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How to Eat and Save Money When Dining Out in France

Those of “I Prefer Paris” were confronted with a question that you ask all the tourists when they land moor or park on French soil: how do you not spend a raffle for eating out? Putting aside the hypothesis McD and kebabs, attractive solutions for 1 meal per month, at most, we see the hints and suggestions which are more plausible.

Meanwhile, keep in mind that there is an important conceptual difference between the cards and the menu: the former is what we usually call menu, a list of dishes to choose from. But this is convenient only if we are not going to face a full meal, in this case it is preferable to choose a menu (in the French sense of the word) which usually offers a 2 or 3 course meal at a cheaper price than the same ordered a la carte selection.

Then remember that an entrée is not a first or a full meal, but only a sort of appetizer: if you order only what the waiter will treat you badly and you definitely get up with hunger. Returning to the menu: they are almost always posted outside the door, so check them before you sit down, because often the proposals lunch / dinner hang out but cannot find it on the card, thus losing the possibility of avvalervene; carefully written to the small type “available only at lunch, for dinner only, only in leap years.”

If you are not celebrating anything and do not forget anything, you can save on drinks asking for a pitcher of water: it is good and it’s free unlike the mineral that can be up to 5 euros per bottle. After the meal, if the service was good, leave a small tip: remember to leave cash even if you pay by credit card. For a simple and frugal meal, do not order a soup and a sandwich; ask rather for the dish of the day: ten euros quarried there and you do not have to do the figures.

The last two items are essential: avoid the breakfast at the hotel—unless this is not positioned in a secluded bay overlooking the ocean—because it would cost astronomical sums (up to 10 euros per person) and do not drink Coca Cola, which is certainly the most expensive and least French you can choose.


The University of Sorbonne

The University of Sorbonne is one of the must-see places when paying a visit to Paris. You can discover unusual places that are less frequented by tourists.

Located in the heart of the Latin Quarter, just a feet away from the Pantheon, this building retains the original structure of the chapel, where lies the tomb of Cardinal Richelieu.

Its origin dates back to 1253 in Sorbonne, when Louis IX ordered the creation of a school to allow 16 students to deepen their theology. The name Sorbonne is derived from  Robert de Sorbon, the confessor of the king. After 1885, this became the most important university of France, gaining prestige and political influence.

If you want to admire the seventeenth-century church, the amphitheater, the courtyard, the library, and the tomb of Richelieu, you can go for guided tours that lasts an hour to an hour and a half. The tours are held Mondays through Fridays. The ticket costs 9 euros per person.


Discover Paris, Disney Style

Bistro de Paris is a theme restaurant in the French Pavilion at Epcot Center, which adapts the best of French cuisine, directly to your palate. The restaurant is decorated with luxury and have their own wine cellar. There you can enjoy dishes like chocolate mousse or vanilla ice cream and truffles, which have become favorites of customers, says Disney. The average price of food per person in this restaurant is $36 to $60, plus tax. For more information, visit the official website of the Disney parks http://disneyworld.disney.go.com.


Cruising at Seine River


A cruise along the Seine River, Paris, sipping champagne and enjoying the view of the city is just breathtaking. You will get the chance to see some of the most famous monuments of the city, while a sommelier will introduce you to the world of wine and tells you about the deeper meaning and history of these monuments. This experience is best for individuals, couples, and groups of up to 19 people. The cruise lasts about an hour and includes:

  • Cruise along the Seine River
  • Presentation of champagne and its history with attention to the region of Champagne
  • Information on the monuments of Paris
  • Tasting of three kinds of champagnes: Demi Sec, Blanc de Blancs, and Rosé

New Year’s Eve in Paris


Is there a better place to celebrate a magical New Year’s thanParis? The City of Lights during the holiday is tinged with color and light, giving life to a very impressive show. The opportunity to spend a happy New Year in Paris will be able to satisfy all tastes, and most importantly, all budgets.


First you need to think about dinner. Restaurants offer best of French cuisine. But if you do not want to “steal” from a fixed menu dinners, better opt for one of the many brasseries of the city, where you can taste some typical dishes (like the famous onion soup) at a reasonable price.

Now, where to go for fun? Wait until midnight and enjoy the festivities at no cost! You can choose two places, the most famous and popular are the Champs Elysee and the Eiffel Tower. The festivity is full of music and merriment. At the stroke of midnight, the Eiffel Tower is illuminated by bright lights and a grand spectacle of fireworks light up the sky.


If your feel is more of a bohemian artist, then climb up the hill of Montmartre to the square of the Sacre Coeur, where there is lesser crowd and is far more romantic. But then if you want to heat up the night, the nearby district of Pigalle is full of bars and cabarets.



For a memorable and romantic evening, you can choose a cruise on the Seine aboard the traditional Bateaux Mouches. Besides enjoying a unique view of Paris, you can enjoy a delicious dinner. For those who really want to enjoy the New Year in Paris with no expense spared, the perfect choice is the Moulin Rouge.


Greet the New Year while enjoying fine dining, sipping champagne and watching the spectacle of the world’s most famous.