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Hanoi Food: What And Where To Eat in Hanoi, Vietnam

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We love Hanoi food! On our trips to Vietnam, where to eat in Hanoi is just as important as what to see in the city. The Vietnam food culture is delectable; the exotic flavors tantalize the palate and embolden visitors to venture further into the unfamiliar cuisine. Feasting on Hanoi street food is an essential city experience, but dining in a classic Hanoi restaurant can be an adventure as well.

On our most recent visit to Vietnam, we were on a mission to eat the best food in Hanoi. We followed Vietnam foodie tips to well-established, top restaurants in Hanoi and took locals’ advice to seek out lesser-known eateries. To help other travelers to Vietnam, we compiled a list of the 11 Best Hanoi Foods – and where to eat them!


Best Hanoi Food

Our culinary quest was not just about discovering the 11 Best Restaurant in Hanoi. Before we could find the best places to eat in Hanoi, we had to deeply explore Hanoi cuisine – which meant sampling fare beyond bowls of Pho and Banh Mi sandwiches (but don’t worry, those are on our list, too!). I even took a Hanoi Cooking Class to better understand the iconic fare and learn more about the ingredients used. Therefore, our list not only features Where to Eat in Hanoi, but also What to Eat in Hanoi.


Hanoi, Vietnam Food Tour

Travelers who want to try all of our recommended places to eat in Hanoi can create their own tour using the link to our Hanoi Food Map at the end of the post. Want a guide to lead the way? We list popular guide-led Hanoi Food Tours below as well!


What and Where To Eat in Hanoi, Vietnam

Woman makes sandwiches at Banh Mi Cart in Hanoi, Vietnam

For each item on our list, we first introduce the dish, then divulge where to go in Hanoi to eat it. We include a link to Google Maps for each Hanoi restaurant so that visitors can easily route their way to the establishment. Our Hanoi Food Blog Post contains everything you need to know about eating in Hanoi!

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#1 PHO

Bowl of Pho at Pho Thin in Hanoi, Vietnam

We are kicking off our list with classic Hanoi food: Pho (because what kind of Vietnamese food blog post would this be if we didn’t?!). Vietnamese Pho is known worldwide, but many people don’t know that the iconic noodle soup dish originated in Northern Vietnam in a village near Hanoi.

Although the popularity of Pho has led to variations of the dish, the basic ingredients remain the same. Pho Bo (or Beef Pho), which is the original recipe, is a bowl of clear beef broth with flat rice noodles and thinly sliced beef garnished with green onion, white onion, Thai basil, Thai chilies and cilantro. Modifications to the soup include bean sprouts, a lime wedge, fresh mint, hoisin sauce and a dash of hot Sriracha sauce. Pho Ga (or Chicken Pho) is also now widely available.


Where To Eat Pho in Hanoi

A staple in Hanoi street food, Pho is sold in restaurants, from street-corner kiosks and by traveling vendors. A steaming bowl of Pho can be consumed for any meal – breakfast, lunch or dinner. In fact, it often appears as a choice for included breakfasts at Hanoi hotels. We slurped up oodles of noodles all over town – and can’t pick just one Hanoi Pho restaurant to recommend! Instead, we offer two recommendations for the Must-Try food in Hanoi.

Pro Tip: The correct pronunciation of Pho is Fuh, not Foh.


Pho Thin: Hanoi Local Food

MAP. Located south of Hoan Kiem Lake in a district less visited by tourists, Pho Thin churns out bowl after bowl of Pho Bo. In fact, it’s the only item on the menu. Heavy on the green onions and slightly oily, the big bowl is packed with lots of meat and excellent flavor. A popular spot for lunch in Hanoi, the tables can fill up quickly…but the waitstaff will do their best to squeeze you in!

This Hanoi restaurant has a huge fan base – of both locals and visitors – which has driven the price up (it was 60k during our visit; about $2.50 USD), but we think it is worth it! For an extra 10k, order a basket of quay (Chinese-style fried breadsticks) to sop up the tasty broth.

Pro Tip: Make sure to route yourself to the correct address. Another restaurant using a similar name is located just around the corner on the main street.


