Top 5 best foods in Hanoi Old Quarter

36 streets from the past to the present have been famous for many delicious restaurants and the Hanoi food markets right on the sidewalk, loved not only by Vietnamese but also by foreign tourists. Let's do a local food tour in Hanoi to find out which restaurant brands they are!

  1. Pho Bat Dan (Phở Bát Đàn)

Pho Bat Dan (Phở Bát Đàn)

One of the best foods in the Hanoi Old Quarter is Pho Bat Dan. Come to eat Pho Bat Dan; you will relive the atmosphere of the subsidy period: queue yourself, carry yourself, serve, find a seat. The shop is always crowded with people waiting for their turn to buy, especially in the morning. Pho Bat Dan is the original Hanoi Pho with fragrant, clear broth, soft pink fresh beef. In general, the bowl of Pho looks very complete. 

It attracts many people, not only citizens living around or office workers but also foreign tourists. 

Every Hanoian visitor to Hanoi must visit Bat Dan Pho to truly enjoy the most authentic Pho flavor. It's great to eat a bowl of rare Pho with 1 cup of raw eggs, lots of meat, rich water. Honestly, it's better than Pho at Ly Quoc Su restaurant system. At weekends or during peak hours, in the evening or in the morning, diners have to queue, pay and then bring the bowl of Pho to the table. 

If you want to eat bagel twists, you can order and pay yourself. The shop does not introduce or serve at the table. Despite being so crowded, no customers have complained about the restaurant, from the service to the food quality. The Pho is chewy but soft, white, and fragrant with the new rice aroma, delicious. Moreover, it has not only naturally sweet broth but also fresh beef, eaten with cilantro. All the spices mixed together, with a few more sticks, it's really great, isn't it? 


  • Address: 49 Bat Dan, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 
  • Opening hours: 06:00 - 10:00 | 18:00 - 20:30 
  • Reference price: 30.000 VND - 55.000 VND (~ 1,3 USD - 2,39 USD)

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Bun Dau Mam Tom (Noodle and tofu with shrimp sauce) - Phat Loc Lane, Hang Bac

Bun dau mam tom in Phat Loc lane, Hang Bac is considered one of the best foods in Hanoi and has a bold "street vendor." Instead of a luxury restaurant, you only see a small load of vermicelli, fried tofu, a few plastic chairs and enjoy food right on the sidewalk. 

Although it looks a bit primitive, Vietnamese and foreigners are very interested in that "street vendor" atmosphere. Vermicelli is a type of vermicelli cut into small pieces. Crispy fried tofu in a pan, drain the fat. Shrimp paste has a unique taste, mixed with sugar, lemon, and chili to make the flavor more intense. You beat the shrimp paste and then eat it with raw vegetables and cucumbers. Today, vermicelli with shrimp paste also has many other options: fried spring rolls, boiled meat, fried rice, sausages, heart...

Famous for a long time as one of the delicious Bun dau mam tom in Hanoi, Bun Dau in Phat Loc Lane is always sought after by many people to enjoy. A unique feature of this noodle shop is the shrimp paste ordered by the owner in Thanh Hoa. Therefore, shrimp paste is very fragrant, has a rosy color, and is mixed in a unique way through the skillful hands of the owner. 

Not only that but vermicelli is also carefully selected. Tofu must be Mo village tofu with soft and smooth characteristics. Selected vermicelli with microfiber, originating in Phu Do village to cut into pieces suitable for customers. Besides, herbs including marjoram, perilla are also chosen from Lang village. The price of a Bun dau mam tom meal here is also relatively low, depending on the accompaniment of the guest with dishes such as meat, rolls, or heart. The most impressive point for the guests is that the tofu is never pre-fried, only fried when the guests arrive to ensure the crispy heat.


