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Last Updated on July 24, 2023 by Madison Krigbaum

Street food in Hanoi (or Hà Nội) is a staple of Vietnamese culture bursting with flavor…if you know where lớn look. Lượt thích street food in most cities, it can be life-changing or it can be extremely disappointing. Hopefully this Hanoi street food guide to budget-friendly eats will increase your odds of trying life changing street food in this bustling Vietnamese city!

Keep reading for the best street food in Hanoi và yummy Vietnamese dishesyou can’t leave without trying – lượt thích pho, banh mi, bun cha, egg coffee and cháo gà.

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BEST OVERALL: Vua bánh mỳ Chao ⭐️ BEST PHO: Phở Sướng 🍜BEST BANH MI: Banh ngươi 25 🥖 BEST BUN CHA: Bún Chả Dac Kim 🥬 BEST EGG COFFEE: coffe Dinh ☕️

Vietnamese Street Food in Hanoi

I had the BEST foodie experience in Vietnam. Since I had a nasty foot injury the whole time I was in Hanoi, trying out new restaurants was the extent of my sightseeing abilities. Although I was bummed I didn’t get to lớn write an all-inclusive Hanoi travel guide, I hired Grabs left và right and made it my mission lớn try the best restaurants in Hanoi – street food style.

Try out the places below…and let me know if I succeeded.

Some of these spots can be difficult lớn find. Khổng lồ help you on your journey to lớn eat the best street food in the city, I’ve linked Hanoi street food locationsin many of the descriptions.

Banh mày 25

Let’s start out with a sandwich we can all get behind, the world famous banh mi. In this delectable creation, a crispy french baguette is stuffed with pate, pork, an assortment of veggies and fresh coriander.

When you search “best banh mis in Hanoi” one sandwich shop will show up time & time again…introducing
Banh mi 25. As one of the best Hanoi Old Quarter street food establishments,Bánh Mì 25 Hà Nội serves a mix of strictly traditional and drastically modernized Vietnamese sandwiches. I decided to lớn try a twist on the original banh mi and ordered a version that included avocado. Let me just say…chefs kiss.

This HUGE banh mi and a bottled water only phối me back about 55,000 VND or $2.35! I would definitely điện thoại tư vấn that budget-friendly street food in Hanoi Old Quarter.

(My favorite traditional banh ngươi in Vietnam was actually in Ho bỏ ra Minh City).

Location: 25 p Hàng Cá, hàng Bồ, hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, VietnamHours: xuất hiện daily from 7:00AM – 9:00PM

Vua bánh mì Chao

Although they are insanely delicious, at a certain point in my Vietnam trip I found myself needing a break from banh mis. Enter the perfect alternative – Banh ngươi Chao.

Banh mày Chao (a.k.a. Bread with full bộ pan) is a delicious alternative to lớn the traditional banh ngươi sandwich. Vua bánh mỳ Chao is an adorable little restaurant that I discovered directly across the street from my hostel.* I enjoyed it so much that I went back not once, not twice but three times during my stay. It was definitely some of my favorite food in Hanoi!

This dish (Bánh Mì Chao Thâp Câm) consists of pork, meatballs, ham, cheese, sausage, eggs and fresh coriander served hot in a tasty sauce with a crispy baguette on the side. It was absolutely delicious and very filling. However, I have on good authority from the hostel staff that this dish is the only thing Vua bánh mì Chao does really well. I ordered a traditional banh mi from them once and it wasn’t anything khổng lồ blog about.

*If you’re in tìm kiếm of accommodation in Hanoi, I cannot recommend the Central Backpackers Hostel highly enough. I stayed there a week after they reopened, after being closed for two years during the pandemic. The staff was very sweet and helpful, the room was spacious và clean và you can’t beat không tính phí beer EVERY NIGHT on the rooftop bar from 7-8PM.

Location: Across the street from the Central Backpackers Hostel at 16 p Thanh Hà, Đồng Xuân, hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam

Bun thân phụ Ta

Moving on lớn something I had never heard of until I wandered into this little restaurant, Bun thân phụ Ta, serving “street food at its finest.” Bun phụ thân is a Vietnamese dish consisting of grilled fatty pork & vegetables marinating in a delicious broth. The dish is served with vermicelli rice noodles, fried spring rolls, herbs & dipping sauce & the idea is to lớn combine everything into one bowl. If you’re looking for yummy street food in Hanoi – this is it baby.

