Explore Hanoi, Vietnam and you’ll find its streets filled with unassuming food stalls, mom-and-pop Hanoi restaurants, and some of the best authentic Vietnamese food around. With so many Hanoi food options, it can be challenging to decipher the best restaurants in Hanoi.
To help you more easily plan your trip, we’ve gathered a list of ten top street food and restaurant options in the city. While the type of food served at each eatery differs, you can expect large portions, delicious flavors, and low prices regardless of where you eat.
Let’s explore the best places to eat and top Hanoi restaurants!
Best Hanoi Restaurants and Street Food!
Quan Goc Da
Quan Goc Da is a top choice for fried street food, with favorites like Vietnamese spring rolls, dumplings, shrimp cake, and more. This restaurant is included on multiple street food tours, so you’ll likely visit if you book one. A meal at this eatery is casual, cheap, and delicious. As a heads up, Quan Goc Da is run out of the restaurant owners’ house. Seating is available on the second floor, so you’ll be eating directly in the owners’ house.
Pho Bo Ly Beo
This beef pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) restaurant is another great street food option. This eatery specializes in classic pho bo, consisting of a delicious savory broth, thinly sliced beef, pho noodles, fresh herbs, and onions/chilies. This eatery is also casual, so grab any free seat after you order and enjoy your pho like a local. It’s a popular spot, so you will likely have a long wait if you want your own table, but it is one of the best places to eat in Hanoi.
If you aren’t in the mood for beef noodle soup, they also have pho ga tron on the menu (a chicken noodle dish).
Pho Cuon Huong Mai
Head to Pho Cuon Huong Mai in the Thanh Xuan district if you’re craving pho cuon. These meat-stuffed rolls are made with a pho noodle wrap and come with a delicious dipping sauce; in this case, you’ll be dipping your rolls into fish sauce.
This Vietnamese dish is a must-try in the city, especially since it does not require any chopstick skills for consumption. As a note, many times, pho cuon comes with peanuts on top, so avoid this dish if you have a nut allergy.
Banh Mi 25
Banh mi is a Vietnamese sandwich typically made on a baguette with various fillings, including pickled veggies, protein, cilantro, and cucumber slices. In Vietnam, this sandwich is typically eaten as a snack though it could also be a lighter meal. One of the best spots for a banh mi in Hanoi is a local food stand like Banh Mi 25. This stall has fourteen sandwich options, including vegetarian choices, beef, pork, and chicken. They also have coffee, juice, and smoothies to go with your banh mi.
Bun Bo Nam Bo
Bun bo nam is another popular dish in Hanoi, Vietnam, made with noodles and beef. It’s only fitting to enjoy this dish at a restaurant named after it. This restaurant is known for its fast service and delicious food offerings. There’s plenty of seating inside, even though it’s a small establishment. For the best flavor in your bun bo nam, add soy sauce and calamansi. Then, stir the dish well.
Bun Cha Ta Hanoi
If you’re craving bun cha, aka rice noodles and grilled pork, head to Bun Cha Ta Hanoi. Locals and travelers alike love this restaurant in Hanoi, especially due to the friendly customer service. The housemade rice wine is a must-try while at this eatery. The menu also has many vegetarian options, making it a great spot for everyone.
Hanoi Egg Coffee/ Cafe Giang
Egg coffee is a popular drink in Hanoi made from egg yolks, coffee, sugar, and condensed milk that tastes like tiramisu. It’s so popular that you can find it on nearly every corner of Hanoi. This spot is a great place to try the delicious Hanoi coffee drink. You can even learn how to make the drink as this cafe has daily morning and early afternoon classes. If you’re hungry, sandwiches, rolls, and noodles are also available.
The Rhythms Restaurant
While Hanoi, Vietnam is primarily known for its casual, cheap eats, you can also find fine dining options around the city, like The Rhythms Restaurant. This eatery sits on the edge of Hoan Kiem Lake, near the Ngoc Son Temple. At this restaurant, you’ll be greeted by friendly hosts, a sky bar, and beautiful views of the nearby lake. Expect typical Vietnamese cuisine with higher-quality ingredients and delicious cocktail options.
Sen Trang An Vietnamese Restaurant (Best Vietnamese Cuisine)
This restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam comes highly rated, with many customers proclaiming it the “best food I had in Hanoi.” Expect to leave this restaurant with a full belly, as the portions are generous. The owner of Sen Trang An Vietnamese Restaurant, William, is helpful and can even provide information on how to eat your menu items in a traditional way.
You’ll find many authentic Vietnamese food options here, from bun cha to nem ran (fried spring rolls). Vegan and vegetarian options are also available at this eatery.
You’ll want to head to Pizza 4P’s if you’re craving Western food. This restaurant serves Vietnamese-inspired Neopolitan pizza. Expect a Neopolitan-style crust with Vietnamese ingredients, like sweet miso gratin and Japanese scallops. This restaurant focuses on a farm-to-table style meal, with housemade ingredients like cheese and chili sauce. There are multiple locations around Hanoi, Vietnam, so you can taste the various pizza and pasta options as you travel around the country.