Hanoi is one of the most visited cities in Vietnam, therefore, Hanoi’s dining places have 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.
The classical style of Highway 4 Restaurant
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 the 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 district 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 overview of Hanoi capital. There are plenty of exciting selections 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.
Famous Vietnamese dishes of Highway4
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.
Green Tangerine beautiful view
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 an 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.
This rustic setting and atmosphere make it one of the 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
Fantastic duck meat dish at Green Tangerine
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.
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Best restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter
French style decoration
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 a 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
2nd floor of Cafe de Paris
Priced at 100.000 VND which is about 5 $ upwards, standout dishes include the flank steak with shallot sauce and salad daise potatoes duck confit and Parisian-style double-cheeseburger. For vegetarians or those who prefer a lighter meal, the goat cheese salad, tartiflette, 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 baked 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 15-minute walking from Sword Lake.
Perfect for family dining
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.
A warm and elegant atmosphere inside Essence Hanoi
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 enjoying 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 la long (turmeric fish with dill) and rolled beef with black raisin sauce.
Deliciously fried shrimps with spicy sauce
Best restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter
But dining in elegant restaurants is not the right way to explore Vietnam cuisine. You can only experience it in these local places!
Amazing BBQ hotpot
Xuan Xuan Hanoi might not win any award for the 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 center of the Old Quarter, Xuan Xuan Hanoi is an ideal place to go to.
Best restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter
A big bowl of sticky rice topped with egg, different meats, hams
Xoi Yen’s specializes 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. Restaurant in the Old Quarter
8. Cha Ca Thang Long
You will be served Cha Ca in a hot pan with some vegetable and noodles to eat
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.
Cha la lot - Grilled meat inside "lot" leaves and Nem cua be - grinded crab meat spring rolls
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 upwards, you get two pieces of its crabmeat rolls and a bowl of bun cha that’s big enough to share between two people. Eat as 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.
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.
Noodles with beef, vegetable and special fish sauce
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.
The table which President Obama used was framed in glass by the owner of the restaurant
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.
You can order exactly what President Obama called to eat
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 the mouth, with crab meat rolls and a cup of Hanoi beer, you’ll stop caring about anything else surrounding.
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 efficient way they deliver their “pho”, you’ll quite easily forgive them for those shortcomings. And that’s beside 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.
The famous-around-the-world Pho Bo
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 secure a table first before you order … that is if you’d rather not look for one whilst carrying a hot bowl of soup.
The best Banh My in the city
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 bread is better than anywhere else in the city.
Tons of different kinds of meat and vegetable inside Banhmi
Their spot is completely unassuming, just a roadside one-person stand and three small tables with stools right next to it, but their bread is 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 a wonderful service!
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The lovely decor at Cafe Nola Hanoi will make you feel like you are relaxing at home
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.
Inside Nola Cafe
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 Hanoi 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.
At the top of Cafe Pho Co
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.
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Greg Apr 06, 2019
There are some great restaurants here but for me this list is not complete unless it includes Durty Bird. Without a doubt the best chicken in Hanoi and also one of the coolest restaurants in Hanoi with its variety of music, great food, great service and banging cocktails. A must try for anyone who is reading this list.