Paris - Drinking budget :-)

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1. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi All,

I am going to paris with my boyfriend next thursday to sunday and Am looking for any kind of information on prices of food and drink (restaurants and pubs/clubs). I am used to relatively high prices in good old Eire(Ireland) but some friends of my boyfriends have said you could pay roughly €10 for a pint of lager. We are going to the moulin rouge and probably eurodisney for a day and we will do a good bit of sightseeing so the only real worry I have is the price of food and drink. I had thought a couple of hundred euro for 3 nights but my boyfriend thinks we need €700 each! I wouldn’t mind sampling some famous french champage but I don’t plan on drining it on tap!!!

Any info would be greatly appreciated as I dont want to be caught short and wouldnt mind doing a spot of shopping with any extra change

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3383 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I would expect Paris is not cheap especially not in Moulin rouge. Read these reviews about the Moulin Rouge.
One person talks about 155€ per person. Including the show and small portion dinner, which was excellent. Don't know about the price of a beer. But I expect it not be cheap. A normal ticket is 97€ including a half bottle of Champagne. 700€ each for three days seems fine to me.

3. Posted by Juju76 (Budding Member 34 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


The amount of money you spend depends on the places you go to, what you drink and how much!
Here are typical prices in mid-range places:
1 Pint in a Bar/Pub - 5 to 8 euros. Irish beers tend to be more expensive than continental beers
1 Kebab - around 5 euros
Decent Restaurant - 15 to 25 euros + drinks
Clubs - around 20 euros for the cover, which generally includes a drink. Drinks in clubs are very expensive (at least twice as expensive as in bars).

Expect very high prices in Moulin Rouge or posh cafes in St Germain or the Champs Elysees. I would expect Eurodisney to be fairly expensive too although I have never been there.

Have a nice time in Paris


4. Posted by Winkekatze (Full Member 41 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


700,- € for 3 nights each? That sounds pretty much to me - but ok, depends on where/what and how much you're planning to drink ;)

I've been several times to Paris and the most expensive glass of beer I had was about 7 € (what probably was a cheat), but that was in a very hip/touristy area at the Bastille. Choosing side-streets for drinks & food should always be a bargain (for example there is a really nice whiskey-pub in Marais with quite reasonably priced drinks). All over France it is generally cheaper to drink inside or directly at the bar, but regarding the temperatures at the moment I don't think you will be keen on being served at one of the tables outside though it's quite nice for watching people/street life.
Wish you a nice stay in Paris - it's a great place!

Filika - Best regards,


5. Posted by s_hoot (Full Member 497 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

A word of advice, a screwdriver in Paris is a whole glass of Vodka, bout three shots, and a splash of OJ, cost like 7 euro.

6. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks guys, sounds great! Specially the screwdriver I had been thinking that most of what we wanted to do was sightseeing so that might save on the money - we're supposed to be saving for our backpacking through asia

Thanks again everybody

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

We went to a bar called "Le Dix" which served pretty cheap-ish Sangria in little clay pots. Can't remember where it was, though...

8. Posted by 617jetset (Budding Member 32 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Paris is a beautiful city with loads of things to see. I went for a weekend in March 2005 and had a very nice time. It was, however, one of the MOST expensive cities I have EVER travelled in. I am from Boston, Massachusetts which is notoriously expensive by American standards and I have also visited London three times and neither compare to what I saw in Paris. Everyone screams about how expensive London (and England in general) is and I found it very reasonable compared to Paris (even though Sterling gets a MUCH worse exchange rate to Dollars than does the Euro) A glass of Pepsi or Coke in a restaurant averaged around 5 Euros!! THAT'S INSANE! And that is not at a posh place either, but rather an average middle-class cafe. I'm sure there ARE some more reasonable places to eat outside of the central tourist areas (which I did not have time to go to with just a weekend to spend) but most things were VERY expensive. I found the cost pretty much on par with Reykjavik, Iceland which I have heard from various travel sources is one of the 3 most expensive places to visit. Also worth noting is the portions of food you wil get in France. Being an American, travelling with my English sister and her English boyfriend we were SHOCKED at how little food you get for your money. I suppose that is why the French are so thin. LOL. That and the huge amount of cigarette smoking (which I didn't mind being a least there is SOMEWHERE you can still smoke, at least as of March 2005! LOL). We were hungry the whole weekend, which is most likely due to the much talked about bad portion control in American and British restaurants compared to most of the world. HAHA.

A couple more tips:

1. GO TO THE EIFFEL TOWER as the view is amazing from the top and a trip to Paris wouldn't be complete without going there, however, it is about 25% or so less money to walk up to the second tier and take the lift from there to the top rather than taking the lift right from the ground level (it IS a quite a climb so be forwarned but its kinda cool to say you WALKED up the tower rather than just taking a lift!)

2. Get a hotdog (served in a hole-punched bagette) from one of the street vendors. They were good and the way they serve it is cool and different from what you are probably used to. Also, it was one of the cheapest meals in Paris! LOL

3. A lot of the less-posh shops and such don't take American Express Cards (which is my prefered card and thus why I mention this, it may or may not apply to you) so if that's the card you use the most, use it at the more expensive shops and bring a MasterCard or Visa as well just in case.

4. Learn SOME French as I've noticed most people were nicer when you speak French even though most of them speak English anyways.

5. GO SHOPPING! The stores are AMAZING! LOL

Have a GREAT trip! Also, have fun backpacking in Asia when you go. I am going to Thailand for the first time in March and I can't wait. I'm sure you will enjoy as well.


9. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Quoting 617jetset

Paris is a beautiful city with loads of things to see. I went for a weekend in March 2005 and had a very nice time. It was, however, one of the MOST expensive cities I have EVER travelled in.

Guess you've never been to London! Ouch!

10. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks a mill, I get the gist that the touristy places are obviously gonna be more(triple!) the price of a normal bar/shop/restaurant

Just like our temple bar in dublin - ridiculously priced because all the tourists go there, so cant blame the french for doing the same to us!

Ill have to go over the french school books, and get a big loan!!!!

Thanks everybody!