The best Vietnamese restaurants in Paris

Our editors' picks for the city's finest pho, banh cuon and more

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Mitsou

The deliciously vintage décor of Mitsou in the very chic 8th arrondissement is the perfect backdrop for a dim sum session, with its turquoise walls hung with photos of the owner’s mother (Mitsou). The menu covers fusion dishes, dim sum (prawn,

  1. 5 rue du Commandant Rivière, 8e
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Taokan

Christophe Daine spent 7 years working in a luxury watchmaker’s in Hong Kong before he realised his dream of opening a super-chic venue for Asian cuisine in Paris. His learning shows ­– everything here runs like a Swiss watch, from the décor

  1. 8 rue du Sabot, 6e
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L'Indochine

Vietnamese joints are a dime a dozen in the 13th, but a good pho soup is a rare find indeed. Three cheers, then, for Indochine's recipe: devoid of the oiliness that so often mars the broth, the pho here is light and revitalising, the freshness of

  1. 86 avenue de Choisy, 13e
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Xinh Xinh

Looking for a Vietnamese restaurant in the 13th arrondissement, most Parisians will immediately head for Chinatown, around the Porte d’Ivry and Porte de Choisy stations. And yet just a few hundred yards away, opposite the Hôpital de la

  1. 6-8 rue des Wallons, 13e
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Le Rouleau de Printemps

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

  1. 42 rue de Tourtille, 20e
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Le Drapeau de la Fidélité

Get ready for a tight squeeze. Le Drapeau de la Fidelité, a simple and characterful little hole run by a former philosophy professor from Vietnam, is as small as it is inexpensive – but then this only adds to the conviviality. And what prices:

  1. 21 rue Copreaux, 15e
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Pho 14

Look beyond the cheap furniture and the waiters’ grumpy faces: Vietnamese canteen Pho 14 is the place to come for delicious Pho soups, filled with noodles, meat-balls, beef, and prawns, all served with fresh mint and basil. Other specialties worth

New Hawaïenne

New Hawaïenne serves fantastic, good value Vietnamese cooking in a down to earth atmosphere. Small and friendly, the place feels like a real haunt of regulars – plenty of people order without looking at the menu or chat with the staff. You might

Le Cambodge

The system at Le Cambodge is simple: you write your order on a piece of paper, including preferences such as 'no coriander', 'no peanuts' or 'extra rice', and after a short wait the dishes appear. Two favourites are the bobun spécial, a hot and

Cyclo

Named for a Vietnamese rickshaw, Cyclo's tiny room of just fifteen tables is a casual and inviting space. Starters (€5–€7.50) include banh khot (small, soft, prawn-flavoured pastries) and banh cuon (small steamed pancakes stuffed with pork and

Lao Lane Xang 2

Don’t let the valet service out front or the lounge-like atmosphere of Lao Lane Xang 2 fool you: although slightly more expensive than its shabbier parent restaurant opposite, the South East Asian cooking here is still deliciously affordable. For

Thieng Heng

The banh mi sandwich cleverly mixes Asian flavours with crusty French baguettes, filling them with roast meat, Vietnamese pâté, cucumber, carrots, white radish, coriander and chilli, and Thieng Heng has made it a speciality. You can get it with

Entre 2 Rives

Hidden on an otherwise dead street off the Grands Boulevards, the frontage of this delicious Vietnamese canteen doesn’t attempt exoticism – rather the décor of the two little rooms is contemporary and almost banal. A few touches of red paint, a

May Hong

May Hong is a Vietnamese tea house serving excellent pho soups in the middle of the convivial Galerie d’Olympiades, a bustling centre for Asian produce. Open only in the daytime, its big bay windows look out onto the esplanade, giving it a warm

Little Hanoï

A clean and simple modern restaurant with an open kitchen, Little Hanoï (or its big brother, Paris-Hanoï at 74 rue de Charonne) is a breath of fresh air. Delicately scented dishes arrive on your table still steaming, fresh out of the oven and free

Tin Tin

Opposite the popular Dong Huong, Tin Tin also offers Chinese and Vietnamese specialities but in a cheerier environment, thanks to the large bay windows looking out onto two different streets. With friendly and efficient service, there’s a fast


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