Best To-Go Lunch: L’As du Falafel (24, Rue des Rosiers, 75004) - €
The Marais has been the Jewish neighborhood of Paris since even before World War II; these small apartment buildings were crammed with families. Today, it has the same reputation with the addition of boutiques, art shows, and many tourists. When strolling through the Marais on a Sunday (one of the few lively areas on otherwise quiet Paris Sundays), stop by L’As du Fallafel. Don’t let the inevitable long line deter you; these falafel are worth the hype, and the line moves very quickly. A waiter will make his way down the line to take order counts. The falafel are all made the same way, but once you get up to the counter, you can ask for extra cabbage or to hold the tomatoes. Walk through the quarter with your €5 chickpea feast and try to make room; you’re going to want to finish the whole thing.