Paris is one of the world’s premier cities; a cultural epicentre that is on many people’s bucket lists to see. It is also a city with an extremely diverse population and an immense love for food! If you’re a student who is lucky enough to be living there, or have at least heard of Paris, then you certainly know you’re spoilt for choice with many different food options and virtually any type of cuisine.
Paris is a city that takes its food very seriously, even hosting the “Fête de la Gastronomie”, an annual food festival that offers food tasting of cuisines from across every continent. However, another factor that is important for students to consider is budgeting, and trying to find balance between staying in to cook and going out to eat, especially in a large, busy, and expensive city such as Paris.
Thus, the restaurants (nicknamed “ristos” by the French) and eateries that we have compiled in this list are not only delicious and diverse, they are price friendly as well! Guaranteed to get the most for your Euro! These ristos are so great (and with varying types of cuisine) it would be unfair to rank them (although readers are welcome to!). Rather, this list is meant to serve as a guide to some delicious and affordable ristos that will not only give you a great experience, but help you to discover more of Paris along the way! *Quick Disclaimer: Fear not! All of these places accept either cash (espèces) or credit/debit cards (cartes)!
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, PIZZA
Location: 111 Rue Réaumur 75002 Paris
Phone: (+33) 1 42 21 30 91
Hours: Monday -- Wednesday 11:45 AM - 2:15 PM & 6:30 PM - 10:45 PM
Thursday -- Friday 11:45 - 2:15 PM & 6:30 PM - 10:45 PM
Saturday 12:00 PM - 3:15 PM & 6:30 PM - 10:45 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM - 3:15 PM & 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Although they’ve recently raised their prices (and we’re mad about it), Pizzeria Popolare is still a fun and affordable place to go with friends, on a date, with the family, or even a quick solo trip! It has laid back Italian-International style and great vibes, coupled with fresh, delicious pizzas made in front of its guests.
The menu also includes pasta, deserts, wine, and more! The space has two floors, with great service and friendly staff who welcome guests from all over the world. It is a great space to practice your French or Italian, as many of the staff are trilingual at the very least. For any Americans reading this, fear not; the workers here speak great English as weIl and are happy to converse with patrons in the language in which they feel most comfortable.
Pizzeria Popolare is in a great location, situated near the famous Châtelet Les Halles Metro stop, one of the largest and most well-known Metro stops in Paris. The only disclaimer we leave you with is that because this risto is so great, there are often long lines during the late afternoon and night, many times stretching down the block. Pizzeria Popolare operates on a “First Come, First Love!” basis, so make sure to get there a bit early! However, the experience is well worth the wait (and you might even get free limoncello for your troubles). We’ve included a few pictures here to make you hungry.
Location: 89 Rue Duhesme 75018 Paris
Phone: (+33) 09 51 59 49 24
Hours: Monday -- Sunday 10:30 AM - Midnight
We couldn’t have a list of places to eat in Paris without including a great place to find crêpes! This French Crêperie, like Pizzeria Popolare, is an affordable yet trendy place perfect for all budgets. Located in the famous Montmartre section of Paris, it’s perfect to either sit down or grab and go while exploring the area. PataKrep is extremely popular with both students and families, with friendly staff and fresh crêpes made in front of you!
With a huge selection of crêpes, salads (although we doubt you came to Paris for the salads), sides, coffee, ciders, and more, PataKrep is a great experience with something everyone will enjoy. Their vast assortment of crêpes include Ham and Cheese, Duck, Italian, Vegetarian, Nutella, Banana, Chocolate, Chorizo, Ice Cream, and much, much more! With a truly expansive menu, you really can’t go wrong here.
If you find yourself having trouble deciding which crêpe to order, we definitely recommend going with friends. Everyone can order something different, and you can have your own “Fête de la Gastronomie”! From firsthand experience, trying a freshly prepared crêpe is one of the coolest things one can do in this city, and getting to gaze out at the beautiful Parisian scenery makes it even more unforgettable!
Mobilis in Mobili
Location: 94 Rue Saint Denis 75001 Paris
Phone: (+33) 09 53 58 97 13
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 6:30 PM-10:30 PM
Thursday 12 PM-2:30 PM; 6 PM-10:30 PM
Friday & Saturday 12 PM-2:30 PM; 6 PM-11 PM
Sunday 12 PM-2:30 PM; 6-10:30 PM
Don’t let the fact that you need a reservation fool you, Mobilis in Mobili is very affordable, and the wait is never overly long. You are also able to book a table online. This trendy restaurant does seafood right, and you won’t be disappointed! This is a great spot to go with friends, on a date, or with family. The atmosphere is great and the servers are extremely friendly and helpful. Also, if you find yourself pressed for time and not willing to risk waiting on a reservation, they also have takeout.
