Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The best street food in Hanoi

Sidewalk restaurants are a special feature of Hanoi. Enjoying delicious cuisines at age-old restaurants in the Old Quarter is very interesting.

The small Hang Chai Street is crowded every morning by the vehicles of people who come to enjoy bun oc (noodle and snails) at house number 6. This noodle shop has been operating for 25 years. The price for a bowl of noodles and snails has increased from VND2,000 to VND30,000 in the past 25 years.

The broth here has very specific flavor. Diners can choose large or small snails depending on their tastes. The restaurant is open from 7am to 12pm.

Another perfect choice for breakfast is bun rieu (noodle and crab soup) in Phat Loc Alley. The restaurant is next to Tien Ha Temple. Mr. Thanh, the owner, is very proud of his secret formula for the broth.

Also located in the small alley of Phat Loc is a bun cha (noodle and grilled pork) restaurant, which has been open for 30 years.

The price is from VND35,000 to VND50,000 ($1.20-2.40) per person. The restaurant opens from 11am to 2pm.

The shop selling noodle with crab soup at 32 Mai Hac De opened in the late 80's. Today it serves diners from 7am to 9am.

The price for a full bowl is VND30,000 ($1.40).

In the late afternoon, you can taste pho (Vietnamese noodle) from a vendor on Hang Trong Street.

This “shop” sells only one kind of noodle – beef noodle.

ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA would like to recommend Discover Cultural Village in outskirt of Hanoi by bike tour.A genuine local experience in the intermingling of traditional and modern life brought to you by the Responsible Travel Club of Vietnam in partnership with local families in Dong Ngac Ancient Village. Visit the village’s ancient structures and slip into the local routine, going to market and lending your hosts a hand in preparing a delicious Vietnamese lunch. Moving by foot or bicycle around the village and through nearby flower fields helps minimize our local impact.


  • Browse local market
  • Bicycle around village
  • Visiting ancestral houses and its keepers
  • Local interaction
  • Farming experience with the farmers


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