Now that the busy summer season has come and gone, the city is starting to settle back into its everyday rhythm. This means you’ll find the people of Paris scattered across lovely terraces around lunch time, stopping by for déjeuner à prix fixe. These meals, often a daily special or a traditional French dish, will be at a fixed price and are served up rapidly around lunchtime.
Depending on where you are in Paris and how nice the restaurant is, you can find prix fixe lunch menus ranging from around €12 all the way up to €40. You can also encounter a range of quality—it’s possible to find a great meal for under €20, as well as a lackluster one for much more.
Here are some tried-and-true prix fixe options that are guaranteed to be delicious as well as affordable.
Robert et Louise offers up hearty cuisine with a specialty in steak. Photo: phatfreemiguel
64, Rue Vieille du Temple, 750033rd arrondissementWebsiteMetro: Saint Paul or Hotel de Ville
Nestled into the picturesque Rue Vieille du Temple in the trendy Marais, Robert et Louise is probably one of the best lunchtime deal around. Choose from a variety of appetizers like escargot or sausage and two featured main courses like beef ribs or duck confit for the incredibly reasonable price of €12. Then walk around the Marais to digest!
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Le Pré Verre is one of the best deals in Paris. Photo: Ming-yen
8 rue Thénard 750055th arrondissementTel: +33143545947Metro: Maubert-Mutualité or Cluny-La Sorbonne
In the lovely Latin Quarter, Le Pré Verre boasts one of the best prix fixe deals in town. For € 13.90, you’ll get a starter, a main, a glass of wine and a coffee to finish it off. The chef here is praised for his work and ever-changing creative menu options.
104 ave Simon-Bolivar, 7501919th arrondissementTel: +33142398325Metro: Bolivar or Colonel Fabien
If you’d like to get away from the center of Paris for the afternoon, check out A La Bière out in the 19th arrondissement neighborhood. Here, you’ll find a casual French bistro with non-fussy yet delicious meals. What’s more, as the name implies, this cozy spot has a great selection of beer.
11 Rue Marie et Louise, 7501010th arrondissementWebsiteMetro: Goncourt
Come to Chez Marie Louise for a tasty three-course meal and then have a stroll around the lovely neighboring Canal St-Martin. There are a couple tables outside if you’d like to enjoy the weather, otherwise, the inside is cozy and sunny. Food is classically French with a modern twist.
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A fancy plate of deviled eggs at Café Constant. Photo: David M.
139 rue Saint-Dominique 750077th arrondissementWebsiteMetro: École Militaire
Okay, so Café Constant is a little more expensive than the other selections, but it’s well worth it. Spend a few extra euros for a truly amazing and classically French meal. With romantic decor, an amazing location near the Eiffel Tower and decadent food, this is the ultimate prix fixe experience.