Whilst visiting Vietnam, Hanoi food is one of the highlights. There is so much variety to try, some not for the faint hearted. Pho and Banh Mi might take all spot light but there are many other great dishes.
Vietnamese food changes a lot between each city so the food listed below is all Hanoi specialities.
Bún Bò Nam Bộ – Beef Noodle Soup
Specialising in 1 dish, this restaurant has become very famous for its beef noodles. It has a very tasty broth, a little sweet, with rice noodles, beef, herbs, vegetables, crispy fried shallots and peanuts. This is a must try for everyone and a personal Hanoi food favourite.
This restaurant is the only place offering the real Bún Bò Nam Bộ, so if you are looking for the real deal then this is the best and only place to go. The restaurant will be busy all day, every day but it has a fast serving time so you will always find a table.
Add – 73-75 Hàng Điếu, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Price – 75k
Phở Xào Bò – Stir Fried Beef Noodles
Phở Xào Bò is a beef noodle dish made with the thicker phở noodles and stirred fried beef with a thick meat sauce. On the side you get some fresh herbs to mix in.
Phở Xào Bò is available all across Hanoi but this particular restaurant is famous for it and customers come here only for this. Expect it to be busy at lunch and you might have a short wait for a table.
Add – 45 P. Bát Đàn, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Price – 80k
Phở Cuốn & Phở Chiên Phồng – Beef Rolls & Fried Noodle with Beef
These are both made from phở noodles but in a very different way to a typical noodle dish. Phở Cuốn, are beef and herbs rolled in the a square sheet of the phở noodles and accompanied with a dipping sauce. They light, fresh and dangerously moreish. The Phở Chiên Phồng are small squares of the noodles deep fried into crispy hollow pillows, ready to soak up the beef and vegetables in a meat sauce that is served on top.
These dishes are famous in the Truc Bach area of Hanoi and there are many restaurant to choose from. 1 serving of each would be enough for 2 people. These restaurants are busiest in the evenings.
Add – 31 P. Ngũ Xã, Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Price – about 75k per dish
Xôi – Sticky Rice
Xôi can be found on the corner of every street in Hanoi in the morning sold in carts by old woman. A simple sticky rice is topped with either chicken or pork, mung bean paste and fried shallots. There is a number of different sticky rice to choice from the most popular one being yellow turmeric rice.
Although commonly found in the early morning it is much harder to find later in the day but Xoi Yen is open all day and is very popular option as they have more choice for toppings.
Recommend choicing the Turmeric Sticky Rice with Chinese Pork Belly for 37k.
Add – 35b Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Price – 25k+
Chả Cá – Pan Fried Fish
Chả Cá is a marinaded fish cooked with dill at your table and eated with rice noodles, peanuts and a dipping sauce. As you finish cooking the fish at your table it is a great experience for a group to eat together in the evening with some beers. There is a number of restaurants that specialise in this dish around Hanoi but they all offer only this dish.
Add – 6B Đường Thành, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Price – 120k per person
Bún Chả – BBQ Pork with Noodles
Bún Chả is Hanoi food, largest thanks to Obama and Anthony Bourdain enjoying it together in 2016. The popularity exploded with tourists after this and now it is as popular with tourists as it is with locals. The dish consists of pork meatball and pork belly barbequed and served in a warm broth with rice noodles and herbs on the side. You will have garlic and chili on the table to add to your taste. Bún Chả restaurants all also served nem rán, fried spring rolls, and go very well with each other.
Bún Chả is served everywhere in Hanoi and a very popular lunch time meal.
Add – 21 Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Lý Thái Tổ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Price – Bún Chả – 50k, Nem Rán – 10k each
Bánh Rán – Fried Rice Balls
Bánh Rán is a Vietnamese donut made with rice flour and most commonly filled with mung bean paste. These are most commonly eaten in the morning but are an easy snack to get all day. Whilst you can find these sold by people walking around they are best enjoyed fresh and purchased directly from a shop making them.
They are cheap, delicious and easily eaten with your morning coffee.
Add – 52 P. Hàng Chiếu, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Price – 2k – 3k each
Hà Nội Bánh Mì
The famous Bánh Mì!!! Every city in Vietnam has a slightly different style to their bánh mì and Hanoi is no exception. Typically filled with pork meat, pate or egg along with pickled carrot, cucumber, coriander and chilli sauce. Banh Mi 25 has a more extensive menu than most places including vegetarian options.
Available all day and enjoy anytime of day, if you are trying Hanoi food then you will be eating one of these soon enough.
Add – 25 P. Hàng Cá, P, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Price – 30k – 40k
Bánh Bao – Steamed Buns
Bánh Bao has its roots in China but has become a staple in Vietnamese food. It is a steamed bun with a variety of fillings but most commonly quail eggs, pork meat and mushroom all wrapped in the ‘bun’ then steamed. There is lots of other varieties sold includes sweet fillings.
A good and easy to eat snack available all through the day, all across the city.
Add – Mainly street vendors on Lương Văn Can, Hàng Gai, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Price – 15k – 25k depending on the size
Bánh Cuốn – Steamed Rice Rolls with Pork
Bánh Cuốn is one of the most common breakfasts in Hanoi. A thin rice batter is cooking with a mixture of pork meat and mushrooms inside and served with fried shallots a dipping sauce. It is often available with pork pie meat, an egg, cucumber or bean sprouts on the side.
There a lot of restaurants offering Bánh Cuốn in the morning and at lunch across the city and are all equally good.
