Falafel is the most popular street food in Paris. Most well-known for Israeli-style falafel sandwiches, competitors vie fiercely with another in the Marais. The Jewish Quarter of Paris, Le Marais is where more than a hundred thousand European Jews settled after WWII. As a result, this is where the culinary traditions of the Jewish community continue to thrive. So, what are you waiting for? We’ve compiled a list of some of the tastiest falafel in the city for you to try. And the best part? All of them are under eight euros!
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Falafel in Paris
A Middle Eastern dish, the origins of falafel are debated. While we can’t say for certain who first invented the recipe, they are made of mashed chickpeas, spices and sometimes fava beans. Falafel should have a nice crunch on the outside – a result of deep frying – with a moist and flavorful interior. Often served with tahini sauce, a rich paste made from roasted sesame seeds, falafel is flavored with garlic and lemon. Especially if the rest of your visit to Paris is filled with hearty meals of bœuf bourguignon and crêpes, a break for a non-traditional meal is just what you need.
L’As du Fallafel
Known to many Parisians as the best falafel in the city, L’As du Fallafel is situated on the famous Rue des Rosiers in the heart of Paris’s historic Jewish district, the Marais. While the falafel restaurants on this street are numerous, the line at L’As du Fallafel is always longer than the others. Lunch at this falafel stand is a singular experience, from the long queues to the raucous staff. And most importantly, the falafel is always perfectly deep-fried! Just in case, if anyone in your group isn’t into falafel, the restaurant also offers shawarma dishes.
Also located on Rue des Rosiers is Chez Hanna. While not quite as renowned as L’As du Fallafel, Chez Hanna’s falafels are nearly as good. Plus, the restaurant interior is a little nicer and the service is less rushed. So, if you’re looking for more of a sit-down meal, this is the better choice. If you pay a visit to Chez Hanna, try the falafel pita sandwich, the turkey shawarma and the Israeli mint lemonade. Or, try the wine and beer to wash down your Middle-Eastern fare. If you’d rather sit down and enjoy your meal in a less chaotic environment, this is your best bet.
Another popular restaurant in the Marais, this trendy eatery is also well-known for the falafel. You can either sit inside or grab a pita sandwich from the kiosk outside. If you don’t want to get messy with tahini and hummus dripping down your hands in the street, there are tables available for an extra charge. One of the more original kosher eateries in Rue des Rosiers, Chez Marianne serves up sampler plates of falafel, hummus, baba ganoush and more. In addition, if you love sweets, Chez Marianne offers several types of Jewish cakes and pastries from Eastern Europe. A perk of this place is that it’s open every day, in comparison to its competitors who aren’t.
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