The best Chinese restaurants in Paris
From delicate Cantonese cooking to fiery Sichuan delights
Tricia de courcy ling
Book ahead to celebrate the Year of the Snake in one of our best Chinese restaurants this Chinese New Year (February 10). Paris has two main areas for Asian eating: Belleville and Chinatown in the 13th arrondissement, where you can also sample excellent Thai, Vietnamese and other South East Asian specialities. For extra fun (music, Chinese dragons, lion dances, acrobatics and firecrackers), head for one of the parades: in the Marais (10 February, 2.30pm, Place de l'Hôtel de Ville), in Belleville (17 February, 10am, Belleville Métro), in the 13th (17 February, 1pm, 44 Avenue Ivry) and at Noisy-le-Grand (24 February, 4pm, Place de la Libération).
Also check out our selection of Vietnamese restaurants in Paris – their Têt Nguyên Dán falls on the same day.
If there’s no shortage of Chinese restaurants in Paris, those dedicated to specific regions are few and far between. But this canteen with its red Formica tables gives pride of place to the cooking of Shandong, a province south of Peking with a
For decades, Chinese restaurants in Paris have toned down their cuisine to suit delicate French palates, but lately this has been changing thanks to a handful of regional restaurants that make no compromises on ingredients. Probably none is as
If you’re lost and starving in Chinatown of a lunchtime, choosing from among the serried ranks of neon signs offering Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai or all three at the same time can feel like a minefield. No longer – head to Li Ka Fo.A few ducks
With its grey paint and lime green plastic tablecloths, Chez Van is anything but ostentatious. Noodles thread their way through all the dishes: lamb stew, soup, pork entrails, sautéed prawns – altogether, thirteen different ways with ramen.
The second Chinatown in Paris is in Belleville where, as in the 13th arrondissement, it’s difficult to know where to get a good Chinese meal rather than. So note this one down in your smartphone: Wen Zhou, just before Les Folies on the Rue de
Tucked away in an inconspicuous enclave of Paris's Chinese quarter, La Mer de Chine is an exception to the rule of heavy sauces and high salt content in many a 'Traiteur Asiatique': everything here is subtly flavoured, well executed and carefully
The secret’s been out about Le Rouleau de Printemps for some time, but it never disappoints, with its reliable quality and disarming simplicity. You can’t reserve a place in one of the two postcard-sized rooms, so arrive early to get a space on
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You risk burnt fingers and tongues trying to get into your hotpot too soon at La Taverne de Zhao, with its wonderful casseroles full of bouillon, large translucent soft noodles, beef, coriander, mushrooms, seaweed and tofu. Cool down with a pull of
Sichuan chilli is a fiery, lemony spice used in west China, Japan and Tibet, which has happily found its way to a laid-back, lime-green restaurant in Belleville, with a menu that stands out from the area's jazz standards of bo buns and egg rolls.
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