The battle is rough on rue des rosiers! On one side, L’As du Fallafel, on the other side, Chez Marianne and one question: where can one eat the best falafel in Paris? Jules decided to find out!
Geographic location: Chez Marianne definitely has the best location: on the corner of rue des Rosiers and rue des Hospitalières Saint Gervais, we can enjoy the large terrace when the weather’s nice. L’As du Fallalel is higher on rue des Rosiers and only has an all green small room to eat on the spot.
As for the food: ”Always imitated, never equaled” says the facade of L’As du Fallafel! Since 1979, the restaurant has been serving real falafel: white and red cabbage, cucumber, tomato, eggplant caviar, yogurt or hummus sauce, tahina (sesame cream), chickpeas and home-made harissa if you like it spicy. This snack answers to the Paris Beth Din, so it is 100% kosher and even Lenny Kravitz recommends it! Chez Marianne, if you can eat falafels, you might prefer ordering small or large plates of cold or hot hors d’oeuvres you can select yourself among a large choice of zakouskis: hummus, feta, kefta, eggplant caviar, pastrmi, tzatziki…
Jules’ verdict: The best take-away falafel is at L’As du Fallafel. You can eat it more or less gracefully while wandering around the narrow streets of the Marais. That being said, if you prefer to sit for lunch or dinner, go to Chez Marianne on the large terrace!
L’As du Falafel, open from Sunday to Thursday from 11.30 am to midnight and on Friday from 11 am to sunset. Closed on Saturdays.
34, rue des Rosiers
T. : +33. (0)188.8.131.52.60.
Chez Marianne, open everyday from noon to midnight.
2, rue des Hospitalières Saint Gervais
T. : +33. (0)184.108.40.206.86.