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Old 03-05-2005, 07:29 AM   #1
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What's the average price for a decent meal in Paris? I know this is a broad question but I'm trying to estimate how much money I'll need for food for six days in Paris. Even a basic estimate would be helpful.

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A cheap meal will run 5-10 Euro but they are few and far between (except for bakeries that have bagguettes and cheese...). At a real restaurant you can look to spend 10-15 euro. Grocery stores and Crepe stands can be as low as 5 euro. Depends on how nice you want to eat. (data gathered in 2004)

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I had a lot of picnics... in the park, in the hostel, at the Eiffel Tower - Generally, if you grocery shop for locally produced goods, prices are pretty reasonable - and options are plentiful. You can get a big ol' baguette at any boulangerie for 50-75 cents. A package of nice cheese (i.e. camembert) runs around 2e. A small package of ham around 1.50. All that can make for several sandwiches, and a decent bottle of wine to wash it all down is going to be cheap as well! Dropping 10e on a good meal once in a while is worth it - just stay away from the tourist traps that have English signage/menus and you can get a memorable meal for a decent price. Shop around. The locals have to eat, too, and with the crazy rents they pay, there have to be lots of non-tourist places with good prices.

Best deal/meal I found was this little bistro in a suburb called Clichy (my work's HQ happens to be there) and a full meal w/ coffee and dessert came out to 7.75. In fact, you'll find this in a lot of places around lunchtime, as many French workers are given lunch vouchers worth about 7e - so restaurant owners do well to keep their prices around the range of the vouchers.
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