If you love to eat and try new drinks and plan to visit Vietnam soon, you’ll love Hanoi. Take a look at our list of 7 foods and drinks to try in Hanoi so that you can experience the local cuisine. One thing is for sure, you won’t go hungry while in Hanoi!
If you love pho, you need to try it while in in Hanoi! This spicy, delicious noodle dish really is better in Vietnam! You will find chicken and beef pho offered in Hanoi, but beef seems to be the more traditional and favored choice. I had a nice big steaming bowl of beef pho at our hotel’s highly-rated restaurant The Red Bean Restaurant, and it was delicious!
Vietnam still holds on to some of its French influence, and it shows in some of the cuisine. Banh mi is a delicious baguette sandwich filled with different meats, vegetables, and sauces. Pâté is the most prominent offering, but we also saw other choices. We visited the highly raved about Bánh Mì 25 street cart while in Hanoi. We chose the pork option, which was amazing. The complementary iced tea and bananas that were offered was very much appreciated!
Spring Rolls (fresh and fried!)
I don’t know about you, but I love spring rolls! In Hanoi, you will find a both friend and fresh spring rolls everywhere you go. The fresh rolls that we tried were filled with an assortment of vegetables and peanuts — delicious! We also had quite a few deep fried spring rolls, which had veggies, pork, and of course dipping sauce! This is a great way to start off any meal!
Egg Coffee (Ca Phe Trung)
If you enjoy coffee, you’ll want to try the famous Vietnamese egg coffee. This delicious drink is made by beating eggs and sugar into coffee. It’s sweet and creamy and worth the try! I tried one on the rooftop deck of Cafe Pho Co. While this cafe is a little difficult to find, it offers a great place to relax while enjoying a nice view! This drink is very savory, so it’s the perfect afternoon treat or after-dinner dessert.
Hanoi Style Grilled Fish
This fish entree is “hanoi-style” which to our understanding refers to the spices used when cooking the fish. Turmeric, a peppery spice, is used. At the Orchid Restaurant, this dish was served with rice paper. We then created our own spring rolls using the fish and fresh vegetables.
If you’re looking for an authentic Vietnamese experience while in Hanoi and you like beer, make sure that you try bia hoi. This is beer that is brewed daily. The beer has zero preservatives, so it’s only considered fresh for a few hours. You can find this along the streets of Hanoi, especially at night. The best part about this beer is it’s only about 20 cents a glass! This beer basically just tastes like cheap beer, but it’s totally worth the experience to try! Being surrounded by the sights and sounds of Hanoi is a lot of fun.
Pho Xao (Stir Fried Noodles)
If you’re a fan of noodles, try this dish. This Vietnamese dish is similar to Chow Mien, but pho noodles are used. You’ll enjoy fried noodles, a mixture of veggies, and in most cases beef. If you want to switch it up and take a break from Vietnamese soups, this is a great option.
One of our favorite parts of traveling is trying new foods — and Hanoi didn’t disappoint! We hope you get the chance to try the above foods and drinks while spending time traveling throughout Hanoi.
Still curious about Hanoi and the rest of Vietnam? National Geographic Traveler: Vietnam is a recommended guide on Amazon.