Paris - Five Budget Meals with Personality
Classic French food
is wonderful; it's also very pricey. Guidebooks can help
you find the best chefs in town but Journeywoman offers
more modest meal suggestions designed to help balance your
budget. It will be up to you to mix and match these local
eateries with bigger splurge dining opportunities.
Pizza, picnics and pastries...
a wicked Sunday brunch, try Tea and Tattered Pages,
a quirky, comfy secondhand cafe-cum-bookshop. British
expat, Kristi Chavane will heap your plate with goodies
ranging from chicken and broccoli muffins to scrambled
eggs, bagels and pancakes.
P.S. She stocks over 7,000 English paperbacks and she
happily welcomes browsers. So make your choice, settle
in at the window seat and the afternoon will fly right
by. Fixed menu, and reservations a must. Call 188.8.131.52
(24, rue Mayet)
No trip to Paris
is complete without a picnic. For produce with personality,
make your way along rue Mouffetard. Journeywoman
promises you pate, patisserie and peaches that will remain
etched in your personal taste bud Hall of Fame. Historical
bonus--Rodin was born in this area and his mother shopped
in this very same market.
If you're in the
Marais area and, it's strictly veggie you crave, then
Journeywoman heartily recommends Theatro Picalo.
The dining area's small, the menu interesting and the
ambiance oh-so-soothing. P.S. Their French apple crumble
is a five-star choice. Ooh-la-la! (6 rue des Ecouffes)
Nobody goes to Paris
for pizza. But some nights you're just too tired to leave
your room and it's "hotel delivery" to the rescue. Call
Pizza Hut (05.30.30.30) and within 30 minutes you'll
have your meal. Minimum? No. Delivery charge? No. Credit
cards? No. Will they deliver wine and beer? Yes. Yes.
is a chain of local bistros that offers French food and
pastries like grandmama used to make. Expect modest pricing,
healthy portions and the opportunity to mingle with the
locals. 17 locations in Paris. Why not start with tea
and goodies at the Batifol in the mall off the Avenue
des Champs Elysees? Should make for a delightful pause
in your sightseeing sessions.
Attention movie mavens,
film buffs and festival groupies. You'll be pleased to
know that March is film festival month in Paris with at
least six screening
programs (one especially for women) going on around the
The International Film Festival
The Spanish Film Season
3rd Asian Film Festival
International Detective Film Festival
International Festival of Women's Film
The Festival of Films for Young Audiences
Ed. note: Several
years ago I had the great pleasure of attending the International
Festival of Women's Films in Creteuil (just outside
Paris) and it was great fun. Not only did I meet female
viewers from around the world but also the filmmakers
that were there screening their own films. D�licieux!...
as they say in Paris. For further information, click here.
....from a twentysomething
American woman's point of view.
in Paris really does the "kiss-kiss" thing to
greet each other. The only exception is that two
men don't kiss other. As a result I was kissed
more times in my week there than I've been in
my entire life up to this point.
in Paris jogs. And Parisians have never heard
of the "stairmaster." They stay thin with the
help of nicotine and caffeine.
in Paris ever wears sweatpants.People here actually
wear leather pants to the grocery store and it's
probably the only city in the world where a young
woman must wear a miniskirt in order NOT to be
are called "preservatifs" (which I thought was
pretty funny) and are available from vending machines
on the street.
Source: Jennifer Wade's Home Page
Another reader writes...
an American Journeywoman and I'd like other Journeywomen
to benefit from these tidbits that I learned from
travelling to Paris:
||The Louvre Museum has a
great shopping mall/food court in the basement.
There is a separate street level entrance (look
for "Galleries du Louvre") which also allows
you to bypass the long, long line waiting to
enter the Pyramide. Once you get into the basement,
you can buy an admission ticket with almost
no waiting by using the credit card machine.
The food court here is truly international--
Spanish tapas, Libyan and Algerian food, Southeast
Asian, Sicilian pizza-- and has long hours.
Avoid the poached-looking burgers, though! The
Librairie (gift shop) is great also.
incredible museum with a great gift shop is
the Musee du Moyen Ages (Cluny) which
is the national medieval museum containing the
original Lady & Unicorn tapestries. If you don't
want to pay a fortune for a print of the tapestry,
consider a sheet of gift wrap which has the
whole tapestry on it! This museum is in a building
that has been in continuous use since it was
a Roman bath (and that's a very long time).
choosing a Paris hotel, why not consider Montmartre.
I stayed in the Hotel Regins Montmartre
in August for about $US89/night, with a charming
restaurant and wonderful service. The small,
immaculate rooms have few if any right angles
and clean, private bathrooms with showers and
hairdryers; the Place des Abbesses Metro stop
is immediately outside; the staff generally
speak pretty good English, and the hotel has
an elevator. Within a few blocks is the wonderful
Restaurant Naoko, an excellent place
for beautifully presented and satisfying Japanese
fact, it's wise to consider Paris in August.
True, many businesses are closed for "les vacances,"
but the museum lines are shorter, the climate
pleasant, and rates are typically lower in many
places. Do, however, check specifically on the
hours of any attractions, as they may be shorter
in August and this may not be in the guidebook.
Lin S., Madison,
Journeywoman also has lots to tell you about
tiny Paris tearooms.