Crusty Baguettes, crumbly croissants, buttery crepes, and picture-perfect pastries – Paris is one helluva culinary delight (just one of the reasons we LOVE Paris so much).
But it can be a veritable labyrinth of patisseries and creperies for a visitor. Bakeries and restaurants tempting tourists with their wares at every corner are bound to leave you baffled. Fear not – Bruised Passports’ genies are here to help Read on to find out more about the restaurants that made it to our list of Paris best cheap eats:
#1 Creperie Bretonne
Do not take the task of finding a gob-smackingly awesome Creperie in Paris lightly. There are Creperies at every corner with huge jars of Nutella calling out your name. Do NOT be tempted. Keep calm and carry on – onto Rue de Montparnasse i.e. CREPE HEAVEN.
Rue de Montparnasse is a tiny street dotted with a dozen Creperies. The most popular one is La Petit Josselin (expect a queue to get in). But our favourite is La Creperie Bretonne, a small airy Creperie right opposite La Petit Josselin.
Begin your meal by trying one of their savoury buckwheat galettes. If you’re vegetarian, try the Ratatouille galette. If not, we suggest the classic cheese, ham, and egg galette – the crisp galette interacts with the runny egg to make magic happen.
But the best is yet to come. Their pièce de résistance is their crêpe au caramel au beurre salé (salted butter caramel crepe), a local speciality. Nothing we say could possibly articulate how this buttery sweet concoction, perfectly complemented by their creamy home-made ice-cream, satiates the taste buds.
We are sure you will go back for more.
Crêpe au caramel au beurre salé at Creperie Bretonne – BEST.DESSERT.EVER
Price: Each crepe costs approximately €7 (as of September 2013) Nearest Metro Stations: La Creperie Bretonne is a 5 minute walk from Montparnasse — Bienvenüe (Lines 4,6,12, and 13)
#2 Du Pain et des Idees
Paris has the most amazing boulangeries (bakeries) at every corner.
Flaky pastries in show-windows, delectable macarons in every possible colour, the drifting smell of freshly-baked bread, and Parisians nibbling the top of their baguettes out of brown paper bags – that’s Paris for us.
Having tried dozens of boulangeries in Paris over the years, we’ve narrowed down a firm favourite – Du Pain et des Idees. Du Pain et des Idees has won several awards for its bread and is extremely popular with locals, but we haven’t seen it on any itineraries of Paris.
Try their pain au chocolat and chocolate and pistachio escargot. The latter almost looks too pretty to eat, but eat it you must. Take a bite and let your taste buds succumb to their perfectly flaky, buttery, crumbly texture. Nom!
There is outdoor seating but we suggest picking pastries and breads and hopping over to Canal St. Martin, less than 100 metres away, for a picnic.
Du Pain et des Idees – our favourite bakery in Paris
Little delights at Du Pain et des Idees
Pain au chocolat and chocolate and pistachio escargot at Du Pain et des Idees
Chocolate and pistachio escargot at Du Pain et des Idees – crumbly and delectable
Price: Expect to pay €2-3/pastry (as of September 2013). Nearest Metro Stations: Du Pain et des Idees is a 5-minute walk from Jacques Bonsergent (Line 5).
#3 Chez Hanna
Le Marais is one of Paris’ most cosmopolitan and fashionable neighbourhoods. Most of its alleys are populated with art galleries and avant-garde boutiques, but at Rue des Rosiers, the Falafel reigns supreme.
There are a number of Falafel shops here and all around you see Parisians huddled up trying to devour messy pita sandwiches.
L’as du Falafel is the most famous shop on the street. But we don’t really think their falafels live up to the hype.
L’as du Falafel – overhyped?
We are partial to Chez Hanna, a reticent restaurant at the other end of the street. Their falafels are flavourful, tahini intense, and their sandwich comes topped with a generous portion of grilled eggplant. Yum.
Chez Hanna – our favourite falafel place in Paris
Falafel sandwich topped with aubergine at Chez Hanna
Price: €5 for the Falafel/Doner Kebab Pita Sandwiches (as of September 2013). Nearest Metro Stations: Chez Hanna is a 10 minute walk from St. Paul (Line 1).
#4 Churrasqueira Galo
If all that butter, chocolate, and oil has left you craving for something low on carbs or you’re just missing Nandos, it’s time to head to Churrasqueira Galo, which comes recommended by David Lebovitz.
It is a tiny little Portugese restaurant/ take away tucked into a quiet street off Montmartre. Try their rotisserie chicken and fries – cheap and cheerful.
Grilled chicken and fries at Churrasqueira Galo
Price: €9 for a meal comprising 1/2 chicken, fries, salad, and a glass of wine (as of September 2013). Nearest Metro Stations: Churrasqueira Galo is a 10 minute walk from Anvers (Line 2).
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