Bonjour! Hallo! I just returned from Paris and Amsterdam, and I’m so excited to tell you all about the amazing food I ate on my trip. Both cities offered delicious and affordable cuisine – really, I couldn’t believe how much cheaper it was than New York City. I’m going to write about the places I ate at in the order I went there, so our journey begins in Paris.
The woman I rented an Airbnb from recommenced a place around the corner called Les Caves Populaires, and we enjoyed it so much that we went there twice. The first time was right after my arrival; my friend Lindsay and I went there for wine and food. Best thing about Paris: wine is ridiculously cheap. You can buy nice bottles of wine for €3 in stores and glasses at restaurants were €6 or less. For a New Yorker, this is unheard of because I’m used to seeing glasses of wine cost $12 at restaurants. We each ordered €4 glasses of wine at Les Caves Populaires.
To top it off, we also got the “mixed platter,” which was assorted cheese and charcuterie with bread. This massive platter only costs €14 total. Cheap quality food and wine – I was in heaven. None of it tasted cheap at all. The bread was perfectly crispy, the cheeses were delicious, the meat was delectable and the wine was scrumptious. I need to move to Paris.
The second time we ate there, we ordered breakfast. We got the sucré salé sandwich, which was ham, Saint Marcellin cheese, fig jam and salad. These sandwiches were massive and only cost €5 – I’m pretty sure something like this in the United States would cost $12 minimum. Again, the bread was fresh and perfectly crispy, the jam added the right amount of sweetness and the cheese was creamy.
Les Caves Populaires is located in the Moulin Rouge area of Paris. It may not be the nicest area of the city, but it’s worth going to just to eat here. We tried to go back a third time to take the “mixed” platter to-go for our picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower, but they said they couldn’t package it up. I miss Paris already – I thrive off the amazing food this city has to offer. I like New York City, right? Please remind me why I got on the plane home.
Address: 22 Rue des Dames, 75017 Paris, France
Phone number: 33 1 53 04 08 32
Price: $ Cheap
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 AM-1:30 AM; Sat 10 AM-1:30 AM; Sun 11 AM-1:30 AM
Service: The servers were very nice and helpful both times.
Atmosphere: Quaint coffee shop feel.