Hanoi, Vietnam




Eating is practically a pastime in Hanoi and there are no shortages of places and choices for cheap eats - Hanoi rivals Ho Chi Minh City in the south when it comes to cheap eats. If cheap eats is on your venue, there are plenty of street food vendors with their plastic chairs and tables waiting for customers. Better still, head to the city's Old Quarter for the atmospheric street stalls and reasonably priced Western and Vietnamese fare.
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Com Chay Nang Tam Vegetarian Restaurant
79A Pho Tran Hung Dao (a few streets south of Hoan Kiem Lake). Open: Lunch and dinner.
This excellent restaurant is your best vegetarian option in Hanoi and will please both vegetarians and non-vegetarians with its wide range of innovative dishes. The restaurant is comfortable with good ambiance. Set dinner with a selection of four dishes, soup and rice cost around 50,000 dong.

Joma Bakery Café (Joma)
22 Ly Quoc Su(near the Cathedral and West Lake). Open: Daily from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Serves organic coffee prepared by some of the best baristas in Hanoi. Furthermore, e
verything here is homemade and fresh. There is an excellent breakfast menu as well as lunch and dinner options. Besides, there are the mouth-watering array of cakes, cookies, pies and other treats.

Kem Trang Tien
54 Pho Trang Tien. 
Popular spot for ice cream on a hot day. Beware of the motorbikes when entering the establishment, since it is sort of a drive-thru (drive-in) ice cream shop. Make sure to try the local com or dau xanh flavours. Also to note that the hygene in the area may be a bit dubious since many customers toss away their ice cream sticks. Ice cream bars cost 5,000-8,000 dong and cones are a little bit more.

Papa Joe's Coffee
112 Cau Go. Open: Daily from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Despite the name, this is actually a real restaurant serving pasta, soup, salads, sandwiches and very good burgers (vegetarian included). The best reason to eat here, though, is the small balcony with a view over the frantic traffic square and the shores of the Hoan Kiem Lake.

Quan Bia Minh
7A Dinh Liet (100 metres from Hoan Kiem Lake). Open: Daily from from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Popular restaurant with lovely casual upstairs terrace. Minh speaks English well and keeps her staff attentive. Variety of western, vegetarian and Vietnamese food at reasonable prices.

Bia Hoi Ha Noi
50 Bat Dan (West side of the Old Quarter toward Phung Hung St).
The food is excellent which is why it is so popular with Hanoi's locals. It can be hard to find a seat during lunch hour and the trick is to go after 1:30 p.m, when the locals are heading back to work.

Sen (Lotus)
10, Lane 431, Au Co Rd, Tay Ho District.
The restaurant looks westernised but actually offers a wide range of dishes from many regions across Vietnam - buffet style. The dishes are divided into stations where customers can order noodles, rice cakes or rice vermicelli. Serves both lunch and dinner.

Quan an Ngon
18 Phan Boi Chau St.
Wide range of dishes from many regions of Vietnam at very reasonable prices. The restaurant serves both lunch and dinner. The place is decorated culturally and traditionally.

Com Chay Au Lac
277 Ngo Van Chuong. Open: Daily from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Typical local vegetarian restaurant that you can find anywhere in Vietnam. The restaurant is located a little off the beaten track in an atmospheric alleyway. Average meal cost around 30,000 dong.

Com Binh Dan
Hang Bo (several side streets in the Old Quarter).
Often only open during lunch hour (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m). An an excellent place to get an inexpensive, home-cooked Vietnamese meal. The best ones have loyal followings of workers who eat here every day.

Cafe 69
69 Ma May St (opposite Friendly Hotel).
Good place to eat Western food in the heart of the Old Quarter, although some travelers find it expensive and the food of inferior quality.

Hebe Cafe
33, Luong Van Can St (inside Hanoi Youth Hotel and in the centre of the Old Quarter).
Eatery offers cheap Vietnamese and Western dishes. Breakfasts cost USD1, pizza USD2 and hot pot USD8.

Huy Cafe & Pizza Inn
32 Dinh Liet St.
Large Italian dinner combo (garlic bread, soup/salad, pizza/pasta and soft drink) for around 65,000 dong.

French baguette in the Old Quarter by Maryam Laura Moazedi

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