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Eat and meet


  • Eating pho like a Hanoian
    3.5 stars

    Available everywhere

    Pho — the staple of Vietnam — is available all day and night. A quick description: steaming fragrant broth, thick rice noodles, slices of tender beef or chicken. It's as simple and tasty as that. ... read more

  • Can I get food delivered in Hanoi?
    3.5 stars

    When you are stuck inside

    Getting a delivery meal to your hotel room might not be what travelling and a holiday in Hanoi is all about, but sometimes a quiet night in front of the TV with a pork chop and rice is a welcome break from shopping and sightseeing. Now getting a delivery in Hanoi is as easy as … well, pie — ... read more

  • What to eat in two days on a budget in Hanoi
    3.5 stars

    Let us point you in the right direction

    Across Hanoi

    So you’ve read our piece on what to do in two days on a budget in Hanoi, but what are you going to eat? Here are some of the dishes and places we reckon are worth trying to squeeze in. ... read more

Street food dishes

A wrap on some of the main dishes you might encounter on the streets of Hanoi. See the street food section below for specific recommendations of where to eat.

  • Xoi
    4 stars

    A rice twist for breakfast

    Although referred to as sticky rice, the main type of xoi you will come across in Hanoi is less sticky and lighter than the version you will find served up with in Laos or Thailand and is commonly eaten for breakfast. ... read more

  • Bun rieu
    4 stars

    Crabby noodle soup

    Bun rieu — the r is pronounced ‘z’ — is a crab and tomato based noodle soup, with some versions so full of goodies you’ll never get bored. It’s currently vying for top spot in our list of noodle soup dishes in Hanoi. ... read more

  • Pho: Not just noodle soup
    3.5 stars

    Slurp it up

    Vietnam’s favourite dish, pho, takes its name from the type of noodle that is used in its preparation, and this noodle is used in numerous other dishes. I’ve recently moved to a new apartment and find myself living in the epicentre of pho-land: within a few minutes’ walk I pass half a dozen ... read more

  • Che
    3.5 stars

    Give it a try

    Che (pronounced chair) is a popular Vietnamese dessert or snack found at street stalls around Hanoi. Today we aim to (partly) demystify this unusual delicacy and encourage you to give it a try.First up, find a stall. Che stalls are usually characterised by a glass cabinet housing bowls of colourful ... read more

  • Noodles
    3.5 stars

    What noodle is that?

    You could easily eat noodle dishes in Hanoi for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a week and still not have the same meal twice. Here’s our quick guide to what’s what when it comes to noodles in the Vietnamese capital. ... read more

  • Bun cha
    3.5 stars

    A northern speciality

    While pho is probably the first food everyone thinks of, or hears about, when they come to Vietnam, bun cha is a northern speciality and arguably one of the tastiest things in the world. Yes, I am a big fan. It’s impossible to resist: as you walk past a stall the smell of barbecuing pork is as ... read more

  • Bun ca, bun oc and banh tom
    3.5 stars


    Alley 27 Xuan Dieu

    I’ve recently moved to a new office next to West Lake and near to the Tay Ho temple. Whereas I was previously eating pho cuon for lunch, the local Hanoi dishes here are bun ca, bun oc and banh tom. ... read more

  • Lau (hot pot)
    3.5 stars

    Most popular during the cooler months

    Lau — pronounced something like ‘low’ — is perhaps one of the most popular dishes in Hanoi, particularly in the cooler months. It’s a similar set up to that seen in other countries in the region (I recall a particularly good experience in the Perhentians): a pan of simmering stock is put ... read more

  • Bun dao
    3.5 stars

    Tofu-based street food

    Given tofu's popularity in Vietnam, it comes as no surprise that there’s a tofu-based street food dish: bun dau. Bun dau comprises a plate of cold bun (thin rice) noodles, a plate of deep fried tofu, a basket of herbs and, typically, mam tom (fermented shrimp sauce). ... read more

  • Com binh dan
    3.5 stars

    Commoner's rice

    Com binh dan roughly translates as commoner’s rice and is a popular cheap belly-filler in Vietnam. Com binh dan joints are buffet-like affairs, and are usually identified by a glass case showcasing the day’s selection — as well as the large signs. ... read more

