- Food is generally more expensive than what we are used to paying.
- Food is mostly good, even at a neighborhood cafe or brasserie or restaurant. While many experts suggest that you stay away from eating in places in the proximity of tourist hot-spots, one of our best (and reasonably priced) meals was at a cafe right on Champs-Elysees.
- Since cafes have more or less a standard menu, they are good for a quick bite or for people-watching, but if you are looking to eat interesting dishes, try restaurants instead.
- You can find some Italian, Spanish or Asian food in Paris, but this city is not really known for non-French food. Unless you are desperate to eat something with a different flavor, my advice would be to stick to French cuisine.
- Great wines are often cheaper than carbonated beverages so it is a great opportunity to try different wines. Don’t even bother drinking beer. French are not known for making great beer and other brands can be had at home anyway.
- Prix-fixe menus are almost always a bargain, though, if you do not eat a lot, it can be too much to eat an appetizer, entree, and dessert. I found, though, that it was still cheaper to order from the prix-fixe menu and then not finish everything on the plate.
A few more good tips from Clotilde Dusoulier: