The Marais, in my opinion, is one of the loveliest places to walk around in Paris. As with anywhere else in the city, the architecture is gorgeous but there the shops are also exactly the sorts that I like– a mix between well-known clothes and makeup brands and smaller jewellery shops.
The first time that I remember going to the Marais, it was a Sunday in summer, and the area was very lively and had a palpably happy energy about. A place that was definitely unmissable was L’As du Fallafel, which had a huge queue of people outside waiting for their takeaway falafel. With the Marais being the Jewish Quarter of Paris, this place is in front of another falafel place and in front of a Jewish Bakery, yet it was this one that had the longest queue. I ended up not eating there that time, but this last time that I went to Paris I was hungry (get it?!) with curiosity and made it a must-try.
I actually went to eat dinner there with a friend, and rather than the takeaway option we decided to sit inside, which is also very quick. I had completely forgotten to take a picture of the outside so went back at a completely random time of day when it was about to rain, which unfortunately means that I was not able to capture the queue for you all to see. Hopefully the railings and man with a walkie-talkie can give you an idea, though!
Right next to their main restaurant, they have this takeaway window. This also attracts immense lines in summer, with people grabbing shawarmas and falafels to go and eat elsewhere.
I decided to go for a shawarma, which I absolutely loved. I am not a huge fan of beetroot so I did have to pick those out but the sandwich as a whole was very yummy. The meat was so tasty and it was made better by the sauce.
Whenever I think of our trips to the Middle East, I think of mint lemonades. Whilst I’ve tried to replicate them myself at home, I’ve never quite got it right. L’As du Fallafel, however, got it perfect.
My friend chose to order their famous falafel, which she really enjoyed too and looked so delicious.
‘L’As du Fallafel’ literally means ‘The Ace of Falafel’, and I can truly say that my experience there was ace! Ha ha!
In all seriousness though, if you are in the 4th arrondissement, definitely go for a meal there and then you can walk it off by going shopping or going to the beautiful Place des Vosges in the area.