I love pho! There’s magic in the Vietnamese broth and the wonders of rice noodles. After ‘phorathon’ in 13eme, here’s favourite and my worst.


Pho Tai – 13 rue Philibert Lucot, 75013 Paris


Orgasmic broth! Speechless. Rich, old broth taste. Well balanced in sweetness and acidity. In your face aromatic. Just stunning! Went there 5 times, 1 time was sub-standard. The owner could speak English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnames, French and perhaps something else too LOL Friendly service. Total LOVE.

Pho 13 – 66 Avenue d’Ivry, 75013 Paris


NB!!! There are two Pho 13. Pho 13 on 135 avenue de Choisy 75013 is EXCELLENT! Almost a close contestant for top spot. CRITICAL difference. Do not confuse these two.


OMG! The broth tasted like Maggi’s, but tasteless? I can’t even describe its horror. Instant noodle by Indomie tasted way better. One visit was one too many, 2 was just ‘kill me now’. The lack of meat and weird bits of chicken shreds in their chicken pho was ridiculous. Let’s not talk about their springrolls and steamed pastry, shall we? I didn’t want to relive those moments. Focusing on their pho, I had to season my own soup in attempt eating it. No amount of fresh chilli could drown out this loud ass failure of a soup.

This is the good Pho13. The terrible one has a glass window on the left and is a much larger store.


So, what’s your favourite/worst in Paris 13?


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Salut, I am Joyce. 40 something living in Paris. Appreciate little things and share giggles. Prudent, no nonsense reviews. #ExploreLaughRepeat


  1. Thank you for the tip – am a big fan of Vietnamese food especially pho and will definetly check out the two places you mentioned when I go to Paris next month:) (and I love that you shamed the third place – nice with some honest foodie reviews:) /Mary

  2. Oh, gosh! I should warn you for the pho 13 down of my place. I even don’t know why it is so full all the time.
    There are plenty more Pho to try. Next time when you come to visit me !

  3. Love those colourful sprinkle of pictures more than the food and i have heard so many good reviews about pho but I haven’t tried it yet

  4. You should post pictures of the good Pho 13 we’ve been together to as well !! And with a picture of the venue so that people would know which one is the bad one and which one is the good one 😉

    Because for a moment I was myself confused, I was like: Wait I liked the Pho 13 !! haha

  5. I suppose Paris is one of the best places to enjoy Vietnamese meals other than Vietnam. At least it is easier to find a nice restaurant than Tokyo.

  6. Pho Tai photos look so inviting – we probably eat Vietnamese every other week. I always get vermicelli with nem and spring rolls.
    Oh how disappointing on Pho 13! No pictures to publicly shame them? 😉

    • Pho Tai has it all going for me ????

      Pho13 looks so bad that it upsets me to relive the moment. ???? better to not post any photo. Their presentation was disturbing.

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