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Hanoi Coffee Culture

I, Hanoi Coffee Culture

I.1 Overview of Coffee in Hanoi

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Coffee Culture – A beauty of Hanoi

The coffee was first imported to Hanoi by French during their first colonial exploitation here. With the formation of the French Quarter where the French immigrated, they brought their favorite drink, and Hanoi coffee began to take its first steps on the streets around Hoan Kiem Lake.

Following the French invasion at the 1800s, coffee was introduced in Vietnam, but the source of coffee back then was limited therefore it was considered as a luxury good, only the French colonists along with Nguyễn dynasty’s nobles could have the right to drink it.

Few years later, some “pure” Vietnamese coffee shops were opened in the neighborhood. The famous names such as: Giảng, Lâm coffee shops began to change their coffee making recipe in order to satisfy customers. They started to replace the French coffee roasting way by using avocado oil for roasting the coffee, which creates a creamy flavor as well as avoids being over cooked. Moreover, they also used the Arabica way mixed with Robusta or other nuts to make the flavor stronger.

Those coffee shops are always in mind of Hanoians as a coffee lover’s destination no matter how much their changes could be.

Why don’t we go around French Quarter and take a sip of coffee?

I.2 Hanoi coffee culture.

It can be said that the story about Hanoi coffee is an unique one. Its own features can make you feel the soul of Hanoi once you taste it.

  • Hanoi coffee culture has no rush in the way to enjoy as American’s.
  • Not diluted as the French style.
  • The taste is not as Italian flavor.

Compared to the millennial history of this city, Hanoi coffee is just an exotic cultural which has been there for nearly one century.

But with an essence of the city that always refines the identity of one’s own, Hanoi coffee has gradually been replacing the tea in the daily beverage culture, turning the street shops into an interesting corner in all kinds of coffee shops or restaurants.

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Traditional Hanoi Black & White Coffee

So no matter wherever a Hanoian goes, what that man who grew up in the heart of Hanoi remembers the most is the street stalls, and coffee. The smell of coffee is the compass that leads us to the soul of Hanoi.

There was a saying to praise the most famous brands of coffee shops in the 70s-80s: “Nhân, Lâm, Năng, Giảng

  • Giảng coffee nearly a century is still attractive by the unique egg coffee.
  • Nhân coffee, nowadays, has no ancient atmosphere but modern style but its flavor is still very good.
  • Năng coffee is at the small alley of Hang Bac street. Very small, just a set of tables and chairs, with coffee flavor characteristics and a space which can be one in million: the silver lime walls, the pretty stools faded in the dim light and stillness.
  • Lâm (Nguyễn Hữu Huân Street) is as quiet as Phố Phái paintings (the famous paintings of famous Hanoi by the well-known artist Bùi Xuân Phái. The place is like an unreachable sadness.

Old Quarter Coffee in Hàng Hành hides its self like a peaceful corner in the middle of a busy area. The shop is only for patrons, people who love quietness and nostalgic. In the quiet space with ancient houses, parallel sentences, garden, bamboo architecture, some bantam chickens (the smallest chicken) around the yard, the coffee shop makes people feel like time to stop.

The Hanoi coffee space has changed a lot. Street coffee shops with poetic, romantic and airy landscapes of natural lakes such as Trúc Bạch lake, West lake, Thiền Quang lake, Đắc Di lake,… or Rock coffee, Book coffee, Takeaway coffee,… are places that seem to be served for young people.

Coffee in luxury buildings such as

  • Lakeview sky lounge on the 18th floor of the Daewoo Hotel,
  • the 20-floor Summit Lounge on the Sofitel Plaza,
  • City view on the roof of the Shark Jaw Building

Is a meeting place for business people. Customers can enjoy both coffee and the city view here.

I.3. Egg coffee

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Egg Coffee – A creative drink of Hanoian

Egg coffee – the creative beverage of Hanoians, has become famous around the world by the foreign guests after passing along the story about that drink. Someone said, only by drinking hot egg coffee in a simple glass cup once can make you hardly forget Hanoi.

The coffee maker must choose fresh raw eggs to not smell fishy. Coffee must also be a purest class of Vietnam, has a passionate aroma. Chicken eggs are chewed with yolks, hand-wiped or hand-woven until it smells like a bun and then poured with hot coffee in the middle of the cup. Eggs then floats on top of the cup.

The way to make egg coffee is not too complicated, but requires a sophistication and skilled hands . The recipe is nothing special but very few places can make this drink. The secret is to reduce the rate of eggs, coffee and milk so that the mouth is just right, harmony is not too sweet, not too bitter, dank in the smell of passion.

The eggy taste mixed with the aroma of Vietnamese coffee creates the flavor of coffee. You should drink as soon as it is still hot, otherwise it will be fishy and difficult to drink. Later on, some restaurants sprinkle over a cup of coffee with a little pinch of brown cocoa powder which make your hot cup both beautiful and have more attractive flavor. Alike any other traditional foods, when drinking, one must slowly stir the bubbly foam, put each spoon to the mouth to feel the creamy taste of egg spreading the rich flavor .

Egg Coffee is considered the heart of Hanoi coffee culture. The first egg coffee in Hanoi appeared in the early twentieth century, the creator of this unique egg coffee is Nguyen Van Giang. At the time, he had worked as a chef at the French five-star Sofitel Legend Metropole so that he was able to transform the familiar Capuccino of the West into egg white with more intimate ingredients.

I.4. Weasel Coffee

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Weasel Coffee

Weasel Coffee – the most expensive coffee in the world (or sometimes called Civet Coffee or Kopi Luwak) has the history from thousand years ago.

Back to time when French took the control of politics in Vietnam, farmers, who were the one making coffee, had no chance to enjoy their work. They were not allowed to taste even 1 drop of what they made.

The only way they can taste coffee was to pick up Weasel poops, which was a block of coffee beans sticking together. They then realized this type of “poop coffee” was way more aromatic than the usual one. With this new type of coffee beans, the coffee taste was smoother and less bitter, much better than what they had to serve for the French.

These farmers discovered that the coffee beans were perfectly protected, only the skin was digested. It is the enzyme from the Weasels stomach make the coffee beans unharmed and fermented.

Weasel coffee once roasted, becomes extremely aromatic with vanilla – smelling, created a smooth and sweet after – taste coffee while the contained caffeine yet lessen but still preserved, therefore the pleasant feelings that people often associate with their first cup of coffee in the morning are not affected.

