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Where to eat the best falafel in Paris: our picks

Interestingly, Paris is home to some of the best falafel in the world – that prized, cheap, natural vegan, and strangely delicious Middle Eastern sandwich made up of fried chickpeas or bean balls, vegetables of some sort, sesame tahini, and / or hummus. , and other ingredients, depending on the regional version. Paris is famous for its Israeli-style falafels, with several competitors found along the Rue des Rosiers in the old Jewish quarter of the Marais district.

Of course, the delicious Lebanese and Syrian varieties abound in the city too, and I’m such a fan of some of these. As a flexitarian who eats very little meat, a weekend falafel in Paris has become a predictable ritual for me, and even meat-eating friends and family have become enthusiastic about these favorite Paris falafel joints. Enjoy, but try to avoid dripping tahini all over your shirt, now that’s very gauche . However, eating your falafel on the street or in a nearby public garden is totally acceptable by Parisian standards, so don’t worry.

L’As du Fallafel

Direction
32-34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris, France

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+33 1 48 87 63 60

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I’ve tried most of the well-known falafel places in town, but for whatever reason, L’as du Fallafel, which means ‘ace’, always comes out as the gold standard. The name of boasting therefore seems justified. Perfectly fresh ingredients come together in the correct proportions to produce a falafel sandwich that combines crunchiness, creaminess, and a perfect combination of flavors and textures. It is consistently identified as one of the best foods Paris has to offer and yet it will cost you around $ 6 if you take it out to eat. The lines can be long and the style of the staff a bit brusque at times, but it’s worth having that sandwich in hand and digging it up with your fork. Read my full review to find out why and how to get there.

At H’Anna

Direction
54 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris, France

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+33 1 42 74 74 99

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Just a few corners of “L’as” is my second favorite place for a takeaway falafel. Chez H’Anna’s version is similar to the one mentioned above, but, to the delight of some, it includes more crunchy greens like shredded carrots and cabbage, and is slightly less greasy. I also prefer to eat here if I want to enjoy a full meal, as L’as’s dining room is loud and the atmosphere is too fast-paced for my liking. Note that the falafel plate at Chez H’Anna is gigantic and can easily be shared by two people, if you are not hungry.

Address: 54 Rue des Rosiers, 4th district
Tube: St. Paul
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 12:00 pm to 12:00 am Closed on Mondays.

At Marianne

Direction
2 Rue des Hospitalières Saint-Gervais, 75004 París, Francia

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+33 1 42 72 18 86

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Among the top two restaurants on this list is Chez Marianne, also a very good option. Personally, I’m less of a fan of their take-out falafel sandwich, as I’ve found the ingredients to be a bit less fresh, and clearly not always made to order. However, the restaurant experience there is of a much higher order. The indoor dining room is nice and quiet, and the falafel dishes are delicious and beautifully presented. Chez Marianne will also please those of you who have a sweet tooth – they have a great variety of traditional cakes, strudels and sweets, mainly Eastern European Jews. Another plus is that it’s open every day of the week, unlike many neighboring falafel restaurants on Rue des Rosiers.

Address: 2 rue des Hospitaliéres St. Gervais, 4th district
Tube: St. Paul

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 12:00 pm-12:00am

Comptoir Mediterranee

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42 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris, France

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+33 1 43 25 29 08

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Heading over the Seine River to the Latin Quarter, already a very different take on falafel, one of my favorite spots for the Lebanese-style version of the sandwich is the Comptoir Mediterranee, owned by an eccentric, warm, polyglot frank. Lebanese named Richard Sahlani, who has run the place for years. He also owns the gastronomic Lebanese restaurant Savannah, near 27 rue descartes and also in the 5th arrondissement. However, if you are looking for a light lunch or a snack, head to the traiteur at the Comptoir Mediterranee. Lebanese falafel is generally lighter than the Israeli equivalent, wrapped in a traditional thin bread called “lavash,” and complemented with parsley, tomato, cumin and onion or tabouleh salad.

Address: 42 Rue Cardinal Lemoine, 5th district
Metro: Cardinal Lemoine or Jussieu
Hours of operation: Monday to Saturday, from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm Closed on Sundays.

Travel tip: There are also several good Lebanese restaurants that I also recommend for falafel on Rue Rambuteau, heading towards the Georges Pompidou Center from Les Halles shopping center. (Metro: Rambuteau or Les Halles)

Maoz Fallafel

Direction
36 Rue Saint-André des Arts, 75006 Paris, France

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+33 1 43 26 36 00

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If you’re touring the city center, near Notre Dame or St-Michel Cathedral, and want a healthy vegetarian snack, consider heading to Maoz. This global chain gets a lower rating for taste and overall good taste, but it is a healthy and satisfying meal. At Maoz, you make your own falafel, so you can fill that pita with as many goodies as you want, without leaving out something you don’t care about.

Address: 36 rue Saint-Andre-des-Arts, 6th arrondissement
Metro: Odeon or St-Michel
Opening hours: Sunday to Wednesday, from 11:00 to 23:00; Thursday to Saturday from 11:00 am to 2:00 am

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