10 Best Restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter

Lê Ngọc Minh Châu - November 02, 2018

Hanoi is one of the most visited cities in Vietnam, therefore, Hanoi’s dining places has become much more well-known recently, from classy cafeterias serving authentic coffee to luxury restaurants serving tasty and expensive dishes. Below is our list of 10 best restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter with a lot of convenience for customers.

1.Highway4 Restaurants Hoan Kiem

Best restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 23:30

Address: 25 Bat Su, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Tel: 043 926 0639

Highway 4 Restaurant Hoan Kiem has the features of Vietnamese classical furnishings. The staff here speak English very well and the restaurant offers a diverse menu. Highway 4 is perfect place for large groups of people with different tastes. The special dishes are highly recommended, particularly the catfish spring rolls which is very popular with locals and tourists. All food here is served with many local herbs. There are several branches of Highway 4 Restaurants all over Hanoi in every districts such as Ba Dinh and Cau Giay.

Customers also have a selection of sitting at normal tables or on the ground floor, while the terrace upstairs offers an over view of Hanoi capital. There are plenty of exciting selecyions to choose from and Highway4 Hanoi’s specials include the catfish spring rolls which is 68,000 VND, grilled pork hanger steak which is 28,000 VND. If you want to try a new taste, you can try the crickets with roasted lemon leaves  which is 68,000 VND, pan-fried scorpion which is 98,000 VND, and frog steamboat which costs 388,000 VND.

Best restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter

Highway 4 Hanoi is also famous for serving a selection of Son Tinh flavored liquors which costs 228,000 VND onwards, which is claimed to be hangover-free. Other drinks such as beers, imported wines, soft drinks, gas drink, coffee, tea, and fresh fruit juices. With six branches throughout Hoan Kiem District, the pioneer Highway 4 Hanoi is located along Hang Tre Street, but there are also newer and huger outlets at No. 25 Bat Su Street at the Hanoi Old Quarter and No. 31 Xuan Dieu Street which is near West Lake.

2.Green Tangerine Restaurant Hanoi

Best restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter

Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 23:00

Address: No. 48 Hang Be Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Tel: 043 825 1286

Green Tangerine Restaurant Hanoi is conveniently located in the Old Quarter, where customers can enjoy real Vietnamese and French tasty cuisine in a nice setting. Established in 2003, the Green Tangerine Restaurant Hanoi occupies an ancient refurbished 1920s French villa that is fitted with rustic decoration, bare bricked walls, and antique furniture. It is also surrounded by a extremely lush garden, making it an ideal dining place for those who are looking for a place to escape from the noisy atmosphere of Hanoi.

Best restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter

Green Tangerine Restaurant Hanoi is famous for its artistically decorated dishes, such as duck breast carpaccio in red color fruit  served with gizzard candied melted in ginger, sesame biscuits with mushroom, roasted pigeon marinated in black coffee, with mashed eggplants rolled in spinach leaves and cauliflower, and caramelized pork and stewed apples, presented on a lotus seeds with cake made from mashed carrots, taros and other ingredients.

Best restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter

During the day, customers can choose the two-course or three-course lunch set, which comes with a starter, main dishes, and dessert. Green Tangerine Restaurant Hanoi’s famous homemade desserts such as apple crumble pie with red fruits sauce and Calvados in lemongrass and served with a scoop of ice cream will satisfy customers.

Located along Hang Be Street in Hoan Kiem District, Green Tangerine Restaurant Hanoi is about a 10-minute walking from Sword Lake and Ngoc Son Pagoda.

3. Cafe de Paris Hanoi

Best restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter

Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 23:00

Address: 12 Luong Ngoc Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Tel: 043 926 1327

Cafe de Paris Hanoi is a French-style cafeteria that is located in the Hanoi Old Quarter, attracting a large number of European expats and tourists looking for place to escape from Hanoi’s noisy and frenetic atmosphere. This quaint cafeteria serves good-quality and reasonably-priced dishes such as salads, light snacks, and dessert as well as famous imported wines by the glass and bottle.

Best restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter

Priced at 100,000 VND which is about $5 upwards, standout dishes include the flank steak with shallot sauce and salad daise potatoes duck con-fit and Parisian-style double-cheese burger. For vegetarians or those who prefer a lighter meal, the goat cheese salad, tarti flette, and gazpacho are highly recommended.

Cafe de Paris Hanoi also offers French breakfast sets costing 110,000VND, which includes two eggs, bread slices, coffee or tea, a glass of fresh orange juice, as well as freshly backed croissant served with jam and butter. The Cafeteria is also fitted with an outdoor terrace with nice views of bustling streets of Hanoi, making it an ideal place after a day exploring the Hanoi Old Quarter. Situated along Luong Ngoc Quyen Street, Cafe de Paris is accessible within just a 15-minute walking from Sword Lake.

