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

Hanoi eating guide

Introduction

| 16 Oct 2018
Last updated 16 Oct 2018

Hanoi’s greatest culinary attraction may well be its street food scene. It’s proving remarkably resilient in the face of other changes sweeping the city. Everyone from the elderly to the young, from the rich, to the less wealthy, seems to love to congregate around small tables on plastic stools, day or night, to dig in to the city’s street cuisine. The Hanoians prefer saltier flavours to their southern counterparts. Off the street, Hanoi's restaurant scene is evolving - though at a slower clip than Saigon in the south. The international culinary scene is evolving too - and if you're staying a few days, make sure you head out to the West Lake expat area for more international restaurants, cafes and bars.

 

This independent list of the best dining in Hanoi from the streets to upscale restaurants, was updated in September 2018. Everything is handpicked and no money changes hands for a listing.

West Lake - a guide to eating in Hanoi's expat enclave

If you’re spending more than a couple of days in Hanoi, it’ll be worth checking out the cafe and restaurant scene in the West... Read more

Sente Restaurant, Hanoi

It’s unusual for us to add a restaurant or cafe to our list of recommendations before we’ve tried the food. But Sente is a... Read more

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Sente Restaurant, Hanoi
20 Nguyen Quang Bich St, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

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Tripadvisor's Hanoi eating recommendations - things you should know

TripAdvisor’s list of Hanoi’s best restaurants reveals a lot about the world’s biggest and most influential travel website. What... Read more

1946 Restaurant, Hanoi

1946 is a busy little Vietnamese restaurant in the Cua Bac area not too far from Ba Dinh Square. Nothing slick. Nothing fancy. Read more

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

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4P's Pizza, Hanoi

Saigon’s most popular pizza - Japanese owned 4P’s - has opened in Hanoi’s Old Quarter - not far from St Joseph’s Cathedral. Read more

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4P's Pizza, Hanoi
24 Lý Quoc Su, Hoàn Kiem District, Ha Noi - down the alley
+84 120 803 4444

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A La Folie Restaurant, Hanoi

A La Folie moved by Truc Bach Lake in 2016 - it's still one of our favourite places for a relaxed meal of French cuisine in a... Read more

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A La Folie Restaurant, Hanoi
9 Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội,
+84 4 3976 1667

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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... 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... Read more

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

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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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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.... 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... 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... 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... 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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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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Cau Go Restaurant, Hanoi

Cau Go, which means wooden bridge, is a stylish Vietnamese restaurant that enjoys spectacular views across Hoan Kiem Lake in... Read more

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Cau Go Restaurant, Hanoi
7 Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
+84 4 3926 0808

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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... Read more

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

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Cha Ca Thang Long, Hanoi

Cha Ca is one of Hanoi’s legendary culinary specialties. It’s a noodle dish of river fish, turmeric, dill, peanuts. It hasn’t... Read more

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Cha Ca Thang Long, Hanoi
19 - 21 - 31 Duong Thanh, Hoan Kiem, Cửa Đông, 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... Read more

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

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Club Opera Novel, Hanoi

Club Opera Novel is probably Hanoi's most lavish Vietnamese restaurant - right downtown on Trang Tien St. Read more

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Club Opera Novel, Hanoi
17 Trang Tien Street, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi
+844 3972 8001

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Coffee Culture Hanoi - Hanoi's best cafes

A guide to Hanoi’s best coffee.These cafes are cool little destinations too. Make them part of your Hanoi exploration. Read more

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... Read more

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

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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... 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... 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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Cugini Italian Restaurant, West Lake, Hanoi

A new Italian restaurant in Hanoi’s West Lake area. Good food, cool space and reasonably priced for the quality. Opened late in... Read more

El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse, Hanoi

The El Gaucho steak craze started in Saigon and then spread to the capital Hanoi, where it seems to be getting a reception every... Read more

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El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse, Hanoi
11 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi

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Food Street - Tong Duy Tan St, Hanoi

Tong Duy Tan St, aka. Food Street, is slightly away from Hanoi's main traveller enclave in the Old Quarter. It’s mostly a... 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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Green Tangerine Restaurant, Hanoi

Located bang in the heart of Hanoi’s traveller ghetto on Hang Be St. Green Tangerine’s inviting open courtyard is a welcome... Read more

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Green Tangerine Restaurant, Hanoi
48 Hang Be Street Hoan Kiem District Hanoi
+84 4 3825 1286

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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... Read more

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

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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... Read more

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

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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... Read more

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Highway 4, Hanoi
5 Hàng Tre, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi

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