One of the best things to do when in Hanoi is eat!
Vietnam had some of the best food we had eaten so far during our travels in South East Asia & Hanoi quickly became our number 1 spot for food in the country.
Everything here is authentic and fresh, the Vietnamese do food extremely well, and with most of the city coming out to eat due to the low prices you know it must be good if all the locals are there too!
The Hanoi eats do not disappoint! This guide is a mix between local dishes and other cuisines but nowhere disappointed and they were all my favourite places to eat and drink!
Pho is a famous Vietnamese dish and is one of their favourites, as well as ours. Consisting of a broth, rice noodles, meat and herbs it is super simple but when done well tastes incredible.
Pho is traditionally eaten by the Vietnamese for breakfast, however, you can find it being served all day from almost anywhere in the city.
Favoured by tourists and locals Pho 10 is well known because of its high quality Pho. Each bowl is prepared to perfection. The flavours crafted here are excellent and each element of the Pho compliments the other ingredients.
Here you can choose from six different choices of Pho, they are all with beef but each is prepared differently.
Pho 10 has an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs as they create your Pho Bo (Beef Pho), if you want to eat like a true local then don’t forget to order some ‘quẩy’ which are dough sticks for dipping in the broth.
Opening hours: 6am – 10pm
Banh Mi in Vietnamese means bread and the Banh Mi you eat all around Vietnam is made of a short baguette with thin crisp crust and a soft fluffy texture inside.
This baguette is then filled with pate, mayo, pork, pickled vegetables, chilli, green onion, coriander, chillis and usually a secret sauce.
It quickly became one of our favourites and we ate dozens of them while travelling Vietnam.
Banh Mi 25
If you google ‘best banh mi in Hanoi’ then Banh Mi 25 is always top of the page, with over 5,000 Tripadvisor reviews it is well deserving of its top spot.
Starting out as a small little sandwich cart Banh Mi 25 has now grown into one of the best spots in Hanoi for this tasty sandwich.
Serving up a traditional Banh Mi or a deconstructed version in a skillet there is plenty of choice here!
The deconstructed Banh Mi consists of a skillet filled with gravy, meat, pate and a fried egg, bread and cucumber is then served on the side – it is delish and worth a try!
Top tip: Finding a vegetarian Banh Mi can sometimes be a challenge, Banh Mi 25 has lots of veggie options from mushrooms, tofu and cheese!
Opening hours: 7am – 9pm
Bubbles Greek Yoghurt (Formally Bang Mi 14)
Formally Banh Mi 14, a Greek Yoghurt shop and a bubble tea shop they have all now been combined and called simply Bubbles.
Bubbles is a small family run business and Banh Mi 14 has been well known for a few years as one of the top spots to get Banh Mi from.
They are all made fresh to order and are never short of fillings! Bubbles was the first Banh Mi we tried in Hanoi and we revisited again and again.
If you go on a walking food tour of Hanoi then Bubbles is usually one of your stops, it isn’t as well known as it’s competitors but I highly recommend checking it out.
I would also recommend the orange tea from here if you are going to give it a go!
Opening hours: 8am – 10pm
Top tip: Our very favourite spot for a Banh Mi however has go be Banh Mi Phuong in Hoi An, so if you’re heading south after Hanoi make sure to check it out here in my beginners guide to the city.
Hong Hoai has almost 3,000 reviews and has 5 stars on Google!
If you are looking for authentic Vietnamese food but you are sure exactly what you want this is the place to come.
With a huge variety on the menu of all the Vietnamese classics such as Pho, Bun Cha, Vietnamese pancake and many more you have plenty to choose from.
The staff here are very friendly and helpful, they will happily answer any questions you have about the menu and help you choose a dish that you’ll like.
We ate here twice during our stay in Hanoi and both times it was excellent. Over our visits we tried the Bun Cha, Vegetable Curry, Stir fried Tofu in tomato sauce, morning glory and the spring rolls.
All of it I highly recommend!
They also offer cooking classes at Hong Hoai so if you’re interested in learning how to make some of the local dishes then make sure to check them out.
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm
Lifted Coffee & Brunch
Ok if Avo on toast or a full English breakfast are your kind of things you need to visit Lifted.
This Melbourne style brunch spot has everything you could hope for, all of it is homemade and delicious.
They have something for everyone here from signature brunches that include pancakes and XXL English breakfast, to grilled cheeses, bagels and lunch bowls.
All of the food is presented beautifully and truly Instagrammable, with their shakes coming out topped high with whipped cream and cookies.
