The majority of restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter tend to be humble-looking dining venues hidden in narrow alleyways and bustling street markets, where you can enjoy authentic regional delicacies at affordable prices. Many of these restaurants are conveniently located within walking distance of Hanoi’s shopping streets and prominent landmarks, such as Hoan Kiem Lake and Bach Ma Temple, so you’re never too far away from a decent place to eat.
One of the most visited cities in Vietnam, Hanoi’s dining scene has become more diverse in recent years, from classy cafés serving French pastries and coffee to expat-owned bistros for travellers craving comfort food during their holiday. Read on to discover our list of Hanoi Old Quarter’s most popular restaurants, catering to a wide array of styles, budgets and preferences.
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Highway4 Restaurant Hoan Kiem features classic Vietnamese furnishings, English-speaking staff and a large menu running through Vietnam’s entire culinary heritage. With separate sections in the menu for fire, wood, metal and water (relating to the cooking techniques) Highway 4 is perfect for large groups with disparate tastes. The specials are highly recommended, particularly the catfish spring rolls. Popular with locals and tourists, all food is served with plenty of local herbs, which the restaurant tries to source sustainably. There are several branches of Highway4 Restaurants throughout Hanoi, including in the Ba Dinh and Cau Giay districts. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 23:30
- Address: 25 Bat Su, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
- Tel: +84 43 926 0639
Green Tangerine Restaurant Hanoi is set along Old Quarter’s Hang Be Street, 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 fitted with rustic décor, bare brick walls and antique furnishings. 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, roasted pigeon marinated in coffee with mashed eggplants rolled in spinach leaves and broccoli, and the caramelised pork and stewed apples in Calvados. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 23:00
- Address: 48 Hang Be Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
- Tel: +84 43 825 1286
Café 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 café serves quality and reasonably priced dishes, salads, light snacks and desserts, as well as imported wines by the glass and bottle. Standout dishes include the flank steak with shallot sauce and salardaise potatoes (VND 250,000), duck confit (VND 210,000) and Parisian-style double cheeseburger (VND 170,000). Read More...
Xuan Xuan Hanoi might not win any award for style but, if you want to eat like a local, this Vietnamese BBQ is just about the best in town. Sit down on the ankle-high stools and order a selection of meats (from pork, beef and goat udders) and vegetables. Everything is brought on a large platter and you barbeque your own dinner over a small gas-burning stove. It’s a fun experience, eating elbow to elbow with a diverse range of customers, and the taste is truly delicious. Located in the heart of the Old Quarter, look for the crowds of happy diners spilling out onto the pavement.
- Opening Hours: Monday – Wednesday 10:00 – 22:00
- Address: 47 Ma May Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi
Xoi Yen specialises in xoi xeo, which is a sweet or savoury sticky rice 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 of dining in. 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
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 your 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-flavoured 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
Café Nola Hanoi offers a quiet retreat from the bustling Hanoi traffic, featuring eclectic furniture, charming service, extensive food and beverage menus and ample outdoor and indoor seating areas. Set along Ma May Street (opposite Bia Hoi Junction), it’s a good spot for enjoying 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
Chain restaurant Al Fresco’s Hanoi 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 during your holiday in Hanoi. The shortcut ribs (VND 225,000 upwards) and quesadillas (VND 160,000) are house specialties in this casual friendly diner, while the wine list is heavy on Australian and South American reds. Non-alcoholic beverages range from fresh fruit juices, milkshakes and yogurt smoothies to Vietnamese coffee, soft drinks and Lipton tea.
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:30 - 23:00
- Location: 19, Nha Tho Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi
- Tel: +84 43 938 1155
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
Bun Cha Nem Cua Be Dac Kim, a beloved local restaurant along Dung Thang Street, 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