Miam Miam Paris: eat well for cheap
Count on us to go to Paris for a month when the exchange rate is through the roof and every penny you think spend end up costing soooo much more! Paris is already known to be an expensive city, add the exchange rate to mix and you end up with a pretty hefty credit card bill when you get home.
Luckily for us, we tend to like casual eateries, hole-in-wall type places and hidden gems. Even back home, we favor restaurants that are known for their food rather than hype or decor. Of course, we also hit a couple of classic Parisian spots, but only because the food actually is worth the hype ;)
HAPPY NOUILLES - 95, rue Beaubourg (Metro: Arts & Metiers)
When you first walk into this tight space, you will most likely notice the waiter, who looks like he wants to shoot himself. BUT, if bad service isn't a deal breaker, than you're in for a delicious and ridiculously cheap meal! Noodles are made in front of you, soups are huge and a beer is 2 euros (instead of 5 in other restaurants). Basically, 2 people can eat a comforting meal for 20 euros, beer included. The homemade wheat noodles are a specialty here but they also offer every dish with rice noodles, which is perfect for someone who can't eat gluten, like me!
LE TRAITEUR MAROCAIN @ Marche des enfants rouges - 39, rue de Bretagne (Metro: Filles du Calvaire)
It's not a secret, I like anything Moroccan. It is also not a secret that my favorite dishes are usually the slow cooked ones (such as stews and soups)... So when I heard about this place (it's in every travel blog possible!), I just had to see what the hype was all about. For 15 euros, we got a traditional tajine full of slow cooked lamb meat, root vegetables, nuts and dried fruits, on a bed of couscous. Of course Justin ate the couscous, as it is not gluten-free ;) The outdoor market is small and charming, with plenty of seating areas. In this case, the food was really worth the hype! You should also try a cup of Moroccan mint tea while waiting for your food!
SOUL KITCHEN - 33, rue Lamarck (Metro: Lamarck-Caulaincourt)
Not just a Doors song... "Soul Kitchen" is also a really cute cafe, tucked away in the Montmartre area. They serve a lunch "formule" for 13 euros that usually includes a salad, a healthy main dish and a dessert.
With gluten free and vegetarian options, everything is home made and using fresh produce. You can most definitely taste the love put into each dish. Hearty soups, fresh quinoa salad, delicious veggie stews and other healthy plates are offered daily between 12 and 3 (although I suggest you come closer to noon as food sell out quickly!). Oh, there's also free wifi if you want to catch up on some work in the afternoon.