Pho Gia Truyen Bat Dan: Best Pho in Hanoi Old Quarter

MAP.  If you are wondering where to eat in the Hanoi Old Quarter, make sure Pho Gian Truyen Bat Dan is on your list! It was the first Pho we ate in Hanoi – and it still ranks as one of the very best! The local, family-run Hanoi Old Quarter restaurant – which has been in business for the last 60 years – has perfected the art of Pho. It is so popular in Hanoi that both locals and tourists queue up for a bowl (seriously, expect wait times of about 5-20 minutes).

Only open for breakfast (6am -10am) and dinner (6pm – 8:30pm), they serve three variations of Pho: Tai Nam (slices of medium rare beef steak and beef flank), Tai (medium rare beef steak) and Chin (beef brisket). Patrons place their order at the small glass kiosk, wait for their soup and eat on the low plastic stools. It’s a classic Hanoi experience!

Pro Tip: Pho Gia Tryuen Bat Dan is just down the street from two sprawling Bia Hoi bars (which we talk more about at the end of the post!). And, a bowl of Pho just happens to be a perfect dinner for a big night out in Hanoi!



Xoi Yen, Hanoi, Vietnam

We only learned about Xoi Xeo on our most recent Hanoi trip – and I have been craving it ever since. The simple, savory ingredients combine into something utterly satisfying. More comforting (and a lot more fattening!) than a bowl of Pho, Xoi Xeo is a Must-Eat in Hanoi! While there is no shortage of Xoi – sticky rice – in Hanoi cuisine, Xoi Xeo takes the mundane to the extraordinary.

Although not easy to make, the ingredients are all common Hanoi products. The base for Xoi Xeo is glutinous rice (also known as sticky rice), turmeric, mung bean, fried shallot and a layer of semi-solid fat (yep, fat…and it makes the dish!). The hearty – yet inexpensive – meal can be topped with extras, like corn, eggs, chicken or pork.


Xoi Xeo: Where To Eat in Hanoi Old Quarter

Customarily served by Hanoi market vendors who wrap the cheerful, yellow-colored dish in old newspaper or banana leaves, Xoi Xeo is served in restaurants, too – like the incredibly popular Xoi Yen. Although it is most often consumed by locals as a filling breakfast, it is completely acceptable to eat it any time of day!


Xoi Yen

MAP. The corner Xoi Yen restaurant is one of the best places to eat Hanoi Xoi Xeo – and they are open for business from 6am until midnight. There are tables inside and out – and the food counter is likely to be swarmed by food delivery couriers awaiting their orders. The menu is quite expansive, but we recommend sticking to the basics and ordering Xoi Xeo. To take it up a notch, get it topped with pork ribs and a deep-fried boiled egg. (Trust us, it’s delicious!)

Pro Tip: If you are uncertain, ask for the English menu. Or, if you are feeling adventurous, just point and go with it!



Bowl of Bun Cha at Bun Cha Ta in Hanoi, Vietnam

Bun Cha is another noodle soup that originated in Hanoi, but this one features fatty pork – and we think it is even better than Pho. The mouthwateringly delicious dish includes both pork meatballs (made from pork shoulder) and strips of pork belly. The meat is served in a bowl with rice vermicelli and a sweet and sour fish sauce.

Common accompaniments include fresh herbs and pickled vegetables. The Hanoi must-eat soup is usually served with a side of crispy rolls, of which seafood rolls are the most popular. (A similar dish in other parts of the country is called Bun Thit Nuong.)


Good Restaurants in Hanoi For Bun Cha

Bowls of Bun Cha and accompaniments at Bun Cha Huong Lien in Hanoi, Vietnam

As one of the top things to eat in Vietnam, there are several places where you can get a bowl of Bun Cha. Our favored spot, Bun Cha Huong Lien, is a nondescript restaurant located south of the Old Quarter. But there are also places to eat in Hanoi Old Quarter, like friendly Bun Cha Ta.


Bun Cha Huong Lien: Hanoi, Vietnam Local Food

MAP. Bun Cha Huong Lien is one of the most famous places in Hanoi for Bun Cha. The restaurant gained worldwide attention when President Obama and the late Anthony Bourdain sat down to a meal in the classic Hanoi eatery. Many locals refer to the restaurant as Bun Cha Oh-Bah-Mah (which is always said like a chant) – and the interior is decorated with the American President’s photo. (Beware, however, that many restaurants use the same image and confuse tourists into thinking their restaurant was where he ate.)