  • Address: No. 55 Phat Loc Lane, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 
  • Opening hours: 07:00 - 21:30
  • Reference price: 20.000 - 55.000 VND (~ 0,87 USD - 2,39 USD)

Bánh Cuốn Bà Hanh (Ba Hanh steamed rice rolls)

If you have the opportunity to visit the Capital but are wondering where to eat in Hanoi Old Quarter, don't hesitate to come to "Bánh Cuốn Bà Hanh." This is the oldest Bánh Cuốn restaurant here. With only 30.000 VND (~1,3 USD), you can enjoy a dish with a perfect blend of the aroma of fried onions, the smooth taste of meat, and the sweet-sour taste of the dipping sauce. It can satisfy everyone, even the most demanding diners. Some other delicious Bánh cuốn selling addresses on the Old Quarter: 14 Hang Ga, 212 Hang Bong, 71 Hang Bo. Come and enjoy this food! 

Bánh Cuốn Bà Hanh is famous for its original dish of Kinh Ky land. It is often said that if you have not eaten Bánh Cuốn Bà Hanh, you have not tasted the actual Hanoian steamed rice rolls. And you have not seen the quintessence of Trang An's cuisine. Because the rice cake is fully hydrated and hand-milled, the crust is soft, thin, even, and has a deep sweet taste. The filling includes wood ear, shiitake mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, straw mushrooms, homemade sprouts, bananas brought home by Thung Nai, spices, and peppers from Binh Phuoc garden. All of that helps the cake be delicious, warm, lovely of the mushroom flavor, the freshness of the homemade bean sprouts, and the soft and spicy aroma of chili peppers. Good food quality and ancient atmosphere make up the name of Bánh Cuốn Bà Hanh restaurant. Her brand has also become a familiar address for many domestic and foreign tourists. 


  • Address: 26B Tho Xuong, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 
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  • Opening hours: 06:00 - 14:00 and 16:00 - 22:00 
  • Reference price: 25.000 VND - 40.000 VND (~ 1,09 USD - 1,74 USD)

Grilled rice paper 48 Hang Tre (Vietnamese Pizza)

Grilled rice paper has long been considered a Vietnamese pizza that cannot be found anywhere else. And when experiencing the local food tour in Hanoi, you cannot ignore this dish. It has the aroma of eggs, beef, and squid. Here, you can choose different types of fillings. One thing to note is that this dish needs to be eaten hot. Because if you let it cool, you will see the fishy smell of eggs. 

Come to address 48, your desire to eat Dalat grilled rice paper right in the heart of Ha Thanh will be satisfied. 48 Hang Tre is a familiar address for those who are fans of Dalat grilled rice paper. Therefore, this place is always crowded, the owner has to bake cakes without serving customers. You will have to spend a little time before it is your turn to have delicious baked rice paper in your hand. But rest assured, it's not a waste of time to wait. Rice paper has ingredients very close to Da Lat's baked rice paper. The cake base is relatively thin, baked on a hot charcoal stove, crispy, and transmitted to your hand right after it's done. A cake like that costs less than 30,000 but has a highly complete filling.


  • Address: 48 Hang Tre, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 
  • Opening hours: 16:30 - 23:00 
  • Reference price: 15.000 VND - 25.000 VND (~ 0,65 USD - 1,09 USD)

Hai Sinh dried beef salad 

The whole street of Dinh Tien Hoang is busy with stalls of dried beef salad, but perhaps the best one is at 57A Dinh Tien Hoang. A full plate of salad with harmonious spices will make you eat once and remember forever. Besides, the shop also has a bird salad, which is quite exciting and strange. Don't forget to visit here to enjoy this dish! The price of a plate of salad full of toppings is very affordable, only about 35.000 VND (~1,52 USD).

The salad is the perfect combination of thinly grated papaya, sweet and sour mix, chopped herbs, and dried beef. It is very palatable, does not bring the feeling of being bored even after eating a lot. Located in the heart of the Hoan Kiem lake's center is why it is always crowded with locals and tourists. The space is very chill, suitable for sitting and watching pedestrians, breathing the lake air. Although the seats are relatively narrow at peak hours, it is also a typical rustic pleasure of Hanoi. In addition, the shop also has filter cake, the multi-roll cake is also quite attractive.


  • Address: 57A Dinh Tien Hoang, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 
  • Opening hours: 7:00 - 22:00 
  • Reference price: 15.000 VND - 40.000 VND (~ 0,65 USD - 1,74 USD)

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  1. quantrivien - 26 July 2021 11:56
    I think you should learn "Water puppetry" know more about Vietnamese national identity
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