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Where to Find the Best Ramen in Philadelphia

Our favorite spots around Philadelphia

For many, ramen conjures an image of instant noodles good for a cheap meal. In recent years, Philadelphia has seen a surge in restaurants serving real, hearty ramen that will make those days waiting at the microwave seem like a distant memory.

The traditional Japanese noodle soup dish can be found throughout the city, with favorites including Nom Nom Ramen in Rittenhouse Square, Ramen Bar in University City, Hiro Ramen House in Washington Square and Terakawa Ramen in Chinatown. Each brings its own distinctive spin on the dish, offering quick and inexpensive eats to aspiring slurpers.

Read on for our picks for the best ramen in Philadelphia.

Note: The list below is NOT in a ranked order.

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Cheu Noodle Bar at Whole Foods Market

The Cheu Noodle Bar team has taken its soupy delights on the road, hanging out a shingle in a curated food hall at the Whole Foods Market in the Fairmount neighborhood. The small-but-mighty menu includes favorites like the black garlic wings and the incredible miso ramen.
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Ramen Bar Philly

Just a few blocks from Market 16 Noodle Bar, Ramen Bar Philly has staked its own claim in University City, with an affordable menu featuring eight kinds of noodles with extra toppings, plus fried rice and Japanese entrees such as steak teriyaki.
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Yamitsuki Ramen

Seeking chicken ramen in Chinatown? You'll find a rich version at Yamitsuki Ramen alongside vegetarian and traditional pork bowls, as well as matcha tea and snow ice.
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Naoki Ramen

This ramen spot in Chinatown offers a variety of ramen styles, including traditional broth styles of Miso, Shio and Shoyu, and then lets you customize your ramen order with different protein options like pork belly, ox tail, shrimp and squid, and even fried chicken.
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Ai Ramen

The food court at the Shops at Liberty Place might not be the first place you'd look for tasty ramen, but this solid quick-serve option from the team behind Hai Street Kitchen and Wok Street should be on your radar when in the neighborhood.
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CoZara

The second restaurant for chef Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka, coZara makes a fine little sister for the chef’s upscale Rittenhouse sushi spot, Zama. The ramen selection at the University City izakaya include rich takes on the traditional slurpable soup — think pork belly and bacon fat with black garlic oil and spicy duck breast with chili and fresh garlic.
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Tampopo

For a killer bowl of ramen (or bibimbob, soba or udon noodles) with fast service, Tampopo is the place to go. Both locations — Center City and University City — bring diners a range of Japanese and Korean cuisine, including sushi, bento boxes, soups and noodle and rice dishes, all at reasonable prices.
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