Little Tokyo in Paris: Where to Eat Now

Patisserie Tomo's Dorayaki Paris-Kyoto. Image: Patisserie Tomo/Facebook

Rue Sainte-Anne, in the 1er and 2eme arrondissements, is the epicenter of the Little Tokyo neighborhood in Paris. There and on nearby streets you’ll find Japanese sushi, yakitori, and noodles, Taiwanese style-eateries, Korean barbecue and bibimbap, as well as other Pan-Asian foods, French-Japanese fusion pastries, and boba shops. It’s a great area to explore, eat, and shop. With its own distinct sense of place, Rue Sainte-Anne exists as an enclave within Paris that’s definitely Parisian yet also feels like “somewhere else.”

We’re sharing five of our favorite places to eat in Little Tokyo. Each of these restaurants has seriously delicious food, plus a bonus: they’re all quite affordable and many are open during non-traditional dining hours.

 Zen Zoo  13 rue Chabanais

At Zen Zoo you’ll find dumplings, beef noodles, bubble tea, and Taiwanese specialties in a casual, easy-going atmosphere. There’s a liveliness to the food and the atmosphere. This is not a white tablecloth restaurant, but the food is excellent. It’s open every day except Sunday from 12-7pm.

Patisserie Tomo 11 Rue Chabanais

Don’t blink as you walk up Rue Chabanais, or you might miss this tiny shop specializing in Japanese teas, dorayaki, and wagashi. The focus is on classical elegance, visible both in its minimalist design interior and the pastries, which span French and Japanese traditions. This spot works equally well as a great place for a quick business meeting or for a personal afternoon of quiet luxury.

Chez Sun – 10 Rue Chabanais

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With a full menu of Thai and Vietnamese classics prepared perfectly, this popular place is often busy. Luckily, it’s open seven days a week (and it’s very affordable)! The half-pineapples filled with green curry are incredibly Instagrammable and the fondue thaï for two is always a great idea!

Aki Restaurant – 11 bis Rue Sainte-Anne

Aki is on Rue Sainte-Anne right in the center of Little Tokyo. It specializes in okonomiyaki, and the chef is generous with toppings as well as being a master of technique — the katsuobushi topping on the okonomayaki moves in little waves on top of the dish, exactly as it’s supposed to. The space is comfortable, clean and welcoming, the atmosphere hospitable. Try the iced matcha, which is made without added milk!

Sanukiya  9 Rue d’Argenteuil

Sanukiya isn’t exactly within Little Tokyo, but it’s within walking distance and included here on our list because it’s simply unmissable. Their specialty is udon, but they have a full menu of other options. The agedashi tofu is the best of the best, the udon is the kind you dream of, and everything they make is addictive. It’s open every day from 11:30am to 10:30pm, but if you want to avoid waiting in line, visit in the early or late afternoon. Google says Sanukiya is closed for good, but they’re wrong – it’s alive and well!