Where and What to Eat in Hanoi
Hanoi restaurants are plentiful and discovering its burgeoning culinary scene is the next best thing to do after a day of sightseeing and shopping. Found within Old Quarter’s narrow alleyways and bustling street markets, Chinese and French styles have mixed with Vietnam’s plentiful native crops and amazing seafood.
Meanwhile, affluent travellers can enjoy a plethora of stylish dining venues all over the city, offering breath-taking views of Hanoi and beyond with an extensive menu of French, Japanese, Thai and Chinese cuisine. From savouring authentic Vietnamese dishes by the busy roadside to a luxurious dining affair in a classy eatery, our guide on where and what to eat in Hanoi encompasses a wide array of styles, budgets, locations, and preferences.Read More
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Other Restaurants in Hanoi
Chain restaurant Al Fresco's is a superb choice for family dining, serving up large portions of western fare. It’s the place to go when you're tired of the lighter Vietnamese food and want something more substantial. The ribs and enchiladas are house specialties served in this casual friendly diner and the wine list is heavy on Australian and inexpensive South American reds. A children’s menu is also available.
- Opening Hours: 09:30-23:00
- Location: 23 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoan Kien District. 4th Floor, 402 Vincom Center, Long Bien.
98 Xuan Dieu, Tay Ho. 3 Truc Bach, Tay Ho, Hanoi plus several other outlets across Hanoi.
- Tel: +844 3996 1986, +844 3826 7782, +844 3719 5322
- Cuisine: International and Mexican
AMATO is Western-styled boutique restaurant that’s set behind Hanoi Opera, offering a broad range of modern European delicacies, crafted cocktails, and an extensive wine list in a cosy and sophisticated setting. Great for an intimate dining affair, the two-storey venue has a seating capacity of only 25 people with an elegant speakeasy-style bar on the ground floor. Standout dishes at AMATO Hanoi include pan-fried foie gras (VND 180,000), grilled bavette steak (VND 240,000), and mustard rabbit (VND 260,000). Happy hour promos are available between 17:00 and 19:00 daily, with martinis priced at VND 90,000 instead of VND 140,000.
- Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 07:30 – 23:00
- Address: Ngo 1A Trang Tien Street, French Quarter, Hanoi
- Tel: +84 122 736 74700
Au Delice & Le Restaurant d’Arthur Hanoi is renowned for serving quality French cuisine in a homely setting. A favourite amongst the French expat community, this restaurant also has an extensive drinks menu, ranging from coffees, teas, and fruit juices to aperitifs, wines and champagnes from New Zealand, Chile, Australia, and Italy.
Set within Hanoi’s French Quarter, Au Delice & Le Restaurant d’Arthur Hanoi is divided into a classy deli, wine cellar, and a main dining room that’s fitted with minimalistic décor. Food-wise, diners can enjoy three-course lunch sets (priced at VND 89,000 upwards) on weekdays, which comprise dishes such as feta cheese salad, stuffed chicken leg with vegetables, Belgian Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 22:00
- Address: 2B Ngo Thi Nham, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
- Tel: +84 43 944 9288
Au Lac House
Starched white table linen and attentive service are order of the day at this sophisticated old colonial house. Tables are dotted beneath high ceilings on which rest dishes including slow-cooked pork with salted fish and Viet satay; the perfect choice for sophisticated Vietnamese fare on a special occasion. Au Lac House is also open for lunch when snacks, sandwiches and pastries are served.
- Opening Hours: 08:00-23:00
- Location: 13 Tran Hung Dao, Hai Ba Trung District
- Tel: +844 3933 3533
- Cuisine: Vietnamese
Bar 69 Bar and Restaurant
Set in a 300-year old two-storey wooden building, the menu is Vietnamese fare catering to Western palates. Portions are on the small side making them ideal for a pre-dinner snack and a drink rather than a full meal. Their specialty beef strips with lemon, chilli and salt sauce goes down a treat with a cold Saigon Beer. The restaurant hosts regular live Vietnamese chamber music nights.
