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

Hanoi eating guide

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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Porte D'Annam

Porte d'Annam is chef Didier Corlou's 4th Hanoi restaurant and serves a selection of Vietnamese dishes with a spicy twist, right by Hanoi's St... Read more

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Porte D'Annam
22 Nha Tho St, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi right by the cathedral
 

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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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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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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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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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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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Hoi An Chicken Rice Restaurant, Hanoi

The simple delights of Hoi An's unique take on Chicken Rice (com ga), is served up with commendable authenticity at this Hanoi eatery. The menu also... Read more

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Hoi An Chicken Rice Restaurant, Hanoi
1 Cua Dong St, Hoan Kiem, 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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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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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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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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The Moose and Roo Smokehouse, Hanoi

The Moose and Roo is a casual, airy, barbecue, in the grounds of the American Club in central Hanoi - a retreat for homesick travellers. Read more

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The Moose and Roo Smokehouse, Hanoi
19-21 Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
+8443 939 24 70

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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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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