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

    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 with giant-size portions...Read More

  • 2. Bun Bo Nam Bo

    $ | Hoan Kiem District

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

  • 3. Dac Kim Bun Cha

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

  • 4. Koto

    $$ | Ba Dinh District

    Located across from the Temple of Literature, this place can get packed, especially on the third floor dominated by tour groups. The flavors here—from baked...Read More

  • 5. Pho Gia Truyen (Pho Bat Dan)

    $ | Hoan Kiem District

    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...Read More

  • 6. Café des Arts Millenium

    $$$

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

  • 7. Eden Cafe

    $$ | Hoan Kiem District

    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 and colorful murals...Read More

  • 8. El Gaucho

    $$$$ | Tay Ho District

    The West Lake branch of a chain of Argentinean steak houses with outlets in Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, El Gaucho Hanoi is modern...Read More

  • 9. Hanoi Taco Bar

    $$$ | Hoan Kiem District

    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,...Read More

  • 10. Lifted Coffee & Brunch

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    This four-story spot opened in May 2017 and was an immediate hit with expats wanting a taste of home. The young and enthusiastic staff strive...Read More

  • 11. Ly Van Phuc (Chicken Street)

    $$ | Ba Dinh District

    Colloquially known as "Chicken Street," this is the place to come for delicious barbecued poultry. The street is lined with vendors working near-identical alchemy with...Read More

  • 12. New Day

    $$ | Hoan Kiem District

    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

  • 13. Quan An Ngon

    $$ | Hoan Kiem District

    Known among Hanoi locals and expats for its lively atmosphere, this noted eatery has specialties from northern, central, and southern Vietnam. The restaurant has additional...Read More

  • 14. Tandoor

    $$

    This small Indian restaurant makes up for its lackluster setting with a wonderful yet inexpensive menu. Food is prepared fresh, with hand-ground spices. You can't...Read More

  • 15. The Moose and Roo Smokehouse

    $$ | Hoan Kiem District

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

  • 16. 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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