India in Paris: Trip to Little India

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India, its colors, its smiles, its perfumes, its spices … Want to immerse yourself in Indian culture for a day? Follow us for a colorful stroll in the heart of Paris! Head for the Indian district, also called Little India or Little Jaffna. Located rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis, between La Chapelle metro station and the Gare du Nord train station, this district experienced a great wave of Sri Lankan immigration, mainly composed of Sinhalese, Buddhists, and Tamils, Hindus, who fled Sri Lanka at the time of the civil war in the 80s.

A stroll through Little India is the promise of an experience for the senses that will transport you thousands of miles from the capital. At every step, your sense of smell will be stimulated by the scents of spices and incense. Your sight will be dazzled by the brightly colored and shimmering Indian outfits, your appetite will be whetted by dishes with a thousand and one flavors, and your hearing will be lulled by the joyful cacophony of this lively neighborhood.
We went to find for you the best Indian and Sri Lankan restaurants where you will be able to travel without even leaving Paris.

Passage brady à Paris

The Brady Passage

This is the temple of India in Paris, between the Château-d’Eau and Strasbourg-Saint-Denis metro stations, in the heart of a cosmopolitan and popular district. There is a multitude of restaurants and all kinds of shops, including hairdressers and beauty salons; but if there is one shop not to be missed, it is the Velan grocery store. The oldest Indian grocery store in the Brady Passage, dating from 1972, is a real Ali Baba’s cave. It will delight lovers of Indian culture, who will find everything there: kitsch souvenirs, Indian handicrafts, jewelry, fabrics … and of course all kind of spices!

43, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Martin, Paris 10e

Quartier indien à paris

Saree Palace

Saree Palace is the king of the sari, offering saris for all occasions and for all tastes, in a multitude of colors: pink, red, yellow, gold, silver … We advise you to go straight to the accessory corner of the shop where you will find bracelets or the famous bindi, the jewel that adorns the forehead of Indian women. It will also be the occasion to find Bollywood-style outfits at unbeatable prices.

182, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis, Paris 10e

Diwali boutique indienne

Diwali Shops

A front painted with a tangy blue, sweet prices, cashmere to lose your head, shimmering colors, and ethnic jewelry. In the Diwali boutique on the island of Saint-Louis, you will find yourself in the midst of a myriad of scarves and outfits with rich and varied patterns inspired by India.
It’s the perfect place to get into Indian fashion!

Open from 10:30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.

52, rue Saint-Louis-en-l’Île, Paris 4e
01 46 34 83 95

Baranaan restaurant bar indien

And the gastronomy?

The Baranaan, Street Food & Cocktail Bar

It’s like being in the club car of an old train, while standing next to the Saint-Denis gate. Seen from the outside, the Baranaan looks like an Indian tearoom, but as soon as you go through the door, you discover an amazing cocktail bar. Lulled by Bollywood music in the background, sitting on leather benches, we sip original homemade creations such as the tajma, a mix of 4 rums with pineapple juice, accompanied by fresh coconut. But that’s not all! The Baranaan also offers contemporary French-Indian street food made from fresh produce, such as naans with melted cheese, lamb tikka masala skewers, taco naans with sweet potato curry, or braised beef with red wine.

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 6:30 p.m. to 2.00 a.m.

7, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Martin, Paris 10e
01 40 38 97 57

KRISHNA BHAVAN RESTAURANT

KRISHNA BHAVAN

This restaurant will delight all Indian food lovers. Krishna Bhavan has become a must, both for its North Indian vegetarian cuisine and for its kitsch and colorful decoration.
On the menu, crispy breaded sticks with a mix of vegetables and soya, paratha cheese, one of India’s most popular breads, or the famous lentil dahl served on a bed of fragrant rice. And to temper the spicy dishes, there is nothing better than a mango or rose Lassi, something to stretch the taste buds!

Open every day from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

24, rue Cail, Paris 10e
01 42 05 78 43

dishny restaurant

DISHNY

Dishny is one of the best representatives of South Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine. Open 7 days a week, this restaurant is the ideal place for those who want to discover real Tamil cuisine! Just a stone’s throw from the metro station La Chapelle, like its neighbor Krishna Bhavan, at Dishny you will have the opportunity to taste copious spicy cuisines, prepared as if they were home-cooked.
On the menu? Crab, several varieties of biryani, fish in sauce, grilled chicken with lemon rice, and of course the curry party! Don’t forget to pick from the menu the aubergine bhaji and the different kourouma, especially beef or vegetable kourouma, which is spicy and melts in the mouth.

Open every day, from 12 noon to 11:30 p.m.

25, rue Cail, Paris 10e
01 40 05 18 36