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Top 10 foods that makes you fall in love with Ha Noi at the first bite

Top 10 foods that makes you fall in love with Ha Noi at the first bite

Cuisine is one of the most delightful things that draws a large number of people coming to Hanoi every year. Exploring a unique food background of one of the biggest cities in Viet nam is always an indispensable treat for most tourists. This Top 10 Must try food in Hanoi will give you an overview of What to eat in Ha Noi.

1. Phở (Beef Noodle Soup)

Phở has been cooked for decades and it’s not only an emblem of Hanoi but also of Vietnam. People are charmed by sweet and pure taste of its sauce together with some tender pieces of beef or chicken. The strings of rice noodle which is totally handmade also brighten the unique of this dish.
Classic pho has four ingredients: clear stock, quickly boiled beef, rice noodles and herbs or green onions. While every shop has its own secret recipe, few tinker with the rest of the preparation.
Travelers can also try Pho at small shops along the streets. Just go down streets in the morning and look for a place that you see a crowded of local people gathering around having Pho as their breakfast. Phở is truly an amazing breakfast treat that will not break your bank.

Top 10 foods that makes you fall in love with Ha Noi at the first bite

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Where to eat Pho in Hanoi

  • Pho Bat Dan at 49 Bat Dan street, Ha Noi.
  • Pho Co Cu on Lieu Giai street, Ha Noi.
  • Pho 10 Ly Quoc Su street, Ha Noi.
  • Pho Cuong at 23 Hang Muoi street, Ha Noi.
  • Pho Thin, 13 Lo Duc, Ha noi.
  • Pho 112 Van Phu street, Ha Noi.

Pho 10 Ly Quoc Su Restaurant

Phở 10 Lý Quốc Sư Mai Hắc Đế Lê Đại Hành Hai Bà Trưng Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening time: 06:00 AM - 22:00 PM

Pho at 10 Ly Quoc Su Restaurant is must try restaurant in Hanoi. The atmosphere here is simple and it's usually crowded with locals

2. Bánh Cuốn (Vietnamese Steam Rice Rolls)

Another famous and delicious breakfast in Hanoi is steamed rice roll. Steamed rice roll looks like a stuffed pancake or a crepe but it’s not sweet. It’s made from rice paper combined with minced pork and chopped mushroom. Cooks also put some pieces of Vietnamese ham and pork cotton on top. Steamed rice roll is no salted at first that why this dish is served together with a small bowl of fish sauce mixed some chopped garlic, red hot pepper and slices of unripe papaya. All of these ingredients and secret family recipe make steamed rice roll’s become a real star in Ha Noi's foods.

Top 10 foods that makes you fall in love with Ha Noi at the first bite

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Where to eat Bánh Cuốn in Hanoi:

  • Madam Hanh at 66 To HienThanhstreet
  • Thanh Van at 12-14 Hang Gastreet
  • BanhCuon Ba Trieu at 101 Ba Trieustreet
  • GiaAn at 25 Thai Phien street.
  • Banh Cuon Gia Truyen Hanoi

Banh Cuon Gia Truyen Hanoi

Cửa Hàng Bánh Cuốn Gia Truyền Thanh Vân 14, Phố Hàng Gà, Quận Hoàn Kiếm Hà Nội Vietnam
Opening time: 10:00 AM - 21:00 PM

Banh Cuon Gia Truyen Hanoi is great at all times of the day and most popular with the locals for breakfast.

3. Bún Chả (Grilled pork & noodle)

Decades ago, Kebab rice noodles was mainly sold by street vendors but nowadays it becomes a characteristic of Ha noi. Though kebab rice noodles is a kind of noodles dishes, it’s much different from Pho. It is a perfect combination of sour, salty, sweet and hot taste that people feel hard to put down their chopsticks at first try. There are only 3 main ingredients in a bowl of kebab rice noodle as grilled pork, vermicelli and sauce. Simple ingredients, unreal flavor.

Top 10 foods that makes you fall in love with Ha Noi at the first bite

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Where to eat Bún Chả in Ha Noi :

  • Dac Kim restaurant: 1 Hang Manh street, Ha Noi.
  • Bun Cha 34
  • 74 Hang Quat street, Ha Noi.
  • 153 Mai Hac De street, Ha Noi.
  • 29 Hoang HoaTham street, Ha Noi.
  • 75 Ma May Street, Ha Noi.
  • 59 Hang Ma Street, Ha Noi.
  • 1 Hang Manh Street, Ha Noi.

