With Vietnamese immigrants forming an important part of modern European society, Vietnamese food has become increasingly popular across the continent in the last few decades.
|Ha Noi 1988’s near the Louvre. Photo courtesy of the restaurant
Not every place to eat near the Louvre or Eiffel Tower is a tourist trap — but the US magazine Travel + Leisure has selected the best of the best for you in its recent article, among them is a Vietnam’s restaurant.
It’s common to smell the scent of cardamom and cloves on the streets of Paris, but the best Vietnamese restaurants are not often located smack in its center on Île de la Cité, just off Pont Neuf a hop and skip from the Louvre. That is, they weren’t until this bi-level restaurant boasting bamboo light fixtures and floral bird cages opened.
In Ha Noi 1988 (near the Louvre), young chef Huy, (born in 1988), focuses on cuisine from his native northern Vietnam and makes everything in house — including the yeast for his signature whole-wheat steamed bao with ground beef and quail egg, wrote Travel + Leisure.
|The cozy restaurant receives many positive reviews from travelers around the world. Photo courtesy of the restaurant
Most Vietnamese classics are also on the menu — from piping hot bowls of spicy beef pho to heaping plates of bò bún (Thin rice noodles with stir-fried beef, serve with fresh vegetables) with the crispiest of nem (fried spring rolls) to dip in the house chili sauce. They also offer vegetarian versions of all the available dishes.
It’s open every day for both lunch and dinner with continuous service on the weekends. Reservations aren’t necessary, but recommended.
|The restaurant is located in a nice spot along the Seine. Photo courtesy of the restaurant
|Bò Bún in Ha Noi 1988: Thin rice noodles with stir-fried beef, 2 homemade spring rolls, serve with fresh vegetables like salads, mango, red cabbage, carrot and aromatic herbs and the fish sauce nước mắm. Photo courtesy of the restaurant
|Bao Bun: Everything is in the hands of the skilled chef, from preparing the dough to making the filling. Photo courtesy of the restaurant
With delicious food, good taste, good service, the price is only USD 2-10, this place has become a favorite and familiar destination of Parisians.
Other restaurants on the list are Francette (near the Eiffel Tower); Le Mermoz (near the Champs-Elysées); Café de Luce (near Montmartre and Sacre Coeur); and Brasserie Rosie (near Opéra Bastille and the Marais).