Authentic Vietnamese restaurants and shops are located across San Jose - after all, the city is home to the largest Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam itself. The heart of this culture beats in San Jose’s Little Saigon. Little Saigon is a unique blend of traditional Vietnamese and modern American culture.
Visitors can learn about the history of Vietnamese immigrants to San Jose at the Viet Museum, savor amazing dishes at one of the many celebrated restaurants in the neighborhood, and enjoy excellent shopping.
The Viet Museum or Museum of the Boat People & the Republic of Vietnam focuses on the experience of Vietnamese Americans and their journey from Vietnam to the United States. It showcases the journey that so many people took to settle into new and successful lives in San Jose.
In the heart of Little Saigon lies the up-and-coming Vietnam Town, next door to the Grand Century Mall. This shopping area caters to the Vietnamese community and visitors looking to experience the unique culture. Restaurants specialize in popular Vietnamese dishes like pho, and stores offer selections from all over East Asia.
On Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, the Lion Plaza comes alive with firecrackers, traditional lion dancers, bright colors, and wonderful tradition. Lion Plaza serves as the heart of the community, where generations surround one another and blend traditional and modern culture.