Winter is a great time to visit Paris, with the French capital tastefully decorated and looking its best for the festive season. It’s easy and cheap to get to by plane or Eurostar, but for those of us who have been stung on the Champs Élysée, spending our day’s planned food allowance on a couple of Cokes and a pastis, it’s good to know where to eat without breaking the bank. Try one of the following eateries, from a list by the Telegraph, for a taste of reasonably priced cuisine that doesn’t have to be MacDonalds.
Warm up at L'Avant-Goût (26 rue Bobillot; www.lavantgout.com; closed Sun and Mon), a colourful bistro in the Butte-aux-Cailles district. Chef Christophe Beaufront offers a hearty €14 'autour d'une soupe' lunch menu, a great bargain for hot soup, the dish of the day, a glass of wine and coffee. There’s also a good value €31 three-course menu, which includes the bistro's signature dish, pot-au-feu aux épices, a tasty, ginger flavoured pork stew.
Or head for the Latin Quarter (pictured) and try L'Ecurie (2 rue Leplace, Tel 0033 1 46 33 68 49; closed Sun). Their lunchtime three-course menu costs €17, or have a chargrilled steak with excellent home-made chips. The food is served downstairs in the ancient vaulted candlelit cellars which create a cosy atmosphere.
Another pricier option is a seafood Brasserie off Faubourg-St-Denis. Open until late, rustic Brasserie Flo (7 cour des Petites-Ecuries; www.floparis.com), is the place to go for oysters and shellfish platters. Their profiteroles with hot chocolate sauce are truly wicked. Bon Appetit!