I recommend the fresh cold teas, they were incredible and the XXL big breakfast and Avo on toast & grains.
They also freshly bake doughnuts and cookies so make sure you try some of these. The peanut butter cookie was my fav.
Opening hours: 8am – 7.30pm
Rated 4.9 on Google for very good reason Sachiko truly does bring apanese culture to the heart of Hanoi.
Serving delicious dishes with high quality ingredients, prepared with care, the flavours transport you straight to Japan.
You can order all of your favourite Japanese dishes from sushi rolls, sashimi, hot plates, skewers and much more. If you are a fan of Sashimi you will really appreciate the freshness.
The portion sizes are generous and great value for money.
As well as incredible food the service at Sachiko was outstanding, the staff here are friendly, welcoming and attentive and ensure you have everything you need and that everything is to your liking.
We were also lucky enough to receive a free appetiser to try and a free desert which were also both delicious.
Opening hours: 1pm – 11.30pm
Pizza 4 Ps
When travelling around Vietnam and South East Asia a good Pizza is often hard to come by but Pizza 4 Ps have perfected their Pizza delivery and it is easily compared to an artisan pizzeria.
Imagine an authentic artisan base paired with Asian style toppings. Such as Soy Garlic Beef or Sweet Miso Gratin with Japanese Scallops!
Pizza 4 Ps stands for Pizza for Peace and their mission is to ‘Deliver Wow and Share Happiness’ which I think comes across in their restaurant.
Farm to Table is also one of their key concepts with many ingredients coming straight from farms in Da Lat or from carefully selected suppliers in Italy.
All of the pizzas here are cooked in traditional pizza ovens, the kitchen is also open to the restaurant so you can watch the chefs creating your pizza right in front of you.
I went for the Burrata Parma Ham – it was delicious and I highly recommend.
Top tip: many of the Pizzas are not served with a tomato sauce base, however it is offered as an extra topping, so ask the waiter and order it to come with one if that is your preference.
Opening hours: 10.30am – 10pm
Owned by an Italian gentleman called Leonardo, Mediterraneo is an authentic Italian restaurant that has been serving Hanoi since 1997.
Serving only the freshest and finest ingredients it is not one to be missed if Italian is your thing.
Perfectly placed next to St Joseph’s Cathedral, Mediterraneo has a cosy and relaxed feeling inside.
Great food matched with great service makes it somewhere I highly recommend trying.
Opening hours: 10am – 11pm
Egg coffee was created in Hanoi in 1946 due to there being a milk shortage caused by the French War (also known as the First Indochina War).
A bartender called Nguyen Giang started to experiment with different ways to create creamier coffees without using milk. This led to him whisking egg yolk with condensed milk which created the famously known egg coffee you can still drink today.
Nguyen Giang opened up his own coffee shop due to the popularity of his creation, run today by his son Try How Nquyen, Cafe Giang is the best place to try the authentic egg coffee.
Cafe Giang has kept the original recipe for its egg coffee and still includes its one secret ingredient that won’t be disclosed to the public!
Serving up lots of different options such as egg chocolate for those avoiding caffeine there is a lot of choice, even if it’s not quite your cup of tea (pardon the pun!) it’s worth trying just for the history!
Located down a small alley way keep an eye out of the Cafe Giang sign then follow the other tourists!
Opening hours: 7am – 10pm
Famous for its coffee Vietnam has tons of coffee shops dotted around the country, and in Hanoi you can find them everywhere tucked into every street.
Vietnam is the only place where coffee shops are often busier and open later than bars every evening!
However Note Coffee is no normal coffee shop. As you enter you are kindly greeted by the staff who are full of smiles and are very welcoming.
You will then notice the hundreds or thousands of post it notes stuck everywhere!
Most post its boast an inspirational message of some kind, make sure to add your own while you are here!
The Note Coffee staff also write everyone a message on their drinks, which was such a lovely touch.
Note Coffee has a great menu, offering coffee, freshly made smoothies and juices, tea, hot chocolate and soft drinks. They also have a variety of freshly made pastries which can be heated up for you to enjoy.
Opening hours: 8am – 10.30pm
All of that sight seeing is hungry work so eating our way around Hanoi was definitely one of our other favourite things to do.
I hope you love the Hanoi eats as much as we did and I hope my favourite places in Hanoi to eat & drink help you find some good spots during your stay.
Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments below and let me know which stop was your favourite?
With love, Izzy ✨💛
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