Where to eat in Hanoi? Be Like A Local Foodie

Lê Ngọc Minh Châu - November 02, 2018

Where to eat in Hanoi? You must be like a local foodie

Let’s starting by solving quickly your all questions as well as other visitors similarly wonder about how the Vietnamese cuisine in Hanoi is. These are commonly kinds of that you’re so excited to take a Hanoi discovery and your plan asks for having to try well-known food? Or you are like a fish out of water to too much of advices for food options, you don’t know what to eat in Hanoi in a best way?

Where to eat in Hanoi? Be Like A Local Foodie

This post with picked lists of food is definitely for you. Our purpose is to make you feel believable, convenient, faster about your food plan. So we have completed a small online handbook of Hanoi food for the first foreigners coming to Viet Nam, a country brought out by an old, unique, modern, mesmerizing Hanoi capital.

What to eat and where to eat in Hanoi? 

I. Must-try lists of authentic dishes and where to eat them in Hanoi

These following recommended places to eat in Hanoi are the most favorite things and we don’t want you to miss them

You should know why you are supposed to taste all the flavors:

  • They are the most specific characteristics of tradition, culture of Hanoians
  • Long time existing within the life of Vietnamese people
  • Local people love to eat them everyday
  • Vietnamese traditional food like “Pho” and “Bun” is excellently amazing even KFC, Mc. Donald fast food company can’t compete against our habit of eating breakfast in the streets, small restaurants through years. They are all excellently cooked from simple materials

What they are?

1. Phở - Easy and simple flavor but classic

Pho is not just a dish for Vietnamese people, it’s their spiritual life from 1920s till now.

This noodle soup mainly consists of beef, rice noodle, cilantro and onions, broth...When Pho is served on your table, don’t forget to add a bit of chili vinegar or garlic, a slice of lemon or you can order one more plate of fried bread-sticks, dip them in the hot soup.

Where to eat in Hanoi? Be Like A Local Foodie

Signature dish of Hanoi - "Pho Bo"

Where to eat in Hanoi? Be Like A Local Foodie

The best combination - Pho and Quay (Fried bread-sticks)

What attracts more? Any good smell of a bowl of Pho will steal your heart immediately especially its flavor makes you never forget even want to eat several times. If you travel in the winter trying Pho amazingly brings you a warm taste to warm yourself

Pho, it is properly said to be the best aromatic flavor because everyone loves to eat it from children to adults. Pho can be found in some restaurants or small restaurants in the roadsides, alleys of Hanoi city

Here are some of the best Pho restaurants in Hanoi to eat Phở 

  • Phở Bát Đàn, 49 Bát Đàn street a traditional place of serving Pho

Addressed at 49 Bát Đàn street, every day the atmosphere in this restaurant is pretty busy with tourists continuously coming here. The owners are always busy to make one by one for those customers who line up and patiently wait for their turn to order.

This is a self-serving place instead of being served so when it comes to your turn to order you should stand near the counter to take your bowl of Pho then come back to your seat. Let’s go ahead and fight with the crowd it’s worth it!

Price: From 45.000 VND/bowl

Open time: 7:00-12:00 and 16:00-21:00

  • Phở Thìn, 13 Lò Đúc street in Hanoi

 Opened in 1979, till now together with the “Phở Bát Đàn” this restaurant has contributed to developing the brand of Phở in Hanoi, Viet Nam with homeland flavor that local people and international tourists greatly enjoy

Phở Thìn is famous for its unique dish - Rare beef Phở. Unlike other traditional noodles with pure broth, Phở Thìn’s soup is really fat with a combination of stir-fry beef, sweet and fragrant ginger, garlic.

With secret recipe for making Phở, “Phở Thìn” is actually able to let someone get addictive.