One of the great options here are Mobili’s lunch specials, served from noon until 2 PM. Options include mussels, fries, and a drink for 10 euro, which is roughly 11.30 USD with the current exchange rate. You really won’t find many better lunch specials in Paris! Another favorite is the Cod Burger, also with fries and a drink for 12 euro, which is around 13.50 USD. Paris can be quite busy and expensive, and during the day it may be hard to find the time to get back to your place and cook. It’s definitely important to find places with lunch specials where you can drop by and order a great meal!
Other popular plates for dinner include crab, lobster bisque, lobster rolls, more mussels with fries, and the Kraken Salad as an appetizer. You are also able to create your own seafood platter! Portions are HUGE, and with the large tray of mussels and fries a foodie favorite. There are even gluten free options, so if you have friends or family visiting that you know are gluten free, this might be the place to take them! If you like seafood or are even interested in trying it, you really can’t go wrong with Mobilis in Mobili.
Cuisine: American, BURGERS
Location: 49 Rue Descartes, 75005 Paris
Phone: (+33) 01 71 50 04 22
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:45 AM-3 PM; 7 PM-11 PM
Friday & Saturday 11:45 AM-3 PM; 7 PM-11:30 PM (Open an extra half hour!)
Website: Unfortunately, Joe Burger does not have an official website. Their main page is their facebook page, which can be found here.
We know, we know. Including an American Burger shop in the list of cool places to eat in Paris?! Blasphemy!! But fear not, we wouldn’t have included Joe Burger if it wasn’t one of THE best places to get a burger. Paris has become more enamored with American food such as burgers and hot dogs, which has led to a wave of burger joints sweeping through the city. We’re grateful for it, because they’ve given us quite the risto here.
Open since 2015 and located in the Latin Quarter, Joe Burger is in a perfect location to either grab lunch with friends or to come for dinner and start your night off right! It’s not far from the Seine, and popular shops like Shakespeare and Co. Don’t let the small size of this hidden gem deter you either; guests are able to utilize outdoor seating and even eat their meal at the pub next door! Friendly servers that put great care into crafting each burger make this a must visit if you have a hunger that can’t be satisfied by traditional French food or any of the other places on this list.
In terms of cost, Joe Burger is a great option. Like Mobilis in Mobili, Joe Burger has lunch specials and, like many places in Paris, student discounts! We can’t stress enough how important it is to take advantage of the plethora of student discounts in Paris, whether it be for the museums (they’re all free with student ID/VISA, the Arc de Triomphe too), the movies, or in this case, RISTOS. With many different types of burgers and sauces, Joe Burger is guaranteed to have a burger everyone will enjoy (devour). They also offer takeout, delivery (if you study abroad here, there’s a solid chance that Deliveroo and Uber Eats will become your good friends) and catering! That’s enough talking, we’ll just show you the burgers now.
Location: 62 rue monsieur le Prince, 75006 Paris
There is no official website or Facebook page, but the Tripadvisor page is very helpful and has great reviews!
This risto is admittedly hard to find online. It also has a similar name and is not to be confused with Le Fournil de Paris (a popular family-friendly risto with 18 locations around the city that we also recommend!). It isn’t the easiest to find in real life either, on a small street just off of Saint Michel Boulevard. However, it is well worth the search; like the other ristos on this list, Le Fournil is in a great location, in close proximity to the Luxembourg Gardens, the Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe, and the Sorbonne! We certainly suggest grabbing one of their amazing crepes and taking a stroll through the Gardens, and pretty much the rest of Paris while you’re at it.
Le Fournil has great prices on everything they offer, from more filling meals like crêpes, paninis, and sandwiches, to more snacky-dessert oriented foods like donuts, chocolate waffles, muffins, and brownies! This risto is perfect for grabbing a quick bite to take on the go, or sitting down with friends and family. There are also vegetarian and vegan options, so we definitely recommend taking your meat-hating friends to this one. Like the other ristos on this list, Le Fournil has a great menu and there is something for everyone. With great prices, quality, and a friendly owner, you can’t beat Le Fournil!