How to order Bun Cha in Vietnamese

  • How many? One or two? (một or hai). If all else fails, just hold up the right number of fingers.
  • You just need to say bun cha.
  • You can also order your drink – tra da, or iced green tea, is a must-have!


Dac Kim restaurant (bun cha)

1 Hang Manh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam
Opening time: 10:00 AM - 20:30 PM

The restaurant named Dac Kim located on Hang Manh street kept on coming up as the best Bun Cha restaurant in Hanoi

4. Bún Ốc (Snail rice noodles)

Hanoians usually eat bun oc for breakfast or lunch, particularly in winter. When it gets cold, it is hard to imagine anything more delightful than slurping down a bowl of steaming hot and spicy soup with the chewy but tasty snail in it. This dish has a singular sour taste from thickened vinegar and charming crispness of very well processed snail (so don’t worry about getting a sore stomach). Bun oc is accompanied by a variety of fresh vegetables and herbs like lettuce, coriander, perilla, knotweed, and basil.

Though it has boiled snail as its main ingredient, you can still feel the elegance when eat Bún ốc with fired tofu, scalded tomato and raw vegetable. Because this is a popular dish of local residents, it is sold everywhere on the streets and restaurants at only 20,000-30,000 VND for a portion.

Top 10 foods that makes you fall in love with Ha Noi at the first bite

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Where to eat bún ốc in Hanoi

  • Madam Lương at 191 KhươngThượng Street, Hanoi.
  • 73A Mai Hac De, Hoe Nhai Street, Hanoi.
  • 54 Doi Can Sreet, Hanoi.
  • 530 ThụyKhê Street, Hanoi.


Madam Luong (Bun Oc)

34 - 64 Ngõ 191 Khương Thượng, Quận Đống Đa, Hà Nội
Opening time: 07:00 AM - 21:00 PM

Bun Oc at Madam Luong has a sourish flavor of vinegar and a brittle flavor of snails, fried tofu, and raw vegetables.

5. Chả Cá Lã Vọng (Turmeric Grilled Fish)

La Vong grilled fish is a highlight of Hanoi’s specialties. Its recipe has been handed down from generation to the other by Doan family for over 70 years. This popular dish has been existed for so long that the street that the house located at was named after it. La Vong grilled fish is made from a special kind of fish names hemibagrus (Vietnamese call it “cá Lăng”). People grill hemibagrus’ meat with oil and dill, then they serve grilled fish with vermicelli and shrimp paste. This simple and scrumptious food attracts numerous of local people, domestic and foreign tourists as well. You will have the best taste of this dish at La Vong street.
A dish of Cha Ca La Vong usually costs 120,000 VND/ person (Not included drink). The fish was tender and loaded with turmeric. The rice vermicelli is smooth and slippery and a great base to carry the nutty turmeric-laden oil with sweet and sour fish sauce.

Top 10 foods that makes you fall in love with Ha Noi at the first bite

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Where to eat Cha Ca La Vong in Hanoi

Tip:The restaurant is always crowded at night.. If you don’t want to wait for too long, you’ve better have it for lunch.


Cha Ca La Vong restaurant

Cha Ca La Vong Restaurant 14 Chả Cá, Hoan Kiem Hanoi, Vietnam
Opening time: 08:00 AM - 22:00 PM

Cha Ca La Vong restaurant has been regarded as one of the oldest restaurants in Ha noi sold Cha Ca, the Ha Noi's speciality.

6. Bánh Tôm (Shrimp in batter)

Eating shrimp in batter or shrimp fried pancake is a perfect thing at decline of a day. This is a kind of rice flour pancake with shrimp filling. The food is dipped in a sweet and sour fish sauce, some papaya and carrot slices. For the very first bite, Bánh tôm just melts in your mouth.

Top 10 foods that makes you fall in love with Ha Noi at the first bite

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Where to eat Banh Tom in Hanoi

Banh Tom Ho Tay restaurant

Bánh tôm Hồ Tây Thanh Niên Ba Đình Hà Nội Vietnam
Opening time: 14:00 PM - 18:00 PM

Banh Tom Ho Tay restaurant is famous for its fried shrimp (banh tom) and is located on the bank of the west lake (ho Tay).

