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Our Favourite Korean Restaurants in Paris

Looking for Korean food in Paris? We’ve got the best Korean Restaurants in Paris in our insider guide.

Korean fried chicken, bibimbap, kimchi, fluffy baos.. there’s an incredible line up of amazing Korean food in Paris’ buzzing food scene. Our guide has got the highlights for you with the best spots for you to try.

The Korean food scene has exploded in Paris during the past 10 years and it’s certainly become very trendy. You’ll easily find pan Asian restaurants serving up some take on Korean cuisine but where are genuine spots? Read on and discover the insider guide to the best Korean restaurants in Paris.

The Best Korean Restaurants in Paris

Read on to find our favourite spots that are tried and tested delivering consistently good and authentic Korean food. Restaurants listed in no particular order.

Saam

Saam is a great, modern street-food take on Korean food. It’s a small restaurant with a limited amount of tables. There’s a great view on their open kitchen (which inspires confidence!) with their clean, high tech equipment and dazzling array of prepared sauces. The small dining area is cozy and has a market vibe with fresh produce and speciality coffee beans stored above the tables.

Korean baos paris

The food at Saam isn’t traditional – it’s more slightly western street food but damn, it’s good. Their menu is on the smaller side and they focus on bao buns and dup baps. I’d certainly go out there say their bao buns combinations are one of the best that I’ve tasted. Pork belly bao (guaobao pork belly) is the star of the show – it’s cooked for 12 hours sous-vide and it’s incredibly tender. The pork comes with house-pickles, hoisin sauce and fried shallots. All their baos done very well and come with inventive and original elements resulting in incredibly tasty food. Their dup baps are very good as well – fresh, locally sourced products with well seasoned meat or tofu really hits the spot. Despite the work going into their food, you can get two baos plus fries for only €13 during weekly lunchtimes.

What to know before you visit

  • You can’t reserve
  • You can order online and take-out

Address: 59Bis Rue de Lancry, 75010
Tel: 09 83 50 84 94
Website: https://www.facebook.com/saamparis/

Kwon

Kwon is a gem of a Korean restaurant and they proudly have a Michelin Bib to their name – and deservedly so. Distinctly traditional, Kwon specialises in Korean BBQ and a la carte dishes. The minimalist, industrial interior is both warm and inviting whilst having a rather utilitarian feel. There’s table top BBQs on every table and unfortunately they weren’t working during my last visit.

Kwon restaurants Paris

The food does the talking at Kwon – everything is prepared with care and attention. Their starters are awesome – their pork dumplings pack a punch and their kimchi pancake is well seasoned and full of umami. The BBQ dishes come with obligatory array of sides; house kimchi, marinated cucumber & chilli, pickled daikon and spicy radishes. I recommend to get their BBQ spicy pork which comes in an amazing, moreish spicy, sweet & salty sauce. Their desserts are original and include home made green tea ice cream and a yuzu mousse.

BBQ korean pork

What to know before you visit

  • Closed on Sundays
  • You’ll need to call to reserve

Address: 7 Rue Ernest Cresson, 75014
Tel: 01 45 41 71 55
Website: https://www.instagram.com/restaurant_kwon/

Shin Jung

If you’re on the hunt for a restaurant serving genuine Korean food (that isn’t watered down) then Shin Jung is a very solid option. Shin Jung is fairly central, located in the 8th arrondissement (in the Batignolles area) near Gare Saint Lazare and is around a 15 minute walk from Pigalle. It’s a popular restaurant with locals and you’ll need to reserve in advance. The interior dining space is bright and open and in the summer they’ve got a very nice terrace outside although it does extend onto the road.

Restaurant Shin Jung Paris
Photo by Restaurant Shin Jung

The food is classic Korean with starters including a very good Korean Fried Chicken – boneless chicken leg pieces fried and served with a very nice spicy sauce. There’s also kimchi pancakes and well spiced pork spring rolls. For the mains they offer well done BBQ beef and pork all cooked in their kitchen. My favourite dish at Shin Jung is their Bibimbap – all the elements are prepared with care and precision – it’s the small details! They offer 4 options; beef, pork, fried tofu and soy chicken. During week days there’s a special menu for €24.50 which includes a starter and a main. Despite the price it’s definitely worth a visit if you want some authentic Korean food.

What to know before you visit

  • They are not open on Sundays and Tuesdays
  • Can get very busy during at peak times during weekends
  • You’ll need to call to reserve

Address: 7 Rue Clapeyron, 75008
Tel: 01 45 22 21 06
Website: https://www.shinjung.fr

On The Bab

I’ve always rated the street-food in London extremely highly – It’s the genre of food I enjoy the most when visiting. Luckily, On the Bab, which started in London, exported their brand to Paris. Their one restaurant in Paris is very well located in the city centre – in between Opéra and the Jardin du Palais Royale.

On the Bab Paris

The minimalist, industrial eating space is warm with metallic accents and exposed stone walls. On the Bab’s food is all about ‘dirty’ street-food with numerous small plates, traditional dishes, Korean Fried Chicken and house specialities. The small plates/entrées are great – well presented and thoughtfully garnished. Fried rice smalls with kimchi and cheese and served with a punchy chilli sauce and their dumplings (pork or prawn) are reasonable at €5.50 for 4. There’s the usual kimchi and spring onion pancakes which are very good. The other dishes that I’ve tried are the Korean Fried & Bao buns stuffed with delicious BBQ beef. The menu is well designed allowing you to taste a lot of dishes without over-ordering. I’d definitely recommend On the Bab if you want a mix of modern and traditional Korean food.

On the bab Paris kimchi

What to know before you visit

  • Open every day from 11:30am to 10pm

Address: 18 Rue Thérèse, 75001
Tel: 01 47 03 94 38
Website: http://onthebab.com/?page_id=13

Mandoobar

Arguably one of the most aesthetically pleasing Asian restaurants in Paris, Mandoobar is a killer modern Korean dumpling & tartare bar. Awarded a well deserved Bib Gourmand from the Michelin guide in 2022, chef Kim Kwang-Loc works his magic behind the open counter bar. Located just off the place de l’Europe in the capital’s 8th arrondissement, it’s a refreshing change from many of the traditional Asian restaurants nearby.

The food at Mandoorbar focuses on home made dumplings and variations on the classic tartare. The food is refined and precise and amazingly reasonable for what you get. The mandus (Korean Dumplings) are well seasoned with a delicate yet robust filling. Chef Kim’s pork dumplings are exceptional and the mixture inside isn’t over whipped – it’s perfectly emulsified resulting in a homogenous dumpling. The tartares on the other side of the minimalist menu are equally as precisely prepared. There’s a choice of beef and tuna tartare and are dressed so precisely that they wouldn’t look out of place in a 1* Michelin restaurant.

What to know before you visit

  • You can reserve online

Address: 7 Rue d’Édimbourg, 75008
Tel: 01 55 06 08 53
Website: https://www.mandoobar.fr

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