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Top 10 budget restaurants and bistros in Paris

Paris is home to some of the world’s finest – and priciest – restaurants. But a new breed of affordable places to eat means the budget traveller needn’t feel hard done by. We pick 10 places where you can dine on excellent French cuisine for €20 a head

Eating on a budget in Paris often used to leave you feeling like the spectre at the feast, or rather sadly deprived of the city’s gastronomic excellence. To be sure, there were always a few wallet-friendly French places where the food was better than average, plus some great ethnic options, but cheap eats rarely equated with seriously good food. Happily, a new generation of innovative restaurateurs are rebooting the French capital’s offer for pennywise travellers, with food that’s good enough even if you aren’t counting your centimes. Oh, and in case you were wondering, Chartier, probably Paris’s most famous budget restaurant, soldiers on as a place people go to get a meal for a tenner (euros, bien sur), just because you can.

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