Foods and Drinks

With more than 1,040 restaurants in Hanoi catering to tourists as well as locals, there’s no lack of opportunity to dine out in Hanoi. Most restaurants offer some Vietnamese dishes, including the local specialties of Bun Cha Hanoi, Bun bo Nam bo, Nem Vuong (crab spring rolls), and Nom Bo Kho (cold papaya beef salad).

Of course, each restaurant will have some house variations of Vietnamese food. However, increasingly local restaurants in Hanoi are trending towards both western and fusion cuisine. Each year there’s an increasing number of restaurants offering pasta, pizzas, Western-style sandwiches, and yes – some offer Mexican cuisine! Commercially this makes perfect sense as it seems these foods are what more and more tourists are seeking. But here at OneTrip tours, we say what a shame!

Hanoi has rich culinary traditions. Many of Vietnam’s most famous dishes such as Pho, Cha Ca, Banh Cuon and Banh Chung is believed to have originated from Hanoi.

Perhaps most widely known is Pho, a simple rice noodle soup often eaten as breakfast at home or street-side cafes, but also served in restaurants as a meal. Two varieties dominate the Hanoi scene: Pho Bo, containing beef, and Pho Ga, containing chicken.

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