Top ChoiceVietnamese in Hanoi

Chim Sao

Sit at tables downstairs or grab a more traditional spot on the floor upstairs and discover excellent Vietnamese food, with some dishes inspired by the ethnic minorities of Vietnam's north. Definite standouts are...

Top ChoiceVietnamese in Hanoi

Bun Cha 34

Best bun cha in Vietnam? Many say 34 is up there. No presidents have eaten at the plastic tables, but you get perfectly moist chargrilled pork, zesty fresh herbs and delicious broth to dip everything in. The nem...

Top ChoiceInternational in Hanoi

La Badiane

This stylish bistro is set in a restored, whitewashed French villa arrayed around a breezy central courtyard. French cuisine underpins the menu – La Badiane translates as ‘star anise’ – but Asian and...

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Hanoi Social Club

On three levels with retro furniture, the Hanoi Social Club is an artist hub and the city's most cosmopolitan cafe. Dishes include potato fritters with chorizo for breakfast, and pasta, burgers and wraps for...

Top ChoiceVietnamese in Hanoi

Grandma's Restaurant

With dark-wood furniture, concrete walls and lanterns, staff dressed in white and a limited menu of artfully presented dishes, Grandma's is worth savouring for its ravishing beef, chicken, duck and seafood...

Top ChoiceVietnamese in Hanoi

Blue Butterfly

Blue Butterfly floats above its weight with the lamp-lit dark-wood stylings of a heritage house and a good-value menu of Vietnamese classics, from bun cha (barbecued pork) to duck with tamarind sauce. Staff offer...

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Poke Hanoi

Just the ticket for a good-looking detox in a neat and wholesome wood-furnished space with an outside terrace and parasols. Choose your rice base, fish (salmon, spicy tuna, octopus etc) or tofu, sauce, topping...

Top ChoiceVietnamese in Hanoi

Old Hanoi

This sophisticated eating spot in a restored French-colonial villa has a pleasant casual courtyard outside and starched white tablecloths inside. Once host to celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, it serves traditional...

Top ChoiceVietnamese in Hanoi

Cha Ca Thang Long

Bring along your DIY cooking skills and grill your own succulent cha ca fish dish in a pan with a little shrimp paste and plenty of veggies, herbs and peanuts. Cha ca is an iconic Hanoi dish heavy on turmeric and...

Top ChoiceDim Sum in Hanoi

Tim Ho Wan

Do yourself a favour and reserve a window table at the Hanoi branch of this legendary Hong Kong dim sum chain, high above the city on the 36th floor of the Lotte Center. Bring a friend or six and an empty stomach...

Top ChoiceCafe in Hanoi

Maison de Tet Decor

Sumptuous, healthy and organic (when possible) wholefoods are presented with aplomb in one of Hanoi's loveliest settings, an expansive, airy villa overlooking West Lake.

Vegetarian in Hanoi

V's Home

Blink and you’ll miss the slim alleyway opening leading to this excellent upstairs restaurant, with diners attended to by hearing- and speech-impaired staff. The relaxing space is elegant and charming, with a...

Cafe in Hanoi

Koto

Ranging over four floors with a terrace and bar, this superb modernist cafe-bar-restaurant overlooking the Temple of Literature features neat interior design and exceptionally sweet staff, with daily specials...

Vietnamese in Hanoi

Bun Cha Huong Lien

Bun Cha Huong Lien was launched into stardom thanks to Barack Obama, who dined here with celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain in May 2016. Customers fill the four storeys to sample the grilled-pork-and-noodle delicacy...

Indian in Hanoi

Zaika

With a cinnabar interior, this buzzing spot delivers a measure of elegance on top of its warm and welcoming service. The North Indian menu is a tantalising and ambitious affair, from palak paneer (cottage cheese...

Noodles in Hanoi

Pho Thin

This slender, crammed hole-in-the-wall place directly east of Hoan Kien Lake has narrow tables and stools where it's all elbows and chatter. The place has been going since 1955, serving steaming bowls of beef...

Vietnamese in Hanoi

Bun Rieu Hai Beo

This no-fuss restaurant’s name refers to the ‘fat’ (beo) owner Hai who serves delicious hot bowls of bun rieu (crab noodle soup). Choose your protein – meat, blood jelly or tofu ­– to go with the herbs, rice...

Vietnamese in Hanoi

Com Pho Co

This large, bustling restaurant attracts a mixed crowd for its long menu of simple, good Vietnamese dishes such as ga nuong xa (lemongrass chicken) and Hanoi pho cuon (steamed rice rolls filled with mango,...

Noodles in Hanoi

Moto-san Uber Noodle

Brainchild of Hanoi artist, journalist and designer Nguyen Qui Duc (of Tadioto fame), this wonderful noodle stall seats eight eager eaters. The menu is simple: miso, shōyu (soy) or shio (salty) ramen, and spicy...

Mediterranean in Hanoi

Green Mango

This hip restaurant-lounge has a real vibe as well as great cooking. The front and rear courtyards feature living green walls of real plants, giving a tropical feel but with climate-controlled comfort. Menu-wise...