France has the third largest Jewish population worldwide and Paris has the largest Jewish metropolitan area in France. Paris is divided into districts and the most Jewish areas are the 9th, near the 3rd Le Marais, 16th which is more Jewish high class, 17th and Bellevile in the 20th and the 11th is more contemporary Jewish. The Jewish Parisian neighborhoods such as Neuilly sur Seine and Saint Mandé, the 16th and 17th Arrondissements, retain their allure and are actually experiencing growth.
There is a relatively diverse Jewish community of Sephardic and Ashkenazi. The population is about 90% Sefardi from North Africa: Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. This variety is reflected in the different food options. France is passionate about food and many Jewish dishes are adaptations of the classic French dishes.
The french love a good Baguette, which they buy daily and eat for breakfast lunch and or dinner. Baguettes are bought at Boulangeries and the Kosher ones are spread out through Paris but usually located in the center, North East or North West. The baguette is usually accompanied with Brie cheese which is soft and rarely uses rennet. Rennet is part of the cheese preparation process and affects weather part of an animal. Rennet in french is “présure d’animal“.
When you go to a grocery store or search for Kosher on google maps, you will notice that in France they call Kosher “Casher”. The Kosher or Casher options are quite spread out through Paris as with the people who are very diverse in observance and background. You will have to zoom into the map to notice that Kosher stores are all over, through Paris and some in the outside suburbs, like the west and east. You will find the most kosher options at larger grocery stores like Monorpix and Carrefour Market.