Apr 18

Cheap Eats Paris: 10 Things to Taste for 5€ or Less

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Paris is expensive only if you want it to be.

Of course, there are things you will want to eat when you are here that may require some serious splurging. However, if you’re on a budget and looking for day-to-day delicious eats, follow this guide to cheap eats Paris for 5€ or less and discover the best thing you can eat in Paris for just 1€.

lahmacun1. Turkish Pizza – Lahmacun

I fell in love with the lahmacun in Istanbul some years back. Thankfully there are Turkish kebab shops everywhere in Paris that offer up this tasty Turkish pizza. Wrapped up in foil and light on meat & sauce with some lettuce, tomato and raw onion, it is best enjoyed with a squeeze of lemon. 2,50€ !

2. Algerian Sandwich – Mahdjeb Farces

The area of Strasbourg St Denis is one of the best for quick and delicious food. From spicy Indian samosas  to inexpensive Turkish kebab shops, to my favourite Algerian sandwich, mahdjeb farces. This rich sandwich consists of seasoned ground beef or tomato & onion squashed between some fried Algerian bread. One of the few fixed places that sells this daily is the halal butcher on rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis just near the arch; this sandwich can also be found in some of the street markets in the 19th. 3€

3. Macarons

Macarons from Maison Georges cost 5€ for 100 grams which equals precisely 8 macarons – just the right amount for munching during an afternoon stroll in Paris. Maison Georges can be found in St Germain and Pigalle.

4. Practically anything at the boulangeriecrepe menu paris

The boulangerie is my go-to place for mini-quiches and traditional French sandwichs. A small quiche will set you back about 3,90€ and a tuna sandwich (on a yummy, crusty baguette) about 4,90€. Obviously this depends where you go but definitely less than 5€ a my local bakery.

 5. Crêpe

Salty or sweet you can find a range of crêpes available on the streets of Paris starting at about 2,30€. My choice is caramel beurre salé (salted butter caramel). You may like to try a traditional galette fromage.

 6. Falafel

My preferred falafel joint is a vegetarian take-out place in the heart of the tourist shops at St Michel in Paris. It has a buffet style salad bar for dressing up your falafel sandwich with a variety of beets, radish, carrot, sauces and pickled veggies. Yum! 4,90€

7. Focaccia Natura

I know a little Italian place that makes lovely focaccia sandwichs, also on Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis. My personal preference is the “natura” with a nice portion of tomato and rocket and mozzarella on fresh-baked savoury focaccia bread. 5€

baklava8. Beignet

French fried dough with sugar on top. Need I say more! Not always easy to find but always worth it! Try the markets in the 19th arrondissement. It’s the best thing you can eat in Paris for just 1€!

9. Tartiflette

Typically found at Christmas markets or generally in winter, a small take-out box of tartiflette containing a luscious mix of potato, bacon, cheese and butter can be had for 5€.

10. Baklava 

No doubt there is a huge Maghreb influence in Paris, especially in my neighbourhood of the 18th arrondissement where 5€ will find you indulging in a box of approximately 10 petite pastries made by the expert hands of the Algerians or Tunisians. Don’t hesitate to stop at any patisserie orientale for a sticky, nutty piece of baklava.

Bonne dégustation !

Algerian sandwich

falafel on the seine

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4 Responses to “Cheap Eats Paris: 10 Things to Taste for 5€ or Less”

  1. From EDH:

    Baklava isn’t from Maghreb. Baklava is Lebanese.

    They other kinds of sweets in Maghreb.

    Otherwise excellent list, i’d also add indian bolywood sandwiches that you can get in rue Saint Maurs for example

    Posted on April 19, 2014 at 12:22 am #
    • From jeanette:

      The origins of baklava are definitely debatable. In any case, the Tunisiens and Algeriens do make very good baklava and there are plenty of maghreb patisseries in Paris doing just that. Thanks for the tip re: the bollywood sandwichs. That’s something I’ve not heard of!

      Posted on April 19, 2014 at 11:26 am #
  2. From Michele:

    My mouth is watering looking forward to getting to Paris and trying some of these thanks for the tips
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  3. From blogging tips:


    This is my first time on your travel blog, and I’m so impressed and excited.
    Thanks a lot for your travel tips in Paris!
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