The Best Ramen Bars in Paris
My love affair with good ramen all started when I first moved to Paris. I wasn’t used to such cold winters at the time, so I gravitated toward any foods that would heat me up from the inside out.
Ramen is a Japanese noodle dish comprised of a soupy broth, meat of choice, noodles, half an egg, and an array of fresh vegetables & spices. Most ramen make use of a mix of cooked and raw veggies; sprouts, herbs, lime and spring onion are often used as garnish.
Here’s where you need to try this soul-warming dish while in the French capital.
Ippudo République in Paris
This gem of a ramen bar is right on the Canal Saint Martin. It’s wonderfully authentic, and there is rarely an empty seat in the house.
Most evenings you’ll need to wait a few minutes before a table becomes available. To make patrons comfortable, Ippudo République have installed outdoor heating so you don’t have to feel the cold as you queue.
They take their ramen very seriously here. While ordering, you’ll be asked to stipulate exactly how you prefer your noodles cooked. As in what density you prefer. This doesn’t happen often in Paris.
Because everything on Ippudo République’s menu is homemade, their dishes don’t run cheap. You pay for the quality and for the authenticity. Service is unpredictable; some nights fabulous and other nights mediocre.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 12:30pm to 3:30pm // 6pm to 10:30pm
ADDRESS: 6 Place Jacques Bonsergent, 75010 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Jacques Bonsergent
Kodawari Ramen in Paris
This establishment takes you straight to the streets of Japan; as though you are eating street food in the country itself. They have a range of ramen dishes as well as other classic Japanese noodle bowls.
There is constantly a line outside of Kodawari Ramen; those who make it inside agree that this is probably the best ramen in the world outside of Tokyo. I’ve not been to Tokyo, so I can’t chime in here, but I can concur that this is an impressive take on the dish and wildly satisfying from the first bite to the last sip.
They have a great selection of ramen for vegetarians and vegans. Again, this is uncommon in Paris and usually plant eaters are forced to simply order a meat option and ask for the meat to be left aside.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 12pm to 3pm // 6:30pm to 10:30pm
ADDRESS: 29 Rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Mabillon
Kintaro in Paris
Kintaro itself is an alluring little spot; one that is considered to be one of Paris’ best kept secrets by those who frequent it, or so I was told by an old man dining at the table next to me.
Not only is Kintaro completely authentic, traditional Japanese cuisine, but their menu is unbelievable affordable.
All of the food is cooked in the center of the restaurant, while diners settle at tables surrounding it. Patrons are welcome to watch the masters at work, showcasing what an art form Japanese gastronomy truly is.
If you’re into hot foods don’t forget to request a side of their spicy house cabbage when your food comes! That, and the chili oil, make for two great additions to your ramen dish.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 11:30am to 10:30pm
ADDRESS: 24 Rue Saint-Augustin, 75002 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Quatre-Septembre
Mimi Ramen in Paris
Mimi Ramen is a charming little spot just a 3 minute walk from Paris’ Pantheon building.
As the name suggests, this is a Japanese eatery that is solely focused on the ramen noodle dishes. In fact, Mimi Ramen’s menu is so simplified that they only offer a variety of pork ramen and one chicken option.
Needless to say, vegans will have to eat elsewhere. Vegetarians who don’t mind eating meaty broth can request a veggie option and the kitchen is usually very happy to accommodate.
Likewise, if you prefer spicy food you’ll have to request it be prepared this why by the kitchen. There is a curry and rice dish on the menu if you just so happen to be dining with someone impartial to the dish.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday — 12pm to 2:30pm // 7pm to 10:30pm
ADDRESS: 27 Rue Descartes, 75005 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Jussieu
Udon Jubey in Paris
Udon Jubey is also close to the Louvre and Tuileries, over in the 1st arrondissement on the Right Bank.
This is a Japanese noodle bar through and through, featuring a menu of creative ramen and udon noodle dishes. Udon is similar to ramen, the noodles are simply much thicker.
The restaurant caters to people of all dietary requirements. If you like meat, there are many differers options ranging from pork to chicken to beef. If you like plants, Udon Jubey will make you a meat and egg free dish with all of their freshest ingredients.
They use a lot more uncooked veggies and herbs compared to other spots in Paris. Dine here if you tend to enjoy more of a raw, crunchy noodle dish as opposed to a heavier one.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 11:30am to 9:45pm
ADDRESS: 39 Rue Sainte-Anne, 75001 Paris, France
Metro STATION: Pyramides