  • Banh my kebab
    3.5 stars

    Hanoi hits Istanbul

    Banh my (or banh mi in Saigon) — bread — is a staple breakfast and lunch dish in Hanoi when served with a filling of pate, egg (trung) or cured pork (cha). Although banh my pate stems from the French colonial era, a more recent addition to many menus here — banh my kebab — is reminiscent of ... read more

  • Pho mai que
    3.5 stars

    Snack stop

    Street food in Vietnam is not just about breakfast, lunch and dinner; it’s also very much about snacking. And the Vietnamese like to snack. Pho mai que (cheese sticks) is a new craze to hit the streets of Hanoi and while maybe not contributing to a balanced — or gourmet — diet, it’s a cheap ... read more

  • Bo bia ngot
    3.5 stars

    A made-to-order snack

    You’d be forgiven for assuming that bo bia ngot has something to do with beer, but it doesn’t: it’s a delicious sweet snack worth interrupting your Hanoi sightseeing for. ... read more

Street food

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    Quan Kien
    4 stars

    Bugs galore

    143 Nghi Tam, Yen Phu, Tay Ho, Hanoi
    T: (0983) 430 136

    If you’re open to some adventurous eating in Hanoi there are no shortage of options, but Quan Kien (“Ant Restaurant”) is worth hunting out if you’re in the mood for ants – and who isn’t on occasion? The restaurant is located along Nghi Tam Street with most seating upstairs being ... read more

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    Quan Nem
    4 stars

    All about the nem… and bun cha

    123 Bui Thi Xuan, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
    T: (04) 3974 3239

    As the name suggests, Quan Nem specialises in nem – spring rolls – and one type of nem in particular: nem cua be (sea crab spring rolls). ... read more

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    Pho 10 Ly Quoc Su
    4 stars

    Great for pho

    10 Ly Quoc Su, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

    The advantage of tucking into a steaming bowl of pho at this joint is it's just as good or better than what you might happen across elsewhere, but the hygienic standards are decidedly better. ... read more

  • Pho Cuon Hung Ben
    4 stars

    No problem getting a seat here

    26 Nguyen Khac Hieu, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
    T: (04) 3829 2040

    One of numerous pho cuon joints around the junction of Nguyen Khac Hieu and Ngu Xa, on Truc Bach island, Pho Cuon Hung Ben seems to continually expand. ... read more

  • Dong Thinh Nha Hang Mien Luon
    4 stars

    Fried eel

    87 Hang Dieu, Hoan Kiem District
    T: (04) 3836 7943

    Don't let the thought of fried eels put you off trying this delicious local dish. ... read more

  • Bun Bo Nam Bo
    4 stars

    Rub shoulders with the locals

    67 Hang Dieu, Hoan Kiem

    Bun Bo Nam Bo on Hang Dieu (number 67) was my first real eating-with-the-locals experience in Hanoi. It’s not just that the main dish served here of bun bo nam bo is quintessentially street food, but the environment and atmosphere of the restaurant are typical of a local lunch-time venue: it’s ... read more

  • Xuan Xuan at 47 Ma May
    4 stars

    Don't wear white

    47 Ma May, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

    Xuan Xuan is a deservedly popular place to try bo nuong, or grilled beef (and other meats), in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. ... read more

  • Hanoi's Food Street
    3.5 stars

    To the west of the lake

    One could argue that all of Hanoi’s streets are food streets, in that it’s hard to find any that don’t have at least one vendor selling pho or banh my or any of the other delicious street foods on offer here. But two things make so-called “food street” different and worthy of its name: ... read more

  • BBQ Chicken St
    3.5 stars


    So called ‘BBQ chicken street’, on Ly Van Phuc just off Nguyen Thai Hoc, is hard to miss in the evening, as the plumes of smoke drift into the night sky and the smell of barbecueing drifts along the street. ... read more

  • Bittet Ong Loi
    3.5 stars

    Hardly healthy but great!

