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The best Vietnamese restaurants in Paris

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

© James Strange

Whether you're after Bánh mì or a smoking bowl of Pho, Paris boasts more than enough Vietnamese restaurants to satisfy your cravings. The 13th arrondissement in particular is teeming with restaurants offering the best Vietnamese food around. There are speciality restaurants dotted all around the city however, so wherever you are and whatever dish you're in the mood for, there'll be a Vietnamese restaurant serving it. Here’s our editors’ pick of the very best in town. Enjoy. 

Foyer Vietnam

Critics' choice

A few blocks from the Arènes de Lutèce and the Jardin des Plantes on the Left Bank, traditional Vietnamese canteen the Foyer Vietnam specialises in cheap, simple, yet high quality moreish food. The menu doesn’t diverge significantly from your standard Parisian Vietnamese restaurant menu, though every month there are one or two new specials to discover which are usually a bit more out of the ordinary...

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5th arrondissement

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, pork or vegetable) and bo bun (everything from pork satay to citrus-marinated prawns). Then there’s delicious chicken kebabs, spring rolls and a daily special like a red chicken curry with aubergine, healthy and full of flavour...

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Champs Élysées and western Paris

Miss Banh Mi

Everything is spot on at this adorable Vietnamese canteen, the walls blooming with colourful flowers above Formica tables and dinners happily queuing to get their upscale banh mi sandwiches (a crusty baguette, grated carrots, coriander and usually marinated beef, which you normally get as a budget lunch in Chinatown). And though it might be pricier than the traditional version, all objections evaporate at the first bite...

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2nd arrondissement

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 to the dishes and even the refined, relaxed clientele. The menu mixes Chinese and Vietnamese specialities with a scattering of Japanese influences...

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St Germain des Prés

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 its herbs and soya beans beyond question. The same goes for the assortment of salads on offer, from the green papaya to the chicken and basilic or (for the adventurous) the raw beef...

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Chinatown

Xinh Xinh

Just a few hundred yards from Chinatown, opposite the Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrie, is the sign for Madame Tran’s Xinh Xinh, possibly the most authentic joint of the lot. She serves up traditional Vietnamese cuisine that’s a million miles from the places offering the same old Cantonese rice and sauce dishes.At Xinh Xinh, you can sample the famous banh cuon (rice pancakes filled with pork and mushrooms...

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Salpêtrière

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 the shared tables. A coriander-scented bo bun, some plump crunchy egg rolls, a vegetarian spring roll and some steamed prawn ravioli washed down with jasmine tea or Tsingtao beer won’t cost you much more than €20...

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Belleville

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: they’ve barely gone up in the restaurant’s 30-odd-year history, allowing you to indulge in a beer for €1.50, and a range of unpretentious Vietnamese dishes for €6 (€5 for students)...

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Vaugirard

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 testing are the crispy pork spring rolls (nems) and squidgy ravioli vapeur (steamed dumplings). There’s take-out too, if you don’t want to wait for a table (there are usually queues)...

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13th arrondissement

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 start with some classic boiled Vietnamese ravioli, the fine supple dough enhancing the stuffing, accompanied by some great fried ravioli with prawns, and some crunchy and flavourful spring rolls washed down with some Tsingtao...

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11th arrondissement

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