Hanoi: 5 local restaurants in Hanoi with traditional Vietnamese specialty

The best local restaurants in Hanoi are budget-friendly options in the Old Quarter, where you dine on low chairs and tables that often spill out onto the sidewalk. The Hanoi cuisine scene is very diverse, with delicious restaurants and hipster cafes sprouting throughout Hanoi, but these modest restaurants have served the local population for decades.

Despite the roadside and lack of air conditioning, these facilities are often sought by locals and foreigners to enjoy affordable local delicacies such as sausages, bun cha, banh my, and don’t forget, spring rolls. Check out these 5 local restaurants which served best Vietnamese specialty.

1. Bun thang Ba Duc

Located in Hoan Kiem district, don’t pass by Bun Thang Ba Duc because of its dilapidated condition. It is highly appreciated by locals as the best place in the city for bun thang. Bun thang is another traditional dish beside Pho.


A bowl of bun thang here costs 30,000 VND, in which you will receive a large amount of noodles, chicken, eggs, pork slices, and a dollop of tasty shrimp paste. Like most local restaurants in Hanoi, Bun Thang Ba Duc is equipped with low stools and tables overflowing on the curb.

Quan bun thang Ba Duc

Address: 48 Cao Go, Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Hours: Daily 18:00 – 22:00

2. Dac Kim: bun cha – nem cua be

Dac Kim local restaurant serves the best crab rolls (nem cua be) and grilled pork rice noodles (bun cha) in the city. With only 90,000 VND, you’ll get two pieces of its typical crab rolls and a bowl of bun cha that is big enough to share between the two.

To experience this specialty like local people do by combining it with fresh herbs and lettuce, before dipping it into the sauce. Please note that there are two restaurants with the same name placed side by side. This is Bun Cha Nem Cua Be Dac Kim which has a yellow sign.


Dac Kim bun cha nem cua be

Address: 1 Hang Manh, Hang Gai, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Hours: Daily 11:00 – 19:00

3. Xoi Yen

Xoi Yen serves xeo sticky rice, a sweet or salty glutinous rice that comes with many different types of meat. Located in the old town, the restaurant occupies a three-story corner along Nguyen Huu Huan Street with very low chairs and tables (sometimes may be uncomfortable, but that’s when you know it’s a local facility). ).

Xoi Yen is very cramped at night, however, the service is fast because most locals often choose to take away instead.


Xoi Yen

Address: 35B Nguyen Huu Huan, Ly Thai To, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Hours: Daily 07:00 – 22:00

4. Cha Ca Thang Long

Cha Thang Long in the old quarter is one of the best places to enjoy grilled chopped fish (cha ca) – a delicious specialty of Hanoi. A dish at Cha ca Thang Long includes a white fish fillet marinated with garlic, ginger, turmeric and cumin. After ordering, the staff will help assemble and cook ingredients using a hot pan at the table. You also get a bowl of rice noodles, peanuts, chopped green onions, parsley, dipping sauce, and red pepper slices, all mixed with rich, seasoned fish.



Cha ca Thang Long

Address: 21 – 31 Duong Thanh, Cua Đong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Hours: Daily 10:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – 22:00

5. Mien luon Dong Thinh

Located along Hang Dieu Street, Dong Thinh mien luon restaurant specializes in eel dishes, especially when it comes to cooking. Despite a simple setting with simple walls, fans and stools, Thinh Nha Hang Mien Luon attracts many locals and foreigners who want to enjoy dinner at an affordable price.


Dishes range from 35,000 VND to 50,000 VND, with fresh herbs, shaved banana flowers, and bean sprouts served on the side. Its signature dish includes stir-fried glass noodles in eel soup with the upper part being crispy eel, bean sprouts, eggs, slices of cucumber, fried chives and purple perilla.

Mien luon Dong Thinh

Address: 87 Hang Đieu, Cua Đong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Hours: Daily 17:00 – 23:00