Top 10 Restaurants in Hanoi
Hanoi Social Club
Hanoi Social Club is a little outpost of Melbourne's cafe scene in a stunning French colonial villa in downtown Hanoi. Great food and drinks. Some good live tunes too.
If you are looking for a cool, bohemian hangout with amazing western brunch dishes, Hanoi Social Club is the place to visit in Hanoi. The coffee and smoothies are excellent as well, and the second floor chillout room feels more like a friend’s apartment than a cafe. The soundtrack is varied and modern, there’s a library of books and free Wi-Fi. Come around lunchtime and try the poached egg and avocado – it’s certainly as good as anything you might get in a cool cafe on the shores of Sydney Harbour. Quite hard to find down a side street a few minutes west of St. Joseph Cathedral.
Hanoi Social Club has been a favourite since it opened back in 2011. It brings a unique menu of salads, sandwiches, wraps, pastas juices and other fresh flavours to a delightful 1920s French colonial villa. It may of lost some of its warmth as it's become more popular, but it remains an excellent Hanoi escape.
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 lunch or dinner. Vegetarian options feature a tasty mango curry, and the quiet laneway location is a good spot for an egg coffee (60,000d), beer or wine
Sen 60 Ly Thai restaurant
Sen is a sophisticated restaurant serving a buffet dinner that will impress everyone – even people who don’t usually like buffets! Located in the heart of the French Quarter, the ivory-colour scheme and neo-colonial architecture is a suitable match for the excellent seafood, oysters, sashimi, crab, escargot and Vietnamese spring rolls served inside. The service is seamless here and cost of the buffet is excellent value, especially considering it proximity to the Hanoi Opera House and several of the finest hotels in the city. There are three other branches of Sen in Hanoi but this is the best of the bunch
Sen Hanoi at 60 Ly Thai To’s buffet dinners are priced at VND 210,000 (not inclusive of drinks), where diners are presented with plenty of Asian and European delicacies to choose from, including over 60 traditional dishes from three regions in Vietnam. Standouts include grilled lobsters, fresh salmon, oysters, sashimi, crab, and escargot, as well as Vietnamese spring rolls, thenem sen (lotus rolls), cha ca (grilled fish), bun cha (grilled pork with noodles), and banh duc (Vietnamese cake).
Thanks to its classy dining space, good quality and diverse menu that’s also excellent value for money, Sen Hanoi at 60 Ly Thai To’s buffet dinner will impress everyone - even people who don’t usually like buffets! Due to its popularity, it’s always a good idea to make a reservation before making your way to Sen Hanoi.
KOTO (Know One Teach One)
KOTO, which stands for ‘Know One, Teach One’ is a cafe and all day dining restaurant that serves agreeable Vietnamese dishes and powerful Vietnamese coffee. Overlooking the Temple of Literature in the Ba Dinh area of Hanoi, the atmosphere is pleasant but the real reason this restaurant stands out is that it is part of a charitable endeavour offering street children the chance to learn a trade and earn a living by working in the restaurant. The serving staff really make KOTO the place it is, with genuine smiles and a willingness to provide the best possible experience. Try a Vietnamese Ice Coffee here and you’ll have renewed energy all day!
Located bang in the heart of Hanoi’s traveller ghetto on Hang Be St. Green Tangerine’s inviting open courtyard is a welcome oasis from the bustling Old Quarter and a magnet for weary travellers. This is one of the most appealing restaurant spaces in the whole city. The French cuisine (with some add-ons) is good but feels a tad less than what the space seems to suggest. For convenience and atmosphere, this place is a winner. You can easily spend 1 million VND on two courses and a couple of glasses of wine. On our most recent visit we had Pan Mushrooms for 158000VND and Rack of Lamb, 598,000VND.
Evoking a quaint bistro found in the back alleys of Paris, Green Tangerine is a small but beautiful restaurant that serves some of the most creative cuisine in Hanoi. Definitely one for the gastronomists, the chef uses French cooking techniques and adds signature touches best seen in dishes such as king prawns cooked with mango and rum liquor served with carrot cake or marinated pigeon with coffee and cocoa served with beetroot, strawberries and mashed eggplant. The set lunch deal is amazingly good value and highly recommended for any budget!
La Verticale restaurant
La Verticale Hanoi is an elegant fine-dining restaurant, housed in a French colonial-style villa. Established by Chef Didier Courlou, French chef formerly at Metropole Legend Hanoi. La Verticale Hanoi also has a spacious roof terrace with comfortable armchairs and excellent views across downtown Hanoi, French Quarter, and Hoan Kiem Lake.
The layout of the restaurant is special, with an open kitchen dominating attention, but the food doesn’t disappoint with a seasonal menu that reflects the herbs and spices of the region, produced using French techniques. Duck terrine, ratatouille, veal in tamarind, and Mekong fruits sorbet are all popular dishes here, while there is also a set menu with optional wine pairing. The wine list is excellent, the service diligent and the ambiance is suited to romance.
O’Douceurs Hanoi restaurant
O’Douceurs Hanoi is a renowned French patisserie within the bustling Hoan Kiem District, where you can enjoy freshly baked pastries, breads, and cakes as well as smoothies, coffees and teas in a cosy setting. Founded in late 2014, this award-winning café is accessible within five-minute walk from the Hanoi Railway Station
Opening in late 2014, O’Douceurs has done well to become a Hanoi favorite for a delicious pastry and great coffee so quickly. Everything edible is superb, and this place is providing some welcome competition to the rapidly expanding French bakery chains that are seemingly decreasing in quality with each new opening. Friendly owners Silen (the pastry chef), Dung (the boss?) and Su Kem (the dog) will give you the warmest of welcomes. The interior could be cozier but it’s still adequately comfortable.
Attracting travellers looking to have a quick bite or stock up on delicious treats before boarding their train, this quaint dining venue offers a wide selection of sandwiches and croissants as well as desserts such as macaroons (VND 42,000), fruit tarts (VND 36,000) and cookies (available in vanilla, chocolate chip, and cinnamon)
Xuan Xuan is a DIY streetside BBQ in Hanoi's Old Quarter. The menu gets right to the point with three options - beef, pork or beef and goat udders. Make your choice and out it comes with a selection of vegetables and fried rice or noodles. You cook up your meal right at the table.
Xuân Xuân is a must visit for any BBQ aficionados seeking a true local experience. This tasty restaurant has relied on word-of-mouth for customers to hear about their delicious menu, and is regularly crammed with diners. It’s a true Vietnamese barbeque experience. You can choose from a selection of pork, chicken, beef or – if you’re more adventurous – goat udders, all of which are marinated and grilled right at the table. Xuân Xuân also offers a selection of fresh vegetables and all barbeque platters come with bánh mì. You can create your own sandwich and do as the locals do – place the sandwich on the grill to soak up the yummy leftover juices.
The crowd's a good mix of locals and travellers. The locals haven't yet been scared off by the near total backpacker conquest of Ma May St.
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