Follow your nose and you’ll find tasty food at very reasonable prices. Although it’s a little touristy, the Latin Quarter is a lifesaver for travellers on a budget with set menus starting from as little as 10 euro for an entree, main and dessert. Thirsty? Your first glass of sangria is often free.
It’s a funny place, almost like a Diagon Alley of sorts because it’s so vibrant and busy, but can be hard to find. I remember struggling to find the street that led to it one day and then I turned down a narrow alley and voila, the popular dining scene unfolded before me in all of its chaotic glory. It’s not far from Notre Dame, so it’s a perfect stop after a morning of visiting the church or climbing the tower.
Nearby is my favourite bookstore which I visit at least once every time I’m in Paris, Shakespeare & Co. It’s one of the busiest bookstores I’ve ever visited, but that is another post for another day.
It’s easy to find traditional French fare, but there’s also great Greek, Italian, Middle Eastern and African cuisine too. Creme brûlée, escargots, canard a l’orange, boeuf bourguignon and French onion soup are on most menus, making it easier to tick off a few more French classics on your list.
Have you visited the Latin Quarter?