- Opening Hours: 09:00-23:00
- Location: 69 Ma May Street in the heart of Hanoi's tourist district
- Tel: +844 3926 0452
- Cuisine: Vietnamese
Situated out of town in the lakeside home of Chef and Restaurateur Bobby Chinn, the food served here is modern fusion combining organic Vietnamese ingredients with modern touches. Service is attentive at this award-winning eatery, the only place in Vietnam to receive the five-star Diamond Award. Signature dishes include filet mignon spring rolls and tamarind-glazed crab cake on chive flowers.
- Opening Hours: 10:30 - 22:00
- Location: 1 Ba Trieu Street
- Tel: +844 934 8577 or +844 934 8578
- Cuisine: Modern Fusion
Bun Cha serves authentic Vietnamese street food. Expect a menu packed with favourites including grilled pork patties, spring rolls, barbecued pork and lots of soup-based dishes. Downstairs can get very busy so head upstairs for more comfort.
- Opening Hours: 09:00–22:00
- Location: 1 Hang Manh, Hoan Kiem District
- Tel: +844 3828 5022
- Cuisine: Vietnamese
Bun Cha Nem Cua Be Dac Kim
Bun Cha Nem Cua Be Dac Kim serves arguably the best nem chua be (crabmeat rolls) and bun cha (grilled pork with noodles) in the city. For VND 90,000, you get two pieces of its signature crabmeat rolls and a bowl of bun cha that’s big enough to share between two people. Eat like the locals do by pairing it with fresh herbs and lettuce, before dipping it in nuoc cham sauce. Do note that there are two restaurants with the same name set next to each other –the correct Bun Cha Nem Cua Be Dac Kim is the one with the yellow signage.
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 19:00
- Address: 67 Duong Thanh Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi
Bun Thang Ba Duc
Set within Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem District, don’t be fooled by Bun Thang Ba Duc’s roadside location and dilapidated condition. It’s well-regarded amongst locals as the best place in the city for bun thang. Another traditional dish in Hanoi, a bowl of bun thang at Bun Thang Ba Duc costs VND 30,000, where you’ll get generous amounts of noodles, chicken, eggs, pork slices, and a dollop of shrimp paste that are carefully arranged to resemble a flower. As with most local restaurants in Hanoi, Bun Thang Ba Duc is furnished with low stools and tables that spill out onto the roadside.
- Opening Hours: Daily 18:00 – 22:00
- Address: 48 Cao Go, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
- Tel: +84 43 826 7943
Cafe de Paris Hanoi is a stylish French bistro that’s located in the Old Quarter, attracting a steady clientele of European expats and tourists looking to escape Hanoi’s often frenetic atmosphere. Open daily, this quaint cafe serves quality and reasonably-priced dishes, salads, light snacks, and dessert as well as imported wines by the glass and bottle. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 23:00
- Address: 12 Luong Ngoc Quyen, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
- Tel: +84 43 926 1327
Café Nola offers a quiet retreat from the bustling Hanoi traffic, featuring eclectic furniture, charming service, an extensive food-and-beverage menu, as well as ample outdoor and indoor seating areas. Set along Ma May Street (opposite Bia Hoi Junction), it’s a good spot to enjoy Vietnamese coffee and a selection of Asian and western dishes such as granola, pancakes, spring rolls, and Thai beef salad. Great for breezy evenings, the garden rooftop terrace is decorated with hanging plants, rattan seats, and colourful hanging umbrellas.
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 00:00
- Address: 89 Ma May Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi
- Tel: +84 94 248 7605
Camellia Restaurant & Bar Hanoi is located on the ground floor of the Elegant Suites Westlake and has a luxurious but cosy atmosphere. While being seated in a comfortable chair, listening to some Jazz music in the background, you will be able to choose some of the finest dishes from their Asian fusion and French cuisine menu.
