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A Feast of Paris Street Food

French baguette in Paris

Paris is one of the gastronomic capitals of the world, famed for its world-renowned chefs, inventive fusion cuisines and abundance of expensive Michelin-starred restaurants. Even Paris street food is delicious, making it easy for bargain hunters to find good food at cheap prices. Check out some of my favorites:

Marais falafels
For a special treat, head to L'As du Falafel,
the most famous falafel stand in Paris,

L'As du Falafel (34 rue des Rosiers, 4th, Metro St. Paul) is the most famous falafel joint in Paris and carries the endorsement of nearly every food critic, blogger and even Lenny Kravitz.

Its falafel special, filled to the brim with succulent balls of ground chickpea, hummus, cabbage, cucumber, tomatoes, grilled eggplant, tahini and a number of mystery sauces, is a bargain at just €7.

You can also beat the lines and head across the street to Mi-Va-Mi (27 rue des Ecoffes, 4th, Metro St. Paul), a newer restaurant that offers comparable falafel at the same prices.

The French take their bread very seriously. An annual competition, the Grand Prix de la Meilleure Baguette de Paris, is held each year to determine the best baguette in Paris. At the time of this writing, the prize went to Anis Bouabsa, from the local bakery Au Duc de la Chapelle (32 Tristan Tzara, 18th, Metro Porte de la Chapelle). A fluffy baguette tradition, fresh from the oven, will set you back about a euro.

Paris pastry
Go where Parisians go: tempting treats await
at three top pastry shops around town, all
owned by famed pastry chef Gerard Mulot.

Famed Parisian pastry chef Gérard Mulot creates stunning, delicious fruit tarts, cakes and traditional macarons at his three shops in the Quartier Latin (76 rue de Seine, 6th, Metro Odeon), Marais (6 rue du Pas de la Mule, 3rd, Metro Chemin Vert) and 13th arrondissement (93 rue de la Glacière, 13th, Metro Glacière). At just €4 or €5 each, go wild.

Tourists go wild for Nutella-banana crêpes, mediocre versions of which are available just about everywhere for around €3. But for a different crêpe experience, try a traditional Breton buckwheat galette at Crêperie Bretonne (67 rue de Charonne, 11th, Metro Bastille) or a zesty Lebanese version at Chez Le Libanais (35 rue Saint-André-des-Arts, 6th, Metro St. Michel). Both are filling enough to be a meal and will set you back around €6.

More about the Paris Street Food around the Web:

Best Street Eats and Fast Food in Paris

Street Food in Paris - TimeOut Paris

About the Author... Jessica Arriola Marati

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