THE BEST HANOI FOODS TO TRY

Some of the best food in Hanoi you must eat in the Old quarter and city centre are Bun Cha, Banh Mi, Cha Ca and kinds of noodle soup. Hanoi is a heaven of food with many tasty, flavorful and cheap dishes to eat.

Table Contents
  • I - List of must-try food in Hanoi 
  • 1 - Banh Mi
  • 2 - Cha ca (Grilled Fish Ball)
  • 3 - Bun cha (grilled pork with vermicelli)
  • 4 - Bun thang
  • 5 - Bun Bo (Rice vermicelli with Beef)
  • 6 - Pho noodle soup
  • 7 - Rolled Pho, Fried Pho
  • 8 - Che (Sweet gruel )
  • 9 - Mi Ga Tan (Noodles with stew chickens) 
  • 10 - Banh duc nong 
  • 11 - Banh Troi Tau  
  • 12 - Bun Dau Mam Tom (Rice vermicelli with shrimp paste)
  • 13 - Ice cream 
  • II - The best places to eat in Hanoi
  • 1 - What to eat in Hanoi Old Quarter 
  • 2 - Food to eat in Hanoi Ba Dinh district
  • 3 - Hanoi foods in Tay Ho district
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Hanoi is no doubt a culinary paradise for those who love Vietnamese food. Hanoi has a full range of Vietnamese dishes from all over the country, from street foods like Banh Mi to sophisticated dishes such as Chinese floating cakes and hot Banh Troi.

I - List of must-try food in Hanoi 

Special dishes with Vietnamese flavors that diners must try when visiting Hanoi which has gone through thousands of years of civilization.

1 - Banh Mi

The perfect combination of crunchy, golden bread layer with rich filling and fatty sauce has contributed to making Banh Mi become the best street food in the world. Therefore, it would be "flawed" to come to the capital without enjoying this dish. Some addresses to try this best street food in Hanoi old quarter are:

bread - a famous food in hanoi
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- Banh Mi Lan Ong at 20 Cha Ca street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi. The price of a loaf of Banh Mi here ranges from 15,000 - 35,000 VND. The extremely diverse filling helps customers choose their favorite flavor and the pate with traditional recipe will definitely not disappoint you.
- Banh Mi Anh Nguyen Doner Kebab at 1 Hang Mam Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi. With 10,000 - 30,000VND, you can enjoy delicious Banh Mi here. The filling with characteristic fresh vegetables, enthusiastic service attitude, and ensured hygiene are the factors that hold the customers.
- Banh Mi Dan To is a Banh Mi that makes many diners content to line up at 3 am at Cao Thang crossroads, 32 Tran Nhat Duat for a chance to buy. The difference of this bread is the harmonious combination of Chinese sausages, dried beef, chicken eggs, sausages, onions, butter, silk rolls, cilantro , pickled vegetables and pate. The price of Banh Mi Dan To is from 15,000 to 25,000VND. 

2 - Cha ca (Grilled Fish Ball)

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Another Hanoi best food that’s highly recommended as a must try dish is Cha Ca. Different from the grilled fish dish of the people in the sea area, this dish retains the flavor in each fish meat fiber. Along with that is the harmonious combination of sauce, dried noodles, fresh green onions and turmeric, which not only eliminates the fishy smell but also creates a dish with extremely attractive flavors and colors. Some famous places to enjoy grilled fish are:
- Cha Ca Thang Long at 2D / 19/21 Thanh street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi. The average price when enjoying grilled fish here is 30,000 - 66,000VND / person.
- Cha Ca La Vong is a place not too strange for gourmets in Hanoi. Moreover, La Vong grilled fish has many facilities in the capital so diners can easily enjoy it such as: No. 107 Nguyen Truong To,... The average price per person is from 90,000 - 150,000VND / person (3,8$ - 6,5$).

