Hanoi is a city filled to the brink with its own unique charm. Every where you go, you are swarmed with shops, restaurants, scooters, bikes and people in every direction. It can be quiet over whelming, especially when it comes to choosing where to eat!
I have heard from multiple people that the food in Vietnam is to die for.. and they weren’t wrong! We planned our days based on the location of the restaurants we wanted to try every single day that we were there. We tried our best to walk to each location – Google Maps is your best friend when it comes to this. Heres a little tip, while on wifi, type in the address of each restaurant (or wherever you’re trying to go) and Google Maps shows you the directions, even if your phone isn’t connected to data or wifi. Of course you will need wifi or data to search for directions to a new location.
We justified all of the days we spent eating by the amount of walking we did in Hanoi! It really is doable, just make sure you wear comfortable shoes and bring water with you.
Restaurant: Bun Cha Dac Kim
Address: 01 Hang Manh
One of our first meals in Hanoi was Bun Cha. Bun Cha is grilled fatty pork served with white rice noodles, greens and a side of sauce. Of course we also ordered a side of spring rolls. The restaurant is two floors, upon entering you are able to see the food being cooked in front of your eyes. You are then taken to the second floor to sit and eat. The food was absolutely amazing. We shared one bowl of Bun Cha and it easily filled up both of our stomachs. The price is inexpensive, priced at 50, 000 VND/bowl.
Restaurant: Wanna Waffle?
Address: 19 Quan Thanh, Ba Dinh
To satisfy our sweet tooth, we stumbled upon Wanna Waffle, while walking around the infamous lake in Hanoi. To get into the actual restaurant, you have to enter through a convenience store and take the stairs within the convenience store to get to the waffle joint. The menu had a huge array of desserts and drinks. We opted for waffles with green tea ice cream and mangos/vanilla ice cream, bananas and chocolate. For drinks, refreshing milk teas.
Restaurant: Thanh Van
Address: 14 Hang Ga Street
Another thing I really recommend trying while in Northern Vietnam is Banh Cuon, a type of stuffed pancake or rice noodle roll. You are able to get it stuffed typically with pork, shrimp or chicken. Each comes with a side of fish sauce for dipping. The owner of this family owned restaurant is extremely friendly and outgoing! He showed us how to eat the dish and spoke to us about Hanoi and his restaurant.
Restaurant: Ly Quoc Su
Address: 10 Ly Quoc Su
And of course how can you go to Vietnam and NOT try their pho! It was amazing. Hanoi is known for having the best beef noodle pho! This restaurant definitely did not disappoint. And it was also heavily air conditioned, so eating this hot bowl of pho didn’t seem too bad.
Restaurant: Xoi Yen
Address: 35 Nguyen Huu Huan Street
After a crazy day of walking around, site seeing and stuffing our faces with food in extremely busy restaurants – we decided to opt out of eating with the huge crowds of Hanoi and got take out steamed sticky rice from this restaurant. You’re able to choose your meat, rice and extra toppings. All of which are so good. We wanted to eat here more than once. We chose egg, Chinese sausage and regular white rice. This place is a must!
I unfortunately forgot to write down the restaurant names and addresses for both of these places, but I believe that Banh xeo will be good at almost any restaurant in Vietnam. Paired with ice cold Hanoi beer and you’re set!
Restaurant: Banh Mi 25
Address: 25 Hang Ca Street
Last but not least, is Banh Mi. We decided to try this little cart on the street for our last meal in Hanoi. Made from fresh ingredients and just the right amount of everything. Our trek in the rain to get here was absolutely worth it.
Hanoi is overflowing with restaurants and different types of food to try. From the street food, desserts and French food in the French Quarter – something is for sure to catch your eye and satisfy your belly. Hopefully this list somewhat helps you out when deciding what/where to eat!