Top 15 local food you must try in Hanoi! So yummy

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, the S-shaped country in Asia. No more wars in this beautiful country but you can find a peaceful life in this area. Hanoi is not only famous for its history and places, but also for its food. Now, let’s check outthe top 15 best local food in Hanoi. Let’s go!

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Top 15 Best Local Food in Hanoi

1.Bun Cha

None can deny the attraction of the smell! This dish is of course so popular that Obama- ex-president of the USA spent time to enjoy it. Why don’t you allow yourself try once?

Bun Cha is kind of barbecued pork with vermicelli, eaten with vegetables. The dish includes a bowl of rice vermicelli with pork, a small dipping sauce and a plate of vegetable. It is really yummy! Whoahhhh, enjoying Bun Cha with herbs is what I can’t stop thinking about!

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Bun Cha – Grill Porked Noodle

***Where to find a good shop for Bun Cha?

  • Bun Cha Huong Lien: No.24 Le Van Huu street, Hai Ba Trung district
  • Bun Cha Dac Kim: No 1 Hang Manh Street.
  • Price: From VND 35,000 ~ VND 60,000

2. Cha Ca

This is of course in the list of our top 15 best local food in Hanoi today. Cha Ca is known as grilled fish with turmeric and dill. It is really smelly.

Cha Ca, a popular food in Vietnam.

You may not know that there is even a street named Cha Ca. It is because this dish is really special to Hanoians. Some often say to their children: “Try Cha Ca at least once in your life.”

So what makes this dish so delicious? It is because of grilled fish. We just choose mudfish or snake-head fish to make the food. The best way to enjoy this amazing food is to enjoy it hot, making a hot pot and prepare a plate of herbs, rice vermicelli, and a dipping sauce. So fantastic!

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Cha Ca La Vong

***Best places to enjoy Cha Ca:

  • Cha Ca Thang Long: 19-21-31 Duong Thanh, Old Quarter, Hanoi
  • Cha Ca La Vong: 14 Cha Ca, Old Quarter, Hanoi
  • Price: From VND 150,000 ~ VND 250,000

3. Bun Thang

Bun Thang of Vietnam

Bun Thang is among Hanoi best local food because it is really appealing. The smell is good and ingredients are varied. To make a bowl of Bun Thang, the seller has to prepare more than 20 ingredients to make the right taste. This includes ginger, mushroom, squid, shrimp, fish sauce and many more. Enjoy a bowl of Bun Thang, you can get full energy to discover more and more places in Hanoi.

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Bun Thang

***Where to enjoy Bun Thang:

  • Bun Thang Ba Duc: No.48 Cau Go, Hoan Kiem district ( just 5 minutes walking from Hoan Kiem lake)
  • Bung Than Xoi : No. 29 Hang Hanh street ( also near the lake)
  • Price: From VND 30,000 ~ VND 50,000

4. Banh Cuon

Sure, Banh Cuon or rolled cake can’t be missed in our list today. This is always tried by anyone who comes to visit the capital of Vietnam. Why? Let’s check out!

Banh Cuon in Hanoi

Banh Cuon is made from steamy rice flour. All the ingredients such as mushroom, onions, pork will be wrapped in a thin steamy rice flour sheet. This is so thin that you can even see the meat after rolling. One more thing can’t be missed when enjoying Banh Cuon is a small dipping sauce, which is lightly spicy.

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Banh Cuon (Steamed Rice Roll)

***Where to eat Banh Cuon:

  • Banh Cuon Gia Truyen: No.14 Hang Ga, Old Quarter, Hanoi
  • Price: From VND 30,000 ~ VND 50,000

5. Bun Ca

Bun Ca is known as fish noodle soup, which is loved by most people, from the young to the old. You can find many Bun Ca store along the street, near schools or even in the corner. This is really what you should try together with other dishes in the list today.

My favorite food in Hanoi, Bun Ca

This food makes our list top 15 best local food in Hanoiseem to be better and more yummy. I can imagine the hot bowl of Bun Ca right now. It includes fried fish, noodle, spring onions and some kind of fresh vegetables. You can enjoy this Bun Ca with a piece of lemon and pepper to make the taste better. It is great to find a store and try a bowl in the evening when the weather is cooler.

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Bun Ca (Fish Noodle)

***Where to enjoy this dish?

  • Bun Ca Sam Cay Si: No.5 Ngo Trung Yen, Hanoi
  • Price: From VND 30,000 ~ VND 50,000


Yes, Pho, of course, can’t be missed !!! This is the most popular food in Hanoi, and be well-known all around the world. If we list Hanoi food without Pho, what will happen?

Vietnamese Pho

There are many kinds of Pho: chicken Pho, beef Pho and more. These two kinds above are the most famous. You can come to any places of Hanoi to call a bowl of Pho and enjoy. The rice noodle is thin and the soup is sweet, hot and full of meat. It is simple but worth to try at least once in your life! For sure!

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Pho Bo (Beef Noodle)

***Best place to enjoy Pho:

  • Pho Gia Truyen: No.49 Bat Dan.
  • Pho 10: No.10 Ly Quoc Su, Hoan Kiem.
  • Price: From VND 40,000 ~ VND 70,000

7. Banh Mi

Vietnamese sandwich is early popular in the world. Of course, this is in our list today. You may see so many people share pictures of Vietnamese sandwich, will you try it?

Vietnamese Sandwich is famous to all the world.

This dish, together with Pho, is the best food for breakfast. But in Hanoi, we eat this all day long. It is a kind of fast food, so delicious and amazing.