II. Hanoi coffee shop

II.1. From the very first traditional coffee shop

Giảng Café

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Giảng Café – Where egg coffee first made

As the very first place in Hanoi having egg coffee, Giảng Café was founded by Mr. Nguyễn Văn Giảng in 1946. Giảng Café is humbly hidden on a small lane on Nguyễn Hữu Huân Street in the city’s old quarter. It may be difficult to find for visitors, but it is well worth the effort. It continues to be hugely popular among Hanoi’s coffee addicts with its special Egg coffee.

(Address: No.39 Nguyễn Hữu Huân street)

Nhân Café

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Nhân Café

Was born and stick with Hanoi since 1946, the brand was opened by 3 ranger soldiers (Thi – Nhân – Thế), then the Nguyễn Văn Thi – Trần Thị Thanh Kỳ family created the recipe and established this coffee brand.

The owner of the cafe has the secret of roasting, grinding their own coffee so that the coffee is always particularly delicious. Until now, each of his children opened their own coffee shop, so you will see a lot of coffee shops named Nhân. But most people still find the one in Hàng Hành street.

(Address: No.39D Hàng Hành street)

Lâm Café

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Lâm Café – one of the oldest coffee shops in Hanoi

This one of Hanoi’s oldest café. Its proprietor, Mr. Lâm, provided coffee and often loans to the city’s impoverished artist community during the war.  The place is nostalgic and packed with local people. It was an interesting experience to sit at the pavement and watching people passing by. Opposite to Giảng cafe.This place offer traditional Vietnamese coffee

(Address: No.60 Nguyễn Hữu Huân street)

Năng Café

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Năng Café – One in a million

As the oldest café in Hanoi, the Café  has been selling coffee for over 50 years. This was a small address at No.6 Hàng Bạc street where artists of Hanoi gathered. The place is decorated with a folk style always crowded. Its customers are attracted by the taste of coffee. According to the owner, there is no secret in the way of making each cup of coffee but the heart of the seller.

(Address: No.6 Hàng Bạc street)

II.2. To the modern coffee shop branches. 

With the growth of outgoing youth communities, many coffee shops have expanded to many branches in the city, covering many provinces in the country. To survive for a long time, these shops must still retain its own identity, not mixed up the cafe market that is already very saturated.

These following coffee shops are best suitable for people who are looking a space to work and to have meetings with friends.

Highlands coffee

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Highland Café

Highlands Coffee is a Vietnamese coffee shop chain and producer and distributor of coffee products, established in Hanoi by Vietnamese American David Thai in 1998. The chain of coffee shops located in beautiful locations in the city which is convenient for having business meetings or small group discussions. Here they use the self-service at the counter.

Trung Nguyên coffee

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Trung Nguyên Café

Although the brand is said to have a lot of scandals surrounding the spokesperson, brand positioning, image identity, the Trung Nguyên chain is still one of the top choices for ones who love the “real coffee”.

If you are familiar with Trung Nguyên, you will find it very difficult to drink coffee at street stalls, you will immediately notice the difference in the taste of coffee mixed with many additives.

Cộng Caphe

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Cộng Café

Cộng Caphe is a popular coffee chain that has taken Hanoi with its rustic, military chic decoration.

In the city, there are 18 outlets in most crowded locations.

Here, crowd avoiders can always find the hidden corner for themselves, or those who like noisy places can chat with friends on the balcony. It’s worth checking out at least one Cộng Ca phe branch.

The Coffee House

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The Coffee House

This coffee chain was first opened in Ho Chi Minh city and up to now, it has covered hot spots in this city. In 2015, The Coffee House appeared in Hanoi and quickly expanded its branches.

Their target customers are students, office workers who need quite space for studying, working and partner meetings.The main style of The Coffee House is the simplicity and maximum use of light in the balcony, windows, and the placement of many green spaces.

Aroi Dessert Café

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Aroi Café

Starting from a small café on the street that is also very modest in Hanoi – Nguyễn Thiệp, no one did expect that the coffee shop later grows that fast. Up to now, Aroi has 7 facilities in Hanoi. Not being invested so much but by catching the right opportunity when the wave of Thai snacks spilled into Vietnam, the chain has quickly gained its ranking.

III. Take a sip of Coffee while taking a tour in Hanoi

Completely different from take-away coffee, traditional coffee in Hanoi makes people live slower to taste the bitterness in the tip of tounge, but sweetness later.

Tasting a cup of Hanoi coffee is just like to live a life. Every one tries their best in work when they are young to get all the deserved achievements when they are mature.

Taking a Hanoi tour around city, you have a chance to pass by those traditional coffee shops. The smell of coffee beans flies in the air and lightly touch your nose.

You might can’t help falling in love with a beauty of Hanoi – traditional coffee.

Don’t hesitate to ask the guide for a stop at coffee shop to live slowly, and to share with each other your life and your experience.

Written by Kalyn.

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Hanoi Noodle is more than Pho Hanoi| Restaurants Recommendation

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“Hanoi: What to eat” The Series

Vietnamese Noodles Is More Than Phở (Pho Hanoi)

Pho Hanoi seems to be familiar with most of people, who have interest about Hanoi. It is regarded as a spirit of Hanoi.

Let’s take a Hanoi Tour to know more about Things to do in Hanoi and has a chance to taste Pho Hanoi

But there is much more than Phở. You might be suprise with different type of noodle in Hanoi.

You might fall in love with the Hanoi’s Cuisine.

A. Phở – Rice noodle

A.1. What is phở?

Phở is a kind of rice noodle, made by steaming rice batter into thin sheet and then cut them into strand, is thin, flat, and white compared to other types of Vietnamese noodle.

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Phở is thin and flat string

 A.2. Phở Bò (Beef Rice Noodle)

  • Pho Bò Hanoi(Beef Noodle Soup)

Mentioning Hanoi Pho, the most common type of phở can be thought of is phở bò, beef noodle soup. Considering the best bowl of phở bò, several things are counted: the translucency of the soup, the quality of the beef and the thinness of the noodle. Above all is the perfect seasoning of saltiness, sourness from lemon and sweetness from the bone-stewed broth. Phở can also be eat with quẩy (fried bread).

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Chili and lime create an amazing flavor of Phở

Adding chili, fish sauces, lime and other herbs can amazingly increase the flavor of phở and therefore can give you a full experience of Hanoi’s the most representative food.

  1. Phở Thìn, 13 Lò Đúc Street – 5:00am to 9:00pm
  2. Phở Tư Lùn, 23C Hai Bà Trưng Street – 6:00am to 9:30pm
  3. Phở Lâm, 48 Hàng Vải Street – 6:00am to 10:00am
    *Phở Lâm is famous for Soup Beef Heel Muscle Noodle.
  • Phở Bò Xào (Stir-fried Beef Noodle)

If noodle soup is too familiar with you, let’s try the stir-fried version, which is also comparably fantastic! This is the new taste of Pho Hanoi.