The whole combination was incredibly filling và only cost me 150,000 VND ($6.50) including a Saigon beer!

Location: 21 phường Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Lý Thái Tổ, hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, VietnamHours: xuất hiện daily from 7:00AM – 10:00PM

Bún Ch
A Dac Kim

While we’re on the topic of bún chả, I’d be remiss not lớn recommend a stop at Bún Chả Dac Kim on your tour of the best street food in Hanoi. This little spot serving delicious bún chả gives off a more traditional Vietnamese street food vibe. That means communal tables, tiny plastic stools & unbeatable prices!

If you love bún chả and can’t get enough, I would also encourage you to try out Bún chả Hương Liên. Although I (sadly) didn’t get the chance lớn try it out myself, it’s known lớn have some of the best bún chả in Hanoi.

Location: 1 p Hàng Mành, mặt hàng Gai, hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, VietnamHours: Generally xuất hiện daily from 9:00AM – 9:00PM (hours may differ)


Bách Phuong Restaurant – Bún trườn Nam Bo

If you lượt thích beef và you like noodles…you’re going to lớn want to lớn make room in your Hanoi itinerary for Bách Phương Restaurant và a heaping bowl of their Bún bò Nam Bộ. Also known as Vietnamese beef noodle salad, this dish consists of stir-fried beef, vegetables & fresh herbs served on a bed of soft vermicelli rice noodles.

Paired with a cold Bia Siagon, it was the perfect stop for authentic Vietnamese cuisine in Hanoi and some of the best food in Hanoi Old Quarter.

Location: 73-75 hàng Điếu, Cửa Đông, hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, VietnamHours: Generally open daily from 7:30AM – 10:30PM (hours may differ)


Pho Su’ong

Now it’s time khổng lồ talk about another timeless Vietnamese favorite: pho or Vietnamese noodle soup! Pho, alongside Vietnamese spring rolls and the banh mi, is some of the best local food in Hanoi. It’s a Vietnamese soup dish consisting of flavorful broth, rice noodles, fresh herbs and meat. Although you can find pho made with chicken and pork, it’s most commonly made with beef.

If you’re wondering where to lớn eat in Hanoi, địa chỉ this pho spot to lớn the top of your list.

Phở Sướng is a bit of a famous spot since it’s rumored to be the site where Anthony Bourdain claimed he tasted the best pho of his life. I’m not 100% sure it was the best pho of my life…but it was definitely the best pho in Hanoi Old Quarter. Paired with banh dau chao quay (deep fried breadsticks) it was the perfect last dinner in Hanoi.

Location: Ng. Trung Yên/24B phường Đinh Liệt, mặt hàng Bạc, trả Kiếm, Hà Nội, VietnamHours: Generally mở cửa daily from 5:30AM – 12:15PM, 5:00PM – 9:30PM (hours may differ)

Pho 10 Lý Quoc Su

When the Vietnamese locals working at the hostel give you a suggestion for delicious pho in Hanoi…you listen! The mountain of fresh coriander on top paired perfectly with the savory broth definitely earned Pho 10 Ly Quoc Su its place on my list of the best street food in Hanoi.

Don’t forget lớn ask for banh dau chao con quay on the side!

Location: 10 p Lý Quốc Sư, sản phẩm Trống, hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, VietnamHours: Generally mở cửa daily from 6:00AM – 10:00PM (hours may differ)

Pho Gia Truyen chén Dàn

Phở Gia Truyền bát Đàn was actually the site of my very first bowl of pho in Vietnam! Trust me when I say it was almost a religious experience. I’m not sure if my judgement was clouded since it was my first bowl, or if it was just THAT good – but this bowl of pho was life changing.

This is some Hanoi street food you don’t want to lớn miss! địa chỉ cửa hàng some of those spicy peppers & you’ve got yourself a delicious & filling Vietnamese lunch.

