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Top 10 Local Dishes to try in Hanoi

TOP 10 LOCAL DISHES TO TRY IN HANOI

Vietnam is world-famous for its diverse, flavorful and balanced cuisine, and Hanoi food is especially interesting. Hanoi Street Food such as Pho(Noodle) and Banh Mi(Bread) have become trendy in western countries, while Vietnamese coffee is a common flavor at cafes everywhere.

 

For first-time visitors it can be daunting to figure out where to go and what to eat, so we’re here to help with a local guide to find the best authentic street food along with top food vendors in Hanoi, divided into different dishes.

 

What to eat and where to eat in Hanoi? 

Must-try lists of best food in Hanoi and where to eat in Hanoi

These following recommended places to eat in Hanoi are the most favorite things and we don’t want you to miss them

You should know why you are supposed to taste all the flavors:

  • They are the most specific characteristics of tradition, culture of Hanoians
  • Longtime existing within the life of Vietnamese people
  • Local people love to eat them every day
  • Vietnamese traditional food like “Pho” and “Bun” is excellently amazing even KFC, Mc. Donald fast-food company can’t compete against our habit of eating breakfast in the streets, small restaurants through years. They are all excellently cooked from simple materials

What they are?

1. Pho – Easy and simple flavor but classic

Pho is not just a dish for Vietnamese people, it’s their spiritual life from the 1920s till now.

This noodle soup mainly consists of beef, rice noodle, cilantro and onions, broth…When Pho is served on your table, don’t forget to add a bit of chili vinegar or garlic, a slice of lemon or you can order one more plate of fried bread-sticks, dip them in the hot soup.

What attracts more? Any good smell of a bowl of Pho will steal your heart immediately especially its flavor makes you never forget even want to eat several times. If you travel in the winter trying Pho amazingly brings you a warm taste to warm yourself

Pho, it is properly said to be the best aromatic flavor because everyone loves to eat it from children to adults. Pho can be found in some restaurants or small restaurants in the roadsides, alleys of Hanoi city

Here are some of the best Pho restaurants in Hanoi to eat Pho 

 

  • Pho Bat Dan, 49 Bat Đan street – a traditional place of serving Pho

Addressed at 49 Bat Dan street, every day the atmosphere in this restaurant is pretty busy with tourists continuously coming here. The owners are always busy to make one by one for those customers who line up and patiently wait for their turn to order.

This is a self-serving place instead of being served so when it comes to your turn to order you should stand near the counter to take your bowl of Pho then come back to your seat. Let’s go ahead and fight with the crowd it’s worth it!

Price: From 45.000 VND/bowl

Open time: 7:00 – 12:00 and 16:00 – 21:00

 

  • Pho Thin, 13 Lo Duc street in Hanoi

 Opened in 1979, till now together with the “Pho Bat Dan” this restaurant has contributed to developing the brand of Pho in Hanoi, Viet Nam with homeland flavor that local people and international tourists greatly enjoy

“Pho Thin” is famous for its unique dish – Rare beef Pho. Unlike other traditional noodles with pure broth, “Pho Thin”’s soup is really fat with a combination of stir-fry beef, sweet and fragrant ginger, garlic.

With a secret recipe for making Pho, “Pho Thin” is actually able to let someone get addictive.

Price: 40.000 – 60.000 VND/bowl

Open time: 6:00 – 20:30

 

  • Pho 10 Ly Quoc Su, located at 10 Ly Quoc Su street

It is a well-known restaurant in the Old quarter of Hanoi. The food is clean and well-preserved. Beef noodle soup is also super good. Another good thing is the friendly staffs and clean restaurant makes it comfortable

Open time: 08:00 – 22:00

Price: 40.000 – 70.000 VND/bowl

 

  • Pho Vui, 25 Hàng Giầy street

Don’t mistake “Hàng Giầy” for “Hàng Giấy”, they are different streets. Easily one of the best Pho in Hanoi, the Pho noodle is nice and thin, and the broth is exceptionally flavorful.

