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. 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

  • 2. Takitimu Ice Cream

    $ | Ba Dinh District | Café

    This tiny, colorful ice cream shop creates long-term customers with every scoop. They mix fresh fruit or cookies into the ice cream using machines...Read More

  • 3. Bluebird's Nest

    $ | Ba Dinh District | Café

    Full of bricks, books, and artistic locals and expats, Bluebird's Nest is a quiet oasis where you can work, study, or kick back and get some...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 129 Mai Hac De

    $$ | Hai Ba Trung District | Café

    Locals and visitors flock to this closet-size café to perch on knee-high stools and sip smooth, creamy fruit shakes. The basic café menu lists...Read More

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