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Bakeries & Patisseries
Yes, it’s a chain, but a good one...
This elegant French colonial villa is renowned for seafood, including an amazing selection of crab dishes. More exotic dishes featuring deer and goat are also on the menu. A favourite with local well-to-do families.
With a handy Old Quarter location, this is an ideal place to spice up your life with a tandoori chicken, good-value thali or the Goan-style fish curry. There’s plenty of choice for vegetarians and the food is halal.
This place serves hearty highland meals on tartan tablecloths including sumptuous hotpots, grilled meats and seafood – try the steamed crab in beer (1kg costs 280,000d). Draws plenty of locals; always a good sign.
For a taste (and then some) of Brazil, head to Au Lac...
This place is a peaceful retreat from the downtown bustle and is set amid extensive gardens. The sizeable menu includes the usual panoply of dishes such as frog and rat or the more conventional grilled beef or chicken.
Ice Cream & Gelateria
The place for French-style ice creams and sorbets in Hanoi. During the right season try the com, a delightful local flavour extracted from young sticky rice; other innovative flavours include ginger and green tea.
Nirvana for the serious meat-lover, El Gaucho matches hearty serves of fall-apart lamb shanks, tender skewers and juicy steaks to a fine dining environment...
Breakfast & Brunch Spots
With a name like this, it could only be a backpacker cafe and it’s one of the better ones in town. All the Vietnamese staples are here, plus some Western favourites, including a healthy smattering of vegie dishes.
Look closely in the plastic buckets and you’ll see more than a few unfamiliar shellfish species...
Boasts a prime front terrace that draws a mixed crowd of locals, expats and tourists. The food is mainly Western and familiar, with big portions of steaks and burgers, plus local food including tasty noodle dishes.
This restaurant occupies a beautifully restored town house and Mediterranean-style rear patio, and has an eclectic menu of Asian and Western dishes, including lots of Spanish tapas. Doubles as a wine bar.
Chau Doc's most sophisticated dining experience is at the Victoria Chau Doc Hotel, where the menu includes some beautifully presented Vietnamese food and a mouthwatering selection of inventive French dishes.
This charming cafe in the Pham Ngu Lao backpacker ghetto has excellent smoothies, doughy cinnamon rolls, home-made cookies, other sweet treats, bags of style, and trains and employs disadvantaged Vietnamese.
If you’d like a little scenery along with your dinner, try this restaurant nestled in a valley. It overlooks pretty rice fields and specialises in goat or beef grilled in bamboo. An English menu is available.
An authentic Japanese restaurant with tasteful furnishings (including lanterns, calligraphy wall hangings and even fake cherry blossom) and a winsome menu that takes in sushi, tempura and yakitori dishes.
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