Find Cheap Restaurants in Paris Where You Can Eat Like a King
The best cheap restaurants in Paris cater to resident Parisiens, and not tourists. These are also the most authentic restaurants where you get to really enjoy the genuine Paris, off the beaten track.
When you search for cheap restaurants in Paris, in fact, you are not necessarily being “cheap”, but actually delving into the world of native Parisiens. You are also saving euros to spend to make your singles holiday in Paris the dream holiday you always wanted it to be.
With a great guide, you will not be duped by overpriced tourist fare that is served with a sort of condescension for the outsider whom they presume does not even know what pâté de foie gras is, let alone what a good one tastes like. At a high price to boot. That will not make your singles holiday in Paris an experience to remember fondly.
Parisiens love food. You see them eat food everywhere, in cafes, bistros, tea salons, wine bars, on the sidewalk. There are literally thousands of restaurants.
The popular tourist books will not give you the best cheap restaurants in Paris because they don’t even know them. What you need is an insider’s guide.
When you are on your singles holiday in Paris, you should not waste a single meal on bad food and exorbitant prices. Good cuisine is a national passion in France, and one of the greatest pleasures of a visit to Paris.
Of course, like any great world city, there is a cosmopolitan range of food: Chinese, Vietnamese, and North African most commonly, but also Italian, Greek, Lebanese, and Indian.
A good guide will not only show you the best cheap restaurants in Paris, but also guide you on the proper etiquette, the faux pas (i.e., what you definitely should not do), and the unique habits and culture that surround food and meals, which may be quite different from what you are used to.
For instance, meal times are roughly the same as in America. Lunch is served from noon to 2pm normally. Fixed price menus are common as well.
Dinner is usually served from 7:30 – 11:00pm (or 19:30 – 23:00, as they would have it), with the common starting time for most Parisiens being 8:30pm (20:30).
Parisiens do not rush their food. Dinner in particular is a social event, and you linger over your meal while engaged in social conversation. It is supposed to take hours.
There are little, special characteristics about Parisien restaurants. Many of the best cheap restaurants in Paris cater for a small number of people, between 15 to 40 persons. Seating can be intimate. Regulars may even have their cloth napkins reserved and kept for them in pigeon holes.
There is etiquette regarding tipping, speaking loudly, flirting, paying tax and tipping, appropriate dress. Also, “Anglo” habits such as “doggy bags” or separate checks are not well looked upon at all, especially at the restaurants which cater for locals and are not frequented by tourists.
A good guide to the best cheap restaurants in Paris will also teach you quick social skills such as how to read a French menu as well. You should also know the difference between basic types of Parisien restaurants, such as a brasserie and a bistro.
For instance, a brasserie is relaxed, more upscale type of restaurant which serves single dishes and other meals, has professional service, printed menus, and, traditionally, white linen. They are open every day of the week and serve the same menu all day.
A bistro, on the other hand, is a small restaurant which serves moderately priced simple meals in a modest setting. The food is usually the home-cooked type, robust and earthy. Slow-cooked foods like cassoulet are typical.
One of the best guides you can get to find the best cheap restaurants in Paris is by Adrian Leeds. Leeds is an American by birth but a Paris resident who has also written a book about buying property in Paris as well.
Leeds guides the visitor to Paris to simple, inconspicuous, out of the way places, which are reasonably priced, with great food. With her guidance, your singles holiday in Paris will be a much more memorable and authentic one.
I highly recommend her book. Why not look at vacation packages to Paris as well, and explore what there is to offer.
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