Stir-fried beef phở has the same ingredient as the soup version, but without the broth and is cooked by frying those ingredients.

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Stir-fried Noodle, a creative dish from Phở

Herbs, chili and lime can also be added, but merely optional


Pho xao Phu My, 45B Bát Đàn Street.

A.3. Phở gà

If you don’t like beef or you can eat beef, why don’t you give a try with Pho ga (Chicken Noodle soup). Pho Hanoi is also famous for this type of Pho.

Also consists of noodle, broth and meat, phở gà is different with chicken. In using chicken and its bone to create the broth, phở gà is somehow more delicate and light in flavor.

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Phở gà – Chicken noodle – A special Hanoi Food

Interestingly, famous phở gà restaurants usually open at night, from 7:00pm to 11:00pm.


Phở Hà, 15 Hàng Hòm Street

Phở Nguyệt, 5 Phủ Doãn Street

*Price (all types): 40.000 ≈ 60.000 VND (1.5 ≈ 3 USD)

To get more information about Best Pho in Hanoi, please click here.

We’ve just been through Pho Hanoi, then What is more than Pho Hanoi? 

B. Bún – Rice Vermicelli

B.1. What is bún?

Bún is also a type of rice noodle, but more round in form, like sticks.

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Noodle made in long slender threads

B.2. Bún Chả (Grilled Pork Noodle)

Bún chả is served with grilled fatty pork (chả) over a plate of white rice noodle (bún) and herbs with a side bowl of sour, sweet and salty dipping sauce. The indescribable harmony of sourness, sweetness and saltiness of the sauce with the deep seasoned grilled pork, and also with light austerity of the rice vermicelli promises to be a unforgettable taste once tried.

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Bun Cha – A signature food of Hanoi

Crispy grilled pork with sour and sweet saucy, with the austere white rice vermicelli stand for the signature elegance and delight in Hanoi food.


  1. 74 Hàng Quạt Street (in a small alley), 10:00am to 2:00pm
  2. 34 Hàng Than Street, 10:00am to 4:00pm
  3. 67 Đường Thành Street, 10:000am to 8:00pm

B.4. Bún Thang

Bún thang is a slightly sweet noodle soup infused with the taste of stewed shrimp. A bowl of bún thang contains many colors working a harmony: the white tangled vermicelli sets off the red of the shrimp, the pink of sliced pork paste, the yellow of sliced fried eggs, cleaved chicken, salty egg yolk, and the green of fragrant knotweed and basil.

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An elegant flower of Hanoi food

The attractive look of bún thang, like colorful blossoming flower, with the light touch of shrimp sauces leaves you an amazing experience of the Hanoi elegant taste.

Apart from Pho Hanoi, Bun Thang is also regarded as the traditional Hanoi food.


  1. 11 Hạ Hồi, 6:00am to 11:00pm
  2. 29 Hàng Hành, 6:00am to 9:30pm

 B.3. Bún Đậu Mắm Tôm (Fermented Shrimp Paste Noodle)

Bún đậu mắm tôm, shortly called as bún đậu, has 3 main ingredients: rice vermicelli noodle, fried tofu and fermented shrimp paste, also optionally with boiled pork and chả cốm, Vietnamese jaded-rice sausage.

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Bún Đậu Mắm Tôm – A dish that you should never miss when coming to Hanoi


  1. 29 Alley, Hàng Khay Street. 10:00am to 9:00pm
  2. 1 Phan Phù Tiên Street, 10:00am to 2:00pm

*Price (for all types): 30.000 ≈ 60.000 VND (1.5 ≈ 3 USD)

C. Miến – Glass Noodle

If you don’t want Bun or Pho Hanoi for your food anymore, since they have been introduced to you several times.

Why don’t you taste Miến?

C.1. What is miến?

Miến is made of mung bean, or Canna edulis

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Miến – a different type of Vietnamese noodle

It’s first gray, stiff in shape and opaque but turn transparent and stretchy after cooked.

Besides cooking a bowl of miến, miến is also used as an ingredient in making spring rolls. Compared to other kind of noodle, the stickiness of miến makes Vietnamese dishes really appetizing and interesting.

C.2. Miến Lươn (Eel Glass Noodle)

Miến lươn nước (Eel glass noodle soup)

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Eel Glass Noodles

Miến lươn nước simply has 3 main ingredients: fried eel, glass noodle and broth. However, the amazing broth of miến lươn nước with hành dăm, a Vietnamese special herb leave you a light but memorable taste of seafood.

Although not as famous as other noodle dishes, miến lươn promises to be an memorable tasty experience in your Hanoi food’s collection

Miến lươn xào (Stir-fried eel glass noodle)

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Stir-fried eel glass noodle

Miến lươn xào is a stir frying version of miến lươn nước. With interesting combination of sour pickled cucumber, fried onion, and eggs with glass noodle and eel, miến lươn xào is also a dish you should not miss when visiting Hanoi.

Miến lươn trộn (Mixed eel noodle)

Miến lươn trộn, also comprise of noodle and eel, is special for the amazing sour and sweet sauce that is used to mix with noodle and eel. With pickled cucumber and other Vietnamese special herb, this dish is also in your should-not-miss food list when coming to Hanoi.


1 Chân Cầm Street, 7:00am to 10:00pm

87 Hàng Điếu Street. 87:00am to 10:00pm

*Price:40.000 ≈ 60.000 VND (2 ≈ 3 USD)

Take your time, Pho Hanoi is not the only special dish in Vietnam.

Take several days in Hanoi, you might be amazed with the attractiveness of the food in Hanoi, especially Hanoi noodles – a beauty of Vietnam.



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As far as you might know, the breakfast is the most important meal in a day. It plays an indispensable role in supplying all the necessary nutrients for body for a day of hard work. It is said that a suitable breakfast will help your body create energy for a new day with vitality as well as supplement nutrients consumed after a long night. According to nutrient experts, the first meal occupies 25-30 percent of the energy sum of all day. Understanding of the significance of having a sufficient breakfast, Vietnamese people are in the habit of taking a breakfast after awaking up.

In some countries, people often brush teeth after eating, but in Vietnam they do personal hygiene cleanly before having. Normally, the mother will get up early to prepare breakfast for family at 6h30’ am. In Vietnamese people’s opinion, small dishes on the table express the love of the mothers to their children and husbands. Another reason why the Vietnamese prefer cooking at home to going out for breakfast is to ensure food safety. Because nowadays people are always busy with their own jobs, they have less time to prepare a proper breakfast. They often come over a certain store on the way to work or go to school to buy fast food or take a meal in a hurry. As a result, it is inevitable to ensure food safety standards and maybe lead to have a sore stomach, food poisoning and even obesity. However, there are a lot of prestigious stores and restaurants serving breakfast well for you to select and believe in Hanoi.

