Le Marais is one my favorite neighborhoods so far. It’s a quirky little district with little vintage shops and falafel stands. It’s known as a Jewish and LGBTQ neighborhood, and one of the few places open on Sundays in Paris. Grace and I went to try the “best falafels in Paris” according to many. One of the stands, L’As du Fallafel, is apparently endorsed by Lenny Kravitz as his favorite. Alas, when we went to try, we realized it was closed due to Shabbat. Next time we’ll know not to go on a Saturday… Luckily, Mi-Va-Mi across the street seemed pretty packed so we figured the falafels there had to be just as good if they were to hold their own against L’As du Fallafel. And boy was it good. The sandwiches were stuffed to the brim with vegetables and tahini sauce. An interesting fact is that food is cheaper to-go than eating inside the restaurant. The luxury of seats seems to come with an extra charge. I also saw some people eat their sandwiches with a spoon/fork, which would’ve been a smart idea.
Afterwards, we stopped by L’ Eclair de Génie, a pastry store that specializes in these pastries called l’eclair — lightening — that are kind of like macarons but longer. We split a praline/nutty one that was segmented already into four parts. The cream inside was a little chilled, which made it taste like a sweet ice cream pastry. Yum!