Enjoy food on 36 streets
Staying in the old town, and eating Hanoi’s local food is a travel experience that can make you love this city even more! Hanoi’s native food in the alleys or typical small shops is one of the things that make many visitors feel excited. The most ideal time to travel to Hanoi and do a food tour of the old town is probably in the cold season (December, January). In that cold weather, there is nothing better than enjoying a hot bowl of pho or a delicious tray of fish cakes!
Where in the Old Town?
Hanoi has many luxury and famous big-brand hotels, but there is a very interesting option for you to experience Hanoi in your own way, and that is a boutique hotel. Boutique hotels are simply small hotels in the heart of a city rich in cultural history and there they know how to tell stories about their city. Boutique hotels are often centrally located or have views of important monuments. This time when I went to Hanoi, I had the opportunity to experience The Chi Boutique Hotel located right near the Cathedral and my room had a large balcony overlooking the beautiful church. In the evening or early morning, the winter sky of Hanoi makes the vision even more vivid. The rooms here are in a classic style, cozy, small rooms but with a clear view, so it feels very comfortable. Service is generally friendly and very cute!
For those who prefer a larger space, the nearby Anatole is also a good suggestion. Anatole Hotel Hanoi is a larger hotel, not a boutique hotel, but the service also makes me feel close and warm. Rooms here are luxuriously designed in a modern style with a small balcony overlooking the street. The staff from male to female all deserve 10 points. The advantage of both is that the central location is easy to walk around the old town and attractions. In the morning, just walk a few steps to go to Sword Lake. The scene of people walking in the morning is very beautiful and poetic, in addition, these 2 hotels are very convenient to explore the rich culinary world of the old town.
In short, if you want a cozy room overlooking the Cathedral like in photo 1, you should choose The Chi, and if you want a modern high-class place with dedicated care to every little detail, Anatole is the choice. very good choice. Both spaces have impressive cultural displays and paintings about Hanoi.
What to eat in Hanoi? – Eat all over 36 streets
Hanoi cuisine is a traditional delicious dish, with a unique and rich flavor that has never disappointed diners everywhere. Most of the dishes are served hot, so it is very suitable for the winter weather, especially the dishes using the ingredients of vermicelli, noodle soup with hot soup is even more attractive. Hanoi with 36 ancient streets and a variety of delicious food options spread throughout, from small alleys to main streets, everywhere can enjoy delicious Hanoi dishes. If to list one of the best dishes in Hanoi, it seems to be very difficult because it is indeed “each dish is ten inches and ten”. Therefore, staying in the old town is very convenient for a day of walking around to make a “food tour” with 6 meals a day – a very good experience to enjoy the cuisine of the thousand-year-old Thang Long land.
The food tour can take you to the typical streets of Hanoi.
Most of the places I choose to go below are old-fashioned eateries that even Hanoians like. With the location of Sword Lake as the center, each point is only about 500m – 1km apart, so it is very convenient to walk and explore. A small tip for you is to tick all the boxes “want to try” on google maps, then reconnect, you will have a panoramic view and consider a super reasonable travel schedule according to the map. The average price of dishes is from about 40,000 – 80,000 VND / serving for 1 person!
Cha Ca Thang Long – 6B Duong Thanh
The most impressive thing about my trip this time is the Thang Long fish cake. Hidden behind a small alley with 2 rows of green bamboo, Thang Long restaurant is a bold Hanoi space bustling with the laughter of diners. But the quality of the food is the most important thing, partly because I have never eaten this dish before so I am very excited, and partly because the lovely service makes the meal even more delicious. Hot fish cake with stir-fried heart and herbs served with vermicelli with shrimp paste with peanuts, very strange and delicious!
Pho 10 – Ly Quoc Su
The Pho shop always has customers in line, but it’s well worth the wait. The noodle soup is very delicious with the sweet broth and the whole person is warm when eaten, not afraid of the cold winter.
Hang Quat’s Bun Cha
The shop is located in a small alley, so it doesn’t have a specific number, but it’s easy to find if you follow google maps. As soon as entering the alley, the smell of meat with fragrant grilled pork rolls, vegetables, and accompanying broth is all very delicious.
Southern Beef Noodle Soup – 73 Hang Dieu
Trying the “Southern” dish in Hanoi is a bit strange, but this is also a pretty special and famous restaurant that you should try. This beef noodle dish is completely different from Hue beef noodle soup, a bit like grilled pork vermicelli, but using beef and other sauces, mixed with vegetables is quite strange.
Dong Thinh eel vermicelli – 87 Hang Dieu
Stir-fried eel vermicelli or water eel vermicelli are both quite interesting, delicious eel meat served with hot vermicelli and some herbs. This dish seems to be a bit picky for most people, but it is worth giving it a try if you have never eaten it.
Egg Coffee – Loading T
Located on the campus of an old Hanoi house, Loading T has a very old Hanoi atmosphere, idyllic and familiar. The egg coffee here is super delicious, so drink it right away while it’s still hot to enjoy the full flavor!
In addition, you can refer to the list of restaurants below, because I am a bit “busy” with food, so I did not take pictures of the destinations, quite a lot of options and locations are close to each other, so I can save it as a plan. B for another trip!
- Drift tea – Four Seasons tea shop
- Khuc Bach tea – Suvy’s tea shop
- Ta Hien beer street
- Bun Dau Mam Shrimp Ms. Tuyen – Hang Khay
- Pho Khoi – 50 Hang Vai
- Thin Pho – 61 Dinh Tien Hoang
- Bun thang – 11 Hang Hom
- Rice vermicelli 57 Hang Luoc
- Hang Bo Ribs Porridge