Hanoi eating guide

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.

Casa Italia Restaurant, Hanoi

Part restaurant and part showroom for Italian luxury brands - Maserati, Vespa and Armani - Casa Italia is located in a grand... Read more

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Casa Italia Restaurant, Hanoi
18 Le Phung Hieu, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

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Tam Vi Restaurant, Hanoi

Delicious Vietnamese cuisine - the stuff Vietnamese eat rather than a hybrid for tourists - in a cool design space. These places... Read more

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Tam Vi Restaurant, Hanoi
4 Pho Yen The, Dong Da District, Hanoi

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Food Street - Tong Duy Tan St, Hanoi

Tong Duy Tan St, aka. Food Street, is a strip of mainly local eateries that gets especially busy at night. There are some cafes... 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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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 - moved to Hanoi in 2016. At time of writing (2019) its successful Hanoi... Read more

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4P's Pizza, Hanoi
43 Trang Tien St, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

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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. It's... 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

Cousins is a popular cafe restaurant set in a large colonial-style villa in Hanoi's West Lake area. it's a good escape from the... Read more

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Cousins Restaurant, Hanoi
15 Ngo 45 To Ngọc Van, Quang An, Tay Ho, Hanoi
+84 838 670 098

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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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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 a handful of cafes that overlook Hanoi’s St Joseph’s Cathedral. Good for a view and a cup of tea or a local coffee. There... 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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Home Restaurant, Hanoi

Home is a fancy Vietnamese restaurant, in a beautifully decked out colonial villa, on the fringe of the old quarter. Food’s good... Read more

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Home Restaurant, Hanoi
34 Chau Long, Hanoi
+84 4 3939 2222

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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... 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 Badiane Restaurant, Hanoi

La Badiane has been a consistent favourite French restaurant in Hanoi since its opening several years ago. The setting, in a... Read more

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La Badiane Restaurant, Hanoi
10 Nam Ngu street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
+84 (4) 39 42 45 09

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La Place Cafe, Hanoi

Overlooking St Joseph’s cathedral in a classic colonial era space with original tiles and some original features. Reasonable... Read more

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La Place Cafe, Hanoi
4 Au Trieu St, Hanoi - near Cathedral

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La Verticale Restaurant, Hanoi

La Verticale is French Chef Didier Corlou’s signature Hanoi restaurant - and it lives up to all the hype. Set in a narrow 1930s... Read more

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La Verticale Restaurant, Hanoi
19 Ngo Van So
, Hoan Kiem District
, Hanoi
+84 4 944 6317

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Luna d’Autunno, Hanoi

Luna d’Autunno has been serving Italian cuisine across various locations in downtown Hanoi since the 1990s. The interior of the... Read more

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Luna d’Autunno, Hanoi
27 Nam Ngư, Cửa Nam, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
+84 4 3823 7338

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Madame Hien Restaurant, Hanoi

Madame Hien's French colonial villa is definitely one of Hanoi's most visually impressive restaurant settings. And the food's... Read more

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Madame Hien Restaurant, Hanoi
15 Chan Cam, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi
+84 4 3938 1588

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Maison de Tet Decor, West Lake, Hanoi

A great escape on West Lake from Hanoi’s downtown intensity. In 2019, Maison de Tet Decor relocated to a new open villa space -... Read more

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Maison de Tet Decor, West Lake, Hanoi
Villa 18, Ngo 1 - Au Co, West Lake, Hanoi - right by Intercontinental Hotel
+84 96 661 13 83

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Maison Marou, Hanoi

Following on from the success of Maison Marou in Saigon, the people from Vietnam’s best loved local chocolate brand have opened... Read more

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Maison Marou, Hanoi
91A Thợ Nhuộm, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội

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Manzi Cafe and Art Space, Hanoi

Manzi is cafe - cum - gallery in a beautiful colonial era villa. More about a quiet drink than a meal. Read more

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Manzi Cafe and Art Space, Hanoi
14 Phan Huy Ich, Hanoi
+844 3716 3397

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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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Mediterraneo, Hanoi

Traditional Italian in a perfect location right by Hanoi’s historic St Joseph’s Cathedral. Leonardo has been serving Italian... Read more

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Mediterraneo, Hanoi
23 Nhà Thờ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội - right by St Joseph

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Muoi Tieu Cafe, Hanoi

Muoi Tieu is a friendly husband-and-wife-run cafe serving tasty breakfast and lunch fare - and good coffee. The setting is a... Read more

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Muoi Tieu Cafe, Hanoi
5 Hoi Vu, Hoan Kiem District Hanoi - just off Hang Bong St

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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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Ngon Villa, Hanoi

Ngon Villa is a slightly curious pairing of all-you-can-eat Vietnamese food, in a fine dining setting. The food’s good and the... Read more

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Ngon Villa, Hanoi
10 Tong Duy Tan St, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi
(+84) 4.32212222

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Panam' French Creperie, Hanoi

Tasty French owned creperie in a colonial era villa, a little away from Hanoi’s main tourist area. The area's worth exploring too. Read more

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Panam' French Creperie, Hanoi
26 Trương Hán Siêu, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội

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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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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... Read more

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

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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... 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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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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Reng Reng Coffee, Hanoi

Quirky Hanoi at its best - hidden away down an alley with no signage. A fairly cool reception on arrival too. Great coffee. Read more

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Reng Reng Coffee, Hanoi
12 Lý Nam Đế, Hàng Mã, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi - down the alley
+84 93 365 31 01

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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 - 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

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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Thuy Ta Cafe, Hanoi

Thuy Ta Ice Cream, right on the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake, is a Hanoi institution. Predating the North's independence from France... Read more

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Thuy Ta Cafe, Hanoi
1 Le Thai To Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
+ 84438286290

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Tranquil Books and Coffee, Hanoi

Good coffee, peace and quiet, books and occasional unplugged tunes, in a cosy Hanoi space. Read more

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Tranquil Books and Coffee, Hanoi
5 Nguyễn Quang Bích, Cửa Đông, Hanoi
+84 98 938 45 41

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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

Uu Dam Chay, Hanoi

Vegan cuisine in a handsome, modern space, not far from Hanoi's Hoan Kiem Lake. Read more

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Uu Dam Chay, Hanoi
34, Hàng Bài, Quận Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
+84 98 134 98 98

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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
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