7. Hot egg coffee

Hot egg coffee is an appealing drink to those looking for something different that not often advertised as other foods in Viet Nam. It is just originally a Vietnamese Cappucino but what sets it apart is the yolk cream.
This coffee is normally served in a small and short cup. Sipping a cup of hog egg coffee in a tiny, casual vendor is truly a local experience that you shouldn't miss.

Top 10 foods that makes you fall in love with Ha Noi at the first bite

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Where to drink hot egg coffee in Hanoi:

  • Giang Cafe: 39 Nguyễn Hữu Huân street, Hanoi
  • Lam: 91 Nguyen HuuHuan St, Hanoi
  • Nhi: 2 Hang Ca St, Hanoi
  • Nhan: 39D1 Hang Hanh St, Hanoi
  • Nang: 6 Hang Bac St, Hanoi


Giang Cafe (hot egg coffee)

39 Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Hanoi, Vietnam
Opening time: 06:00 AM - 22:00 PM

Giang Café is humbly hidden on a small lane on Nguyen Huu Huan Street in the city’s old quarter. It may be difficult to find for visitors, but it is well worth the effort.

8. Bia Hơi Hà Nội (Ha Noi fresh beer)

Bia Hoi Ha Noi is a classic Vietnamese beer garden, perfect for a late sunny afternoon. Bia hoi is a special type of homemade beer, unpreserved, brewed daily and delivered in kegs to local businesses. Unlike canned or bottled beer, bia hoi should be consumed the day after it leaves the factory. It’s brand-less and very cheap compared to Western-style beers.

Top 10 foods that makes you fall in love with Ha Noi at the first bite

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Where to drink Bia Hoi Hanoi

  • 9B Ta Hien, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Beer corner
  • Bia Hoi Thien Nga: 86 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hanoi
  • Ngoc Ha Bia Hoi: 19C Ngoc Ha Street, Ha Noi.
  • Bia Hoi Cuong Hoi 264 ThuyKhue Street, Hanoi

Tips: One of the problems with Ta Hien street is that it is opened in the early afternoon and seem to run out of bia hoi only 4 or 5 hours later, you can be informed that no beer is available.

9. Bún Thang (Vermicelli Soup with Chicken, Egg, Pork)

Bun Thang means vermicelli soup in Vietnamese. The name of the dish, bún thang, is comprised of ‘bun’ and ‘thang’. ‘Bun’ means noodles while ‘thang’ is translated literally as pack of medicine. Bún thang got its name as it is made of a lot of ingredients, a bit like a pack of thuoc bac.
The most important part of this food is to keep the broth as pure as possible with full of sustenances. Fertimented shrimps and hard-cooked broth create an insane taste for Bún thang.

Top 10 foods that makes you fall in love with Ha Noi at the first bite

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Where to eat Bun Thang in Hanoi


Pho Ga Tron Phuong Thao

13 Gia Ngu, Hanoi, Vietnam
Opening time: 06:00 AM - 22:00 PM

Pho Ga Tron Phuong Thao is small family business specializing in Pho Ga Tron (mixed pho noodles with chicken, broth on the side and bun thang

10. Xôi Xéo (Sticky rice)

Xôi Xéo is sticky rice topped with ground de-hulled mung bean and fried onion. Sometimes it can be served with eggs or steamed chicken breast on request. A warmly large portion of “Xôi Xéo”, wrapped in banana leaf and old newspaper. A pack of Xoi xeo without chicken at about 15,000 - 20,000 keeps one full until late noon. Have it with a glass of soy milk and you have more energy than a box of granola bars!

Top 10 foods that makes you fall in love with Ha Noi at the first bite

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Where to try Xoi Xeo in Hanoi

Xoi Yen Restaurant

35, Nguyen Huu Huan | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam
Opening time: 06:00 AM - 21:00 PM

Eating at  Xôi Yến Restaurant along Nguyen Huu Huan Street is a must  for those visiting the Old Quarter in Hanoi.

Your trip to Ha Noi will be full of joy and satisfaction if you take time to enjoy all of these above suggested specialties. Pack your stuff and go ahead and take this list with you.

You can join Street Food Walking Tour with locals. Price from: 25 USD.

Hanoi Street Food Tour By Walking

74 Hang Bac Street at Kim Tours's Building - Old Quarter - Hanoi
Opening time: 11:00 AM - 14:00 PM

In Hanoi the food is plentiful, it’s everywhere that you look and is an integral part of the livelihoods of many locals. More often than not, the street is the stage where much of what is food related in Hanoi takes place

Are you going to visit Ha Noi, here are some suggested itineraries for you:

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