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. Chim Sao

    $$ | Hai Ba Trung District | Vietnamese

    For an authentic Vietnamese dining experience in a classy, artsy setting this is a fine bet. On a quiet street, Chim Sao is a favorite with...Read More

  • 2. Cousins

    $$ | Tay Ho District | French

    The outdoor area of this French-influenced, lakeside venue is an ideal place for some very romantic dining and expat gatherings. The interior...Read More

  • 3. Cugini

    $$ | Tay Ho District | Italian

    The owner of Cousins ( cugini means cousins in Italian) partnered with Italian chef Nico Ceccomoro to create an authentic dining experience...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

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