The restaurant is conveniently located right next to the West Lake in a quiet area surrounded by villas and landscaped gardens in an open-air environment. The interior from Camellia Restaurant & Bar Hanoi is simple but stylish and all in black and white with golden ceilings and chandeliers finishing of the cosy atmosphere. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:00
- Address: No.10B Dang Thai Mai Str., Tay Ho, Hanoi, Vietnam
- Tel: +84.4 37 10 00 88
Cha Ca La Vong
Cha Ca La Vong in Hanoi’s old quarter is rumoured to be one of Vietnam’s oldest restaurants, first opening its doors over 100 years ago. Little has changed since then, particularly the menu which only offers grilled or fried fish. Grumpy wait staff members serve up these legendary specialities in this busy and sometimes overcrowded restaurant where Cha Ca is grilled on your table with turmeric and dill, accompanied with peanuts and noodles. Arrive early or expect to wait in a long line.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
- Location: 14 Chả Cá, Hoan Kiem
- Tel: +844 825 3929
- Cuisine: Fried fish
Cha Ca Thang Long
Cha Ca Thang Long in the Old Quarter is one of the best places to enjoy cha ca, which is a distinctive Hanoi delicacy. Priced at VND 120,000, the dish comprises a white fish fillet seasoned with garlic, ginger, turmeric, and dill. After placing your order, the staff will help assemble and cook the ingredients using a sizzling pan at the table. You also get a bowl of rice noodles, peanuts, chopped spring onions, parsley, nuoc cham sauce, and red chili slices, all of which are meant to be mixed together with the bold, turmeric-tasting fish.
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 15:00, 17:00 - 22:00
- Address: 21 Duong Thanh Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi
- Tel: +84 43 824 5115
Across from the Sofitel Metropole, this classic bistro serves delectable Vietnamese food. The building is a retro-French mansion with lots of cosy romantic nooks and candlelit corners. Club Opera lists dragon cake pancakes, roast beef with honey, hot-pot specials and shrimp mousse on their extensive menu.
- Opening Hours: 11:00-14:00 and 18:00-22:30
- Location: 59 Ly Thai To Street
- Tel: +844 382 4695
- Cuisine: Vietnamese
Da Paulo Italian restaurant in the stunning West Lake area is run by the former manager of Luna d'Autunno. Da Paulo serves traditional Italian cuisine and is fast establishing itself as the place to go for local expatriates. Specializing in wood-fired pizzas, salads, risottos and pastas, it also does takeaways and deliveries. An interesting wine list features unusual choices of Italian labels.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-23:00
- Location: 18, Lane 50/59/17 Dang Thai Mai Street, Tay Ho District
- Tel: +884 8585 1443
- Cuisine: Italian
Don’s is a unique dining experience packing a restaurant, lakeside bistro, deli, cigar den, 500-label wine cellar, rotating art gallery and rooftop oyster bar into one venue. Nova Scotia lobster is served four ways in the restaurant or you can go more casual and opt for a wood-fired pizza at the lakeside bistro. Menus change regularly to ensure the freshest local and imported produce is used.
- Opening Hours: 08:30-24:00
- Location: 16/27 Xuan Dieu st, Tay Ho District
- Tel: +844 3719 2828
- Cuisine: International
Considered by many to be Hanoi’s most beautiful dining establishment, Emperor is set in a two-story pagoda-style villa decorated with fairy lights. Renowned as being a food lovers delight this elegant eatery offers clay pot dishes, fresh seafood delights including soft shell crab and a host of Hue specialties from a refined Vietnamese menu. Comfy sofas on the ground floor are a great place to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail in this sophisticated restaurant which is perfect for a romantic dinner.
- Opening Hours: 11:00-14:00 and 18:00-10:30
- Location: 18b Le Thanh Tong
- Tel: +844 826 8801
- Cuisine: Vietnamese - Hue specialties
Essence Restaurant in Hanoi Old Quarter serves authentic Vietnamese and Western delicacies together with fresh fruit smoothies, coffees, beers, and wines. Located on the ground floor of Essence Hanoi Hotel & Spa, the all-day restaurant is a good option for travellers looking to enjoy value-for-money meals in a comfortable and sophisticated setting. Signature dishes include duck coconut curry, bun cha (grilled pork with vermicelli noodles), cha ca va long (turmeric fish with dill), and rolled beef with black raisin sauce.