    51 Hang Buom

    It’s been a favourite of mine since I first came to Hanoi, so goodness knows why it’s taken me so long to write about bo bittet. It’s true that I don’t eat it too often — it’s hardly the healthiest of options — but having had a recent relapse at the weekend I was reminded just how ... read more

  • Street food on Ngo Trang Tien
    3.5 stars

    An enticing array of goodies

    2B Alley Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
    T: (04) 3936 4073

    If you love street food but want to try something other than pho and bun cha for lunch in Hanoi, head down to Ngo Trang Tien near the Opera House for an enticing array of goodies. ... read more

  • Xoi Yen
    3.5 stars

    Give it a go

    35 Nguyen Huu Huan, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
    T: (043) 825 1755

    Xoi is a kind of Vietnamese sticky rice, topped traditionally with shavings of lotus root and roasted garlic. ... read more


  • Nineteen 11
    4 stars

    Sophisticated dining

    1 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
    T: (04) 3933 4810

    Nineteen 11 -- referring to the date the Hanoi Opera House was opened -- is a fine-dining restaurant located in the basement of the Opera House itself. ... read more

  • Madame Hien
    4 stars

    High-end Vietnamese cuisine

    15 Chan Cam, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

    Set in a beautiful historical villa, sophisticated Madame Hien serves Vietnamese cuisine worth splurging a little extra for. ... read more

  • Net Hue
    4 stars

    A taste of Hue in Hanoi

    204b Hang Bong Street
    T: (04) 3938 1795

    A wide range of tempting dishes from Hue are available at this wonderful place on the edge of food street. ... read more

  • Banh Cuon Gia Truyen
    3.5 stars

    Enjoy a classic

    14 Hang Ga, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

    Banh Cuon Gia Truyen is a popular spot for banh cuon, a delicious rice pancake dish, enjoyed mostly for breakfast but also throughout the day. ... read more

  • 1946
    3.5 stars

    Cosy setting, traditional food

    #3, Alley 63 Cua Bac, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

    1946 serves up traditional Vietnamese fare at reasonable prices for its cosy surrounds. ... read more

  • Pots n Pans
    3.5 stars

    A must visit!

    57 Bui Thi Xuan, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi
    T: (04) 3944 0204

    About two kilometres south of Hoan Kiem Lake on Bui Thi Xuan – one of the small streets that runs parallel to Pho Hue and Ba Trieu – sits Hanoi’s must-go restaurant Pots n Pans. Somewhat tucked away among the bright lights of karaoke bars, its subtle and stylish exterior is easy to miss, but ... read more

  • Moc Quan
    3.5 stars

    Delicious and comfortable

    53 Nguyen Khac Hieu, Truc Bach, Hanoi
    T: (046) 2073 7476/(0904) 989 804

    I wrote some time ago about the pho-based dishes that are a specialty of the Truc Bach area of Hanoi; since then, a new place has opened up that makes pho cuon even more appealing. Based on Nguyen Khac Hieu street, on what is often referred to as Truc Bach island or Truc Bach village, Moc Quan is ... read more

  • Com Pho Co
    3.5 stars

    Good-value, tasty Vietnamese food

    16 Nguyen Sieu, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
    T: (04) 2216 4028

    If you’re looking for good-value, tasty Vietnamese food but the street scene leaves you a bit nervous, air-con Com Pho Co is worth seeking out with its great range of standard Vietnamese dishes, such as light and crispy nem Hue, crunchy papaya salad or heartier aubergine and pork claypot. ... read more

  • Noodle and Roll
    3.5 stars

    Tasty, well-priced Vietnamese dishes

    39C Ly Quoc Su, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
    T: (0936) 622 981

    Noodle and Roll is a two-storey restaurant serving up bun bo nam bo, bun cha and other tasty, well-priced Vietnamese dishes. It’s the perfect choice if you like street food but either you can’t agree with your companion about what to eat, you don’t like sitting on plastic chairs or stools or ... read more

  • Lau Rieu Cua
    3.5 stars

    Good food great cause

    66 Pho Duc Chinh (near Truc Bach lake)

    By day a centre for disabled children, by night a buzzing lau restaurant: 66 Pho Duc Chinh, near Truc Bach lake, serves up delicious lau rieu cua: a tasty broth with loads of Vietnamese goodies to throw in. And with the weather a bit chilly in Hanoi, now is the perfect time to enjoy it. ... read more