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Price: 40.000- 60.000 VND/bowl

Open time: 6:00- 20:30

  • Phở 10 Lý Quốc Sư, located at 10 Lý Quốc Sư street

It is a well-known restaurant in the Old quarter of Hanoi. The food is clean and well-preserved. Beef noodle soup is also supper good. Another good thing is friendly staffs and clean restaurant makes it comfortable

Open time: 08:00- 22:00

Price: 40.000- 70.000 VND/bowl

  • Phở sướng, 24 Trung Yên alley (near Hoan Kiem lake)

This place is no longer at the top of Phở restaurant anymore but also it’s the ideal place to try once. Beef is still well-made with soft rare beef but a bowl of this Phở isn’t served as full as “Phở Vui” 

Open time: 6:00- 11:00 and 18:00- 22:00

Price: 40.000-60.000 VND/bowl

  • Phở vui, 25 Hàng Giầy street

Don’t mistake “Hàng Giầy” for “Hàng Giấy”, they are different streets. Easily one of the best “Pho” in Hanoi, the Pho noodle is nice and thin, and the broth is exceptionally flavorful.

Open time: Morning and from 6:00pm till midnight

Price 40.000-70.000 VND/bowl 

>>> Tast The Best Pho in Hanoi With Hanoi Food Tours 

2. Bun- like Phở, another taste of authentic Hanoi

  • Bun Cha, the best one of bun (noodle with grilled pork)

Bun cha is a creation for the essence of Vietnamese food simplicity. It’s just a simple mixture of a few elements in making Bun Cha such as pork, garlic, green, noodles and fish sauce. BUT, to professionally marinate, grill pork and prepare unforgettable fish sauce not many people can do that. To eat Bun Cha you just dip the bun noodles into a bowl of sauce flavored with heaping mounds of fresh herbs, sliced papaya, red chili and garlic. 

Where should you come to eat Bun Cha? 

Where to eat in Hanoi? Be Like A Local Foodie

  • Bun Cha Đắc Kim, 1 Hàng Mành street

This is the oldest Bun Cha restaurant with over 50 years of experiences in Hanoi. There are many people realizing this is one of the best Bun Cha which you should come and try

Open time: 08:30- 21:00

Price: 60.000 VND   

  • Bun Cha, 34 Hàng Than street

The grilled pork and fish sauce taste delicious although the sauce seems to be sweeter than other restaurants. As a fact of that, this is worth being on top 10 best Bun Cha in Hanoi 

Open time:  8:00-16:00

Price: 30.000-45.000

  • Bun cha Hương Liên as known as Bun Cha Obama 24 Lê Văn Hưu street

Where to eat in Hanoi? Be Like A Local Foodie

Barack Obama treated to Bun Cha in Hanoi by Anthony Bourdain

It’s crowded every day, the space is clean, cool with air-conditioning. Bun Cha is good but not too delicious anyway the taste pleases almost visitors. This restaurant luckily welcomed president Obama on his business trip to Viet Nam. He really enjoyed it and gave a few excellent comments.

Price:  35.000-40.000 VND

Open time: 08:30-20:30 

  • Bun thang 32 Cau Go street

Easily to get access to this place, a bowl of Bún Thang is full of chicken, pork, and dried squid or shrimp, both in the broth and as toppings, in addition to thinly sliced egg shreds and giò lụa (Vietnamese pork sausage), fresh herbs and mushrooms as well. If you like, you can add chilies, shrimp paste, and lime for even more depth of flavor. Eating it you are no worry of being hungry!

Open time: 9:00- 22:00

Price 35.000 VND

Where to eat in Hanoi? Be Like A Local Foodie

Bun thang is made from variety of ingredients

  • Bún ốc sườn: 57A Hai Ba Trung street (noodles with snails and ribs)

If you are get on well with snails don’t miss this place because each one, the Bún Ốc is cooked clever soulfully. The soup is a little sour but very pure with soft ribs. Have a chance to slurp this sort of noodle satisfies your taste

Open time: 15:00-22:00

Price: 35.000-40.000 

Where to eat in Hanoi? Be Like A Local Foodie

3. Cha ca, 14 Chả Cá street, Hoan Kiem district (Grilled Fried Fish with Rice Noodles)

You’ll see a big attraction of this dish when try it, there isn’t any word that is able to depict this delicious taste. “Chả Cá Lã Vọng” has been known by many foreigners in the world, they highly recommend us to visit Cha Ca La Vong restaurant located at 14 Chả Cá street.

