You might be surprised to hear that when we are in Paris, we normally don’t eat at bistros and brasseries. Although we love good steak frites and onion soup (you can find some of the best ones here), we can’t get enough Japanese food. Paris has some of the best Japanese restaurants we have ever experienced — from sushi bars with only a few seats to hand rolls to restaurants known for their udon or soba noodles.
There’s a Little Tokyo between the Place Vendome and the Opera that has a ton of ramen restaurants you’ll see with lines down the block. These restaurants do not take reservations, and from what we’ve heard, most are just okay. You’ll never see us standing in line for them (we don’t stand in line for restaurants, period) and we’ve heard mixed reviews about them. We’ve found a few places where you can get a reservation and great food.
We’ll continue adding as we find places, but here is the start of our list of the best Japanese restaurants in Paris. If you’re looking for something different from traditional French food, you can’t go wrong with these options.
Go to Yen in the Rive Gauche for handmade soba noodles and great sushi. We go here over and over again and it’s always good. Some of our top picks include: