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Japanese restaurants in Paris

Paris covers all Japanese bases, from sushi joints to full-blown izakayas

Whether it's sushi, bento boxes or ramen noodles, Paris has an abundance of quality Japanese restaurants to choose from. From slick and stylish restaurants to traditional Osaka-style eateries, you can find great Japanese food across the capital. Check out some of our favourites below...

Fine dining

Asia Tee Kenji

Critics' choice

Asia Tee is just one small room and a few tables, with Japanese chef Kenji running a one-man show in the open kitchen and his welcoming family helping out front of house. Plus a small dog in his basket, who’s part of the décor. Kenji cooks a homely Japanese menu that changes with the seaons, but with refined touches... 

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Jussieu

Kiku

Critics' choice

In a small, clean room with only a few paper birds for decoration, Kiku is as clever, precise and refined as origami, rejecting both celebrity-baiting hipness and sushi-by-numbers cooking. Instead, there’s an understated vibe and a €35 set menu, which on our visit kicked off with two tiny amuse-bouches: one minced beef salad and one smoked aubergine... 

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9th arrondissement

Momoka

Critics' choice

Perennially popular thanks to its solid ingredients, family know-how and creative flair, at Momoka you perch on vertiginous stools with a view over the tiny open kitchen where chef Masayo, a slightly anxious Japanese lady with a timid smile, creates consistently well-balanced dishes. A choice of set menus (which vary with the seasons)... 

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Pigalle
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Gyozas and udon noodles in the Rue Saint-Anne

Hokkaido

Critics' choice

A tiny canteen on the Rue Chabanais in the 1st – also known as the ‘quartier Japonais’ – Hokkaido is very basic , but always promisingly full of regulars. Generous, well-priced dishes are offered to take away or sur place – a bowl of ramen noodles for around €8, pork gyoza with white cabbage and ginger around €5 for six.

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Opera

Udon Jubey

Critics' choice

Famished Nipponophiles have been flocking to the Saint-Anne quarter for some time now, drawn in by its range of Japanese restaurants: Higuma for gyozas, Hokkaido for ramen, Chez Miki for bento boxes... But while noodles, that slurpable staple of East Asian cuisine, have never been the area's forte, a new udon joint... 

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Opéra

Zen

There's no shortage of Japanese restaurants in this neighbourhood, but the recently opened Zen is refreshing in a couple of ways. First, there is no pale wood in sight; the colour scheme here is sharp white, green and yellow for a cheerful effect. Second, the menu has a lot to choose from - bowls of ramen, sushi... 

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Opéra
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Takeaway bento boxes and o-musubis

Chez Miki

Critics' choice

There are plenty of Japanese restaurants to choose from along nearby rue Ste-Anne, but none is as original - nor as friendly - as this tiny bistro run entirely by women, next to the square Louvois. The speciality here is bento boxes, which you compose yourself from a scribbled blackboard list (in Japanese and French)... 

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Opéra

Mussubï

A warm welcome awaits you in this soberly decorated Japanese canteen, staffed by three enthusiastic ladies who preside over a raft of bento boxes filled with delicious salads, well-cooked meats and omosubis – little balls of rice flavoured according to the recipe of the day (seaweed, spinach, corn and peppers, courgettes and miso, etc.)... 

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Gare du Nord/Gare de l'Est

Simplement Kiku

Kiku, the understated but fabulous restaurant that for many years has attracted knowledgeable lovers of Japanese cuisine, now has a little brother. A little further down on the same street, Simplement Kiku is a more traiteur-style outlet, offering a selection of bentos (eel or grilled chicken, rice and an assortment of vegetables) gyoza, lotus chips, pumpkin, sesame... 

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9th arrondissement
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Snacking in an izakaya

Ito

Critics' choice

As small and carefully designed as an origami crane, this Japanese eatery brings you all the charms of an authentic Nipponese izakaya (bar-cum-restaurant), minus the small crowd of drunken Japanese salarymen at the counter. The warm setting, redolent of cosy neighbourhood bars in Tokyo, puts you in the mood... 

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Pigalle

Tsubame

Critics' choice

Outside this charming Japanese eatery, an imposing blackboard proudly proclaims its appetising dishes (and no less irresistible prices) to passers-by. If the lunchtime bento boxes (€8-12) don’t stop you in your tracks, then the list of petite dinner dishes (€3-10) should do the job. The owners bring to this establishment all the thoughtfulness and delicacy... 

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Pigalle

Toritcho

Toritcho is a real izakaya, one of those bars of the people where customers nibble on tapas-style small plates while having a drink, and one of the oldest and most authentic Japanese restaurants in Paris. Old beer posters, lucky figurines, mock swords and rackets from the traditional game hagoita decorate the walls... 

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Montparnasse and south Paris
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The joys of takoyaki

Happa Tei

Critics' choice

The red façade and long waiting line that front Happa Tei are a familiar sight to habitués of the Rue Saint-Anne. Amid the trendy Japanese restaurants and bars that line the street, this chaotic little establishment is a bastion of unfussy Osaka-style cuisine, namely okonomiyaki (omelette-cum-pancakes) and takoyaki (fried octopus balls)... 

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Opéra

Fun Délices

Critics' choice

Enter this cosy Chinese-Japanese joint on the Rue des Rosiers, take a seat at the surprisingly long bar, and cop an eyeful of the weird and wonderful machines that line the kitchen walls. These multi-coloured, oddly shaped cooking engines give some idea of the sort of exotic fast food that awaits you... 

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The Marais

Sandwiches Japan-style

Peco Peco

Critics' choice

Japanese cuisine seems to be becoming better and better presented in Pigalle; Momoka, Ito and Tsubame all opened in 2013 within a few streets of each other, and now here's Peco Peco. We came at lunchtime to try a donburi (€8.50), balls of rice filled with meat and vegetables – salmon, shiitake mushrooms, egg and peas, for example... Read more

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Pigalle

Chirashi and the end of the universe

Dernier bar avant la fin du monde

Critics' choice

The cult of the geek in Paris received a well-oiled boost with the opening of the ‘Dernier bar avant la fin du monde’ (presumably a reference to Douglas Adams’ ‘Restaurant at the End of the Universe’ from ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’). Medieval and steampunk dominate the décor... 

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Châtelet

Nipponese cakes and pastries

Sadaharu Aoki

A green-tea croissant or a sesame éclair, anyone? Japanese cake guru, Sadaharu Aoki, mixes flavours from the East with traditional French pastry ingredients to come up with some of the most surprising (and delicious) cakes in Paris. For those less adventurous, his traditional mille-feuille (vanilla slice) and fraisier (strawberry cake)... Read more

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Notre Dame des Champs

The art of sushi

Blueberry

A creative, unconventional sushi restaurant, with bright pop colours on the walls and on your plate. The mood is set by the house cocktails – like the ‘Dawn over Tokyo’ – that mix well known flavours like Martini or Saké with less familiar tastes like that of purple-leaved shisho. The results are fresh, light and fruity. Makis (rolled sushi) are Blueberry’s great speciality. They're served in sixes, each more weirdly named than the last (Les Trublions, Rackam le Rouge, Iroquois, Transsibérien, etc.)... 

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