Eat: Thang Long Citadel Visit 3

Fried Tofu and Pork Knuckle Stew, Quang Trung Streetside
Food in the North of Vietnam is suitable for eating during cold weather. Apart from famous food among oversea tourists, lunch on the street side in Hanoi is rich and mouth-watering than you think.
Vietnamese food is delicious. Popularly dishes are Pho and Vietnamese Spring Rolls. Vietnamese coffee is also known as a symbol of Vietnamese drinking culture. It is also important export product as well as rice.

Western cuisines are served in Hanoi such as French, Italian and fusion, although may not diverse like other capitals in Southeast Asia.


Hanoi Street Food
Quang Trung Street near Vietnam Airline Head Office

Hanoians enjoy quick lunch on road side stalls. There are small tables and little chairs to sit. Besides of pho we know, there are several simple dishes worth to try, such as Fried Tofu  accompany with rice noodle, fresh vegetables and sauce, Pork Knuckle Stew with rice noodle, Ramen-alike White Noodle and Duck Vermicelli Noodle.

Prices start at 30,000 VND
Soft drink (can) 15,000 VND

Beef Pho, Pho24, Huan Kiem Lakeside
Pork Spared Rib and Fried Veg, Tiem Com 40 Cau Go, Huan Kiem
Tiem Com 40 Cau Go
Cau Go Street, 50m from Thang Long Puppet Theatre

Curry shop selling Vietnamese cooked food and pho. There are varieties of food displaying in the cabinet. I like Fried Pork Spare Rib with sauce, Stir Fried Veg and steamed rice. It's nothing special but tourist’s price. Waiters understand some English.

Prices start at 50,000 VND

Luong Ngoc Quyen Street and more 4 branches

These Western restaurants focus on inexpensive price with warm atmosphere and chic decor. They serve soup, pasta, pizza and some dishes. It was nice to have dinner there among cold weather in North Vietnam.

However, after second visit we’ve found pizza with a few and low quality cheese. My friend was so disappointed. I think affordable price policy sometime they can’t offer proper food.

Le Beaulieu
Hotel Metropole Hanoi

The legendary French restaurant in Hanoi, dinner here is memorable and zest that does not disappoint. Foods in the menu all are interesting. Of course, I walked back to my bed with pleasure from 3-course set menu. In particular, Norwegian Marinated Salmon with 6 condiments is excellent.

Paris Gateaux, Hanoi
Paris Gateaux
Nguyen Khanh Toan Street near Hilton Hotel and Opera House

Bake shop around Hanoi Opera House district, I found it incidentally and bought some bread as supplies to go with the night train to Dong Hoi. There are a variety of breads, cakes, cookies and beverages. The packagings are beautiful and chic. Nice bread too.

Illy Coffee House
Italian famous coffee house located on fifth floor of the building on Le Thai To Street, north of the Huan Kiem Lake. They serve Espresso, Cappuccino, Coffee Latte and Cocktail Coffees with other ingredients such as Martini Espresso.

A cup of expensive drink is suitable for sitting on the rooftop for a spectacular view of Huan Kiem Lake, surrounded by bustling life. Watch the streets occupied by millions of motorcycles and crazy sound of horns.

Opposite the building is City View Cafe. Its 2nd-5th floor are restaurant, cafe, and beer house with a view to Huan Kiem Lake as well.

Vietnamese Coffee Houses, Huan Kiem Lakeside
Vietnamese Coffee Houses
On the second floor of shop houses along the south of Huan Kiem Lake are locations of Vietnamese-style cafes. You can sit on the balcony to enjoy view of the lake while sipping traditional coffee.

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