Where to eat Asian food in Paris (Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, Korean dishes and *DURIAN cake*)

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Paris is truly the city of lights, of love and art, and to me, Paris is no doubt the capital of TASTY FOOD, especially Asian food. Nowhere in Europe, you can enjoy the best Asian cuisines like in Paris. With millions of Asian tourists every year and the largest Asian community in Europe, the restaurant industry in Paris has become more and more diverse, to serve not only the Asians but also all the food lovers around the world. 

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I’ve been to Paris many times since I moved to Europe, and Asian food was always an exciting reason that brought me back to the capital of France. 

If you have no idea how GOOD Asian food in Paris is, let me share with you my list so you can check them out next time. Or if you’re an expert on this topic, then give me a HIGH FIVE!!! (And don’t forget to comment your favorite restaurants in Paris below)

1. Dokkebi

  • Address: 33 Rue des Petits Champs, 75001 Paris, France
  • Cuisine: Korean
  • Type: Restaurant
  • Opening hours: daily 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm

I’ve visited Dokkebi many times and it was perfect every single time. This Korean restaurant looks not so special from both outside and inside but their food is absolutely amazing. I particularly like the Korean fried chicken and spicy rice cakes (Tteokbokki). Also, the rice bowl with raw beef and egg on top is a signature dish of this restaurant. Though I don’t remember the name of that dish, it really impressed me with the super hot Korean stone bowl that could cook the raw ingredients right on my table. Totally worth giving it a try!!!

Another plus point for this restaurant is the staff. They were so friendly and attentive to me and my friends. After finishing our meal, the waitress also brought us some orange as a gift from the restaurant. What a nice gesture from the Koreans!

2. T’Xuan

  • Address: 56 Rue la Fayette, 75009 Paris, France
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Type: Tearoom and dessert
  • Opening hours: 1:30pm – 10:30pm (closed on Monday)

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T’Xuan would be extremely crowded no matter what time you come. Don’t be surprised, you’ll have to stand in a long queue to have a table here. You may wonder what makes this place so special? It’s a Chinese dessert paradise with a high standard of a Parisian tearoom. The good news for you is the price here is not so high, quite acceptable.

I was amazed by not only the taste of the pastries, the quality of the tea but also the warm welcome of the owners. This tearoom/dessert house is owned and managed by a Chinese woman and an American man. Together they’ve built a unique concept of serving desserts in the heart of Paris. 

3. Ngoc Xuyen Saigon

  • Address: 4 Rue Caillaux, 75013 Paris, France
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese
  • Type: Restaurant
  • Opening hours: 9:30am – 5:00pm (closed on Sunday)

I have some Vietnamese friends who’ve been living in Paris for many years, and they all told me that Ngoc Xuyen Saigon is their most favorite Vietnamese restaurant in Paris. Needless to say, I tried the food there, and totally agreed that this place has 100% excellent and authentic Vietnamese food.

BUT…there is a huge “but” here, they only open during the daytime, from 9:30am to 5:00pm. Seriously? An Asian restaurant operates with the office hours?! And they even close on Sunday??!!! In spite of the unreasonable opening hours, the small restaurant in the heart of Paris’s China town is always crowded. Not fancy, not high-class service, this is simply a place to enjoy super tasty Vietnamese dishes!!!

Sneak peak: My favorite food here is Bún Mắm, a unique noodles soup bowl from Mekong Delta Vietnam. 

4. Lao Lane Xang

  • Address: 102 Avenue d’Ivry, 75013 Paris, France
  • Cuisine: Thai, Lao, Vietnamese
  • Type: Restaurant
  • Opening hours: 12:00am – 3:00pm, 7:00pm – 11:00pm (closed on Wednesday)

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Lao Lan Xang is another gem in Chinatown in Paris. This restaurant offers a great middle-ground dining experience. My favorites are the crispy duck with tamarind sauce (absolutely delicious), the Pad Thai and seafood curry. Sitting in Lao Lan Xang, you would feel the cozy and family-friendly atmosphere while enjoying the food. In fact, this is one of the oldest Asian restaurants in Paris, and the prices are also moderate. Great place to grab a value for money meal!!!

5. Patisserie de Saison (You can buy a DURIAN cake here!!!)

  • Address: 65 Avenue d’Ivry, 75013 Paris, France
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Type: Bakery
  • Opening hours: daily 9:30am – 7:00pm

This will be the STAR of this post (only if you love and can stand the durian smell hahaha). In case you don’t know, durian is a special kind of fruit from South East Asia which has a really strong taste and smell. And this bakery sells birthday DURIAN CAKE and all types of Asian pastries. 

It was almost my birthday when I was staying in Paris, and of course, I didn’t miss this chance to celebrate my early birthday with a durian cake. Without saying you may guess how excited I was, because after 4 years living in Europe I could FINALLY eat my favorite fruit. Yayyyyy!!!

Warning: Don’t try the durian cake if you have no idea what durian is. People who hate durian call it “stinky fruit”. People who love durian call it “the King of fruits” :p. 

6. Dong Huong

  • Address: 14 Rue Louis Bonnet, 75011 Paris, France
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese
  • Type: Restaurant
  • Opening hours: 12:00am – 10:30pm (closed on Tuesday)

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Dong Huong is very famous in Paris. Eating in this restaurant, you would see more French customers than Asian customers, though the owner and staff of this place are all Vietnamese. Honestly, I didn’t think the main dishes were really special, but the desserts were pretty good. I would recommend this restaurant if you stay somewhere near District 11 in Paris. 

7. The Alley

  • Address: 55 Rue des Petits Champs, 75001 Paris, France
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Type: Milk tea shop
  • Opening hours: daily 12:00am – 10:30pm

Don’t say that I’m cheating when including this milk tea shop to the list “where to eat Asian food in Paris”. With bubble milk tea, you not only drink but also have to eat/chew, so it’s counted hehe. The Alley is an international bubble milk tea brand and they just opened this first shop in Paris in 2018. This store has quickly become a trendy place for young people to hang out and enjoy the sweet yummy drinks.

While the Western teenagers like to drink alcohol and party in the clubs, Asian teens addict to bubble milk tea and always gather in the shops like this to chat for hours. This’s just one of my observations and I think it’s quite interesting! Anyway, I love the Alley and I hope they will open more stores around Europe. 😉

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I’ll definitely write Part 2 for this post once I travel to Paris next time. Please suggest me some more places to eat if you’ve had any good dining experiences in Paris ;). 

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Hi! I am Nhu, a Vietnamese girl living in the Netherlands. I have been living in 3 countries and traveled to 23 countries and still counting. Hopefully, with my blog, I can spread the inspiration to get you moving. If you already own itchy foot, then here comes the useful tips and advice on the interesting destinations that you may visit someday. Stay tuned!

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