Last year I went on an amazing travel adventure to Bangkok and Vietnam. We travelled from South to north visiting 6 places in 3 weeks. Food was obviously the focus and we ate so many delicious meals along the way. So far I’ve shared my trip – mainly in pictures with 3 photographic posts which can found: post 1, post 2, and post 3. I also wrote about Hoi An in particular and an amazing food tour we did there. These are a few of my images from Hanoi – our last stop on our trip to South East Asia.
All these pics are taken in and around the old quarter of the city which is easy to navigate and just more photogenic. If you scroll to the bottom you will find a few of my recommendations on where to eat in Hanoi including the famous egg coffee from Giang Cafe. Enjoy!
A few awesome places to eat at in Hanoi as recommended by Neville from Hoi An: we only made it to the first 3 of these recommended spots sadly. The others are reserved for future visits to Hanoi.
Cafe Giang, Down the alley at 39 Nguyen Huu Huan Street – Classic Hanoi Egg Coffee which is egg yolk mixed with coffee. It sounds really weird and I’m not a coffee drinker so I opted for the hot chocolate version (but still with generous sprinkles of caffeinated instant coffee granules) and it’s a bit like drinking molten tiramisu. Complete unique and delicious.
Cau Go, Level 5-6, Building #7, Dinh Tien Hoang Street – Higher-end restaurant – worth it even just for the view over Hoan Kiem Lake. This was a little bit of a spoil for us and we even noticed South African wines on the list. Neville recommended the following dishes and we tried most of these: Sweet & Sour Green Papaya & Dried Beef Salad + Pomelo & Dried Prawn Salad + Deep Fried Vegetable Spring Rolls + BBQ Pork Belly in Rice Paper + Caramelized Pork Ribs with Black Pepper + Wok-Fried Chicken with Lemongrass & Chilli + Caramelized Mushrooms with Black Pepper + (Speciality) Deep Fried Sea Bass with Passionfruit Sauce
Bun Cha Nem Cua Be Dac Kim, 67 Duong Thanh St, Old Quarter Hanoi Lunch-time only. We love their Bun Cha – a classic Hanoi dish – pork meatballs and grilled pork served with green papaya in sweet fish sauce, salad and noodles plus Nem Cua (Spring Rolls with Crab) That’s all they sell. If you get to eat here think of us and know we will be envious. This spot was a little tricky to find but well worth it when we did. The food was so bright, fresh and delicious with fistfuls of herbs wilting in the umami-laden broth. I sometimes dream about this meal and wish I could beam over and slurp up another bowl.
Bun Cha Huong Lien Obama had dinner here with CNN’s Anthony Bourdain in May.
Quan An Ngon, 18 Phan Boi Chau, French Quarter. Hugely popular and deservedly so. Same as the one in HCMC, this is a great concept restaurant – 100+ menu items cooked by the permanent hawkers situated around the outside of the restaurant. Usually clean floors!
Bun Bo Nam Bo, 67 Hang Dieu, Old Quarter, Walk right out the back part of this hole-in-the-wall restaurant and just indicate with your fingers the number of meals – one dish menu. Heaps of rubbish on the floor so must be good!
Pho Gia Truyen – Classic Hanoi Pho, 49 Bat Dan, Hanoi – just off Hang Ga and Hang Dieu ( on the map the streets seem to change names at about the point where Bat Dan intersects!)
Cha Ca Thanh Long, 31 Duong Thanh. Genuine Hanoi Cha Can Fish – classic Hanoi dish.
Great Bia corner on Dinh Leit and Luong Ngoc Quyen – enjoy the passing parade of street vendors and locals going about their business. Order from the menu and the food comes from various locations up and down the street. It seems each street vendor supplies to various beer vendors. Great fun!
Find me on Instagram