3 - Bun cha (grilled pork with vermicelli)

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This is definitely a must eat in Hanoi. A dish of noodles, a bowl of grilled soaked in Vietnamese sweet and sour fish sauce, eaten with herbs and pickles, is everything you need for a tasty experience. 
- If you are looking for a place to enjoy this dish with such criteria, you can visit 1, Manh Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi with prices from 20,000 to 150,000VND / person.
- Or you can visit Bun Cha Huong Lien at 4, Le Van Huu Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi. In particular, this is also the place that President Obama went to try bun cha when having the opportunity to work in Vietnam. Because of this special event, many people favored this place as Obama Bun Cha restaurant. The price of bun cha here is 40,000 - 60,000VND/ bowl.

4 - Bun thang

bun thang noodle typical hanoi local food
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A famous Hanoi local food that is made of vermicelli, fried egg, chicken and chicken broth. The dish reflects the meticulousness, sophistication and concern about nutritional quality of the ancient people in Hanoi. Moreover, with eye-catching colors, the sweet aroma of shiitakes and fatty sweet broth makes diners eat once and remember forever.
To enjoy the dish to the fullest, diners can visit 29, Hang Manh street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi to try. The average price from 20,000 to 33,000VND / person. 

5 - Bun Bo (Rice vermicelli with Beef)

Bun Bo, also known as Bun Bo Hue, is a specialty of Hue people. It is a combination of large, chewy noodles that are soft with broth, fresh beef, leg meat and herbs. Diners can easily enjoy this dish in the heart of Hanoi when visiting Bun Bo Hue Ngu Uyen at 240, Quan Nhan Street, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi. The average price for a meal is 35,000 - 70,000VND / person.

6 - Pho noodle soup

Of course, when coming to Hanoi, you cannot miss Pho -  definitely a Hanoi must eat food. Diners can easily find this dish in any street or residential area. But to enjoy the most unique flavor of Beef Pho, check out these restaurants:
- Pho Thin at 13 Lo Duc, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi City. A large bowl of pho with broth, fatty water and fresh beef will certainly not disappoint diners. The average price for a bowl of pho is 40,000 - 60,000 VND / bowl.
- Pho Ly Quoc Su is a unique combination of traditional Beef Pho with the taste of beef with wine sauce,... Depending on your taste, diners can choose a dish suitable for themselves. The restaurant is at 10 Ly Quoc Su, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi. The average price from 50,000 to 77,000VND / bowl.

7 - Rolled Pho, Fried Pho

fried pho best foods in hanoi old quarter
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Rolled or fried Pho is one of the best foods in Hanoi old quarter, the main ingredient is pho noodle but the processing is different which creates two distinct flavors and ways of eating. 
- Rolled Pho is a thin Pho layer with the fillings of fresh vegetables, stir-fried beef with onions and eaten with the typical chili garlic sauce. Therefore, the taste is somewhat fresh and fat.
- Fried Pho is shaped like Pho and then fried with hot oil, creating a crispy layer outside and  soft and sweet taste inside. Then combine it with beef, fresh vegetables and spicy pepper.
Some famous places to enjoy Rolled Pho and Fried Pho in Hanoi:
- Pho Cuon Huong Mai Restaurant at 32, Ngu Xa Street, Truc Bach, Ba Dinh, Hanoi. The average price for a meal here is about 30,000 - 44,000VND / person. The food flavor is also very popular here.
- Another option is Pho Cuon Hung Ben restaurant at 33, Ngu Xa street, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi. The average price is from 20,000 to 55,000VND / person. This is also the address to retain the inherent flavor of Rolled Pho and Fried Pho. 

8 - Che (Sweet gruel )

sweet gruel soup food in hanoi
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The city of Ha Noi is also a dining paradise with a variety of desserts, bringing the full flavor of each region from the north to the south such as durian gruel, red bean sweet gruel, rice ball sweet gruel,... If you want to enjoy these Hanoi street foods and delicious desserts, you can visit one of the two addresses below:
- Che Sau Lien restaurant at 81, Xa Dan Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi. The menu of the restaurant is extremely rich with many kinds of sweet gruels, especially durian sweet gruel that can retain the fresh taste of fresh durian. The average price when eating at the restaurant is 15,000 - 30,000VND / meal.
- Che Me Nhim restaurant is one of the gourmet places at 53C, Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, with prices ranging from 15,000 to 50,000VND / person. 

