Hanoi Food Tour: What and Where to eat in Hanoi?

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Vietnam has long been well-known for its diverse cuisine, from street food to luxury restaurants for wine and dine and Hanoi cuisine is remarkable for all visitors to try, at least, once in your life. 

For anyone curious about Hanoi cuisine but haven’t had enough knowledge to decide what and where to eat, check out our guide right now to crave for the best food in Hanoi (of course, including street food). 

Most of these sumptuous dishes in Hanoi are located in the old quarters, which is considered the heart of Hanoi.

Best place for Bun Cha in Hanoi


Bun cha is likely the most famous dish in Hanoi. It can also be found in South Vietnam, but it does not taste the same.

Bun Cha Huong Lien – 24 Le Van Huu

Bun Cha has become extremely popular since TV host Anthony Bourdain sat down to eat this delectable dish with US President Barack Obama during Obama’s visit to Vietnam. If you want to have the same bowl as them, you can visit Bun Cha Huong Lien at 24 Le Van Huu, Phan Chu Trinh, Hai Ba Trung and receive the Obama Combo, including bun cha, a roll of fried seafood and a bottle of Hanoi beer.

Bun Cha 34 Hang Than

Besides Bun Cha Huong Lien, visitors can find Bun Cha at 34 Hang Than, a small, very cheap eatery with many flavors. 

Bun Cha Dac Kim – 1 Hang Manh

Bun Cha in Dac Kim is quite well served, with lots of meat combine with excellent fish sauce to become a unique taste of this place. Despite complaints about cramped spaces or high prices compared to other places, this restaurant has always been crowded with people and has become one of the symbols of Hanoi cuisine.

Where to eat Xoi in Hanoi


When mentioning about “Xoi” – the popular breakfast of Vietnamese in general and Hanoian in particular, people usually come to Xoi Yen which is situated at 35B Nguyen Huu Huan, Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem. Its pile is served with supplements such as boiled eggs, pork, chicken and more.

This hearty, delicious dish is very suitable for a cold Hanoi day, although the restaurant’s quick service does not allow wandering.

Mien Xao Luon, a must-try dish


Another classic dish of Hanoi is fried eel noodles, served either with or without soup. To foreigners, it must be strange when talking about dishes made from “eel” but Mien Xao Luon will please even the most fastidious person.

Visitors can find a great version of Mien Xao Luon at 87 Hang Dieu in the Old Quarter, and this dish is perfect for one of the misty Hanoi days.

Where to taste Cafe Trung (egg coffee) in Hanoi


Hanoi’s street food is famous for egg coffee of Cafe Trung. It may sound weird but it tastes amazing. It is an unusual and unique type of coffee and whether you’re a big fan of coffee or not, you should try it once while wandering Hanoi. You can follow these addresses below to find a cup of egg coffee.


Cafe Giang – Giang Cafe Hanoi

Address: 30 Nguyen Huu Tuan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Prices: 15.000 – 33.000 VND

Dinh Café

Address: The second floor, 13 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hang Bac Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Prices: 30.000 – 70.000 VND

Old Quarter Café

Address: 11 Gai Street, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

Prices: 20.000- 55.000 VND

There are still dozens of food and restaurants in Hanoi waiting for you. We will come back with the second part of this topic to provide our readers with more places and food to try when traveling in Hanoi. 

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