Paris was my first destination in Europe, and I managed to fly there for only $46! Moving on, this is my first time EVER in Europe. I have never stepped foot on this part of the world before and this really feeds and satisfies my travel bug!
As a first timer, I obviously want to do everything possible, but realistically I was not ready to spend a fortune on this trip. I never do, I never will. Getting bargains makes me dopamine levels high. I love the feeling of saving money! Don’t blame me haha.
I stayed in Paris initially for 4 days. Not plenty of time but enough for you to get the gist of it. The highlight of my Paris leg is having a picnic at Champ de Mars sipping Champagne, munching on our baguette and playing some music all while under the Eiffel Tower!
I’m here to tell you Paris can STILL be MAGICAL on a budget!
For accommodation, don’t expect a lot of space to move around whether you are living in a hostel, airbnb or hotel… Unless you are willing to fork out the big bucks.
I stayed at an airbnb for this leg of my trip, which I find is a better alternative to a hostel when you are not alone but BOOK EARLY, do not wait until the last minute, you can definitely find some great prices in prime areas if you do so!
Eating is perhaps the hardest thing to stay on budget if you are like me who eats everything in sight, but still possible. Restaurants charge on average 25-30 euros for a meal. If you plan on eating three times a day, that can add up quite significantly!
Here’s the plan, for breakfast, grab a coffee and a croissant at any bakery near you or if you want to dine fancy, go to a restaurant and get some viennoiserie off the menu. That means pastries in French, and who knows, you might just end up eating the BEST croissant of your life at a random restaurant, because I certainly did!
We ordered a croissant and a coffee for just under 5 euros!
If you are ever near Bonne-Nouvelle, I definitely recommend going to Restaurant Le Parisien for the BEST croissants in your life!
For lunch, grab some crepes on the street, probably not the best quality crepes, but I was satisfied with my egg, ham and cheese crepe. They are everywhere, so keep getting them until you come across the best one… and please let me know when you do…
For cheap eats (again, and not the BEST) Quartier Latin is definitely the place to go. Not only is it a destination to visit, think tight alleyways, it is also close to a lot of other attractions such as the Notre Dame and Jardin du Luxumbourg. This area has ALL the cheap eats. You can find your French staples like Moules Frites, Steak, and French Onion Soup everywhere you go. You can also get all three for 10-15 euros as a three course meal anywhere in Quartier Latin!
But if you are looking for some GOOD French Onion Soup and won’t mind to splurge a bit, I recommend Au Pied de Cochon.