Looking for traditional Japanese food in Paris? Look to Rue Sainte Anne, which runs through the first and second arrondissements, near the Opera District. With a high concentration of Japanese businesses, the street forms a Japanese haven in France’s capital city. Wander the street and sample the best of what the district has to offer, from tiny restaurants to grocery stores. Rue Saint Anne offers epicurean delights from Japan, Korea, and other parts of Asia.
Located near many city landmarks and tourist attractions, like the Louvre and the Opera, Rue Sainte-Anne is a wonderful street to visit for lunch while out sightseeing or shopping. The closest Metro stop is Pyramides.
There is an ever-present line outside this great, traditional Japanese restaurant, always a great sign for any dining spot. Kunitoraya serves a variety of handmade udon. Try the tempura udon – a steaming bowl of delicious broth, topped with tempura shrimp; zaru udon – cold noodles served with dipping sauce; or the curry udon. The menu also includes side dishes, like pickled vegetables. Don’t let the line intimidate you, the udon is well worth the wait. Seats are available at the bar or with a view of the street, but don’t miss the downstairs tables, in the cave-like basement. Open Monday through Sunday, 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM. Cash only.
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Higuma is a popular destination in Little Tokyo and another spot with consistently long lines. When you tire of rich French food, queue up here for gyoza, stir fry, and soup. The ramen is especially delicious and Higuma offers a number of different regional styles . Open Monday through Sunday, 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM. Credit cards accepted.
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Yakiniku translates to “grilled meat” in Japanese, which is exactly what the restaurant offers. A meal comes with choice of meat, salad, and spring rolls. Tables are festooned with individual grills, which patrons use to grill meat or seafood.
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Bizan offers a wide ranging menu. Serving everything from sushi to tempura, the restaurant is a higher end option on a street full of eateries. Open Monday through Friday, 12:00 to 2:00 PM, 7:00 to 10:00 PM.
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An Asian influenced patisserie, Aki offers delectable breads and pastries. Sample lychee flavored macarons, green tea éclairs, matcha brioche, and other sweet treats. Enjoy a snack and a cup of green tea at the sidewalk café. Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Credit cards accepted.
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K Mart is a grocery store stocked full of Korean and Japanese products. Stop in to pick up hard to find Asian ingredients, like gochujang. Find fresh produce, seafood, noodles, sake, spices, and much more. Visit the cafeteria or the to-go food shelves for a quick lunch. Open Monday through Sunday, 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Credit cards accepted.
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Another great grocery store is Juji-Ya. Specializing in Japanese products, the shop sells packaged goods, produce, seafood, and other items. Wander up and down the aisles and distract yourself with the brightly colored packaged items, from instant noodles to pickled vegetables to candy. Pick up ready-made food for a take away meal. Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Sunday, 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Credit cards accepted.
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When in Paris, and you are hankering for some Asian food, be sure to check out Rue Ste.Anne!
Written by Morgen Young for EuropeUpClose.com