What To Eat: Best Food In Hanoi Old Quarter You Should Try

Whenever mentioning Hanoi, visitors will immediately remember the delicious dishes of the Old Quarter with many flavors from the different provinces "reunited" here. So, why don’t we take a tour of the best food in Hanoi Old Quarter - Street food Hanoi Old Quarter that you should try once in your life?

1. Top 10 Must-Eat Hanoi Old Quarter Street Food 

1.1. Pho - Noodle soup

Pho - Noodle soup

Referring to the delicious food in Hanoi Old Quarter, it is necessary to mention the pho. Pho has become famous in the capital for a long time, likened to the national spirit of Vietnam.

A bowl of beef noodle soup is a combination of many factors and sophisticated processing. The broth is bone simmered for many hours, adding dried onions and crushed roasted ginger to add more aroma. Anise, cinnamon and spices are indispensable but not overpowering the typical beef flavor.

Pho 10 Ly Quoc Su: Address 10 Ly Quoc Su,  Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Pho Cuong: Address: No. 23, Hang Muoi Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Time: 6:00 - 22:00 daily
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1.2. Bun Cha (Rice Noodles With Grilled Pork)

Kebab rice noodles 1
Bun Cha

Bun Cha in Hang Quat street was born a long time ago and is almost always busy. The highlight of this Hanoi Old Quarter best food is its own flavor. The bacon is tender, marinated with spices, onions, garlic and rich fish sauce and then grilled on charcoal to create a seductive aroma.

If you want a full meal, you can order more fried spring rolls to eat with it. Moreover, don’t forget to dip them in the special sauce. Once you try it, you will love it!

Address: No. 74, Hang Quat Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Time: 10:00 - 14:00 daily

1.3. Banh Mi (Vietnamese Bread)

banh mi
Banh mi

Banh mi is a food that is too familiar to the people of the Old Quarter. Compact, easy to carry, delicious taste and affordable price, all of these factors make banh mi the favorite choice of many people.
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Unlike today's breads with many types of fillings and sauces, the Old Quarter traditional banh mi brings visitors back to the "old" taste. The bread consists of simple ingredients: butter, pate, pork, red sausage and sausage, served with cucumber. Depending on the shop, they will sprinkle a little more seasoning, to make the bread richer, in accordance with the past style.

Address: No. 20, Cha Ca Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Time: 7:00 - 22:00 daily

1.4. Egg Coffee

Egg Coffee
Egg Coffee
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The rich taste of coffee blends perfectly with the sweetness of fresh cream and egg yolk will make your experience memorable. It is often served in a small bowl of hot water to keep warm.

If you can't drink coffee, you have another choice of fragrant egg cocoa. The cocoa is dense, mixed in the layer of fluffy eggs, as well as a little love in the middle of the fragile white fog.

Address: No. 39, Nguyen Huu Huan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Time: 7:00 - 22:00 daily

1.5. Vietnamese Fresh Rolling Pho

Vietnamese Fresh Rolling Pho
Vietnamese Fresh Rolling Pho

This type of food in Hanoi Old Quarter has a unique flavor that blends a variety of ingredients. Each roll of pho is skillfully processed, full of filling, but beautifully packaged. The dipping sauce is also rich, making the noodle soup even more attractive. When enjoying, diners will feel the delicious taste of each ingredient in the soft and chewy pho.

Besides, the menu also has a lot of attractive side dishes such as fried rice, shrimp cakes, grilled geese,… 

Address: No.31 Ngu Xa Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi

Time: 9:00 - 22:00 daily

1.6. Sticky Rice

Sticky Rice
Sticky Rice

Located in the crowded Old Quarter, sticky rice has become one of the delicious breakfast dishes in the capital that you cannot ignore. 

The menu of sticky rice is very diverse, from sticky rice with chicken and mushrooms to the mixed sticky rice with braised egg meat,.... In addition to the main sticky rice dishes, you can freely choose based on your favorite "topping”. Moreover, most shops also sell drinks such as milk, juice, and iced tea served with delicious sticky rice. 

Address: No. 35B Nguyen Huu Huan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Time: 6:30 - 23:00 daily

1.7. Hanoi Crab Noodle Soup

Hanoi Crab Noodle Soup
Hanoi Crab Noodle Soup

Hanoi Crab Noodle Soup has a light broth water and the sweetness of the flavoring package of the main noodles. Being mixed with soft melted crab pieces, it brings to you the feeling of something familiar but strange. 

To enjoy the full flavor here, you should choose a mixed bowl. This bowl has a full range of toppings from tofu curd,beef spring rolls to fish with cartilage.

Address: No. 121 Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Time: 6:00 - 9:00 daily

1.8. Bun Thang - Vermicelli and chicken soup

Vermicelli and chicken soup
Besides Bun Cha, visitors can try Bun Thang is - Specialty not to be missed when coming to the capital; this dish contains unique culinary features that any tourist wants to experience every time they come to the Capital.
The bowl of vermicelli is fragrant and meticulously prepared with fresh ingredients, making bun thang a favorite Hanoi.

Address: 14 Hang Ga street - Banh Cuon Thanh Van

1.9. Cha Ca - grilled fish

cha ca grilled fish
Cha Ca grilled fish was born in 1871 and was invented by the Doan family. From a rustic dish, grilled fish gradually became the quintessence of Hanoi cuisine to this day.
Hanoi people have long valued cuisine, incredibly delicious and luxurious dishes served to guests.

Address: 6b Duong Thanh - Cha Ca Thang Long 

1.10 Banh Cuon - stuffed pancake

stuffed pancake
Last but not least is Banh Cuon; although present in many provinces and cities, Banh Cuon in Hanoi is still attractive because of its unique flavor. It can be affirmed that this delicious dish is enough to conquer the taste buds of the most demanding diners.
Hanoi's banh cuon has been around for a long time with a very special, rich and delicious flavor.

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2. Conclusion

It may be hard to list all the best food in Hanoi Old Quarter but here are some of our recommendations that you should try for the first time. Then, what you are waiting for, just quickly pick up your backpack and come to Hanoi to enjoy these delicious dishes!
author hoan
My name is Hoan and I come from Hanoi, with more than 10 years working in the tourism industry (both as a tour guide then tour operator). I am very proud to say that I can give you the best advice for your trip to beautiful Vietnam.

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