
- Elsa et Justin | € | 202 rue du Faubourg Saint Martin, Métro: Chateau Landon (7). Vegetarian lunch and take out spot not far from the Gare de l’Est at very reasonable prices: lunch formules: 10,50 to 13 €. (April 2018)
- Ahipoék | €€ | 84, rue d’Hauteville, Métro: Poissoniere (7). Hawaiian food has arrived in Paris! Lunchtime cantine (cafeteria). Not much seating but reasonable prices. Under 15 €. (March 2018)
- BMK Paris-Bamako | € | 14 rue de la Fidelité, Métro: Chateau d’eau (4). Looking for a taste of Africa in Paris? Their Yassa Poulet (chicken) is a specialty. Vegetarian options, main dishes from 10 €. (Feb 2018)
- Mulko | € | 29 rue Enghien, Métro: Bonne Nouvelle (8, 9). Fusion Israelian-Mediterranean. Sandwiches 10-12 €, Dishes to share: 3-13 €. (Dec 2017)
- Holybelly | € | 19 rue Lucien Sampaix, Métro: Jacques Bonsergent (5) or Chateau d’Eau (4). Near Canal St. Martin. Excellent coffees, teas and pastries.
- La Fontaine de Belleville | € | 31 Rue Juliette Dodu, Métro: Colonel Fabien (2). Great coffees in nicely styled café.
- YAFO | € | 96 rue d’Hauteville, Métro: Poissonière (7). Israeli: Humus, chick peas, grilled chicken, vegetarian options, lunches 9 to 12 €.
- Two Stories | € | 72 Quai de Jemmapes, Métro: République (3,5, 8, 11). Along the canal St. Martin. New Orleans style cuisine: gumbo, jambalaya, PoBoy sandwiches, pecan pie.
- Jah Jah | € | 11 rue des Petites-Ecuries, Métro: Chateau d’Eau (4). Vegan Jamaican restaurant: Sweet potato, plantain bananas with Creole, Indian and Mexican influences.
- Le Bichat | € | 11 rue Bichat, Métro: Goncourt (11). Vegetarien, vegan options, affordable from 8 € for a Bol (rice and vegetables).
- Street Bangkok | € | 3 rue Eugène Varlin, Métro: Chateau Landon (7). Thai food and cheap tend not to be synonymous but for lunch it’s possible to get a simple rice dish with drink for under 10 €. (Fall 2017)
- La Pointe du Grouin | € | 8 rue de Belzunce, Métro: Gare du Nord (4, 5, RER B, RER D). Not your typical crepe restaurant but fun and animated and affordable (with meals under 10 € possible (Nov 2017)
- The Hood | € | 80 rue Jean Pierre Timbaud, Métro: Parmentier (3). Café/restaurant. Great coffee, affordable meals. Excellent Vietnamese bahn mi sandwiches for just 7 €! (April 2018)
- Désirée | € | 5 rue de la Folie-Mericourt, Métro: St. Amboise (9). Simple bistrot/café with reasonable prices (9-14 € for lunch formules). (April 2018)
- Nanina | € | 24 bis rue Basfoi, Métro: Voltaire (9). Italian café specializing in Foccacia sandwiches with excellent Italian cheeses and sliced meats (bresaola). Sandwiches: 6 to 9 €; formules: 11.50-13 €. (March 2018)
- La Reine Mer | €€ | 1 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, Métro: Filles du Calvaire (8). Seafood restaurant/market. Main dishes: 15 € (Feb 2018)
- Le Café du Coin | €€ | 9 rue Camille-Desmoulins, Métro: Voltaire (9), Good French cuisine, lunch menus: 15,50-19 euros. (Feb 2018)
- Paris-Hanoi | € |74 rue de Charonne, Métro: Charonne (9). Reasonably priced Vietnamese restaurant–come early for lunch to avoid the line!
- Street Bangkok Canteen & Bar | € | 13 rue de la Roquette, Métro: Bastille (1, 5, 8). Lunch menus from 10-15 €, vegetarian options (March 2017)
- Al Taglio | € | 2 bis rue Neuve-Popincourt, Métro: Parmentier (3). Excellent Rome-style pizzeria, order by the slice, seating on-site. Try the desert pizzas–a bit decadent!
- Tanner | € | 119 Avenue Parmentier, Métro: Goncourt (11), Parmentier (3). 15 € for lunch.