Spread over several floors, the no-frills restaurant has a simple menu: Bun Cha and crispy rolls. We recommend ordering the Obama Special, which is a bowl of Bun Cha, a crispy seafood roll and a beer. Far and away, this was the best Bun Cha we ate in Vietnam!

Pro Tip: The table where Obama and Bourdain sat is encased in a glass box on the second floor. Visitors who are interested in seeing it can ask a waiter and they will gladly show you the way!


Bun Cha Ta Restaurant Hanoi

MAP. Nearly as good at Bun Cha Huong Lien, Bun Cha Ta is one of the best restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter for a bowl of Bun Cha! Unlike the rushed and stark atmosphere of Bun Cha Huong Lien, Bun Cha Ta caters to foreigners who are trying the dish for the first time. The helpful and friendly waitstaff not only explain the dish and show visitors how to consume it, but they are also happy to chat and answer any other questions patrons might have.

Pro Tip: Visitors feeling uncertain or shy about diving into the Hanoi food scene should make Bun Cha Ta a first stop. The customer service goes above and beyond most Hanoi Vietnamese restaurants.



Bowl of Bun Bo Nam Bo in Hanoi, Vietnam

Bun Bo Nam Bo – which translates to Beef Noodles in the South – is a stir-fried noodle dish. It frequently ranks as one of the top foods to try in Hanoi. The noodle-based dish is served in a bowl topped with sliced beef, fried onion, peanuts, bean sprouts and herbs. However, rather than swirling in a broth, this classic dish is served with sauce (which is thicker and more flavorful than most broths). Because of the versatility of the dish, each chef can put their own mark on it.


Hanoi Places to Eat Bun Bo Nam Bo

Best Bun Bo, Hanoi, Vietnam

The best restaurant in Hanoi for Bun Bo Nam Bo is the namesake restaurant: Bun Bo Nam Bo. As one of the best places to eat in Hanoi Old Quarter, the restaurant is almost always busy – but there is usually room in the back or upstairs.


Bun Bo Nam Bo Hanoi Restaurant

MAP. The chef’s precise recipe is a secret – and it explodes with flavor. Listed on the menu as a Beef Noodle Salad, the vegetables used in Bun Bo Nam Bo Restaurant’s version of the dish include lettuce, sliced cucumber, fresh cilantro and mint leaves. The beef, which is marinated in sugar, pepper, fish sauce and seasonings, is not stir-fried until it is ordered.

Pro Tip: Before digging in, use the spoon and chopsticks to stir the ingredients and combine the flavors.



Skillet of Cha Ca with fresh herbs at Cha Ca Thang Long in Hanoi, Vietnam

Cha Ca is a Hanoi specialty – and there is an entire street in the Old Quarter dedicated to serving Cha Ca (which we feature in our Hanoi Walking Tours). The Hanoi restaurant where the fish dish originated, Cha Ca La Vong, is still a family-owned shop.

The boneless catfish (specifically Hemibagrus fish) is first cooked by the chef (with turmeric and in banana leaves over coals), but then brought to the table where patrons finish cooking it themselves. As the succulent fish cooks, diners add dill and spring onions to the skillet, which makes the meal incredibly fragrant. Once the fish is ready, it is topped with roasted peanuts, rice noodle, dill, onion, coriander and mint with fish sauce. Of all the things to eat in Hanoi, we highly recommend Cha Ca – it’s absolutely divine.


Cha Ca Restaurants in Old Quarter Hanoi

Cooking Cha Ca, Hanoi, Vietnam

While there are numerous Cha Ca eateries on Cha Ca Street – including the original – we heard that the best Vietnamese restaurant in Hanoi for Cha Ca is Cha Ca Thang Long. We took the advice to steer clear of the street that is now so popular with tourists (which has led to increased prices and decreased quality, according to the people we talked to). Instead, we dined at the locals’ favorite Cha Ca Thang Long.


Cha Ca Thang Long

MAP. At Cha Ca Thang Long, there is only one dish on the menu: Cha Ca. The meal costs 120k per person, but there are set meal options that include different drinks. The waitstaff is very patient with first-time visitors and will show diners how to properly complete the cooking process.