  • Quan An Ngon
    3.5 stars

    Popular traditional Vietnamese food

    34 Phan Dinh Phung, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
    T: (04) 3734 9777

    Quan An Ngon restaurant, on Phan Boi Chau Street, has long been a favourite of visitors to Hanoi. It provides a clean and reasonably comfortable setting in which to sample a range of Vietnamese street food dishes, but it’s often overflowing with customers, necessitating a wait for a table and a ... read more

  • New Day
    3.5 stars

    A wonderful combination of beauties

    72 Ma May, Hoan Kiem District
    T: (04) 3828 0315;(04) 926 2436

    New Day is one of those places that seems to attract a mix of local Vietnamese and visitors throughout the day. ... read more

  • Highway 4
    3.5 stars

    Bush food without going bush

    5 Hang Tre St, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
    T: (04) 3926 0639

    Highway 4 now operates out of five locations in Hanoi, with this one on Hang Tre being next to the original restaurant, which was knocked down in 2010. ... read more

  • Cha Ca La Vong
    3 stars

    Traditional but not cheap

    14 Cha Ca Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
    T: (04) 3825 3929

    Restaurant Cha Ca La Vong recently featured in the New York Times in an article that talked about how variants of the same-named dish — a mixture of fish, turmeric, dill, shrimp paste, fish sauce, chillies, noodles and other herbs — are appearing on menus in the United States. Author Florence ... read more

Other Asian

  • Namaste
    4.5 stars

    Rave reviews

    46 Tho Nhuom, Tran Hung D?o, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
    T: (04) 3935 2400

    The newest addition to Indian dining in Hanoi, Namaste gets consistently great reviews. ... read more

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    Izakaya Yancha
    4 stars


    121 Trieu Viet Vuong
    T: (04) 3974 8437

    If you're after Japanese then head to the area just north of Vincom Towers, where you'll find a few quality options. ... read more

Cafes and coffee shops

  • Giang Cafe
    4 stars

    Home of egg coffee

    39 Nguyen Huu Huan, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
    T: (04) 6294 0495, (0903) 479 032

    The sign outside reads “Egg Coffee Lane -- Since 1946”, establishing Giang Cafe as an authentic spot to try this delicious treat. ... read more

  • Cong Caphe
    4 stars

    Now with 16 branches

    16 different locations

    From its humble beginnings as a hip hangout on Trieu Viet Vuong Street, Cong Caphe has taken the coffee shop world in Hanoi by storm and at last count had 16 cafes spread across the capital. ... read more

  • Cafe Duy Tri
    4 stars

    A Hanoi coffee institution since 1936

    43 Pho Yen Phu, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
    T: (04) 3829 1386

    When I wrote about coffee in Hanoi I mentioned cafe sua chua and promised more… I was introduced to cafe sua chua at Cafe Duy Tri, an historic coffee shop located on Pho Yen Phu. Pho Yen Phu is a lively street running north off Duong Thanh Nien (the street that runs between Truc Bach and West ... read more

  • Great Hanoi cafes to chill out in
    3.5 stars

    A visit to Hanoi shouldn't be all go, go, go. Stopping for lots of coffee is crucial, but where to head? Here are our top spots to hang out in for a couple of hours, where an enticing ambiance is offered along with top-notch food and drink. If you want to clink coffee glasses with the locals you ... read more

  • Thuy Ta
    3.5 stars

    Great lakeside spot

    1 Le Thai To St, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
    T: (04) 3828 8148

    Stop off at Thuy Ta for a drink to enjoy its prime position overlooking Hoan Kiem lake. ... read more

  • Manzi Cafe
    3.5 stars

    Tranquil arty hideaway

    14 Phan Huy Ich, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
    T: (04) 3716 3397

    Manzi is an art space and cafe that delivers with aplomb. The cafe spreads over both floors of a beautiful two-story villa boasting simple styling and a tranquil atmosphere. ... read more

  • Coffee in Hanoi
    3.5 stars

    Coffee often seems to be the lifeblood of Vietnam

    Coffee often seems to be the lifeblood of Vietnam — well, along with beer, tea, rice and pho. You really can’t walk far without the tempting aroma of coffee greeting your nostrils, and a hit of the particularly strong brew is enough to keep you going for hours. ... read more

