HOTSPOT: VIETNAMESE FOOD WITH KIDS IN PARIS by guest blogger Liz
Let me introduce myself; my name is Liz and I live with Lou and our son Flip (0). We live in Amsterdam but love to travel around the world. We are always looking for new local hotspots, young designers and trendy gadgets. Cities we’ve been to we re-discover with the little one and a pram ;-)
In a small side street of Boulevard de Charonne you’ll find restaurant Little Hanoi. A wanted hotspot for everyone who likes Vietnamese food. An Asian restaurant can be a challenge in Paris. At lots of places you really don’t want to eat once you’ve seen the kitchen so a local tip is necessary to avoid disappointment.
A peak through the window shows immediately that a pram won’t fit in here. So tonight Flip comes along in the carrying sack. Reservations aren’t possible, but if you go there in time you’ll quickly have a table. Lou and I are a bit late of course and have to wait in line for a while. But 10 minutes later we are sitting at a clean table with table water with mint in front of us. Next to us are two couples with 3 children enjoying their freshly prepared dishes.
We choose a salad and the spring rolls as a starter. You can order the latter for € 1 each. As a main we go for the Tôm Bún and the Chicken sate. From the small open kitchen the most delicious steaming dishes arrive at our table in no time. A feast for your eyes and for your mouth. Inspired by the girls next to us Lou orders the lychees for dessert.
After 45 minutes we’re back outside after having 3 courses, full stomachs and a not much lighter wallet. A true hotspot! If you want to do something cultural with the kids after a great lunch, go to the famous cemetery Cimetière du Père-Lachaise around the corner. This is the biggest cemetery of Paris, where amongst others Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison are buried.
Little Hanoi (9, rue Mont Louis 75011 Paris Métro Philippe Auguste) is open every day (which is rare in Paris) between 12.00 and 14.30 and between 19.00 and 22.30. FYI they don’t accept credit cards. If you’re not in the mood for the restaurant but want to relax on your AirBnB couch with the kids, you can choose the same dishes in their take away.