• Restaurants and cafés
When looking for an easy and cheap lunch at the french capital, Paris has much more to offer than just crêpes and paninis. Falafel sandwiches have become a great alternative and a must-eat tourist destination.
Located in the Jewish mini-district in the hip Paris neighborhood known as the Marais, the pedestrian Rue de Rosiers offers 3 three famous options within a block of each other. You will easily spot L’As du Fallafel thanks to the long queue in front of its green façade and take-away window.
Cheap, messy and seemingly obligatory. This place has been written up so many times and many guides refer to it “at the spot not to be missed for an original lunch and simply the best falafel in the world”, but until you’ve tried their falafel (and the experience that comes with it) you won’t quite understand all the fuss.
While waiting in the queue, which actually runs fast, a guy will approach to take your order and your payment on the spot. You hand the “ticket” to the guy at the window and voilà, your deliciously tasting falafel is handed to you!
A falafel sandwich costs €5 to go, €7.50 in the dining room, pretty good prize for a really big and tasty sandwich! Piled high with crunchy cabbage, grilled eggplant, hummus, tahini, and hot sauce. Most importantly, the falafel themselves are light, crisp and green with fresh herbs. The shawarma (grilled, skewered meat) sandwich, made with chicken or lamb, is also one of the finest in town.
Overall, this is definitely a MUST try in Paris. At lunchtime the place gets really crowded, but the queue is definitely worth it!
Good to know: Friday evening is closed for Shabbat.