Every Thursday, the Boulevard Richard Lenoir turns into this massive food wonderland, commonly known as the Marché Bastille. With an incredible range of choice from veggies to seafood at a reasonable price, it attracts Parisians who come to shop for groceries. The one thing that makes me long for Thursday lunch break is the Lebanese stand of the market: Zaatar W Zeit.
Located closer to the place de la Bastille end, this stand serves a big crowd at a little price. As always, you can tell by the long line of Parisians who work in the neighbourhood queuing for their lunch that you’ve come to the right place. Nothing beats a menu deal at 5.50€ for a flat bread sandwich, a cool drink and a cheeky baklava. I should add that the sandwich is super long and will keep the fastest eaters busy for a while.
If you’re interested in getting more than just a sandwich (I can understand), 9€ platters with literally everything they make is another option. It comes with a ton of flatbread for you to dip, and dip again.
The system is simple: you queue, you order and pay, get a token, move along, wait a little, hand your token and walk away with your lunch (Place des Vosges being 5 minutes away, you could’t dream of a better spot to savour your fresh and flavourful Lebanese lunch!). Nibble on some za’atar flatbread while you wait and watch them sprinkle tons of fresh herbs, spread the hummus and drizzle that tahini on there. True foodporn I tell you!
For the whitely dressed, be careful! Go for the napkins, or the sandwich drippings will make you look like the idiot who doesn’t know how to eat (aka me.).
Zaatar W Zeit, Marché Bastille
Boulevard Richard Lenoir
Price range: 4-10€