An independent selection of the best eateries from fine dining to street food in Hanoi, from Rusty Compass. No paid endorsements.

Hanoi eating guide

Maison de Tet Decor, West Lake, Hanoi

A great escape from Hanoi’s intensity. Open villa space by West Lake. Great breakfast, coffee and all-day cafe-style dining. By night the menu... Read more

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Maison de Tet Decor, West Lake, Hanoi
Villa 156 Tu Hoa, Nghi Tam, Ho Tay, Hanoi
+84 96 661 13 83
 

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Cafe Cho, Hanoi

This little hole in the wall in the heart of  Hanoi's Old Quarter gets high marks for coffee, ambience and people watching. We came back several... Read more

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Cafe Cho, Hanoi
Ngo Cau Go, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi - not far from Hoan Kiem Lake
 

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Hanoi Social Club, Hanoi

Hanoi Social Club is a little outpost of Melbourne's cafe scene in a stunning French colonial villa in downtown Hanoi. Great food and drinks. Some... Read more

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Hanoi Social Club, Hanoi
6 Hoi Vu St, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
+844 39382117
 

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Bar Betta, Hanoi

Hanoi's nostalgia fest is celebrated in earnest at Bar Betta, a wonderfully quirky cafe not far from the Fine Arts Museum. Read more

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Bar Betta, Hanoi
34C Cao Ba Quat, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
+844 3734 9134
 

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Cafe Nola, Hanoi

Cafe Nola is a well hidden sanctuary of calm at the centre of the tourist area in Hanoi's old quarter. Read more

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Cafe Nola, Hanoi
89 Ma May , Hanoi - down an alley.
+84 169 608 4195
 

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Cong Caphe, Hanoi

Cong Caphe is a popular coffee chain that’s taken Hanoi by storm with its rustic, military chic decor. The capital is now packed with franchises and... Read more

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Cong Caphe, Hanoi
32 Dien Bien Phu St, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
 

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Cousins Restaurant, Hanoi

By Hanoi’s West Lake, Cousins is a favourite cafe restaurant with the city’s expats and a nice escape from the intensity of downtown. It's around 15... Read more

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Cousins Restaurant, Hanoi
3 Quang Ba Tay Ho, (West Lake) Ha Noi
+84 123 867 0098

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Hanoi House Cafe, Hanoi

One of three delightful cafes that overlook Hanoi’s St Joseph’s Cathedral. Good for a light meal, Hanoi House is more a wonderful cafe space than a... Read more

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Hanoi House Cafe, Hanoi
Upstairs, 47A Ly Quoc Su St, Hanoi
 

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KOTO Restaurant, Hanoi

Koto is a great place for a meal or a drink close by Hanoi’s Temple of Literature. And this is no ordinary restaurant. Founded in the mid 1990s by... Read more

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KOTO Restaurant, Hanoi
59 Van Mieu St, Dong Da District, Hanoi - across from the Temple of Literature
+84 4 3747 0337

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La Place Cafe, Hanoi

Overlooking St Joseph’s cathedral in a classic colonial era space with original tiles and a great vibe. Good cafe food and coffee too. Perfect... Read more

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La Place Cafe, Hanoi
4 Au Trieu St, Hanoi - near Cathedral
+(844)9285859

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Manzi Cafe and Art Space, Hanoi

Manzi is cafe - cum - gallery in a beautiful colonial era villa. More about a quiet drink than a meal. Read more

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Manzi Cafe and Art Space, Hanoi
14 Phan Huy Ich, Hanoi
+844 3716 3397

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Marilyn Cafe

Another cool cafe overlooking St Joseph’s Cathedral in downtown Hanoi, Marilyn’s springs from a clothing boutique on the lower floor. Both the cafe... Read more

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Marilyn Cafe
Upstairs 4a Au Trieu, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
 

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Puku Cafe, Hanoi

This is an old Hanoi favourite reincarnated in a larger spot on Tong Duy Tan St - aka. food street. While “food street” is famous for local street... Read more

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Puku Cafe, Hanoi
16/18 Tong Duy Tan Street, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi
+844 3938 1745
 

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Reng Reng Cofee, Hanoi

This is quirky Hanoi at its best - hidden away down an alley with no signage. Great coffee. Read more

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Reng Reng Cofee, Hanoi
12 Lý Nam Đế, Hàng Mã, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi - down the alley
+84 93 365 31 01
 

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Thuy Ta Cafe, Hanoi

Thuy Ta Ice Cream, right on the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake, is a Hanoi institution. Predating the North's independence from France in 1954, it’s one of... Read more

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Thuy Ta Cafe, Hanoi
1 Le Thai To Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
+ 84438286290
 

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Tranquil Books and Coffee, Hanoi

Good coffee, peace and quiet, books and occasional unplugged tunes, in a cosy Hanoi space. Read more

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Tranquil Books and Coffee, Hanoi
5 Nguyễn Quang Bích, Cửa Đông, Hanoi
+84 98 938 45 41
 

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Xofa Cafe, Hanoi

Hanoi’s second 24 hour cafe, Xofa, is in a cool colonial style space - right by the original 24 hour cafe, Puku, on Tong Duy Tan St. Read more

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Xofa Cafe, Hanoi
4 Tong Duy Tan St, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
+84 4 3717 1555
 

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The Hanoi Social Club

6 Hội Vũ, Hoàn Kiếm | Map
Wed Feb 22, 2017
9PM
Tiếng Việt ở dưới It's that space just after consciousness. Just before sleep. Somewhere in... Read more

Let's fall in love at 88 Lounge

88 Lounge

88 Xuân Diệu | Map
Sat Feb 11 till Sat Feb 25, 2017
LET'S FALL IN LOVE AT 88 Lounge -English version is below- Điểm đến ngọt ngào cho ngày lễ... Read more

Redroom Sessions - Puddles

HRC Tô Ngọc Vân

27 / 52 To Ngoc Van | Map
Thu Feb 23, 2017
9PM
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kwgZgEsRKDs Redroom Sessions introducing Puddles: Three... Read more

HRC Live

HRC Tô Ngọc Vân

27 / 52 To Ngoc Van | Map
Fri Feb 24, 2017
9PM
Another Friday night with a big line up with 4 live acts - Etienne Rousseaux: A charming... Read more