Hanoi Restaurants

From curbside feasts on Lilliputian plastic chairs to superb fine dining, Hanoi’s restaurant scene has something for everyone. Locals are fiercely proud of their street food culture and this is where the essence of Hanoi’s food scene can be discovered. Signature northern dishes include bun cha (vermicelli with minced pork burgers), banh cuon (steamed rice rolls stuffed with minced pork, mushrooms, and shallots), and the ubiquitous pho, Vietnam’s nominal national dish, which comes in chicken and beef varieties. These classics represent just a tantalizing taste of what is on offer in the city. And with a seemingly endless array of vendors slaving over hot grills, simmering alchemy in large pots, or doling out pillow-soft steamed buns from a ramshackle cart, opportunities to eat like a local are limitless. In the past, Hanoi’s restaurant sector has suffered in comparison to its Kingly Street dining scene. That has changed significantly over the past decade or so. There is now an eclectic selection of interesting (and often excellent) eating spots that run the gamut from simple French bistros and laid-back cafés to opulent venues for multicourse blowouts and cutting-edge options that would not be out of place in the world’s major gastronomic hubs.

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  • 1. Banh Cuon Gia Truyen

    $ | Hoan Kiem District | Vietnamese

    Less a restaurant, more a hole-in-the-wall with a few tables and chairs strewn around, this venue compensates for its lack of sophistication...Read More

  • 2. Bun Bo Nam Bo

    $ | Hoan Kiem District | Vietnamese

    This venue is spotlessly clean, and despite its popularity with tourists is still very much the real deal. Like all the best restaurants purveying...Read More

  • 3. Dac Kim Bun Cha

    $ | Vietnamese

    Dining at this Old Quarter institution is an experience. The tiny first floor is used for food preparation, but staff members will lead you...Read More

  • 4. Hanoi Social Club

    $$ | Hoan Kiem District | Café

    The main draw here is the convivial, bohemian atmosphere. Housed in a stunning 1920s French-colonial villa in a quiet part of the Old Quarter...Read More

  • 5. Pho Gia Truyen (Pho Bat Dan)

    $ | Hoan Kiem District | Vietnamese

    When it comes to street food, Hanoians don't go in for much ostentation and the eating area here is decidedly prosaic; just a few communal tables...Read More

  • 6. The Moose and Roo Smokehouse

    $$ | Hoan Kiem District | American

    Set up in a giant courtyard full of wooden booths, deck furniture, and barrels, the Moose & Roo Smokehouse at the American Center is chock...Read More

  • 7. Café des Arts Millenium

    $$$ | French

    Once homey in feel, a recent makeover has brought about a radical change with chic leather seats replacing the old wooden chairs and monochrome...Read More

  • 8. Eden Cafe

    $$ | Hoan Kiem District | Café

    If you walk to the left of the cathedral, you will find this unique café-by-day, bar-by-night. This four-story place offers comfortable seating...Read More

  • 9. Green Farm Restaurant

    $$ | Hoan Kiem District | Vietnamese

    This restaurant specializes in gluten-free options and cooking classes. They operate two farms near Hanoi and grow most of their own food. They...Read More

  • 10. Hanoi Food Culture

    $$ | Tay Ho District | Vietnamese

    Minimalist furnishings and hip lighting fixtures make this a popular hangout for tourists. The second-floor courtyard is full of natural light...Read More

  • 11. Hanoi Taco Bar

    $$$ | Hoan Kiem District | Mexican

    Craving tacos in Vietnam? Look no further than this little gem opened by a couple of Brits in 2015. The margarita pitchers are a steal, and...Read More

  • 12. Joma

    $$ | Hoan Kiem District | Café

    This chain of cool cafés started in Laos and now has four branches in Hanoi, all serving the same selection of soups, sandwiches, and delicious...Read More

  • 13. Mediterraneo

    $$$ | Italian

    Delicious Italian food is served in this dim and romantic brick eatery in front of the cathedral. Along with exemplary bruschetta (toasted bread...Read More

  • 14. Minh Chay

    $$ | Hoan Kiem District | Vegetarian

    Minh Chay is one of the better options for vegetarians and vegans in town and has been around for more than 20 years. With offerings that include...Read More

  • 15. New Day

    $$ | Hoan Kiem District | Vietnamese

    Popular with tourists and native Hanoians alike, this is one of the few restaurants in the Old Quarter that manages to unite the two demographics...Read More

  • 16. Puku

    $$ | Hoan Kiem District | Café

    Open around the clock, Puku is nothing if not convenient. The international fare served won't have gourmands forming an orderly queue, but the...Read More

  • 17. Tandoor

    $$ | Indian

    This small Indian restaurant makes up for its lackluster setting with a wonderful yet inexpensive menu. Food is prepared fresh, with hand-ground...Read More

  • 18. La

    $$ | Hoan Kiem District | Vietnamese

    This cozy venue near St Joseph's Cathedral in the Old Quarter does simple bistro food well. International and Vietnamese menus are available...Read More

  • 19. Tamarind Cafe

    $$ | Vegetarian

    This restaurant serves creative, international vegetarian fare such as Zen pasta (stir-fried with vegetables in a sweet soy sauce) and Taiwanese...Read More

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