- Opening Hours: Daily 06:30 – 22:00
- Address: 22 Ta Hien Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi
- Tel: +84 43 935 2485
French Grill Hanoi at JW Marriot Hanoi boasts a simplistic modern design and sophisticated setting, glittering chandeliers, a semi-private and a private dining room with leather seats, extensive seafood bar, and a glass-encased wine cellar. Perfect for a romantic dinner with loved ones, its massive open kitchen serves up authentic French delicacies such as lobster bisque in puff pastry (VND 290,000), sea bass en papillote (VND 300,000), and sea bass en papillote (VND 300,000). Other highlights at French Grill Hanoi include the attentive and friendly service as well as live music performances held every Saturday evening. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 18:00 – 22:30
- Address: JW Marriott Hanoi, Do Duc Duc Street, Hanoi
- Tel: +84 43 833 5588
Green Tangerine Restaurant Hanoi is conveniently located in Old Quarter, where diners can enjoy authentic Vietnamese and French haute cuisine in a quaint setting. Opened in 2003, the brasserie-style restaurant occupies a refurbished 1920s French villa that’s fitted with rustic décor, bare bricked walls, and antique furnishing. It’s also surrounded by a lush garden, making it an ideal dining venue for those looking to escape Hanoi’s chaotic traffic.
Food-wise, Green Tangerine Restaurant Hanoi is renowned for its artfully-presented dishes, such as duck breast carpaccio in red fruit dressing served with gizzard candied in ginger, sesame biscuits and mushroom (VND 148,000), roasted pigeon marinated in coffee, with mashed eggplants rolled in Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 23:00
- Address: 48 Hang Be Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
- Tel: +84 43 825 1286
Hanoi Fusion Restaurant & Lounge
Hanoi Fusion restaurant is right located on the top of Hanoi Old Quarter. We’re serving famous Hanoi food and Italian food as well. Come to Hanoi Fusion restaurant you come to a place where the west meets the East. Because the taste of our food not only fits to international but also local people.
- Opening Hours: From 10:30am to 11:30pm
- Address: 87 Nguyen Truong To, Ha Noi
- Tel: +84 912 015 679
Hemispheres Steak & Seafood Grill offers specialities from both the northern and southern hemisphere, complemented by an extensive wine list for affluent visitors in Hanoi. Located within Sheraton Hanoi Hotel, this elegant steakhouse features expansive views of the fountain courtyard and West Lake, while the kitchen is headed by Australian chef Patrick Morris.
Aside from using only prime cuts and premium seafood, Hemispheres Steak & Seafood Grill also offers a wide range of hot and cold appetisers to complement its dishes, such as Ha Long Bay king prawns (VND 390,000), duck and foie gras (VND 390,000), and Hitachi beef consommé (VND 290,000). Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 18:00 - 22:30
- Location: Sheraton Hanoi Hotel, 5 Nghi Tam, 11 Xuan Dieu Road, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
- Tel: +84 43 719 9000
Highway4 Hanoi is a Vietnamese restaurant everyone should visit for innovative local Vietnamese dishes and exotic liquors. Open since 2000, the restaurant is a good option for dining in style thanks to its spacious setting decked out in classic Vietnamese décor, local artwork, bamboo furnishing, and floor cushions. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 23:30
- Address: 25 Bat Su, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
- Tel: +84 43 926 0639
JW Café Hanoi at JW Marriott Hanoi is known for its buffet-style offerings, all of which are made with fresh produce from across Vietnam. Open daily, the restaurant is fitted with five live-cooking buffet counters, each focusing on specific cuisine such as Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Italian. Diners can also find an extensive juice bar as well as freshly baked pastries and desserts during their visit.
Interior-wise, JW Cafe Hanoi features an open yet chic dining setting, glittering chandeliers, leather seats, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a nearby lake and Vietnam National Convention Centre. Besides its extensive breakfast buffet, the restaurants also offers a Sunday brunch menu (12:00 to 15:00) Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 - 22:30
- Location: 8 Do Duc Duc, South Tu Liem District, Hanoi
- Tel: +84 43 833 5588
KOTO (Know One Teach One)
KOTO is a great spot to meet friends for lunch or dinner with a fantastic atmosphere and a superb charitable programme in place. Amiable staff are young Vietnamese seeking to better themselves and move beyond shining shoes on the street. Food is mainly Vietnamese favourites including great soups with some international dishes offered; there are also two bar terraces if you just fancy a drink and a snack.
- Opening Hours: 07:00-22:00
- Location: 59 Van Mieu Street (Opposite the Temple of Literature). Dong Da District.
- Tel: +844 474 70337
- Cuisine: Vietnamese
La Badiane Hanoi is an award-winning restaurant in Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem District, combining traditional French cuisine with Vietnamese flavours. Established in 2008, this stylish dining venue occupies a whitewashed colonial villa that’s fitted with large windows overlooking a lush courtyard. The upper level has two elegant dining rooms, where you can enjoy a private meal with friends and family, while the ground floor offers a more relaxed yet sophisticated setting.
