Ever since I arrived in Bordeaux a couple of days ago, I’ve been mostly concerned with 2 things: falafels and ice cream. In that chronological order, because I’m not an animal. And it turns out that both are way easier to find in that city than in Paris. For a town that about 1/10 of the size of ours, that’s kind of a feat. A couple of (mostly non-)scientific analyses on why that is by yours truly:
When it comes to falafels, your best bets in Paris are to either find Lebanese outfits, which exist but are pretty scarce (Lebanon is a small country) or a couple of places in the Jewish neighborhood (also a small community, in case you didn’t know). The other hundreds of kebab/doner/taco shops scattered all across the city will not serve falafels (I asked), arguably the easiest vegetarian street food dish to prepare on earth. My best guess as to why is that they are too closely associated with the Jewish community in the minds of mostly Muslim kebab shop owners, and relationships between Jews and Muslims haven’t been amazing lately, as you might have heard.
As for ice creams, although there are great artisanal parlours in the historical center of Paris, they haven’t quite reached our neighborhood just yet. Perhaps that’s because they hate Italians over in our neck of the woods. You never know with those things.
Whatever the reason, I’ve been living my best life in Bordeaux thanks to these 2 items:
Kebab shops over here are an interesting fusion of Mexican-themed tacos, Turkish-themed doners and Indian-themed naan shops… which also offer falafels, because what the hell. As this point, I wouldn’t be entirely shocked if I stumbled upon one that had sushi with curry and harissa on the menu.
As for ice cream, you will find an Italian-grade option in a 5-minute radius (on foot) as long as you’re strolling around the center. I didn’t go outside of the historical part of the city, because I’m lazy (and they don’t have Starbucks).
In conclusion, if you’re ever in need of easy to find falafel shops, come to Bordeaux. They have wine too, I was told.