It is more essential for foreign visitors to have a breakfast in Vietnam. Maybe because of being unfamiliar time zone or different flavors of food in Vietnam, some of them find difficulties in seeking good places for serving breakfast. They do be afraid of going out for taking, but order very hotel they stay. It is shame for you to miss a good chance to discover Vietnam food. Well, you know Vietnam is paradise for food with diversity traditional and modern dishes. Specially, there are a large number of delicious courses being suitable for breakfast such as pho, bun cha, banh mi,…It is essential that tourists should have a slight breakfast to be ready for a hard day to be able to explore Hanoi. This is some suggestions for you about several dishes and famous places for breakfast.

  1. Pho – Vietnamese traditional food with Hanoi free local tours
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Pho- Hanoi – The essence of Vietnamese cuisine

Pho is ranked in 20 top-the most delicious breakfast dishes on the world. And it is always proud course of the Vietnamese people. Wherever and whenever you want to enjoy a pho bowl, you are able to find a store selling pho easily. Since pho appears at everywhere, from poor countries to large cities and along bent streets or narrow alleys. Furthermore, you can find the pho restaurants in other countries such as America, China and Thailand. Pho is commonly eaten for breakfast, although many other people would have it for their lunch or dinner. Anyone feeling hungry in the small hours of the morning can also enjoy a bowl of hot and spicy Pho to fill their empty stomach. Pho also needs its special taste and smell. The particular flavor of soup is the thing everyone likes the most. The source for pho is made by stewing the bones of cows and pigs for a long time in a large pot. Having several types of pho and their names depend on the kind of meat used. For examples, pieces of fillet mignon together with several slices of ginger are reserved for a bowl of Pho Bo Tai (rare fillet) and slices of well-done meat are however offered to those less keen on eating rare fillets, while Pho Ga is made by stewing together chicken and pig bones.

List of reccommended places for Pho breakfast in Hanoi:

  • Pho vui: Adress:25 Hàng Giầy, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội.
    • Price: about 30.000VND/a portion
  • Pho Ly Quoc Su: Adress: 10 Ly Quoc Su
    • Price: 40.000VND/a portion
  • Pho and beef: Adress: 49 Bat Dan
    • Price: 40.000 VND/ a portion

2. Bun Cha – The spicy dish for breakfast:

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As far as you might know, Vietnam is paradise for food with subtle, creative and unique courses which bring typical traditional culture of local residents and only appear in Vietnam. It is vermicelli that is popular with people and easy to combine with others to make a delicious dish for small meals, such as for breakfast and lunch. There are a variety of ways to enjoy rice vermicelli, each dish having its own unique taste. Bun cha is one of them. It is charming flavor that any Vietnamese people going oversea miss, because the one not only brings a beautiful culture feature but also contain great sentiment of maker. In Vietnam family, mother is very person getting up early to prepare breakfast for her husband and children. Love is the most wonderful ingredient to create this special dish. Looking through, Bun cha is normal with ingredients easy to find and uncomplicated recipe. Also, subtle taste with clever hands of Hanoian makes it different. Bun cha includes rice vermicelli, grilled pork and spicy, fresh vegetables and well mixed fish sauce combined with vinegar, sugar, hot chilly, garlic and pepper. The sauce will then contain all the essential tastes, sour, hot, salty and sweet. There are two kinds of Cha (grilled pork) used, depending on the cut of the meat. If the pork is cut into small pieces, it is called Cha Mieng (piece of grilled pork). If it is minced prior to being shape into small cubes, it is named Cha Bam (minced grilled pork).

List of reccommended places for Bun cha in Hanoi:

  • Bun cha Đắc Kim: 1 Hàng Mành, Hoan Kiem
  • 34 Hang Than, Hanoi: 35.000 VND/a portion
  • 2 alley,Hang Khoai, Hoan Kiem: 30.000VND/a portion
  • 74 Hàng Quat, Hoan Kiem: 30.000VND/a portion
  • Đồng Xuân market alley: 30.000VND/a portion


3. Banh Mi – Fastfood for breakfast

Vietnamese sandwich

It will be a big mistake if not mention Banh Mi like a speciality of Vietnam. Not only is it popular with Vietnamese people but it also is famous at foreign countries as one of the most delicious fast foods on the world. Moreover, in its honor, Banh mi was added to the Oxford English Dictionary on 24 March 2011. From the north to the south, you could find it easily. When you are walking with your girlfriend, let come over certain small kiosk on the pavement if you feel hungry. Or when you are in a hurry for going to work or to school, you can stop over in store for a minute, for example. The delicious and sweet-smelling Banh Mis are always ready for everyone. Regardless of where you live, how you rich or your class, enjoy it and distance between you and other people will be casted away. Which the savour is sweet, hot and full of meat, cream is resemble the hospitality of Vietnamese people as well. This is a creative dish having had origin of French, so each of regions has different recipes. Also, they have to have the same points. Unlike the traditional French baguette, the Vietnamese baguette is made with rice flour along with wheat flour. Typical fillings include steamed, pan-roasted or oven-roasted seasoned pork belly, Vietnamese sausage, frilled pork patties, canned sardines in tomato sauce, soft pork meatballs in tomato sauce, head cheese, fried eggs, mock duck, and tofu. Accompanying vegetables typically include fresh cucumber slices, cilantro (leaves of the coriander plant) and picked carrots and white radishes in shredded form. Common condiments include spicy chili sauce, mayonnaise, and cheese. In addition, ‘Banh mi chay’ also is added menu. This is option for vegetarians and made with tofu or seitan. In Vietnam, vegetarian sandwiches are less common on the streets. They are usually made at Buddhist temples during special religious events. So if you are a vegetarian, you should find the restaurant because it is possible to have vegetarian food.

List of reccommended places for Banh Mi in Hanoi:

  • Banh mi: 38 Đinh Liệt in the Old Quarter – 20.000-25.000VND
  • Banh mi Nguyen Sinh: 19 Lý Quốc Sư – 25.000 VND
  • PappaRoti: 34 Hang Gai, in the Old Quarter – 14.000 VND

     4. Com Tam – The nutrient dish for breakfast:

According to the latest statistic, Vietnam is the second export rice on the world. It is unfamiliar that rice is a main ingredient to create most Vietnamese food. If you have chance to drop in on a Vietnamese family and are invited for dinner, you will have more understanding of culture in Vietnam. The image all members sitting around tray full of food and tell stories together is warm and happy.  It is suggested that you should taste it to feel Vietnamese traditional flavor in its country. Due to being popular, it is easy for you to find somewhere selling it on the street. A rice dish includes an omelet, two toast meats, a piece of fish and vegetable with soup. Which the ways the maker dispose and decorate for their food to become far attractive charms you. Not only is it delicious but it also has good price. The prices only vary from 20.000VND to 100.000 VND. Another food I want to add is the food for vegetarians. There are a lot of foreign tourists keeping a vegetarian diet, so appearing a variety of restaurants serves for them.;

List of reccommended places for rice in Hanoi:

  • 59 Tràng Thi, Hoan Kiem distric, Hanoi
  • 47 Đào Duy Từ, Hoan Kiem distric, Hanoi
  • 102K1, Giảng Võ, Ba Đinh distric, Hanoi.

