Hanoi, Vietnam




Hanoi is scattered with cheap eats, from the street stalls to local eateries that it is impossible to starve in the city. Then again if you prefer a little dining comfort as well a better level of cleanliness but not willing to splurge, you can still find a reasonable range of mid-price restaurants and cafes in Hanoi. While most serve regional Vietnamese dishes, there are a few specialising in mainly Western and Chinese dishes. Expect to pay 70,000-180,000 dong (USD3.50-8.50) per person for a meal with drinks.
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Cam Chan Quan
108 K1 Giang Vo St.
This restaurant has staff that speaks English, Chinese and Vietnamese. The eatery serves Asian fare, with a closer touch to Singaporean cuisine. It's one place where good clean toilet is expected and also has free WiFi. Try their noodles, its not the usual "pho" or rice noodle you find in Hanoi, but a more typical noodle you would probably find in Singapore. Try the Beggar's chicken and fried eggplants. A bowl of noodles cost around 65,000 dong.

Cha Ca La Vong
14 Cha Ca St & 107 Nguyen Truong To St.
This establishment is so famous that the street is named after it, instead of the other way around. There's only one dish on the (Vietnamese-only) menu i.e. fried fish in grease, but they've been serving it now for five generations and their traditional shrimp paste is an optional extra. If you love fish and shrimp, this experience might be for you. However, for the same price that you would get at this restaurant, you could eat three meals at a decent eatery by the street. Eating here cost around 170,000 dong for a small portion and 1,000 dong charge for a napkin!

Near Hang Gai St end of Nha Chung St).
Part of a small international chain of pizza restaurants. Locally run, they do regular special offers such as free desserts, eat-all-you-can buffets and loyalty schemes, whereby collecting tokens with each take-out entitles you to a free pizza. Besides pizzas, also serves burgers, ice cream and apple crumble. 

Huong Ly
Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem District.
Located very close to the Melia Hanoi Hotel. The restaurant is situated on the ground floor and top floor of a building - the middle floor is a clothes shop. The restaurant serves fantastic food ranging from traditional noodles to salmon steak, beautifully presented and delicious. Friendly staff too. A main course cost 55,000-120,000 dong.

Paradieso Restaurant
7 Nguyen Sieu (Old Quarter).
Small and warmly restaurant serving both Vietnamese and Western dishes - good quality and affordable price. Traditional Vietnamese food include Cha Ca, Bun Cha, Pho, Nem (spring rolls) and you also get very good crepes. All very good quality and nice decor.

Huyen Houng Restaurant
20 Bao Khanh.
Choose from a wide variety of seafood dishes (many of which are swimming around in tanks) and other Vietnamese specialities. Staffs at the restaurant are friendly staff, complementing the tasty food. Typically cost 80,000-120,000 dong for a meal and drink.

Tamarind Cafe
Ma May 80 (Old Quarter).
Has a menu full of inventive vegetarian dishes as well as lots of fresh juices. The atmosphere is relaxed and has stylish interior. Don't come here if you're hungry though, as the portions aren't very big and it's a tad pricey.

Luala Cafe
61 Ly Thai To, Hoan Kiem District.
Luala Cafe is a cafe and restaurant inside the Luala Store, a luxury fashion concept store located in a shopping district of Hanoi. The restaurant offers a variety of gourmet foods, drinks and desserts.

Khazaana Restaurant
1C Tong Dan St., Hoan Kiem District.
Halal (Muslim) restaurant serving a range of Indian dishes prepared by chefs brought in from India. The restaurant has been in business since 1993 and offers dining facilities for families and large groups.

Nisa Restaurant
32 Hang Tre St, Hoan Kiem District
Halal restaurant serving a range of Indonesian, Malaysian and Indian dishes. Specialties include curry dishes, seafood, fried rice and noodles, briyani rice and flatbread and satay (grilled meat).

Bun Cha (noodle dish) by Stuart Spivack

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