Open time: Morning and from 18:00 till midnight

Price: 40.000 – 70.000 VND/bowl

 

  • Pho Suong, 24 Trung Yen alley (near Hoan Kiem Lake)

This place is no longer at the top of Pho restaurant anymore but also it’s the ideal place to try once. Beef is still well-made with soft rare beef but a bowl of this Pho isn’t served as full as “Pho Vui” 

Open time: 6:00 – 11:00 and 18:00 – 22:00

Price: 40.000 – 60.000 VND/bowl

 

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2. Bun – like Pho, another taste of authentic Hanoi

  • Bun Cha – the best one of Bun – Noodle with grilled pork

Bun cha is a creation for the essence of Vietnamese food simplicity. It’s just a simple mixture of a few elements in making Bun Cha such as pork, garlic, green, noodles and fish sauce. But, to professionally marinate, grill pork and prepare unforgettable fish sauce not many people can do that. To eat Bun Cha you just dip the bun noodles into a bowl of sauce flavored with heaping mounds of fresh herbs, sliced papaya, red chili and garlic.
Where should you come to eat Bun Cha?

  • Bun Cha Dac Kim, 1 Hang Manh street

This is the oldest Bun Cha restaurant with over 50 years of experiences in Hanoi. There are many people realizing this is one of the best Bun Cha which you should come and try
Open time: 08:30 – 21:00
Price: 60.000 VND/bowl

 

  • Bun Cha, 34 Hang Than street

The grilled pork and fish sauce taste delicious although the sauce seems to be sweeter than other restaurants. As a fact of that, this is worth being on the top 10 best Bun Cha in Hanoi
Open time: 8:00 – 16:00
Price: 30.000 – 45.000 VND/bowl

 

  • Bun cha Huong Lien as known as Bun Cha Obama, 24 Le Van Huu street

It’s crowded every day, space is clean, cool with air-conditioning. Bun Cha is good but not too delicious anyway the taste pleases almost visitors. This restaurant luckily welcomed President Obama on his business trip to Viet Nam. He really enjoyed it and gave a few excellent comments.

Open time: 08:30 – 20:30 

Price:  35.000 – 40.000 VND/bowl

 

  • Bun Thang, 32 Cau Go street

Easily to get access to this place, a bowl of Bun Thang is full of chicken, pork, and dried squid or shrimp, both in the broth and as toppings, in addition to thinly sliced egg shreds and “gio lua” (Vietnamese pork sausage), fresh herbs and mushrooms as well. If you like, you can add chilies, shrimp paste, and lime for even more depth of flavor. Eating it you are no worry about being hungry!

Open time: 9:00 – 22:00

Price: 35.000 VND/bowl

  • Bun Oc Suon, 57A Hai Ba Trung street – Noodles with snails and ribs

If you get on well with snails don’t miss this place because each one, the Bun Oc is cooked clever soulfully. The soup is a little sour but very pure with soft ribs. Have a chance to slurp this sort of noodle satisfies your taste

Open time: 15:00 – 22:00

Price: 35.000 – 40.000 VND/bowl

3. Cha ca, 14 Cha Ca street – Grilled Fried Fish with Rice Noodles

You’ll see a big attraction of this dish when trying it, there isn’t any word that is able to depict this delicious taste. “Cha Ca La Vong” has been known by many foreigners in the world, they highly recommend us to visit Cha Ca La Vong restaurant located at 14 Cha Ca street.

Cha Ca is served with grilled and fried fish,  rice vermicelli, fried peanuts and coriander, all to be dipped into Vietnamese dipping sauce (contains fish sauce, vinegar, salt, sugar, garlic) or shrimp pate (“mắm tôm”) mixed with lime juice. 

Open time: 11:00 – 14:00 and 17:00 – 21:00 

Price: About 175.000 VND/person

4. Sticky rice (xoi xeo)

The concept is simple: sticky rice with various toppings. But the sticky rice doesn’t just come plain. A very popular option is sticky rice with a layer of mung bean paste and lard. It’s clearly a favorite for the Hanoi locals. We tried it once, and sadly, we didn’t like the paste too much, but we do LOVE just the plain sticky rice! Our favorite toppings are pate and boiled chicken. This was one of our go-to breakfasts!

 

Where to find: The absolute best place to go is Xoi Yen, an institution in Hanoi. Located at the corner of main street Nguyễn Hữu Huân & Hàng Mam. A bowl of sticky rice is under US $1, and various meat toppings run from 35 cents to a dollar.

5. Vietnamese sandwich (banh mi)

  • Banh mi (Vietnamese bread) – The main part of our daily-life

It is a product of French colonialism in Indochina, combining ingredients from the French (baguettes, pâté, jalapeño, and mayonnaise) with native Vietnamese ingredients, such as coriander, cucumber, and pickled carrots and daikon.
Frankly, the usefulness of living together with Banh Mi is just amazing! Again, you’ll feel a simple Vietnamese receipt but creates precise flavor in our cuisine culture.

