Le Renard Café, the Japanese culture-devoted bookstore-café in Paris

Published by Graziella L. · Photos by Graziella L. · Published on 6 December 2021 at 11h13
A stone’s throw from the Le Renard Doré bookstore in Paris 5th arrondissement opened the Le Renard Café shining a light on the Japanese culture, between manga, bubble tea and quality pastries.

Mickaël, founder of the Le Renard Doré bookstore specialized in manga in Paris 5th arrondissement, has teamed up with the Pâtisserie Tomo to provide a genuine dive into the Japanese culture and cuisine. Before you even get in, you discover studio Ghibli inspirations with a little Totoro displayed in the window.

Colorful windows, flowered wallpaper, vintage lampshade, the enchanting vibe tales you to the universe of Japanese animes. On the menu, soups, onigiri and typical and sophisticated pastries you can enjoy over a nice manga!

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Japanese flavors fans will be delighted with the large range of warm or cold boba teas including great teas. These drinks with little bubbles are taking over the French capital city and are now a staple. Here, enjoy a genuine high-range journey to the archipelago, between matcha, black sesame, yuzu juice, tapioca beads and anko, and there is something for everyone. As for us, we had the hot Matcha o-ré based on matcha and oat milk, and the cold Yuzunade, still based on matcha and yuzu juice. Matcha tastes very odd if you are not familiar, so you better go for drinks with more milk and sugar to start with.

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Moving on to pastries, enjoy a super dorayaki, a sort of pancake stuffed with creamy anko – a pasted based on kidney beans found in many genuine treats at Le Renard Café. We went for a classic, but there are also versions based on matcha, ricotta and yuzu. You can also enjoy daifuku, small and fluffy matcha, chocolate or sesame balls, and wagashi in all shapes and sizes, from the cute little flower to the flavorsome chestnut. Last but not least, two types of yatsuhashi, small and indulging crepes shaped like croissant are available. Good to know, several pastries are vegan, it has it all for everyone!

Even packages are made with rice fibers and we can tell you it is bulletproof, and very handy to carry on! As for lunch, the café also serves miso soup with leeks, mushrooms and fresh wakame, one of the salmon, tuna, shiso or edamame onigiris, and a dorayaki of your choice for €10. You definitely need to enjoy a break there at some point during your day.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 2 December 2021 to 2 December 2022

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    Location

    57 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine
    75005 Paris 5

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