You finally book that trip to Paris, one of the cheapest places to fly into! Even though the flights were cheap, you’re not trying to spend next month’s rent on food while you’re there! You want to do Paris on a budget, right?! Here’s exactly how to find the best and cheapest crepes in Paris so you can eat as many as you want!
Crepes in Paris are Expensive!
While in Paris, you want to be able to do as much as possible with as little of your money as possible. However, you get there and realize: crepes are freaking expensive!
But at the same time, you need to eat as many Nutella crepes as possible before you leave Paris because have you ever really been to Paris if you haven’t eaten a Nutella crepe?
And we know there are crepes in other parts of the world, but there is just something better about the crepes in Paris that are just better.
Paris food is just better! But this habit will not be a cheap one at 5-8 euros a pop, which is what most French crepe stands charge.
You imagine yourself eating crepes in front of the Eiffel tower, but those are the most expensive crepes in the whole city! Okay, maybe just ONE there, but for the rest of the trip, you need to find a place that can feed you without leaving you broke on your flight back home from Paris, France.
Eating in Paris on a budget is definitely possible, so don’t worry! (so is traveling in Paris, check out this post to find out how to save $1000 on your trip to Europe!)
The Best & Cheapest Crepes in Paris
So what can you do? The addiction is strong! Where can you eat cheap in Paris? Well here’s the answer: the cheapest crepe place in all of Paris!
Not only do they sell the cheapest crepes in Paris, but also the cheapest Paninis. Instead of spending all your money on crepes instead of getting lunch, you now can get both a panini AND a crepe for 5 euros! So basically, it’s the best budget food in all of Paris.
They have paninis, savory crepes (which means it uses salty ingredients instead of sweet ones, and sweet crepes. It is definitely one of the best cheap eats in Paris.
How to Find the Cheapest Crepes in Paris
The best part is the location. Although it isn’t close to the Eiffel Tower, it is super easy to walk there from Notre Dame or The Shakespeare & Company Bookstore.
They recently changed the name on Google Maps. Now you can find it under Crêperie Genia – Vente à emporter (meaning it’s only takeaway crepes, not a sit-down restaurant).
They used to be called “the Supermarket” but now that they’ve changed there are fewer reviews and a new name but the same amazing crepes.
This review on Google by Anthony Rayahel says it perfectly:
“My all-time street food crepe in Paris. I’ve been coming here since 2002 and still enjoy the same quality and same loaded crepe. I’m in love with the ham/cheese/eggs and the Nutella/coconut/bananas/grandmarnier.”
Online it says that they open at 11:30 am and close at 10 pm! So, unfortunately, it is not a great breakfast place, but it’s perfect for the best brunch in Paris! Especially if you check out…
The Sit-Down Restaurant Version
If you are looking for a place to sit, there is a restaurant version of this takeaway stall. However, we have never been there and can’t say whether it tastes the same! It has great reviews and looks pretty cozy!
The reviews mention that the prices here are just as low so it is still one of the best cheap restaurants in Paris! We will definitely go check it out the next time we are in Paris:
Our Glowing Review
Jake and I have been to Paris twice together. Both times we could not wait to get our hands on our favorite crepes in all of Paris! For some reason, when I am saving money, the food always tastes better.
The first time we went to “The Supermarket” was back in March 2017 when we first started traveling together. We quickly realized it was one of the best places to eat in Paris:
And again in December 2018 when we were visiting the Christmas markets:
It’s a hit with the local university students!
The little stall is so adorable even though it’s tucked between a Mcdonald’s and an actual mini-supermarket.
The last time we went, I talked to the woman making the crepes. I told her that every time we come to Paris, her crepes are a highlight of our trip.
She told us that they had been there for almost 15 years (if I remember correctly) and that they have kept their prices low because of all the University students in the area that rely on them for cheap meals!
Paris prices are usually seen as very high and it is one of the more expensive cities in the world. But even with that, these owners have been able to stay in business for all that time without having to inflate their prices.
Some of the students that were ahead of us in line were from Spain. She had no problem speaking in a little Spanish to them, English to us and then French to local students!
Needless to say, I was impressed and we already have plans to head back! It is definitely on my list of “Must Eat in Paris” every time we go! Plus, Paris is usually the cheapest city to fly in and out of the USA so there is always an excuse to go there!
And honestly, anyone who chooses the McDonald’s over this has truly missed the mark!
Of course, I agree that when I am abroad there is something about knowing that I can go into a McDonald’s for free wifi and a place to sit without worrying about buying anything is super nice.
But you came all the way to Paris, go and eat at one of the best affordable restaurants in Paris!
What to Do While You Eat the Best Crepe Ever
Since this is just a food stall/ crepe stand, you won’t have a place to sit. Luckily, you are in one of the best and most walkable areas of Paris: the Latin Quarter!
You can wander the streets of the Latin Quarter, with a crepe in hand while perusing some of the best bookstores (cheapest as well!) in the world!
Wondering where to walk? Here’s a list of some of the best bookstores and sites in the area which you can hit on your walk!
Google Maps tour of Latin Quarter: 30-minute walk
Make sure to mark these on Google Maps on your phone so you don’t miss anything! It’s about a 32-38 minute walk depending on how quick you are.
Each of the stops can be typed into Google maps and saved as “want to go”. It starts with some of the best Paris street food from Crêperie Genia – Vente à emporter then you go to your first stop.
Stop 1: the Abbey Bookshop
This is only a 1-minute walk from Crêperie Genia. It is by far the most quaint and adorable bookstore I’ve ever seen. It is so full of books and so narrow that you’ll have a hard time passing others who are looking!
If you are in a big group, I’d split up or take turns going inside. It is a real Parisian gem that shouldn’t be missed. Plus, the books are in English!
If you are looking for another bookstore after this one, it’s only about 5-6 minutes to walk to the San Francisco Co, Bookstore.
Stop 2: Le Jardin du Luxembourg
You can just walk by or head on in and take a seat on one of the many benches in the park.
Or you can even stop for a quick afternoon nap like Jake decided to do!
Stop 3: The Pantheon
You will see a lot of students in this area. And from the top of the hill, you can look down and try to spot the Eiffel Tower!
Stop 4: Shakespeare & Company
From there you walk to the last bookstore on this tour, which is the longest stretch without a stop. But there are so many random stores and beautiful architecture to spot and photograph on the way that you’ll hardly notice.
This bookstore is very famous and therefore quite expensive. When you buy a book they stamp it so you can prove you bought a book there.
Final Stop: The Seine and Notre Dame
The place that needs no introduction. Even with the tragedy of the fire, I believe that this place should still be somewhere you go and see while in Paris.
Most of the outside and the two towers were salvaged, so it is still a beautiful place to get that Paris feel.
to wrap it up
The cost of food in Paris doesn’t have to be crazy expensive! Although there aren’t many cheap restaurants or cheap places to eat, you can definitely still find hidden gems with cheap food in Paris like Crêperie Genia – Vente à emporter! This place will help bring the cost of your meals in Paris down a lot.
If you want to check out a Paris food blog with a lot of great, a little more expensive recommendations for crepe restaurants in Paris: check out the blog “Mama Loves Paris” with a list of the best crepes in Paris! It is an awesome list of good places to eat in Paris!
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