Streets around Hanoi Old Quarter with good street food

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Are there any particular streets around the Hanoi old quarter that has a lot of street food? You will find street food being served almost everywhere. If you speak the language you have an advantage of knowing what each vendor is selling and just look for the places with the most people eating to gage how good it is. Certain streets seem to focus on particular things ie seafood and fish etc but the area isn't that vast so I'm sure you will wander down most of the main areas. Don't forget to go off the beaten track occasionally to find the real gems. If you travel to Hanoi, you should stress food eat as much as you can. They are extremely delicious.
Bun cha may very well be Hanoi’s most famous dish. It can be found in southern Vietnam as well, but it just doesn’t taste the same. The best bun cha is served at 34 Hang Than, a small, very cheap eatery with plenty of flavor.

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This dish became hugely famous earlier in the year when TV presenter Anthony Bourdain sat down for some bun cha with US President Barack Obama when the pair were in Hanoi. If you want to eat in the same room as they did, visit Bun Cha Huong Lien at 24 Le Van Huu and get the Obama Combo, which includes bun cha, a fried seafood roll and a bottle of Hanoi beer.

Ta Hien street is a famous street food. You should taste "Bun bo Nam Bo" (this is a kind of noodle) and bird roast. And if you love snack, don't miss "nem chua ran"

In Hang bo st, there are 2 famous dishes: "mi ga tan" (noodle cooked with chicken and traditional medicine, this is good for your health) and "ha cao"

A dish you might want to try is the "Nộm thịt bò khô" (gỏi đủ đủ bò khô) on Phố Hồ Hoàn Kiếm. It's a very short street in the Northeast corner of the Hoàn Kiếm lake (right where the bookstore is) with several vendors that sell the dish. They also make a wrap of the same ingredients and call it a "nem".

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A truly unique Hanoi dish is cha ca, or sizzling plates of fish served with vermicelli noodles, peanuts, herbs and sauce. Try this flavorful concoction at Cha Ca La Vong (14 Cha Ca), the city’s oldest restaurant restaurant. There is another, larger outlet of this restaurant in the Old Quarter at 21-31 Duong Thanh.

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Given the long French presence in Vietnam, it should come as no surprise that their influence impact bakeries in the country. While Hanoi’s banh mi aren’t as good as those found down south, there are still several eateries where you can enjoy quality baked goods. Kinh Do Cafe (252 Hang Bong) is a Hanoi institution that has been around since 1990. Catherine Deneuve, the French actress, ate there while filming “Indochine”. Stop by for great French bread, pastries and coffee.

Arguably the best banh mi in town is served at Banh Mi Nguyen Sinh (17-19 Ly Quoc Su), where you can also get beefsteak, pate and Vietnamese-style cold cuts. For a high-end experience, pay a visit to the elegant Sofitel Metropole (15 Ngo Quyen), one of the finest hotels in the country. This legendary institution has been serving French bread and other delicacies in the capital since 1901.

Now that your appetite is roaring, contact one of our local expert Vietnam Typical Tours for further insight into Hanoi food, or dining in other destinations within Vietnam. Happy eating!

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