9 - Mi Ga Tan (Noodles with stew chickens) 

The unique combination of noodles and stewed chicken will definitely be a whole new experience. To enjoy this delicacy, you can visit Mi Ga Tan restaurant at 24, Hang Bo Street, Hoan Kiem District, or at 31, Alley 115, An Duong, Tay Ho, with a price of 20,000 - 30,000VND / person.

10 - Banh duc nong 

Banh Duc Nong (hot rice cake), a traditionally famous food in Hanoi, combined with savory sauce, fried onion, minced meat and fragrant fungus is a must-try dish when coming to Ha Noi. If you want to enjoy a delicious Banh Duc with the right style, you can visit Banh Duc Nong Le Ngoc Han restaurant at 8 Le Ngoc Han Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi. The average price of a bowl of Banh Duc is from 25,000 - 30,000VND.

11 - Banh Troi Tau  

banh troi tau a must try food in hanoi
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As a typical dish in Han Food festival, Banh Troi Tau is a perfect combination of glutinous rice flour, greasy filling and aromatic sesame seeds. Customers who want to enjoy the dish can visit the following restaurant:
- Banh Troi Tau Pham Bang restaurant at 30 Hang Giay Street, Hoan Kiem. The shop is open from 15:00 - 22:00 every day with the price from 12,000VND / bowl.
- Banh Troi Tau Hang Ngang at 47 Hang Ngang, Hoan Kiem. The restaurant is open from 15 - 20 o’clock daily with the price from 15,000VND / bowl.

12 - Bun Dau Mam Tom (Rice vermicelli with shrimp paste)

This is the must try food in Hanoi for those who want to try the taste of vermicelli and fried tofu dipped in the shrimp paste. For many international diners, dishes served with Mam Tom (Shrimp paste ) are quite difficult to eat but when combined with crispy fried tofus, fresh noodles, herbs and cucumbers it can create a very special flavor. If you still don’t like the shrimp paste, then replace it with fish sauce or soup powder. Some places to enjoy Bun Dau Mam Tom are:
Bun Dau Mam Tom 5:  VND 20,000 -  45,000VND / serving  at 8 Ma May, Hoan Kiem
Bun Dau Goc Da at 4 Ngo Gach, Hoan Kiem with prices from 50,000VND to 100,000VND / serving.

13 - Ice cream 

trang tien ice cream food in hanoi
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What to eat in Hanoi in winter? Without the hot or warm soups, having an ice cream while walking around the lake is really a cool experience. Trang Tien and Thuy Ta are two old and famous ice cream brands in Hanoi: 
- Thuy Ta Ice Cream: Enjoying the unique flavor to quench thirst after walking hours at Sword Lake (Ho Guom ) is really great. Not only is the vanilla ice cream or coconut famous, but lemon ice cream is also a good choice. Located at 1, Ly Thai To Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. the average price is about 10,000 - 30,000VND each. 
- Trang Tien Ice Cream is one of the Vietnamese ice cream brands that has wide coverage throughout the country. But if you want to enjoy the delicious ice cream sticks that have just been made in the day, you must definitely go to Trang Tien Plaza at 24, Hai Ba Trung Street, Hanoi or 35, Trang Tien Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi. With only 5,000 - 11,000VND, you can enjoy a delicious ice cream cone.

II - The best places to eat in Hanoi

In order to help you have an overview and have more good restaurant suggestions near your area, we will summarize them in three big districts in Hanoi below:

1 - What to eat in Hanoi Old Quarter 

mussel soup hanoi old quarter food
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What to eat in the Old Quarter is probably a question many travelers often have to think about when visiting Vietnam. Because this place is like the culinary paradise of the city, having a variety of dishes with different prices.
 - Enjoy typical Hanoi Cha Ca at Cha Ca Thang Long restaurant at 2D / 19/21 Thanh street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi. The price for a meal here is about 30,000 - 66,000VND / person.
- If you have time to visit Hoan Kiem district and enjoy the food there, you cannot miss the famous Bun Thang of Hanoi. Drop by the address 29, Alley Hang Manh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi to enjoy a hot bowl of Bun Thang for 20,000 - 33,000VND / bowl.
- The most popular Hanoi old quarter food is the traditional Bun Cha at 1, Hang Manh street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi. In particular, you will never forget the special flavor of Bun Cha with special dipping sauce and vegetables. The price for a full bowl of bun cha is 20,000 - 30,000VND, diners can order more side dishes.
- Chao Trai (mussel soup) on Tran Xuan Soan street, a dish with an unexpected price of only 30,000VND / bowl but the taste is extremely nice. The fat mussels combined with the delicious fried onions are very pleasing.
- Fried sticky rice on Hang Dieu Street is also an attractive culinary stop. Sticky rice is still hot in the container and then shaped into a square and fried on two sides. Along with the fillings like poached eggs, sausages or spring rolls,... this traditional Hanoi food comes at an amazing price of just 15,000 - 25,000VND / serving.
For customers who want to enjoy Vietnamese flavorful dishes in a cozy and luxurious space, they can visit the following places:
- Rosaliza Restaurant is located at 15 Tran Quoc Toan Street, with an extensive menu from Asian, European to Japanese. Along with that is a pleasant, comfortable space, which will satisfy the most discerning diners. The average price for a meal here is 200,000 - 350,000VND / person.
- If you miss European taste, you can visit Fabrik Restaurant at 16, Tran Vu Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. The restaurant has a cozy space, a true taste of European cuisine and an extremely reasonable price of 300,000 - 450,000VND / person. Moreover, from here, diners can easily walk and visit the Presidential Mausoleum after dinner.
- When it comes to European cuisine, Pizza is a typical dish of this continent’s cuisine. In order to enjoy the authentic flavor of this dish you can go to Pizza 4Ps at 43, Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. On average, a meal here costs from 100,000 to 400,000VND / person.

2 - Food to eat in Hanoi Ba Dinh district

If you are staying in Ba Dinh district, do not worry, maybe you can find many good restaurants here:

vietnamese grilled sausages food to eat in hanoi
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- With only 5,000VND, visitors can enjoy the authentic Thanh Hoa’s grilled sausages. Visit Yen Beo restaurant at 44 Yen Phu street where the grilled sausages with the aromatic fig leaves will satisfy your food cravings.
- For just 13,000VND, you can have a delicious, nutritious breakfast with hot dumplings and fatty soy milk at 146 Quan Thanh Street, Ba Dinh District.
- Quan Ngoi Restaurant at 38 Tran Phu Street with a hot spicy Thai hot pot is a reasonable choice on winter days in Hanoi. In addition, the restaurant also serves many unique and delicious dishes. The average price is 200,000 - 400,000VND / person.
- If you want to enjoy Vietnamese cuisine in a classic space, check out Old Hanoi  Restaurant at 18 Ton That Thiep street, Ba Dinh District. The extensive menu, delicious food, beautifully decorated and unique space architecture will help you have an overview of Vietnamese food. The average price for a meal is 200,000 - 300,000VND / person.

3 - Hanoi foods in Tay Ho district

In Tay Ho you can find idyllic and delicious dishes or restaurants serving luxurious cuisine.

hanoi foods to try in west lake district
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- Enjoy hot spring rolls, eaten chili sauce and cucumber for 25,000VND at No.5, Thuy Khue Street which has become a familiar place of Hanoi gourmet.
- Or you can enjoy a basket of Bun Dau Mam Tom with just 45,000VND. When eating, diners can feel the fatty, crunchy taste of the tofu along with a little spiciness of the chili, the sour taste of kumquat. In adđition, the vegetables to eat are extremely fresh and delicious. You can go to Bun Dau Cay Da at 235B Thuy Khue Street, Westlake.
- If you have a chance, you can move to Banh Tom Ho Tay Restaurant and enjoy Banh Tom ( Shrimp pastry) which is a popular dish of Hanoi. The crunchy crust is filled with seasonings and oil combined with delicious fresh shrimp meat inside. When you try it, make sure to dip it in the sour sweet spicy fish sauce. The average price is 100,000 - 200,000VND / person.
Hopefully, the suggestions and information of best Hanoi foods will help you have more new culinary experiences when visiting this city.  
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