Vietnam is world-famous for its diverse, flavorful and balanced cuisine, and Hanoi food is especially interesting. Dishes such as pho and banh mi have become trendy in western countries, while Vietnamese coffee is a common flavor at hip cafes everywhere.
What many people may not realize, however, is that Vietnam is home to numerous dissimilar regional cuisines with different dishes and flavor profiles. For first-time visitors, it can be daunting to figure out where to go and what to eat, so we have a Tooreest app to find a local tour guide to help you to have best eatery experience.
Here are best places to eat in Hanoi:
La Terrasse Du Metropole is located in the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, one of the finest hotels in Vietnam. Class and culture seem to embrace everything associated with this esteemed hotel and this restaurant is no different. Taking cues from Parisian bistros, the ornate facade and parquet flooring are instantly reminiscent of 20th century France. Sample delicacies such as oysters, French cheese, assorted cold cuts or go for something more hearty like steak-fries or coq au vin. Open all day, it is worth stopping by if only for a coffee, so that you can enjoy the charming design. Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is easy to find, just south of Hoan Kiem Lake in the French Quarter.
Highway 4 is a restaurant everyone in Hanoi should visit at least once – despite the terrible name. This stylish venue has classic Vietnamese furnishings, English speaking staff and a large menu running through Vietnam’s entire culinary heritage. 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. 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.
Sen is a sophisticated restaurant serving a buffet dinner that will impress everyone – even people who don’t usually like buffets! Located in the heart of the French Quarter, the ivory-color scheme and neo-colonial architecture is a suitable match for the excellent seafood, oysters, sashimi, crab, escargot and Vietnamese spring rolls served inside. The service is seamless here and cost of the buffet is excellent value, especially considering its proximity to the Hanoi Opera House and several of the finest hotels in the city. There are three other branches of Sen in Hanoi but this is the best of the bunch.
KOTO, which stands for ‘Know One, Teach One’ is a cafe and all-day dining restaurant that serves agreeable Vietnamese dishes and powerful Vietnamese coffee. Overlooking the Temple of Literature in the Ba Dinh area of Hanoi, the atmosphere is pleasant but the real reason this restaurant stands out is that it is part of a charitable endeavor offering street children the chance to learn a trade and earn a living by working in the restaurant. The serving staff really make KOTO the place it is, with genuine smiles and a willingness to provide the best possible experience. Try a Vietnamese Ice Coffee here and you’ll have renewed energy all day!
Evoking a quaint bistro found in the back alleys of Paris, Green Tangerine is a small but beautiful restaurant that serves some of the most creative cuisines in Hanoi. Definitely one for the gastronomists, the chef uses French cooking techniques and adds signature touches best seen in dishes such as king prawns cooked with mango and rum liquor served with carrot cake or marinated pigeon with coffee and cocoa served with beetroot, strawberries and mashed eggplant. The set lunch deal is amazingly good value and highly recommended for any budget!
If you are looking for a cool, bohemian hangout with amazing western brunch dishes, Hanoi Social Club is the place to visit in Hanoi. The coffee and smoothies are excellent as well, and the second-floor chillout room feels more like a friend’s apartment than a cafe. The soundtrack is varied and modern, there’s a library of books and free Wi-Fi. Come around lunchtime and try the poached egg and avocado – it’s certainly as good as anything you might get in a cool cafe on the shores of Sydney Harbour. Quite hard to find down a side street a few minutes west of St. Joseph Cathedral.
This very successful restaurant opened its first branch in Saigon and the concept was jumped on by foreign visitors hungry to try the full range of Vietnamese cuisine in one restaurant. The Premise of Quan An Ngon is like a luxurious food court, with different food stations positioned around the periphery of the restaurant serving regional specialties from across Vietnam, all cooked fresh to order. Some complain that it lacks true authenticity with reduced flavors to appease the Western palate, but everything is very well prepared and the restaurant is beautifully designed in traditional Vietnamese style.
Xuan Xuan Restaurant 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.
La Verticale is a fantastic fine-dining restaurant housed in a colonial-style mansion. The layout of the restaurant is special, with an open kitchen dominating attention, but the food doesn’t disappoint with a seasonal menu that reflects the herbs and spices of the region, produced using French techniques. Duck terrine, ratatouille, veal in tamarind, and Mekong fruits sorbet are all popular dishes here, while there is also a set menu with optional wine pairing. The wine list is excellent, the service diligent and the ambiance is suited to romance. There is also a roof terrace with excellent views of the city, best enjoyed after dinner with a nice cool drink.
O’Douceurs Hanoi is a renowned French patisserie within the bustling Hoan Kiem District, where you can enjoy freshly baked pastries, slices of bread, and cakes as well as smoothies, coffees, and teas in a cozy setting. Attracting travellers looking to have a quick bite or stock up on delicious treats before boarding their train, this quaint dining venue offers a wide selection of sandwiches and croissants as well as desserts such as macaroons (VND 42,000), fruit tarts (VND 36,000) and cookies (available in vanilla, chocolate chip, and cinnamon).
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