Most recommended: Top 5 places to try the beef noodle in Hanoi Capital City

Pho is a famous dish in Hanoi that many tourists coming to Vietnam have to try once. The noodle is soft, and the broth is sweet with the taste of pork bones. Also, the fragrant cilantro full of the bowl will surely make you satisfied. And indeed, we can't ignore a specific kind of Pho: The beef noodle. Sweet beef, fragrant noodles make you nostalgic. Below are the top 5 recommended addresses for your best taste in Hanoi.

Pho Gia Truyen - No.49 Bat Dan Street

Pho Gia Truyen Restaurant is a must-visit place to enjoy the most authentic Pho flavor. Visit the restaurant to eat a bowl of rare beef noodles, with a cup of raw eggs, meat, rich soup. It is regretting to miss bagel twists available as a side dish. On weekends or peak hours in the evening or the morning, you may have to queue to bring the bowl of Pho to the table by yourself. 

Although the restaurant is so crowded, no customers have complained about the restaurant's service and the quality. The noodles are chewy but soft, white, and fragrant with the smell of new rice. The broth is naturally sweet, and the fresh beef is cooked on the spot, eaten with cilantrou. All the spices mix to create a unique specialty for your experience.

  • Address: No.49 Bat Dan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
  • Opening hours: 06:00 - 10:00 | 18:00 - 20:30
  • Price: 30.000 - 55.000 VND ($1,30 - $2,39)

Pho Thin - Hoan Kiem Lake

Pho Thin is the oldest restaurant in Hanoi. With only one dish, the restaurant still attracts customers for 30 years from generation to generation. For three decades, the restaurant on Lo Duc Street only served rare beef noodle soup. Many local families still keep the habit of eating Pho Thin every weekend morning. No one denies that this is one of the most crowded Pho restaurants in Hanoi.

The beef here is not dipped but quickly stir-fried in a large pan with enough spices, fresh onions, garlic, and ginger, and then put in a bowl full of noodles. Therefore, the meat is fragrant and tasty. The restaurant only serves those who want to enjoy it. Green onions are cut into long stalks. This ingredient is perfect for health and is an essential ingredient in creating the full flavor of the dish.

  • Address: No.61 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi
  • Opening hours: 6:30 - 20:30
  • Price: 40.000 - 60.000 VND ($1,74 - $2,61)

Pho Goc Gao - 158 Ngoc Ha Street

The restaurant is not only famous for its well done, medium, and rare Pho dishes, but it is also famous for Pho with stewed wine sauce. The bow includes onions, so it is very flavorful. It is one of the rare noodle restaurants that sell beef stew in the morning in Hanoi. The sauce is quite tasty to my mouth; the meat is soft with a bit of fat, not all lean; the broth is also delicious. Moreover, accompanied bagel twists are big-sized.

  • Address: No.158 Ngoc Ha Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
  • Opening hours: 6:00 - 10:00
  • Price: 20.000 - 50.000 VND ($0,87 - $2,17)

Pho Ganh - Hang Chieu Street

Pho Hanoi is so famous not only in the domestic regions but also in the world. However, no matter how many restaurants rise, they cannot replace the "restaurant" along the sidewalks. Pho Ganh is an example.

Unlike other Pho restaurants, Pho Ganh opens at an extraordinary time: 3 am. A simple Pho restaurant on the sidewalk, with no wooden tables and chairs, no signboard, but still crowded with customers coming in and out whether it is rainy or not. The noodle soup here has an original flavor, includes well done, medium, and stewed beef noodles. The hot bowl of Pho is fragrant with the smell of bone broth, the meat is tender to the mouth, and the chewy noodles blend to create a remarkable flavor that makes the eater unforgettable.

  • Address: Crossroad on Hang Chieu Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
  • Openning hours: 3:00 - 7:00
  • Price: 25.000 - 55.000 VND ($1,09 - $2,39)

Hung Ben Restaurant - 33 Ngu Xa Street

The restaurant is quite famous and easy to find. Deep-fried noodles with stir-fried beef on top are a great combination. The fried noodles are crispy without being greasy, and the medium meat is soft and not chewy. In addition, there are also Pho Rolls here. The staff is also quick and enthusiastic.

The shop is also hygienic, spacious, and airy to assure food safety. A comment shared that: "I have eaten Pho rolls and fried Pho at many places, but I still like to eat at Hung Ben the most. The noodle soup, beef seasoning, and dipping sauce are all delicious."

  • Address: No.33 Ngu Xa Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
  • Opening hours: 09:00 - 22:00
  • Price: 20.000 - 55.000 VND ($0,87 - $2,39)

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  1. quantrivien - 21 July 2021 05:00
    I used to live a few blocks from Bun Bo Nam Bo for two years. You will easily miss the place if you aren't' looking for it. It is THE BEST bun bo that I had in Vietnam, hands down, and I would come here at least once a week. Don't expect an elegant restaurant. This place is all business, and it is wonderful. Long aluminum tables down the middle where you will sit next to young couples stopping by here on their way out for the evening or on the way home from school. They really only serve Bun Bo (and not very interesting nam or pork rolls which you can skip). Bun bo is one of Vietnam's great dishes, and it is made perfectly here. You'll have a hard time finding it anywhere as good as this anywhere else.
    1. Sinza Z - 22 July 2021 00:39
      Great little place to eat Pho Bo (Beef Noodle Soup) for around VND50,000 (apx. 1.80GBP/2.20USD).

      On entrance, the lady was cooking a huge pot of fresh broth and smelled good. Unlike many places, here you have a choice of having raw beef or sliced cooked beef. I like to have the best of both worlds, so i ask for a mix :).

      The broth was flavorsome, however a little too heavy and oily for my usual taste. The beef and noodles were good and soft. Having this for breakfast really kick started our day and the overall experience was to be surrounded by locals - gets a tick from me here also :).

      Overall I would say, if you are around town in Hanoi, be sure to drop by this place to have a taste of what locals like to eat in Hanoi.
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