Monday, March 1, 2010

Le Marais~ Missing Paris Day

Le Marais in the 4th arrondissement is
THE place to be on Sundays in Paris.

While so many stores and shops are still closed on Sunday,
the Marais, particularly Rue des Rosiers,
fills with crowds of people
looking for a place to eat.

Unfortunately these shots do not even begin
to depict the hordes of people that line the streets,
sometimes shoulder to shoulder.

Filled with Jewish deli's, bookshops, boulangeries and charcuteries,
this area is known as the Jewish Quarter, or Pletzl which means
'Little Place' in Yiddish. The Pletzl has been a Jewish community
here since the Middle Ages.

On every visit here, 'The Chef' must find the best Latke...

...or fried potato pancakes.
Then we pop into Marciano's for
a look at their sweets.

On our last visit, The Chef picked out these plain, doughnut-looking
Old-Fashioned lookalikes.
Since Old Fashioned is my favorite,
I was afraid these would pale in comparison
but let me put that little rumor
to rest!!

These are as rich
and honey-soaked as Baklava.
I wished we'd bought about a dozen!

The Goldenberg Deli, which has stood here since the 1920's,
was opened by Jo Goldenberg and his brother Albert,
both of whom lost their parents and sisters
at Auschwitz.

The famous deli, also the site of a terrorist attack in the 80's,
closed a few years ago. While it keeps the old sign,
it is, alas, now a clothing store.

Rich with history
there is so much to see and do here.
The food is only the beginning!

(Photographs copyright and property of: Kirsten Steen)


  1. Kirsten dearest! I have been waiting for your next post!!! This was marvelous! I loved this part of Paris, and my husband had his first REAL Gyro sandwich here with some cheesecake that sent him flying high! I also ate a whole loaf of some special bread there, in one sitting! This is a great post my dear; I also am taking my visitors on a trip to PARIS as well.

    Have a lovely Tuesday, Anita

  2. Thanks Anita~ For coming by and commenting! I'm on my way to your site to see your view of Paris!

  3. Oh between the two of us francophiles, we could take everyone on some killer diller tours of the most BEAUTIFUL CITY! Le Marais is one of my favorites!! Thanks Kirsten for coming by....let's go to Le NOTRE! Oh I am hungry for some marrons glacees!

    Bisous, Anita

  4. what a great pictorial - gastronomic tour of Paris. Love the "Falafel with attitude" place ;-)

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  6. Nothing like great Kosher deli food! I love latkes and your photos are making my mouth water, Kirsten. xx

  7. I'm making a note of those donuts! My very first meal in Paris was in the Marais. Alas, Kirsten, I won't be going to Europe this spring. I wish, wish, wish....but it will have to wait. In the meantime, I'll visit here when you are missing Paris.


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  9. Anita~ I'm ready anytime. I understand I have to try caramel macarons!

    Michael~ Thanks for being here. Have not tried their falafels here but have had them at Chez Marianne right around the corner! A must!

    Thanks Anne~Love these deli's!

    Catherine~ Hope you get there soon. But we can visit Venice together in our posts!

  10. Wow, such lovely photos. It's been 15 years since I've been to Paris but I remember thinking that the sweets there were very light and refreshing, not heavy like most of the desserts here in the U.S.


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