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l'as du fallafel

the famed falafel of this french city

Paris isn’t really a city where people wait in line for food. So when you see perpetually long lines leading to a no-frills falafel joint in the heart of the Marais, you know it has to be something special. L’As du Fallafel has been a staple in the Jewish quarter since 1979 and established a cult-turned-mainstream following after being endorsed by Lenny Kravitz. Over the decades, it’s become a standard in Paris travel guides, an obligatory stop in Marais walking tours and a frequent location tag for celebs visiting the city. I mean, not many falafel joints can boast a High Snobiety merch line.

L’As du Fallafel has persisted all this time because they do one thing extremely well. That is, they make pita sandwiches bigger than your head, loaded with everything from the namesake falafel to schnitzel to shawarma to merguez and piled high with all the fixings. As for that line out the door? They’ve gotten a system down, with a runner handing out paper menus for you to check off your order, and pay so that you’re ready to go as soon as your order is at the window.

Tl;dr: you don’t have to spend a pretty penny to have a great meal in this pricey city.

the details

Address34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris
Hours12h-23h Sunday – Thursday, 12-16h Friday, closed on Saturdays
Price$ – street food prices and big portions, sandwiches start at €6.50
Aestheticit’s not not a halal cart aesthetic…

good to know

Go here for: probably one of your most delicious yet least expensive meals in the city

Order this: falafel sandwich (duh) with your choice of fixings

Amount of time to spend: give yourself at least 20 minutes for to-go orders, there’s usually a line, but their service is efficient

When to come: avoid peak lunch hours, otherwise the line goes pretty quickly

Getting here: it’s just a few minutes walk from Saint-Paul (line 1)

Other things to note: 

  • There’s a separate line/entrance for take out orders and dining in, it’s also slightly cheaper to takeout.
  • It’s cash only so come prepared!

Last visited: May 2019

Last updated: May 2021

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