The Jewish street of rue des Rosiers, Paris

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The rue des Rosiers is situated in the Marais. The name of the street means “street of the rosebushes“. Between rue Malher and rue Vieille du Temple, the 380 metre-long street is the main thoroughfare of the Jewish quarter. Welcome to “the Pletzl” (Yiddish for little place)! 


The Jewish community in rue des Rosiers

Rue des Rosiers, Paris

The old part of the street © French Moments

The Jewish community in Paris settled in the Marais toward the end of the 12th century. Between 1881 and 1914, some 20,000 Jews fleeing persecutions in Central Europe established themselves in the area. A second wave of immigration took place in the 20th century with repatriated Jews from North Africa.

When walking along the street, many evidences reveal the Jewish presence: signs in Hebrew, falafel sandwich restaurants, kosher food stores, Jewish bookstores, synagogues…

However, since the 1970s many traditional boutiques have given way to small shops selling the latest fashions.


A medieval street

Rue des Rosiers, Paris

A view taken from rue des Hospitalières Saint-Gervais © French Moments

Rue des Rosiers is a very old street lined with old houses. This is particularly visible in the second part of the street near the rue Vieille-du-Temple. This part of the Marais was left untouched by the urban development of Baron Haussmann. It is believed that the street was created in the 13th century along the wall of Philip-Augustus. Rosebushes would have grown on the wall, given the street is current name. The first written mention of rue des Rosiers dates back to circa 1230.

Rue des Rosiers Paris © French Moments

Part of the former medieval wall can still be seen in the garden of Jardin des Rosiers – Joseph Migneret. This public garden was opened in 2014 from the gardens of several hôtels particuliers (Coulanges, Barbes and Albret). The garden is accessible from number 10, rue des Rosiers.

Jardin des Rosiers, Paris

Jardin des Rosiers © French Moments


How to get to the rue des Rosiers

  • Location of the street (link opens a google map): http://goo.gl/maps/1xNchvK5Uw52
  • Closest métro station: Saint-Paul (line 1).
  • Have you been to rue des Rosiers in Paris and tasted the delicious falafels? Share with us your Paris discoveries by commenting below! We’d love to hear from you!

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About Author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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