This past weekend was Laos New Year, and since I’m not in Seattle to visit my parents for their new year blessings, I decided to do something Asian. We went to Chinatown in the 13th arrondissement and dined at a Laos restaurant. Chinatown in Paris is supposed to be the biggest in Europe, but it is definitely smaller and different from ones in the states. The feeling we got from it was that it was still Parisian. The majority of Asians there are Laotians, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Cambodians. As we walked around the area, it didn’t have the same Asian ambiance as we’re used to in comparison to the Chinatowns we’ve visited in Vancouver, B.C., Seattle or San Francisco. And although that area has the most populated Asians around Paris, it didn’t feel like a true Chinatown.
It was a hot spring day in the high seventies, and we enjoyed our stroll through Paris’ Chinatown. It was a good experience to see this side of Paris, but we probably won’t return. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped. Yet, I still recommend anyone interested in seeing the area to go experience it for themselves.