- l’Orillon Bar | € | 35 rue de l’Orillon, Métro: Belleville (2). Lunch menu, 3 courses, 15€. (March, 2017)
- East Mamma | €€ | 133 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine, Métro: Ledru-Rollin (8). Italian, no reservations, ~25€/person, 15h-23h.
- Ober Mamma | € | 107 bd Richard-Lenoir, Métro: Oberkampf (5, 9). Italian, 18h-01h
- Au Passage | €€ | 1 bis, Passage Saint-Sébastien, Métro: Saint Sebastien-Froissart (8).
- Chez Prosper | €€ | 7 Avenue du Trône, Métro: Nation (RER A, 1, 2, 9). Charming café for drinks, good meals.
- Pozada | € € | 2 Rue Guénot, Métro: Nation (RER A, 1, 2, 9). Nice French-style bistro, good wine list.
- Cantine OFR à La Chambre Noire | € | 82 rue de la Folie Méricourt, Métro: Parmentier (3). Lunch 12h to 14h for only 10 €
- Soya | €€ | 20 rue de la Pierre Levée, Métro: Goncourt (11) Vegetarian, Tues-Sat with Lunch, Brunch and Dinner.
- PierreSangBoyer | € | 6 rue Gambe, Métro: Parmentier (3). A bit pricey at night with prix fixe at 35 €, at lunch time they offer 40 plates (no more, no less) of a Korean speciality Bibimbap (raw egg on top of spicy rice with beef or salmon depending on the day) for just 7 €. Get there before 12h30 to have a chance getting one of the precious dishes!
- Solina Pasta (at Ground Control) | € | 81 rue du Charolais, Métro: Gare de Lyon (1, 14, A, D). At the new location of Ground Control, a group which takes over unused industrial buildings for one to several years before promoters are found to redevelop the spaces. Fun and young environment with lots of cultural activities as well as numerous food and beverage stands. 9-13 € for excellent fresh pasta. (April 2018)
- Lychee | € | 51 Av. du Général-Michel-Bizot, Métro: Michel Bizot (8). There are countless affordable Chinese restaurants in Paris but, sadly, few that are very interesting. Here is a nice exception. Under 10 € for a main dish. (Feb 2018)
- La Pizza du 12 | € | 4 Rue Crozatier, Métro: Reuilly-Diderot (1,8) Pizzas for about 10 €.
- Bento Koto-Koto | € | 128 rue de Charenton, Métro: Gare de Lyon (1, 14, RER A and D). Lunches 11-13 €. (Fall 2017)
- Bambou d’Or | € | 9 rue Philibert-Lucot, Métro: Maison Blanche (7). Cambodian restaurant/cantine which attracts many from the Paris Cambodian community. Lunch formules: 10-16,50€ (May 2018)
- Ny Hav | € | 101 ave. de Choisy, Métro: Tolbiac (7). Mix of Cambodian and Vietnamese specialities. Soups: 7-13,50€, formules: 11-18€ (May 2018)
- Le Camion qui fume | €€ | MK2 Bibliothèque, 132 avenue de France, Métro: Bibliothèque Mitterand (14, RER C). Open every day except Mondays: 12h to 14h30 and from 19h to 22h30. Food truck, hamburgers.
- le Vin qui Danse | € | 69 rue Broca, Métro: Les Gobelins (7). Nice wine list and affordable formule for 10 €. (Fall 2017)
- Siam@Siam | € | 44 ave. d’Ivry, Métro: Porte de Choisy (7). Thai, Vietnamese and Cambodian specialties, plates starting at just 7 €! (Fall 2017)
- La Manifattura | €€ | 106 mld. du Montparnasse, Métro: Montparnasse (4). Just voted Best Pizzeria of Paris 2020 by the Medea Cultural Association! Pizzas start at 9 €. (Feb 2020)
- Tripletta | €€ | 1 Impasse de la Gaïté, Métro: Edgar Quinet (6). Selected as one of top 5 Best Pizzerias in Paris 2020 by Medea Cultural Association! (Feb 2020)
- Chez Victor | € | 73 rue Pernety, Métro: Pernety (13). Former pâtissier (pastry chef) who has converted to restaurant chef has opened a reasonably priced lunch spot. Formules from 12 to 15 €. (March 2018)
- Crêperie Josselin | € | 67 rue du Montparnasse, Métro: Montparnasse (4, 6, 12, 13). Near Gare Montparnasse on a street filled with Creperies; this is reportedly this best one.
