Paris Lunch on a Budget – Cosi in the 6th


For a delightful budget lunch in the 6th, go to Cosi, on rue de Seine. The midday line at the door speaks to the value, and the hand-written chalkboards inside illuminate the fare: hefty meat, cheese and veg sandwiches on warm focaccia, huge salads with market-fresh ingredients, creamy soups like zucchini/fennel and lentil curry with ginger — with prices starting at 5€.

Order, pay, and pick up at the counter on the rez de chaussée, then carry your tray upstairs to two sunny rooms overlooking the narrow street.

A neighborhood treasure! Cash only, free wifi, open daily noon to 11pm.

Designer Clothes for Less at La Pièce de Moli


To reach La Pièce de Moli, a new vintage resale boutique in the 12th, pass through one courtyard, follow a hallway to a second, and enter the pale blue doorway on the left. The shop is hidden—and you have to wonder how people find it.

But word travels fast, especially when new items arrive twice a week, the staff are smiling and helpful, and prices start at 9€.

The 9€ rack changes daily, so you’ll be smart to check back often. And while you’re there, browse designer goods (Balenciaga, Vanessa Bruno, Agnès B, Calvin Klein and more) on nearby racks: dresses and suits, casual skirts, pants, tops and vests, coats, all organized by color. And bien sûr, boots, shoes, bags, and jewelry to complete the outfit.

Open Wed – Sat, 11-7:30. Enter at 94, rue du Fbg Saint-Antoine; 85, ave Ledru-Rollin; or 20, rue Saint-Nicolas. M: Bastille or Ledru-Rollin.