New Orleans is home to one of the largest Vietnamese populations in the South, which has resulted in a number of Vietnamese staples becoming mainstays in New Orleanians’ diets. Bakeries, delis, James Beard Award-winning restaurants, and casual eateries are all among the list of must-try Vietnamese spots during your next visit to New Orleans.

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With a deliciously authentic Vietnamese menu, innovative specials and a breathtakingly beautiful interior, dining at Mint Modern Bistro is a delightful culinary experience. Located in Uptown New Orleans along the Freret Street corridor, Mint Modern offers everything from traditional phở and vermicelli bowls to unique offerings like sticky chicken wings and pork belly tacos. 

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Locals love Lilly’s. This Lower Garden District-based cafe is a Magazine Street staple. In the midst of shopping along its seven-mile stretch, stop into Lilly's and enjoy a number of Vietnamese favorites, including jasmine rice dishes with an assortment of veggies, meats and fish sauce, a variety of phở, and a number of vegan and vegetarian-friendly items including spicy tofu and spring rolls.

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A Gretna favorite for authentic Vietnamese and contemporary Asian fare, Nine Roses never disappoints. Choose from traditional Vietnamese staples like Nem Nướng (chargrilled pork meatballs) and Gỏi Vịt (duck and shredded cabbage), or Chinese favorites like moo-shu and chow mein. 

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From starters to entrees, sides - and even drinks - everything on Phở Tàu Bay’s menu is truly authentic. This New Orleans staple has been family-owned and operated for over 30 years. Their menu highlights include gỏi cuốn (spring rolls), phở tai, đá chanh, and much more. Stop in and discover a taste of Vietnam right here in the Crescent City.

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With locations in both the Central Business District as well as Uptown, Magasin and Magasin Kitchen are convenient options for authentic Vietnamese cuisine on the go. Their fresh spring rolls and Vietnamese Bimbap Bowl are a must-try. Start your meal off with their coveted potstickers and crab rangoon for the complete dining experience.

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With five locations across the New Orleans Metropolitan Area, Phở Bằng is a casual Vietnamese eatery open seven days a week. In addition to their delicious menu of hearty appetizers, phở, buns, and rice dishes, make sure to browse their extensive list of authentic Vietnamese beverages.

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Using both French and American influences, Cafe Minh takes a modern twist on traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Vietnamese BBQ Catfish, Honey-Glazed Chicken, Slow Braised Asian Short Ribs and much more are part of Cafe Minh’s savory and sophisticated menu.

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Get your spring rolls, phở, banh mi, and other Vietnamese favorites at Viet Orleans Bistro. Located in the Central Business District, this spot is perfect for lunch or a midday snack. Add an iced coffee with condensed milk for a sweet finish to your meal.

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Ba Chi Canteen puts a modern twist on traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Their assortment of spring rolls - including BBQ roast pork, shrimp, beef, ba chi, and more - are a great way to start off your dining experience. Their must-try entree is the signature “baco” (bao + taco), topped with the pickled carrots, daikon and the protein of your choice.

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Chef Michael Gullota’s Mid-City eatery deliciously combines Vietnamese and Louisiana cuisine. The lemongrass wings are downright addictive, as are the Po-Mi (a po-boy/banh mi hybrid) sandwiches. Be sure to check out their inventive cocktail menu, which includes a number of boozy blended boba teas.

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Since 2015, Banh Mi Boys has taken the art of sandwich-making to the next level. Banh mi – referred to by most locals as a Vietnamese po-boy – is this eatery’s focus, but it also offers classic New Orleans po-boys and other classic Vietnamese dishes. Banh Mi Boys delivers a creative twist on a New Orleans-Vietnamese favorite served between two buns – and in two locations.

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Located in the Hotel Saint Vincent, this cafe and bakery offers an all-day menu of French-Vietnamese cuisine including ginger-chili oil dumplings, banh mi, and makrut lime laap. It also has a special weekend brunch menu as well as weekday happy hour from 3-6 p.m. Enjoy a drink and delicious meal on the patio overlooking beautiful lower Magazine.