  • Align 3D Graphics Cafe
    3.5 stars

    Modern with character

    6B Duong Thanh, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
    T: (04) 3923 4231

    You don’t have to walk far in Hanoi to find a coffee shop, and you don’t have to walk much further to find one with character, such as longstanding, narrow Cafe Duy. Align 3D Graphics Cafe has character in a modern, designed way and also has a wider menu than you’ll find at a streetside ... read more

  • Cafe Nola
    3.5 stars

    An oasis of calm

    89 Ma May, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

    Cafe Nola is a tucked away, higgledy-piggledy maze of rooms kitted out with random furnishings where you can relax with a coffee away from the city bustle. ... read more


  • La Badiane
    4.5 stars

    Simply amazing

    10 Nam Ngu
    T: (04) 3942 4509

    Under the direction of French chef Benjamin Rascalou, La Badiane (French for star anise) serves up fantastic continental cuisine. ... read more

  • El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse
    4 stars

    The place for steak

    No. 11 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
    T: (04) 3824 7280

    El Gaucho has two branches in Hanoi, with the most easily accessible to Hoan Kiem district being the newer place on Trang Tien Street, near the Opera House. ... read more

  • Vegetarian restaurants in Hanoi
    4 stars

    Meat-free magic

    Hanoi boasts a number of long-standing vegetarian and vegan places, along with two notable new entrants, so those eschewing meat are ensured of a reasonable – if not extensive – selection of places to grab a bite to eat. ... read more

  • Sunday brunch buffets
    4 stars

    Not bad for a one-off splurge

    If you can’t splash out while on holiday, when can you? Though it’s been argued that the age of the brunch may be over, we’d still argue that a lovely one-off splurge while on holiday might be to indulge in a buffet Sunday brunch at one of Hanoi’s five-star hotels. ... read more

  • A brunch for all budgets in Hanoi
    3.5 stars

    Craving a fry up?

    Many hotels in Hanoi will include breakfast in the room rate, be this an egg in a bread roll – most common in the cheaper places – or a full breakfast buffet. But what if your hotel doesn’t or you’re just not up early enough? The cheapest option is to eat with the locals and tuck into a ... read more

  • Eating on Xuan Dieu Street
    3.5 stars

    A popular expat stretch

    Xuan Dieu Street

    Hanoi’s Xuan Dieu Street is a popular stretch with expats, but that doesn’t mean it should be crossed off your travel exploration list. It has a good range of dining and drinking venues, unmatched in Old Quarter, as well as shops selling Western goods and clothes that you may be after. Here are ... read more

  • The Hanoi Social Club
    3.5 stars

    A relaxed vibe, eclectic decor and wholesome food

    6 Hoi Vu Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
    T: (04) 3938 2117

    With a relaxed vibe, eclectic decor and wholesome food, The Hanoi Social Club has etched out a unique positioning for itself and is a perfect spot for a tasty lunch, naughty afternoon cake or chill-out with a beer. ... read more

  • Saint Honore
    3.5 stars

    Cake and breakfast heaven

    5 Xuan Dieu, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
    T: (04) 3933 2355

    Saint Honore is a bakery, deli and restaurant in Hanoi’s West Lake area which offers the best cakes in Hanoi and is an excellent choice for a delicious breakfast, a bistro-style lunch or dinner, or an indulgent afternoon tea. ... read more

  • DC Bistro
    3.5 stars

    French fusion easy on the wallet

    15A Ngo Van So, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi
    T: (04) 3944 0288

    Fine dining restaurant La Verticale has been dishing up French and Vietnamese fusion cuisine from its 1930s villa since 2007. But for those whose wallets don’t stretch that far, founder and award-winning chef, Didieu Corlou, has opened a new venture a few doors away: DC Bistro. ... read more

  • Puku Cafe
    3.5 stars

    All night chillout

    16-18 Tong Duy Tan
    T: (04) 3938 1745

    With its comfortable sofas, relaxing tunes, tasty smoothies and comfort food, Puku is a great place to kick back and relax. ... read more

  • Provecho
    3.5 stars

    Wide variety

    18 Hang Be
    T: (0912) 223 966

    The owners of the now shuttered My Burger My opened this new restaurant in 2011. ... read more

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    La Place
    3.5 stars

    A charming, peaceful spot

    4 Au Trieu, Hoan Kien District
    T: (04) 3928 5859

    Head upstairs to the small roof terrace or the light and airy first floor of La Place. ... read more

  • KOTO
    3.5 stars

    A great cause

    59 Van Mieu
    T: (04) 3747 0337

    KOTO was established in to provide training and jobs in hospitality for underpriveledged street kids in Hanoi. ... read more

  • Joma
    3.5 stars

    Tasty bakery fare

    22 Ly Quoc Su, Hoan Kiem District
    T: (04) 3718 6071

    Despite a lack of motorbike parking, the Old Quarter branch of Joma has survived, and so it should. ... read more

  • Au Lac do Brazil II
    3.5 stars

    All-you-can eat barbecue buffet

    6A Cao Ba Quat, Ba Dinh
    T: (04) 3845 5224

    For a meat feast served up with professionalism and decent wine, head to Au Lac Do Brazil. ... read more

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    La Salsa Tapas Bar and Restaurant
    3 stars

    A fine choice

    25 Nha Tho
    T: (04) 3828 9052

    The menu here is a bit of a mix: while tapas dishes dominate, they also have a pasta menu and throw in a small selection of appetizers, salads and meat mains. ... read more

  • Gecko
    3 stars

    Right in the heart of things

    22 Luong Ngoc Quyen
    T: (04) 3926 2382

    Gecko's not the top value option it once was but the food's consistently decent. ... read more


  • Buying fruit in Hanoi
    3.5 stars

    Keep healthy!

    If you’ve managed to walk around Old Quarter in Hanoi and not be accosted by a lady in a conical hat trying to put her shoulder pole, supporting baskets of fruit, on your shoulder for a photo, you’re in the minority. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been approached and have yet ... read more

  • Roadside drinking
    3.5 stars

    The thing to do

    In many countries it’s illegal, but when you’re just talking iced tea and sugar cane juice, drinking on the pavement or in the park is the thing to do. Throughout Hanoi the streets — and parks — are alive with food and drink stalls, waiting for those seeking quick refreshment or those ... read more

  • Kem Ho Tay
    3.5 stars

    Straight up ice cream

    Duong Thanh Nien, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi

    If you drive north along Hanoi’s Duong Thanh Nien, which passes between Truc Bach Lake and West Lake, on a sunny weekend afternoon, be prepared to swerve around the crowds gathered outside of Kem Ho Tay: West Lake Ice Cream. ... read more


  • Hanoi Rock City
    4.5 stars

    THE music venue in Hanoi

    To Ngoc Van, Tay Ho, Hanoi
    T: (018) 87 487 426

    The live music scene in Hanoi has been looking up recently. I don’t want to over claim — it’s certainly not London or Singapore — but it’s good to see new venues opening and the occasional visiting band.I was tempted along to Hanoi Rock City for the first time on Saturday night by the ... read more

  • Tadioto
    4 stars

    Good drinks, good ambiance

    24b Tong Dan, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
    T: (04) 6680 9124

    Tadioto is a lesson in perseverance. Now in its fourth incarnation in Hanoi, the cafe and bar continues to draw in the crowds thanks to its inviting ambiance and enticing drinks menu. ... read more

    4 stars

    Hanoi's underground music venue

    73a Mai Hac De, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi

    CAMA ATK calls itself Hanoi’s underground music venue, and as you walk through the discreet warehouse-style door at the front of a none too appealing building you’ll understand why. ... read more

  • Blah Blah
    4 stars

    Intimate, friendly and well-priced

    59b Hang Be, Hoan Kiem
    T: (0972) 887 252

    Narrow Blah Blah, on Hanoi‘s Hang Be Street, may be difficult to spot, but you’ll be glad you did: it’s intimate, friendly and well-priced. My first experience of Blah Blah bar was on Lunar New Years’ Eve (Tet) earlier this year and afterwards I had two memories of the bar: one, it was ... read more

