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Japanese restaurants in Paris

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

© Time Out / Laurie Grosset

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

Abri

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A French kitchen boosted by Japanese touches and orchestrated by a talented Japanese chef.

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Château d'Eau

Kiku

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The cooking at this tiny Japanese kitchen is like origami: skilled, precise and refined. 

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9th arrondissement
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Momoka

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Between friendly savoir-faire and creativity, the team at Momoka really know how to get your tastebuds going.

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Pigalle

Toyo

High-quality Japanese and French produce come together perfectly in this 6th arrondissement kitchen.

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Notre Dame des Champs

Shu

After a few delicious, sophisticated starters, get to grips with the kushiage: deep-fried meat on skewers! 

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Odéon
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Soma

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Located just below the Marais, Soma passes with flying colours in its ability to mix traditional bistro vibes with haute-gamme Japanese fare.

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The Marais

Wakaba

A high-quality Japanese restaurant, for fans of Asian flavours and discerning foodies. 

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École Militaire

Guilo Guilo

This unique menu offers a dozen small plates, all delicious, made by the chef in front of your very eyes.

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Montmartre
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Ramen, udon and gyozas

Kodawari Ramen

Choose from five starters and six ramen dishes, such as kurogoma ninniku soba, with black sesame soy sauce and pork chashu (braised pork), or the jidori shio soba with chicken chashu. 

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6th arrondissement

Hokkaido

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This pocket-sized Japanese canteen serves the dream combo: excellent gyoza and ramen.

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Opera

Ippudo

This cult Japanese ramen throws open its doors in Paris after its resounding success in London.

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6th arrondissement
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Sara

Specialising in soba – fine noodles made from buckwheat flour – Sara is super minimal; think rough grey walls, an open kitchen and a bar for watching the chefs beaver away. 

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1st arrondissement

Kotteri Naritake Ramen

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Once you've braved the queue, the immense, steaming, super generous portions of ramen noodle soup are served quickly. 

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1st arrondissement

Kunitoraya

Come for udon noodes especially – which may be on the expensive side but are extremely well-prepared. 

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1st arrondissement
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Hakata Choten

The small red-and-black dining room of this Japanese restaurant is warm, inviting, and filled with the sumptuous smells of tonkotsu ramen. It's a true Parisian ramen temple.

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Udon Jubey

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Looking for a decent spot for udon noodles? You've come to the right place.

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Opéra

Zen

There's no shortage of Japanese restaurants in this neighbourhood, but Zen is the standout. 

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Opéra
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Higuma

An must-eat Japanese joint on rue Saint-Anne. Expect gyoza, ramen and donburi...

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1st arrondissement

Japanese canteens

Chez Miki

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The speciality here is bento boxes, which you compose yourself from a scribbled blackboard list (in Japanese and French). A perfect lunchtime spot.

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Opéra

Koko

Expect otsunamis, rolls, sushi, sashimi, bo-buns and a range of different combinations.

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Bassin de la Villette

Happa Tei

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This chaotic little establishment is a bastion of unfussy Osaka-style cuisine, namely okonomiyaki (omelette-cum-pancakes) and takoyaki (fried octopus balls). The dishes are as succulent as they are scalding, and make for a refreshing break from rarefied plates of sashimi.

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Opéra
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Shabu Sha

Opened on Rue des Gravilliers in January 2014 just a few doors down from Bob’s Kitchen and Andy Wahloo, Shabu Sha is the clever marriage of two gastronomic concepts: Japanese fondue (fresh raw foods cooked at table in a seasoned stock) and conveyor belt sushi. 

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Arts et Métiers

Mussubï

This soberly decorated Japanese canteen, does 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).

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Gare du Nord/Gare de l'Est

Peco Peco

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Try the donburi or the Katsu sandwich – a delicious snack with breaded pork, red cabbage and home made BBQ sauce piled into a fresh, crunchy baguette.

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Pigalle
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Simplement Kiku

The little brother of the Japanese restaurant Kiku offers a selection of bentos (eel or grilled chicken, rice and an assortment of vegetables) gyoza and lotus chips to eat in or takeaway.

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9th arrondissement

Nanashi

This beautiful, colourful restaurant has several Paris addresses and offers bento - it even does a bento brunch.

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10th arrondissement

Izakayas

Ito

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This Japanese eatery brings you all the charms of an authentic Nipponese izakaya (bar-cum-restaurant), and is the perfect spot for boozing on excellent whiskey.

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Pigalle

Tsubame

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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, when the restaurant turns into an authentic izakaya.

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Pigalle

Toritcho

Toritcho is a real izakaya, and one of the oldest and most authentic Japanese restaurants in Paris. 

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Montparnasse and south Paris
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Lengué

Squirrelled away in a tiny street in the Latin quarter, Lengué is a real slice of Tokyo. 

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The Sorbonne

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