The Vietnamese food is as diverse as its landscape. The finger licking food is irresistible. It is the most flavorful and balanced cuisine. Food is literally everywhere in Hanoi.
Each block has dozens of cafes, with diners spilling onto sidewalks littered with tiny plastic chairs of almost every color of the rainbow with similarly sized chairs.
To understand Vietnamese culture you’ll need to delve deep into its food. The food is worth exploring since it’s one of the freshest, healthiest and most flavorful cuisines in the world. Hanoi is packed with places to eat.
● Bun Cha:
This dish is only served in Northern Vietnam. It’s pork fatty meatballs, grilled over a fire, and served in a soup with rice noodles and green vegetables.
Where to Eat:
● You can have best bun cha is at 34 Hang Than which is a small, very cheap eatery with plenty of flavors.
● Bun Cha Hang Quat is located at 74 Hàng Quạt, Hàng Gai, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam.
● Bun Thang:
It is rice vermicelli with chicken, egg, and pork can be enjoyed at any time of the day. The flavourful broth is made with 20 different ingredients. All these are carefully arranged as a flower.Where to Eat:
● Best Place to Eat this dish is at 48 Cao Go, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
It is the most classic Vietnamese dish, which is rice, noodles served with beef or chicken, onions, garlic and cilantro in a sour and tasty broth.
The two main varieties are pho bo, or beef pho; and pho ga, or chicken pho.Where to Eat:
● You can get the best Pho at GIA TRUYEN on 49 Bát Đàn, Cửa Đông, Hoàn
Kiếm between 18:00 to 22:00.
● Pho Bat Dan is one of the best restaurants in Hanoi.
● Pho Thin (13 Lo Duc) south of Hoan Kiem Lake.
● Banh Cuon:
It is one of the iconic street food dishes of the capital. It is perfect for snacking as it is very light and you can eat it on your way through Hanoi.
Banh Cuon can be found all over the Old Quarter, especially in the morning, You will usually find it at small shops or carts.Where to Eat:
● Visit 14 Hang Ga, where a family has been serving this specialty for
● A good Banh Cuon stall is located in Old Quarter on the corner of Hang
Buom and Ta Hien.
● Cha Ca:
Cha Ca, a Northern Vietnamese specialty involves pan-fried chunks of meaty, fatty skinned fish, turmeric, dill, peanuts, shrimp paste, and rice noodles. There is an entire street in the Old quarter which is dedicated to this dish.Where to Eat:
● The best place to try this flavorful concoction is at 21 Duong Thanh Street,
Old Quarter, Hanoi.
● Banh Duc:
It is made from a blend of rice flour and water. The mixture is eaten with pork, mushrooms, fried tofu, herbs and a topping. The dipping fish sauce is the main part is this dish.Where to Eat:
● 8B Le Ngoc Han Street is the best place to enjoy Banh Duc.
● Bun Ca:
Fried Fish noodle soup is yet another popular and delicious Hanoian soup. This is also a noodle soup.Where to Eat:
● You can have it at Bun Ca Sam Cay Si, 5 Ngo Trung Yen off Dinh Liet Street,
Xoi is glutinous sticky rice served with additions such as hard-boiled eggs, pork, chicken and more. They flavor the glutinous rice with green mung bean paste and lots of chicken fat.
Hanoi sticky rice is a true guilty pleasure.Where to Eat:
● Try it at Xoi Yen (35b Nguyen Huu Huan).
● Bun Dau Mam Tom:
It is another classic street food dish in the capital. It is a beef noodle salad served with fried tofu, pork, herbs and a bowl of mam tom or pungent fish paste.Where to Eat:
● There are several bun dau nam dau eateries down alley 27 on Hang Khay at
the southern end of Hoan Kiem Lake.
● Quan Bun Dau Viet is the best eatery.
● Banh Mi:
It is a sandwich made on a French Baguette and loaded with tons of vegetables, meat and Vietnamese spices.Where to Eat:
● Favorite Banh Mi sandwiches in Hanoi were are at nameless stands.
● You’ll get eat best Banh Mi In Hoi An.
A Street in the Old Quarter named as Phung Hung is famous as a lau hotspot. It is best enjoyed with a group of friends and beers on cold winter nights.Where to Eat:
● Highway 4 (5 Hang Tre)
● Also in the Old Quarter.
● Ice Cream in Hanoi:
A great way to beat the heat is with Vietnamese ice cream, a light, cheap treat that will cool you down in hot summers.Where to Eat:
● Coconut ice cream: At 29 Hang Than in Ba Dinh District or near West Lake at 7 Thanh Nien.
● Flan, or baked ice cream: At 60 Hang Trong in the Old Quarter
● Kem Trang Tien (35 Trang Tien), near Hoan Kiem Lake, is the most famous Ice cream shop
● Caffeine Fix in Hanoi:
Vietnam is one of the major coffee-producing countries, and a favorite pastime of Hanoians is enjoying coffee sitting at a street side cafe.
The most famous type of coffee is the ca phe sua da, or iced milk coffee, there are many other great varieties, and Hanoi is home to one especially unique version which is Egg Coffee. This coffee is prepared with egg yolks, sugar, and condensed milk.Where to Drink:
● Trieu Viet Vuong, or “coffee street”.
● Giang Cafe (39 Nguyen Huu Huan)
● Cafe Thai (27 Trieu Viet Vuong)
● Cong Caphe chain
● D’Alice (89 Trieu Viet Vuong)
● Che (Sweet Dessert Soup):
It is a Vietnamese dessert that can be either hot or cold. It has a wide range of ingredients from tapioca beads, fruits to red beans. The yummiest is hot sugar cane brew with a porridge and a strong ginger taste.Where to Eat:
● Che Ba Thin, Old Quarter
● Also available at many small eateries.
Hanoi restaurant food options range from elevated Vietnamese classics to global food from around the world. You can also check out the following restaurants.
● Pizza 4P’s
Vietnam-based Japanese run Italian pizza restaurant that serves Neapolitan pizza in Hanoi. The service is impeccable and the intelligent blend of Neapolitan techniques with Vietnamese ingredients is beyond words.
The concept that shines brightest is farm to the table. The restaurant is however costly.
● S&L’s Diner
It brings the western food to Vietnam. This restaurant has a menu filled with American comfort food favorites like chicken & waffles, burger, and fries, macaroni and cheese with American-style milkshakes.
This restaurant is double recommended. The innovative dishes are authentically Vietnam, though the owner hails from the UK.
A different version of Catfish spring rolls served with flavorful wasabi soy sauce is the best version of spring roll you’ll ever have. Highway4 has multiple locations in the capital.
● Maison Marou Hanoi
This place is chocolate lover’s heaven. The menu is full of sophisticated pastries and beverages. The signature chocolate tart, Paris-Saigon, and chocolate egg cream are popular items.