How much do you spend on food in Paris?

Jan 30th, 2005, 07:03 AM
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We are staying at the Aramis Saint Germain, I would like to know the same thing about bristros you have eaten at.
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Jan 30th, 2005, 07:05 AM
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I am pretty sure we spend on the average of over $100 a day. That can often be dinner alone.
But, jeff, we are going in March and I will keep up with the spending and post's that ?

Thanks jimmyk
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Jan 30th, 2005, 07:12 AM
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Last year we spent about 75 Euro a day,
This year I have a budget of 125 Euro a day for food because, my mother gave us
a christmas gift of $500.00 by way of a post dated check cashable on May 17 and we leave on May 18! Mothers are smart.

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Jan 30th, 2005, 07:13 AM
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Dave in Paris, I would love to hear about some of the places you especially enjoy; it sounds like you have tons of the kind of first-hand experience to which I aspire.
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Jan 30th, 2005, 07:30 AM
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If you total it all up, including lunch, coffee, drinks, wine, dinner, etc., then we probably spend about $200 per day. But we can get by on a LOT less.
One of my favorite places for a tasty, inexpensive lunch is at Les Fous de l'Ile on the Ile St. Louis, on the rue des Deux Ponts (across from the post office). They serve a three course lunch for about 14 euros (wine extra, but their house wine is cheap). The chef shops for food daily, so the menu changes daily and is fairly limited. Usually four choices each for appetizer and main course and three choices for dessert. Don't arrive before 12:30 pm, as the place will be empty, but don't come after 1 pm, when it's completely full. Caveat: I haven't been there in several months as I don't get over to the Marais/Ile St. Louis area that much anymore. But if you are in that area, you might want to check it out.
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Jan 30th, 2005, 08:23 AM
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It is interesting Jeff how few people have actually answered your question as to "how much" they actually spend for food. Maybe that's because the actual amount isn't so important as the idea of how important food is to them. I must say I have to agree that spending a huge amount for a meal in Paris is no longer important to me (I've done it in the past when as a working person I had a lot more "disposable" income). Nowadays, I ask myself "will I really enjoy that lunch at Tallivant that much more than at one of my favorite inexpensive brasseries" and the answer comes back from that guy in my head "no, probably not. I'll just feel guilty spending that much money". It has become one of those "been there, done that" things. It seems like every year in Paris we plan to do one really big splurge meal, but we end up not doing it, and not regretting it either.

But to answer your question:
This past July we spent an average of 72.90 euro on our 12 dinners, an average of 35.75 euro on our 12 lunches, and probably about 15 euro per day on our breakfasts (mostly juice and fruit from the market in our apartment, and coffee and maybe pastry out). All of those were for two people and included nice wines, including often wine for lunch and a tip as well. The most expensive meal we did was my birthday the last night in Paris at Le Fermette MarBeuf for 144.50 euro.

I feel we ate and drank extremely well for that price. We never felt we were "pinching pennies" but admittedly avoided doing any really huge splurges.

The restaurants:
Aux Charpentiers (twice)
Le Temps Perdu
Chez Jenny
Le Petite Prince
Demi Lune
Silver Spur (Disneyland Paris)
Le Petite Cour
Reine Blanche
La Fermette Marbeuf

Partie de Compagne (Bercy Village)
Le Village D'Auteil
Gyros at some little place
Blue Lagoon (Disneyland Paris)
Corner Cafe (Kleber)
Le Bijou Bar (Conflans)
Petite Bofinger
D'Orsay Restaurant
A nondescript cafe for Croque Monsieurs
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Jan 30th, 2005, 08:35 AM
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I don't know that I've eaten at places that one should "travel" for... I do some research beforehand, looking for a few potential candidates in our "neighborhood". I use the site to get some names, then do Fodors and Google searches to see if they show up on any websites w/ feedback.

The last couple of trips we have stayed in the 14th, and decided that we would explore our own local cafes rather than travel around for dinner. Other times, we just read the menu posted outside and see how the place looks, then go in. I mostly check the menu for 1)price range, 2)dishes I recognize as something we'd eat.
(Note: my dining critique has a limited vocabulary, "decent" means "tastes good, I'd eat it again").

These are some places we have visited that I can remember, and would go to again (most any quartier will have its own similar types):
6th - Pizza Vesuvio; casual and crowded, Italian and French dishes; may be the first restaurant that ever brought us free water. (we used to go to the branch off the Champs, but decided the quality has declined).
7th - Brasserie Ecole Militaire; good food, comfortable dining experience, always crowded
15th - Brasserie le Suffren; very busy place, need a reservation; we sat at a small table and the woman next to us started up a conversation (she was a Professeur). One of our first really "French" dining experiences (1997).
17th - le Gourmand 27; we were staying by Villiers and just started walking... cute little place with husband/wife team; decent food at reasonable price
14th - Chez Charles Victor; very small bistro, nice but not fussy, blackboard menu; make a reservation or you might not get in
14th - Café d'Enfer; sat out in the enclosed terrace, didn't see the inside. Decent food, will try it again.
14th - Café le Rendezvous; had a casual window-seat meal (roast chicken, moules, etc) and had an inside meal (veal w/mushrooms, forget what h. had); enjoyed the waiters both times - a bit playful. The first one told my husband, in English, "Yoor Franch ees tarrible!" but he was funny (and probably serious).

I also like those Asian deli/traiteur places, where you point at what you want, they weigh it for the price then heat it for you. Very inexpensive but really very tasty. I just take a good look first to make sure it looks ok. (food looks fresh, shop looks clean, etc).

We are guilty of returning to the same places instead of adding new ones, and I'm trying to break that...
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Jan 30th, 2005, 08:58 AM
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Here are a couple of threads about restaurants in the 6th:

and evidently there are a number of good ones in the 7th:

and one called "Reasonably priced restaurants in Paris":
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Jan 30th, 2005, 10:24 AM
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Though I'd like to, I can't answer the question precisely because I don't keep track of a daily travel budget. The tought never occurred to me. I'm not a wild spender and use my ATM card when I need more loot, seem like...

I usual am in the $50-75USD per person per day including everything but hotel bill. Most often I travel solo or with a friend, so we split expenses but I don't consider our budget as one together.

For jeffwill- if you did it on 75euro 2 years back and this trip you have 125euro... sounds like no worries!
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Jan 30th, 2005, 11:36 AM
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Thanx suze, it was sept '04 when we were there. I think most posters replying to this thread misunderstood
what I was asking? I wasn't trying to get advice on where to eat in Paris or
how much I will need to per day, I was asking YOU how much do YOU spend per day in Paris? I just wanted to see what the other travelers spend on food just for the heck of it. thank you all for the advice, I have wrote down some choices for restaurants we will try.
Thanx for the the threads travelnut.
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Jan 31st, 2005, 12:18 AM
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A few "honest" places in the glorious 11th arrondissement, all under 60 euros per person, and all very good:
Le Bistro du Peintre, 116 avenue Ledru-Rollin
Astier, 44 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
Sot L'y Laisse, 70 rue Alexander Dumas
Le Temps au Temps, 13 rue Paul Bert
Le Paul Bert 18 rue Paul Bert

And one quirky favoite with an 18 euro three-course menu: Ravigotte, 41 rue de Montreuil.

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