how to do paris on a budget

it's possible

Last month, the euro hit a 12-year low, making it virtually equivalent to the dollar. If you've been looking for an excuse to venture to Europe, this seems like it—it hasn't been this affordable in over a decade. 

So, a few weeks ago, I took a trip to Paris to experience the City of Lights for the first time. With a limited amount of (very colorful) money in my wallet, I arrived with zero knowledge of the city and even less of an understanding of the French language (seriously, I was hopeless).

But, as anyone who's ever passed through Paris knows, if you take a stroll through the city (midnight or not), you'll find a bevy of hole-in-the-wall places—ones that thankfully aren't overrun by tourists in hiking boots. Click through the gallery to find the best, coolest budget-friendly places in Paris.