Right in the middle of the Marais is a little medieval street, rue des Rosiers. One of the greatest draws of the "street of rosebushes" are the falafel vendors who serve up one of Paris's best street foods, L'As du Fallafel is our recommendation and worth the wait. Another favorite of the street, for after the falafel, is Le Loire dans la Théière tea room with the tallest lemon meringue pie in Paris.
The historic rue des Rosiers is the main thoroughfare of the Marais' Jewish quarter, also known as the Pletzl which means "square" in Yiddish. Over the past 40 years, the neighborhood has undergone a gentrification that has sped up dramatically. Fewer and fewer Jewish bakeries, delicatessens, Judaica shops, and kosher butchers line this street. These changes have a similar vibe to those on Rue des Archives, where chic large brands are ousting old, community businesses.
In the last 6 months we have witnessed the opening of the 5 new stores, which is quite a lot for such a small street. Let's take a look.
The French cookware brand has been available in Paris at their other store in Saint Germain des Près and at the large, high-end department stores Le Bon Marché, Galeries Lafayettes, and Printemps. The brand has now official crossed the river and opened its second Paris store on rue des Rosiers on December 13, 2014.
26, rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris
This Artisan Chocolatier is also kosher, so at least something Jewish is moving into the street. Damyel make all of their chocolates without animal fat or milk protein. They also offer a variety of macaroons and other confectionery. Opened in October 2014, it has several locations around the city.
46, rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris
Another luxury chocolate shop opened at the other end of rue des Rosier on September 30, 2014. For over 60 years, Michel Cluizel has been making and selling a wide range of chocolates including boxes of ganaches and pralines, bars of dark, milk and white chocolate and other novelty chocolate fantasies. We're not complaining about this addition!
2, rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris
If you’re looking for notebooks, planners, diaries, sketchbooks or even a new travel bag. Rue des Rosiers has had you covered since December 4, 2014 with the opening of the Moleskine store.
11, rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris
Paris is well known as a fashion capital and the Marais is very much a boutique district with some interesting shops. Opened on January 25, 2015, this French brand is making something fashionable about a rather ordinary item: sweat pants. With a wide range of colors, fits and styles, this shop is worth a peek.
42, rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris
With all these changes one thing has stayed the same. All the shops are open on Sunday, a special feature of the Marais.