Pro Tip: Visitors can order one dish to share between two people, however, we are glad we had two servings (because we ate every last bite!).



Line of patrons at Banh Mi 25 in Hanoi, Vietnam

The Banh Mi Sandwich is Vietnamese fast food at its finest. While it is far from fine dining in Hanoi, the French-inspired sandwich is no less delicious – and a quintessential Vietnamese food to eat in Hanoi. For a quick bite to eat or food-on-the-go, a Banh Mi sandwich is the best fast food to eat in Hanoi.

When the baguette was introduced to Vietnam by the French in the mid-1800s, it quickly became a staple food. However, it wasn’t until 100 years later that the well-known and loved Vietnamese-style Banh Mi sandwich gained popularity.

The key ingredient to a Banh Mi is the crispy bread, which is often cut on the top (using scissors) rather than on the side (like classic American submarine sandwiches). Typical fillings include cured meats, pate, pickled vegetables, herbs and sauce. Most shops offer a choice of meat fillings and a standard vegetable accompaniment, but each Banh Mi can be made to order.


Banh Mi Hanoi Restaurants Old Quarter

Banh Mi Sandwiches from Banh My P in Hanoi, Vietnam

There are numerous Banh Mi Hanoi Old Quarter stalls. Most vendors work from roving carts, but there are stationary kiosks, too. We ate so many Banh Mi sandwiches that it is impossible to label just one as the best in Hanoi. Instead, we are offering recommendations for three fast food Hanoi Banh Mi restaurants.


Banh Mi 25: Best Street Food in Hanoi Old Quarter

MAP. Often touted as the Best Banh Mi in Hanoi, Banh Mi 25 has an English menu, an English-speaking sandwich maker and a long line. We recommend going all in and ordering the Mixed Banh Mi, which includes barbecued pork, jambon (ham) and sausage with pate, pickled vegetables, cilantro and au jus sauce. Delish!


Banh My P

MAP. Another popular Banh Mi restaurant in Hanoi, Banh My P attracts a mixed crowd of locals and tourists. With options of grilled meats (rather than just cold cuts), we couldn’t resist the Grilled Beef Banh Mi (which was the priciest sandwich we bought at 35k, but so worth it!).


Banh Mi 14

MAP. We stumbled onto Banh Mi 14 because it just happened to be right next door to Banh My P – and we are glad we did! Offering a more inventive menu (including roasted duck and mushroom meatballs), we ate a juicy and satisfying grilled chicken sandwich.

Pro Tip: Looking for vegetarian food in Hanoi? Order the Banh Mi Chay, which is a baguette sandwich filled with tofu and vegetables.



Banh Xeo at Banh Xeo Zon Pancake Shop in Hanoi, Vietnam

Literally translating to Sizzling Pancake, Banh Xeo is a fried pancake containing rice flour and turmeric powder (which makes it look yellow, like a fried egg). The pancake is stuffed with pork, shrimp, onions and bean sprouts. Once cooked, it is cut into strips; the strips are then wrapped in rice paper, along with lettuce and fresh herbs – like mint and Thai basil – and sometimes even cucumber and pineapple. The roll is then dipped into a sweet and spicy peanut sauce (or sometimes a nuoc cham sauce) before being eaten.


Banh Xeo: Where To Eat in Hanoi Old Quarter

Banh Xeo Zon, Hanoi, Vietnam

My first taste of Banh Xeo was at my Hanoi cooking class…and I was immediately hooked. During the rest of our Vietnam trip, I sought out places to eat Banh Xeo. Not as popular as other traditional Hanoi cuisine, there are a few Banh Xeo dedicated restaurants in the Old Quarter.


Banh Xeo Zon

MAP. The busy Banh Xeo Zon Pancake shop specializes in Central Style Banh Xeo. The meal comes with three pancakes – each one costs 22k, for a meal total of 66k. For my meal, I ordered one of each (beef, chicken and shrimp), but guests can get all of one kind or mix-and-match. The service started off a little slow, but the waiters are helpful in showing patrons how to assemble and eat the pancakes.

