Hanoi emerged as a tourist sensation not only for its rich collection of historical landmarks and architectural sites but also for its vibrant cuisine. If you wish to unveil the dynamic range of dishes here, check out our guide to the best local places to eat in Hanoi.
Pho Suong is one of the first and most famous pho brands in Hanoi. It is also one of the noodle shops that put “Hanoi Pho” on the global culinary map. You can visit here early in the morning for a taste of authentic Pho right in the Old Quarter. Pho Suong has a deep sweet taste, rich from the hour-long stewed bones and meat.
Pho is a must-try when you’re in Hanoi
Address: 36B Mai Hac De Street, Hai Ba Trung District
Opening hours: 6:30 AM - 10 PM
Price: VND 30,000 - VND 50,000
Mien Luon (Eel Noodle Soup) is a specialty of Ninh Binh Province that made its way to Hanoi by the uniquely savory taste. Here, they specialize in fried and grilled eels. However, you can ask for the noodle soup version, which an interesting alternative to the usual Pho.
You can also order the dry noodles version
Address: 87 Cua Dong Street, Hoan Kiem District
Opening hours: 6:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Price: VND 25,000 - VND 60,000
If you’re in for a more hearty breakfast dish, head to the Hang Bai - Ly Thuong Kiet conjunction to find a Xoi Xeo stall. It’s a dish of sticky rice and sliced sweet mong beans, topped with Vietnamese sausages, fried garlic, and a splash of chicken fat. The symphony of both sweet and savory taste will put a smile on your face immediately.
Xoi Xeo is a local favorite
Address: 37 Hang Bai Street, Hoan Kiem District
Opening hours: 6 AM - 10 AM
Price: VND 15,000 - 30,000
Banh Duc is a specialty of Hanoi that not many foreigners know about. There are two types of Banh Duc: hot and cold. The hot version is made from pre-cooked rice cake, served with hot minced pork soup, topped with cilantro and fried garlic. The cold Banh Duc has the same rice cake, but it's served cold with bean sprouts and peanuts.
Cold Banh Duc is refreshing for a summer day
Address: 28 Hang Be Street, Hoan Kiem District
Opening hours: 7 AM - 9 PM
Price: VND 15,000 - 33,000
Bun Cha is a dish of grilled pork patties and noodles, goes alongside a dipping sauce made from fish sauce, vinegar, garlic, and chili. After President Obama tried Bun Cha during his visit to Vietnam, the already booming business took off. Now only a few establishments still maintain the authentic way of preparing the dish. Bun Cha Ta is one of them.
Don’t miss out on Bun Cha
Address: 21 Nguyen Huu Huan Street, Hoan Kiem District
Opening hours: 8 AM - 10:30 PM
Price: VND 25,000 - VND 50,000
Bun Oc (Snail Noodle Soup) is another staple of Hanoi cuisine. It’s a light and delicious dish, made from freshwater snails, tomatoes, and topped with herbs. Do expect to share a seat with locals and enjoy your noodles on the streetside.
Bun Oc is perfect for any chilly days
Address: 36 Lương Ngoc Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District
Opening Hours: 7:30 AM – 3 PM, 5 PM – 11 PM
Price: VND 45,000
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For dinner, let’s try the famous “Com Suon Dao Duy Tu”. They are known for their rice with perfectly grilled meat. The rice has a smoky, buttery taste from being fried under immense heat. Then it's served with succulent, fall-off-the-bone tender ribs. It’s a must-try whenever you’re in Hanoi.
Vietnamese opt for Com Suon when they need a fulfilling meal
Address: 47 Dao Duy Tu Street, Hoan Kiem Distr
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 10:30 PM
Price: VND 50,000 - VND 65,000
If you’re a seafood lover, do not skip Hanoi’s Cha Ca. This unique creation consists of grilled fish marinated in turmeric, dill, spring onions, noodles, and fermented shrimp paste. The dish is so famous that people named a street after its name!
Cha Ca represents Hanoi's culinary culture
Address: 19-21-31 Duong Thanh Street, Hoan Kiem District
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 9:30 PM
Price: VND 120,000
Mi Ga Tan 24 is a great street stall to try Mi Ga Tan, which is instant noodle served with a fragrant herbal chicken stew. It’s popular among locals all-year-round but is most enjoyable during the cold winter days. If you’re feeling under the weather, the medicinal property inside the broth will kick the illness right out of you!
Mi Ga Tan warms you in and out during Hanoi winter
Address: 24 Hang Bo Street, Hoan Kiem District
Opening hours: 5 PM - 11 PM
Price: VND 40,000 - 60,000
Banh Gio is a staple of Hanoi’s dynamic cuisine, adored by all generations. You can have it at any time, at every corner of this bustling city. One of the best places for Banh Gio is Miss Beo’s stall on Thuy Khue Street. They serve amazing rice dumplings at an affordable price.
Try Banh Gio, a local delight!
Address: 5 Thuy Khue Street, Tay Ho District
Opening hours: 7 AM - 8:30 PM
Price: VND 12,000 - VND 27,000
Xoi Che Ba Thin serves one of the best Xoi Che - a traditional Vietnamese dessert of sticky rice and red bean soup. It’s a perfect dish for the freezing wintertime and those with a sweet tooth. You can also find a wide assortment of Vietnamese sweet soup here.
Xoi Che is a staple of Hanoi’s desserts
Address: 1 Bat Dan Street, Hoan Kiem District
Opening hours: 7:30 AM - 11 PM
Price: VND 15,000 - VNd 25,000
This comfort food is very popular among local students. The dish combines shredded papaya, beef jerky, herbs, and a fish-sauce-based dressing. Its crunchy texture and refreshing taste go great on a summer day.
A standard serving of Beef Jerky Salad (on the left)
Address: 5 Hang Giay Street, Hoan Kiem District
Opening hours: 8:30 AM - 11 PM
Price: VND 25,000 - VND 44,000
Hanoi is a city with a unique culinary identity, made rich by streams of immigrants from different parts of the country as well as foreign influences. It’s a cuisine that honors ingenious ways of preparing simple ingredients and an affordable price that fits the budget of commoners. Above are our recommendations for local places to eat in Hanoi, through which, we hope to cast you a taste of the city’s dynamic and vibrant culinary scene.
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