Bistrot Beyrouth: The best Lebanese pastries in Paris.

Bistrot Beyrouth: The best Lebanese pastries in Paris.

If you are looking for Lebanese pastries in Paris, Bistrot Beyrouth is where you want to get them from. Baked to the perfect golden crisp and with the right touch of honey so the sweetness won’t make you hit your sugar wall instantly, the Baklava (layers of fillo pastry and cashew nuts brushed with butter), Bookaj (pyramid-shaped pastry with cashew nut filling in layers of fillo pastry and topped with pistachios) or Lady fingers (crunchy ground cashew nuts tightly rolled into fillo pastry), to name a few, will make you go back and order more. Count 5€ for an assortment of 6 pastries. Also, Bistrot Beyrouth serves an amazing rose-flavored infusion served with fresh mint leaves and aniseeds—it is their version of the traditional Lebanese café blanc (white coffee) and is a perfect hot beverage to accompany the pastries. The food is good (they serve a Lebanese-style burger with homemade French fries that I have to try) and the service is great. The service is non-stop from noon until midnight and the food can be ordered to go.

Bistrot Beyrouth
103 Rue de Charonne
75011 Paris
Metro: Charonne

M-Sat: 12pm-2am (Food is served all day until 12am)
Closed on Sunday

L’As du Fallafel: the most popular falafel in Paris.

L’As du Fallafel: the most popular falafel in Paris.

Imagine a pita so big you almost need to hold it with two hands. L’As du fallafel in Paris has the best falafel in town: scrumptious crispy garlicky chickpea falafel, creamy sesame hummus, pickled crunchy cabbage, small pieces of salty cucumber, fried eggplant and mildly hot harissa (spicy sauce). This is a very filling dish and yet it’s so good you might feel like having another bite or two once you are done with it. It is served with a plastic fork and is usually eaten right there on the street. At L’As du Fallafel the line can be ridiculously long on sunny weekends… that said I’d definitely go on a sunny day since most of the time you end up eating your falafel outside.

L’As du Fallafel
34 Rue des Rosiers
75004 Paris
Metro: Saint-Paul

M-Sun: 11am-12am
Closed on Friday evening and Saturday for Sabbath