  • Mao's Red Lounge
    4 stars

    Decked out in red

    7 Ta Hien
    T: (04) 3926 3104

    Popular with expats, Mao's is a tiny, two-storey bar at the northern end of Ta Hien, run by the likeable Mr Mao. ... read more

  • Bar Betta
    4 stars

    Great roof terrace

    34C Cao Ba Quat
    T: (04) 3734 9134

    Not far from the Fine Arts Museum, Bar Betta is a quirky cafe bar hidden away up a narrow flight of stairs. ... read more

  • Budget drinks with views in Hanoi
    3.5 stars

    You’ll have to spend a bit more than you’d pay for bia hoi or a cha da on the street, but with so many lakes it’s not too hard to find somewhere with a view and cheap drinks in Hanoi. ... read more

  • Microbreweries
    3.5 stars


    It may be the ubiquitous cheap bia hoi (draft beer) that you’ll first read about when planning a trip to Vietnam, but Hanoi is also awash with microbreweries which serve up mostly Czech-style, locally brewed light and dark beers at a higher price than you’ll pay for bia hoi. We put our ... read more

  • Hanoi House
    3.5 stars

    Tucked away

    There are a few neatly tucked away cafes and bars around Hanoi, and Hanoi House is one that is worth seeking out. Its inauspicious entrance is enough to put off the faint-hearted: it’s down a rather dingy alley, up a narrow flight of stairs and past their grotty toilet — don’t come here with ... read more

  • Gay and gay-friendly clubs
    3.5 stars

    A round up of where to head

    5 Bao Khanh Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

    The gay scene in Hanoi remains more underground than some other countries in the region, such as Thailand or even Cambodia, but things are slowly changing and gay clubs are going slightly more mainstream these days. ... read more

  • Ho Guom Plaza
    3.5 stars

    Great views

    5 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hoan Kiem District

    Almost as iconic a Hanoi landmark as Hoan Kiem Lake, though not as picturesque, Ho Guom Plaza, also known as Shark Jaws, looms over the southern edge of Old Quarter and provides no fewer than six different eating and drinking options. ... read more

  • Drinking and dancing near Xuan Dieu
    3.5 stars

    Something a bit different

    While Hanoi’s Old Quarter is a hotbed of backpacker-friendly drinking joints, if you’re interested in live music, looking for somewhere to dance, or prefer a more laidback vibe, try heading to Xuan Dieu. ... read more

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    Polite Pub
    3.5 stars


    5 Bao Khanh
    T: (04) 3825 0959

    Bao Khanh used to be more of a traveller ghetto, and perhaps the worse for it, but that crowd seems to have shifted towards the Ma May area. ... read more

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    Half Man Half Noodle
    3.5 stars

    For the rockers

    62 Dao Duy Tu
    T: (04) 3926 1943

    The refurbishment since our last update has brought with it additional space upstairs. ... read more

  • Hair of the Dog
    3.5 stars


    32 Ma May

    The move from its original location on Hang Giay has been a positive step. ... read more

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    Phuc Tan Bar
    3 stars

    Late hours

    51 To Gian Alley, Phuc Tan

    Phuc Tan bar, formerly The Lighthouse, is a big nightclub with a huge area for dancing, along with a patio out back with views of the river and Chuong Duong bridge. ... read more

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    3 stars

    Shisha water pipes

    15 Hang Buom

    Once the party place to be for backpackers and young expats, Dragonfly seems to have lost out a bit to new competition. ... read more

  • Bia hoi corner
    3 stars

    Popular and cheap

    Intersection of Luong Ngoc Quyen and Ta Hien Sts, Hanoi

    Bia hoi: fresh and cheap and sometimes half decent, sometimes well… just fresh and cheap. Served straight from the metal kegs into distinct bia hoi glasses, it’s an iconic Vietnamese drink. ... read more

  • The Rooftop Bar and Restaurant

    It's all about the view

    19th Floor, Pacific Place, 83B Ly Thuong Kiet St, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
    T: (04) 3946 1901, (091) 370 6966

    The Rooftop sits on the 19th floor of the Pacific Place building and while it's by no means the highest bar in Hanoi, the views, especially from the outside terrace, are a selling point. ... read more

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