- Coriandre | € | 104 rue de l’Ouest, Métro: Pernety (13). Affordable Indian restaurant, vegetarian options, lunch formules 10-15 €.
- French Waffle | € | 197 rue de Vaugirard, Métro: Pasteur (6, 12). An affordable crêpe restaurant in Paris. A bit out of the way in the 15th arrondissement, but if you’re dans le coin….Savory crêpes start at 7 €, sweet crêpes at just 2,50 € and waffles for 4 €. (April 2018)
- Brutus | € | 99 rue des Dames, Métro: Villiers (2,3), Affordable Creperie restaurant in the 17th, avoiding the Breton clichés found near Montmartre. (Jan 2018)
- Little Morocco | € | 119 rue Ordener, Métro: Jules Joffrin (12). Classic Moroccan dishes Tajines, Babout au poulet (but also vegetarian options) at a nice price: sandwiches from 8 €, formule 11 €. (March 2019)
- Bouillon Pigalle | € | 22 bd. de Clichy, Métro: Pigalle (2). Bouillon restaurants, more basic than Brasseries. Main dishes from 8,50-11 euros. (Feb 2018)
- Le Refuge des Fondus | €€ | 17 rue des Trois Freres, Métro: Abbesses (12). Fondue restaurant.
- Pizza Caravelle | €€ | 6 Rue Audran, Métro: Abbesses (12). Excellent Italian food.
- Bob’s Bake Shop | € | 12 esplanade Nathalie Sarraute, Métro: Max Dormoy (12). Bakery, café, light lunch, mostly natural ingredients.
- Coquelicot | € | 24 rue des Abbesses, Métro: Abbesses (12). Always crowded. Take out and sit down options.
- le Myrrha | € | 70 rue Myrrha, Métro: Chateau Rouge (4). Eclectic offerings, salon de thé style. Dishes from 7 €, lunch formule 11 €, weekend brunch: 17 €. Vegetarian options. (Fall 2017)
- Topknot | €€ | 6 rue Mélingue, Métro: Pyrénées (11) Brioches in all their forms: sucrées, salées and steamed. Breakfast and Brunch might seem the most logical but why not skip the standard sandwich one day! Lunch menus: 13 – 17 € (March 2019)
- La Boulangerie Mauclerc | € | 83 rue de Crimée, Métro: Laumière (5). An institution in the 19th arrondissement!
- Cantine Vagabonde | € | 11 rue d’Aubervilliers, Métro: Stalingrad (2, 5, 7). Affordable vegetarian lunches 13-17 €, Mon-Fri.
- le Pavillon des Canaux | € | 39 Quai de la Loire, Métro: Laumière (5), Riquet (7). Great location along the Canal de l’Ourcq in this up and coming neighborhood filled with young hipsters. Good quality food with attractive prices under 10 €. (Fall2017)
- La Péniche Antipode | € | 55 Quai de la Seine, Métro: Riquet (7). Dinner (and even theater if you like) on a boat on the Canal de l’Ourcq. And what’s more, it’s affordable, with meals for under 10 €! (Fall 2017)
- Chez Peppe | € | 2 place Saint-Blaise, Metro: Porte de Bagnolet (3). Probably worth the visit if you like pizza as Peppe Cetraro was just voted best pizzaïolo (pizza maker) in the world for 2019-2020! Pizzas 11 to 19 euros. (Feb 2020)
- Tripletta | €€ | 88 Bd de Belleville, Métro: Couronnes (2). Selected as one of top 5 Best Pizzerias in Paris 2020 by Medea Cultural Association! (Feb 2020)
- Given | €€ | 89 rue de Bagnolet, Métro: Alexandre Dumas (2). Nice vegetarian lunch spot not far from the Père Lachaise cemetery. Formule 15 € (Dec 2018)
- Cream | € |50 rue de Belleville, Métro: Pyrénées (11). Excellent coffee.