Location: 49 p. Bát Đàn, Cửa Đông, trả Kiếm, Hà Nội, VietnamHours: Generally open daily from 6:00AM – 10:00AM, 6:00PM – 8:30PM (hours may differ)

Nha Hang Mr. Bay Mien Tay

I was introduced lớn my first ever crispy pancake when I visited Hoi An. Although this dish is more commonly found on Vietnam’s central coast, I was able lớn track it down in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

Also known as bánh xèo or Vietnamese crepe, this dish is a savory và crispy fried pancake filled with ingredients like pork, shrimp, green onion & bean sprouts. You’re supposed lớn eat it by cutting it into pieces, rolling it into rice paper và dipping it in sauce. DIY spring rolls with a crunch!

If you haven’t tried bánh xèo, I definitely recommend stopping by Nha Hang Mr. Cất cánh Mien Tay for your first introduction to the dish. Paired with a cold Bia Hoi, it’s the perfect addition khổng lồ my danh mục of the best street food in Hanoi.

Location: 79 sản phẩm Điếu, Cửa Đông, trả Kiếm, Hà Nội, VietnamHours: Generally mở cửa daily from 10:30AM – 11:30PM (hours may differ)

47 phường Ly Quoc Su for Cháo Gà

I’m not much for sweet breakfasts, so when I learned about Vietnamese Cháo kê I knew I had lớn try it out for myself. This savory take on rice porridge is commonly eaten for breakfast around Vietnam và consists of rice cooked in chicken stock with ginger, onion và seasoning.

I had little luck finding a good spot for Cháo con gà on Google, so I turned lớn the hostel front desk for help. They recommended this little restaurant tucked away with a view of St. Joseph’s Cathedral of Hanoi.

Location: 47 p. Lý Quốc Sư, mặt hàng Trống, trả Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam


Sweet Food in Hanoi

Now that we’ve covered the savory, it’s time lớn move on to lớn the sweet food in Hanoi. Full disclosure…I didn’t try as many desserts as I would have liked in Vietnam. A lot of the traditional sweets seem to be gelatin based or similar in texture and that’s not where I would normally choose to use my calories. Instead, I hunted down something a little more chocolate-based…

King Roti Hanoi

If your street food Hanoi tour is missing a little chocolate, then look no further than King Roti. This delicious dessert comes in a variety of flavors including chocolate, vanilla, matcha and something called salty cheese coffee. Not sure about that last one, but I can definitely get behind the first three!

The chocolate roti was a soft, sweet bun filled to the brim with ooey, gooey melted chocolate. Definitely ask for a few napkins, cause that shit is messy.

Location: 34 phường Hàng Gai, sản phẩm Gai, trả Kiếm, Hà Nội 110703, VietnamHours: Generally mở cửa daily from 7:00AM – 10:30PM (hours may differ)


The Roti Hanoi

I actually tried The Roti by accident thinking I had made my way to lớn King Roti. Either way, I was not disappointed. The Roti serves almost the same array of desserts as King Roti, but you can definitely taste the difference. Both desserts were incredibly sweet và filled with melted chocolate, but The Roti’s bread had a very different consistency.

Location: Next door lớn King Roti


Egg Coffee Shops in Hanoi

If you weren’t already aware, Hanoi is the birthplace of Vietnam’s world-famous egg coffee. Egg coffee consists of a meringue-like foam made from egg whites poured on vị trí cao nhất of dense coffee. Although I agree it sounds hella-weird, it’s actually insanely delicious và the perfect way lớn spend a morning in Vietnam. Make sure to lớn try the stops below for the best egg coffee in Hanoi!

The lưu ý Coffee

The note Coffee is famous in Hanoi for being covered head-to-toe in post-it notes. The notes are all written by past customers và coat every wall, table and window pane in the little cafe. Their egg coffee is delicious, but I should warn you it’s also very rich. I should have gone with a small instead of a large!

Location: 64 phường Lương Văn Can, sản phẩm Trống, hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, VietnamHours: Generally mở cửa daily from 8:00AM – 10:30PM (hours may differ)

Cafe Giang

Although you can find egg coffee all over Vietnam, cà phê Giảng claims khổng lồ have invented the caffeinated treat. The coffe was founded by Mr. Nguyen Giang back in 1946 and still uses almost the same recipe for egg coffee as when they originally opened.

