What are 10 Best Restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter you can't go wrong with?

Lê Ngọc Minh Châu - November 02, 2018

From classy cafeterias serving authentic coffee to luxury restaurants with tasty dishes, Restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter have something for you!

So do not miss our list of 10 Best Restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter with a lot of convenience for customers.

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1. Highway4 Restaurants Hoan Kiem - One of Best Hanoi Restaurants Old Quarter 

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 23:30
  • Address: 25 Bat Su, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
  • Tel: 043 926 0639

The classical style of Highway 4 Restaurant

The classical style of Highway 4 Restaurant

It is said that Highway 4 Restaurant is what comes in mind when you think of What to eat in Hanoi?

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.

restaurants in hanoi old quarter highway4

It may look simple at first, but the taste is much more delicious!

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 and grilled pork hanger steak.

If you want to try a new taste, you can try the crickets with roasted lemon leaves, pan-fried scorpion and frog steamboat.

Famous Vietnamese dishes of Highway4

Highway4 has a lot to offer!

Highway 4 Hanoi is also famous for serving a selection of Son Tinh flavored liquors which costs 228.000 VND onwards and 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 No. 5 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.

restaurants in hanoi old quater highway4 menu

Take a look at the favorite menu of Highway4!

2. Green Tangerine Restaurant Hanoi - Best Restaurants in Old Quarter Hanoi

  • Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 23:00
  • Address: No. 48 Hang Be Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Tel: 043 825 1286

Green Tangerine beautiful view

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 hustle and bustle of Hanoi nightlife.

restaurants in hanoi old quarter green tangerine

The artistical dishes 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; caramelized pork and stewed apples, presented on a lotus seeds with cake made from mashed carrots, taros and other ingredients.

restaurants in hanoi old quarter green tangerine dessert

Fall in love at the first sight!

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 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 Temple.

So you can stop by these 2 places before treat yourself in Green Tangerine. If you wish to have a Free Itinerary Planning including a detailed plan of where to go and what to eat, feel free to contact our local expert!

3. Cafe de Paris Hanoi

  • Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 23:00
  • Address: 12 Luong Ngoc Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
  • Tel: 043 926 1327

3. Cafe de Paris Hanoi

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.

2nd floor of Cafe de Paris

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, 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.

restaurant in hanoi old quarter cafe de paris

Some standout dishes at Cafe de Paris (The price may change a little bit)

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.

4. Al Fresco’s Hanoi

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

Al Fresco’s Hanoi

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.

Restaurants in Hanoi Old Quater Alfresco

A quick look at Al Fresco's Hanoi menu! 

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!

Best Hanoi Restaurants Old Quarter for Pizza

For pizza-lovers, pick your favorite!

5. Essence Restaurant Hanoi

  • Opening Hours: Daily 06:30 – 22:00
  • Address: 22 Ta Hien Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi
  • Tel: +84 43 935 2485

A warm and elegant atmosphere inside Essence Hanoi

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.

Essence Restaurant Hanoi Old Quater

A lot of savory dishes are waiting for you, this is just for the beef!

 

But dining in elegant restaurants is not the right way to explore Vietnam cuisine. You can only experience it in these local places!

 

6. Xuan Xuan Hanoi

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

Xuan Xuan Hanoi

 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.

Xuan Xuan Restaurant Hanoi Old Quater

The more the merrier (and cheaper)!

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.

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7. Xoi Yen

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

Xoi Yen

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

  • 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

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.

9. 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

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.

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10. 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.

Bun Bo Nam Bo

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 60.000 VND (2.70$) for a big bowl, you’ll definitely love this dish!

11. Bun Cha Huong Lien

  • Address: 24 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.

Bun Cha Huong Lien

The table which President Obama used was framed in glass by the owner of the restaurant

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.

You can order exactly what President Obama called to eat

You can order exactly what President Obama ate!

12. Pho Gia Truyen

  • Address: 49 Bat Dan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

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.

Pho Gia Truyen

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!

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13. Banh Mi 25

  • Address: 25 Hang Ca Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

There’s an art to making Vietnamese sandwiches, at least as far as Phuong Dong, the friendly owner of Banh Mi 25, is concerned.

Banh Mi 25

The best Banh My in the city

The famous family-run sandwich stand that his very own grandfather started, and his family not only cook the pate and sandwich meats themselves but 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

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!

14. 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

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 of 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 coffee in Hanoi 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

Inside Nola Cafe

15. Cafe Pho Co

  • Address: 11 Hang Gai Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

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.

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.

Cafe Pho Co

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.

Among those Restaurants in Hanoi Old Quater, which one is your favorite?

If you want any further advice and information, feel free to contact us, the AZ Local Trip team. It is our pleasure to help you!

  • Nancy Hoa P Jan 12, 2019

    There's a lot of food. Can you send me an itinerary inclued street food tour in hanoi? i'll come to Vietnam this febuary?

  • 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.