An unique experiences food in Hanoi Old Quarter

Hanoi Old Quarter food tour – a great way to experience unique cuisine of the 36-street Old Quarter

Coming to Hanoi Old Quarter, tourists can fall in love with the city even more if you join a food tour to sample many local dishes.

There are many local foods that can be found in many small alleys and eateries, bringing a lot of excitement for tourists. Cold weather is the greatest time to visit Hanoi and take a food tour of the Old Quarter (from October to March).

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What to eat in Hanoi Old Quarter?

Hanoi cuisine is well-known for many delectable dishes with distinct and rich flavors that have been passed down from generation to generation and have never disappointed diners worldwide. The majority of the foods are served hot, making them ideal for the cold weather, especially rice noodles and Pho noodles with hot soup.

You can sample a wide range of delectable cuisines throughout the Hanoi Old Quarter, from small alleys to main streets, so it’s hard to pick one of the most delicious dishes in Hanoi to try.

Instead, let’s go on a walking street food tour in the Old Quarter, which will undoubtedly be an interesting way to explore the cuisine of the capital with a 1000-year history.

The majority of food stops we choose for the tour are long-standing eateries that are located in the center of Hanoi Old Quarter, making it easy to explore by foot.

A small tip for you is to mark all the want-to-visit stops on Google Maps, then match them together to determine the most suitable and convenient path. The average price of dishes is about 40,000 – 80,000 VND per person!

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Bun Bo Nam Bo – Southern Vietnamese Beef Noodles Salad

Bun Bo Nam Bo – 73 Hang Dieu

Southern Vietnamese Beef Noodles Salad

Eating Southern food in Hanoi may seem strange, but this is a tasty and unique dish that you should try at least once.

Despite having a quite similar name to “Bun Bo Hue”, these two dishes are completely different since “Bun bo Hue” is a spicy beef noodle soup from Hue, a city in central Vietnam. “Bun Bo Nam Bo” is similar to “Bun Thit Nuong,” but this delicious Southern cuisine uses rice noodles, stir-fried marinated beef and sauce, and Vietnamese herbs.

Banh mi 25 – Hang Ca street

Banh Mi 25

Bread 25 Hang Ca
  • Address: 25 Hang Ca street, Hang Dao ward, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi.
  • Find on Google Map

Banh mi 25 is a well-known banh mi shop that draws international travelers once coming to the Old Quarter.

This shop’s menu is quite diverse, ranging from the traditional Vietnamese sandwich (mixed banh mi, banh mi with barbecued pork and pate) to the unusual sandwich (banh mi with grilled chicken and cheese, banh mi with fried chicken and mushrooms, banh mi with sauteed beef).

Customers can pick a loaf of wonderful banh mi, even vegetarian ones from a diverse menu with numerous filling possibilities and at extremely affordable pricing.

Cha Ca Thang Long – Rice noodles with grilled fish

Cha Ca Thang Long 6B

Grilled Fish
  • Address: 6B Duong Thanh street
  • Opening time: From 09.30am t0 23.00pm
  • Price from 160.000VND/Pax
  • Find on Google Map

Thang Long restaurant, led by a narrow pathway with green bamboo on both sides, is a bold Hanoi space teeming with guests’ laughter. Customers are most impressed by the food here, partly because this strange dish is difficult to get anywhere in the world, and partly because the great service makes the meal even more enjoyable.

Stir-fried fish with stir-fried entrails and herbs, served hot with rice noodles, shrimp paste, and peanuts, odd but wonderful!

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Pho 10 – Ly Quoc Su

Pho 10 Ly Quoc Su

Ly Quoc Su Noodles

This Pho restaurant is always crowded, but the wait is well worth it. The delicious, sweet and hot broth of the Pho noodle soup here warms you up in the cold weather.

  • Address: 10 Ly Quoc Su Str
  • Price from: 50.000VND
  • Opening time: From 06.00am – 23.00pm
  • Find on Google Map

Bun Cha Hang Quat – Rice noodles with grilled pork

Bun Cha 74 Hang Quat Street

Rice noodles with grilled pork

The shop is located in a small alley. As soon as you step into the alley, you can smell the fragrant grilled pork and spring rolls. Bun Cha is served with a bowl of sweet and sour dipping sauce and fresh herbs, which is really delicious.