The chief ingredients in their delicious egg coffee are egg yolk, Vietnamese coffee powder, sweetened condensed milk, butter và cheese. Mr. Nguyen Giang came up with this recipe during a time when milk was scarce in Vietnam. He used eggs yolks to lớn replace it.

Location: 39 p. Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Lý Thái Tổ, hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam Hours: Generally open daily from 7:00AM – 10:00PM (hours may differ)


Cafe Dinh

I’m laughing as I write this because, in the notes for this blog post I wrote “sketchy entrance but some of the best egg coffee in the city.” That pretty much sums it up! coffe Dinh is located on the second floor, but lớn get there you need lớn walk through a dimly lit, semi-sketchy hallway that was wet for some reason…

Either way, once you get there you’ll taste some of the best original egg coffee in Hanoi. & how dễ thương is this cup?

Location: 13 p. Đinh Tiên Hoàng, hàng Trống, hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam (near Hoan Kiem Lake)Hours: Generally mở cửa daily from 7:00AM – 10:30PM (hours may differ)


Cong Cà Phê

Last but not least is Cộng Cà Phê! Although I didn’t have egg coffee at this cafe, Cộng cafe is a very popular coffee chain in Vietnam. I’ve heard it described as Vietnamese Starbucks…but I found it a lot more charming.

I’m not 100% sure they sell egg coffee, but I tried their iced coconut cream coffee on a recommendation và it was delicious. You can find locations for Cộng coffe all over the city.


Take a Cooking Class

If you’re really interested in learning the ins & outs of Vietnamese cuisine, I would definitely recommend taking a Vietnamese cooking class. This was one of my favorite experiences that I had in Vietnam and, even as a solo traveler, it was surprisingly budget-friendly. If you’re interested in adding a Vietnamese cooking class lớn your itinerary, I can’t recommend Chef Duyen enough!

She was nice enough khổng lồ give me a private cooking lesson as well as a tour of the street food markets in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. As a bonus, her adorable son, Hoang, joined us halfway through và helped us roll our fried spring rolls. To book a class, send her a DM on Instagram

Book a Hanoi Street Food Tour

The best Vietnam foodie experiences always include a good food tour. I had both a street food tour & a cooking class on my Hanoi bucket list…but sadly, due khổng lồ my badly injured foot I wasn’t able khổng lồ book the tour.

The best Hanoi street food tours will include a local guide that brings you around the city (either on foot or otherwise) & shows you the best local food in Hanoi. You should also get some background on how each dish is made, where it originated và a bit about the history…as well as get the chance to lớn sample tons of new dishes of course!

Check out some of Viator’s best Hanoi food tours linked below.

Where khổng lồ Go Out in Hanoi’s Old Quarter

During my stay at the Central Backpackers Hostel, & the many nights I spent enjoying không tính phí beer at the hostel’s rooftop bar, I got very familiar with Ta Hien Beer Street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

This Hanoi food street by day & beer street by night is filled with bars selling beers, cocktails, yummy Vietnam street foodand shisha. One of the best expat bars on the strip is
Tôm’s Bar, which sells nitrous-filled balloons (if that’s your poison). Personally, I stuck khổng lồ beer. (I also heard they reuse the balloons without cleaning them…so proceed with caution 🤮).

Tom’s Bar: 2B phường Tạ Hiện, sản phẩm Buồm, hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, VietnamOld Quarter Ta Hien Corner: Tạ Hiện, phường Lương Ngọc Quyến, mặt hàng Buồm, hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam

Is Street Food Popular in Hanoi?

Yes, street food is wildly popular in Hanoi. Actually, the street food scene is popping all over Vietnam! I couldn’t take three steps out of the Central Backpackers Hostel without hitting a hundred street food stalls selling delicious Vietnamese food likebanh cuon, sticky rice, pho cuon, bún chả,bun thang và banh mi.Vietnamese street food is very different from the rest of the world. Whereas in the U.S., you might find a street lined with food trucks và picnic tables, in Hanoi you’ll find streets littered with tiny restaurants. These Hanoi street food restaurants are filled with metal tables & plastic seats that are so low khổng lồ the ground you’ll feel lượt thích you’re eating at the kids table (and I’m only 5’2′!).

