San Jose's 3 best spots to score budget-friendly French-inspired eats

Banana Crêpe | Photo: Kelsey M./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on March 19, 2020.

Craving French food?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable French-inspired eateries around San Jose, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fill the bill.

1. Banana Crêpe

PHOTO: robert h./YELP

Topping the list is Banana Crêpe. Located at 248 Jackson St. downtown San Jose, the crêperie, which offers coffee, tea and crepes, is the highest-rated low-priced French restaurant in San Jose, boasting four stars out of 992 reviews on Yelp.

The eatery offers a lineup of sweet and savory crepes, with add-ons of fresh fruit and whipped cream, alongside rotisserie chicken, ham, turkey and tuna salad. There's also a variety of ice cream flavors on offer, with such options as strawberry, green tea and chocolate.

2. 7 Leaves Cafe

photo: ann t./yelp

Next up is West San Jose's 7 Leaves Cafe, situated at 375 Saratoga Ave. It's an outpost of the well-known chain. With four stars out of 308 reviews on Yelp, the spot to score specialty milk tea and handmade macarons has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a budget-friendly option.

The macarons, which are baked in-house using an original recipe, come in flavors like vanilla, chocolate, green tea, pistachio, Earl Grey, sea salt caramel, strawberry and rose water. 

Yelper Evangeline E. wrote, "7 Leaves is high-quality tea you can taste. All their drinks are very tea forward and I never have to adjust the sweetness level with them."

3. Crepes & More

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Downtown San Jose's Crepes & More, located at 87 N. San Pedro St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the cheap creperie four stars out of 63 reviews.

"Customize your own sweet or savory crepe or choose your favorite from our various crepe combinations," the restaurant writes on Yelp. The menu also features soups, salads, sandwiches, fresh fruit bowls and smoothies.

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