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There are many delicious dishes and good places for breakfast you can find when you wake up in unfamiliar country. It is more essential for foreign visitors to have a breakfast in Vietnam. Maybe because of being unfamiliar time zone or different flavors of food in Vietnam, some of them find difficulties in seeking good places for serving breakfast. They do be afraid of going out for taking, but order very hotel they stay. It is shame for you to miss a good chance to discover Vietnam food. Well, you know Vietnam is paradise for food with diversity traditional and modern dishes. Specially, there are a large number of delicious courses being suitable for breakfast such as pho, bun cha, banh mi,…It is essential that tourists should have a slight breakfast to be ready for a hard day to be able to explore Hanoi. This is some suggestions for you about several dishes and famous places for breakfast.

Hanoi What to eat


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If you are in Ha Noi and want to have a different experience to explore the Viet Nam’s capital, I think our Ha Noi Street Food Tour online is very useful for you.  I think you may know that Ha Noi has many delicious dishes and each dish has many kinds of it. However, you have only a limited amount of time; can you enjoy all best dishes?  Don’t worry because we have a list of top 10 dishes to try in Ha Noi. The top 10 street foods will make you become a real Hanoians.  The only one question you should ask yourself is “Hey stomach, are you ready?” I hope so.


  • About: i think every Vietnamese has the same opinion that “ Crab noodle soup that is so delicious that it very popular with the locals.” It has a light and natural sweet  that make it different from all kinds of food you have ever tried before. Moreover, it is very good for your health because there are a perfect mixture of protein., vegetables and noodles.  Thus, there is no need for you to worry about gaining your
  • What are included:    the soup has many ingredients basing on regional culture. However, some elements are common in all regions.

– Noodles

– Vegetables

– Crabs

  • What are servered accompanying: Vietnamese have habit of eating vegetables with soup. For crab noodles soup, they often choose: fresh lettuces, coriander leaves or onion leaves. Even if, they eat soup with “ quay” (a dish made of potatoes) or tofu.


local special crab noodle soup- What to eat in Hanoi
local special crab noodle soup
  • Where to eat in Hanoi: top 4 the most famous places


1.Hoa Ma:

                            – Address: 42th Hoa Ma Street, Hai Ba Trung, Ha Noi.

                            – Reviews: Crab noodles soups are very big which full of crab’s meat, beef and yellow- fried- tofu. The serving attitude is very high so you can enjoy your

                            – Price: 30000 VND – 55.000

2. Mrs Teo

                            – Address: 104 C6 To Hieu, Nghia tam. Cau Giay, Ha Noi.

                            –  Reviews: the soup is colorful of many kinds of elements. Especially, the vegetables eating accompanying is very delicious. The place is very crowded in the noon and in the evening.

                            – Price : 30.000 VND

3. Nguyen Sieu Street.

                            – Address: 32th Nguyen Sieu, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi.

                            – Reviews: although it is quite narrow, it is always full of people. The broth is mixed of much taste but it is still keep its original one.

                            – Opening time: 6AM -6 PM

                            – Price: 000 VND – 45.000VND


  • About: it is one of the strangest dishes you have ever tried but I think you may be surprised but its taste. The first time you see the dish, I guess you may hesitate of trying because of its smell but it is the dish that you should not miss.
  • What are included:  fried tofu, fishcakes, pork and tightly compressed vermicelli noodles “patties” cut into cubes. These elements are eaten dipped into a shrimp paste. It is a special seasoning of Vietnamese. It is very strange taste but be aware of eating too much may bother you stomach.
  • What are servered accompanying fresh herbs, pork.
  • Where to eat in Hanoi:

  1) Hang Khay :

                                  – Address: 31th Hang Khay, Ha Noi.

                                  – Reviews: it is the most famous place for people who want to enjoy bun dau mam tom. You may be surprised by its crowd. It proves the attractions of the place.

                                   – Opening time: 10h30 am – 19 pm

                                   – Price: 45.000 VND

    2 ) Cay Bang, Dai La Street:

                       – Address: Cay Bang,  Dai La street, Hai Ba Trung, Ha Noi.

                       – Reviews: people choose the place because of many reasons but the most important one is its delicious taste.  Therefore, in high times, you many have to wait about for  15 minutes to 20 minutes to have the dish on your own.

                      – Opening time: 10am – 14pm

                      – Price: 000 VND


  • About: If you are bored with beef pho or chicken pho , stir fried noodles is one kind of pho that you should not miss. The rice noodles are worked fried with greens and meat.
  • What are included:  noodles, vegetables, beef and onion leaves.
  • Where to eat:

1) Bat Dan:

                     – Address: 45 Bat Dan, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi.

It is opened may years ago but until now, there are different opinions about its taste. For some people, they think the dish is hardly eatable. However, for most people, the dish’s taste is very unique. The sweet and salty sauce is the most special taste that nowhere in Ha Noi has. That why there are people being  addicted to the dish.

                      – Opening time: 08:00 Am – 11:Pm

                      – Price : 30.000 VND- 66.000 VND

2) Hang Buom

                         – Address: 11th Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi.

                          – Review: the dish is not only fried well done but also its high quality beef that make you never forget. Thus, since about 7 pm, the place is crowed until late.

                           – Opening time: 06:00pm – 03:30 pm

                           – Price: 50.000- 110.000


  • About: are you wondering about its name? False or real? You are far from alone . Most of people are also not sure about it. In fact, I can make sure that it is false. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about trying it at least one time because  you love it may be. In winter, enjoying the dish is not the bad choice to dispel cold.
dog meat noodle soup- what to eat in Hanoi
dog meat noodle soup


  • What are included:    pork,  galangal, shrimp paste and mẻ ( a kind of seasoning made of rice fermented).
  • What are servered accompanying :noodles, savory nature and lemongrass
  • Where to eat: according to Foody.vn and Lozi.vn – two best of voted attracting  places websites In Viet Nam, places below are recommended:

1) Kim Lien

                    – Address: between the C6 and C9 dormitory, Kim Lien, Dong Da, Ha Noi.

