Hanoi eating guide: Local

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

Hanoi eating guide

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

Sente is a gorgeous little place with a menu based around the lotus. It's novel, tasty and the setting in an old colonial era... Read more

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

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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... Read more

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

Ngon - which means delicious in Vietnamese - is a large open festival of street food in the comfort of a restaurant space.... Read more

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Ngon Restaurant (Quan An Ngon), Hanoi
18 Phan Boi Chau St, Hanoi

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Pho Gia Truyen, Hanoi

Also known as Quan Pho Gia Truyen Bat Dan, this is one of those “best pho in Hanoi” places and a fixture in guidebooks for... Read more

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Pho Gia Truyen, Hanoi
49 Bát Đàn, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội

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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... Read more

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