Pantin (Northeast of Paris, Métro lines 5 & 7)
- Les Pantins | €€ | 6 rue Victor Hugo, Pantin, Métro: Eglise de Pantin (5), Behind the Centre National de la Danse, one of the still rare restaurants in Pantin that moves beyond the standard French cuisine. Vegetarian options. Terrace for the warm weather. (Jan 2018)
- Le Géuvaudan | € | 36 rue Montgolfier, Pantin, Métro: Eglise de Pantin (5), the best Couscous of Pantin? (Jan 2018)
- Relais | € | 61 rue Victor Hugo, Pantin, Métro: Eglise de Pantin (5), classic French cuisine, reasonable prices for lunch a bit more pricey at night. (Jan 2018)
- le Bar Gallia | € | 35 rue Méhul, Pantin, Métro: Eglise de Pantin (5), Bus: 61. A real Brasserie (they actually brew beer on site). A nice selection of beers and good, affordable sandwiches and hamburgers with live music or DJ.
- Dock B | € | 1 Place de la Pointe, Métro: Eglise de Pantin (5). In the giant Magasins Généraux building along the canal de l’Ourcq which is being rehabilitated and converted from its industrial past to a center of culture and food. Dock B houses three different restaurants
- La Halle Papin | € | 62, rue Denis Papin, Métro: Aubervilliers-Pantin-Quatre Chemins (7). Art collective that sponsors art, music and cultural events.
Ivry (South of Paris, RER C)
- Nouveau Brooklyn | € | 39 rue Gabriel Péri, Métro: Ivry-sur-Seine (C). Near the Crédac Art Center. Bistrot style dishes, friendly service. Plat du jour: 11 €, formule: 13,50 € (March 2019)
If you are a vegetarian, then your best bet is to shop at the open air markets in your neighborhood. The Marché Bastille, open every Sunday morning, is the biggest in Paris and is filled with countless fresh produce stands. There are also some quintessential Parisian streets such as rue Daguere in the 14th, rue Lepic in the 18th and many others which are lined with specialty cuisine shops including fromageries, boulangeries to poissoneries (fresh fish shops) to tiny fresh produce stores.You can also find vegetarian options in most restaurants. Parisians are very serious about eating a balanced diet and so there are always seasonal vegetables available.
Happy Cow http://www.happycow.com
- Website that lists vegan/vegetarian friendly restaurants.
- It covers all of Europe (and US) and lists restaurants by location.
Lists of outdoor markets
Biocoop, Naturalia and other Organic Grocery Shops
Health food stores selling bio, gluten free foods as well as other specialities for vegetarians and vegans, including tofu, soy, yogurt, nuts, milks, etc.:
- Biocoop | 33 boulevard Voltaire, 11e, Metro: Voltaire
- Biocoop | 45 Rue Jacques Hillairet, 12e
- Biocoop | 55 rue de la Glaciere, 13e Metro: Glaciere
- Belleville en Bio | 2 rue de Belleville, 20e, Métro: Belleville
- Naturalia Montorgeuil | 11 Rue Montorgueil, 1er, Métro: Les Halles
- Naturalia Roquette | 33 rue de la Roquette, 11e, Métro: Bastille
- Naturalia St. Antoine | 59 Rue Saint-Antoine, Métro: St. Paul
- Naturalia Renard | 11 rue Renard, 4e, Métro: Hôtel de Ville
- Naturalia Richard Lenoir | 108, bd. Richard Lenoir, 11e, Métro: Oberkampf
- Naturalia Crussol | 33 bd. Voltaire, 11e, Métro: Oberkampf
- Naturalia Monge | 36 rue Monge, 5e, Métro: Cardinale Lemoine
- Naturalia Mouffetard | 80/100 rue Mouffetard, 5e, Métro: Place Monge
- Naturalia Italie | 44, av. d’Italie, 13e, Métro: Place d’Italie
- Naturalia Tolbiac | 71 rue de Tolbiac, 13e, Métro: Olympiade
- Naturalia Brézin | 13 rue Brézin, 14e, Métro Mouton Duvernet
- Canal Bio | 46 bis quai de la Loire, 19e, Métro : Jaurès or Laumière
Online Restaurant Recommendations
Check out the Paris by Mouth blog for endless food-related recommendations (restaurants, pastry shops, cheese, chocolate, ice cream, coffee, wine, etc.)
Other PICA pages which may interest you:
- Learn about the Different Paris Neighborhoods.
- Learn about French Culture & Customs.
- The PICA Paris Museums Page.
- Visit the PICA Paris Cultural Activities Page.
- Check out the PICA Day Trips Page.
- Check out our always-growing PICA Paris Restaurants Page.
- Recommended List of Paris Cafés & Bars.
- Where to Shop in Paris.
- Looking for Vintage Clothing Shops?
- Where to go for Paris Nightlife.