4. Xuan Xuan Hanoi

Best restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Wednesday 10:00 – 22:00
  • Address: 47 Ma May Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi

Xuan Xuan Hanoi might not win any award for style but, if you want to eat like a local, this Vietnamese BBQ is just about the best in town. Sit down on the ankle-high stools and order a selection of meats (pork, beef, fish) and vegetables. Everything is brought on a large platter and you barbecue your own dinner over a small gas-burning stove. It’s a funny experience when eating elbow to elbow with a diverse range of customers, and the taste is truly wonderful. Located in the centre of the Old Quarter, Xuan Xuan Hanoi is an ideal place to go to.

5. Xoi Yen

Best restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter

Opening Hours: Monday – Wednesday 10:00 – 22:00

Address: 47 Ma May Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi

Xoi Yen’s specialises in “xoi xeo”, which is a sweet or savory sticky rice topped with a variety of different meats, shallots and shaved bean curd. Located in the Hanoi Old Quarter, the restaurant occupies a three-storey corner along Nguyen Huu Huan Street, with very low stools and tables (which may be uncomfortable at times, but that’s when you know it’s a local establishment). Xoi Yen gets very crowded at night, there are many customers coming here for late night meals, however service is quick as most locals usually opt for takeaways instead of dining in. A basic bowl of “xoi xeo” cost 15,000 VND which is less than $1, with additional toppings, it cost between 15,000 and 30,000 VND.

6. Cha Ca Thang Long

Restaurant in the Old Quarter

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – 22:00

Address: 21 Duong Thanh Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi

Tel: +84 43 824 5115

Cha Ca Thang Long in the Old Quarter is one of the best places for diners to enjoy “cha ca”, which is a distinctive Hanoi delicacy. Priced at 120,000VND, the dish comprises a white fish fillet seasoned with garlic, ginger, turmeric and dill. After placing your order, the staff will help assemble and cook the ingredients using a sizzling pan at your table. You also get a bowl of rice noodles, peanuts, chopped spring onions, parsley, fish sauce and red chili slices, all of which are meant to be mixed together with the bold, fired, turmeric-flavored fish.

7. Café Nola Hanoi

Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 00:00

Address: 89 Ma May Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi

Tel: +84 94 248 7605

Café Nola Hanoi offers a quiet atmosphere from the bustling traffic ò Hanoi, featuring eclectic furniture, charming service, extensive food and beverage menus and ample outdoor and indoor seating areas. Set along Ma May Street (opposite Bia Hoi Junction), it’s a good spot for enjoying Vietnamese coffee and a wide range of selection of Asian cuisines and western dishes such as granola, pancakes, spring rolls and Thai beef salad. Great for breezy evenings, the garden rooftop terrace is decorated with hanging plants, rattan seats, and colorful hanging umbrellas.

8. Al Fresco’s Hanoi

Opening Hours: Daily 09:30 – 23:00 
Location: 19, Nha Tho Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi 
Tel: +84 43 938 1155

The chain restaurants of Al Fresco’s Hanoi is a superb choice for family dining, serving up large portions of western fare. It’s the place to go when you’re fed up with the lighter Vietnamese food and want something more special during your holiday in Hanoi. The ribs (from 225,000VND upwards) and quesadillas (160,000 VND) are house specialties in this casual friendly diner, while the red wine listed is heavy on Australian and South American. Non-alcoholic beverages range from fresh fruit juices, milkshakes and yogurt smoothies to Vietnamese coffee, soft drinks and Lipton tea. It must be a place that you should come at least once.

9. Essence Restaurant Hanoi

Opening Hours: Daily 06:30 – 22:00

Address: 22 Ta Hien Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi

Tel: +84 43 935 2485

Essence Restaurant in the Hanoi Old Quarter serves authentic Vietnamese and Western delicacies, together with fresh fruit smoothies, coffees, beers and wines. Located on the ground floor of Essence Hanoi Hotel & Spa, the all-day restaurant is a good option for travelers looking forward to enjoy value-for-money meals in a comfortable and fantastic setting. Special dishes include duck coconut curry, bun cha (grilled pork with vermicelli noodles), cha ca va long (turmeric fish with dill) and rolled beef with black raisin sauce.

