Yesterday I had an opportunity to follow a photographer on a photo assignment about the Jewish quarter in Belleville. I haven’t explored this area much and don’t know a whole lot about it, except that this is where Edith Piaf grew up and that Belleville has also been, since the early 20th century, a predominantly Ashkenazi Jewish neighborhood. In the last twenty or thirty years, an influx of immigrants from China and North Africa started to settle in so Chinese markets are often flanked by Halal and Kosher butcher shops along Boulevard de Belleville.
This is where I’m going to do all my food shopping from now on. Homemade tofu? Fresh challah? All on one street. Falafel? You’re in luck.