Mixed Pho with chicken – At Pho Ga Khanh Beo Shop

Pho Ga Khanh Beo 17 Hang Hom

Mixed Pho with chicken

The mixed Pho with chicken and mango salad of Khanh Beo sounds strange at first but delicious and good for stimulating the taste buds, so people often return to eat many times. Each bowl also has a lot of dried onions, roasted peanuts, plus papaya salad.

The chicken meat is super tender and goes well with pho. On the table are available lime, soy sauce, fish sauce, … for diners to customize according to their taste. The shop opens until late night and also offers rice noodles with soup, so it is a great choice if you’re hungry at night.

Vermicelli with deep-fried eel – At Dong Thinh restaurant

Mien Luon Dong Thinh 87

Vermicelli with deep-fried eel

Stir-fried vermicelli with eel or vermicelli soup with eel are both quite interesting, featuring delicious eel meat served with hot vermicelli and herbs. This dish seems to be a bit picky for most people, but it is worth giving it a try if you have never eaten it.

Che Ngon Huong Hai

Che Ngon 93 Hang Bac Str

Huong Hai 93 Che Ngon
  • Address: No.93 Hang Bac street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
  • Opening hours: 7.00 – 23.00
  • Find on Google Map

It is a long-standing Hanoi shop specializing in different types of desserts. Not only is it a famous dessert shop for locals, it is also known by many domestic and foreign tourists.

The menu is diverse from Caramel mixed with fresh fruits, black sticky rice to yogurts, sweet rice dumplings, coconut milk dessert…

Mixed fruits – To Tich Street

To Tich Street

Mixed Fresh Fruits
  • Address: To Tich street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
  • Opening hours: 09:00 – 23:00

To Tich is a street in Hanoi famous for many fresh fruit shops. When you come here, you will see the fragrant fruits all around the neighborhood, bringing a wide variety of fruits to decide what to order.

You also can opt to choose a variety of fruits mixed in 1 glass to enjoy the variety of flavors of delicious and nutritious fruit cups on a small plastic chair and watch the bustling city.

Egg coffee

Giang Coffee

Egg Coffee
  • Addrerss: 39 Nguyen Huu Huan Str
  • Opening time: From -06.30am – 23.00pm
  • Find on Google Map

Those who enjoy egg coffee will be familiar with Giang coffee, one of the most well-known coffee shops in Hanoi Old Quarter. Giang Coffee is the first location to give birth to a drink associated with Hanoi cuisine.

Mr Giang, the founder of Giang coffee shop, created the famous egg coffee based on a cappuccino recipe while working as a bartender at the Metropole Hanoi hotel.

Today, egg coffee appears in many coffee shops, but Giang coffee is still an address chosen by many tourists who want to try the best egg coffee. CNN has recently added egg coffee to the list of must-try delicious dishes in Hanoi.

Ta Hien Beer Street

Ta Hien Beer Street

Corner Beer Str

Coming to the Ta Hien neighborhood, you will experience a space combining Asian – Eastern culture, featuring modernity with a bit of nostalgia and tradition.

Small houses with ancient tiled roofs, designed in French architecture style, are clustered together on a narrow street, capturing the essence of Hanoi. The later it gets in the evening, the more crowded and vibrant the street becomes, breaking the silence of the night.

This bustle will last until 1, 2 am, so foreign tourists often choose this place to have fun and experience the nightlife in Hanoi. Ta Hien, in particular, is more crowded on weekends than on other days because of the large number of Vietnamese visitors, mostly young people who use this beer street as a gathering and dating area.

This is a list of some delicious dishes in Hanoi Old Quarter that we would like to share with you; we hope you don’t overlook any of them.


Furthermore, if you are concerned that finding unique eateries will be difficult, and you want to learn more about Vietnamese culinary culture rather than merely enjoy it, contact Hanoi Explore Travel right now! We can assist you in planning a one-of-a-kind itinerary led by a professional local guide who is knowledgeable about both authentic local foods and Hanoi Old Quarter’s streets, definitely bringing you a memorable food tour.

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