When it comes to pastries, Hanoi has so much to offer than one would normally expect. The city has hundreds of pastry shops and bakeries, and it’s hard to whittle them down to just a handful of them.
We can find both locally owned and foreign-chef owned bakeries, each features its own personality reflecting the neighborhood it’s located in. Ones at swanky 5 star-hotels will be more upscale, while ones in French and Old Quarter will be more “neighborhood oriented” – and cater more to locals.
Read our simple guide on where to find an exquisitely executed croissant, a perfect puff pastry, or a fresh-out-of-the oven cookie to satisfy every size of your sweet tooth. More than just your average bakeries, these Hanoian hotspots bakeries are straight up heavenly.
1 – L’Epicerie du Metropole
Being a part of the famous colonial hotel, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, L’Epicerie deserves to be a little Paris of the Orient. You will not only find its home-made baguettes and pastries, but also well-known imported products from France, such as Hediard Paris, Lenôtre, Fauchon, and Maxim’s de Paris.
We extremely love its dark brown croissants with feathery centers, crunchy Croquants and multi-color macarons. Its cake showcases filled with caramels, fondants, chocolates, and macarons, which are all made in the kitchen behind the shop. The hotel’s terrace café, around the corner, is an ideal place to enjoy their amazing breads or a hot chocolate while watching the traffic.
- 15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
- 7h00 to 21h00
- 024 3826 6919
2 – Saint-Honoré Hanoi
Saint-Honoré is a chain of authentic French bakeries, Parisian coffee shops and restaurants. At its bakery and Parisian Coffee Shops, you’ll find more than 25 types of bread baked daily alongside a wide selection of sweet and savory pastries, cakes and classic French sweet treats such as chocolate eclairs and tarts to savor with your cup of coffee. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available.
The restaurant is serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Its set lunches and weekly specials include moules-frites, fondues and more traditional French dishes. For take away, there are sandwiches and a selection of imported cold cuts and cheese.
- 5 Xuan Dieu, Tay Ho, Hanoi
- 7h00 to 20h30
- 024 3933 2355
3 – S’Patisserie
Operated by Silk Path Hotel Hanoi, S’Patisserie is a boutique bakery with a stunning view of Hoan Kiem Lake. It accommodates both residents and walk-in guests looking for artisan croissants, chocolate truffles, pastries, sweet cakes, and also New York cheesecakes.
Their menu features a surprising selection of organic drinks, from a cup of Vietnamese coffee to a hot cappuccino to detox juices and local flavor tea. It’s a perfect place to have a simple lunch and a delightful dessert while enjoying its prime location.
- 17 Hang Khay, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
- 7h00 to 22h00
- 0888 431 696
4 – Madame Huong
Madame Huong is one of the most popular local bakeries in Hanoi, it’s one of the city’s first choices when it come to having a condensed milk coffee with a chocolate brownie. The shop has simple wooden tables and chairs on the sidewalk of Ly Thuong Kiet Street, so its clients can enjoy their home-made cakes while watching the traffic.
Cookies with browned edges and soft, tender middles, that somehow never taste raw. Her monster chocolate chip cookies are packed with semi-sweet chocolate, they always win me over with its satisfying chew and intense flavor. While you’re there, try a traditional Vietnamese mooncake – a thin layer of pastry that’s stuffed with a sweet filling of either mung bean or lotus paste.
- 39 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
- 7h30 to 22h30
- 090 254 4888
5 – Maison Marou Hanoi
Somehow, Vietnam’s fine flavored cacao managed to remain hidden for over a century until Vincent Mourou and Sam Maruta found it and started making chocolate bars under the name Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat. The brand was described by the New York Times magazine as “The best chocolate in the world”.
After their success with the Maison Marou Saigon, they opened Maison Marou Hanoi and it quickly became a paradise for Hanoi chocolate lovers. We are crazy for Maison Marou Hanoi’s cheesecake and chocolate brownie.
- 91A Tho Nhuom Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
- 9h00 to 22h00
- 024 3717 3969
6 – O’Douceurs
O’Douceurs is one of the newest stars on the Hanoi bakery café scene. Since its debut about six years ago, O’Douceurs has become one of the most visited bakeries by both local residents and Hanoi visitors. The French Pastry Chef Silen Garrigues, the owner, aims to introduce French quality pastry to Hanoi, and keep his cakes the best in the city.
O’Douceurs is one of our favorite places for a cup of hot chocolate, lemon tarts and some small, round cakes layered with ganache and glazed with a slick of dark chocolate. You’ll find people sitting at tables on the sidewalk, nibbling on croissants and sipping the coffee while watching the traffic in front of the nearby Hanoi Opera House.
- 8 Phan Chu Trinh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
- 7h30 to 22h30 (Sunday: 8h00 to 22h30)
- 024 6253 3785
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