Food-wise, La Badiane Hanoi’s signature dishes include the foie gras (served with figs and blackcurrant liquor, stewed apple in spices and roasted almonds), grilled eggplants and goat cheese rolled in Parma ham, pesto and balsamic sauce, and duck French rillettes, Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:00-15:00 & 18:00-22:30
- Address: 10 Nam Ngu, Cua Nam, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
- Tel: +84 43 942 4509
La Terrasse du Metropole has been something of a legend in Hanoi since it first opened its doors in 1911. It is a chic Parisian-style café serving light snacks and perfectly brewed coffees to patrons who want to sit back and watch the world go by. A saxophonist entertains most evenings. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00-14:00 and 16:00-22:00
- Location: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, 15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District
- Tel: +844 3826 6919
- Cuisine: French
The restaurant of renowned Hanoi Chef Didier Corlou (of Sofitel Metropole fame) is located in a four-storey colonial-style mansion with diners having the experience of an open kitchen in a modern setting. Food reflects Corlou’s passion for spices with a seasonal menu which often included pork braised on red wine sauce. There is also a roof top terrace with views across Hanoi. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:30-14:00 and 18:00-22:00
- Location: 19 Ngo Van So Street, Hoan Kiem District
- Tel: +844 3944 6317
- Cuisine: French and Vietnamese
Le Beaulieu Restaurant Hanoi is a brasserie-style dining venue in Hoan Kiem, serving authentic French cuisine and cocktails in a luxurious setting. Set within Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, it’s highly regarded as the first upmarket restaurant in Hanoi, having served entrepreneurs, diplomats, politicians, and affluent travellers for over a century.
A five-minute walk from Hanoi Opera House and Hoan Kiem Lake, this award-winning establishment combines French colonial décor with Indochinese touches, featuring dark wooden furnishing, polished wooden and marbled floors, while chandeliers, as well as large windows overlooking the hotel courtyard. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 - 10:30, 11:30 - 14:30 & 18:00 - 22:30
- Location: Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel, 15 Ngo Quyen, Phan Chu Trinh, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
- Address: +84 43 826 6919
Le Cyclo Bar & Restaurant
A quirky eatery, Cyclo has a laugh at the city's many peddlers and bike-pushers by placing customers in the famous three-wheeled bicycle taxis. Packed full of atmosphere and fun with warm staff, the food is a mixture of culinary tastes including pizza, Peking duck, ribs and steak served somewhere in between French and Vietnamese flavours.
- Opening Hours: 09:00-23:00
- Location: 38 Duong Thanh, near the Hang Da Market
- Tel: +844 828 6844
- Cuisine: Vietnamese and French
Le Petit Bruxelles
Popular with expats, Le Petit Bruxelles delivers Belgian cuisine and Belgian beer in a refurbished colonial villa. Signature dishes include steak tartar, imported mussels, beef fondue with six sauces and beef stewed in Belgian beer. There is a special fixed price menu for lunch offering soup or starter and main course. Hoegaarden, Duval and Leffe are just some of the many Belgian beers available.
- Opening Hours: 11:00-14:00 and 17:00-23:00
- Location: 10 Alley 27 Xuan Dieu Tay Ho (right next to West Lake)
- Tel: +844 3938 1769
- Cuisine: Belgian
Maison Vie Restaurant Hanoi has been serving authentic French cuisine to affluent expats, travellers and Vietnamese elites since the 1980s, making it a must-visit for a luxurious dining experience in Hanoi. Occupying a French colonial mansion in Hai Ba Trung District, the restaurant is fitted with neoclassical architecture, massive windows providing natural lighting, and spacious dining rooms with opulent furnishing. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 14:30 & 16:30 – 22:00
- Address: 28 Tang Bat Ho Street, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
- Tel: +84 43 633 0206
O’Douceurs Hanoi is a renowned French patisserie within the bustling Hoan Kiem District, where you can enjoy freshly baked pastries, breads, and cakes as well as smoothies, coffees and teas in a cosy setting. Founded in late 2014, this award-winning café is accessible within five-minute walk from the Hanoi Railway Station, Read More...