                    – Reviews: the place is clean. Noodles are white and tough. Pork is well done but soft enough. In addition, good serving and cheap price is plus mark for this place

However, you should notice on its  address because it is quite hard to find the place. You go to the 132th house in Phuong Mai Street. Then, you will see a large alley opposing you. Going in the alley, you are arrived in the place. One recommend for you, don’t  be the guest after 1 pm or you are nothing to order.

                     – Opening time: 07 Am- 10. Pm

                     – Price: 20.000- 35.000 VND


2) Vu Pham Ham

                    – Address: walking side Vu Pham Ham Street, Cau Giay, Ha Noi

                    – Reviews: opened in walking side, the place is quite clean. The dish is very good, especially  greasy broth.

                    – Opening time: 6 Am- 11 Am

                    – Price 25.000 – 33.000 VND


  • About: bun nem is another attracting dish in Ha Noi. The greasy of fried spring rolls, the sweet-and-sour sauce and the toughness of noodles make a great impression on you since the first time. No surprisingly that you will drop in a place to enjoy the dish in the second or the third time like real Hanoians. Try it if you see it.
  • What are included: noodles, spring rolls, sauce.
  • What are servered accompanying : vegetables such as been sprouts, fresh herbs.
  • Where to eat:

1) Dinh cong

                        – Address: Opposing KFC Dinh Cong street, Hoang Mai, HA Noi

                        – Reviews: I love this place because of both cheap price and good taste of the dish. I will come back here when the next time I visit Viet Nam and Ha Noi.

                        – Opening time: 9h AM- 9h PM

                        – Price: 15.000- 35.000 VND

2) Hang Cot

                      – Address: 36th Hang Cot, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi.

                      – Reviews: the place has been highly recommended by customers on its location, price, dish quality and serving attitude.

                      – Opening time: 6h30 am – 9h30am

                      – Price : 30.000-40.000


  • About: the dish is local delicacy in Ha Noi despite many regions in Viet Nam sell it. It can be said that steamed pork wraps in Ha Noi is the best. Its distinguish taste is not like any taste of any dishes in Ha Noi or in the world. Furthermore, I suppose that no one can deny trying a colorful and skillfully made dish like it. Try it and while waiting for being served, taking notice around because I may sitting next to you.
  • What are included: pork, mushroom filling wrapped in freshly steamed rice paper. After that, chiefs top banh cuon with crunchy fried shallots.
  • What are servered accompanying: fish sauce, chili sauce and fresh herbs.




  • Where to eat:

1) Thanh Van.

                      – Address: 12th -14th Hang Ga, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi

                      – Phone number: 0438.280.108

                      – Reviews: in Tripadvisor, people laid great store upon it.

A foreigner- John said “I was so surprised when I saw many people eating there at 10 am. They don’t have to work or the dish is too attracting? I am not sure.”

                     – Opening time: 6h3-9hpm

                     – Price: 15.000-28.000

2) Hoanh

                    – Address: 66th To Hien Thanh, Hai ba Trung, HA noi.

                    – Reviews: charice “the first time I saw it, I said “oh my god, is it eatable?”. It is very strange to me. Nevertheless, after that, I ate the dish every morning during my period of time in Ha Noi. I wish I could cook it for my family.”

                    – Opening time: 6:30 am -10 pm

                    – Price: 30.000 VND- 60.000 VND


About: you have a habit of eating sandwich but you are afraid of not finding it in Viet Nam?  You don’t need to order a sandwich in your country and wait for it transferred to Viet Nam (if you can) because in Ha Noi, Vietnamese sandwich is an ideal alternation for you. From my point of view, Vietnamese sandwich is one of the most ingenious France-meets- Asia creations ever!


What is included:  a fluffy baguette is full of many kinds of elements such as pate, cold cuts, cucumber and picked daikon and carrots.

What are servered accompanying : in Ha Noi, this sandwich is served with hot sauce and mayo drizzled on top?

Where to eat:

1) Pho co (the old quarter)

                   – Address: 38th Dinh Liet, Ha Noi.

                   – Reviews: you may be simplicity of the place but it has existed for a long time. Its dish- Vietnamese sandwich is favored by many people. Especially, all of elements used are made by owners

                   – Price: 20.000- 25.000

2) Dan

                  – Address: 34th LO Su, Hoan Kiem HA Noi.

                  – Reviews: it has been existed since 1979 so it is one of the most long life places in Ha Noi. Even though the country has changed a lot since that time, the dish’ taste in the place is still kept. Thus, it comes as no surprise to me that the place is always crowed.

                  – Opening time: 6h am- 9h pm

                  – Price: 15.000-25.000


About:  Vietnamese have habit of eating rice in all of their dishes. Sticky rice is a different kind of rice that it the one of the most popular dish in Ha Noi.


What are included:  sticky rice with various toppings. Differ from your first imagination of it, it does not come plain.  Grilled pork, ground meat and eggs are dispensable elements.

What are servered  accompanying:  sliced cucumbers.

Where to eat:

1) Xoi Yen

                     – Address: 35B- the corner of main street Nguyen Huu Huan and Hang Mam, Hoan Kiem Ha Noi.

                     – Reviews: Hana “I thought rice is not my favorite before but when I ate the dish, I changed my mind. It is very good.”

                     – Opening time: 5 am – 1 am

                     – Price: 35.000- 44.000

2) Yen Ninh

                     – Address 98th Yen Ninh, Hang Bun, Ba DInh, Ha Noi.

                     – Reviews: “the bowl of sticky rice very big but I can not leave any thing because it is delicious”

                     – Opening time: 9h am -9h pm

                     – Price: 30.000- 60.000


About:  traditional pho in Ha Noi is so famous that I think I don’t need to comment any things.  Chicken pho is one of two the most popular kinds of pho in Ha Noi.

What are  included: chicken meat, broth, noodles and seasonings.

What are servered accompanying :  lemon, herbs.

Where to eat:

1) Tu Lun

                     – Address: 5th Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi.

                    – Reviews: I cannot explain why I love the place but the taste is vey wonderful. I am sure there is any where which has a more delicious dish than this place.

                    – Price: 20.000- 28.000

                    – Opening time: 06:00 AM – 01:30 PM


03:00 PM – 11:00 P

2) Quan Thanh

                     – Address 156th Quan Thanh, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi.

                     – Reviews: Kim “ I and my boyfriend came here only one time when we visited Viet Nam 1 years ago but I am still remember the good taste of Pho here.”

                     – Opening time: 06:30 AM – 11:00 AM

                     – Price: 25.000- 44.000vnd.


