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Paris for Broke Lovers

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When I first came to Paris with my boyfriend, I was a student with only a little money to spend for going out. Despite Paris' reputation for being expensive, it is possible to explore Paris on a budget. I've compiled here a list of places that are either free or good value for money, without forgetting the romantic side of the City of Light. 

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Basilique du Sacre-Coeur

Sacré-Coeur is the beautiful cathedral on top of Montmartre, and not only is it nice to see from the inside, but the best part about it is the atmosphere around it. There is a magnificent view over the city and there are often musicians entertaining the young crowd that is sipping wine and picnicking on...

Le Pain Quotidien Saint-Honoré

Pain Quotidien has few locations around Paris, and they offer great quality food with small prices. I like this location for its' terrace. It's is a perfect place for a brunch or lunch, and it's one of the few places where they use organic ingredients, but have managed to keep the prices reasonable....

Bistro 121

This restaurant is a bit off from the regular tourist path, located in the heart of 15th arrondissement, on a residential area. But maybe for that reason, the prices are affordable and the food is great. A three-course menu costs around 35 euros. It's an intimate space, the staff is attentive and...

Chez Marianne

Marais is famous for its falafel joints, and this is my favorite one, located in the corner of picturesque Rue de Rosiers. You can take away or sit down in the restaurant. Even if the line looks long in the outside for take away, it usually moves quickly. The prices are very affordable, and there are lots...

Promenade plantée

The elevated garden is a very romantic setting, it was also featured in Before Sunset, in one my favorite movies. It's 4,5 km long, starting from Bastille and stretching through the entire 12th arrondissement. There are little nooks and corners that are perfect for a picnic with red wine and cheese....

Rue Oberkampf

The whole are around Parmentier is very bohemian and full of bars and clubs. Lots of the bars on Rue Oberkampf and Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud have great prices that go even lower during the happy hours. Try Le P'tit Garage's Mojitos during happy hour ( 61 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud), clubbing at Nouveau...

Le Bouillon Chartier

This is an incredible restaurant. It was founded in 1896, and ever since it has been serving classic French food with very reasonable prices. Appetizers begin from couple of euros while main courses vary between 8-13 euros. The dining room is large and noisy, but very true to its turn of the century...

Pont des Arts

Seine is the perfect background for romantic gestures. Pont des Arts is a pedestrian bridge over the river and the destination for couples that want to memorize their love. The bridge is covered with padlocks carved with initials and love notes. There are lots of sellers that sell padlocks next to...

Hotel les Hauts de Passy

This is a basic hotel on a great location. Situated in the heart of the 16th arrondissement on a pedestrian street, you have quick access to Eiffel Tower and Trocadéro from here. The neighborhood is very calm and safe. There's lots of shopping in the Rue de Passy and a little further there's a shopping...

Grand Hotel des Balcons

This hotel has small and simple yet clean rooms in great location. Grand Hotel des Balcons is perfect for budget travelers who want to stay in central location. It is well located for going out, as the bar area in Mabillon is very close by. The hotel is also within a walking distance from Jardin de...
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