Vietnamese cuisine has been a beloved and integral part of Parisian food culture for decades. The community’s presence in Paris dates as far back as the late 19th century, when French colonisation of Indochina heralded the arrival of Vietnamese immigrants to the city.
The Vietnamese community continued growing in size at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, and many families made their home in the 13th arrondissement. So it’s really no surprise that some of the best Vietnamese restaurants in the city can be found here.
Among them are cheerful eateries that serve up piping hot bowls of Pho, a classic Vietnamese noodle soup. It’s a comforting and flavourful dish that’s made with rice noodles, broth, meat, and topped with a tangle of fresh, punchy herbs. Most of these restaurants now cook exclusively with meat produced in France, giving you a bowl that is culturally Vietnamese, yet distinctly French.
Here’s where to go if you’re looking for a good bowl of pho in the 13th arrondissement.
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Pho Banh Cuon 14
Pho Banh Cuon 14 is a family-run restaurant that has been serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine for over 30 years. The pho here is made with a flavorful beef broth and comes with a generous amount of tender beef slices. The restaurant also serves other Vietnamese favorites, such as banh cuon and bun cha. 129 Avenue de Choisy, 75013 Paris. www.pho14paris.fr
Pho Tai is a cozy little restaurant that serves some of the best pho in the area. Don’t believe us? Perhaps the fact that the Michelin Guide awarded them with the Bib Gourmand might. The broth is fragrant and rich, and the noodles are cooked to perfection. The meat is tender and flavorful, and the restaurant also serves a variety of other Vietnamese dishes, such as spring rolls and banh mi. 13 rue Philibert-Lucot, 75013 Paris. Pho tai on Facebook
Pho Bida Vietnam
Pho Bida Vietnam is a popular spot for pho and other Vietnamese dishes. The restaurant is known for its generous portions of pho, which come with a variety of toppings, such as rare beef and beef balls. The broth is flavorful and well-seasoned, and the noodles are cooked to perfection. 36 – 38 Rue Nationale, 75013 Paris