 

  • Bami bread, 98 Hang Bac street

With young and friendly staffs, here you can order and be served at the table. Drinks are included in their menu

Price: From 25.000 VND/piece

 

  • Yogurt bar, 14 Hang Buom street

It’s not for yogurt. This serves up some of the best Banh Mi Ngan (Banh Mi with duck meat).

Price: 30.000 VND/piece of roasted duck Banh Mi.

 

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6. VSteamed pork wraps (banh cuon)

Banh cuon is made with a pork and mushroom filling wrapped in freshly steamed rice paper, then topped with crunchy fried shallots. Fish sauce, chilis, and fresh herbs are served alongside. Eat it all in one bite for maximum deliciousness! Often, cinnamon pork will be offered as an accompaniment too. You won’t miss banh cuon vendors! They’re the ones sitting next to a big steamer with buckets of rice flour mix.

 

Where to eat: The most popular one is at Ban Cuon Gia Truyen (Tripadvisor page here), located at 14 Pho Hang Ga. One order costs 45,000 VND or just over US $2. However, you can find banh cuon vendors everywhere and they are all just as good. 

7. MỲ VẰN THẮN (Wonton Noodle Vietnamese)

Place:

 – 54 Hang Chieu

–  9 Dinh Liet

Price: ~$2USD

Description: It has hearty meat-filled dumplings, savory roast pork, succulent shrimp, leafy greens, oodles of egg noodles, sprigs of fresh herbs and a sautéed garlic topping to add the right amount of spice

8. Cháo sườn Hàng Bồ (Rib porridge)

Place: 32 Hàng Bồ

Price: ~$1USD

Description: Rib porridge is cooked with broth, mashed rice and baby back ribs. It really feasts your eyes. It also comes with salted shredded pork and fried dough sticks.
The best rib porridge is at the bottom of the pot because it has a lot of meat and burnt porridge. Sipping a good porridge, you seem to be back the childhood

9. Cafe

  • No.1 egg coffee in the world – The famous Cafe Giang in Hanoi

You may be not a fan of coffee however if you traveling in Hanoi give you a chance to try Egg Coffee. The coffee is pretty delicious mixed by the whole materials as eggs, milk, coffees that you will find them so amazing and unforgettable. Coffee is too important to live without it which appears in our relationship, work, or our soul so Vietnamese people love it and I believe this is the one you should discover at every corner, hidden alleys of Hanoi old quarter.

A birthplace of egg coffee in Hanoi is “Giang cafe” located at 39 Nguyen Huu Huan street

Open time: 7:00 – 23:00

Price: From 25.000 VND/cup 

 

  • Cong Cafe – Both of space and drinks are excellent

Cong Cafe is a chain of cafes that have a Communist theme to it. The word Cong comes from the first word of Vietnam’s official name, “Cong hoa xa hoi chu nghia Viet Nam”, which means “Socialist Republic of Vietnam.”

If you’re visiting Vietnam, definitely check out one of these cafes. There’s all kind of old retro sofas with the cool flower patterns and stuff, very colorful. What’s cool too, is the staff, they’re wearing a kind of like green military, drab color uniform 

Some stores in Hoan Kiem district:  116 Cau Go street (near Hoan Kiem lake), 54 Ma May street, 27 Nha Tho, 35A Nguyen Huu Huan…

Price: From 40.000 VND/person

 

  • Highland coffee – View of Hoan Kiem lake 

Located on the third floor at 1 – 5 Đinh Tien Hoang street, close to Hoan Kiem Lake. This is a good place for sitting with a cup of cafe since you can take a view of Hoan Kiem lake and crowded scenery below. From late afternoon to evening coming to Highland coffee makes you feel more relaxed.

However, it doesn’t really bring you quiet space. Each drink here is made from high-quality materials, especially coffee beans. There are also various choices for you from drinks to sweet cakes. If you want to buy coffee grind for making it at home, take some of them from the counter. 

Price: From 50.000 VND 

10. Hanoi Cool Beer (low alcohol content)

  • Ta Hien Beer 

Today, Vietnam is one of Asia’s biggest beer-drinking nations, consuming 3.8 billion liters a year in 2016, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

If you want water yourself in a world of cool beer don’t forget to take a stroll along the Ta Hien street, a tiny street offers bottled beers while tourists sit closely on both sides of the sidewalk. By this way, you really get up close and personal with the culture of a new city.

Address: Along Ta Hien street

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