Sunday, May 12, 2013

Petit Pockets - Paris Cheap Eats!

Petit Pockets - Authenticity on a Budget
Paris ‘Cheap Eats' – without compromising quality and quantity for a rich cultural experience.

PARIS Cheap Eats!
Paris’ ‘must-try’ foods don’t have to be enjoyed at the ritziest of restaurants or belle époque brassieres, in fact many of the best traditional meals or treats are found at casually cool, cheap eateries. You don’t have to compromise quality or quantity for good value, delicious and authentic local fare, if you know where to go.


1.     BEST CROQUE MONSIEUR: Le Comptoir du Relais: The notoriously popular & pricey brasserie makes the BEST and CHEAPEST ‘Croque’ in Paris. Go figure! Using smoked salmon and Comte cheese rather than the usual ham/cheese. Cheap dining in style on a bustling people-watching corner. 9 Carrefour de l’Odeon 75006 Metro: Odeon

2.     BEST CREPES: Breizh Café: A Creperie café with breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert flavours, from 7.50euro to just over 10euro for fancier varieties. Delicious high quality ingredients. Located in the 3rd district - easy to reach major attractions. TRY: Galette Buckwheat Noir. 109 rue Vieuille Temple 75003 Metro: Saint Sebastian-Froissart 

3.     BEST FIX PRICED MENU: La Gabin: A small, family-run, intimate restaurant in an unassuming street behind the Sacre Coeur Basilica in Montmartre. Classic, delicious and inexpensive French fare – 20euro fixed price menu: appetizer, main course and wine or dessert. 25 Rue Lambert 75018 Metro: Lamarck-Caulaincourt.

4.     BEST TAKEAWAY BAKERY: Rose Bakery: For the perfect Quiche – crispy flaky crusts with just the right balance of egg and cream filling, using all organic ingredients for 5euro takeaway. Head to a nearby park and enjoy lunch under the sun. Sweet tarts - 4euro take away. 46 rue des Martyrs 75009. Metro: Notre Dame de Lorette

5.     Street Vendors and Street Markets: A great way to procure delicious and cheap food is to visit the city's open-air markets selling quiches, sandwiches or regional specialties like sausages, or try one of the street side falafel vendors. Falafel may not be French but it’s the most coveted fast food in Paris. For the most delicious sort visit the Jewish quarter: Rue des Rosiers 75003. Metro:  St Paul
BEST Open Air Market: Marche Raspail – Blvd Raspail 75006
RUNNER UP Open Air Market: Marche Montorgueil - rue Montorgueil 75002
BEST Undercover Market: Marche des Enfant Rouge - 39 rue de Bretagne 75003

·       For over 20 years Les Trois Frères has been a popular local spot, in part because of its free and tasty couscous on Thursday nights and oriental soup on Sundays 14, rue Léon.

·       Watch for the annual week of FREE wine and food tasting parties (November) hosted by Le Fooding, a local group dedicated to putting the "feeling" back in French gastronomy.

·       Held yearly the second weekend in October, the free Harvest Festival of Montmartre celebrates as the only wine-growing part of Paris with tastings, grape-stomping, fireworks, concerts, and a parade.

·       Le Grenier serves complimentary couscous Saturday nights, September to April starting at 7 p.m. in an inviting setting with live pop and jazz music. 152 rue Oberkampf