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Miso ramen with pork shoulder, soy egg, black garlic, and arugula at Cheu Fishtown
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Where to Eat Ramen in Philly

A dozen essential bowls

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Miso ramen with pork shoulder, soy egg, black garlic, and arugula at Cheu Fishtown
| Taylor Chlebina

With a rich bone broth that simmers for days, springy noodles, and meaty additions, Japanese ramen will cure what ails you. And Philly's got a full range of places to dig in: traditional slurp shops, fast-casual operations, and ramen specialists offering vegan versions. Some of Philadelphia’s essential ramen spots serve ramen exclusively, while others simply feature the soup somewhere on their menu. All of them are a wonderful way to fill up — and warm up — on a chilly day.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Neighborhood Ramen

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617 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Queen Village newcomer Neighborhood Ramen was an instant hit among Philly chefs and local ramen fans. The energetic 20-seat BYOB serves ramen in a few styles, including shoyu, shio, iekei, tan tan (spicy), a mushroom-based vegan version, and broth-less mazesoba. It’s dine-in only and doesn’t take reservations.

2. Tomo Sushi & Ramen

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228 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(267) 519-0209
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It sounds like the beginning of a joke: Two friends — a sushi chef and a ramen chef — open up a restaurant together. But there’s no punchline at Tomo (short for tomodachi, which means friend in Japanese), just a perfect combo of Japanese specialties. Impressively, Tomo offers three vegan ramen options, along with its traditional pork and chicken versions.

white bowl of ramen Tomo [official]

3. Morimoto

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723 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 413-9070
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Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s menu includes chicken noodle soup ramen and a meat-free version made of an intense vegetable broth and Japanese vegetables. Both are available at dinner; at lunch, a third version with pork belly is on the menu.

4. Aki Nom Nom Sushi and Ramen (multiple locations)

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1210 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 985-1838
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To make its Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen, Aki Nom Nom and its sister restaurant, named Nom Nom, boils pork bones for 36 hours, then adds vegetables, kelp, and mushrooms to create a rich, cloudy broth. In go the noodles (diners can choose their firmness) and a variety of optional additions, including bamboo, wood ear mushrooms, chashu pork belly, black garlic oil, and soft boiled eggs. Chicken and vegetarian broths are also available at this casual restaurant.

5. Hiro Ramen

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1102 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 626-5172
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Most of Hiro’s seven ramen offerings start with Berkshire pork tonkotsu broth and then get layered with ingredients like pork belly, corn, chili oil, and roasted garlic oil. There are also options with chicken broth, chicken and pork bone broth, and vegetables.

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6. Terakawa Ramen (multiple locations)

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204 N 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 687-1355
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Terakawa’s recipes come from the Kumamoto region of Japan — the noodles are handmade and the broth is simmered for two days straight, giving it a deep, satisfying richness. The signature ramen at this shop with locations in Chinatown and University City is made with pork bone broth. The tan tan ramen employs spicy miso and “whopper style” means it’s topped with two eggs, mushrooms, cabbage, and dark roasted leek and garlic oil. The menu also has two vegetarian options.

7. Yamitsuki

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1028 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 629-3888
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In Chinatown, Yamitsuki specializes in chicken ramen with a rich, clear broth. Also try the signature green teas in flavors like lychee lemonade and green apple.

8. Ramen Bar

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3438 Lancaster Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 921-5804
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Right on Drexel’s campus, Ramen Bar makes University City students debate whether to cook a packet of cheap ramen noodles or spend $12 on a piping hot bowl of the real stuff. The dozen different kinds of ramen are an education unto themselves.

9. Hajimaru Ramen

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200 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 426-8700

In Fishtown, the signature ramen at Hajimaru includes a spicy pork bone broth with extra chasu. Among the other half-dozen options at this newly opened shop, find a vegetarian version and chicken katsu, plus the standard miso, shoyu, tan tan, and shio bowls.

10. Da-Wa Sushi and Ramen

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1204 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 278-7671
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A husband-and-wife team run this snug sushi and ramen shop in Fishtown. Many come for the omakase, but don’t sleep on the ramen that comes in two traditional meaty broths. There’s also a vegetarian version.

11. Cheu Fishtown (multiple locations)

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1416 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(267) 758-2269
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With two locations (Cheu Noodle Bar in Washington Square West and Cheu Fishtown in Fishtown), Philly’s hippest ramen spot employs traditional techniques and then takes delicious liberties. Starting with broths like red chile, miso, and coconut curry, Cheu’s bowls come with unexpected delights, including matzo balls, brisket, spicy carrot pickles, and charred cucumber.

