Pho, Bubble Tea & Banh Mi
Authentic Taste of Vietnam in Orlando’s Thriving Mills 50 District.
The Mills 50 district—which spans Mills and Colonial between Princeton Street, North Summerlin Avenue, East Amelia Street and North Hampton Avenue—is home to one of the largest Vietnamese-American communities in Florida.
The influx of Vietnamese residents and their businesses came in the early and mid-1980s, corresponding with a wave of emigration from Vietnam to the United States as a result of the new Communist government. Restaurants, grocery stores, gift shops and clubs and bars slowly began popping up along the busy Colonial-Mills intersection, breathing new life into the area, which, at the time, was depressed and in need of revitalization.
Today, the area is jam-packed with mixed-Asian businesses, but the heart of the district still lies in the original noodle shops, sandwich counters and import shops.
photos by Gary Bogdon