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Flunch Caulaincourt restaurant photo

ABOVE: Flunch Paris Caulaincourt is one of three Flunch cafeterias in Paris. (This one is in the 18th; the others are in the 1st and 3rd arrondissements.)

By Durant Imboden

Fed up with fast food, such as McDo and Quick? Or maybe you're too poor, or just too tired, to enjoy a leisurely dinner at a nice restaurant?

Flunch, the French cafeteria chain, has a table waiting for you--at least, if a Spanish tour group or a busload of lycée students from Lyon hasn't beaten you to it.

Flunch has three cafeterias in Paris: one near the Place de Clichy below Montmartre, another in the rue Beaubourg near the Pompidou Center art museum, and a third on the rue Pierre Lescot side of the Châtelet-Les Halles shopping and transportation complex.

We've eaten twice at the rue Caulaincourt branch, which shares a building with Castorama, the French equivalent of B&Q or Home Depot.

Here's what to expect:

Flunch is a self-service cafeteria. As you enter, you'll see illuminated lunch/dinner menus above the cash registers. Meal prices during our most recent visit were in the €6,50 to €8 range.

Facts about Flunch:

More tips:

For more information, including menus, see the French-language Flunch Web site.

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