The Jewish district in the Marais (around Rue des Rosiers) is usually considered the best place to eat a falafel. But it’s also very touristic and quite pretentious. Thus, I prefer having a falafel at Maoz, on the Left Bank.
While in Rue des Rosiers, sandwiches are usually made like in an assembly line formation and standardized, at Maoz, you have the choice and time: indeed, the waiter only gives you a pita filled with 5 falafels (fried aubergines or hummus can be added, paying € 0.60 extra), then you’re free to fill it up at the salad bar (picture), with carrots, beetroots, olives etc. and different sauces. And if you eat your sandwich at the restaurant, you can refill it with vegetables as many times as you want and take your time to eat it.
There’s a great science involved in pita-filling!!! If you want your sandwich to be homogeneous and not too dry, move one or two falafels to the side before adding the vegetables and sauces.
And if you can resist one minute before biting into your sandwich, I advise to enjoy it in Square Viviani, which not only offers benches and a lawn with a great view on Notre-Dame, but also has a free water fountain (spring/summer), which can be a great help if you added too much sauce from the second row of the salad bar (spicy ones).
There’s another Maoz at 36 rue Saint-André-des-Arts (5 minutes towards Odéon), which also sells € 3 Moroccan soup in winter.
Maoz | Snacks | Falafel sandwich € 4.90
8 rue Xavier Privas | +33143263600
11:30 – 00:00 daily