Though started the national vaccinating campaign quite late comparing to many other countries in Southeast Asia, Vietnam has got more than 80% of its citizens fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 by the end of 2021. It’s now the time of getting back throughout the country, regular international flights are set to open from January 1st, 2022.
As we look forward to what 2022 has to offer, it’s clear that our travel priorities have changed, so do properties and local vendors everywhere. For Hanoi visitors, which are the best local restaurants in Hanoi is the simplest, but also one of the difficult questions to answer.
Luckily, the Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t killed all restaurants. Here is our 2022 list of best local restaurants in Hanoi, we hope it makes it easier to plan your stay in the city – and helps you narrow down what to go for of the top five places that made this blog post.
When it comes to the best local restaurant, it’s just the type of food, its authenticity, and the neighborhood are the factors we want to consider. Story made short, these places are where we’re taking our friends and food tour’s clients to visit in Hanoi.
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1. Madame Hien
Set in an old French villa in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Madame Hien has been known for traditional Vietnamese cuisine, serving dishes that could be found in people’s daily home meals such as nom hoa chuoi (banana flower salad) and chicken cooked with lemongrass. Though its business affected by the Covid-19, it now recovers its activities and welcomes both international and local diners.
2. Quan An Ngon
Also set in an old French villa, surrounded by many former colonial buildings in Hanoi’s French Quarter, Quan An Ngon (meaning a delicious restaurant) is considered the busiest Vietnamese restaurant in the city. The establishment is known for it fresh and specialties from different regions of Vietnam, diners can try not only the best of Hanoi foods, but also the dishes that the central and southern Vietnam is famous for, such as Bun Bo Hue or Bun Bo Nam Bo.
Situated on the top of a central building in the north of the famous Hoan Kiem Lake, Cau Go Vietnamese Cuisine is not only known for serving delicious and authentic Vietnamese food, but also offering the best possible view to the lake. This white table cloth restaurant serves traditional Vietnamese dishes in a modern way, giving its visitor comfortable dining experience.
About 5 minutes walk to the south of Hanoi Opera House, Maison Vie is among the most well-known local restaurant serving Vietnamese and French fusion food. This is where you go for a French fusion Vietnamese food meal in Hanoi, including foie gras, fried duck, or tuna carpaccio.
5. Pho Bat Dan
Pho Bat Dan is a famous family-run beef noodle soup on Bat Dan Street, Hanoi’s Old Quarter. For generations, the family has been serving only one dish – the beef pho. If you haven’t tried pho before, this would be the best place to tick off the first bowl ever. For those who are familiar with the Vietnamese noodle dish, Pho Bat Dan will show you how the real ‘Pho Hanoi’ taste like.
No reservation accepted, hence there could be a line of diners in front of the eatery but line moves quickly. It serves breakfast and dinner, closes for noon nap. This is the place to go for a great pho in Hanoi!
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