Kosher restaurants and other food establishments are under the supervision of the Beth Din, which is an arm of the Orthodox Consistoire Centrale, the official Jewish religious body in France. This certification is more than sufficient for most observant Jews.
Some restaurants carry the heksher of other authorities such as Chabad - Lubavitch or Rav Rottenberg, and of course somme carry more than one heksher. Kosher establishments in France are required to display their certification in the window and/or near the cashier. Make sure you look for a current date and the name of the supervising authority. If you can’t see it properly, ask.
The websites of the Paris Consistoire (www.consistoire.org ) and the Consistoire for all of France (www.consistoiredefrance.fr ) contain listings of kosher products, in French (produits cacher), under the heading Cacherout. The Paris site also has a list of kosher fish (poissons autorisés).
Another Web site, kosherinfrance.com, is privately run and is available in both French and English. It contains restaurant, bakery, takeout, catering, and grocery store information for the entire country. A variety of search options and information are available. Some may be tempted to eat baguette, that long, thin, crusty bread that everyone thinks of as French bread, from a non-kosher bakery, especially a boulangerie artisinale.
Note that even though the ingredients may be kosher per se, oftentimes the bread pan is greased with lard.
Experienced kosher travelers know that when restaurant or takeout food is not available, there is still no need to go hungry. Even if you’re in a place without kosher food you’ll be fine…just head to the local outdoor market and pick up fruit, vegetables, and eggs, if you’ve got the equipment with which to boil them. Unfortunately non-kosher cheese is hardened the old fashioned way, with natural rennet, not the vegetarian version used in most cheese in the United States. General grocery stores and supermarkets present other challenges to those who keep kosher.
Where the US has dozens of kosher symbols used to mark packaged foods, this system is not really used in France. So packaged food you find in the supermarket may in fact have a heksher and you can’t tell. That’s wherethe list of authorized products from the Consistoire comes in. Here is a selection of restaurants, but it is by no means exhaustive.
Again, we suggest you consult either Kosher in France Kosher restaurants in France (www.kosherinfrance.com ) or the Consistoire (http://www.consistoire.org/ ) for the most up to date information. And remember to call ahead to make sure the place is open…unfortunately no list is perfect.
Paris is filled with kosher restaurants, takeout shops, bakeries, and pastry shops, and supermarketsin neighborhoods with large Jewish populations sell kosher packaged goods. In Paris kosher restaurants serve food from all over the world - Israeli/Middle Eastern, pizza, sushi, Chinese, Italian, and of course French.
But oddly enough classic French food prepared according to kosher laws is the least common type of kosher restaurant you will find, and Israeli/Middle Eastern and pizza are the most common.
L'as du Falafel
34, rue des Rosiers, Metro St. Paul
Open daily from noon to midnight; closed at 4PM on Friday and all day Saturday.
More than three decades old, this Marais stalwart serves wonderful falafel and other Middle Eastern cuisine to legions of satisfied locals and tourists. I like to keep things simple and order a falafel sandwich in pita bread or a combination plate of falafel and humus with pita on the side.
3, rue des Ecouffes, Metro St. Paul
Open Sunday to Thursday from 11AM to 11PM; Friday from 11AM to 4PM; Closed Saturday
The only kosher creperie in the Marais is a great place to stop for a kosher snack or lunch. Choose from among the sweet crepes or the savory or try one of their smoothies, ice creams, or sorbets.
11, rues des Rosiers, Metro St. Paul
01-48-87-17-83 Open every day except Saturday; Closes early on Friday.
A hole in the wall with good pizza.
Order one, sit, and enjoy the passing crowd.
If classic French is what you’re in the mood for, head over to the 17th arrondissement. There you’ll find some popular restaurants that offer such traditional dishes as foie gras, brandade de morue, magret de canard, confit de canard, choucroute, vol au vent, cote de veau, and tournedos poele in addition tofish and salads.
73, bis avenue Niel, 75017, Métro Pereire, Ternes,
Bus n° 92, 93 01-42-27-42-20
Open daily from Noon to 3:30 and 7-11:30
open on Saturday evening starting one hour after Shabbat.
96, rue de Levis, 75017, Métro Villiers
Open daily from Noon to 2:30 and 8 to 10:30.
Open Saturday evening during the winter.
La Brasserie du Belvedere
109, avenue de Villiers, 75017, Métro Pereire, Rer C, Bus n° 92, 93, 31, 84
Open daily from Noon to 2:30 and 8-11. Closed Friday night and Saturday.
58, boulevard Clemenceau 67000 Strasbourg -
03 88 24 38 19
60 Bd Clemenceau 67000 Strasbourg
03 88 37 10 02
Aux Mille Saveurs
17, rue Finkmatt 67000 Strasbourg
03 88 32 44 62
13, rue du Dr Gérard Monod
04 93 99 46 02
Berbeche - Le bakiki
12 avenue de l'Amiral Courbet
04 93 67 16 77
10 rue Chauvain
04 93 62 88 24
Bus n°4, 17, 59, 710 Tramway Ligne 1
22 Rue Rossini
04 93 82 55 76 / 06 62 08 29 79
22, rue Negresko
0950 500 296
23, rue Saint-Saëns
04 91 33 07 43
Métro Vieux Port
4 Rue Tony Tollet
04 78 42 49 82