About:  visiting ha Noi, bun Cha is the dish you should eat or no one believes that you came here. It reflects our creation of food along with our eating culture so that why in 2016, the President of USA Obama decided to enjoy it in his time in Ha Noi with other members of House of Parliament.

Bun Cha with Hanoikids


What are included:  noodles, pork (there are two kinds of pork: strips of meat and minced pork patties), onion leaves.

What are severed accompanying: fish sauces, herbs.

Where to eat:

1) Huong Lien

                       –  Address: 24th Le van Huu, ha Noi

                       – Reviews: oh my god, when I knee our President came here; I guessed the dish is very good. Last year, I came Ha Noi and tried it. Wow, I am not wrong.

                       – Opening time: 9 am -8h pm

                       – Price: 40.000- 85.000 VND


2) Dac Kim

                       – Address 1th Hang Manh, Hoang Kiem

                       – Reviews: although the price is quite high, the quality of dish is equally to your money. “Cha” is made of crab. Besides, the size of the dish is large enough for any stomach regardless how big it is.

                       – Opening time: 10am -19 Pm

                        – Price: 50.000-60.000 VND

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local flavor pho hanoi beef noodles soup-best pho hanoi


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Someone said “Food reflects not only the material world but also the spirit world of a country.”  Therefore, for foreigners, enjoying food in another country is one of the most special ways to explore its culture.

According to CNN Travel “What list of Vietnamese cuisine would be complete without best pho hanoi? It’s almost impossible to walk a block in Vietnam’s major cities without bumping into a crowd of hungry patrons slurping noodles at a make shift pho stand”.

best pho Hanoi
Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup

And  you, have you tried Best Pho Ha Noi yet? If not, don’t worry because Ha Noi Free Local Tour will please to guide you enjoy one of the best dishes in our Ha Noi street food tour online.

Like Pizza in Italia, Pho is one of best cuisine food in Viet Nam but it is particular in Ha Noi. It is the dish that you shouldn’t miss ‘even if in your last night in Ha Noi.

No one can make sure about “when pho was created and who created it?” because there are many opinions about this issue.  According to some scholars, pho was created in the 20 century, especially particular in Ha Noi. Thus, there are places which have sold pho for decades. For people who ate it, all of them have high opinion about pho in Ha Noi. That why Pho is the most famous dish in Ha  Noi.

Pho is diversified in kind and taste depending on regional culture. In Ha Noi, places have created many different kind of best pho in hanoi to make fresh taste so foreigners have an attracting long list of choices .However, beef pho and chicken pho are the best kinds of pho.


If you are wondering of what pho is made of, you are far from alone in your confusion. Despite variations of ingredients, the main elements of the dish are steamy broth, fresh rice noodles, sliced beef or chicken, and herbs or scallions.


Broth is the most important element in dish which makes the difference between places. In another word, broth decides whether pho dish is good or not. It makes the specifically distinctive taste of dish.  Pig’s calf muscle or beef’s bones are steamed in from 3 hours to 7 hours. Thus, broth has an especially natural sweet and greasy taste that no kind of sugar can.  After steaming them, broth is added many kind of seasoning such as onion, ginger, cinnamons, coriander seeds, star anise. These elements arouse peoples’ taste strongly. Each place selling best pho in Ha Noi has a secret of what amount of each element. It is called “secret recipe” to create distinguishing taste.  “Secret recipe “is based on experience and skill of chefs. Therefore, some places become famous while some are not.


broth and slice meats-best pho hanoi
broth and slice meats


Sliced meats are another important element of pho. Meat is chosen carefully to make sure that they are fresh. Because only fresh meat can make good pho bowls. Meat is medium to make them softy enough when you chew. You can feel sweet of meat which is mixed with greasy taste of broth is the taste that you have never tried before.

Fresh rice noodles used in pho is often made of a special kind of rice. The rice is planted in Viet Nam. After through some handicraft steps, rice turns noodles. Chefs have some tips to make noodles white and tough. They said it is a traditional recipe that used many years from generation to next one.

Whereas in some countries, they often eat baked meat with mashed potatoes, Vietnamese has a similar special habit of eating. Because of its greasy taste; Vietnamese often eat pho accompanying vegetables to make the balance taste. There are many kinds of vegetables such as lettuce, been sprouts, coriander or basil. Besides vegetables, each place has other dishes which are served accompanied. That is another plus mark for them.

Now, I think it is time you wanted to search in Google “where can you get the best pho in Ha Noi?” Ha Noi Free Tour Guide has list of top 5 the best places for you.



  • Address: 7th Hang Thung, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi
  • About: Although it is not as famous as traditional places, it attracts customers by a unique characteristic. That is the mixture between music and pho, modern and tradition.

It is a good choice for people who want to listen to good songs while eating a pho bowl. I think it is a wonderful experience for you.

  • Reviews: This place is wonderful. Its  decor and songs make us very impressed. The service and food was great. Spring roll and Pho is the best.


  • Address: 24th Trung Yen, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi.
  • About: its name makes the first impression on people because of its strange. Owner explains that “in order to make Gods (the way Vietnamese call their customers) curious and extremely happy when they eat here, I choose that name.” in addition, the broth is a plus mark for customers. Sliced meat in pho is appreciated highly. It is sweet and soft enough to eat.
  • Opening time: 5h30 am to 11h am

4h30 pm to 9h30 pm.

  • Price: from 15000 VND to 39000VN
  • Reviews: John “ the best pho i have ever tried. I think it is one for the best thing  i can’t forget about Viet Nam.”
local-flavor-pho-hanoi-chicken-noodles-soup-best pho Hanoi


  • Address: 13th Lo Duc, Ha Noi.
  • About: the place has been famous for more than 30 years. Its specialty is broth’s taste which is made of steamy bone’s sweet and seasoning. You are severed accompanying “ quay” ( a dish made of tapioca). It is a distinguish characteristic of  Pho Thin. The place is often crowed from morning till evening.
  • Opening time: 6:00 am to 8:30pm
  • Price: 40.000 VND to 60.000VND
  • Reviews: Dave “  Its price is very cheap for the best beef Pho. I think the best thing of this pho is that  its stir- fried beef or chicken. Moreover, the soup is so great that I think i can’t forget.”

 10th LY QUOC SU

  • Address : +) 10th  Ly Quoc Su – 0438.257.338

+)  42th  Hang Voi – 0915088586

+)  N2A Hoang Minh Giam

  • About: the place attracts people by its authentic, local and taste, the good quality of meat and seasoning. Moreover, the attitude serving here is very high, especially foreigners. Chiefs are please to sever people according to their taste. Therefore, there are many foreigners choose the place to eat pho each time they visit Viet Nam.
  • Opening time: 6:30 am to 10:30 pm
  • Price: 50.000VND to 77.000 VND
  • Reviews: Chan : “the first time i have ever visited Ha Noi, I ate Pho in this place. My impression is great. I think i have to come back many times.”
best pho Hanoi
Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup

 Traditional Bat Dan place.

