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

Hanoi eating guide

Street food touring Hanoi - self guided

Street food tours are all the rage in Saigon and Hanoi. The best of them are excellent. But you’d be surprised what you can discover on your own. We... Read more

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Street food touring Hanoi - self guided
From Duong Thanh to Hang Dieu St, Hanoi

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Banh Mi 25, Hanoi

Banh mi 25 sees long lines of tourists gather each day on account of its high ranking on TripAdvisor - the banh mi's delicious too. The owner Mr... Read more

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Banh Mi 25, Hanoi
25 Hang Ca, Hanoi

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Banh Mi, Hang Ca, Hanoi

Just down the road from the famed Banh Mi 25, Mr Hoan has been on the job making banh mi Vietnamese bread rolls, for the people of Hanoi, for almost... Read more

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Banh Mi, Hang Ca, Hanoi
Cnr Hang Ca and Cha Ca, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

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1946 Restaurant, Hanoi

1946 is a busy little Vietnamese restaurant in the Cua Bac area not too far from Ba Dinh Square. Read more

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1946 Restaurant, Hanoi
3 Ngo Yen Thanh, 61 Cua Bac, Hanoi

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Bun Bo Nam Bo, Hanoi

Bun Bo are beef noodles and Nam Bo means “of the south”. So this is a southern style dish that’s been embraced in the north. It’s very popular and... Read more

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Bun Bo Nam Bo, Hanoi
67 Hang Dieu, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

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Bun Cha Dac Kim, Hang Manh

Bun Cha is another Hanoi specialty not to be missed and this little bun cha stop on Hang Manh St is one of the dish's best exponents. Read more

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Bun Cha Dac Kim, Hang Manh
1 Hang Manh St, Hanoi
043 8285022

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Bun Cha Huong Lien - aka. Bun Cha Obama

Bun Cha Huong Lien, aka, Bun Cha Obama, looks set to become a Hanoi shrine to the Obama presidency. It was already a popular local eatery serving... Read more

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Bun Cha Huong Lien - aka. Bun Cha Obama
24 Lê Văn Hưu, Phạm Đình Hồ, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội, Vietnam
+84 4 3943 4106

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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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Cha Ca La Vong, Hanoi

Hanoi’s original cha ca eatery. Cha Ca is a northern specialty consisting of river fish, turmeric, dill, peanuts, noodles and a fair load of oil.... Read more

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Cha Ca La Vong, Hanoi
14 Cha Ca St, Old Quarter, Hanoi

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Chim Sao Restaurant, Hanoi

Chim Sao is slightly away from Hanoi's main traveller area but it's well worth the 10 minute cab ride. It's the real thing in terms of Hanoi cuisine... Read more

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Chim Sao Restaurant, Hanoi
65 Ngo Hue, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi

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Com Pho Restaurant, Hanoi

Not far off the southern end of Hanoi’s French Quarter, Com Pho is another busy Hanoi local eatery - a great place for an authentic no frills meal... Read more

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Com Pho Restaurant, Hanoi
29 Le Van Huu St, Hanoi

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Food Street - Tong Duy Tan St, Hanoi

Tong Duy Tan St, aka. Food Street, is slightly away from the traveller area of the city. It’s a stretch of simple, tasty, outdoor stalls with... Read more

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Food Street - Tong Duy Tan St, Hanoi
Tong Duy Tan St, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

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Highway 4, Hanoi

Highway 4 is an old Hanoi favourite that's lost some of its ramshackle edge in recent years. Still a dependable stop for northern Vietnamese... Read more

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Highway 4, Hanoi
5 Hàng Tre, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi
(+84-4) 3926.4200

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Mau Dich 37, Hanoi

Mau Dich 37's quirky nostalgia for the impoverished days of Hanoi in the 1970s and 1980s makes for an intriguing and surprisingly tasty dining... Read more

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Mau Dich 37, Hanoi
37 Nam Trang, Ngu Xa, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
+84437154336

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New Day Restaurant, Hanoi

A great little local eatery on Hanoi's Ma May St. Packed for lunch and dinner with locals and travellers serving solid northern Vietnamese cuisine.... Read more

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New Day Restaurant, Hanoi
72 Ma May St Hanoi in the Old Quarter

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Ngon Restaurant (Quan An Ngon), Hanoi

The runaway success of Ngon (delicious) Restaurant in Saigon was bound to be duplicated in the capital and they’ve got the formula right once again.... Read more

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Ngon Restaurant (Quan An Ngon), Hanoi
18 Phan Boi Chau St, Hanoi
+84 4 3942 8162

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Pho Nam Ngu, Hanoi

A classic “hole in the wall” pho stall in a small lane not far from the train station. Surly owner and a loyal following - a classic Hanoi pho... Read more

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Pho Nam Ngu, Hanoi
7 Nam Ngu St, Hanoi - not far from Ngon Hanoi

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Quan An Ngon, Phan Dinh Phung, Hanoi

Another Quan An Ngon Restaurant has opened in a grand colonial building on one of Hanoi's most picturesque streets. Read more

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Quan An Ngon, Phan Dinh Phung, Hanoi
34 Phan Dinh Phung St, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

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Ray Quan, Hanoi

A quirky hole in the wall eatery that’s up close and personal with Hanoi’s railway line. Generous servings of local liquor help wash down a... Read more

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Ray Quan, Hanoi
8A Nguyen Khuyen, Dong Da, Hanoi

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Street Food - Hanoi

The view of Hanoi from the low tables and plastic stools of a street vendor is an essential city experience. And the food’s delicious and cheap too.... Read more

Xuan Xuan BBQ, Hanoi

Right in middle of the Ma May street tourist mayhem, Xuan Xuan  is perfect for a Hanoi-style, street-side BBQ. Read more

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Xuan Xuan BBQ, Hanoi
47 Ma May St, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

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What's On At Huong Giang Hotel

Một trưng bày của Dan Drage | A show by Dan Drage

Manzi

14 Phan Huy Ích | Map
Sun May 14 till Sun May 28, 2017
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR ENGLISH Manzi trân trọng giới thiệu 'THẤY ...' - một triển lãm nhỏ... Read more

Exhibition / Triển lãm / A Present Retrospective

Work Room Four

Packexim Building, Tower 1, Floor 24, No 49, Lane 15 An Duong Vuong Street, Tay Ho | Map
Fri May 19 till Fri Jun 02, 2017
[SCROLL DOWN FOR ENGLISH] Triển lãm trưng bày các tác phẩm tranh cổ động từ năm 1969 đến năm... Read more

German Film Festival for Children & Young Audience

Kim Đồng cinema 19 Hàng Bài

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Thu May 25 till Sun May 28, 2017
Information about the films and screening schedule at / Thông tin cụ thể về các bộ phim và... Read more

Aqatuki in Vietnam

Vietnam

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Thu May 25 till Sun Jun 04, 2017
※vietnamese language bellow! Hai hai hai hai ♪ How's it going all the... Read more