Add – 14 P. Báo Khánh, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Price – 30k
Bún Đậu Mắm Tôm – Tofu & Pork with Shrimp Paste
Bún Đậu Mắm Tôm will divide opinion more than any other sauce in the world. Fermented shrimp paste. It has a smell you can’t escape but a taste that is loved. The dish is fried tofu, rice noodles and a selection of meats and herbs all served with the shrimp paste. It is a common lunch across Hanoi and a favourite of many people if you can handle the smell.
Add – 6 P. Mã Mây, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Price – 30k plus any extras
Phở Bò – Beef Noodle Soup
Phở Bò, the most famous of all Vietnamese food and rightly so. It is sold everywhere, eaten by everyone and eaten regularly. Thinly sliced beef is quickly boiled in a delicious broth and served in the broth with noodles and a selection of herbs. You can then add lime, garlic and chili. Phở Bò is particularly good in the north of Vietnam and will be one dish that you will through the country and in the countryside although the quality will be the best in Hanoi.
There are many restaurants offering Phở Bò and it is often the small family owned restaurants that are the best but if it looks busy then you can trust that the locals know where the good Phở Bò is served. It is most commonly eaten in the morning.
Add – 23 P. Hàng Muối, Lý Thái Tổ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Price – 45k
Bò Bía Ngot – Coconut and Sugar Cane Wraps
Bò Bía Ngot is a sweet snack usually available in the evening and sold off the back of bikes in the old town, outside apartment blocks, in parks or anywhere else large groups gather but the one place they always are is in between West lake and Truc Bach lake.
A crunchie sugar stick is wrapped with grated coconut and black sesame seeds in rice paper. They are very popular with children but equally delicious for everyone with a sweet tooth.
Add – Between West Lake and Truc Bach Lake
Price – 10k
Trứng Vịt Lộn – Duck Fetus Egg
For those brave enough to try it there is the duck egg with a fetus inside. If you can overcome the look then you can find out where it is so popular in Vietnam.
Often served in the street and eaten as a quick snack or put inside a hot pot as part of a larger meal it is definitely one of the more unusual Hanoi food.
Add – Moving street vendors
Price – 10k
This is for the adventurous!!! The snake restaurants in Hanoi have live snakes which are killed and cooked in a variety of ways while the blood, bile and sometimes the heart are mixed with rice wine to drink!!!
Snake meat isn’t known as being particularly delicious but this is an event more than a meal and an experience that some people really love.
As you are paying for a whole snake it is best done in a group as it can be a lot of food and wine rice.
Add – 37 Ng. 137 Việt Hưng, Việt Hưng, Long Biên, Hà Nội 10000
Price – Large range but average 600k per person
Hanoi food might be special but the drinks here are important as Hanoi runs on 2 drinks, coffee and beer. Coffee shops can be found everywhere and have fantastically strong coffee and a few unique coffee drinks that are worth a try. Bia Hoi is the most common beer in Hanoi and can be found all over the city but there is also wine rice if you want to try something a little stronger.
Bia Hoi – Draught Beer
The greatest of all beers and the only way to really drink in Hanoi, Bia Hoi. This is cheap but delicious draught beer sold all over Hanoi. This is how most locals drink and most Bia Hois have a good menu to go with the beers although the food can be hit and miss and is more expensive compared to street food.
Generally speaking the bigger and busier the Bia Hoi the better the beer will taste. The beers are only 12k each!!!! Which is good since they are often finished in 1 go, trăm / trăm, 100%. You will often heard this said meaning you finish 100% of your beer. Locals may often want to cheers with you, when they go it is good to finish all your beer and shake hands. At 12k you can just order another beer.
Add – 50 P. Bát Đàn, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Price – 12k – per beer, various – food
Tạ Hiện – Beer Street
This is the main beer drinking street in the centre of the old town. Every night you will find plenty of people drinking, eating and having a good time here but at the weekend after 7pm this area is a walking street and it is particularly busy.
There are countless bars with small plastic chairs offering food and beer until midnight with either a view of the craziness or in the heart of it all.
If you want to meet and drink with some locals then this is a great place but expect everyone to be drunk!!!
Add – Tạ Hiện
Price – 25k – per beer, various – food
Trà Chanh – Lemon Tea
Trà Chanh, lemon tea, might be the most refreshing drink there is. It is cold, sweet and a just delicious. The problem is trying to not finish it too quickly. Sold through the city as most coffee shops or at Trà Chanh shops it is the ideal drink in the Hanoi heat.
Add – 31 Đào Duy Từ, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Price – 15k
Cà Phê Cốt Dừa – Coconut Coffee
Coconut coffee. Coconut coffee is tasty cross between a coffee and a milkshake. It is coffee topped with a blended mix of coconut and condensed milk which becomes a firm foam. The result is a stunning looking and tasting drink and a speciality of Cong Ca Phe as well as many coffee shops across the city.
Add – 27 P. Nhà Thờ, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Price – 49k
Cà phê Trứng – Egg Coffee
Egg Coffee, this might sound unusually but once you try it then you know why it is popular. Egg is whisked into a frothy mixture and placed onto of the coffee. You can mix this together to make a drink similar to a cappuccino but with a different taste. It is normally ordered hot but you can get it iced as well. You can find this in many coffee shops in Hanoi but not all of them.
Add – 8 P. Chân Cầm, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Price – 50k
Cà Phê Nâu Đá – Condensated Milk Coffee
The regular, delicious but strong Vietnamese filter coffee will keep you awake all day. For most of the year it is drank iced but in the winter most people get it hot. A small amount of strong coffee is mixed with condensed milk. Drinkers beware how strong this coffee can be. Every coffee shop in every town offer this coffee or black without the condensed milk.
Add – 5 P. Chân Cầm, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Price – 25k
Below is our map showing the location of the above Hanoi food, drinks as well as some sightseeing places to visit whilst in Hanoi, you can see more details about them on the link below.
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