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.
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)
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Last visited: May 2019
Last updated: May 2021