Pro Tip: There are two drastically different variations of Banh Xeo: Central Style and Southern Style. The one mentioned above is typically found being served in Northern and Central Vietnam (like the kind of food we had in Da Nang).



Rolled Pho at Pho Cuon Huong Mai in Hanoi, Vietnam

Pho Chien Phong (Fried Pho) and Pho Cuon (Rolled Pho) are two modern variations of Pho soup that originated in the Truc Bach district, just north of the historic Old Quarter.


Rolled Pho

According to legend, a woman who lives on the small island on Truc Bach Lake had guests request bowls of Pho – but she was out of broth. Rather than turn them away, she used cooked rice noodle sheets as wraps. She filled the rolls with typical Pho ingredient – including spiced minced beef and fresh herbs. She served them with dipping sauce of fish sauce, garlic, carrots, papaya, lime sugar and chili – and the meal was a huge hit. Now, nearly every menu in Hanoi offers Pho Cuon.


Fried Pho

Visitors who agonize over the slurping required for Pho soup need to try Pho Chien Phong – or Fried Pho. The dish consists of plump, deep-fried rice noodle squares topped with a gravy-laden combination of beef, vegetables and herbs. Note: While we heard that this unique twist on Pho originated in Truc Bach, we could not confirm the history.


Fried and Rolled Pho Vietnamese Restaurant Hanoi

Fried Pho at Pho Cuon Huong Mai in Hanoi, Vietnam

Even though Pho Cuon is widely available – and it’s easy to find Pho Chien Phong around the Old Quarter – we opted to go to the source for these two instant-classics.


Pho Cuon Huong Mai

MAP. Nearly every restaurant on the Truc Bach Lake island serves Pho Cuon – and most also serve Pho Chien Phong. We went with a locals’ suggestion to eat at the highly-rated Pho Cuon Huong Mai Restaurant. There are two locations (on opposite sides of the street) and the space is both clean and air-conditioned. The rolls, which we enjoyed, come in a 10-count platter – but the reason we would go back is for the heaping serving of Pho Chien Phong.



Hai San Seafood Restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam

Kris doesn’t especially like most seafood – so we didn’t eat too much on our Hanoi trip. However, our hotel staff highly-recommended two Hanoi restaurants that specialize in Bun Ca and fresh seafood – so we thought we would at least pass on the tips!


Bun Ca at Sam Cay Si

MAP. Bun Ca is a fried fish soup with vermicelli noodles and herbs…and the place to get it is at the Sam Cay Si food stall in Trung Yen Alley. They are only open for breakfast and lunch (they close at 5pm) – and when we passed by at lunchtime, every seat was taken!


Seafood Restaurant Hanoi at Hai San Seafood Hanoi

MAP. The Hai San Seafood restaurant is a little corner spot that cooks fresh seafood made to order. Patrons can order seafood platters to share or individual meals. Seats fill up quickly for dinner!

Pro Tip: While we did not eat at Hai San Seafood Restaurant, we did take advantage of their 2-for-1 Bia Hoi Happy Hour Special (which made each beer only 2500 VND…or about 10 cents USD).



We love eating the exotic food in Vietnam, but every once in a while, we crave something different. And, that is when we seek out Western restaurants in Hanoi.


Amato Tapas Rooftop Restaurant Hanoi

Parma ham bruschetta tapas at Amato Tapas Bar in Hanoi, Vietnam

MAP. A Spanish-style tapas bar, the rooftop Amato Tapas has the best food in Hanoi Old Quarter when it comes to Western fare. The restaurant is spread over 3 floors – but the rooftop provides the super views. The hand-crafted cocktails are also not to be missed – and for craft beer lovers, they offer a range of Vietnamese craft beers, including beer from Fuzzy Logic.

The menu at Amato features a long list of carefully crafted tapas that are simply amazing. We recommend ordering several menu items and sharing them. Our favorites were the polenta cake with smoked figs and ricotta, the Iberian chorizo braised in red wine sauce, the mini lamb kafta and the bruschetta with parma ham, tomato and pesto. And, from 2pm until 7pm, tapas are Buy 1 Get 1 Free!

Pro TipCLOSED!!!