Where to eat in Hanoi? Be Like A Local Foodie

Chả Cá is served with grilled and fried fish,  rice vermicelli, fried peanuts and coriander, all to be dipped into Vietnamese dipping sauce (contains fish sauce, vinegar, salt, sugar, garlic) or shrimp pate (“mắm tôm”) mixed with lime juice. 

Price: About 175.000 VND

Open time: 11:00-14:00 and 17:00-21:00 

4. Traditional Banh Cuon Thanh Van

Bánh Cuốn here is specializes in a thin sheet made out of fermented rice batter and served with pork and wood ear mushrooms. You can watch them nimbly make it while you wait. A plate of this dish put on your table looks hot and smells really good. 

Where to eat in Hanoi? Be Like A Local Foodie

Address: 12 Hàng Gà street

Price: About 25.000 VND

Open time: 7:00- 13:00 and 17:00 - 23:00   

5. Banh mi (Vietnamese bread)- a main part of our daily-life

It is a product of French colonialism in Indochina, combining ingredients from the French (baguettes, pâté, jalapeño, and mayonnaise) with native Vietnamese ingredients, such as coriander, cucumber, and pickled carrots and daikon.

Frankly, the usefulness of living together with Banh Mi is just amazing! Again, you’ll feel a simple Vietnamese receipt but creates precise flavor in our cuisine culture. 

Where to eat in Hanoi? Be Like A Local Foodie

Should-come address: Bami bread- 98 Hàng Bạc street. With young and friendly staffs, here you can order and be served at the table. Drinks are included in their menu
Price from: 25.000 VND

Yogurt bar: (not for yogurt), address: 14 Hàng Buồm street. This serves up some of the best Banh Mi ngan (Banh Mi with duck meat). Ordering a roasted duck Banh Mi costs 30.000 VND 

II. What to eat in Hanoi? Don’t miss some essential desserts  

6. Cafe 

  • No.1 egg coffee in the world, famous Cafe Giảng in Hanoi

Where to eat in Hanoi? Be Like A Local Foodie

You may be not a fan of coffee however if you travelling in Hanoi give you a chance to try Egg Coffee. The coffee is pretty delicious mixed by the whole materials as eggs, milk, coffees that you will find them so amazing and unforgettable. Coffee is too important to live without it which appears in our relationship, work, or our soul so Vietnamese people love it and i believe this is the one you should discover at every corners, hidden alleys of Hanoi old quarter.

A birthplace of egg coffee in Hanoi is “Giảng cafe” located at 39 Nguyễn Hữu Huân street

Open time: 7:00-23:00, price from 25.000 VND 

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  • Cộng Cafe, both of space and drinks are excellent

Cộng Cafe is a chain of cafes that have a Communist theme to it. The word Cộng comes from the first word of Vietnam's official name, "Cộng hòa xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam", which means "Socialist Republic of Vietnam."

If you're visiting Vietnam, definitely check out one of these cafes. There’s all kind of old retro sofas with the cool flower patterns and stuff, very colorful. What’s cool too, is the staff, they’re wearing a kind of like green military, drab color uniform 

Where to eat in Hanoi? Be Like A Local Foodie

In Hoan Kiem district, some stores in Hoan Kiem district:  116 Cầu Gỗ street (near Hoan Kiem lake), 54 Mã Mây street, 27 Nhà Thờ, 35A Nguyễn Hữu Huân…

Price from 40.000VND

  • Highland coffee, the third floor, view from Hoan Kiem lake 

On the third floor, 1-5 Đinh Tiên Hoàng street, close to Hoan Kiem lake

Price from 50.000 VND 

This is a good place for sitting with a cup of cafe since you can take a view of Hoan Kiem lake and crowded scenery below. From late afternoon to evening coming to Highland coffee makes you feel more relaxed. However it doesn’t really bring you quiet space. Each of drink here is made from high-quality materials, especially coffee beans. There are also various choices for you from drinks to sweet cakes. If you want to buy coffee grind for making it at home, take some of them from the counter. 

7. Hanoi Cool Beer (low alcohol content)

  • Ta Hien Beer 

Today, Vietnam is one Asia's biggest beer-drinking nations, consuming 3.8 billion liters a year in 2016, according to Ministry of Industry and Trade.

