The silver lining of colonialism is that it resulted in cultural exchange, especially of food, between colonies and their parent country. It's largely because of colonialism that we find freshly baked French baguettes on Luang Prabang's streets and traditional Laotian fare in Paris's 13th arrondissement. Seeing the links between countries through food is always interesting and we think that Trabblrs will enjoy do so by exploring Paris's Chinatown!
Paris's Chinatown is the largest in Europe and will introduce Trabblrs to a different side of the City of Lights. Here you'll hear Khmer and Cantonese being spoken alongside French and Vietnamese, find huge Asian supermarkets with exotic ingredients, and a plethora of tasty dishes from France's former colony of Indochina (modern-day Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos). A great introduction to the area is a meal at Lao Lane Xang, one of the best restaurants for all things Southeast Asian, including roast duck and spicy coconut curries.
If you're in the mood for a second course that's more casual, head to Pho Banh Cuon 14 up the street on Avenue de Choisy. The Vietnamese noodle soup here is outstanding. Those who enjoy cooking their own Asian food will not want to miss a walk down the aisles of Tang Freres further south on Avenue d'Ivry. This Asian supermarket is an institution.
Meeting point: Outside Lao Lane Xang. To get here, take the Metro to Tolbiac on the M7 Line.
Leaders, Lao Lane Xang gets crowded! Get there early, by say 7pm, to get a table quickly. It's closed on Wednesdays.