A Vietnamese sandwich includes meat ( pork or chicken), eggs, cucumber, and, ham. The seller can change the ingredients in their ways. It depends. But all can satisfy with their meal.

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Banh Mi (Sandwich Viet Nam)

***Where to buy one?

  • Banh Mi Ngon: No.49 Duong Thanh,
  • Banh Mi 25: No.25 Hang Ca, Hanoi
  • Banh Mi P : No 14 Hang Buom str, Hoan Kiem
  • Price: From VND 20,000 ~ VND 40,000

8. Pho Xao

Pho Xao is one of thetop 15 best local food in Hanoi, Vietnam. This is made from rice noodles and many ingredients such as onions, beef, greens and eaten with vegetables. All the ingredients and the noodles are fried together. It is wonderful to enjoy when Pho Xao is hot. You can see it is yummy and fantastic!!!

Pho Xao of Hanoi

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Pho Xao (Stir Fried Noodle)

**Where to enjoy?

  • Pho Xao: No. 32 bat Dan, Hoan Kiem
  • Price: From VND 40,000 ~ VND 60,000

9. Che

Vietnamese really like enjoying Che, especially in hot days in summer. This food is sweet, and cold can help you to refresh yourself and get the energy back after walking a long distance. Students like this and the matures like it, too. It is cheap but great.

A bowl of Che

This Hanoi local food includes cold ice, black beans, jelly, taro, and even corn. All are cooked well and be eaten in a glass or small bowl. It is really delicious.

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Che (Sweet Soup)

***Places to enjoy Che:

  • Che : Nguyen Huu Huan str, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi
  • Che 4 season: No. 4 Hang Can, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Price: From VND 10,000 ~ VND 30,000

10. Banh Goi

Banh Goi is also called pillow cake or fried dumplings. Because this cake has the shape of a pillow so it is called pillow cake. Banh Goi (Fried Dumplings). This food includes mushroom, pork, onion, noodle, and rice-flour pastry(sometimes). It is enjoyed with a dipping sauce including sugar, fish sauce, chili, and garlic.

Banh Goi with the shape of a pillow.

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Banh Goi

***Where to eat Banh Goi:

  • 52 Ly Quoc Su, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
  • Price: From VND 10,000 ~ VND 50,000

11. Bun Dau Mam Tom

Bun Dau Mam Tom is a kind of food which impresses people with its smell. People use a special ingredient made from fish for this food. Bun Dau Mam Tom includes noodle, fried soya, boiled pork, ham, and vegetables. It is really amazing and won’t let you down!

Bun Dau Mam Tom is among the top 15 best local food in Hanoi.

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Bun Dau Mam Tom

***Come and try the food at:

  • Bun Dau Trung Huong: No.49, Phat Loc alley, Hang Bac street, Hoan Kiem district
  • Bun Dau : Ngo Gach Str, Hoan Kiem
  • Price: From VND 30,000 ~ VND 120,000

12. Banh Trang Tron

The next dish in our top 15 best local food in Hanoi is Mixed Rice Paper Salad ( called Banh Trang Tron). This is really popular with young people in the capital of Vietnam. You can see many vendors selling Banh Trang Tron near local schools in Hanoi. It is easy to have a plate of this food. You just need mixing all the ingredients and enjoy after 5 minutes. The ingredients include chili oil, lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, water, peanuts, shrimp, fried onions and some more.

Banh Trang Tron can be found near many local schools in Hanoi.

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Banh Trang Tron

***Where to enjoy Banh Trang Tron:

  • 90 Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Price: From VND 20,000 ~ VND 50,000

13. Cafe Trung

Cafe Trung is known as Egg Coffee. This is so popular in the north of Vietnam, especially in Hanoi. Almost visitors try this whenever they come to this area. In fact, it is just coffee covered with egg yolk and milk. But the taste is what you will never forget! CNN has even listed this as one of must-try food in Hanoi!

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Ca Phe Trung (Egg Coffee)

***Enjoy Cafe Trung at:

  • Cafe Giang: No.39 Nguyen Huu Huan, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Price: From VND 25,000 ~ VND 50,000

14.Xoi Xeo

Top 15 best local food in Hanoi will be more normal to all people with the next dish: Xoi Xeo. This kind of Xoi is made from sticky rice, eaten with fried onions, oil, egg, chicken or pork. Xoi is popular to all people in Vietnam, not only in Hanoi. Just like the Vietnamese sandwich, this is cheap but gives you enough energy to work.

Xoi Xeo is a cheap dish in Hanoi.

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Xoi Xeo

***Try this Hanoi local food at:

  • Xoi Yen: No.35b Nguyen Huu Huan, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi.
  • Price: From VND 20,000 ~ VND 35,000

15. Nem Chua Ran

Nem Chua Ran is a fried food beloved by many people in Hanoi. This dish includes a small dipping sauce and a plate of fried-cured pork sausage. Although it is just a kind of snack, Nem Chua Ran is really amazing. The chili sauce helps you ẹnoy greasy fried food better. It is fantastic for rainy or cold days in winter. 

Enjoying Nem Chua Ran along the street

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Nem Chua Ran

***Enjoy this at:

  • Tam Thuong Str, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi
  • Around Hanoi Opera House
  • Price: From VND 15,000 ~ VND 30,000

With a long list of top 15 best local food in Hanoi today, we believe that you will never forget the best moments in Hanoi, Vietnam. Enjoy more and more when you still have time and chances in this capital! Good luck! 

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