- Opening Hours: 07:00 - 22:30
- Address: 91A Tran Hung Dạo, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
- Tel: +84 167 641 4033
Pane e Vino
Pane e Vino cooks up homemade pasta in a chic restaurant setting. A glass veranda and vast windows fill the restaurant with light with an upstairs balcony delivering views over the Old Quarter. There is a three-course set lunch menu, a wine shop and a superb value-for-money menu including plenty of pizza options.
- Opening Hours: 07:30-23:00
- Location: 3 Nguyen Khac Can, Hoan Kiem District
- Tel: +844 3826 9080
- Cuisine: Italian
Pho 24 is a national treasure in Vietnam where your own creation of noodle soup is made simply by selecting menu options from a checklist. You choose the meat, broth, noodle type and whether you want mint, onion, chillies or limes. Pho 24 franchises are in operation across Vietnam taking street food inside in a clean, fun and informal environment.
- Opening Hours: 07:00-22:00
- Location: 191 Giang Vo Street. Dong Da District.
- Tel: +844 3936 5259
- Cuisine: Vietnamese Fast Food
QUA CHO QUE
Located in the heart of Hanoi, Qua Cho Que or The Old Quarter Corner Restaurant combines the best of traditional Vietnamese and Western cuisines and cultures. Our menu offers a wide range of meals, from traditional country side dishes to western inspired Grilled Pork Ribs and French Fries, all at a very affordable price.
- Opening Hours: 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
- Address: 44 Dao Duy Tu, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
- Tel: (84) 947853658
- Cuisine: Traditional Vietnamese and Western
Sen Hanoi at 60 Ly Thai To stands out amongst most restaurants in Hanoi for serving extensive buffet-style dinners in a sophisticated setting. Attracting affluent locals and tourists looking to sample a variety of Vietnamese cuisine in a single sitting, the restaurant is set beside Hanoi Opera House, just across from the Sofitel Metropole hotel in Hanoi’s French Quarter. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 18:00 – 22:00
- Address: 60 Ly Thai To Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
- Tel: +84 43 974 4192
Thinh Nha Hang Mien Luon
Located along Hang Dieu Street, Thinh Nha Hang Mien Luon specializes in eel-based dishes, particularly mien xao luon. Despite its simple setting of barely-decorated walls, fans, and plastic stools, Thinh Nha Hang Mien Luon attracts plenty of locals and expats looking to enjoy an affordable yet filling dinner. Dishes are priced between VND 35,000 and VND 50,000, with fresh herbs, shaved banana blossoms, and bean sprouts served on the side. Its signature dish comprises stir-fried glass noodles in an eel-based broth with generous toppings of crunchy eels, bean sprouts, egg, cucumber slices, fried shallots, and purple perilla.
- Opening Hours: Daily 17:00 – 23:00
- Address: 87 Hang Dieu, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
- Tel: +84 43 826 7943
Located just south of Hoan Kiem District, Wild Lotus exudes elegance. Lotus ponds, a reflecting pool, sky high ceilings, murals and a grotto dedicated to Buddha set a plush ambience that is complete with gourmet Vietnamese cooking. The restaurant is very detail-orientated and features lotus flowers on the tables and expensive Vietnamese art on the walls and the dishes here are equally attentive to detail. Made for couples or friends to share, the menu options feature delicate spices and sauces and include grilled fish and vegetable salads.
- Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00
- Location: 55a Nguyen Du Street. Hai Ba Trung District
- Tel: +844 3943 9342
- Cuisine: Modern Vietnamese
Xoi Yen serves xoi xeo, which is a sweet or savoury sticky rice that’s topped with a variety of different meats, shallots, and shaved bean curd. Located in Old Quarter, the restaurant occupies a three-storey corner lot along Nguyen Huu Huan Street with very low stools and tables (which may be uncomfortable at times, but that’s when you know it’s a local establishment). Xoi Yen gets very packed at night, but service is quick as most locals usually opt for takeaways instead. A basic bowl of xoi xeo is priced at VND 15,000, with additional ingredients between VND 15,000 and VND 30,000.
- Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 22:00
- Address: 35B Nguyen Huu Huan, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
- Tel: +84 43 934 1950