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. 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. Koto

    $$ | Ba Dinh District | Eclectic

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

  • 6. Maison de Tet Decor

    $$ | Tay Ho District | Eclectic

    This beautiful bohemian villa serves up excellent food and an impressive farm-to-table ethos. They own two farms, one in Sapa and one in Soc...Read More

  • 7. Namaste

    $$ | Hoan Kiem District | Indian

    At this authentic Indian restaurant, the owners import herbs and spices directly from India. Flatbreads like paratha and naan are cooked in...Read More

  • 8. Quan An Ngon

    $$ | Hoan Kiem District | Vietnamese

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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Chaouen Lounge

    $$ | Tay Ho District | Mediterranean

    Named after a charming town in Morocco known for its light-blue buildings, Chaouen Lounge has a wonderful selection of small plates like hummus...Read More

  • 11. Chops

    $$ | Tay Ho District | American

    With three always-full locations, Chops is becoming a staple in Hanoi’s foodie community. Their slogan, "Hops, Wheat, Meat," says it all. All...Read More

  • 12. Dieu's Cuisine

    $$ | Tay Ho District | Vietnamese

    Good wine, fresh Vietnamese cuisine, a romantic lakeside setting, and friendly service have helped Dieu's Cuisine build a loyal clientele since...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. Ky Y

    $$ | Hai Ba Trung District | Japanese

    The Japanese equivalent of your friendly neighborhood diner, this cozy restaurant is always packed with Japanese businesspeople and expats in...Read More

  • 18. Lifted Coffee & Brunch

    $$ | Eclectic

    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

  • 19. Ly Van Phuc (Chicken Street)

    $$ | Ba Dinh District | Vietnamese

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

  • 20. 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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