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12. @Ramen

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4357 Main St
Philadelphia, PA 19127
(267) 297-8514
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Manayunk's @Ramen recently refreshed its menu to serve a mix of classic and nontraditional bowls of ramen, like miso, Kagoshima-style, and triple truffle mushroom. Looking for something that feels healthy? Go with spinach or whole wheat noodles instead of the standard ones.

1. Neighborhood Ramen

617 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Queen Village newcomer Neighborhood Ramen was an instant hit among Philly chefs and local ramen fans. The energetic 20-seat BYOB serves ramen in a few styles, including shoyu, shio, iekei, tan tan (spicy), a mushroom-based vegan version, and broth-less mazesoba. It’s dine-in only and doesn’t take reservations.

617 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

2. Tomo Sushi & Ramen

228 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
white bowl of ramen Tomo [official]

It sounds like the beginning of a joke: Two friends — a sushi chef and a ramen chef — open up a restaurant together. But there’s no punchline at Tomo (short for tomodachi, which means friend in Japanese), just a perfect combo of Japanese specialties. Impressively, Tomo offers three vegan ramen options, along with its traditional pork and chicken versions.

228 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

3. Morimoto

723 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s menu includes chicken noodle soup ramen and a meat-free version made of an intense vegetable broth and Japanese vegetables. Both are available at dinner; at lunch, a third version with pork belly is on the menu.

723 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

4. Aki Nom Nom Sushi and Ramen (multiple locations)

1210 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

To make its Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen, Aki Nom Nom and its sister restaurant, named Nom Nom, boils pork bones for 36 hours, then adds vegetables, kelp, and mushrooms to create a rich, cloudy broth. In go the noodles (diners can choose their firmness) and a variety of optional additions, including bamboo, wood ear mushrooms, chashu pork belly, black garlic oil, and soft boiled eggs. Chicken and vegetarian broths are also available at this casual restaurant.

1210 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

5. Hiro Ramen

1102 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
bowl of ramen Hiro [official]

Most of Hiro’s seven ramen offerings start with Berkshire pork tonkotsu broth and then get layered with ingredients like pork belly, corn, chili oil, and roasted garlic oil. There are also options with chicken broth, chicken and pork bone broth, and vegetables.

1102 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

6. Terakawa Ramen (multiple locations)

204 N 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Terakawa’s recipes come from the Kumamoto region of Japan — the noodles are handmade and the broth is simmered for two days straight, giving it a deep, satisfying richness. The signature ramen at this shop with locations in Chinatown and University City is made with pork bone broth. The tan tan ramen employs spicy miso and “whopper style” means it’s topped with two eggs, mushrooms, cabbage, and dark roasted leek and garlic oil. The menu also has two vegetarian options.

204 N 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

7. Yamitsuki

1028 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

In Chinatown, Yamitsuki specializes in chicken ramen with a rich, clear broth. Also try the signature green teas in flavors like lychee lemonade and green apple.

1028 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

8. Ramen Bar

3438 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Right on Drexel’s campus, Ramen Bar makes University City students debate whether to cook a packet of cheap ramen noodles or spend $12 on a piping hot bowl of the real stuff. The dozen different kinds of ramen are an education unto themselves.

3438 Lancaster Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104

9. Hajimaru Ramen

200 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

In Fishtown, the signature ramen at Hajimaru includes a spicy pork bone broth with extra chasu. Among the other half-dozen options at this newly opened shop, find a vegetarian version and chicken katsu, plus the standard miso, shoyu, tan tan, and shio bowls.

200 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

10. Da-Wa Sushi and Ramen

1204 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

A husband-and-wife team run this snug sushi and ramen shop in Fishtown. Many come for the omakase, but don’t sleep on the ramen that comes in two traditional meaty broths. There’s also a vegetarian version.

1204 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

11. Cheu Fishtown (multiple locations)

1416 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
ramen with a matzo ball Taylor Chlebina

With two locations (Cheu Noodle Bar in Washington Square West and Cheu Fishtown in Fishtown), Philly’s hippest ramen spot employs traditional techniques and then takes delicious liberties. Starting with broths like red chile, miso, and coconut curry, Cheu’s bowls come with unexpected delights, including matzo balls, brisket, spicy carrot pickles, and charred cucumber.

1416 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

12. @Ramen

4357 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127

Manayunk's @Ramen recently refreshed its menu to serve a mix of classic and nontraditional bowls of ramen, like miso, Kagoshima-style, and triple truffle mushroom. Looking for something that feels healthy? Go with spinach or whole wheat noodles instead of the standard ones.

4357 Main St
Philadelphia, PA 19127

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