Pizza 4P’s Bao Khanh: Best Pizza Restaurant Hanoi Old Quarter

MAP. 4P’s is a Japanese-owned Vietnam pizza chain. While many people may question how it is possibly good pizza, we can assure you that it is – in fact – phenomenal pizza. They use fresh ingredients based on the farm-to-table concept, make their own in-house cheese and offer creative flavor combinations (alongside classic choices).

Pro Tip: If you are going with a group for dinner, consider making a reservation because 4P’s is packed every single night.


S’Patisserie: Hanoi Dessert

Tiramisu cake at S'Patisserie in Hanoi, Vietnam

MAP. I have to admit, I don’t love most Vietnamese desserts. They are often too syrupy and sticky sweet. While I do like mung bean pastries, desserts in Vietnam – like sweet corn pudding and black sesame soup – just don’t appeal to me. That is why, when we were in Hanoi, we indulged in French-inspired pastries and cakes. S’Patisserie, on the south side of Hoan Kiem Lake, offers a delightful range of quality cakes – we recommend trying the tiramisu and cheesecake!



Fried Meat-on-a-Stick at Night Market in Hanoi, Vietnam

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Old Quarter Hanoi street, Hang Dao, closes to vehicular traffic for vendors to set up and sell their wares. Among the stalls selling handmade crafts and tourist trinkets are carts dishing out Hanoi Street Food. Most prevalent are fried Meat-on-a-Stick and sweet treats. 


Food Market Hanoi

Bowls of Vietnamese desserts at Hanoi Night Market

In addition to the Hanoi Night Market, there are several Hanoi food markets where visitors can buy fresh produce and prepared meals. The largest Hanoi Market is Dong Xuan Market, which is located on the north side of the Old Town (and is featured in our Hanoi Walking Tours).


Vegetarian Vietnamese Food: At first sight, it appears vegetarians don’t have many choices when it comes to meat-free meals in Hanoi. However, Buddhist monks are vegetarian, so chefs are used to adapting meals to suit their needs. Tofu is often used to replace meat. When ordering, ask for Chay options – as that indicates you want a vegetarian meal.


Hanoi Café Culture

Vietnamese Iced Coffee at Ta Hien Cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam

Drinking coffee in Hanoi is almost as vital as eating the food. Coffee is one of Vietnam’s biggest industries – they export more than 1 million tons of coffee every year – and there are cafes on every street. Vietnamese-style coffee comes with sweet condensed milk – and can be served hot or over ice. The current cafe culture is in flux, featuring a mix of traditional, hidden coffeehouses and modern coffeeshop hangouts.


Best Cafes in Hanoi

We drank a lot of coffee in Hanoi – and discovered a few of the top coffeeshops in the city!


Café Ta Hien

Ta Hien Cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam

MAP. For a classic Vietnamese coffee experience, take a seat on one of the plastic chairs in front of Café Ta Hien.

Pro Tip: Order your coffee iced with condensed milk…then sit back and watch the world go by.


Giang Cafe

Vietnamese Egg Coffee at famous Cafe Giang in Hanoi, Vietnam

MAP. Egg Coffee is a Hanoi specialty; actually, Vietnamese Egg Coffee was born in Hanoi in the 1940s when it was difficult to get milk. The traditional drink is made with egg yolks, sugar, condensed milk and coffee; the yolks are whipped to create a cream…and it’s superb. The best place to get an Egg Coffee is from the original source: Giang Cafe.

Pro Tip: Right next door to Giang Café is another mainstay of Hanoi cafes: Nang Coffee. MAP. Hidden down a corridor, the Nang Coffee café features a shabby chic interior and garden setting.


Cong Caphe

Iced Coconut Coffee at Cong Cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam

MAP. Popular with tourists, Cong Caphe is a chain cafe in Hanoi with multiple locations in the Old Quarter and beyond (and even in other cities in Vietnam). The throwback coffeehouse features classic Communist memorabilia and decor throughout.

Pro Tip: Order their famous coconut iced coffee for a sweet, refreshing afternoon treat!


Highlands Coffee

MAP. Highlands Coffee is another chain coffeeshop – and there are more than 80 locations countrywide. The American-Vietnamese owner used the model of Starbucks to create a modern Vietnam coffeeshop, where patrons can linger in the air-conditioning sipping slightly-more-expensive cups of coffee while working on laptops.