What Food is Hanoi Famous For?

Hanoi is famous for the invention of egg coffee as well as many beloved Vietnamese dishes, like pho (Vietnamese noodle soup),bánh cuốn (steamed rice rolls stuffed with pork và mushroom) & banh tầm thường (rice cake made from glutinous rice, mung bean & pork).If you’re wondering what khổng lồ eat in Hanoi, make sure khổng lồ try all the delicious Vietnamese specialties listed above.

How Much Does Street Food Cost in Hanoi?

Street food in Hanoi is incredibly affordable. You can find dishes as cheap as $1, but it’s usually more like $2-4. Even at the high end of prices, the Hanoi street food markets are an absolute steal – perfect for solo travelers on a budget. Not only is the street food of Vietnam budget-friendly, but it’s also where you’ll find some of the best dishes in the city.

Is Street Food in Hanoi Safe?

I’m going to lớn give a tentative yes here. I won’t lie khổng lồ you, a lot of tourists get sick in Vietnam – myself included. However, that absolutely does not mean that you should avoid street food! Street food is half the fun of visiting Vietnam, so don’t give up an amazing experience for the fear of getting sick.I was in Vietnam for a whole month and lived mostly off of street food. I only got sick twice, & the second time was from an Americanized brewery/restaurant in Ho đưa ra Minh City. If you’re worried about getting sick off of Hanoi street food, XO Tours has a great blog post about how to avoid getting sick in Vietnam.

How vì chưng I Avoid Accidentally Eating Dog or cat in Vietnam?

If you weren’t already aware…people still eat dogs & cats in Vietnam. Speaking with some locals, I got the impression that it’s becoming less common, especially among the younger generation. However, as of 2023, dogs and cats are definitely still a part of Vietnamese cuisine.If you present as an obvious tourist, I believe it’s unlikely that you would be served dog or cat without specifically asking for it or seeking it out. However, if the thought of eating it absolutely horrifies you (like it does for me) make sure to lớn avoid ordering anything called thịt chó and cầy tơ – dog meat or thịt mèo – cát meat.

“That’s a symphony in a sandwich” is how Anthony Bourdain described the most famous Vietnamese sandwich called the Banh Mì.

If you’re planning on traveling to Vietnam, the one sandwich you will not want khổng lồ miss is the banh mi. This iconic sandwich has been consistently ranked as one of the best sandwiches in the world.

While exploring the local food specialties in Vietnam, we absolutely fell in love with the banh mi sandwich. Beyond the delicious flavors, we liked this Vietnamese sandwich for different reasons.

For Claire, the baguette bread transported her back lớn France, where she has fond memories of the simple pleasures of a baguette sandwich.

On my end, I’m personally not a huge sandwich fan. I’d choose a meal, anyday, over a sandwich. However, something magical happened in Vietnam. I finally discovered how good a sandwich really could be.

While traveling across the country, we made it a point khổng lồ try the Vietnamese banh ngươi sandwich in different regions.

Join us on a culinary adventure & discover what makes the banh mày the best Vietnamese sandwich khổng lồ fall in love with.

Fresh omelette in the banh ngươi sandwich from Hong Hoa

On our first trip to Vietnam, we traveled from Ho đưa ra Minh thành phố to Cambodia by bus. For the 6-hour direct bus trip to lớn Phnom Penh, we picked up Vietnamese sandwiches to lớn eat.

Bánh Mì Hồng Hoa, not far from where we were staying was another recommended place we tried.

The restaurant is a typical shophouse with a walk-up counter on the exterior where you can choose from several types of banh mì sandwiches.

We got there at noon and the place was already busy with motorcycles constantly stopping by for orders.

We ordered the classic banh ngươi sandwich with pork slices (bánh mì thịt) & one with an additional egg added.

These were our favorite banh ngươi sandwiches in Ho đưa ra Minh City. The balance between the meat & fresh vegetables and herbs was closer khổng lồ what we enjoyed in the north.

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The bread was incredibly fresh & crispy. Furthermore, the sandwich held up surprisingly well in the to-go packaging. It was not “mushy” when we ate it about 2 hours later.