If you want water yourself in a world of cool beer don’t forget to take a stroll along the Tạ Hiện street, a tiny street offers bottled beers while tourists sit closely on the both sides of the sidewalk. By this way, you really get up close and personal with the culture of a new city.

Address: Along Ta Hien street

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8. Che - Vietnamese sweet dessert

This traditional beverage i made with a number of varieties of beans, tubers, and/or glutinous rice, cooked in water and sweetened with sugar.

A good and slightly sweet dessert will improve your mood, if so this kind of dessert must be tasted.

Address: 93 Hang Bac street and 17 Tô Tịch street are considered as both famous shops in Hanoi 

Where to eat in Hanoi? Be Like A Local Foodie

III. Where to eat in Hanoi - Most popular on Tripadvisor rating

Experienced and reviewed by many tourists, these following restaurants are trustworthy places to visit when your trip to Vietnam comes

9. Downtown Cafe & Restaurant

Where to eat in Hanoi? Be Like A Local Foodie

Downtown Café & Restaurant is founded by a group of well-experienced trip leaders who have been working in the travel and hospitality industry for many years.

Including Vietnamese cuisine, special Hanoi street food, western food are cooked well and match with almost tourist’s taste. Price from 55.000- 300.000 VND/dish

Address: 17-19 Gia Ngu street

Open time: 10:30- 23:00 

10. Red Bean Central Restaurant

Where to eat in Hanoi? Be Like A Local Foodie

Not only does the restaurant serve the best Vietnamese cuisine in the city, it also offers various favorite cocktails, wines and freshly made juices. Bonus, it’s a nice designed restaurant in modern space 

Address: 94 Ma May street, open from 11:30-22:00

11. Essence Restaurant

Where to eat in Hanoi? Be Like A Local Foodie

This restaurant serves traditional dishes from 3 regions of Vietnam. Come and try different flavors of salty taste in Northern, the Central distinguished by its hot, spicy flavors while the Southern region taken on a sweet and sour zest.

Address: 22 Tạ Hiện street, open from 11:30 - 22:00

Price: US $4- $7/dish 

12. Central View Restaurant & Rooftop

The restaurant located on the 8th floor of JM Marvel Hotel is one of the best locations to enjoy your meals. With unique restaurant design and panorama city view, the entire top of the building is occupied by Rooftop bar and Central View Restaurant, which makes special impression of being on a spaceship in the sky.

Where to eat in Hanoi? Be Like A Local Foodie

Open time: 15:00- 23:30

Address: 16 Hàng Da streett

13. Duong’s restaurant & cooking class

Set up by Mr Hoang Duong who is passionate on food with long-time experience of cooking, joining in master chef show in Viet Nam, being a mentor for younger Vietnamese chefs.

Here every dish is carefully made by Vietnamese chefs, let’s enjoy your meal in the cosy atmosphere with friendly and well-trained staffs. Service are special Duong’s set Hanoi, Duong’s Christmas set Hanoi, Duong’s cooking class Hanoi, and traditional set Hanoi 

Address: 27 Ngõ Huyện street or 101 Mã Mây street, open from 10:00- 23:00

Where to eat in Hanoi? Be Like A Local Foodie

14. Era restaurant, 48 Mã Mây street

It serves traditional Vietnamese food in elegance space, also being on the fourth of best rated restaurants in Hanoi on Tripadvisor. Era restaurant is easy to find on Mã Mây street.

Open time: 10:00- 23:00

Where to eat in Hanoi? Be Like A Local Foodie

IV. Where to eat in Hanoi without attention of how to go

Hanoi is famous for its many restaurants but it’s the street food that really makes you drool :)

Join in a personalized food tour with a local foodie and try the best tasting in the city. There are many fun things to do with a tour guide such as taking a stroll around the bustling old quarter, sharing your first feeling when you eat at the first time, telling many funny stories,...They are there to introduce you about Vietnamese culture, instruct you how to cross a street to avoid motorbikes, teach you how to say Vietnamese in easiest way, show you the beauty of Hanoi landscape

A few of the services are offered by free tour organization like Hanoi free local tour, Hanoi free walking tour, Hanoi E.buddies, Hanoi Kids…

Another option is a more convenient way with Az local trip, we advise you either free tour guide or professional tour guide in Hanoi