Hanoi Bar Scene

Busy Hia Hoi Beer Corner in Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is famous for it’s Fresh Beer, called Bia Hoi. Made daily and delivered to bars and restaurants in metal tanks, the beer is watery and cheap. The well-known Bia Hoi Corner (at the intersection of Luong Ngoc Quyen, Ta Hien and Dinh Liet) has long been the place to go for a cold beer at the end of a long day of sightseeing in Hanoi. However, in recent years the Fresh Beer has been replaced by higher priced bottled beers and a slew of ‘Beer Girls’ pushing their company’s brand.


The Original Bia Hoi Corner

MAP. At these corner bars, each time patrons sit down at a table, a new table and low plastic stools are set up directly in front of it, ready for the next customer. As more customers come and more tables are put out, the streets get more and more congested…until the police come through. With little warning, waitstaff race to remove tables placed in the street in hopes of avoiding a ticket being issued. Once the police clear the area, the madness begins all over again.


Fresh Beer Bia Hoi Bars

Bat Dan Bia Hoi Bar in Hanoi, Vietnam

While Bia Hoi corner is no longer a place to get cheap Fresh Beer, there are a few other corners in the city that welcome a mix of locals and foreigners for glasses of Bia Hoi.


Corner of Bat Dan and Phung Hung

MAP. There are two open-air Fresh Beer bars on the corner of Bat Dan and Phung Hung that have long been serving small glasses of cheap beer to patrons. While the price continues to increase (it was 12k per glass on our most recent visit), it’s an exceptional Hanoi drinking experience!


Corner of Dao Duy Tu and Pho Ma May

MAP. Fresh beer flows for cheap from vendor carts and makeshift bars on Pho Ma May Street. The atmosphere, made up mostly of tourists, is lively and fun. The beer costs less than 10k and – just like the Original Bia Hoi Corner – tables and chairs are set up in the street…until the cops push everyone back.

Pro Tip: Most of the vendors selling Bia Hoi offer a menu of bar snacks – like fried rolls, boiled peanuts and fried chicken feet. 


Hanoi Craft Beer

Two pints of Fuzzy Logic Craft Beer in Hanoi, Vietnam

Although not widely available, there are places to get craft beer in Hanoi. Western food restaurants in Hanoi – like Amato and 4P’s – often have craft beer on their menus. A few dedicated Vietnamese craft beer bars – like Standing Bar and New Gentry Beer House – are popular with tourists. For craft beer produced in Hanoi, visitors can head to Turtle Lake Brewing Company located on West Lake and nearby Furbrew. Ho Chi Minh City based Pasteur Street Brewing also has a taproom in Hanoi, near St. Joseph’s Cathedral. 

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Hanoi Restaurant Map

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More Hanoi Food Tips

Now that we have shared our insider tips of Where and What To Eat in Hanoi, we have a few more tips! 


Vietnam Food Prices

The cost of food in Vietnam is relatively very affordable, however, Hanoi food prices will depend on what you are eating.

  • Staple Hanoi Old Quarter Food – like Pho and Banh Mi – can be had for as little as 25k (about $1 USD).
  • Specialty Hanoi Cuisine – like Banh Xeo and Fried Pho – can cost up to 65K (about $3 USD).
  • Nice Vietnamese restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter will likely cost more in the range of 125k ($5.25 USD).
  • Western restaurants in Hanoi charge the most; a pizza at 4P’s costs about 250k ($10.50 USD) and each tapas plate at Amato ranges from 80k-180k (about $3.50 – $7.75 USD).


Hanoi Food Tour

A Hanoi Street Food Tour is a great way to learn about the local cuisine. Visitors can use our Hanoi Guide to Eating to plot their own food tour – or join a local guide on a small-group tour to the best street food in the city! Read the rave reviews!


Hanoi Cooking Class

Fascinated by the food in Hanoi, I was motivated to join a cooking class in order to learn how to prepare the most famous Vietnamese food for myself. You can read the details of my experience in this Hanoi Cooking class blog post!


When you are full of the best Hanoi food, consider doing a little sightseeing! Use our 5 Self-Guided Hanoi Walking Tours to discover the best sights in the city and plan your complete trip to Hanoi with our Hanoi Itinerary!


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