Top 8 best places for dining in Hanoi

Hanoi is not only famous for its beautiful ancient town but is also known to be the home of some of the most exquisite dishes in the world. Cuisine in Hanoi bears the quintessence that getting perfect through generations.

Coming to Hanoi, you may get overwhelmed with a massive map of food. So, what and where to eat in Hanoi?

Check out our top 8 best places for dining in Hanoi for the best culinary experience during your visit!

Local, traditional restaurants
New Day Restaurant
● Address: No 72, Ma May St, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
● Price range: $1,5 – $5
Having been in the market for about 15 years now and with nearly 5,000 reviews on TripAdvisor, New Day Restaurant has earned a special place in the hearts of many tourists and local diners.
New Day Restaurant welcomes a large number of travelers as well as locals at lunch and dinner every day, with most Vietnamese ordering com binh dan (buffet menu) and most foreigners ordering a la carte. New Day offers you solid northern cuisine in a solid local atmosphere.
New Day Restaurant
New Day Restaurant
1946 Restaurant
● Address: No 3, Lane 63 Cua Bac St, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
● Price: $2 – $25
As the name suggests, the 1946 restaurant takes diners down the memory lane, back to Hanoi in its 40’s and offers a taste of Hanoi through its history from the bygone age till now.
1946 is one of those restaurants that native Hanoian will come and enjoy their authentic local cuisine in a space that is cleaner and more comfortable than street side stalls.
So, coming to the restaurant, you might not see a lot of foreigners, but don’t worry because the waiters are very friendly and helpful, they also speak the language.
Cha Ca La Vong
● Address: No 14, Cha Ca St, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
● Price: $2 – $5
Unlike other places that we have recommended to you in this article, which include many Vietnamese dishes in their menus, Cha Ca La Vong is an exception as it only serves one signature dish – Chả Cá.
Cha Ca La Vong has pioneered and mastered their famous grilled fish cake served with herbs, peanuts, noodles and last but not least, fermented crab sauce (mắm tôm).
Patricia Schultz – the author of the New York Times bestseller “1,000 Places To See Before You Die” has listed Cha Ca La Vong in her book, so it is definitely not a place to miss during your visit!
Cha Ca La Vong
Cha Ca La Vong
Hoang’s Restaurant
Address: No 66, Hang Buom St, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Tasty food, reasonable price, and best service are words that visitors use to describe Hoang’s Restaurant. Hoang’s Restaurant is an average size and simple-looking restaurant located on Hang Buom, a very busy street in Hanoi old quarter. If you want a taste of Hanoi home-cooked meals, what native Hanoians have for dinner, then Hoang’s restaurant is the perfect destination. Bún chả (grilled pork & noodles) is considered the best dish here!
Fine dining
Duong’s Restaurant & Cooking Class
● Address: No 27 Ngo Huyen, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
● Price: $5 – $25
Chef Duong, the owner of Duong’s Restaurant & Cooking Class has been on Top Chef Vietnam and IronChef Vietnam, so the food quality is undoubtedly excellent.
Duong’s Restaurant & Cooking Class is another perfect destination to try the top local dishes in an elegant surrounding. The waiters here speak English just fine and they are very helpful with the menu.
As you can see, they also run cooking classes for those who want to learn Vietnamese culinary arts.
Cau Go Restaurant
● Address: No 9, Dinh Tien Hoang St, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
● Price: $3 – $25
Located on the upper 2 levels of Ham Ca Map – one of the most recognized buildings in Hanoi old quarter.
Cau Go Restaurant offers customers a spectacular dining view across the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake to match with the exquisite food quality.
You can choose to enjoy food inside with historic yet graceful interiors or outside in the open air. Grilled “lăng” fish, tofu, and stewed pork are some of the best-sellers you don’t want to miss here!
Cau Go Restaurant
Cau Go Restaurant
Home Hanoi Restaurant
● Address: No 34, Chau Long St, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
● Price: 150.000 – 700.000VND
The name Home Hanoi may make you think of a medium-size food stall lying on a busy street of Hanoi. However, what houses Home Hanoi Restaurant is actually a very spacious French colonial villa.
The lively yellow walls, the antique yet very chic furniture, and the sophisticated decors will keep you come back to the place again and again.
The food is not less impressive as the menu is filled with both traditional as well as contemporary northern Vietnamese cuisine and seafood.
Red Bean Restaurant
● Address: No 94, Ma May St, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
● Price: $10 – $30
Don’t miss out on Red Bean Restaurant if you want to enjoy Vietnamese cuisine served in a high-end setting, while relaxing in a large and calm space.
Red Bean Restaurant has the idea to offer native cuisine with the highest possible level of taste in each dish. Meanwhile, the restaurant looks to maintain tradition of Vietnamese cooking and deliver the most authentic eating experience to the guests.
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