What to eat in Hanoi

Food is one of the most enjoyable things for travelers in Hanoi. The capital of Vietnam is much appreciated by food-loving global trotters thanks to its countless variety of cheap and tasty eats and drinks, ranging from soups, noodles, buns, rolls and sandwiches perfectly paired with plenty of fresh herbs to fresh beer, coffee and green tea. Wander around the main streets of Hanoi, and down many of the side streets and alleyways, you will find many interesting dining spots from luxury restaurants, charming cafeteria to lovely food stalls which is everywhere that you look and becomes an integral part of the livelihoods of many locals.


The classic Hanoi noodle soup that is sold from sunrise. From long-boiled beef bones and spices, the broth is made. Phở with beef is Phở bò, while chicken refers to Phở gà.There is also another way of Phở Bò but it’s made like spring roll called Phở cuốn. It includes beef, and salad with Phở paper wrapping around. Phở cuốn is eaten with sauce.

  • Place to eat: 10 Ly Quoc Su/49 Bat Dan


This rice vermicelli is cooked with many different ingredients. Similar to Phở, vermicelli which is eaten with beef is called Bún bò. Bún chả is made with grilled pork. Together with a salty and sweet broth, herbs, vermicelli, the swine is so amazing that you definitely can’t wait to enjoy it. At lunch, the air is full of the scent of the grilled pork that attracts you go there. Another vermicelli is eaten with slow-moving sea snails called Bún ốc.

  • Place to eat: To Hien Thanh St., Trieu Viet Vuong St. or 32-48 Cau Go St., 11 Hang Hom St. or 2 Hang Chi St.

Bánh mì

It’s Vietnamese baguette stuffed with pâté, pickled carrots, daikon and mayonnaise, jalapenos and cold cuts. People can change by adding their favorite foods inside. Banh mi is the most popular food not only in Vietnam. The name of “Banh mi” is brought into the Oxford dictionary


The coffee are quite strong and is described as an electric rolt to the nervous system. Drink coffee after having breakfast and keep youself updated with newspapers has become a common habit for many Vietnamese people. You will be definitely surprised at a cup of coffee made from coffee and egg.

  • Place to eat: Along Nguyen Huu Huan (close to Old Quarters) or Trieu Viet Vuong St. or Phan Dinh Phung St.


It is immature rice kernels roasted over very low heat then pounded in a mortar and pestle until flattened.

  • Place to eat: Vendors in Old Quarters (in Autumn) or 99 Xuan Thuy, Cau Giay, Hanoi

Chả cá Lã Vọng

Chunks of fish are anointed with plenty of turmeric, then sizzled with heaps of dill and served with rice noodles.

  • Place to eat: 14 Cha Ca, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

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