  • Address: 49th Bat Dan, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi.
  • About: Bat Dan is one of the best traditional places that you should come first when you want to enjoy a sapid pho bowl. It can be said that Bat Dan has a great contribution to reserve the distinctive taste of pho in Ha Noi for many years. It  is not strange if you see people line up or pay first to enjoy a pho bowl here. Even if, after 9h am, if you are not hurry, pho will be sold out. It is speacial enough to prove its fame.
  • Opening time: 6am to 10am

6pm to 8h30 pm.

  • Price: because of its unique taste, its price is quite high from 30.000 VND to 55.000VND.
  • Reviews: Gruu: “Oh mu God. I have tried many kinds of Pho but Pho in bat Dan is the best dish in the world.

I hope you have your choice now. So it is time went out and enjoyed a pho bowl at least one time but I think you won’t eat pho only one time. Let’s try it!!!

Vietnam is not only famous for best pho hanoi, but also distinctively strong of coffee. Let’s click What to eat to add information about hightlight coffee shop in Hanoi, and coffee filter in Hanoi.

a cup of egg coffee in Haka coffee shop-Vietnamese coffee filter


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You are addicted to coffee and it is a dispensable part of your life?

You are too familiar with instant coffee and you think it is your the most favorite coffee?

One day, you visit Viet Nam and want to enjoy a cup of coffee. You ask a cup of coffee like you did in your country. Don’t be surprised if the waiter serves you a strange cup of coffee. It has a metal filter above a glass cup. It is our pride – filter coffee. Don’t be shame to try it because you may want to buy it immediately after you enjoy a  filter coffee in Vietnam


egg coffee- the weird drink- Vietnamese coffee filter
egg coffee- the weird drink


Filter coffee in Vietnam has been familiar with Vietnamese for hundred years but it has just burst into a trend since the 1960s. It is said that coffee filter was bring to Viet Nam by a Frenchman. Initially, filter coffee is only served for rich people. Then, it is beloved by everyone. Until now, although there are many kind of instant coffee in Vietnam, you can easily to come across a filter coffee cup anywhere. Actually, because of its advantages such as small, works and cheapness, it has become a unique culture in making and enjoying a coffee of Vietnamese.

Nowadays, there are many kinds of coffee filters depending on material of it such as aluminium, inox or plastic. Each material has its own advantages and its disadvantages but aluminium and inox are the most popular material.

When you want to buy a coffee filter, there are some notes you should know. Firstly, coffee filters are diversified in size, width, depending on the need of buyers. However, a good coffee filter has to have middling and steady holes to avoid dried coffee powder falling.

For aluminium coffee filter, its weakness is hard to clean after use.

For Inox coffee filter, you should choose filters which are made of stainless and meet the USA ASTM 304 or 430 quality standard. It will be harmless to your health and do not have bad affect on the quality of coffee.

A coffee filter including many parts: cup, press, bottom filter and lid. It works in endosmosis way which makes coffee have a special taste.


If you want to buy it online, there are many websites such as Amazon, Alibaba, and eBay. The price of a coffee filter fluctuates from 4.99 $ to 16 $.

If you are visiting Viet Nam, you are easily to buy it at a by far cheaper price – from 10 thousand dong (about 0.55$) to 1.5 $. You can go to any grocer’s in noisy streets to buy a coffee filter. Besides, supermarkets or famous coffee brands branches in sort of Trung Nguyen, Vinacafe also supply it to you.

In Ha Noi, there are 5 the most famous coffee streets that you should drop off to enjoy a standard filter coffee cup of Ha Noi. They are Trieu Viet Vuong, Thai Phien- Le Dai Hanh, Nguyen Huu Huan, Ly Thuong Kiet, Ho Dac Di. When you come these streets, you may be surprised because of crowed in all of coffee shops. Moreover, you will see how much Vietnamese love coffee although in Viet Nam, coffee was turned up much later than West countries. However, Vietnamese share a special way to enjoy the attracting drink in common. It reflects the culture of Vietnamese – patience and delicacy.


What to do                

+ An amount of fresh coffee (Robusta coffee planted in highlands in Viet Nam is recommended. Trung Nguyen coffee brand is the most famous coffee brand in Vietnam because of its high quality and price).

+ 100-300ml boiling water from 95 C to 100C

+ condensed milk (it contains sugar and is heat processed with steam. It reflects deep flavor of Vietnamese.)

 How to do a filter coffee cup 

+ Firstly, you have to clean your coffee filter with hot water. It makes coffee powder swell steadier.

+ Secondly, add an amount of coffee powder to ½ coffee filter. Then, you shake slightly. The next step is very important.  You have to use press to twirling coffee powder in spiral but not too tightly to avoiding coffee powder can’t absorb hot water.

+ Thirdly, pour about 1/3 inch condensed to your cup then put Vietnamese coffee filter above.

Add about 20ml boiling water and wait for coffee swell in about 1 minute. Then, you add boiling water but the maximum level of water is 2/3 of coffee filter. Place the bottom of coffee filter to keep its taste. You may have to wait about 10   minutes to have a wonderful filter coffee cup.

+Lastly, you can add a little salt to make your coffee cup more scented and attracting. Before enjoying it, you should use a spoon to stir it.

 How is a standard filter coffee cup in Vietnam:

Vietnamese coffee filter
Vietnamese coffee




















+ You need to see the speed of coffee falling. If it falls in drop, you are successful or not, you may need to try again.

+ Your cup has three separate uppers. The first upper is condensed in cream color at the bottom. Above it, there is a coffee- condensed upper which has caramel color. The last upper is brown coffee.

Color of coffee: color of real coffee cup is brown no matter how high degree you parch coffee powder.

How to enjoy a Vietnamese filter coffee cup:

Enjoy a cup of coffee is an art especially a filter coffee cup. It not only demands the    patience in making a good coffee cup but also in enjoying it. It can be said that “enjoying coffee is not for impatient and rush person.”

You should enjoy it little and little. When your tongue touches to coffee, you will feel a strange taste which you have never tried before. It is very different from instant coffee you are familiar with. While you drink it, you may realize why Vietnamese like it like that. They drink it with their friends or even alone. They said a filter coffee cup may help them realize many things of your life.  If you want to see the rush life of Ha Noi while enjoy a cup of coffee, it is a good idea.


the coffee shop old-fashioned way(Vietnamese coffee filter )
the coffee shop old-fashioned way