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... 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... 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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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.... 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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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 the traveller area of the city. It’s a stretch of simple, tasty,... 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

The runaway success of Ngon (delicious) Restaurant in Saigon was bound to be duplicated in the capital and they’ve got the... 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... 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... 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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What's On At Huong Giang Hotel

Stanford Reid at Tiny Music Club

The Hanoi Social Club

6 Ngõ Hội Vũ, Hoàn Kiếm | Map
Tue Sep 26, 2017
8PM
September 26 \\ 8.30PM \\ rooftop The Hanoi Social Club Tiny Music Club this week... Read more

Triển lãm "Điêu đắp hang ổ" - "Sculpting The Burrows"

Goethe-Institut Hanoi

56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc | Map
Mon Sep 18 till Mon Oct 09, 2017
Triển lãm "Điêu đắp hang ổ" - "Sculpting The Burrows" Của Laurent Goldring Khai mạc:... Read more

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The Hanoi Social Club

6 Ngõ Hội Vũ, Hoàn Kiếm | Map
Wed Sep 27, 2017
9PM
Tiếng Việt ở dưới It's that space just after consciousness. Just before sleep. Somewhere in... Read more

Residence with Quan, Min8, TrungD (Every Wednesday)

Savage

112 xuan dieu | Map
Wed Sep 27, 2017
9PM
Residence là một đêm nhạc của Min8, TrungD và Quan, với những âm thanh vừa cổ điển nhưng cũng... Read more