10. Bun Cha Nem Cua Be Dac Kim

Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 19:00

Address: 67 Duong Thanh Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi

Bun Cha Nem Cua Be Dac Kim, a beloved local restaurant along Dung Thang Street, serves arguably the best “nem cua be” (crabmeat rolls) and bun cha (grilled pork with noodles) in the city. For the price at 90,000 VND upwwards, you get two pieces of its crabmeat rolls and a bowl of bun cha that’s big enough to share between two people. Eat like the locals do by pairing it with fresh vegetables and lettuce, before dipping it in fish sauce. Do note that there are two restaurants with the same name set next to each other –the correct Bun Cha Nem Cua Be Dac Kim is the one with the yellow signage.

11. Bun Bo Nam Bo

Address: 67 Hang Dieu Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi

Look for a blue awning with red tulips and modern store sign of a darker blue shade along Hang Dieu Street, and you’ll find yourself at a must stop food joint in the city. The modest interior, shared-table furnishing and devil-may-care attitude of this tiny restaurant in Old Quarter may not betray its solid reputation, but the simple fact is this: “Bún Bò Nam Bo” is one of Hanoi’s best and favorite spots for refueling.

The menu here is as small as the place itself, with only a few drinks and five food options available. The obvious choice, of course, is the traditional vermicelli dish the restaurant is named after. The “bún bò nam bo” (Southern-style beef noodle salad)—essentially a delightful concoction of rice noodles, grilled marinated beef, fresh veggies, fish sauce and roasted peanuts—served here is one of the best in the city. And price around $2.70 for a big bowl, you’ll definitely love this dish.

12. Bun Cha Huong Lien

Address: Le Van Huu Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi

What happens when Anthony Bourdain and President Obama enjoy a night out in Hanoi? A gastronomic frenzy that yields Obama-inspired meal combos and has Western tourists descending on a local haunt that’s now plastered with vignettes of the iconic moment … whether this is a good or a bad thing remains to be seen. What is clear is this: you cannot leave Hanoi without feasting on Bun Cha Huong Lien’s now world-famous “bun cha” while rubbing elbows with the locals.

This two-story restaurant may overwhelm at first with its frantic atmosphere, its overall messy state and the unceremonious way the servers point you to an empty table and take your order. But once you settle into that large bowl of grilled pork belly and ground pork patties mixed with light rice noodles, fresh herbs and pickled papaya in mouth, with crab meat rolls and a cup of Hanoi beer, you’ll stop caring about anything else surrounding.

13. Cafe Pho Co

If you’re a coffee lover—or really, even if you’re not—you shouldn’t miss out on the coffee drink wonder that is the Vietnamese iced coffee with milk. It’s a delicious and chocolaty concoction that is one of the Vietnamese cuisine’s greatest joys. A fantastic place to try it is Cafe Pho Co, another Fodor’s Choice recommendation. The fact that this Old Quarter cafe’s entrance is hidden away behind a small store and a narrow hallway, making it slightly hard to find, doesn’t stop both locals and travelers from coming here. In fact, it only complements its paradise-like lobby, which is lush with plants, and decorated with several birdcages and small statues.

Order the Vietnamese iced coffee—or an iced egg coffee or a fruit juice, as they have several types of drinks on offer—and make your way all the way to the fourth floor. There you can sip your delicious drink as you enjoy an amazing and incredibly relaxing view of Sword Lake.

14. Pho Gia Truyen

To be perfectly honest, Pho Gia Truyen is not the most welcoming place or the most accommodating. But when you consider the line pouring out into the street and the quick and e’fficient way they deliver their “pho”, you’ll quite easily forgive them for those shortcomings. And that’s besides the fact that Pho Gia Truyen”, a pho joint loved by locals and frequented by travelers, makes some of the most wonderful and comforting steaming bowls of pho in the Vietnamese capital. That’s saying a lot considering that pho is easily the most served dish there.

It’s a cash-only type of place whose four-person staff has zero patience for indecisive customers, so it’s absolutely recommended that you already know what you want before getting here. It isn’t hard as there are only three items on offer, all of which are less than $3. Be sure to securee a table first before you order … that is if you’d rather not look for one whilst carrying a hot bowl of soup.

15. Banh Mi 25

There’s an art to making sandwiches, at least as far as Phuong Dong is concerned. The friendly owner of Banh Mì 25, the famous family-run sandwich stand that his very own grandfather started, and his family not only cook the pate and sandwich meats themselves, they also bake their own bread fresh every three hours, the ingredients of which slightly vary depending on Hanoi’s constantly changing weather. It’s a serious matter to Phuong, who believes this is the main reason why his breads are better than anywhere else in the city.

Their spot is completely unassuming, just a roadside one-person stand and three small tables with stools right next to it, but their bread are incredible. The bread is indeed fresh and perfectly baked, the veggies crispy. And each customer gets a free glass of delicious iced tea. It can’t get better than that with such wonderful service!